Review: Global Reach–The Power of the Multinational Corporations

5 Star, Capitalism (Good & Bad)

Seminal Work, Foundation for Studying the Roots of Global Class War, October 11, 2008

Richard J.  Barnet and Ronald E. Muller

This was one of the more important books I studied during my first graduate endeavor, and it summed up my earlier undergraduate studies of the multinational corporation and home as well as host country issues with this relatively new post-industrial era construct.

Today we can appreciate the foresight, the wisdom, and the correct value judgements that this earnest author sought to share with us. Where we failed was in attending to his warnings, and allowing these corporations to relegate their human charges to commodity status. From this ensued the fiction of “Free Trade,” and the Global Class War that has broken the back of the American middle class and the upper third of the blue collar workers that are our spine–a spine that has been broken ever since Ronald Reagan made the fundamental mistake of using the military against the Air Traffic Controllers Union.

There are many works that I could link to here, but I will limit myself to a handful:
The Manufacture Of Evil: Ethics, Evolution, and the Industrial System
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
The Global Class War: How America’s Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future – and What It Will Take to Win It Back