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Juggernaut Politics: Understanding Predatory Globalization

Juggernaut Politics: Understanding Predatory Globalization (Paperback)

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This book comes out just when needed. It explains the global economy and the globalized world we all now live in. Jacques B. Gelinas uncovers the facts behind the hype. Globalization is not a vehicle without a driver, or an irresistible and inevitable force of nature, as political leaders and pundits would have us believe. The author identifies the actual institutions and people controlling the system. He explains:

How the globalization machine really works:

- The hidden face of the unregulated global market -- its unequal trade treaties and domination by big money.

- Its masters -- the transnational corporations and speculators.

- The overseers putting its employees to work -- the supermanagers and subservient politicians.

- The ideologists who justify and defend the system -- the free market economists and media pundits who propagate the Seven Articles of Neoliberalism which is the Globalization Creed.

- The UN saying yes to juggernaut globalization.

Who pays the price:

- The Earth, the environment, and life itself, all under threat.

- The values of equity, sharing and solidarity displaced by inequalities everywhere.

- Democracy undermined by the abdication of our political leaders.

What we can do about it:

- Another world is possible -- a model to be invented from below.

- Millions of ordinary people are starting to do it.

- Reclaim the economy so that markets serve people, and not the other way round.

- Reclaim the commons so that we stop destroying Nature.

- Reclaim democracy so that we democratic citizens win back control over our own affairs.

- Resist McWorld.

- Build alternatives.

This wonderful book is what so many of us -- muddled, worried, wanting to make a difference -- have been waiting for.

Jacques B. Gelinas is a writer and lecturer on Third World issues and globalisation. He trained originally as a sociologist at the Universities of Ottawa and Laval in Canada, and subsequently at the University of Chile. He spent some time as a researcher with FLACSO, the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales. For over a decade (1959-71) he worked in popular education and community development in the Bolivian Andes, during which time he collaborated with Paulo Freire and Ivan Illich. He then became a university teacher during the 1970s at the University of Ottawa's Institute for International Cooperation, where he taught the Sociology of Development, and at the Universite Nationale du Benin. Jacques Gelinas moved on in the 1980s to work for the Quebec Government's Ministry of International Affairs, covering at different times Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. In 1992 he helped found, and became the first managing director of, a new publishing house, Les Editions Ecosociete, which is dedicated to publishing on the political and social issues of a sustainable society.

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