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Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order Paperback – November 1, 2004
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The author quotes his sources extensively but I feel that he could have drlled down deeper in many instances where another author is his source. Nevertheless, there are many disturbing facts in this book which should make readers aware of problems that they may not have previously considered. His analysis of the effect (and the effectiveness) of the IMF and the World Bank is very interesting and well worth reading.
A major weakness of this book is the author's failure to address the effect of incentives on human behaviour. To a degree he does cover incentives for nations to behave in a manner which benefits the world and I believe that this also will contribute significantly to the debate. However, many of the great breakthroughs and inventions of the world, which have had a huge impact on living standards and longevity, have resulted due to the financial rewards flowing from such discoveries.
George Monbiot is to be congratulated for having the gumption to challenge current assumptions about democracy and economies and to put forward ideas that might help to make the world fairer and safer. I recommend his book highly to persons interested in achieving those goals.
I am as wary of cheap sneers and easy dismissals as I am wary of anything calling itself a "manifesto for a new world order." The fact is, it's not so easy to dismiss the prevailing world order. So, in considering George Monbiot's latest book, we must first grudgingly look beyond the bold capitals on the cover declaring "For Sale in the Indian Subcontinent Only," not unlike so many dams, discontinued contraceptives, unapproved pharmaceuticals & pesticides. In this case the intention is to protect the profits of the publisher in other markets. Overlooking that as well, we can appreciate the effort involved in proposing a constructive program amidst a familiar cacophony of dissent.
Monbiot's Age of Consent appeals to those from all stripes of the Global Justice Movement seeking common goals, namely to "replace the system which works for the powerful with one which works for the weak ... to replace a world order built on coercion with one which emerges from below, built upon democracy" (p.67-68).
He evaluates the existing systems such as the United Nations, which have also been founded with such noble intentions and calls for the UN General Assembly to be democratized, capturing the powers now vested in the Security Council. Along with this he proposes a democratically elected World Parliament, and International Clearing Union for timely debt clearances and a Fair Trade Organisation.Read more ›
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written 10 yr ago, not finished the book yet, but has an exciting and stimulating start. Should be more widely advertised as sstill relevant to current world woes.Published on January 28, 2013 by Lyn Happy
This is a very optimistic book laying forth (as the author puts it) a manifesto for a new world order, and very plausible and inspiring it is as well. Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Spider Monkey