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The Greatest Story Oversold : Understanding Economic Globalisation - Stan G. Duncan

The Greatest Story Oversold

Understanding Economic Globalisation

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A stunning expose of how economic globalization has resulted in a network of injustice that is devastating people and countries around the world.

"Free trade" was touted as a way to make economics more efficient and productive, and a strategy that would also benefit small businesses and workers. Instead, as author Stan Duncan says, "Corporate and political powers have contorted and stacked the decks of the financial machinery that runs the earth in such a way that rewards the rich and extracts payments from the poor."

'The Greatest Story Oversold' helps general readers understand the various global economic forces at work today. In non-technical language Duncan explains the "rules" and general practices of trans-national corporations and global lenders like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He connects the dots between what happens "there," addressing the impact of specific issues like the global banking crises, third world debt, NAFTA, and immigration.

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Helps us understand the various global economic forces at work today and in non-technical language explains the "rules" and general practices of trans-national corporations and global lenders like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
An Introductionp. 1
Is This a "Religious" Book?p. 1
Why This Book, Now?p. 2
Why Addressed to People of Faith?p. 5
Is This Book Biased?p. 6
Globalization: The Greatest Story Oversoldp. 9
Definitionsp. 11
Shell Game Financep. 12
A Snapshot of Our Present Conditionp. 17
Dollars without Borders: The "Washington Consensus"p. 24
The "Rules" of Economic Globalization: Where Everyone but the Majority Winsp. 27
So What Really Happened?p. 37
Globalization's Theological Valuesp. 43
Conclusionp. 50
International Debt: Pat and Elainep. 52
Snapshots of the Extent of the Crisisp. 56
How Much Would It Cost?p. 59
A Personal Loan Analogyp. 60
History of the Debt Crisis: How We Got from There to Herep. 63
The Day the Music Diedp. 71
Attempts to Address the Crisisp. 72
The "Baker Plan"p. 74
The "Brady Plan"p. 75
The Rise of the Multilateralp. 76
The Highly Indebted Poor Country Initiative (HIPC)p. 83
NAFTA: Why Does Nikolas Dance?p. 94
Backgroundp. 96
So What Is NAFTA?p. 102
The Side Agreementsp. 103
Lifting Trade Barriersp. 104
And Along Came Chinap. 107
Investor Protection Provisionsp. 111
The Case for Changing NAFTAp. 114
Immigration: Jasmine and Danielp. 119
The Human Face of Migrationp. 119
Economic Causes of Migrationp. 121
Jasmine and Danielp. 130
Victims of the Systemp. 132
Coffee: Victor and Hugop. 134
Why It Mattersp. 134
What Happened to Coffee?p. 136
Why Did It Happen?p. 138
Victor and Hugop. 140
"What Then Should We Do?"p. 142
Trade in Israel: Samuel and Nabothp. 144
The "Creation" of Israelp. 144
The Invention of Povertyp. 146
What Made Israel Poor?p. 147
Responses from Israel's Activist Communityp. 155
Guidance from Christian Scriptures: Acting Like It Is Sop. 164
"What Then Should We Do" Today?p. 170
Notesp. 173
Further Resources and Tools for Actionp. 189
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ISBN: 9781570758836
ISBN-10: 1570758832
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 15th September 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 17.48  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.24