One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism

William Greider, Author, Greider, Author
William Greider, Author, Greider, Author Simon & Schuster $27.5 (528p) ISBN 978-0-684-81141-3
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Greider (Secrets of the Temple) here surveys the dynamics and contradictions of the corporate-driven global economy, which, he says, is heading toward ""an economic or political cataclysm."" His selective tour--he avoids Africa and much of South America, and focuses on U.S. corporations--nonetheless vividly introduces this changing economic world and suggests populist reforms well worth discussion. In developing Malaysia, Greider sees multinational corporations seeking not just cheaper workers but another power base. He observes that technological improvement has actually led to overcapacity in the global auto industry. He notes that the industrialization of China--substituting low-paid workers for higher-paid Westerners--will erode the world's purchasing power. He perceives the U.S. as ominously failing to decrease its trade deficit or to defend domestic producers and jobs. Then Greider looks at the metastasizing world of finance capital and proposes a transaction tax to slow down the ""furious pace"" of computer-driven traders impelled to seek higher returns. He suggests debt forgiveness for poor nations. To foster a more responsible capitalism, he proposes taxes on capital, not payrolls, reciprocity with mercantilist countries such as Japan and labor rights for workers in poor countries. Greider devotes a final section to emerging examples (e.g., employee ownership) of his proposed ""global humanism."" But he skirts the question of how religious and ethnic nationalism might affect global economic convergence. (Jan.)
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