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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by quill, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. Demeter

    Demeter Senior member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Michel Chossudovsky comes to mind. He's very anti-, but his arguments are concise and objective, and extremely hard to argue against. This is probably because his work is very often just a frighteningly well-organized regurgitation of facts.
  2. newyorker

    newyorker Senior member

    Mar 30, 2005
    I am very much a proponent of globalization (a soft approach, not a big-bang approach; which means gradual relaxation of protectionist policies). I'm not so much against his arguments (although he didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, with the possible exception of the fine people he has met and the fine hotels / airlines he has travelled on) as I am against his know-it-all attitude. He is grapling with major issues that even the most intelligent economists and political scientists find challenging, but he simplifies things and makes a lot of claims that are supported by shaky evidence based on his globe-trotting experience and attendance at fancy conferences instead of solid research and logic. For people who are not willing to look into the theory and the data, his book gives them the false sense that they understand globalization, hence the awards he has received. It can be a very convicing book to the lay person. But show me a development economist or a international trade economist who has a high opinion of that book.

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