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I think that the Globalization 2.0 is dead as the dodo.

I've been under the impression that this was the case for a while now, and I think that the appropriate reference isn't Keynes it's Polanyi.  It's about the market turning every into commodities and sucking the sacred out of life, and societies and people clutching for anything that offers even a passing hope of reconnecting with a world in which daily life operated on relations between people instead of have money being the universal medium of the human experience.

I think that economist and the political scientist of the current era need to through out the models of the post war world culminating in the economic takeover of the social sciences, and look back to look forward.

To look back to what happened the first time that globalization collapsed, and take the lessons from that time so that they don't have to be learned again.

Capitalism has to be tamed before it sucks the last bits of what's human, what has a soul, out of life.  Because when capitalism is allowed to turn life into a matter of so many units of utility, the resulting emptiness drives people to look for anything that can give their life meaning.  That can reconnect with the sacred and the human.  

The story of globalization has been that there are individuals and there is the sum total of all individuals everywhere.

But there is to be no such thing as society.  There is to be no connection between individuals that occurs outside the context of the market.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Aug 15th, 2008 at 06:07:37 AM EST

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