All Articles on Globalization

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We Need to Fight for a World That Prioritizes People Over Economic Growth and Endless Consumption
By supporting human rights globalization as a counter-movement to corporate globalization, we can advance people-centered policies and build upon earlier work of transformative movements worldwide.
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The decay and rupture of the social bonds that once held our societies together have unleashed the dark pathologies of opioid, alcohol and gambling addictions and led to an explosion of hate crimes and mass shootings, along with suicide. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Hope Lies in the Streets
Economic tyranny lies at the root of the unrest in Hong Kong, India, Chile, France, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon as well as the rise of right-wing demagogues and false prophets such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Riot police pepper spray nonviolent demonstrators at the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. (Photo: Steve Kaiser / Flickr) Views
How the Battle of Seattle Made the Truth About Globalization True
Twenty years ago, experts refused to see the truth about the dark side of globalization. Then Seattle happened.
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A select few tech companies dominate the entire globe, and their CEOs are among the richest men the world has ever known. Many of their enterprises are virtual, allowing them to elude responsibility for everything from taxes to workplace conditions. (Photo: Monsitj/iStock via Getty Images). Views
Twenty Years After Seattle, Is There a New Race to the Bottom?
Technology will continue to transform industries, but it's actually weak labor protections eroding the quality of work.
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Jim Kim may have abandoned the pursuit of sustainable, human-centered development in order to pursue private profit. But we must not.  (Photo: Ryan Rayburn/World Bank/Flickr) Views
The World Bank Must Put People Before Profit
The World Bank's Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) agenda is a coup for global capital—steamrolling the poor and vulnerable to pave the way for private profit.
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Multinationals can all too easily relocate their headquarters and production to whatever jurisdiction levies the lowest taxes.  (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Views
No More Half-Measures on Corporate Taxes
In the face of climate change, rising inequality, and other global crises, governments are losing out on hundreds of billions of dollars in tax revenue as a result of corporate tax arbitrage. Yet despite the obvious deficiencies of the global tax regime, policymakers continue to propose only...
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To restore localized structures, we will need to enact a series of systemic changes to the way the global economy functions. (Photo: John Benford/Aurora Photos/Getty Images) Views
Resist Locally, Renew Globally
Resistance to corporate rule at the policy level will need to be coupled with the generation of alternatives from below, to fill the gaps left by the departing old system.
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The goal of the human rights cities movement is to support local work that builds a bottom-up movement for a world where human rights are truly universal and indivisible. (Photo: Wendy Stone/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Human Rights from the Ground Up
Bottom-up action and local identities are not only viable as foundations for a global movement, but they are also essential if we are to mobilize the collective energies and creativity needed to address today’s existential crises.
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Perhaps slowbalization is exactly what the planet needs right now. (Robert Thomson via Wikimedia Commons) Views
'Slowbalization': Is the Slowing Global Economy a Boon or Bane?
Some economists worry the world has passed “peak globalization.” But that could be good for the planet.
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A protester makes a gesture during a protest on June 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)   Views
Hong Kong Protesters and Militant Chinese Workers Point the Way to a New Kind of Internationalism
We can remain warily optimistic that, regardless of the system of government that rules over them, workers and civil society are still the force from which even the most powerful states derive legitimacy.
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