Chapter FiveReclaiming the CommonsWhat Should Be Off-Limits to Globalization?


AS RECENTLY AS two decades ago, large parts of the world were not part of economic globalization. The majority of people in the world still lived off the land with little dependence on outside markets. In many rural areas, seeds were exchanged as the collective property of the community, not the private property of Monsanto or Cargill. Of the three hundred million indigenous people in the world, most lived in complete isolation from global trade activity. Municipal water systems were usually under local government or community control. Much of the economic activity in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and China was not linked to global markets. Most developing ...

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