The concept of deglobalization that we will use in this text departs from a very different definition of globalization. Walden Bello, founder of. Globalization and Deglobalization: A Retrospective. By Walden Bello*. I would like to thank Prof Jan Scholte and the Economics Department of the University of. Walden Bello, Deglobalization: Ideas for a New World Economy (London: Zed Books,. ), pp. , £ Vijay Prashad, Fat Cats and Running Dogs: .
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Notes for the debate: Deglobalization – Systemic Alternatives
There is no schizophrenia in this: The power of Walden the person is that he is pugilistic and angry when ddglobalization for example, when debating James Wolfensohn at the Prague Castle during a World Bank meetingpassionate and militant when needed most recently when speaking to the rally in front of rows of riot police outside the Hong Kong Convention Centre and pretty unassuming the rest of the time.
The trajectory of his writing never wavers and his arguments accumulate over time — like a layers of lacquer — with striking consistency and polish. Having subsequently discovered that the American revolutionary Thomas Paine was also described in those terms, the classification seems apt.
Walden has the energy and the commitment to say the same thing, over and over again, adding new arguments, garnering new evidence, developing the plot and deepening the characters, never with the obfuscation of the worst kind of academic wadlen, but with a lively intention to shake the elite and provoke us to action. Walden describes himself as anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist.
Rather, his emphasis is on ensuring democratic control over production, institutions, the market and even private enterprises. That obviously includes the theoretical arsenal of Marxism. One can understand the historical reasons why they emerged, in repressive situations, but when they become permanent and develop theoretical justifications for their lack of internal democracy, they can become a really negative force.
I have been attracted to aspects of the new movement—its decentralized form, its strong anti-bureaucratic impulses and its working through of the ideas of direct democracy, in the spirit of Rousseau—whether one labels that anarchism or not. But there is a global crisis of representative democracy throughout the West today, as well as in countries like the Philippines.
The movement does represent an alternative to this. Can direct democracy work? It did in Seattle and Genoa; so deblobalization should ask how we can develop it further.
Notes for the debate: Deglobalization
How might we—I hate to use the word—institutionalize methods of direct democratic rule? The reproduction of global corporate capitalism, he says, cannot take place unless it is pushed and protected by a hegemonic state. He has no time for those currents of the WSF and the global justice movement which talk about transformation without confronting power.
These multiple crises are not only weakening the US empire, but also intensifying contradictions and conflicts as it seeks to hold on to power at all costs. Ideas for a New World Economy.
It is about re-orienting economies from the emphasis on production for export to production for the local market. Similarly, Walden stresses that deglobalisation is not about delinking or autarky; rather it is about reversing the top-down and homogenizing processes of neo-liberal globalization, characterized by economic policies of trade and financial liberalization, export-oriented production, privatization and de-regulation and implemented through the international trade agreements and loan conditions of the World Bank, the WTO and the IMF.
For its advocates, the deglobalisation paradigm provides a strategic approach to challenging globalization which has two prongs: Although Walden speaks of internationalism and globalization of people, his dominant view is local and state-centric, but without a clear vision of what kind of state is desired or of how that transformation might take place. Another weaknesses of the deglobalisation strategy is that it does not go very far in elaborating the kinds of economic systems that might emerge in a deglobalised world or how to begin the process of reducing the massive, albeit uneven, economic interdependency that has been created through neo-liberal globalization.
The other is widely believed to have met a similar fate. Walden was included in the diagram, along with several other well-known Filipino activists, although not all of them former CPP dalden. Sison described Walden thus:.
He has also taken a clear position on the Iraqi resistance. It is the only option. For the record, Walden is against terrorism, but he insists on the necessity of addressing the causes of terrorism: However, he insists that the greatest danger is not from the terrorists, but from the United States.
On the World Social Forum. Recently, he wrote this of the Caracas WSF:. It underlined the fact that success for our side can only come at the price of tough struggles and great risk. Constantly threatened by a formidable alliance between the US and the local oligarchy, Chavez and his supporters are fighting for the space to transform Venezuela and Latin America.
His appreciation of the importance of political power is shown by his deep involvement in Akbayan, a political party contesting elections in the Philippines. There is no doubt that Walden has a tremendous impact on the degloalization justice movement.
As described earlier, his engaging and easy writing style and his tremendous capacity to synthesise and order arguments into a compelling whole, ensures that his writing and speeches have an impact on how people see and understand the world.
People are ready for a radical reading of the world, and Walden provides it. Powered by WordPress Maintained by Qiqo. Sison described Walden thus: Recently, he wrote this of the Caracas WSF: Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.