$19.95 – Available for purchase on March 15th, 2018
A mugger to a stranger, “Give me your wallet or I will beat you to pulp!” It is a crime.
An employer says to a worker: “Adding lung-saving ventilation will reduce my profit. Give me back some of your wages and I will let you keep your lungs!” This is not a crime.
Our assumptions about the world condition us to see these situations as legally different from one another. But what if we, the critics of corporate capitalism, instead insisted on taking the spirit of law, rather than its letter, seriously? It would then be possible to describe many of the daily practices of capitalists and their corporations as criminal in nature, even if not always criminal by the letter and formality of law.
In Capitalism: A Crime Story, Harry Glasbeek makes the case that if the rules and doctrines of liberal law were applied as they should be according to law’s own pronouncements and methodology, corporate capitalism would be much harder to defend.
Harry Glasbeek has been a fearless, daunting crusader for the public interest in the face of corporate greed, corruption, and criminality. This powerful, readable book proves the problem does not originate with a few bad apples: it’s programmed into the DNA of a system that priveleges accumulation over human life.
– Jim Stanford, economist, McMaster University
This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how the legal system has enabled capitalism to create enormous inequality of wealth and threatens confidence in the legal system. Professor Glasbeek forensically strips away the layers of legal protection accorded to corporations in their pursuit of private profit to reveal the harm inflicted on individuals and institutions such as trade unions that challenge corporate legal privilege. The value of the book lies in its revelation of how capitalism has become embedded in the legal system. Professor Glasbeek provides a road map for those who critically challenge capitalism to develop to reverse the imbalance within the legal system.
– Margaret Wilson DCNZ, professor of law and public policy, University of Waikato
|A way to fight back|
|The flexibility of legal reasoning|
|Reprise: Tax minimization|
|Bases for criminalization in a liberal legal system|
|Coercion by means of formal, directly enforceable labour contracts|
|Cascading coercion—not by contract but by sheer economic power|
|The legal neutering of risk and assaults on autonomy|
|Coercion: Statutory regulations that permit assaults on individual autonomy|
|Summation and suggestions for action|