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The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization

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Gallagher (a lecturer on globalization at the Romero Center, a Catholic Retreat and Social Justice Center in East Camden, New Jersey) offers a primer on the institutional violence wrought by neoliberal globalization around the world. He explains the operations of the political, economic, legal, and military institutions that together make up the
Paperback, 166 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Orbis Books
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A concise treatment of the great majority of the pressing moral and justice issues of our time. A great introduction to the issues generally covering global poverty, injustice and oppression.

I must warn, however, it's hard to read. It's hard to face the truth of such suffering without anguish and the desire to do something. But we should.

I thought I was reasonably informed about injustices brought about by trade and the influence of dominant business and Western government. I buy Fair Trade products and lend some money through micro-finance. But the particular details given by the author of this book - both in terms of his personal experience of individuals affected by the trade injustices, and the descriptions of the workings of the systems that perpetuate the injustice - are illuminating and horrifying simultaneously. The auth ...more
This book is a much needed reminder that those of us who live in the First World have a great responsibility. Being ignorant of where our products come from, and the conditions of those people who made them, is not an option anymore. There is a great need in the world today to help those who suffer systemic violence. I know I for one need to think about the things I buy and the lifestyle I live and how that affects people all around the world. We are too interconnected to think that my actions d ...more
This book is on the 2011 UMW Reading Program list. Makes me not feel so great about those bargain Christmas presents that I just bought. You gotta be feeling strong to read this, but it's something we should all do. I was a bit frustrated that this book pointed out how unfair our world is but offered few suggestions about how we can help.
Really broke my heart. I cried a lot. Very eye opening, a difficult read because of the content but the writing style itself is fluid and easy. This is a good one to read with a bunch of other people who are reading it, too. You'll want to discuss.
Brittany Petruzzi
The kind of book you wish you hadn't read because now that you know, you have the responsibility to do something about it.
Linda Gocha
Brutal book of big business causing high prices. Last chapter was very spiritual though.
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“It takes great courage to open one's heart and mind to the tremendous injustice and suffering in our world.” 42 likes
“Recent evidence confirms that retail prices of essential consumer goods in poor countries are not appreciably lower than in the United States or Western Europe. In fact, with deregulation and "free trade", the cost of living in many Third World cities is now higher than in the United States. My experience in Latin America and Haiti is that the prices of meat, fish and fresh vegetables are about the same as in the United States. Can you imagine eating on less than one dollar a day?” 3 likes
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