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Author: Johan Norberg
Publisher: Academic Foundation
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171884156
Here’s the special India edition of Johan Norberg’s widely acclaimed book: In Defence of Global Capitalism. In this book Norberg shows clearly and concisely how capitalism promotes the rapid spread of economic opportunities and personal freedom.
Once a self-proclaimed anarchist and now a passionate crusader for globalization, the author presents compelling evidence that because of eased trade restrictions, dramatic transformations are already under way in scores of nations. In Defence of Global Capitalism is the first book to rebut, systematically and thoroughly, the claims of the anti-globalization movement. Backed by an abundance of solid facts, statistics, and flesh-and-blood examples drawn from his travels in Asia and Africa, Norberg asserts that the diffusion of capitalism in recent decades has created opportunities everywhere. Living standards and life expectancy have risen substantially.
There is more food, more education, and more democratization, less inequality and less oppression of women. Norberg takes on the tough issues-economic growth, freedom vs equality, fee trade and fair trade, international debt, child labour, cultural imperialism –and concludes that free-market capitalism is the best route out of global poverty.
This book is written in a conversational style with an emphasis on liberal values and the opportunities and freedom that globalization brings to the world’s poor. The India edition of Norberg’s much acclaimed work comes with a crisp and an insightful foreword In Defence of this book contributed by non other than Bibek Debroy.
This book needs no defence. It stands on its own, Norberg’s book is more than a defence of globalization or liberalization. There is a philosophical undercurrent to the defence of capitalism, because it involves the right to choose. I wish to live in a liberal society because such a society gives people the right to choose what matters to them. That is indeed what reforms in India are also about. (Norberg has three pages specifically devote to India) The aim of politics should be to give them that freedom. Johan Norberg’s book is an amazingly good read.
The particular charm of this passionate essay is that capatalism would not interest Norberg if it were not such a mighty engine of human liberty. It is a young man’s book, addressed to the idealistic young.
-Rosemary Righter, The Times of London
Giving clear and verifiable sources, he nails one by one the fallacies and selective statistics that are used by the anti-capitalist protesters.
-Samuel Brittan, Financial times
Johan Norberg’ book is a stunningly insightful, brilliantly detailed refutation of the crank theories of the anti-globalists. In Defence of global Capitalism is a shining example of what a gifted mind can do working with the truth to advance the cause of capitalism, which in the end is the cause of every decent man and woman.