Posted by: Dirk | February 24, 2008

Why the world isn’t flat

This video shows Ha-Joon Chang, Cambridge University, taking on Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat. The book was very popular and outsold other titles on globalization, to the dismay of the Economist. Economists have been quick to point out that the book is mostly nonsense (see the paper from Ed Learner or the collaboration of Steven Brakman and Charles van Marrewijk). Chang’s point of view is a little different from those of the academic papers in that it points out that the industrial countries used protective measures when industrializing. Chang produced a book on this topic (How the Economic and Intellectual Histories of Capitalism Have Been Re-Written to Justify Neo-Liberal Capitalism) that he describes here.

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