Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible Paperback – Nov 9 2002
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About the Author
The International Forum on Globalization is an alliance of leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers, and writers - representing 60 organizations in 25 countries - that was formed in 1994 to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization. This consensus document has been a collaborative project of a drafting committee made up of eleven members of the IFG Board of Directors, along with eight other contributors, many of whom are internationally known and bestselling authors in their own right and who represent important organizations: John Cavanagh - bestselling author of Global Dreams, which has sold 60,000 copies through Simon & Schuster - and Jerry Mander - President of the IFG Board of Directrs and the author of the bestsellling books In the Absence of the Sacred and Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television - are coordinating the writing of the book.
Top Customer Reviews
This is no extremist anti-corporate, anti-capitalist text, although it does clearly come to the conclusion that the vector of economic globalisation that we are on is neither inevitable, desirable nor sustainable. It is notable for arguing at the level of underlying principles and their practical consequences - it makes explicit the assumptions underlying corporate globalisation and questions them. This, in itself, is a valuable service as so much of the 'debate' in the media proceeds on the basis of bald assertion of essentially fallacious economic dogma.
The report starts with a critique of 'corporate globalization'. The term itself is useful, because the term 'globalization' has become something of a 'Humpty-Dumpty' word ('when I use a word, it means exactly what I want it to mean, neither more nor less'). 'Corporate globalization' describes a process driven and promoted by the large global corporations which, whatever its other consequences, gives primacy to the benefits that will flow to global business.
The critique identifies eight key features of corporate globalization:
1. 'Promotion of hypergrowth and unrestricted exploitation of environmental resources to fuel that growth
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Moreover, the individual contributors offer a series of quite specific collective strategies for combating and limiting the extent of corporate domination, and also discuss various alternative systems in the critical areas of energy, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing. There is also a lively discussion pertaining to modes of political action to deconstruct and even destroy the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well its predecessor and corollary institutions, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund or IMF.Read more ›
What makes the book really important is the positive solutions and alternatives offered. The authors offer real ways to put into practice the Tikkun Community's first and second core principles (interdependence and ecological sanity, and a new bottom line in economic and social institutions).
I think other Tikkun readers, progressive-Democrats, Green party members, and thoughtful people everywhere---who want to see the world change from how it is now to how it could be---would want to read a book outlining specifics of how to create sustainable energy, transportation and food systems. And Alternatives to Economic Globalization does just that. I can't recommend this book enough (in fact I've already bought several copies to give to some of my friends).
Most recent customer reviews
If this book represents the views of the anti-globalization "movement", then the movement is nothing more than regurgitated Luddite socialism. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by ConsDemo
Any one with a modicum of knowledge in economic would find this book laughable. The leftist idoits make no new points, moreover, they lack a basic understanding of economics. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003
This book is excellent for all those who think we can do better-that small farmers needn't be driven from the land, our water needn't be polluted, people need not go hungry while... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2002
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