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New Left Review 65, September-October 2010


joel andreas

A SHANGHAI MODEL?

On Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics

Among those who muster the most righteous indignation against governments that stifle private enterprise are free-market advocates claiming to speak on behalf of the poor. In their works, the poverty of peasants and of rural migrants who eke out a living in the global South’s growing cities is caused by government bureaucrats, who provide privileges for crony capitalists and other favoured elites while smothering the entrepreneurial energies of the less fortunate. Give the poor clearly defined rights to their meagre properties, provide them with opportunities to obtain credit and stop subjecting them to onerous taxes and regulations, and they will not only find entrepreneurial solutions to their own poverty, but they will become a powerful engine for economic development.

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