By John Cavanagh
The end result of a five-year venture through the foreign discussion board on Globalization (IFG), this booklet offers an inspiring plan for relocating towards extra sustainable, humanistic versions of monetary prosperity with an emphasis on citizen democracies, neighborhood self-sufficiency, and ecological wellbeing and fitness. parts of debate comprise the 10 center specifications for democratic societies in addition to replacement platforms of power, agriculture, and production. Written by means of a most advantageous workforce of 18 thinkers from around the globe and edited through best-selling authors John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, this revised and improved version represents the respectable consensus of the dwelling democracy stream. Delving into the main compelling choices to globalization so far, it incorporates a chart at the results of globalization and 3 totally new chapters at the worldwide stability of energy, the media, and what usual humans can do approximately globalization.
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Economic and Cultural Homogenization The third tenet of economic globalization is to integrate and merge the economic activity of all countries into a homogeneous model of development— a single, centralized supersystem. Countries with cultures, economies, and traditions as varied as those of India, Sweden, Thailand, Kenya, Bhutan, Bolivia, Canada, Russia, and close to two hundred others are all meant to adopt similar tastes, values, and lifestyles. They are to be served by the same few global corporations, the same fast-food restaurants, hotel chains, and clothing chains; wear the same jeans and shoes; drive similar cars; receive the same ﬁlms, music, and television shows; live in the same kind of urban landscape; and engage in the same kind of agricultural and industrial development schemes, while carrying the same personal, cultural, and spiritual values—a global monoculture.
But sometimes we borrow ideas from that second paradigm to buttress our arguments for the ﬁrst paradigm, and vice versa, and we get confused. So as we work and debate which initiatives make sense, we should be explicit as to whether we are arguing from the ﬁrst or the second paradigm. Let us be clear that the real world is moving ahead in the ﬁrst paradigm. Some of us may be ﬁghting from within that paradigm to point out where there are inequities, where there are double standards, and where there must be fairer terms of exchange, and so forth.
This is why there is such excitement about China joining the experiment, because it 35 design for corporate rule oﬀers all three: labor, resources, and markets. To achieve hypergrowth, the emphasis is on the ideological heart of the model—free trade—accompanied by deregulation of corporate activity. The idea is to remove as many impediments as possible to expanded corporate activity. In practice, such impediments are usually environmental laws, public health laws, food safety laws, laws pertaining to workers’ rights and opportunities, laws permitting nations to control investment on their own soil, and laws attempting to retain national control over local culture.
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