[FoRK] John Ralston Saul's "The End of Globalism"

Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) fork at ianbell.com
Wed Mar 30 00:46:14 PST 2005

Yeah.... I've picked it up and put it down a number of times.  It's a 


On 29-Mar-05, at 6:37 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:

>  "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?
>  sdw
>  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.
>  ...
>  History will eventually give all of these contradictory signals a 
> shape. But history is neither for nor against.
>   It just is. And there is no such thing as a prolonged vacuum in 
> geopolitics.
>   It is always filled. This is what happens every few decades. The 
> world turns, shifts, takes a new tack, or retries an old one. 
> Civilisation rushes around one of those blind corners filled with 
> uncertainties.
>   Then, abruptly, the opportunities present themselves to those who 
> move with skill and commitment.
>   John Ralston Saul is the author of Voltaire's Bastards: The 
> Dictatorship of Reason in the West, Unconscious Civilisation and, most 
> recently,  On Equilibrium: The Six Qualities of the New Humanism. 
> ©2004 Harper's Magazine. Distributed by Tribune Media Services 
> International.
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