People Before Profit by Charles Derber
The New Globalization in an Age of Terror, Big Money, and Economic Crisis

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The issue of globalization-its promises, and more often, its shortcomings-commands worldwide attention. Recent events illuminate the dark side of globalization and underscore the urgent need to redesign its basic principles. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are one in a series of crisis that have shaken the foundations of the global order. The rise of strong anti-globalization movements around the world, the deteriorating global economy, including America's own economic turbulence, and an ever-growing distrust of powerful multinational corporations in the face of catastrophic mismanagement, symbolized by Enron and WorldCom, dramatize the failure of globalization. For a safe and economically secure future, Charles Derber argues in People Before Profit we must de-bunk the myths about our current form of corporate-led globalization and re-orient ourselves on a more democratic path.
Popular misconceptions, what Derber terms the "globalization mystique," present globalization as new, inevitable, self-propelling, and win-win for rich and poor countries alike. By challenging each of these beliefs, Derber reveals a dynamic system that is constantly being invented and re-invented-and can be again. Globalization does not have to be a "race to the bottom" where the poverty gap grows ever wider and half the world lives on less than two dollars a day. In fact, Derber's hopeful and detailed vision of reform, including practical suggestions for every concerned citizen, shows that globalization has the potential to be an authentic agent of democracy, social justice, and economic stability. The challenges are great; the new globalization will require deep and difficult changes, as well as a new politics that shifts power away from the elite. But the seeds have already been planted and the new globalization is beginning to emerge.

In a moment rich with opportunity, People Before Profit is an essential contribution to the most important debate of our times, written in clear, straight-forward prose for everyone seeking a better world.

 

About Charles Derber

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Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. His op-eds, essays, and interviews have appeared in "NewsdayHis op-eds, essays, and interviews have appeared in "Newsday", "The Boston Globe", "Newsweek", "Business Week", "Time", ", "The Boston Globe", "Newsweek", "Business Week", "Time", and other magazines. He speaks frequently on "National Publiand other magazines. He speaks frequently on "National Public Radio", on talk radio, and on television. His internationac Radio", on talk radio, and on television. His internationally acclaimed books have been reviewed by "The New York Timelly acclaimed books have been reviewed by "The New York Times", "The Washington Post", "The Boston Globe", and many othes", "The Washington Post", "The Boston Globe", and many other media sources. He recently published "Greed to Green: Solvr media sources. He recently published "Greed to Green: Solving Climate Change and Remaking the Economy" (Paradigm 2010)ing Climate Change and Remaking the Economy" (Paradigm 2010). .
 
Published November 1, 2003 by St. Martin's Press. 336 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Derber contends that globalization has within it the groundwork for a worldwide constitutional system that would allow active participants to think globally and act locally, pursue the basic set of human rights outlined in the UN Declaration of 1948, and seize the constitutional moment—aided by t...

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Reaction to that frank assessment is likely to overshadow other discussion, such as Derber's cogent explanation of the threats that the WTO and IMF pose to local sovereignty, especially with regard to labor and environmental legislation, and his 25 suggestions for "what to do right now," simple a...

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