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Scoop Feedback: Howard's End On Globalisation

In comment on John Howards explanation of globalisation:

The article was valuable, although it missed some points. Firstly, there is no one definition of globalisation. The word as used by those opposing it is more correctly known as economic globalisation or corporate globalisation - that is an internationalisation of economic systems, with little interest in anything else. This is why the opposition of globalisation are not averse to using international communications. Some have criticised such use of the net and email as hypocritical, yet it really shows that they haven't bothered to understand what the opposition to globalisation is really about. Certainly not about closing down the battens and locking each country away, as some pro-globalisation rhetoric would have us believe.

On the other hand the globalisation opposition is starting to talk about 'globalisation from above' (basically economic globalisation imposed by powerful self interests) and 'globalisation from below' (the growing connectedness of movements through international communications and support, and the international linking of progressive initiatives).

So the term has an evolving definition. The opposition movements also have an evolving momentum. Naomi Klein has pointed out that the opposition is formed of highly dissimilar groups, and many different agendas, but they are learning from one another and building positive alternatives which may allow such differences to flourish. ...


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