By John Cavanagh
The fruits of a five-year venture by means of the foreign discussion board on Globalization (IFG), this ebook provides an inspiring plan for relocating towards extra sustainable, humanistic versions of monetary prosperity with an emphasis on citizen democracies, neighborhood self-sufficiency, and ecological future health. components of debate comprise the 10 middle requisites for democratic societies in addition to substitute structures of strength, agriculture, and production. Written by means of a premiere crew of 18 thinkers from all over the world and edited through best-selling authors John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, this revised and increased variation represents the reputable consensus of the dwelling democracy circulation. Delving into the main compelling choices to globalization so far, it incorporates a chart at the results of globalization and 3 completely new chapters at the international stability of energy, the media, and what usual humans can do approximately globalization.
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It found that of these twenty-ﬁve ecosystem-service combinations, sixteen had declining trends. The only positive trend was in food and ﬁber production by forest ecosystems, which has been achieved by an expansion of industrial forest monocropping at the expense of species diversity. Human activity—in particular, fossil fuel combustion—is estimated to have increased atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to their highest levels in twenty million years. According to the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental think tank, natural disasters, including weather-related disasters such as storms, ﬂoods, and ﬁres, aﬀected more than two billion people and caused in excess of $608 billion in economic losses worldwide during the decade of the 1990s—more than the previous four decades combined.
We could wind up with Mitsubishi running social security, Bechtel controlling the world’s water, Deutschebank running the jails (and maybe the parks), Disney running the British Broadcasting Corporation, Merck running the Canadian health care system. It sounds far-fetched, but the threat is real. There is also the commodiﬁcation of money itself. Right now, the overwhelming majority of global transactions under the free trade system are not 38 a system in crisis in goods and services but are ﬁnancial.
Unrestricted repatriation of proﬁts: The order permits foreign investors to “transfer abroad without delay all funds associated with [their] investment, including shares or profits and dividends” (among others). ” • Forty-year leases: Iraq’s government and businesses will be locked into contracts signed under these rules for forty years, with an option of unlimited renewal. S. corporations operating in Iraq to own every business, do all of the work, and send all of their money home. Nothing needs to be reinvested locally to boost the Iraqi economy or be targeted to help damaged regions, communities, or services.
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