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Against the Dead Hand. The Uncertain Struggle for Global Capitalism

  • ID: 2211904
  • Book
  • January 2002
  • Region: Global
  • 352 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Acclaim for Against the Dead Hand

"Informed, lively, and challenging, Brink Lindsey′s book illuminates the tough road ahead in the fight for free markets and against the dead hand of the past. I have benefited greatly from reading this book and so can everyone who cares about freedom." ––George P. Shultz, Former U.S. Secretary of State

"There are few higher callings than exposing the antiglobalization movement for what it really is: an enemy not just of clear thinking but also of economic progress. Brink Lindsey rises to this task manfully. In this eloquently written and powerfully argued book, he shows that, far from being complete, the current wave of globalization has just begun. And to charges that globalization is responsible for the problems of much of the developing world, he explains that the real blame lies with years of failed experiments with big government and closed borders. Read this book if you want to understand the most important debate of our time." ––Adrian Wooldridge, Coauthor, A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalization

"In this fascinating and wide–ranging book, Brink Lindsey destroys two dangerous myths: that trade is bad for the poor and that globalization is inevitable. From the Thai countryside to the streets of New Delhi, he shows how today′s economic problems spring from choices made decades ago, when the world′s governing classes were enamored of the gospel of centralization and control. Only if we turn away from that Industrial Counterrevolution, he argues, will we find our way toward international peace, prosperity, and progress." ––Virginia Postrel, Author, The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress

"Despite globalization, recent years have been filled with cruel disappointments for many of the world′s poor in developing and formerly communist countries. Brink Lindsey insightfully identifies the formidable obstacles that block their progress. In particular, he shows that the failure to build adequate legal institutions that define and protect property rights is of critical importance." ––Hernando de Soto, Author, The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
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1. The Weight of the Past ix

2. The Industrial Counterrevolution 1

3. Centralization versus Uncertainty 16

4. From World Economy to World War 38

5. Twilight of the Idols 61

6. The Dead Hand 86

7. Hollow Capitalism 119

8. The Rule of Lawlessness 137

9. Unpeaceful Coexistence 162

10. Recasting the Safety Net 189

11. Liberalization by Fits and Starts 215

Epilogue 271

Notes 275

References 303

Index 321

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Brink Lindsey
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