[FoRK] John Ralston Saul's "The End of Globalism"
Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK)
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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?
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> 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
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