Magazine article New Internationalist

How to Win the Class War the Lugano Report II

Magazine article New Internationalist

How to Win the Class War the Lugano Report II

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How to Win the Class War The Lugano Report II by Susan George (The Transnational Institute, ISBN 9789070563189)

In 1999 I reviewed Susan George's original Lugano Report, a Swiftian satire in which a shadowy group of advisers gather in the luxurious Swiss resort to recommend the best ways to preserve capitalism in the new millennium. In How To Win the Class War she reconvenes her fictional working party to consider developments during the past decade and make suggestions as to how to further protect the system against people and governments.

In arid mandarin-speak, the working party assess the banking crisis, austerity measures, tax havens and the worldwide entrenchment of neoliberal economic orthodoxy. They show that, far from being disasters for capitalism, recent events have facilitated a paradigm shift in which the Neoliberal Elitist Economic Model has supplanted a Leftist Enlightenment Model that prioritized people over systems. …

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