July 1, 1999
“Penetrating analysis . . . crisp and simple language . . . as revealing as it is succinct . . . an effective antidote to the mood of resignation before the omnipotence of transnational business institutions which pervades the political discourse of our times . . . timely and important.”
—David Montgomery, The Nation
“Brecher and Costello offer compelling evidence that economic globalization largely benefits the affluent and harms the less affluent. The authors provide substantial documentation for their position. The book is well written without academic jargon, making it readable for anyone with a serious interest in political or economic affairs.”
“An extremely accessible account of the process of ‘globalization’ . . . a practical guide to what people can do about it.”
“Popular in style . . . packed with memorable titles [and] subtitles . . . offers a thought-provoking and easily-read alternative. In the face of economic reductionism and market fundamentalism, this suggests not only a political but an ethical agenda.”
—Development and Change
“This book is much more than a critique of the new economic world order. It’s a practical guide for action for those who want to think globally and work locally on the economy, trade, and the environment.”
—Elaine Bernard, director, Harvard University Trade Union Program
“Brecher and Costello’s critique of the current drift of the world economy is devastating, but the greatest value of their book is to depict an emerging politics of grassroots resistance that creatively opens up a new range of radical possibilities for the 1990s.”
—Richard Falk, professor of International Law, Princeton University
“Makes visible the multiple forms of resistance to global capital that often remain unrecognized. These forms of resistance are themselves becoming transnational and binding people, places and initiatives in alternative global networks. A must read.”
—Saskia Sassen, professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University, author of The Global City
“Accessible . . . reliable roadmap to the global economy . . . offers inspiring examples of cross-border solidarity . . . a clear and broad picture of the global economy . . . not only a devastating critique of a system gone awry, but a persuasive case that alternatives are still within reach.”
—Dollars and Sense
“Understanding the far-reaching destructive powers of transnational corporations and the global institutions they’ve set up to protect their rights in today’s global economy is a tall order. Offering alternatives rooted in grassroots organization and international policy-making is even more daunting. Yet Jeremy Brecher and Tim Costello have managed to do just that . . . This book will set your mind reeling with the possibilities for grassroots global connections.”
—Mary McGinn, Labor Notes
“The facts and figures about globalization that Brecher and Costello marshal and the careful documentation make chapter One alone worth the price as a reference book.”
“Brecher and Costello have written a refreshingly optimistic and useful book. Their strategy of transnational citizen action . . . should be an important part of the effort to bring global institutions under democratic control.”
“It is only with the brave thinking and strategies put forth by Brecher and Costello in this hopeful book that humans of diverse concerns and interests can pursue a course for collective economic development more life-sustaining to the Earth we inhabit.”
—M. Annette Jaimes, editor, The State of Native America
“Finally someone has stopped long enough to document with real insight and clear analysis the exciting new developments in people-to-people global networking. Brecher and Costello have a lifetime of experience that shows in their writing and their prescriptions. They’re strong lights on the pathway.”
—Mark Ritchie, director, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
“An important, uniquely comprehensive blending of practical and visionary discussion on how to create a viable world community in a time in which corporations increasingly have power to dictate policies that increase conflict and lower standards of living around the world.”
-John Brown Childs, professor, Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz, Chair, Race and Ethnicity Research Council
“Brecher and Costello introduce us to local women’s groups, from Chiapas to Arkansas to Manila, that are analyzing this not-so-new World Order most revealingly, and in doing so make us smarter.”
—Cynthia Enloe, author, The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War
Now, a book that was ahead of its time has been brought up to date with a new preface that covers the latest developments in economic globalization including the defeat of “fast track,” efforts to halt GATT and MAI, and the Asian economic crisis.
In clear, accessible language, Brecher and Costello describe how people around the world have started challenging the New World Economy. From the Zapatistas to students and workers in France to the broad-based anti-NAFTA and anti-GATT coalitions, opposition to economic globalization is becoming a worldwide revolt.
Global Village or Global Pillage is the best guide available to globalization and how to challenge it.
Jeremy Brecher is the author of several groundbreaking works in labor studies, including the labor history classic Strike!, recently published in an updated and revised edition by South End Press.
Tim Costello is a living-wage campaign organizer and union activist based in Boston and has co-authored several books with Brecher.
ISBN: 0-89608-591-0 $16.00 paper
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