David Rothkopf: "Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government - and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead"

David Rothkopf: "Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government - and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead"

A former Clinton Administration official and expert on international trade says the rise of private power may be the most important and least understood trend of our time. In a new book, David Rothkopf goes beyond the political rhetoric about big business versus big government. He describes the struggle between private and public power over the past thousand years, how that's led to competing forms of capitalism across the globe and what it means for American influence today.

Last summer, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made news when he said, “corporations are people.” A former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce says some giant companies are now borderless super-citizens loyal to no country. Companies like Walmart and Exxon now have a financial and political reach that rivals most countries. David Rothkopf says our government policies don't deal with this reality. And besides the battle between big business and big government, there's competition between competing forms of capitalism. A look at the new global order of states, corporate super-citizens, and the declining U.S. brand of capitalism.

Guests

David Rothkopf

CEO and editor-at-large of Foreign Policy, author of "Superclass" and "Running the World"; president and CEO of the international advisory firm Garten Rothkopf; visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Policy.

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