November 19, 2017


Globalization and climate change

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From Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible, eds John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, 2004. Climate change may be the most daunting problem that humankind has ever encountered, and economic globalization is accelerating it. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) now predicts a temperature change of up to 5.8 degrees centigrade during […]

Globalising agriculture is not sustainable

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India and China are committing “one of the greatest crimes in history” in agreeing to allow Western agricultural produce into their markets, says Edward Goldsmith, founder of The Ecologist magazine and a celebrated pioneer of Britain’s environment movement since the sixties. Original title “Opening markets is not sustainable”. LONDON, August 26, 2002 (IPS) “Opening up […]

Le Piège se Referme – Introduction

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Introduction by Edward Goldsmith to Le Piège se Referme (The Trap Snaps Shut) (Plon, May 2002), in which he and other authors take a fresh look at Le Piège (The Trap), by his brother, Jimmy Goldsmith (Editions Fixot, March 1994). Le Piège se Referme contains a collection of writings by Maurice Allais (Winner of a […]

Can the Bretton Wood institutions stamp out poverty?

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This important article was completed around 21 March 2002. We have no record of its publication so it is presumed unpublished. For the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Trade Organization (WTO)—i.e. the Bretton Woods Institutions—the maximiz­ation of world trade and the economic development that this promotes is the key to […]

The Great Takeover and its reversal

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Published as chapter 26 of The Case Against the the Global Economy, Sierra Club Books, 1996, under the title “The last word – a personal commentary”. « previous chapter · contents Original note: There are no cosmetic solutions to the problems that confront us. They are the inevitable consequences of economic growth or development and in […]

The new imperialism

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The era of colonialism may be over, but it has been replaced by a new era of economic and intellectual imperialism, enforced by the Bretton Woods and allied institutions, for the benefit of trans-national corporations. Preface to the book by Shri Faizi Shahul. Date unknown. Faizi Shahul is a forceful and highly effective champion of […]

Hell on Earth: mankind and the environment

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Humanity has transformed the planet almost unrecognisably. Now we talk of re-engineering ourselves to fit. Edward Goldsmith wonders how we can miss the point so dramatically. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 30 No. 7, October 2000. An extended, unpublished version if this article is also available, entitled “Can humanity adapt to the world that science […]

The Prague summit

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In September 2000, Prague was the venue for the joint annual meeting of the World Bank and the IMF. This article describes how the “Maoist” economic prescriptions of these twin institutions create poverty and dependence among their client nations. Editorial published in The Ecologist Special Report, September 2000. As the World Bank and the International […]

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