Planet 234

Andrew Green
Swansea Copper: a Global History
by Chris Evans and Louise Miskell

by Chris Evans and Louise Miskell

Johns Hopkins University Press, $54.95

You’ve decided to become a global capitalist. What do you do next? First, find a field with world-wide potential. Second, upend the accepted economic model of that field, and drive your new model vigorously. Third, make sure you have ample money behind you, and acquire the best technologies. Next, pay for the necessary skills. But don’t be squeamish about mistreating low-skilled labour, or about unethical uses of your product. Finally, neutralise your competitors, or form a cartel with them when necessary to keep prices high.

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