ECONOMIC ALTERNATIVES To Neoliberalism and Corporate-led Globalization/"Free Trade"

Since the collapse of Soviet communism neoliberals have proclaimed the unregulated global marketplace supreme. Their rallying cry has been Margaret Thatcher’s infamous “TINA” (there is no alternative). To this activists around the world have replied “TATA” (there are thousands of alternatives). These books provide the answer to that perennial taunt from globalization’s boosters: “we know what you’re against, but what are you for?”

The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth    by Mark Anielski (2007)     Investigates measures of genuine wealth and social well-being vs GDP and explores alternative business models to profit-driven capitalism. Academically oriented.

The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always do Better    by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2009)     A statistical examination of wealthy countries showing that poor health and dysfunctional social indicators increase for society as a whole with incresed inequality.

The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Bussinesses Are Beating the Global Competition    by Michael H. Shuman (2006)     Explodes the myths of transnational corporate and large-scale superiority, examines their subsidies and handouts, and presents practical steps for achieving a vibrant local economy.

Deglobalization: Ideas For a New World Economy    by Walden Bello (2002)     History and activities of the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, etc and the alternatives.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade    by David Ransom (2001)     Presents the alternative to corporate “free trade” globalization.

Good News For a Change: Hope For a Troubled Planet    by David Suzuki and Holly Dressel (2002)     Describes how people have begun to change the way they do business to create a more sustainable lifestyle out of our present dysfunctional economic system.