In Defense of Global Capitalism

In Defense of Global Capitalism

In Defense of Global Capitalism

In Defense of Global Capitalism

Synopsis

Marshalling facts and the latest research findings, the author systematically refutes the adversaries of globalization, markets, and progress. This book will change the debate on globalization in this country and make believers of skeptics.

Excerpt

Our anarchist party won the school election!

It was the fall semester of 1988 at our school—we were about 16 at the time—in a western suburb of Stockholm. As usual in an election year, we were staging a “school election” of our own. But my best friend Markus and I didn't believe in the system. Majority elections, to our way of looking at things, were like two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. The school wanted us to elect someone to rule us, but we wanted to rule our own lives.

Partly, I suppose, we did it because we felt different from the others. I was into listening to electronic music and goth, preferably dressed in black and with my hair combed back. We wanted to play music and read books, while others seemed mostly preoccupied with owning the right accessories and fitting in. The right wing, it seemed to us, was upper class establishment, dead set against anything different. But we didn't feel any more at home with the left, which to us meant drab government bureaucracy and regimentation. Even if we preferred Sisters of Mercy and the Swedish punk singer Thåström, it was John Lennon's “imagine there's no countries” we believed in. Nation states should be abolished and people allowed to move freely, to cooperate of their own free will, everywhere in the world. We wanted a world without compulsion, without rulers. Clearly, then, we were neither right wing nor left wing, neither Conservatives nor Social Democrats. We were anarchists!

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