[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.
> -Ian.
> http://afr.com/articles/2004/02/19/1077072774981.html
> 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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