The thirst for energy in developing countries will only grow as economic freedom spreads. People there see how we in the west live and refuse to be left behind. In "Power to the People" Swedish economist and author Johan Norberg explores the incredible challenge this demand presents to man- and woman-kind. As costs rise and concern for climate change increases, these questions loom large: How are we going to maintain our standard of living?
How do we reduce our impact on the planet? And how will we get power to ALL the people?
Based on Norberg's travels for the television documentary “Power to the People,” his investigation peels back the layers of this global challenge, often questioning the conventional wisdom on what works and what doesn’t. His journey starts in the Moroccan bazaars of Marrakech, which functioned fine for eons without modern conveniences, but where electric lights, computers, cell phones and credit card readers are now everywhere. Even more telling is Norberg’s journey to a remote Berber village in the Sahara Desert. More than half the world still cooks its food over open flames but this is rapidly changing, including here, where women now cook on gas stoves, and some even have refrigerators.
Johan Norberg is an analyst and writer from Sweden. He focuses on globalization, entrepreneurship, and individual liberty. He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author and editor of several books exploring the global economy and its challenges, including his most recent book, Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Homeownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis His landmark book, In Defense of Global Capitalism, was originally published in Swedish in 2001, and has since been published in over twenty different countries. In recent years Norberg has been the presenter and narrator of several public television programs in the United States produced by the Free To Choose Media. He has been active in the writing and production of these programs including "Free or Equal," "Europe's Debt, America's Crisis," "Power to the People," and the upcoming "World of Adam Smith." Norberg's articles and opinion pieces appear regularly in both Swedish and international newspapers, and he is a regular commentator and contributor on television and radio around the world. For his work he has received several awards, including the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award and the gold medal from the German Hayek Stiftung. His personal website is http://www.johannorberg.net/
A young writer from Sweden, who started on the anarchist left and then came to understand the world better. Johan Norberg has traveled to Vietnam, Africa, and other hot spots in the battle over globalization. He has become a passionate defender of the globalization that is lifting poor countries out of poverty. In Defense of Global Capitalism is the first book to rebut, systematically and thoroughly, the claims of the anti-globalization movement. With facts, statistics, and graphs, Norberg shows why capitalism is in the process of creating a better world. The book is written in a conversational style with an emphasis on liberal values and the opportunities and freedom that globalization brings to the world's poor.
In Defense of Global Capitalism shows that the diffusion of capitalism in the past few decades has lowered poverty rates and created opportunities for individuals all over the world. Living standards and life expectancy have risen substantially. There is more food, more education, and more democratization, less inequality and less oppression of women. Norberg takes on the tough issues-economic growth, freedom vs. equality, free trade and fair trade, international debt, child labor, cultural imperialism-and concludes that free-market capitalism is the best route out of global poverty.