Manifesto for a New World Order
George Monbiot is known to millions for his newspaper commentaries, which are widely circulated on the Internet. Now in paperback, Monbiot’s Manifesto for a New World Order offers a plan for transforming the world into a decent place for all. All over the planet, the rich get richer while the poor are overtaken by debt and disaster. The world is run by a handful of executi...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 15th 2004 by New Press, The
(first published April 2004)
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Everything has been globalized except our consent. Monbiot's manifesto is a lucid and often elegant call for a radical transformation of systems of global governance. His writing is reasoned and quick, rarely wasting a word, which lends precision and power to his argument. His basic premise is that humanity is doomed to a future of continuing war between nations, increasing inequity between the powerful few and the impoverished many, and environmental devastation unless and until we make the tra...more
http://nhw.livejournal.com/101774.html[return][return]It's a mixed bag, written really for people who already count themselves as sympathisers with the anti-globalisation movement (and I suspect Monbiot would classify me as on the inside pissing out, rather than like him on the outside pissing in). There are four substantive chapters each with a different proposal. The first of these I completely agreed with, a rousing defence of democracy against communism and anarchism, though I myself do not...more
Aug 17, 2011 Tony Fleming rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs "more" or a "why" from international affairs literature
A lesson in not judging a book by its cover. What looks like a manual for anarchist or Marxist revolution turned out to be a very critical look at both the state of the world and the movements attempting to change it. Monbiot is clearly looking for pragmatic answers to global problems--he utterly refutes anarchy, Marxism and self-appointed world constitutionalists. Buy one for your protestor friend and help them understand how to make a real difference. For those who are looking for a bit of ide...more
Once again, a book with some interesting, practical ideas that, if more people read it, could facilitate some worthwhile changes in the world. Of course, only the true believers read such books and well, they are already convinced that the exaltation of money is a bad, bad thing. A world parliament with fair elections and representation, a fair trade group that monitors everyone not just who volunteer to be part of it and ensures that people are not slaves, that environments are not decimated fo...more
Good book with great points to be made about how the problems of inequality and the corruption of the IMF, World Bank, and US hegemeny are basically keeping third world countries... third world countries. The third chapter on a world parliment is a little far fetched. Just like Marxism he calls for a stateless society but I'm not sure how many governments would conceed to this idea.
This is one of those books that’ll change the way you think, if you thought you understood the current world order you may be in for a surprise. From the UN to the World Bank and the IMF to the WTO, I really didn’t understand how these organizations operated. This book has defenitely opened my eyes.