Silent Coup


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Biographies Acknowledgements Introduction: The meeting Part One: Corporate justice 1 Democracy on Trial 2 Corporate Courts 3 Secret Insurance 4 Capitalist Magna Carta 5 The Boomerang Part Two: Corporate Welfare 6 Aid-funded Business 7 Financing ‘Development’ 8 Buying Power 9 Aiding Elites 10 A New Continent Part Three: Corporate Utopias 11 Fences Up 12 Irish Invasion 13 Rights Suspended 14 Private Cities 15 Finance is King Part Four: Corporate Armies 16 Peace Without Democracy 17 Profits Versus Peasants 18 Private Borders 19 Private Protection 20 Lucrative Threats Epilogue: Ugly Truths Bibliography Notes Index

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A journalistic exposé of the global takeover of political power by corporations, which increasingly determine what is possible in the world - deciding how justice is defined, resources are allocated, territories are governed, and people are punished.

About the Author

Claire Provost is co-founder and codirector of the new non-profit Institute for Journalism and Social Change. She was previously Head of Global Investigations at the independent media outlet openDemocracy, a fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) in London, and a data journalist at the Guardian. This is her first book. Matt Kennard is co-founder, and chief investigator, at Declassified UK, a news outlet investigating British foreign policy. He was a fellow and then director at the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) in London, UK. He has worked as a staff writer for the Financial Times in Washington, DC, New York, and London. He is the author of two acclaimed books: Irregular Army (2012) and The Racket (2015).


This wide-ranging inquiry—based on intensive on-the-ground investigation—unearths ‘a parallel world, outside of scrutiny…with very real consequences’. An ugly world, out of control, unaccountable, but with overwhelming power. It ranges from investor-state legal systems to intricate systems of corporate welfare that aid elites and investors. Always concealed in elaborate devices of seeming to do good. Silent Coup is a highly revealing exposé of the hidden real world.
*Noam Chomsky*

SIlent Coup opens a window onto multiple battlefields on which brave communities resist irresistible conglomerates world-wide. Because these momentous clashes remain under the radar of global public opinion, reading this book constitutes, in itself, an act of precious resistance.
*Yanis Varoufakis*

Silent Coup is a crime story: a gripping description of the murky legal, and regulatory structures and policy changes that privilege big corporations. It’s a tragedy, outlining the terrible consequences for people and nature, for democracy and accountability. It’s a lesson in economics, providing fascinating and important insights into the functioning of global capitalism today. But finally it’s also a story of hope, about apparently powerless people resisting these trends in the struggle for better and more just futures. Don’t miss this.
*Jayati Ghosh*

Silent Coup shows us how corporations have insulated themselves from democratic decision-making and stolen our collective power. Through impressive and important investigative journalism, the authors reveal how, why and where corporate power has hijacked democracy. We have to understand this world-spanning corporate power to build a global movement so powerful that we can take back our democracies and secure our collective future.
*Jeremy Corbyn*

Silent Coup is a ground-breaking piece of work. Through personal journeys and encounters, it reveals the truth about how little our votes mean when corporations and dirty dealers are pulling their corrupt strings in the background. This book needs to be read aloud. Silent Coup shows us where we’re heading to if we do nothing. This book is not about theories, it’s about reality. It’s what real investigative journalism should be about, but it’s written in a no nonsense, engaging, and accessible style. This is stuff we really need to know.
*Benjamin Zephaniah*

Silent Coup is investigative journalism at its best. It shows us how corporations rule the world: suing sovereign, democratic governments in invisible courts to erode constitutions and the democratic rights they enshrine—and writing laws and treaties to privatise the earth’s resources and public goods. Sovereign communities and countries are being displaced by sovereign companies and the supranational systems they have built to establish their control, creating in the process our age of corporate colonialism. The book is vital reading for all who care for human freedom, human rights and democracy.
*Vandana Shiva*

Silent Coup is an outstanding work of secrets revealed: all the more so for its classic eyewitness reporting. It shows that democracy's true enemy is within, a dark alliance of rapacious capital and corrupt law. We have been warned.
*John Pilger*

This brilliant book presents an entirely innovative framework to understand why the world looks like it does and not what it is. It explains why the media is largely ignoring the most important story of our generation. It explains how civic society around the world is being systematically dismantled by greedy corporations, governments, judicial bodies, and international institutions. It crackles by exposing hypocrisy at every level of officialdom. It demonstrates that voting in Western democracies is only the window dressing that hides power that few see with the naked eye but that this book reveals in startling and grotesque detail. If you read only one book this year, this should be it.
*Steven Donziger*

Quite an eye-opening look at the various abuses of corporate power across the globe and how they have caused quite a bit of harm and perhaps unintended consequences . . . absolutely worthy of reading and could enhance the overall discussion of related topics. Recommended.

Silent Coup is investigative journalism at its best, charting the rise of corporate power after World War II, where the freedoms fought for were redefined.
*The Morning Star*

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