The Case Against the Global Economy And for a Turn toward the Local

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  • Copyright: 1997-01-01
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books

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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 will affect 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 Economyis the first comprehensive point-by-point analysis of the global economy, its premises, and its social and environmental implications. The work gathers 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Notes
Facing the Rising Tidep. 3
The Failures of Bretton Woodsp. 20
The Pressure to Modernize and Globalizep. 33
Global Economy and the Third Worldp. 47
Homogenization of Educationp. 60
Homogenization of Global Culturep. 71
Global Trade and the Environmentp. 78
GATT, NAFTA, and the Subversion of the Democratic Processp. 92
New Technology and the End of Jobsp. 108
Control of the World's Food Supplyp. 122
Biocolonization: The Patenting of Life and the Global Market in Body Partsp. 131
Piracy by Patent: The Case of the Neem Treep. 146
Globalization, Development, and the Spread of Diseasep. 160
The Winners and the Losersp. 171
The Mythic Victory of Market Capitalismp. 183
Sustainable Growth? No Thank Youp. 192
The Need for New Measurement of Progressp. 197
Growth Has Reached Its Limitp. 207
Free Trade: The Great Destroyerp. 218
Free Trade: The Perils of Deregulationp. 229
Neo-Development: "Global Ecological Management"p. 239
Development as Colonialismp. 253
Seeds of Exploitation: Free Trade Zones in the Global Economyp. 267
Structural Adjustment and the Polarization of Mexican Societyp. 273
Structural Adjustment Programs: "Success" for Whom?p. 285
Mechanisms of Corporate Rulep. 297
The Rules of Corporate Behaviorp. 309
"Citizen" GEp. 323
Wal-Mart: Global Retailerp. 335
Technologies of Globalizationp. 344
Electronic Money and the Casino Economyp. 360
Exercising Power Over Corporations Through State Chartersp. 374
Shifting Direction: From Global Dependence to Local Interdependencep. 393
Conserving Communitiesp. 407
Gandhi's Swadeshi: The Economics of Permanencep. 418
Community Supported Agriculture: Farming with a Face on Itp. 425
Communities: Building Authority, Responsibilities, and Capacityp. 434
Community Money: The Potential of Local Currencyp. 446
"Sharing One Skin": Okanagan Communityp. 460
Principles of Bioregionalismp. 471
In Favor of a New Protectionismp. 485
Cross-Border Organizingp. 494
The Last Word: Family, Community, Democracyp. 501
Referencesp. 515
Author's Bibliographyp. 523
Background Bibliographyp. 529
Organizationsp. 533
Indexp. 538
Editors' Biographiesp. 549
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