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The Collapse Of Globalism: And The Reinvention Of The World

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Grand economic theories rarely last more than a few decades and globalization, with its technocratic and technological determinism, and its market idolatry, may have seen its best days. Perhaps it is already a spent force, argues John Ralston Saul - the prize-winning author of Voltaire's Bastards, and On Equilibrium, among others - in this groundbreaking new book. The Coll ...more
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Published 2005 by Viking Canada
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This book give an overview of how the neo-liberal economic experiment has been installed in most of the world since the 1970's. This book is a healthy critique of what was promised by the proponents of neo-liberal economics, things like the trickle down theory (give to the rich it will eventually benefit the poor), cut taxes and grow the economy, and trade always equals economic growth, and how neo-liberal economics and globalization has only benefited a small percentage of the world (1%?). Saul ...more
Tim Chambers
Sep 05, 2013 Tim Chambers rated it it was amazing
Very briefly, I have always enjoyed what I've read by Saul and find myself in agreement with him, but having just finished reading this one I can only wonder if his case for Globalism having ended was not several years premature. He seems to underestimate the tenacity of its proponents, and the pusillanimity of its opponents.

But he does to a wonderful job of shredding it... tying it to Mercantilism and separating it from The Invisible Hand. Brilliant.

One wonders when the American Left is going
Jill Edmondson
Sep 16, 2014 Jill Edmondson rated it really liked it
Hmmm... How to make a topic like this sexy? Answer is that you can't, really. Reading it felt like I was sitting in a 3rd year economics lecture - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's dry, yes, but still worth reading. Very informative, very detailed, very thorough, and I like books that make me think, that teach me something.
Oct 03, 2008 Jason rated it it was amazing
shows the real deal behind the hype of globalism and how most of the worlds leaders blindly bought into the concept.
easy to read and comprehend for the laymen yet gripping enough for those who are comfortable with this type of material.
Nov 05, 2014 McKenzie rated it liked it
Saul gives an absolutely fantastic overview of economics from the Leftist position about what led to Globalism. However, if Saul’s intended and clearly set out thesis for The Collapse of Globalism was about “pro–active choice,” then he nearly completely failed to deliver what he had said he would.

This book is about our ability to choose. It is also about where those choices might lead us. To believe in the possibility of change is something is something very precise. It means we believe in the r
May 02, 2015 Fabian rated it it was ok
Interesting examination of the globalist movement and its effect on nation-states. Saul presents an intelligible and quite an objective outline of globalism, the causes of its rise and demise. Although sided on the issue – obviously a harsh critic of it –, both pros and cons of the globalist theory are presented and explained factually and indiscriminately.

Not everyone might like the book, as its writer, a leftist and firm believer in social justice and third-worldism, speaks harshly of the Wes
Selkirk College
Nov 03, 2015 Selkirk College rated it it was amazing
If you are Canadian and want to have an informed opinion on our economic situation and system, then you need to read at least this book by John Ralston Saul, and you should also read his other books on political economics.
Nov 22, 2009 Nicholasajallen rated it really liked it
this book is a few years old.. a sign im finally getting thru the pile of 'books i should have read by now given to me by mum'...ralston saul certinaly makes u think..not all happy thoughts tho...the recent market driven snafus in the global eocnomy certainly lend more credence to his stance..the keynes and the galbraiths will have their revenge over the hayeks and the friedmans sooner that i might have thought...
Dean Ray
Jun 14, 2013 Dean Ray rated it liked it
An interesting look into the international political economy of globalization. Well researched and well thought out. The author is engaging and the material is fresh.
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dibaca karena kewajiban untuk book assessment. agak sulit untuk dimengerti, sebuah buku yang mengulas politik dan ekonomi dengan cara bercerita seorang pujangga.
Gary Maunder
A frustrating book. The author requires extensive background information on his own works as well as others in this genre. Not for the novice.
Scott Neigh
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Kamil Salamah
Jul 23, 2009 Kamil Salamah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read book to understand history and the rise of Corortacracy.
Dana Larose
Jan 01, 2015 Dana Larose rated it it was amazing
It really exposed how paltry my knowledge of history is :P
Jul 17, 2009 Shawn rated it really liked it
every citizen in the G-20 should have this as mandatory reading.
Mar 06, 2009 Trent rated it liked it
Liked his writing
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John Ralston Saul is a Canadian author, essayist, and President of International PEN. As an essayist, Saul is particularly known for his commentaries on the nature of individualism, citizenship and the public good; the failures of manager-, or more precisely technocrat-, led societies; the confusion between leadership and managerialism; military strategy, in particular irregular warfare; the role ...more
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