By John Cavanagh

The fruits of a five-year undertaking through the overseas discussion board on Globalization (IFG), this publication 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 health and wellbeing. parts of debate comprise the 10 middle requisites for democratic societies in addition to substitute platforms of power, agriculture, and production. Written by means of a most well known staff of 18 thinkers from around the globe and edited by way of best-selling authors John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, this revised and increased version represents the legitimate consensus of the residing democracy stream. Delving into the main compelling possible choices to globalization up to now, it contains a chart at the results of globalization and 3 solely new chapters at the international stability of strength, the media, and what traditional humans can do approximately globalization.

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While he boasts of removing Saddam Hussein from power, he did far more than that. He decapitated the government of a country that was not directly threatening the United States and, in so doing, bogged down a huge percentage of our military in a region that never has known peace. In a report published by the People-Centered Development Forum, Global Civil Society: The Path Ahead, authors David Korten, Nicanor Perlas, and Vandana Shiva describe the futility of imperial policy, whether by economic or military means in the modern world.

This human tragedy is not confined to poor countries. 3 million children experience outright hunger. S. households, accounting for 31 million people, do not have access to enough food to meet their basic needs. These are some of the many indicators of a deepening global social crisis. On the environmental side, a joint study released in September 2000 by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Bank, and the World Resources Institute assessed five ecosystem types—agricultural, coastal, forest, freshwater, and grassland—in relation to five ecosystem services—food and fiber production, water quantity, air quality, biodiversity, and carbon storage.

This too is necessary to expand the terrain for economic activity and profit. The conversion process now includes formerly pristine elements of the global commons—elements that have until now always been far outside the trading system and that most of us have always assumed would remain the inalienable right of all human beings to retain in a noncommodified form. For example, the genetic structures of our bodies, and of all life, are now becoming “enclosed” as part of the commodity trading system through biotechnology, with the process greatly assisted by WTO rules on intellectual property rights.

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