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Book Title: The Ordinary Person's Guide To Empire|
Date of issue: January 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780007181636
The author of the book: Arundhati Roy
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.86 MB
Read full description of the books The Ordinary Person's Guide To Empire:Roy begins by detailing what is democracy and how we can make it work:
The only way to make democracy real is to begin a process of constant questioning, permanent provocation, and continuous public conversation between citizens and the state.
It is important to remember that our freedoms, such as they are, were never given to us by any government, they have been wrested by us.
Roy elaborates how governments, nationalism, patriotism, democracy and NGOs are just spokes of the giant wheel of capitalism. On Iraq:
Operation Iraqi Freedom, George Bush assures us, is about returning Iraqi oil to the Iraqi people. That is, returning Iraqi oil to the Iraqi people via corporate multinationals. Like Shell, like Chevron, like Halliburton.
She talks about terrorism and how it has been privatized. Paraphrasing her (too lazy to find the exact quote this time), because the governments cannot have a monopoly on terror.
USA with their Patriot Act, India with their POTA are (were) just trying to kill any form of oppression, any form of dissent, any peaceful means of showing disagreement. Media is crisis driven, it will focus its pen and its camera where there is a crisis. Peaceful means find no form of promotion, thus people are turning to violence. We are thus left in a quandary, we can't support terror and are not with the government. So, what can we do? (Write reviews of course)
Oh, and in between all this, there's a really touching scene of the town of Harsud which was destroyed by the big dam on Narmada river. I wrote a brief sketch on it https://www.facebook.com/notes/desult...
PS: One thing which I hate about a collection of essays like this one is that the editing sucks. One can find not only similar arguments but even same paragraphs in multiple essays. So, minus one star for the editor.
Read information about the authorArundhati Roy is an Indian writer who is also an activist who focuses on issues related to social justice and economic inequality. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and has also written two screenplays and several collections of essays.
For her work as an activist she received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan Foundation in 2002.
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