Can an overheated market remedy an underachieving democracy? Can the public interest be served by an economic engine in which corporate rivals use government to quash their competitors? These and other questions are the subject of a provocative new book by Robert Reich, labor secretary under President Clinton. Benjamin Barber, author of “Jihad vs. McWorld” and “Consumed,” takes a close look at Reich’s argument.
Posted on Dec 13, 2007
Benjamin Barber, distinguished senior fellow at Demos, a nonpartisan think tank in New York, is the author of numerous books, including ?Jihad vs. McWorld? and ?Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole.? Barber’s blog can be found on the Huffington Post, and his views as a radio commentator can be heard on NPR’s ?Marketplace.? His Web site is http://www.BenjaminBarber.org.