Book: Systemic Alternatives

[Versión en Español] The premise of this publication is that we are living a systemic crisis that can only be solved through systemic alternatives. Humanity is facing a complex set of crises from environmental, economic, social to civilizational crisis. All of these crises are part of a whole. We cannot solve one of these crises without addressing the others. The construction of complementarities between Vivir … Continue reading Book: Systemic Alternatives

Libro: Alternativas Sistémicas

[English version] La presente publicación parte de la premisa de que estamos viviendo una crisis sistémica que sólo puede ser resuelta con alternativas sistémicas. Lo que la humanidad enfrenta no es sólo una crisis ambiental, económica, social, geopolítica, institucional o civilizatoria. Todas estas crisis son parte de un todo. Es imposible resolver una de estas crisis sin abordar las otras en su conjunto. La construcción … Continue reading Libro: Alternativas Sistémicas

Un espectro se cierne sobre Davos, el del populismo

[Javier Tolcachier, 16/01/2017, Alainet] Entre el 17 y el 20 de enero próximos, el enclave suizo de Davos-Klosters será sede del 47° Foro Económico Mundial. Ese encuentro funciona como uno de los dos clubes exclusivos donde las principales corporaciones coordinan directivas y lanzan lineamientos estratégicos. Junto al Club Bilderberg – un espacio menos visible y más reducido pero de características similares – el Foro de … Continue reading Un espectro se cierne sobre Davos, el del populismo

Notas para el debate: La desglobalización

Descargar en Formato PDF English version Una integración mundial para los pueblos y la naturaleza ¿Qué es la desglobalización? Para responder a esa pregunta, veamos primero a qué nos referimos con “globalización”. En su artículo “Definiciones de la Globalización: Una visión general y una propuesta de definición”1. el Dr. Nayef Al-RF Rodhan recopila un centenar de definiciones de globalización. La mayoría de ellas tienden a … Continue reading Notas para el debate: La desglobalización

Notes for the debate: Deglobalization

Versión en español Download this text in PDF format World Integration for People and Nature What is Deglobalization? To answer that question, we must first be clear on our definition of globalization. Dr. Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan has compiled around one hundred definitions of globalization in his paper, “Definitions of Globalization: A Comprehensive Overview and a Proposed Definition.”1 The majority tend to define the term as … Continue reading Notes for the debate: Deglobalization


[Nicola Bullard] The term ‘deglobalization’ spread in debates on globalization after Walden Bello, one of the leading figures of the anti-globalization movement, elaborated the idea in several articles published in 2001. Bello developed the programme most fully in his 2002 book, Deglobalization: Ideas for a New World Economy. There he affirmed that ‘deglobalization … is about re-orienting economies from the emphasis on production for export … Continue reading Deglobalization

The Deglobalisation Paradigm: A Critical Discourse on Alternatives

[Dorothy Grace Guerrero]  Introduction The continuing and intensifying global economic crisis that started in the Eurozone and the United States (US), and has reverberated in India, China and other developing countries, is a concrete manifestation of the depth reached by globalisation. The world has experienced a number of financial crises before. However, the combination of the economic and ecological crises, the impacts of drastic reforms … Continue reading The Deglobalisation Paradigm: A Critical Discourse on Alternatives

The Alternative: Deglobalization

[Walden Bello, 2002] The crisis that is wrenching the current system of global economic governance is a systemic one. It is not one that can be addressed by mere adjustments within the system, for those would be merely marginal in their impact or they might merely postpone a bigger crisis. To borrow the insights of Thomas Kuhn’s classic Structure of Scientific Revolutions, when a paradigm … Continue reading The Alternative: Deglobalization

Alternative Regionalisms: Alternatives to Neo-liberal Globalisation

[Jose Briceño Ruiz, 2007] Alternatives to neo-liberal globalisation are needed that not only change people-to-people and South-South relations and situations, but also South-North relations and inter-actions to the benefit of all of humanity and our common planetary home. The new “alternative regionalisms” being promoted by social movements are, on the one hand, ‘alternative’ to the increasingly neo-liberal directions being taken, and the regional trade and investment … Continue reading Alternative Regionalisms: Alternatives to Neo-liberal Globalisation

What Is to Be Done? The Six Pillars of Deglobalization

[Walden Bello, lecture, 30 April 2014] Let me place my coming remarks in context, and the global context has among its key features the following: Long-term stagnation in the United States. Depression in Europe. Increasing gap in wealth in nearly all countries and globally: the richest 1% of the global population owns 40% of total assets, and the richest 10% accounts for 85%. Financialization has … Continue reading What Is to Be Done? The Six Pillars of Deglobalization

Economy for Life in our Earth community

[Versión en español] Brief Background: This living document is a result of an extensive process led by the Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA), Gerak Lawan, La Via Campesina and the supporters of the #EndWTO Campaign. A draft document was written and circulated online before the #EndWTO Week of Action parallel to the 9th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization in Bali, Indonesia last … Continue reading Economy for Life in our Earth community

Deglobalisation is the way to reduce inequality

[Pablo Solon, 8 March 2014] The race of globalisation is leaving the majority of the world’s population far behind. According to Unicef, the richest 20% of the population gets 83% of global income, while the poorest quintile has just 1%. This trend is getting worse. A new UNDP report called “Humanity Divided: estimates that 75% of the population lives in societies where income distribution is … Continue reading Deglobalisation is the way to reduce inequality

The Paradigm: Deglobalisation

[Focus on the Global South, 2003] It is in response to the growing clamor for alternatives to the current system of global governance that Focus has elaborated the strategy of deglobalisation as the guiding paradigm for its programmatic work in the next three-year period. Deglobalisation is not a synonym for withdrawing from the world economy.  It means a process of restructuring the world economic and political … Continue reading The Paradigm: Deglobalisation

“Deglobalization”? Sure, but…

[Patrick Bond, 2003] My favorite haunt, Zimbabwe, is the delight of aggressive bourgeois commentators, one of whom wrote a month ago about that country’s meltdown in the Economist (30 November 2002): “An interesting economic experiment is being conducted in Zimbabwe. To the foes of globalisation, President Robert Mugabe’s views are unexceptional. He argues that ‘runaway market forces’ are leading a ‘vicious, all-out assault on the … Continue reading “Deglobalization”? Sure, but…

The Virtues of Deglobalization

[Walden Bello] The current global downturn, the worst since the Great Depression 70 years ago, pounded the last nail into the coffin of globalization. Already beleaguered by evidence that showed global poverty and inequality increasing, even as most poor countries experienced little or no economic growth, globalization has been terminally discredited in the last two years. As the much-heralded process of financial and trade interdependence … Continue reading The Virtues of Deglobalization