Magazine article New Internationalist

[On the Edge: Living with Global Capitalism]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[On the Edge: Living with Global Capitalism]

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(Cape, ISBN 0 224 05937 8)

The publishers present this collection of essays on globalization as 'an essential source for anyone wishing to understand the dynamic forces shaping our world'. Put more succinctly: 'Know your enemy.' The editors, in a dire introductory dialogue, perform a 'hard cop-soft cop' routine in which Anthony Giddens waxes enthusiastic about the immense benefits of global markets while Will Hutton utters vaguely liberal demurrals. They end by agreeing that, despite their differences, they are very much on the same side.

With contributors such as the currency speculator George Soros and Paul Volker, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve, it is no surprise that the prevailing mood is so pro-globalization.

There are exceptions: Arlie Russell Hochschild writes a thoughtful piece on 'global care chains' and the commodification of family responsibilities; Robert Kuttner contributes a realistically gloomy assessment of the minimal role of governments in the global system. …

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