GLOBALIZATION



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Since the 1980’s we have been subjected to an unrelenting propaganda campaign on the virtues of unrestricted freedom for big business, while being assured that the blessings of neoliberal “free market” capitalism will be made available to all through the magic of “trickle down” economics. In the global corporate “race to the bottom” known as globalization manufacturing has been relocated to sweatshops in developing countries and money has been freed to flow to wherever the highest profit margin can be pried out. In Canada these objectives have been championed by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives as well as corporate funded “think-tanks” such the Fraser and C. D. Howe Institutes. This section explores the NAFTA, WTO, IMF and other members of the “free trade” menagerie as well as the transnational corporations which relentlessly push these corporate bills of rights. The corporate control of government and continuing erosion of Canadian sovereignty are also examined.




Easy Introductions



Globalization: A Very Short Introduction    by Manfred B. Steger (2009)     A brief look at globalization concepts, promises, and reality.

The Truth About Canada: Some Important. Some Astonishing, and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country    by Mel Hurtig (2008)     Uses detailed statistics to demolish the rosy claims of Canada's neoliberals, especially regarding "free trade" with the U.S.

Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism    by Ha-Joon Chang (2008)     Demolishes the myths and false assumptions used to promote "free trade" and neoliberal globalization.

The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World    by John Ralston Saul (2005)     Chronology of the rise and fall of globalization and its artificial linkage to neoliberalism. Academically oriented.

See Also



Global Showdown: How the New Activists Are Fighting Global Corporate Rule    by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke (2000)     Best single book on neoliberal globalization, NAFTA, WTO, IMF and government complicity in advancing the big business agenda as well as the worldwide citizen’s fight-back

When Corporations Rule the World    by David C. Korten (1995)     Classic work on corporate control of government in pursuit of the neoliberal agenda and “free trade”.

Too Close For Comfort: Canada’s Future Within Fortress North America    by Maude Barlow (2005)     Excellent account of the struggle to maintain Canadian independence in the face of “free trade” and the corporate push for Deep Integration with the U.S. via the "Security and Prosperity Partnership".

The Case Against the Global Economy and For a Turn Toward the Local    edited by Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith (1996)     Wide-ranging series of essays by some of the world’s foremost critics of globalization.

Globalization and its Discontents    Joseph E. Stiglitz (2002)     by Former chief economist of the World Bank discusses its effect and that of the International Monetary Fund on the world’s citizens.

The World Trade Organization: A Citizen’s Guide    by Steven Shrybman 2nd edition (2001)     Thorough look at the major institution for worldwide corporate globalization.

The Vanishing Country: Is It Too Late To Save Canada    by Mel Hurtig (2002)     Effect of NAFTA and American ownership, harmonization and privatization on Canadian independence.

Zip Locking North America: Can Canada Survive Continental Integration?    by Murray Dobbin (2003)     The threat posed to Canadian sovereignty and our medicare and social programs by Deep Integration with the U.S.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization    by Wayne Ellwood (2001)     A good basic introduction to the institutions involved in corporate-led globalization.

Goodbye Canada    by Paul Hellyer (2001)     Very basic introduction into the “free trade” treaties Canada has been led into and our resulting loss of sovereignty.

Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power    by Joel Bakan (2004)     History of corporations, effect of deregulation and privatization, corporate control of government, corporate penetration of schools and public spaces.

Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order    by Noam Chomsky (1999)     Interview highlighting the concepts behind neoliberalism and the reality of their effect on people.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism    by Naomi Klein (2007)     Details how around the world neoliberal economic policies require disaster, deception, or dictatorship for their implementation upon and victimization of an unwilling population.

All You Can Eat: Greed, Lust, and the New Capitalism    by Linda McQuaig (2001)     Historical perspective on “free trade” and its relation to past enclosure movements.




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