The Case Against the Global Economy, and for a Turn Toward the Local

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Public discussions of NAFTA and GATT have failed to adequately describe the profound changes in the world economy that are being formulated or to critically examine the theories behind them. This book gathers more than 40 economic, agricultural, and environmental experts to convey a complete picture of how globalization will affect our lives.

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"Economic globalization," writes Jerry Mander, "involves arguably the most fundamental redesign of the planet's political and economic arrangements since at least the Industrial Revolution. Yet the profound implications of these fundamental changes have barely been exposed to serious public scrutiny or debate. Despite the scale of the global reordering, neither our elected officials nor our educational institutions nor the mass media have made a credible effort to describe what is being formulated or to explain its root philosophies." From which omission arises The Case Against the Global Economy.

The 43 essays in this collection comprise a point-by-point analysis of globalization and its consequences that demonstrates that the future may not be as bright as business leaders tell us. Among the highlights: William Greider examines how General Electric works to shape (with the goal of controlling) the political arena; Ralph Nader and Lori Wallach attack NAFTA and GATT for undermining the sovereign authority of democratic governments; and Wendell Berry looks at the concerted efforts of big business to destroy local, particularly rural, communities in order to plunder the environment without opposition. Several authors, including Satish Kumar, Jeanette Armstrong, and Kirkpatrick Sale, outline alternatives to the global economy based on "bioregional" principles of local self-sufficiency.

About 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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