Power, Inc

Power, Inc

The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government--and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead

Book - 2012
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Traces the rise of private power while explaining that thousands of companies have greater power than all but a handful of states, predicting struggles between major capitalist interests that are introducing new visions about how the world should work.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374151287
0374151288
Branch Call Number: 322.3 ROTHKOP
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Power Incorporated

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StarGladiator
Jul 20, 2014

I agree with the Publishers Weekly critique, this is a highly misinformational book, starting off with the highly disinformational thesis of any rivalry between big biz and big gov't. Rothkopf was head of Kissinger Associates for quite awhile, so he certainly should realize this by now? Also, I would take issue with his take on the oldest corporation - - the actual oldest corporation is the City of London Corporation. Government in too many countries, and certainly in the USA, appears to be almost concretely hereditary - - witness the lineage of Timothy Geithner, Diana Farrell and other Obama appointments. And within the plutocracy, for example: Blair Pillsbury, a descendant of the founder of the Pillsbury Company, which the Rockefeller family was heavily invested in, works at the Council of the Americas, founded by David Rockefeller. Blair marries Ostrom Enders II, the son of the attorney who represented Chase [Rockefeller's bank, or at least one of them] especially during the time Iran banked with them and was involved in getting the Shah help during the Iranian revolution of the late 1970s. Ostrom Enders II, of course, works at Chase Securities. And there has always been a member of the Walker-Bush family at Goldman Sachs. As I said, both the plutocracy and their gov't appears highly hereditary. [Also, Blackrock is hardly secretive: it was spun off from the Blackstone Group, and managed, along with Morgan Stanley, the disposition of TARP bailout funds to the banks.]

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