Posts tagged globalization

In-Dependence from Bondage

This book seems worth reading. It looks at the work of Claude McKay and Michael Manley, an interesting combination, and more broadly at the effects of globalization on the African diaspora. My only real view of Manley up to now has been his interview in the excellent film Life and Debt. But I remember clearly his frustration and anger at being forced into borrowing from the IMF on unfair terms, at being forced to trade with the US and Europe on unfair terms, and at the inability of other oppressed… Read More

Classless Confusion

The Nation has an analysis of globalisation in its upcoming issue that is almost very good. I say “almost” because although he makes some excellent points, the author William Greider creates all kinds of confusion by studiously avoiding any mention of class. Now I know that it’s not fashionable to talk about class any more, but sometimes it’s indispensable. Greider’s main point is that globalisation has been good for the capitalist business class in the U.S., but bad for the working class. Except that Greider doesn’t actually use this terminology,… Read More

Suing the poor

As if botching a water project in one of the world’s poorest countries weren’t bad enough, UK company Biwater is now taking the Tanzanian government to court for cancelling its contract. Here are a few things that make me want to hand in my British passport right now: 1. Water privatisation was imposed on Tanzania as a condition of debt relief.2. Biwater has opposed the tribunal taking place “on African soil.”3. Before the original contract was signed, the British government gave British consultancy Adam Smith International £273,000 of UK taxpayers’… Read More