Power, Inc The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government-And the Reckoning That Lies Ahead

ISBN-10: 0374151288

ISBN-13: 9780374151287

Edition: 2012

Authors: David Rothkopf

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The world’s largest company, Wal-Mart Stores, has revenues higher than the GDP of all but 25 of the world’s countries.  Its employees outnumber the populations of almost 100 nations.  The world’s largest asset manager, a secretive New York company called Black Rock, controls assets greater than the national reserves of any country on the planet.  A private philanthropy, the Gates Foundation, spends as much worldwide on health care as the World Health Organization. The rise of private power may be the most important and least understood trend of our time.Power, Inc.provides a fresh, timely look at how we have reached a point where thousands of companies have greater power than all but a handful of states.  Beginning with the story of an inquisitive Swedish goat wandering off from his master and inadvertently triggering the birth of the oldest company still in existence,Power, Inc.follows the rise and fall of kings and empires, the making of great fortunes, and the chaos of bloody revolutions.  A fast-paced tale in which champions of liberty are revealed to be paid pamphleteers of moneyed interests and greedy scoundrels trigger changes that have lifted billions from deprivation,Power, Inc.traces the bruising jockeying for influence right up to today’s financial crises, growing inequality, broken international system and battles over the proper role of government and markets.Rothkopf argues that these recent developments coupled with the rise of powers like China and India may not lead to the triumph of American capitalism that was celebrated just a few years ago.  Instead, he considers an unexpected scenario, a contest among competing capitalisms offering different visions for how the world should work, a global ideological struggle in which European and Asian models may have important advantages.  An important look at the power struggle that is defining our times,Power, Inc.also offers critical insights into how to succeed in the years ahead.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 2/28/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430

Introduction: Bodies but No Souls
The Roots of Modern Power: The Rise of States and Corporations
The Goat with the Red Horns
1288: The Battles That Gave Birth to Modernity
1648: The Beginning of the Great Leveling
1776: Two Revolutions
1848: What Makes a State a State?
The Contest: The State Constrained, the Corporation Unbound
How the Rule of Law Backfired
Beyond Borders
The Coin of Whose Realm?
The Decline of Force
The Reckoning: Forging a New Order
Supercitizens and Semi-States
Competing Capitalisms
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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