Global Village or Global Pillage: Economic Reconstruction From the Bottom Up (2nd Edition)

By Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello

Filenote: PDF is searchable photograph ocr, 268 pages, back and front cover.
Publish yr note: First released June 1991

A ebook that used to be prior to its time has now been mentioned up to now with a brand new Preface that covers the newest advancements in financial globalization: the defeat of "fast track" laws, efforts to halt GATT and MAI, and the hot Asian financial difficulty.

In transparent, available language, Brecher and Costello describe how humans world wide have began tough the hot global economic climate. From the Zapatistas in Mexico to scholars and employees in France, even the broad-based anti-NAFTA and anti-GATT coalitions within the usa, competition to financial globalization is changing into a global insurrection.

Global Village or international Pillage is the simplest consultant to be had to globalization and the way to problem it. it really is at present the root of a movie in creation for public broadcasting at the influence of globalization and techniques for development democratic routine that problem the facility of the transnational organisations that more and more set the phrases round the world.

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