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New World Order

New World Order: Corporate Agenda and Parallel Reality

Copyright Date: 2003
Pages: 248
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    New World Order
    Book Description:

    Contributors to the book suggest an alternative discourse and value system to that of the market-led corporate global agenda, one that does not directly challenge corporate globalization but recognizes a parallel reality. Need and ingenuity are creating a culture that is clearly different from both North American pop culture and the high culture of the intellectual elites, and which can lead the world away from an "economics of death" to a more positive world. The New World Order does not, however, encourage naive optimism, as it recognizes that the lethal inversion of our value system, which is only beginning to be recognized, may not be acknowledged and counteracted in time to prevent disaster. Contributors include Meenakshi Bharat (University of New Delhi), James Bisset (former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia), Leigh S. Brownhill (OISE, University of Toronto), Keith Ellis (University of Toronto), María Figueredo (University of Toronto), Michael Mandel (Osgoode Hall Law School), John McMurtry (University of Guelph), J. Nef (University of Guelph), Jennifer Sumner (University of Guelph), Terisa E. Turner (University of Guelph), Edward Vargo (the Assumption University in Bangkok), and Gordana Yovanovich.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-7113-6
    Subjects: Economics

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-2)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 3-22)

    The New World Order that emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall (President Bush Sr proclaimed a “new world order” at the time of the Gulf War in 1991) has not declared itself to be ideologically different from the international order that grew out of World War II. However, it is different; in fact, the two are almost antithetical. The post-World War II era was symbolically marked by the global role of the United Nations as an agent for the promotion of peace; the New World Order compels a destructive and value-negative agenda on states and on the poor...

  5. The New World Order: The Hidden War of Values
    (pp. 23-39)

    Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, transnational market forces have moved rapidly across the world’s national and cultural boundaries in a sweeping restructuring of local and regional economies. The new system is called “the New World Order.”

    The “globalizing” system being instituted, however, is not at all what it seems. It is not, as it is represented in the mass media and political ideology, an “international free market.” In fact, most of its trade is between the firms of interlocked oligopolist corporations that have the power to affect supply, create demand, and dominate governments making rules for...

  6. Intelligence Agenda and the Need for Constructive Intellectual Intervention in the New World Order
    (pp. 40-57)

    The New World Order has been created by politicians and by political intelligence. It is an artificial order that has been imposed from above. The New World Order is global in nature, yet it does not encompass the universal spirit that has nurtured ordinary lives throughout history. At the time of the imposition of the New World Order, intellectuals were not ready to cope in a profound and holistic way with new developments; some of the intellectuals who were not living in their academic towers were employed to work for narrow political agendas, and some were naïve in their belief...

  7. Humanitarian Intervention and the Sovereignty of a State in the New World Order: Undermined Authority and Undefined Rules of Engagement
    (pp. 58-71)

    As Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1990 to 1992, I was a witness to the tragic breakup of that country. There were a number of reasons why Yugoslavia was torn apart, but one of the primary causes of the tragedy was the failure of Western diplomacy. This is not to say that the Yugoslavs themselves were blameless – not at all. Nevertheless, Western intervention exacerbated the problem and precipitated much of the ensuing bloodshed. It is said that history never repeats itself, but Western interference in the Balkans has repeatedly proven disastrous. Lacking adequate knowledge of the region and ignoring...

  8. The Legal Institutions of the New World Order: “Might Makes Right” and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
    (pp. 72-88)

    The fundamental document of the old world order is the Charter of the United Nations. Its central tenets are the equality of states and the prohibition of the use of force in international relations. Violence is only permissible when authorized by the Security Council, an elected body that also includes as permanent members – each with a veto – the victorious Allies of World War II including China (a minor U.S. partner in the war against Japan). The only permissible unilateral use of military force is the strictly limited right of self-defence, temporarily available until the Security Council can deal...

  9. Neo-Liberalism and the Chilean Model: A Forerunner of the New World Order
    (pp. 89-105)
    J. NEF

    For over a decade, mainstream politicians, intellectuals, and media have praised Chile as a model for Latin America, the Third World, and beyond.¹ A major Canadian newspaper went as far as to propose that Canada should follow a similar set of neo-liberal socioeconomic prescriptions.² In fact, Chile is nowadays a showcase for the “New World Order.” Needless to say, this simplistic but common presentation tends to ignore the complexities of both the process of “transition” going on in that country and the deceiving nature of globalization. Similar paradigmatic claims have been made before regarding Asia’s Little Tigers and, closer to...

  10. The New World Order and the Destruction of Public Education: The Case of Canada
    (pp. 106-122)

    Public education, like the rest of the public sector, is under siege in Canada. Along with such publicly funded institutions as health care and transportation, education is being slowly starved by deliberate withdrawal of funding, making it ripe for privatization by the corporate market. That takeover would return us, full circle, to the time when education was not a human right but a privilege for those who could afford to pay for it.

    The reason education has been targeted for privatization is simple: globally, education is worth $2 trillion annually; in Canada, it is worth $60 billion.² But this windfall...

  11. Women and the New World Order: The “New” Face of the Indian Woman?
    (pp. 123-132)

    Things have changed, it is true, and at the dawn of the twenty-first century an assessment of changes becomes incumbent. Hundreds of questions spring up to trouble the mind, each clamouring for immediate attention. One wonders, to start with, whether a New World Order has at all actually come into being? If it has, has it changed the lot of women in the Indian subcontinent? Can “new” be interpreted in its conventional hopeful and promising connotations? If, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, woman is still crying out for freedom from the things that “held [her] down” in the...

  12. Kenyan Women’s Fight for Fertility: Globalization from Above and Reappropriation from Below
    (pp. 133-159)

    In late 1999 an unprecedented alliance of diverse insurgent forces challenged the World Trade Organization in the now historic “Battle of Seattle.” The corporate meeting on “globalization from above” was shut down by an international alliance asserting “reappropriation from below.” The main features of corporate globalization are well known.¹ The features of a people’s world order, on the other hand, are emerging through countless sites of struggle.² One site of this contention is rural Kenya where the courage and creativity of peasant women posit a “life economy” in place of the “death economy.”³ Sir Roger Swynnerton was a 1985 interview...

  13. Cuba’s Encounter with the Changing Faces of Imperialism
    (pp. 160-177)

    With the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 the United States announced its intention to be the imperialist power of the Western hemisphere. Its intervention in 1898 in the Cuban War of Independence from Spain marked the beginning of the process of putting the intention into practice, and in the ensuing five years that culminated in the 1903 signing of the Platt Amendment to the Cuban Constitution of 1902, the U.S. demonstrated the domineering and coercive attitude that would henceforth characterize its relations with the Latin American and Caribbean countries. This attitude to Cuba, which all along was met with resistance Cuban...

  14. The Latin American Song as an Alternative Voice in the New World Order
    (pp. 178-200)

    Music, particularly songs that are engaged in social commentary and originate from the popular traditions, express the cultural and life-affirming necessities of every society in development. At times, the expression of those cultural imperatives is contentious because it flows against currents that organize the world order. Music, especially that which is sung, becomes an alternative voice in the dialogue between international and regional balances of power if its message, whether explicit or implicit, strikes a chord in a community and lies beyond the imperatives willed by the governing bodies. The capacity of music to reflect ethical positions and values is...

  15. Higher Education in the New World Order
    (pp. 201-220)

    At the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) meeting in Bangkok early in the new millennium, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan proposed a “Global New Deal” of debt relief and better access to foreign markets for poor countries that followed certain economic policies.¹ At the same time, Thailand’s Foundation for International Human Resource Development organized Leadership Forum 2000, a gathering of academics, business leaders, and government officials to consider cooperative strategies for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. In the forum’s workshop on Education/Knowledge, academics from Australia, England, India, New Zealand, and the United States presented crucial changes in management...

  16. About the Contributors
    (pp. 221-223)