[FoRK] John Ralston Saul's "The End of Globalism"
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Tue Mar 29 18:39:13 PST 2005
"Finally, the new approach to debt - public versus private, First World
versus Third World - revealed a fatal confusion. Those who preached
Globalisation couldn't tell the difference between ethics and morality.
*Ethics is the measurement of the public good. Morality is the weapon of
religious and social righteousness.* Political and economic ideologies
often decline into religious-style morality towards the end. But
Globalisation had shoved ethics to the side from the beginning and
insisted upon a curious sort of moral righteousness that included
maximum trade, unrestrained self-interest and governments alone
respecting their debts. These notions were curiously paired with
something often called family values, as well as an Old Testament view
of good and evil. "
This looks interesting: "On Equilibrium: The Six Qualities of the New
Humanism". Has anyone read it?
Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) wrote:
> ...a slap in the face at common wisdom and a symptom of things to come
> from U.S. administrations for the next 10 years. I read this last
> year and as it was in Harper's there was no URL to point you all to.
> It's an important benchmark in things to come. Just think: As the
> U.S. sits atop the throne of world power and no longer feels the need
> to be benevolent in the administration of global justice.. what will
> be the outcome? Hypocrisy on a grand scale.
> The end of globalism
> Feb 20 - John Ralston Saul
> Grand economic theories rarely last more than a few decades. Some, if
> they are particularly in tune with technological or political events,
> may make it to half a century. Beyond that, little short of military
> force can keep them in place.
> The wild open-market theory that died in 1929 had a run of just over
> 30 years. Communism, a complete melding of religious, economic and
> global theories, stretched to 70 years in Russia and 45 in central
> Europe, thanks precisely to the intensive use of military and police
> force. Keynesianism, if you add its flexible, muscular form during the
> Depression to its more rigid postwar version, lasted 45 years. Our own
> Globalisation, with its technocratic and technological determinism and
> market idolatry, had 30 years. And now it, too, is dead.
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