No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization (No-Nonsense Guides) Paperback – 1 Jan 2011
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"The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization provides a lucid explanatory map of our current condition. This is a concise and valuable overview of the world system, what has gone wrong with it - and the way ahead." Professor John McMurtry, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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'For as long as I have been writing about North-South issues - and that's longer than I care to remember - the New Internationalist has been there with pungent, pithy, probing, political analysis. Now they've had the bright idea to encapsulate some of their accumulated wisdom in the No-Nonsense Guides. You can't go wrong - I personally intend to order the whole series.' Susan George, Associate Director of the Transnational Institute and author of The Debt Trap and The Lugano Report.
'The No-Nonsense Guides are the most accessible and enjoyable means for people with hurried lives to find out how the world really works.' George Monbiot environmental campaigner and author of Captive State.
'This book is a lucid explanatory map of our current condition. For all who seek to think past corporate slogans to life-responsible government, The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization is a concise and valuable overview of the world system, what has gone wrong with it - and the way ahead.' Professor John McMurtry, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Globalization: it's a buzzword you can't escape. But what on earth does it mean? For some it's the ticket to a democratic world of instant communications and global prosperity. While for others it's a money-mad juggernaut, spinning wildly out of control, threatening both cultural and biological diversity.
The complex entanglement of cultures and economies has been growing since the colonial era and even before. So today commercial culture and the Western consumer model have seeped into every corner of the globe while gaps in wealth, food security and social provision continue to grow.
This No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization traces the journey towards a 'borderless world'. And in the process it shows that the promise of globalization is seductive, powerful - and ultimately hollow.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization is one in a series by New Internationalist Publications Ltd and Verso. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Not quite such high marks when it comes to objectivity, however, as this No-Nonsense Guide takes a rather one-sided view of globalization -- a critical view. While I agree with the points the author makes regarding the need for better regulation of large multinational corporations etc, I felt that a book claiming to be a guide should take a more balanced view.
My own feeling is that globalization is the inevitable result of a free and interconnected world, and as such it should be embraced and made to work for the benefit of as many people as possible.
Globalization is surely here to stay. The alternatives would involve some kind of trade barriers and other restrictions - nationalism, I suppose, which doesn't strike me as progress. While it is true that multinational corporations appear to be the main beneficiaries of globalization, it is also true that many citizens of nations such as China have benefited too.
The answer must surely lie with greater co-operation between nations and with some kind of supranational authority that can prevent businesses from avoiding regulation and taxes.
Yes, there is much wrong with the current free-market capitalist system, no doubt. But blaming the forces of globalization is surely missing the point -- it is the extreme form of unregulated capitalism that is at fault, not the inevitable and in many respects welcome process of globalization.
So overall, this book raises some interesting points, but it doesn't really do what it says on the cover.
Although an old book, and points mentioned feed into the cause of the current economic crisis it is well worth the read.
I'm planning to send a copy to all my friends - this shocking message needs to be understood by more people.
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This quick and easy read gives you a pretty good framework for understanding globalization of trade and the flow of money. It may seem like a boring topic, but your job, your pension or 401K, your bank deposits, and your country's independence and security are at stake. And you can do something--vote intelligently.
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