People Before Profit
The New Globalization in an Age of Terror, Big Money, and Economic Crisis
Author: Charles Derber; With a New Foreword by Noam Chomsky
The issue of globalization-its promises, and more often, its shortcomings-commands worldwide attention. Recent events illuminate the dark side of globalization and underscore the urgent need to redesign its basic principles. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are one in a series of crisis that have shaken the foundations of the global order. The rise of strong anti-globalization movements around the world, the deteriorating global economy, including America's own economic turbulence, and an ever-growing distrust of powerful multinational corporations in the face of catastrophic mismanagement, symbolized by Enron and WorldCom, dramatize the failure of globalization. For a safe and economically secure future, Charles Derber argues in People Before Profit we must de-bunk the myths about our current form of corporate-led globalization and re-orient ourselves on a more democratic path.
Popular misconceptions, what Derber terms the "globalization mystique," present globalization as new, inevitable, self-propelling, and win-win for rich and poor countries alike. By challenging each of these beliefs, Derber reveals a dynamic system that is constantly being invented and re-invented-and can be again. Globalization does not have to be a "race to the bottom" where the poverty gap grows ever wider and half the world lives on less than two dollars a day. In fact, Derber's hopeful and detailed vision of reform, including practical suggestions for every concerned citizen, shows that globalization has the potential to be an authentic agent of democracy, social justice, and economic stability. The challenges are great; the new globalization will require deep and difficult changes, as well as a new politics that shifts power away from the elite. But the seeds have already been planted and the new globalization is beginning to emerge.
In a moment rich with opportunity, People Before Profit is an essential contribution to the most important debate of our times, written in clear, straight-forward prose for everyone seeking a better world.
St. Martin's Press
In The News
“Vault[s] the globalization debates to the next level. . . Derber's blueprint for global democracy is controversial (at times I found myself screaming at the page), and that's precisely why this book is so important.” —Naomi Klein, author of No Logo
“A provocative and stimulating work directed to issues of the highest signficance.” —Noam Chomsky
“For all those who need or want to know about the fast-congealing domination by global corporations and their indentured governments, People Before Profit is the book to read.” —Ralph Nader
“Professor Derber's impressive analysis is an important contribution to the ongoing worldwide debate about globalization and its effects.” —Senator Edward M. Kennedy