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The Case Against the Global Economy: And for a Turn toward the Local Paperback – January 1, 1997
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"Economic globalization," writes Jerry Mander, "involves arguably the most fundamental redesign of the planet's political and economic arrangements since at least the Industrial Revolution. Yet the profound implications of these fundamental changes have barely been exposed to serious public scrutiny or debate. Despite the scale of the global reordering, neither our elected officials nor our educational institutions nor the mass media have made a credible effort to describe what is being formulated or to explain its root philosophies." From which omission arises The Case Against the Global Economy.
The 43 essays in this collection comprise a point-by-point analysis of globalization and its consequences that demonstrates that the future may not be as bright as business leaders tell us. Among the highlights: William Greider examines how General Electric works to shape (with the goal of controlling) the political arena; Ralph Nader and Lori Wallach attack NAFTA and GATT for undermining the sovereign authority of democratic governments; and Wendell Berry looks at the concerted efforts of big business to destroy local, particularly rural, communities in order to plunder the environment without opposition. Several authors, including Satish Kumar, Jeanette Armstrong, and Kirkpatrick Sale, outline alternatives to the global economy based on "bioregional" principles of local self-sufficiency.
From Publishers Weekly
The contributors to this handbook?among them Jeremy Rifkin, Ralph Nader, Kirkpatrick Sale, Wendell Berry, Richard Barnet, William Greider, ecological economist Herman Daly and World Bank environmental adviser Robert Goodland?argue that the rush toward economic globalization, based on free trade and deregulation, is both harmful and reversible. Its consequences, they contend, include overcrowded cities, widening of the gap between rich and poor, lowering of wages while prices soar, destruction of wilderness, flattening of local traditions and cultures. The contributors recommend pursuing the opposite path?promoting greater economic localization through cooperatives and small companies that cater to local or regional markets. Essays deal with corporate control of the media and of financial markets; biotechnology's patenting of life forms as neocolonialist exploitation; the worldwide small-farm movement; the emergence of local currencies, barter and work exchange networks; and how global trade agreements (NAFTA, GATT) override decisions on worker safety and environmental standards made democratically by member nations. An important, vital resource for planetary stewardship. Mander (In the Absence of the Sacred) cofounded the International Forum on Globalization; Goldsmith is a founding editor of Britain's Ecologist.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Then boycott as many corporate/glogal products & services as you can. Learn your local, small producers and retailers, and purchase their products. Many communities have refused to allow big box stores to open in their towns; this needs to spread! We the buyers have that power, the power to resist the herd, the advertising, the over-consume message that has given Americans and the western world such a bad reputation in the world. There is no alternative to taking these iconoclastic, profound, and refreshing steps, says this book. They give all the reasons, facts, and eye witness testimony. We must end the global economy now, and as rapidly as possible.
This book informs the reader of the nuts and bolts of the global corporate economy, and of the alternative. Readers of this book see in Technicolor detail, from knowledgeable authors worldwide, that if we continue WORKING for the corporations, and BUYING from the corporations, we can do no more to help them. We are helping them to the maximum possible, and thus each year they grow stronger. (I include in the term corporations not only the sweatshop-global trade manufacturers, middlemen, and chain store retailers, and the huge ever-bigger sweated plantation owners (Dole etc.), but also the international banking "community" and Wall Street. They are all corporations. Read about the effect they are having, from many aspects and by many experts from many countries.
And spread the word: GLOBALIZATION DESTROYS ALL CULTURES
One reviewer mistakenly states, "there is a newer version of this book." No, what IFG (the International Forum on Globalization did) was to write/assemble a sequel "anthology," again by many authors, focusing more on alternatives to globalization, with intros to each piece by IFG. This newer, much thinner book they call volume 2, but it does not contain any of the excellent essays (pieces) from this book. It is not a new edition at all. What it does is update the outlook, 15 yrs after the main book. This alternatives sequel is very good, but I still like this book better. This big, red book says it so well, they perhaps should refrain from trying to reinvent the wheel, or soften it down any (tempering it with PR diplomacy, so the establishment will buy a few copies, rather than dismiss IFG as extremists.)
The problem this red book addresses has only become more serious in the 20 yrs since it was published, and for that reason the world indeed does need the red book's "extreme" assessments and curative solutions.
Buy this book and read it well. Then maybe pass it on to someone else to read. That's a lot of value for your used book dollar! A lot of truth per dollar.
Try to get this into the classroom--we need more business and economics students reading this book!
This book consists of many valid arguments against globalization. Personally, I try to buy from my local farmers market. I try to buy only U.S. produce (with rare exceptions like coffee and bananas). I drive an American car, a Ford, although it hurts me that it was made in Mexico. We would all be wealthier and wiser if we properly understood the grave dangers our leaders, past (Republicans) and present are doing destroying our economy.