Another illusion-shattering, fact-filled masterpiece from the man the New York Times called "arguably the most important intellectual alive." Here are a few, brief excerpts:
- In 1970, about 90% of international capital was used for trade and long-term investment -- more or less productive things -- and 10% for speculation. By 1990, those figures had reversed.
- Haiti, a starving island, is exporting food to the US -- about 35 times as much under Clinton as under Bush.
- The US government spent more money per capita to get the presidential candidate it favored elected in Chile in 1964 than was spent by both candidates (Johnson and Goldwater) in the 1964 election here in the United States.
- The gap between how much income is held by the richest and poorest 20% has increased dramatically over the past 30 years -- about double for rich vs. poor countries and far more for rich vs. poor people.
- What the public wants is called "politically unrealistic." Translated into English, that means power and privilege are opposed to it.
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