Walden Bello

Walden Bello is the co-founder and current senior analyst of the Bangkok-based Focus on the Global South and the International Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.  He received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, in 2003, and was named Outstanding Public Scholar of the International Studies Association in 2008.

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Trump supporters calling for stopping the vote count in Pennsylvania gather on the steps of the State Capital on November 05, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Things May Get Worse Before They Get Better for the U.S.
I’m one of those kibitzers who supported Joe Biden reluctantly from a distance, mainly because I felt that for both the U.S. and the world, he was the lesser evil. And like many, I breathed a sigh of relief when Biden crossed the 270 electoral vote marker. Then the political sociologist in me took...
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"The recent massive fiscal and monetary interventions of capitalist states, though insufficient, have underlined for people what is possible under another system with different priorities and values." (Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/velsfi/3405182462/in/photolist-6bUs7s-6bP7LM">Jonny White</a>/cc/flickr)</p> Views
Sunday, September 20, 2020
The Death of Neoliberalism
In response to the cataclysm occasioned by the coronavirus, three lines of thinking are emerging, corresponding to three GTI scenarios : Market Forces, Policy Reform, and Great Transition. The level of discontent and alienation with neoliberalism was already very high in the Global North before the...
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The military is an institution of American society, and as such its origins and development have been centrally influenced by the political economy of U.S. capitalism. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
The Racist Underpinnings of the American Way of War
The U.S. military command’s pushback against President Donald Trump’s attempt to use the military against people demanding racial justice has received a lot of good press. But let’s not overdo the praise. For most of their existence, the U.S. Armed Forces were racially segregated. It was only in...
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Empty toilet paper shelves in an Australian supermarket after panic buying due to the Coronavirus. Views
Saturday, May 16, 2020
The Race to Replace a Dying Neoliberalism
In response to the cataclysm occasioned by the coronavirus, three lines of thinking are emerging. One is that the emergency necessitates extraordinary measures, but the basic structure of production and consumption is sound, and the problem lies only in determining the moment when things can return...
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Probably the most important measure that we propose is to move food production away from the fragile, corporate-controlled globalized food supply chain based on narrow considerations such as the reduction of unit cost to more sustainable smallholder-based localized systems. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Sunday, April 26, 2020
The Corporate Food System Is Making the Coronavirus Crisis Worse
The global food system has been very much front and center in the COVID-19 story. Everyone, of course, is aware that hunger is closely tracking the virus as its wreaks havoc in both the global North and global South. Indeed, one can say that, unlike in East Asia, Europe, and the U.S., in South Asia...
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As shown innumerable times, nature has a way of punishing those that disrupt living arrangements that have existed for aeons—and the irony is that humans, through processes like globalization and connectivity, help facilitate this blowback. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Coronavirus and the Death of 'Connectivity'
The Covid 19 pandemic is the second major crisis of globalization in a decade. The first was the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, from which the global economy took years to reach a semblance of recovery. We did not learn our lessons from the first, and this is perhaps why the impact of the...
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A Rust Belt factory (Photo: Andrew Bardwell / Flickr) Views
Friday, December 20, 2019
Good Riddance to the WTO
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is on its last legs now that the Trump administration has blocked the appointment or reappointment of judges to the appeals court of its Dispute Settlement Mechanism — which is the central pillar of the 24-year-old multilateral body. Do I regret the demise of the...
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Riot police pepper spray nonviolent demonstrators at the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. (Photo: Steve Kaiser / Flickr) Views
Friday, December 06, 2019
How the Battle of Seattle Made the Truth About Globalization True
The Battle of Seattle in late November 1999 is, for me, memorable in many ways. For one, I still remember being given a good beating by a policewoman when I tried to prevent her buddies from hauling off the irrepressible Medea Benjamin, then the director of Global Exchange, from a sit-in at the...
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The institutions of democracy and sovereignty exist in tension with another powerful institution: the global market and its free trade regimes. (Photo: StopFastTrack / Flickr) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Why Free Trade Is Bad for You (or Most of You at Any Rate)
Walden Bello was invited by The Economist to debate the chief economist of the World Trade Organization, Robert Koopman, at the Asia Trade Summit in Hong Kong, on February 28. Billed as the “Great Trade Debate” in an era of rising anti-free trade sentiment, the Oxford-style 20 minute debate took...
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Friday, July 21, 2017
It’s Not Only Necessary to Develop an Alternative to Globalization — It’s Entirely Possible
Free trade and the freedom of capital to move across borders have been the cutting edge of globalization. They’ve also led to the succession of crises that have led to the widespread questioning of capitalism as a way of organizing economic life — and of its paramount ideological expression,...
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