Magazine article New Internationalist

[Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain]

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by George Monbiot

(Macmillan ISBN 0 333 90164 9)

Why do corporations need the state at all? The way they tell it, Government is the enemy of the people, of liberty, enterprise and good business. But without the state to prop them up corporations would collapse immediately. What they're really after is powerful, 'stable' states that operate exclusively in corporate interests - and in Britain they've come within a hair's breadth of success. Their chosen enemy is democratically accountable governments in general, and the likes of George Monbiot in particular, who seek to bring them to account.

'Business now stands as a guard dog at the gates of perception,' he writes. 'Only the enquiries which suit its needs are allowed to pass.' This wonderful, troublesome book then slips you very neatly under the wire. From unlikely places in Britain it retrieves extraordinary human stories told with such clarity and narrative skill that the book can easily be read as a thriller. It also packs a formidable factual punch, crammed as it is with meticulous research, which provides a powerful antidote to political 'spin'. …

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