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Profit Over People

Neoliberalism & Global Order
Narrated by: Brian Jones
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Why is the Atlantic slowly filling with crude petroleum, threatening a millions-of-years-old ecological balance? Why did traders at prominent banks take high-risk gambles with the money entrusted to them by hundreds of thousands of clients around the world, expanding and leveraging their investments to the point that failure led to a global financial crisis that left millions of people jobless and hundreds of cities economically devastated? Why would the world's most powerful military spend 10 years fighting an enemy that presents no direct threat to secure resources for corporations?

The culprit in all cases is neoliberal ideology - the belief in the supremacy of "free" markets to drive and govern human affairs. And in the years since the initial publication of Noam Chomsky's Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order, the bitter vines of neoliberalism have only twisted themselves further into the world economy, obliterating the public's voice in public affairs and substituting the bottom line in place of people's basic obligation to care for one another as ends in themselves. In Profit Over People, Chomsky reveals the roots of the present crisis, tracing the history of neoliberalism through an incisive analysis of free trade agreements of the 1990s, the World Trade Organization, and the International Monetary Fund - and describes the movements of resistance to the increasing interference by the private sector in global affairs.

In the years since the initial publication of Profit Over People, the stakes have only risen. Now more than ever, Profit Over People is one of the key texts explaining how the crisis facing us operates - and how, through Chomsky's analysis of resistance, we may find an escape from the closing net.

©1999 Noam Chomsky; 1998 Introduction copyright by Robert W. McChesney (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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What we need to know

Are we really living in a democratic society geared to enable us to actively participate in our own futures? Or are those futures increasingly dictated to, shaped and eroded by certain vested interests? A clear and necessary analysis of the difference between what politicians and big business say, and what they do.

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Amazing

Yet Another classic from Chomsky. Still extremely important and relevant years after it was written.

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  • Butch Q
  • 09-03-2018

Horrifying and Dangerous

Would you listen to Profit Over People again? Why?

I would listen again. Mainly because so much information and details are in such a small amount of time. Very informative and mind-numbingly depressing at time.

Have you listened to any of Brian Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Brain Jones has an excellent voice for the grim picture this book presents. He does a phenomenal job.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

One thing I found very interesting was Chomsky's use of political labels such as "liberal, progressive, conservative, etc." I believe he was using the terms by there original definition, before the political realignment occurred.

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  • Maxwell Boyle
  • 24-12-2016

Eye Opener

This book will help explain much of the economic situation in America and the world today.

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  • Cool Breeze
  • 29-10-2019

Excellent and sobering

A true rendering of the world and politics as they really are behind closed doors.

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  • Nay
  • 09-08-2018

Interesting book, not a great narrator

The book is incredibly interesting and describes neo-liberalism, globalization, and economic ideas very well. I definitely recommend this book, especially for people who don’t know much about American/democratic influence on the global economy and the stability of countries all over the world.
However, the narrator is terrible. He paused randomly throughout most sentences, and before he says “the”. It’s incredibly distracting and makes it really easy to zone out —I found myself having to listen to chunks of the book again. I recommend reading the physical book so you can actually grasp the point of the book.

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  • Jorge E. Perez
  • 06-08-2018

Chomsky explains our current global situation.

Even though this book was written over fifteen years ago, in 1999, Chomsky has detailed the effects of political and economic decisions in the recent past that have affected our country's core values in a negative manner and are currently at play in how the United States and other countries contribute to the disarray and the world-wide inequality we see today. This book is a great way to begin to understand Neoliberalism and, how our past assumptions or socially-fed narratives, continue to feed this force. Reading this book will help to put a stop to feeding into these false narratives and awaken.

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  • Darin Hylbert
  • 12-06-2018

Mind Blowing

Great Book. Statistics check out even though it was written in 1998. My mind was spinning. Definitely recommend this book. You won't regret it.

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  • Franklin
  • 09-06-2018

Amazing read!

Laden with facts and yet easy to follow, this book exposes the beast of globalism.

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  • Sheri Loftin
  • 01-09-2017

Good to know but depressing

The version of the United States presented by this book is so different from what the average citizen believes exists. I read this during Trump's 8th month in office and the best way I can describe it is: Trump is America only he doesn't know when to shut up. All of the policies he "cares" about are described as the SOP for the US government in this book. The only difference is previous government officials kept it as secret as they could whereas Trump just can't seem to help himself. Trump makes this theory easier to accept and that is so sad.

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  • Denni Boger
  • 21-11-2019

Still Painfully Relevant

The nonsense catapulted by the Reagan administration still holds sway today. A good reminder that we have to help post capitalism the way we helped neo liberalism.

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  • Dustin Porter
  • 17-09-2018

extremely informative

an amazing look into power structures that are shaping the world as we know know it, and how to prevent them from continuing. The narrator's frequent pauses during sentences is distracting, it may well be written that way but audibly it's difficult to ignore.

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  • Jim
  • 23-04-2016

Activism at its finest

This is only my second Chomski book. I first read 'understanding power' (which I found easier to follow and more interesting). The book is interesting and I'm pleased to have learnt more about global order and the indoctrination we all experience to social structure. I found the reader to be a little flat and uninspiring and also the language and flow of the book could be improved upon. I still recommend.

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  • Edd Spencer
  • 31-05-2017

good book but...

Consepts are good just was hard to follow. the narrator was a bit intense and sometimes sounded quite bitter so could not listen for long. Next book of Chomsky I will look for his narration.

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  • Suswati
  • 11-05-2017

Depressing, important but unstructured

As a general Chomsky fan, his arguments are always important and well rounded. However, this book felt very unstructured and more like a long rant. He switched from one country to another making it difficult to follow his original message and it ends up being a jumble of disputes. I've definitely read better of his works.