The Human Impact of Globalization
In his 2003 book, Globalization and Its Discontents, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz writes the following in the preface:
"Today, few -- apart from those with vested interests who benefit from keeping out the goods produced by the poor countries -- defend the hypocrisy of pretending to help developing countries while keeping their own markets protected, policies that make the rich richer and the poor more impoverished -- and increasingly angry.
"The barbaric attacks of September 11, 2001, have brought home with great force that we all share a single planet. We are a global community, and like all communities have to follow some rules so that we can live together. These rules must be -- and must be seen to be -- fair and just, must pay due attention to the poor as well as the powerful, must reflect a basic sense of decency and social justice."
While his book illuminates the hubris that impels the US-dominated International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, causing as many economic and social problems as it pretends to solve, his treatise is sadly short on specific details.
But Indian theoretical physicist, environmentalist and author Verdana Shiva provides some of the detail missing in Stiglitz's book. In a recent address in the United States, rebroadcast by DemocracyNow.Org, Shiva talked about the impact of international globalization -- which she calls "war by other means" -- is having on her country.
While EV World's focus is on sustainable mobility, we feel that we cannot ignore the consequences of globalization since it will also impact how we arrive at the goal of clean, green, environmentally-responsible transportation options. What is obvious from both Stiglitz's perspective and Shiva's is that globalization, as it is currently being practiced, is anything but fair or decent. Sheva argues that it is, in fact, the progenitor of spreading poverty, repression and ultimately terrorism.
With our apologies to DemocracyNow.Org, we have edited out some of the breaks in the original webcast to provide our listeners with greater continuity of message. If you are unaware of the issues and consequences of globalization -- including the steady loss of jobs in North America and Europe -- then we urge you to spend a hour of your time and listen to this disturbingly poignant address by clicking the Play Audio link at the right. You will need RealPlayer on your computer in order to listen.
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