John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, eds. Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2004. Paperback, vii + 408 pp.
This book is the product of a think tank called International Forum on Globalization, formed in 1994. Its 60 activist members from 25 countries believe that the corporate and political push toward economic globalization is riddled with problems, not least the fact that it is unaccountable to the democratic process.
The present publications argues that economic globalization is neither inevitable nor the optimal way to proceed toward a better world. The many contributors maintain that alternatives are available, which heed the critical need for ecological sustainability, respect for human rights and cultural heritage, social justice, and other similar desiderata of modern life. While not every contributor agrees with all the conclusions presented in this report, all contributors endorse its overall orientation.
Alternative to Economic Globalization is brimming with valuable ideas on how to turn around the present crisis situation not only theoretically but also practically. For those who have committed to an activist course, which is the only viable route at this late hour, the editors have added a priceless list of groups and organization working toward alternatives to economic globalization, complete with a brief description of their respective mission.
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