By John Cavanagh
The fruits of a five-year undertaking by way of the overseas discussion board on Globalization (IFG), this booklet offers an inspiring plan for relocating towards extra sustainable, humanistic versions of financial prosperity with an emphasis on citizen democracies, neighborhood self-sufficiency, and ecological wellbeing and fitness. parts of dialogue contain the 10 middle standards for democratic societies in addition to substitute platforms of strength, agriculture, and production. Written by way of a most well known staff of 18 thinkers from world wide and edited via best-selling authors John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, this revised and extended variation represents the legitimate consensus of the dwelling democracy flow. Delving into the main compelling possible choices to globalization to date, it encompasses a chart at the results of globalization and 3 totally new chapters at the worldwide stability of energy, the media, and what traditional humans can do approximately globalization.
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They are to be served by the same few global corporations, the same fast-food restaurants, hotel chains, and clothing chains; wear the same jeans and shoes; drive similar cars; receive the same ﬁlms, music, and television shows; live in the same kind of urban landscape; and engage in the same kind of agricultural and industrial development schemes, while carrying the same personal, cultural, and spiritual values—a global monoculture. This trend is already visible to any traveler. Every place is becoming more and more like every other place.
Recent events give credence to the view that a new cycle of change is under way both at the institutional and grassroots levels, and that a new grand alliance may evolve with the potential to remedy the injustices of our time. Pa r t O n e A SYSTEM IN CRISIS Sold to the world as a panacea for all problems, economic globalization has not lived up to its advertising. It has not lifted the poor; it has instead brought record disparities in income and wealth between rich and poor nations, and rich and poor within nations.
This is why there is such excitement about China joining the experiment, because it 35 design for corporate rule oﬀers all three: labor, resources, and markets. To achieve hypergrowth, the emphasis is on the ideological heart of the model—free trade—accompanied by deregulation of corporate activity. The idea is to remove as many impediments as possible to expanded corporate activity. In practice, such impediments are usually environmental laws, public health laws, food safety laws, laws pertaining to workers’ rights and opportunities, laws permitting nations to control investment on their own soil, and laws attempting to retain national control over local culture.