There, on the cover of The Silent Takeover, sits a young woman. She sprawls in an armchair, with a booted leg draped nonchalantly over one arm. The chair is placed, incongruously, on muddy ground by a small river. Our prophetess looks at the reader, mouth slightly parted. Thus do we meet the pundit as poseuse. Infantile leftism takes on a new and attractive form.
What is Noreena Hertz-an academic at the Judge Institute, Cambridge University-trying to tell us? The “silent takeover” began, she writes, with Margaret Thatcher in 1979. Global corporations were apparently, invisible and uninfluential before then. But capitalism…
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