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By John Cavanagh

The fruits of a five-year venture via the overseas discussion board on Globalization (IFG), this booklet offers an inspiring plan for relocating towards extra sustainable, humanistic types of monetary prosperity with an emphasis on citizen democracies, neighborhood self-sufficiency, and ecological overall healthiness. components of dialogue contain the 10 middle requisites for democratic societies in addition to substitute platforms of strength, agriculture, and production. Written via a most appropriate staff of 18 thinkers from world wide and edited via best-selling authors John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, this revised and accelerated version represents the respectable consensus of the residing democracy move. Delving into the main compelling choices to globalization up to now, it incorporates a chart at the results of globalization and 3 completely new chapters at the worldwide stability of energy, the media, and what traditional humans can do approximately globalization.

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Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible

The end result of a five-year venture through the foreign discussion board on Globalization (IFG), this ebook provides an inspiring plan for relocating towards extra sustainable, humanistic versions of financial prosperity with an emphasis on citizen democracies, neighborhood self-sufficiency, and ecological healthiness. components of dialogue contain the 10 center standards for democratic societies in addition to substitute platforms of power, agriculture, and production.

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These may all soon be commodified, privatized, opened to foreign investment and domination, and eventually available only to those people who will be able to pay commercial rates for them. We could wind up with Mitsubishi running social security, Bechtel controlling the world’s water, Deutschebank running the jails (and maybe the parks), Disney running the British Broadcasting Corporation, Merck running the Canadian health care system. It sounds far-fetched, but the threat is real. There is also the commodification of money itself.

The less the self-reliance of a community or nation, the greater its external dependence and the greater the need for globally uniform rules to avoid a downward pressure on standards everywhere. By the same token, the greater the conflicting worldviews 27 self-reliance of a community or nation, the greater the scope for local flexibility and adaptation to local circumstances. Dialogue on these tradeoffs in the IFG has led to a consensus tilt in favor of self-reliance and local self-determination.

For example, the government of Guatemala canceled a public health law that had forbidden infant formula companies, notably Gerber, from advertising their products as being healthier than breast milk. And Canada canceled its ban on the import of MMT, a fuel additive that can damage nervous systems. In both cases the reasons were threats of suit under trade regimes. In the Gerber case the United States threatened a suit in the WTO. In the Canadian case, Ethyl Corporation threatened to sue Canada under NAFTA’s investor-state provision—likely to be expanded in the FTAA agreement— which allows corporations, for the first time, to sue sovereign governments, not in domestic courts but in international tribunals.

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