Collapse of Globalism: And the Rebirth of Nationalism

Overview

Grand economic theories rarely last more than a few decades and globalization, with its technocratic and technological determinism, and its market idolatry, may have seen its best days. Perhaps it is already a spent force, argues John Ralston Saul—the prize-winning author of The Unconscious Civilization, Voltaire's Bastards, and On Equilibrium, among others—in this groundbreaking new book.

The Collapse of Globalism follows globalization from its promising beginnings in the ...

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Overview

Grand economic theories rarely last more than a few decades and globalization, with its technocratic and technological determinism, and its market idolatry, may have seen its best days. Perhaps it is already a spent force, argues John Ralston Saul—the prize-winning author of The Unconscious Civilization, Voltaire's Bastards, and On Equilibrium, among others—in this groundbreaking new book.

The Collapse of Globalism follows globalization from its promising beginnings in the 1970s through to the increasing deregulation in industry, and into the 1990s, when regional economic collapses and concern for the environment and for the rights of workers led to widespread protest and disillusionment. In the wake of globalism's collapse, nationalism of the best and worst sort, Saul demonstrates, shows signs of making a remarkable, unexpected recovery.

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David Ignatius
It's a series of meandering rants gathered around one central rant about globalization. Saul, the author of Voltaire's Bastards, argues that the very soul of the U.S.-driven global economy—free trade—is itself of dubious benefit because it spins goods around the world without creating real wealth. Certainly that case can be made, as it has been eloquently by William Greider in One World, Ready or Not. But it's not made well in Saul's book, which pops off in so many directions that a reader loses track sometimes of just what he's denouncing.
— The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585676293
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/22/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,020,046
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A serpent in paradise 3
2 A summary of the promised future 15
3 What they said it would do 17
4 What somebody forgot to mention 26
5 A short history of economics becoming religion 36
6 1971 55
7 The vacuum 57
8 The king's fool 66
9 Selected romantic enthusiasms 69
10 The gathering force 88
11 Crucifixion economics 102
12 Success 111
13 1991 118
14 The ideology of progress 123
15 1995 133
16 A negative equilibrium 139
17 NGOs and God 152
18 A chronology of decline 157
19 A chronology of decline : the Malaysian breakout 162
20 The end of belief 171
21 India and China 205
22 New Zealand flips again 210
23 The new vacuum : an interregnum of morbid symptoms 217
24 The new vacuum : is the nation-state back? 232
25 Negative nationalism 246
26 The normalization of irregular warfare 258
27 Positive nationalism 269
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