Capitalism. A Ghost Story. by Arundhati Roy. Hardback Reviews. “The fierceness with which Arundhati Roy loves humanity moves my heart.” – Alice Walker. Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Rockefeller to Arundhati Roy 26 March Capitalism: A A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since. Perhaps, due to the title, which dubbed capitalism a ghost story thereby implicitly supporting my sentiments, I ended up purchasing the book.

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I do think more basic knowledge would make the book go more smoothly for other readers. It’s about the coercion. Jun 22, Praj rated it liked it Shelves: But first she gives a brief and chilling history lesson of where free market capitalism comes from and the role that Corporate Philanthropy and Endowed Foundations play in politics and economies across the globe. Secondly, once again I’m faced with the consequences of the US’s exportation of capit My lack of knowledge of Indian history and politics inhibited my understanding but reading this concise and passionate book I was left with two challenges.

Until then, there are externalities external to the Marketlike much of the environment. Maoist guerillas; locals who protest about anything else may get accused of being in league with them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. View all 12 comments. Arundhati Roy helps disentangle the mystique and highlight the inequalities that plague the ‘largest’ democracy on the planet. View all 7 comments.

The name isn’t Rupert Murdoch, but the principle’s the same. Oct 27, Miki Herscovici rated it it was ok Shelves: Published May 6th by Haymarket Books first published I concede, the ghlst in India is probably far from being any good, and inequality is definitely a huge problem, but to dump everything on capitalism?

Even the comments in the footnotes were worthwhile. And, of course, the prose is beautiful and witty, as you expect from Roy. For example weapons manufacturers cannot own TV stations, mining corporations cannot run newspapers, business houses cannot fund universities, drug arundhafi cannot control public health funds.


This is a collection of independent essays; each in itself elegantly crafted and evocative of a sense, of a place, of a politics, of an emotion but barely held together. I didn’t know that American NGO’s and Foundations had been using their influence to corrupt India and create favorable conditions for Neo-Liberalism, though it makes perfect sense to me as it’s the modus oparandi they use everywhere.

My main issue was that it was too short. According to her, fighting for land reforms continued till the s after which it has become undemocratic, even lunatic, to talk about redistribution of land to the poor. Not really like anything I’ve read before. I’ve clearly only scratched the surface here, but I’ll be checking out her other books on these topics, as well as making time for her new novel that’s finally! Can’t decide if I’m going to do a proper review of this or not. Paperbackpages. Let there be no doubt, they are shooting and killing our children and soldiers from across the border and are scheming to forcibly appropriate our drinking water even.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Despite their strategic brilliance, they seem to have trouble grasping a simple fact: China and India seem to have vaulted right over the part of capitalism that’s supposed to be about giving everyone an equal shot at economic success and moved directly into the part that’s about the vast gulf between the insanely wealthy and the rest of us.

Roy is as I understand it, essentially a Marxist, and I’m basically a social democrat.

I guess what I mean is that this book, though it is about things like politics and GDP, is yet compelling and glorious to read. While the lobbies have succeeded in bringing Indian movies back to Pakistani cinema; one sincerely hopes that PEMRA remains resolute on the matter.

From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have capitaism suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in Arunhdati. It’s not about liberating her but about unclothing her. A Ghost Story” makes this clear and outlines how disastrous it has been for the vast and largely poor country capiatlism India.


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But I’ll definitely pursue her writing further. Another excellent collection from the esteemed Arundhati Roy. I spent much of my reading time of this book on Google researching the many, many things I did not know about India. The book is focused upon development, class struggle and the imposition of Neo-Liberal c A very interesting, very short ghoet.

Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy review – excess and corruption laid bare

Stoty see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s what’s allowed the US government to use Western feminist liberal groups as moral cover when it invaded Afghanistan in Jul 25, Lea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulationor environmental destruction. It arundhatk an act of humiliation and cultural imperialism.

Elsewhere, she investigates the extent to which anti-corruption campaigns become critiques of the state that facilitate privatisation. Feminist activism is dominated by philosophies popular with western or western influenced NGOs, a structure which came about because the post-independence left wing and peasant activist groups of the 60s and 70s were very patriarchal in attitude, and didn’t aundhati room for women who wanted equality and active involvement — these women were instead welcomed by NGOs and the structure has more or less remained.

Jul 29, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: The sanctity of private property never applies to the poor. View all 4 comments. There may not be much economics here, but there is an impressive amount of political economy.

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