Occupy World Street: A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Reform

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Ordinary citizens the world over have long paid the price for the swashbuckling behavior of the corporate and political elite. We've seen the reigning establishment widen the gap between rich and poor, champion endless growth on a finite planet, wreak havoc on developing nations, and ravage ecosystems in a mad race for natural resources.

Now, as demonstrators worldwide demand change, Occupy World Street offers a sweeping vision of how to reform our global economic and political ...

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Overview

Ordinary citizens the world over have long paid the price for the swashbuckling behavior of the corporate and political elite. We've seen the reigning establishment widen the gap between rich and poor, champion endless growth on a finite planet, wreak havoc on developing nations, and ravage ecosystems in a mad race for natural resources.

Now, as demonstrators worldwide demand change, Occupy World Street offers a sweeping vision of how to reform our global economic and political structures, break away from empire, and build a world of self-determining sovereign states that respect the need for ecological sustainability and uphold human rights.

In this refreshingly detailed plan, Ross Jackson shows how a handful of small nations could take on a leadership role; create new alliances, new governance, and new global institutions; and, in cooperation with grassroots activists, pave the way for other nations to follow suit.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jackson, chairman of the Danish-based foundation Gaia Trust and co-editor of Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits, provides a comprehensive and lucidly written history of neoliberal economics and its effects, tracing the inequalities inherent in neoliberal economic planning. Neoliberalism, as Jackson illustrates, isn’t an inevitable historical development, but rather an “artificial construct” created by people with a self-serving strategy that neglects the rest of humanity. Jackson presents the fundamental flaws in modern economics, locates the turning point in regulation and economic behavior, and then shows how and why things have devolved to their current state through the actions of the IMF and WTO. He traces a new, emergent worldview, proposing a solution in the form of a Gaian economic system, in which smaller, decentralized, diverse communities with a degree of local democracy form the proposed utopia, in contrast to the branded neoliberal free market of corporate dreams. A return to a simpler, more satisfying, and sustainable lifestyle is both necessary and inevitable, Jackson argues. The book is a how-to, “get serious about survival” guide, laying out a “global governance structure” and providing us with several strategies to try to get there. Hopefully, Jackson’s ideas won’t fall on dead ears. (Mar.)
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"Ross Jackson's reform proposals for our global institutions are more than astonishing-they are mind-blowing-pure creative genius. Let's do it!"--Clinton Callahan, author of Directing The Power of Conscious Feelings

"Ross Jackson has written the definitive analysis of why the current system cannot reform itself and why a completely new system must be born."--Jim Garrison, Chairman and President, State of the World Forum

"Ross Jackson presents us with an extraordinary global plan to tackle the multiple crises of our times-awesome in conception, sensitive in detail, and realistic enough to succeed."--Richard Register, author of Ecocities-Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature

Kirkus Reviews
The Club of Rome's The Limits to Growth comes in for a four-decades-later brushing up, and things don't look good. Canadian think-tanker and philanthropist Jackson (Shaker of the Spear: The Francis Bacon Story, 2005, etc.) has a similarly pessimistic view, though he mixes in New Agey sentiments ("I call the result of this restructuring effort the Gaian World Order to reflect the focus on the oneness of all planetary life in the emerging holistic worldview") thick enough to make a climate denier long for the homespun wisdom of Al Gore. Jackson opens with catastrophic prophecy, but nothing that we haven't heard before: We're past the point of abundant and cheap oil, and all that depends on it, including much of global agriculture, will suffer accordingly. Moreover, there is danger of falling into a "fatal energy trap" whereby fossil fuel is no longer available to manufacture renewable energy mechanisms--wind towers, solar panels and the like. Jackson does not, strictly speaking, restate the Club of Rome conclusions of yore, but the approach is much the same, including abundant graphs and charts, a broad-ranging survey of ecological and political crises to come and a rather scattershot approach, with raw notes poured into paragraph form to resemble narrative. It is widely argued that the U.S. government has propped up bad-guy regimes around the world--so much a given that Jackson's paragraph-long list of instances seems a species of overkill. Rhetorically, there are some questionable moments, too: Can NGOs really reflect "an expression of the dissatisfaction of citizens across the world with the way their governments have operated"? That would seem arguable, though this is not a book to be argued; instead, it seems destined for a pulpit before an audience of the faithful, and no one else. Policy wonks will want a more disciplined argument, even if the "Gaian League" will probably have a cool flag.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603583886
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,463,696
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Jackson, an expert in international finance and operations research, has long been an innovative leader in both the business and NGO worlds. He is chairman of Gaia Trust, a Danish-based foundation that supports the Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education, as well as hundreds of sustainability projects in forty countries. He is also director and owner of Urtekram, Scandinavia's largest wholesale organic-food company, and former chairman of Gaiacorp, foreign-exchange consultants and hedge fund managers. Jackson is the coeditor of When No Means Yes: Danish Visions of a Different Europe and Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits and author of And We ARE Doing It: Building an Ecovillage Future, among other books. He lives in Denmark.

Hazel Henderson, Ph.D., is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of Beyond Globalization and seven other books. As founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC she has created and co-produced its TV series "Ethical Markets". A fellow of the World Business Academy, she serves on several boards and shared the Global Citizen Award with Nobel Laureate A. Perez Esquivel of Argentina. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including (in the US) Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Challenge; Mainichi (Japan); El Diario (Venezuela); World Economic Herald (China); LeMonde Diplomatique (France); and Australian Financial Review. Her books are translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Korean, Portuguese, and Chinese.

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Table of Contents

About the Author viii

Foreword Hazel Henderson ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part 1 Planet Under Siege

1 The Assault on Nature 3

2 Energy Descent 17

3 The Collapse of Civilizations 33

Part 2 Drivers of Destruction

4 The Evolution of Economic Beliefs 49

5 The Neoliberal Project 76

6 Financial Crises 103

Part 3 The Empire

7 The Kennan Doctrine 125

8 Who Is in Charge? 145

Part 4 New Values, New Beliefs

9 The Emergent Worldview 163

10 Learning from Nature 184

11 Gaian Economics 193

Part 5 Toward a Gaian World Order

12 Designing a Gaian World 205

13 The Gaian Trade Organization 210

14 The Gaian Clearing Union 224

15 The Gaian Development Bank 242

16 A Gaian World 259

Part 6 Getting There

17 The Breakaway Strategy 275

Afterword 297

Notes 298

Index 307

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