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Flat Broke in the Free Market

How Globalization Fleeced Working People

by Jon Jeter

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Growing up in an African American working-class family in the Midwest, Jon Jeter watched the jobs undergirding a community disappear. As a journalist for the Washington Post (twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist), he reported on the free market reforms of the IMF and the World Bank, which in a single generation created a transnational underclass.

Led by the United States, nations around the world stopped making things and starting buying them, imbibing a risky cocktail of deindustrialization, privatization, and anti-inflationary monetary policy. Jeter gives the consequences of abstract economic policies a human face, and shows how our chickens are coming home to roost in the form of the subprime mortgage scandal, the food crisis, and the fraying of traditional social bonds (marriage). From Rio de Janeiro to Shanghai to Soweto to Chicago’s South Side and Washington, DC, Jeter shows us how the economic prescriptions of "the Washington Consensus" have only deepened poverty—while countries like Chile and Venezuela have flouted the conventional wisdom and prospered.

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"Starred Review. Jeter's stinging criticisms are a catalyst for a truthful and painful discussion about who a 'global economy' helps and who it destroys." - Publishers Weekly

"Jeter overreaches, but he usefully exposes the underbelly of the free-market system." - Kirkus Reviews

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