The Case Against the Global Economy: And for a Turn Toward the Local

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A great political debate has emerged over the many unexpected and profound consequences of the rush toward the global economy. The world’s political and corporate leaders are restructuring the planet’s economy and political arrangements in ways that are affecting humans and the environment more than anything since the Industrial Revolution. Global institutions such as GATT, the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and the World Bank—created with scant public debate or scrutiny—have moved real power away from ...
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A great political debate has emerged over the many unexpected and profound consequences of the rush toward the global economy. The world’s political and corporate leaders are restructuring the planet’s economy and political arrangements in ways that are affecting humans and the environment more than anything since the Industrial Revolution. Global institutions such as GATT, the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and the World Bank—created with scant public debate or scrutiny—have moved real power away from citizens and nation-states to global bureaucracies, with grave results.
The Case Against the Global Economy is the first comprehensive, point-by-point analysis of the global economy, its premises, and its social and environmental implications. Represented here are forty-three leading economic, agricultural, and environmental experts who charge that free trade and economic globalization are producing exactly the opposite results from what has been promised.
Contributors include William Greider, Jeremy Rifkin, Ralph Nader, Vandana Shiva, David Korten, Wendell Berry, Kirkpatrick Sale, Herman E. Daly, Richard Barnet, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and more than thirty other analysts of the global economy.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The contributors to this handbookamong them Jeremy Rifkin, Ralph Nader, Kirkpatrick Sale, Wendell Berry, Richard Barnet, William Greider, ecological economist Herman Daly and World Bank environmental adviser Robert Goodlandargue 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 pathpromoting 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. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871568656
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,155,435
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Mander is the author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television and In the Absence of the Sacred. He is a senior fellow at the Public Media Center and program director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology. He lives in San Francisco, California. Edward Goldsmith is the founding editor of The Ecologist, Europe's leading environmental journal, and the author of more than fifteen books on ecological issues. He lives in London, England. Both are co-founders of the International Forum on Globalization.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Notes
1 Facing the Rising Tide 3
2 The Failures of Bretton Woods 20
3 The Pressure to Modernize and Globalize 33
4 Global Economy and the Third World 47
5 Homogenization of Education 60
6 Homogenization of Global Culture 71
7 Global Trade and the Environment 78
8 GATT, NAFTA, and the Subversion of the Democratic Process 92
9 New Technology and the End of Jobs 108
10 Control of the World's Food Supply 122
11 Biocolonization: The Patenting of Life and the Global Market in Body Parts 131
12 Piracy by Patent: The Case of the Neem Tree 146
13 Globalization, Development, and the Spread of Disease 160
14 The Winners and the Losers 171
15 The Mythic Victory of Market Capitalism 183
16 Sustainable Growth? No Thank You 192
17 The Need for New Measurement of Progress 197
18 Growth Has Reached Its Limit 207
19 Free Trade: The Great Destroyer 218
20 Free Trade: The Perils of Deregulation 229
21 Neo-Development: "Global Ecological Management" 239
22 Development as Colonialism 253
23 Seeds of Exploitation: Free Trade Zones in the Global Economy 267
24 Structural Adjustment and the Polarization of Mexican Society 273
25 Structural Adjustment Programs: "Success" for Whom? 285
26 Mechanisms of Corporate Rule 297
27 The Rules of Corporate Behavior 309
28 "Citizen" GE 323
29 Wal-Mart: Global Retailer 335
30 Technologies of Globalization 344
31 Electronic Money and the Casino Economy 360
32 Exercising Power Over Corporations Through State Charters 374
33 Shifting Direction: From Global Dependence to Local Interdependence 393
34 Conserving Communities 407
35 Gandhi's Swadeshi: The Economics of Permanence 418
36 Community Supported Agriculture: Farming with a Face on It 425
37 Communities: Building Authority, Responsibilities, and Capacity 434
38 Community Money: The Potential of Local Currency 446
39 "Sharing One Skin": Okanagan Community 460
40 Principles of Bioregionalism 471
41 In Favor of a New Protectionism 485
42 Cross-Border Organizing 494
43 The Last Word: Family, Community, Democracy 501
References 515
Author's Bibliography 523
Background Bibliography 529
Organizations 533
Index 538
Editors' Biographies 549
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    Thorny Broadside Against Economic Globalism!

    In a book one can best describe as both painstaking and muckraking, author and scholar Jerry Mander focus his considerable critical acumen by editing a series of essays on the much vaunted and constantly ballyhooed phenomenon of economic globalization. From the outset, Mander admits that the processes feeding into this process are so wide-spread, pandemic, and attractive to a variety of international corporate forces that any prospect for reversing the trend will be problematic indeed. Yet, given the potential for catastrophic consequences stemming from the movement toward the expanding influence of such global corporate enterprises, the author advises us that we would do well to try. Mander was among the first critics to point out how fundamentally undemocratic the rise of the corporate entities were in terms of how they came to increasingly exert powerful influences regarding the disposition of resources, political orientations, and the public welfare. Indeed, given the fact that economic globalization may well represent the most fundamental and the most radical reorientation of the sum total of international social, economic, and political arrangements in several hundred years, it is without a doubt critical that the average citizen learn more about the nature of economic globalization, how it is being implemented, and what this phenomenon means for each of us as individuals, as consumers, and, most importantly, as citizens. Thus, he and co-editor Edward Goldsmith have organized a series of 43 different essays from contributors as far ranging as Jeremy Rifkin to William Greider, from Ralph Nader to Wendell Berry, and from Jeanette Armstrong to Kirkpatrick Sale (the noted Neo-Luddite advocate), each discussing topics ranging from the nature of corporations accomplishing such change to the impact of the change for individuals in a number of important and interesting ways. Thus we have Wendell berry focusing on how corporate activities tend to attack and destroy rural opposition to facilitate the plunder of the natural resources, or William Greider discussing how a corporate giant like General Electric uses its political influence to fix the game in its favor, and this is often against the greater influence of the public at large in terms of jobs, the local economy, and the environment. This is an important book, one that arms the reader with an array of facts regarding what the so-called "New World Order" really means in terms of its potential impact on each us in every aspect of our lives, as individuals, as members of the local community, as consumers of necessary (and other) products, and as citizens of a nation and of the world at large. The scope of the change to come is immense, and it is obviously in the interest of each of us to better understand exactly what is at stake in terms of our lives, our freedoms as citizens, and our survival in a world increasingly endangered by reckless corporate activities that are destroying the biosphere. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    Great introduction to the economic and social dangers of a global economy

    Mander & Goldsmith are only two of the great authors within this text. This text started as required reading for one of my political science classes, but it would benefit many other areas of study, especially business students. You will find a great introduction to many authors, including Robert Kaplan and Jeremy Rifkin. This is a must for students; it is a must for individuals seeking a better understanding of where our economy and society headed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2001

    Essential Book For Everyone

    This was a great book that really points out what we already know with thoughtful and well constructed arguments.

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