The Consequences of Globalization & Neoliberal Policies: What Are Its Alternatives?
By Claudia von Werlhof
Is there an alternative to plundering the earth? Is there an alternative to making war? Is there an alternative to destroying the planet?
No one asks these questions because they seem absurd. Yet, no one can escape them either. They have to be asked. Ultimate absurdity has taken hold of our lives. We are not only headed towards the world's annihilation - we are headed towards it with ever increasing speed. The reason is the "globalization" of so-called "neoliberalism". Its motto is TINA: "There Is No Alternative!" It is the deal of deals, the big feast, the final battle - Armageddon.
Let us first clarify what globalization and neoliberalism are, where they come from, who they are directed by, what they claim, what they do, why their effects are so fatal, why they will fail, and why people nonetheless cling to them. Then, let us look at the responses of those who are not - or will not - be able to live with the consequences they cause...