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One World: The Ethics of Globalization (The Terry Lectures) Paperback – March 11, 2004
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In this brief book, Singer tackles 4 issues raised by globalization: how to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and global warming; whether the WTO and free trade make the world a better place or simply enrich the rich at the expense of the poor while undermining all other human values; when military intervention is justified to prevent or stop genocide or other crimes against humanity; and the scope of the Western world's obligations to the poor and less developed portions of the world.Read more ›
* The ethics of a political position that gives absolute priority to the perceived short-term interests of the citizens of one's own country (particularly issues of poverty and environmental protection) - mainly in the Chapters "One Atmosphere" and "One Community", and ending (in "A Better World?") with a brief discussion of issues and alternatives for a better solution to the governance of a single world;
* An ethical critique of the World Trade Organization's defence against four key charges - in the Chapter "One Economy";
* A similar critique of the arguments advanced by global corporations for trading with dictatorial regimes - also in the Chapter "One Economy"; and
* An examination of the basis of international law, in particular the ethical basis for military intervention in another country - in the Chapter "One Law".
A notable feature of the book is the wealth of factual detail that Singer brings to underpin his case. Further, he avoids the trap of mere utopianism by the rigour and practicality of his arguments, while insisting on the importance of the ethical dimension in resolving the issues.
The care with which he lays out his arguments will provide food for thought for both sides of the divide about globalization, while his use of ethics as a touchstone highlights the sad fact that few current global policies, including the Iraq intervention, are ethically defensible.
My reservation is with the book's safely liberal framework. When all is said and done, Singer's prescriptions raise no issues beyond those of market reforms (reform of WTO), greater world democracy, and more generous foreign aid. In short, there is nothing there that the liberal wing of the Democratic party could not at least pay lip service to. Nowhere does his work suggest that the barriers confronting a more humane and sustainable planet are structural and non-negotiable, that wealth and power may have to be seriously redistributed, or that the problems may be more systemic than piece-meal.Read more ›
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Boring.....Too many references to other studies, and papers. The reader gets lost following the main thought the author is pursuing. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Richard Talada
I may disagree with Singer quite often, but One World is a well-researched book with good information and sound arguments.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
He makes a few completely valid points, but does little to suggest viable solutions. It is good if you want to be more aware of things, but if you want information that is... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nick
Some good theory and examples, not as much as I previously think. However, anyone can get some good stuff from it.Published on April 29, 2014 by Aldo F. Ramirez
Singer stated his thesis up front: "as the nations of the world move closer together to tackle global issues like trade, climate change, justice, and poverty, our national... Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Alicia Crumpton
Peter Singer has unquestioned authority in matters explored in "One World" - he doesn't answer every question, but in accessing his knowledge this book will assist you in... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Robert McLean
While clearly very passionate and thoughtful about global politics and ethics, I found Peter Singer to be idealistic and often times lacking in deep insight, rather choosing to... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Sleepless Thane