The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
Why does capitalism triumph in the West but fail almost everywhere else? Elegantly, and with rare clarity, Hernando de Soto revolutionizes our understanding of what capital is and why it does not benefit five-sixths of mankind. He also proposes a solution: enabling the poor to turn the vast assets they possess into wealth.
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understanding of why Westerners , by representing assets with titles ... others saw just junk by devising new ways to represent the invisible potential that ...
Written parchments testifying to property transactions on land were ritually pressed to the soil to represent the agreement .
In addition it allows assets to become fungible by representing them to our minds ... This capacity of property to represent aspects of assets in forms that ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Indrit - LibraryThing
I have had the privilege of meeting the Hernando de Soto back in 2006 while attending training at his Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima. I can count among those who have also implemented in ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ShadowBarbara - LibraryThing
Excellent overview of how we use property to create capital and how most of the world does not have a system for documenting ownership. Most people live in an extralegal system. Has recommendations for changing the systems so that real capitalism can work. Read full review
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