Synopses & Reviews
This is a new edition of Susan George's acclaimed satire on capitalism. Fictional experts recruited by world leaders to discuss the future of global capitalism provide their assessment of the dire state of the current economy and put forward new ideas for ensuring the survival of the system. But at what cost? Susan George provides a brilliant and chilling vision of the way the winners in the globalisation game profit from poverty and reveals, with relentless logic, the dark future that lies ahead under capitalism. This new edition features a new introduction from the author.
'In this satire, a summit on preserving the capitalist order comes to some disturbing conclusions as it follows the logic of capitalism ad infinitum.' --Washington Post ‘With acid wit and somber truths, The Lugano Report brilliantly portrays, through the eyes of its imagined but all too realistic planners, a world that may be heading for deep trouble. --Noam Chomsky ‘A brilliant, terrifying book which should be on the beside table of every policy maker in the West. --Victoria Brittain ‘Susan Georges intimate knowledge of the bureaucratic mindset means that the book works superbly as a satire - following the example of Swifts Modest Proposal - but her greater aim is to show that there are viable alternatives to this nightmare. --New Internationalist
‘An extraordinary, original book of exquisite irony, a kind of Catch-22 of capitalism. --John Pilger New edition of this classic book.
About the Author
Susan George has written widely on development issues for three decades. She is an associate director of the Transnational Institute and a member of Jubilee 2000. She is the author of several classic works including How the Other Half Dies (Penguin), The Debt Boomerang (Pluto Press), Ill Fares the Land (Penguin) and, with Fabrizio Sabelli, Faith and Credit: The World Bank Secular Empire (Penguin).
Table of Contents
IntroductionLetter from the Commissioning PartiesLetter of TransmittalPart OneI. DangersII. ControlIII. ImpactConclusionPart TwoI. GoalsII. PillarsIII. Scourges: Conquest; War; Famine; PestilenceIV. PreventionV. Puzzles AnnexeAfterwordIndex