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How West's throwaway culture destroys basic freedoms in China

How West's throwaway culture destroys basic freedoms in China | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A moment of deep shock as author Amy Larkin realizes how western consumerism is destroying the wellbeing of people in China
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Good article in The Guardian on how our Western cheap goods consumerism is creating environmental problems in China. The problem is that there is no sustainable solution to this development. Are we in the West willing to give up our cheap goods (or have some goods only available for those who can afford them in an era of responsible consumption?) and will the new middle classes in China not demand the same cheap products?

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Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse

Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"This new study explores the implications of a major financial crisis for the supply-chains that feed us, keep production running and maintain our critical infrastructure. I use a scenario involving the collapse of the Eurozone to show that increasing socio-economic complexity could rapidly spread irretrievable supply-chain failure across the world."

 

Excellent new report from Irish think tank Feasta on the interconnectness between global energy insecurity, economic supply chains and the financial system. Worth reading full report.

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Comment lutter contre la "mondialisation déloyale" ?

Comment lutter contre la "mondialisation déloyale" ? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Pour protéger la compétitivité des entreprises européennes, les auteurs veulent que Bruxelles fasse respecter ses règles aux produits importés et autorise des aides aux industries en crise." (Source: Le Monde)

 

A new French report written for the French government analyses the roots of Europe's de-industrialisation and recommend to better protect industry by applying EU rules to foreign products.

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Taking Back Globalization - Olivier De Schutter

Taking Back Globalization - Olivier De Schutter | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
At Davos this year, the world’s economic and political leaders stand warned: do globalization better, or it will be derailed by the growing legions of the discontented.

 

Excellent analysis by UN Special Food Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter of the failures of capitalist globalisation. See my further comments on http://3eintelligence.wordpress.com .

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The Oil Drum | Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem

The Oil Drum | Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated “good” by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss real-world problems. In particular, they miss the point that the world is finite. We don’t have infinite resources, or unlimited ability to handle excess pollution. So we are setting up a “solution” that is at best temporary.

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A global democracy manifesto

"Politics lags behind the facts. We live in an era of deep technological and economic change that has not been matched by a similar development of public institutions responsible for its regulation. The economy has been globalised but political institutions and democracy have not kept pace. In spite of their many peculiarities, differences and limitations, the protests that are growing all over the world show an increasing discontent with the decision-making system, the existing forms of political representation and their lack of capacity for defending common goods. They express a demand for more and better democracy."

 

This week saw the publication of two interesting manifestos. One by Krugman and Layard on the economic crisis and this one in Open Democracy by David Hayes on the need for global democracy. Both manifestos are correct diagnoses of two aspects of the "great disruption" but both also are very disappointing in terms of alternatives.

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Only Civil Society Can Save Rio+20, Say Activists

Only Civil Society Can Save Rio+20, Say Activists | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Large-scale social mobilisation, including street protests and parallel activities, is the only thing can save the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) from ending in nothing but frustration, according to activists and analysts."(Source: - IPS ipsnews.net).

 

Interesting article on Rio+20 but wrong recommendation. Why would we need to save Rio+20? There are other ways of fighting for a new economy based on ecological and social justice. Let's not spend too much of our precious energy on the wrong causes.

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