In Defence of Global Capitalism
Till världskapitalismens försvar
Автор(и) : Johan Norberg
Издател : Timbro AB
Място на издаване : Stockholm, Sweden
Година на издаване : 2001
ISBN : 978-9-17566-503-0
Брой страници : 291
Език : английски
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Defence of Global Capitalism is the book that systematically challenges and refutes the anti-capitalist assumptions. With hard facts, statistics and simple graphs, Johan Norberg explains why capitalism is in the process of creating a better world. But the book is also personally written, with an emphasis on values, and the fact that globalisation gives opportunities and freedom to the world's poor. The book illustrates this with concrete examples of people and countries that have prospered thanks to globalisation, and those that have suffered because of isolation.
Johan Norberg shows that the diffusion of capitalism in the last decades has lowered poverty rates and created opportunities for individuals all over the world. Living standards and life expectancy has risen fast in most places. World hunger, infant mortality and inequality have diminished. This is because of an economic and technological development that is the result of free market policies. The poor countries that have liberalized their economies have shown impressive results, while those that have not are stuck in deep misery. Therefore, we need more capitalism and globalisation if we want a better world, not less.
Since 2008, the book has been translated into a dozen of languages including: English (including British, American, Australian and Indian English), German, Dutch, Turkish, Estonian, French (including Canadian French), Finnish, Spanish, Chinese, Polish, Czech, Arabic, Russian and Mongolian.
The book was also the basis for the Channel 4 2003 documentary film Globalisation is Good, which was presented by Norberg.
"The liberal cause has obtained a powerful communicator, Mr Johan Norberg from Sweden. He combines mastery of facts and a deep understanding of theories, with the gift of lucid and emotionally moving argumentation."
Leszek Balcerowicz, the man behind Poland's transition from communism, now President of the Polish central bank, 2003
"a dynamic read: straightforward and candid enough to engage the average reader, yet hearty enough (and with citations!) to satisfy the appetite of an avid economist. With the precision and diligence of a skillful defense attorney, Norberg saturates each chapter with compelling statistics, graphs, and examples that strengthen his analysis."
Erin Brown, The Insider, Heritage Foundation, Nov/Dec 2003
"Johan Norberg has written an agreeable book in defence of capitalism and globalisation... Even in labour movement discussion circles I think it would repay close study."
Torbjörn Tännsjö, Swedish socialist and Professor of Philosophy
Johan Norberg is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a writer who focuses on globalization, entrepreneurship, and individual liberty. Norberg is the author and editor of several books exploring liberal themes, including his newest book,
. His book Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Homeownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis In Defense of Global Capitalism, originally published in Swedish in 2001, has since been published in over twenty different countries. He is also the author of När människan skapade världen, 2006 (When Mankind Created the World), the coauthor of Ett annat Sverige är möjligt, 2006 (Another Sweden is Possible) and Global rättvisa är möjlig, 2001 (Global Justice Is Possible), and the coeditor of Frihetens klassiker, 2003 (The Classics of Freedom), all of which are available only in Swedish at this time.
Norberg's articles and opinion pieces appear regularly in both Swedish and international newspapers, and he is a regular commentator and contributor on television and radio around the world discussing globalization and free trade. Prior to joining Cato, Norberg was head of political ideas at Timbro, a Swedish free-market think tank, from 2003 to 2005. He then served as a senior fellow for the Brussels-based Centre for a New Europe during 2006. Norberg received his master's degree from Stockholm University in the history of ideas.