Magazine article New Internationalist

The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order by George Monbiot

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order by George Monbiot

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The emphasis of the social justice movement has increasingly moved from identifying problems to proposing solutions - particularly since the establishment of the annual World Social Forum in 2001.

In The Age of Consent Monbiot ratchets the debate up a notch by proposing that we now adopt a single programme for change which we can all get behind.

He's kick-started the process by studying many of the proposals on offer and presenting this draft plan of action. In essence, the world's poor would use the threat of defaulting on their combined debt in order to turn the World Trade Organization into a Fair Trade Organization, allowing them to apply protectionist measures to boost local industry while giving them access to the rich world's markets. Once wealth had been redistributed between countries by these means, an International Clearing Union - replacing the IMF and World Bank - would provide disincentives for the accumulation of debt and normalize the balance of trade between nations. …

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