Articles about Globalization
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Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime
A father from Ivory Coast wanted to reunite his son with the rest of his family living in Spain. But the Spanish government denied him a family reunification visa. Desperate, he paid a Moroccan woman to smuggle his 8-year-old onto Spanish soil. On May 7, 2015, she...
What If Our Theories Are Horribly Wrong?
Miasma Theory was universally held and horribly wrong. What else might we be wrong about? In 19th century London, everyone was certain that bad air caused disease. From cholera to the plague: if you were sick, everyone thought it was because of bad air. It was called the...
Beyond Capitalism and Socialism: Could a New Economic Approach Save the Planet?
To avoid social, environmental and economic collapse, the world needs to move beyond the standard choices of capitalism or socialism. That’s the conclusion of a new report released Wednesday by US think tank Capital Institute. The non-partisan think tank argues that both...
Neoliberalism Is Not an Institution, But Rather a Paranormal Activity (Completely Normalized and Legally Ratified)
Believe you me, neoliberalism is not an institution, but rather a paranormal activity (completely normalized and legally ratified) which operates both in and outside ourselves. This is how it directs our behaviors, those we impose upon ourselves and those we project onto...
Before the Zombie Apocalypse — These 4 Trade Deals Were Ravaging the World!
Zombies can always be relied on to offer easy thrills, but what really keeps us up at night are the international trade agreements constantly being negotiated by the United States and its partners—each one more terrifying than the last. How can something as pleasant-sounding...
The Battle to Control the 3D Printing Revolution: DIY or CIA?
Scientific and technological innovations have the power to fundamentally transform human civilization as new possibilities previously deemed impossible are made realities. However, it is not the technologies themselves that dictate the nature of the political, economic or...
Monsanto: Profile of a Psychopath
It is said that if a modern, successful corporation were a type of person, it would be a psychopath.  With this in mind, Jason Louv assesses ‘Patient Monsanto’ An Evaluation of Psychopathic Traits in Patient MONSANTO (NYSE: MON) From my confidential clinical records of...
10 Powerful Images Explain Why We Should Be Worried About TTIP/CETA
The EU is negotiating two far-reaching trade agreements: one with the USA (TTIP = Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and one with Canada (CETA = Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement). The official line is that this will create jobs and increase economic...
In Your Wildest Schemes: The Market Vs. Climate Change
 The free market won’t stop climate change, but its failure is inspiring the people who will  
Whatever is Neo-Liberalism?
Neo-liberalism, like capitalism, is not usually a consciously accepted ideology it is a descriptive term. In fact neo-liberalism is best understood as the particular form and stage of capitalism that we are suffering under at this present time. Thomas G Clarke of 'Another...
Whatever is Neo-Colonialism?
Neo-colonialism: what is it? The no messin' answer. Neo-colonialism is the successor to colonialism or empire building. In the 18th and 19th centuries European countries were fairly advanced and powerful on a global scale. During that time they colonised most of the rest of...
Free Trade Explained In An Excellent Comic
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are the latest in a long line of international free trade agreements. But why are they bad for the majority of people and the planet and what are the justifications given by...
Can Civilization Survive "Really Existing Capitalism"? An Interview With Noam Chomsky
For decades now, Noam Chomsky has been widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive (linguist, philosopher, social and political critic) and the leading US dissident since the Vietnam War. Chomsky has published over 100 books and thousands of articles and essays...
Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity
At a conference a couple weeks ago an activist who does work in Africa recounted an encounter she had with the minister of agriculture of a certain African country. The minister spoke with excitement about the high-tech agricultural technologies he was bringing into the...
Whose Consumption Is Killing the planet?
It's not the impoverished billions, and it's not the majority of American consumers, either. THE CONSEQUENCES of human-induced climate change are dire. Crop failures will increase. Severe weather and rising sea levels will wreak more havoc. Species are being...
WIKILEAKS: U.S. Fought To Lower Minimum Wage In Haiti So Hanes And Levis Would Stay Cheap
A Wikileaks post published on The Nation shows that the Obama Administration fought to keep Haitian wages at 31 cents an hour. (This article was taken down by The Nation due to an embargo, but it was excerpted at Columbia Journalism Review.) It started when Haiti passed a...
Every Problem in the World is a Result of the Stories We Tell Ourselves. Change the Story, and You Change Everything.
Forget about solving climate change for a moment. Forget about all the problems we face. All of these problems are symptoms of a way of life that few of us are really happy with - especially when we have glimpsed the possibility of a world that could be so much more. We need...
20 Years After NAFTA, Many Worlds Are Possible
Caleb Duarte and Mia Eve Rollow from EDELO (En Donde Era La UNO / Where the United Nations Used to Be) explore the effects of NAFTA in Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state and the site of the Zapatista revolution sparked by the agreement. Mexico was said to be one step away...
The Pursuit of Happiness: A New Development Paradigm
During the 15 years, I lived and worked in Asia as a development professional from 1978 to 1992, I witness a troubling paradox. GDP was growing, incomes were rising, there was an expanding middle class, and a few people were getting fabulously rich. Development seemed to be...
The Global Transition Tipping Point Has Arrived - Vive la Révolution
A new post-carbon era dawns as the old fossil fuel system dies. It's time to step up.   Last Friday, I posted an exclusive report about a new NASA-backed scientific research project at the 
Flipping the Corruption Myth: Which is More Corrupt, the Petty Dictatorship or the Superpower that Installs It?
Corruption is by far not the main factor behind persisting poverty in the Global South. Transparency International recently published their latest annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), laid out in an eye-catching map of the world with the least corrupt nations coded in...
Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014
There's a lot of talk of Karl Marx in the air these days – from Rush Limbaugh accusing Pope Francis of promoting "pure Marxism" to a Washington Times writer claiming that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is an "unrepentant Marxist."   But few people actually understand...
Speculations on a probable future destruction of the internet
 ...Internet after all is not without enemies…      The Internet has become the Archimedean point in our daily life. Almost nothing gets done without it nowadays. The more we rely on it, the more it seems impossible to live without it. It is undoubtedly the most reliable...
What's Happening in Egypt is a Precursor to a Global War Between the World's Elites and the Poor
Radical Islam is the last refuge of the Muslim poor. The mandated five prayers a day give the only real structure to the lives of impoverished believers. The careful rituals of washing before prayers in the mosque, the strict moral code, along with the understanding that...
Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured Big Conservation?
Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the...
The Real Invasion of Africa and Other Not-Made-for-Hollywood Holy Wars
The "Islamic terrorism" that is an excuse for the enduring theft of Africa's vast store of minerals was all but invented by US, Pakistani and British intelligence agencies, which created the mujahedin of al-Qaeda and the Taliban.  A full-scale invasion of Africa is...
Why Advocates of Freed Markets Should Embrace "Anti-Capitalism"
Defenders of freed markets have good reason to identify their position as a species of “anti-capitalism.”[1] To explain why, I distinguish three potential meanings of “capitalism” before suggesting that people committed to freed markets should oppose capitalism in my second...
How a Libertarian Capitalist Became a Libertarian Socialist
A couple years back when I was working toward a philosophy major in college, I wrote a rebuttal on the section of The Anarchist FAQ that covers anarcho-capitalism. I removed the rebuttal from the web because I didn't have the time or inclination to continue to maintain it...
Why the Wage Labor System Is Inherently Exploitative
“A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work” has been the motto of the mainstream labor movement since at least the beginning of the 20th century. On the face of it, this general demand for workers sounds like a good thing. We have to work for a living, and so long as that’s the...
Trans-Pacific Partnership vs The New World Order
Information has been leaked about the Trans Pacific Partnership, which is being negotiated in secret by US Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Six hundred corporate  “advisors” are in on the know, but not Congress or the media.  Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate trade subcommittee...
Security Forces Arrest Supporters of Striking Walmart Warehouse Workers
Community, faith and labor organizations mobilized this afternoon for a rally and civil disobedience action in support of thirty-eight workers on strike at a Walmart warehouse in Elwood, Illinois. They marched down to this distribution center, and, at least thirteen clergy...
World's richest woman would prefer to pay her miners $2 an hour
Meet Gina Rinehart. Born Georgina Hope Hancock, Rinehart is heir to her father’s fortune built at Hancock Prospecting in Australia, where Rinehart remains as executive chair. Hancock Prospecting holds the rights to the world’s largest iron ore deposit and has made Rinehart...
Facing Global Protest, G8 Retreats
The Group of 8 Summit, a meeting of the governments of the world's eight largest economies, was supposed to convene in Chicago this May. For months, Occupy Chicago, international anti-war groups, Anonymous, and hundreds of allies have publicly planned to shut it down. Now...
The Top 10 Flaws of  Neoclassical Economics
Neoclassical economics has severe flaws.  But since the field is captive to the monopolistic money and banking system, it is very difficult for economists who are aware of this to speak up.  If they were to speak about the flaws, their careers would be severely limited.  Only...
Occupy Your Brain: On Power, Knowledge, and the Re-Occupation of Common Sense
One of the most profound changes that occurs when modern schooling is introduced into traditional societies around the world is a radical shift in the locus of power and control over learning from children, families, and communities to ever more centralized systems of...
After the Eviction
Last night, in what seems to be part of a coordinated crackdown on occupations across the country, Zuccotti Park was raided. Thousands of us who had subscribed to the text alert system, or who got emails or phone calls or panicked Twitter messages, went to Wall Street. But we...
Revolution and American Indians: “Marxism is as Alien to My Culture as Capitalism”
The following speech was given by Russell Means in July 1980, before several thousand people who had assembled from all over the world for the Black Hills International Survival Gathering, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is Russell Means's most famous speech. A...
Occupy to Self Manage
I have yet to see my nearest large occupation, Boston, or the precursor of all U.S. occupations, Wall Street. Instead, I have been on the road for the past six weeks in Thesselonika and Athens Greece; Istanbul and Diyarbikar Turkey; Lexington, Kentucky; London, England...
Understanding The Riots – Where Next?
Since last Saturday, a situation has escalated around the UK, with eruptions of long-repressed anger in most major cities. Whilst this anger may have certainly, at times, taken on forms that we disapprove of, we all know where this anger comes from. We are all suffering at...
The Moral Calculus of Mega-Economics
March 14, 2011 (1400 hrs) - Watching scenes of the devastation is emotionally taxing. Bodies continue to be found everywhere. The body count in Miyagi Prefecture alone is now over 10,000. Whole towns completely wiped off the map. Even if people escaped with their lives, those...
The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand: Capitalism As a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege
The empirically definitive critique of our economic system since its beginning to the present day. INTRODUCTION. Manorialism, commonly, is recognized to have been founded by robbery and usurpation; a ruling class established itself by force, and then compelled the peasantry...
Obama Admin Takes Aim at China’s Renewable-Energy Subsidies
Last week, in a move that pits American labor against China's green-technology industry, the Obama administration filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over China's wind-power subsidies. The U.S. move challenges China's rapid growth in the renewable-energy...
What is the Carnivalesque Rebellion?
The Carnivalesque Rebellion is about to begin. From November 22nd to the 28th, culture jammers of all kinds – from artists to churchgoers, anarchists to carpenters – will disregard the illegitimate laws of consumer society. For seven nights, they will honor instead the...