Chapter SixSubsidiarityRecalling Power from the Global


IT IS THE MAJOR CONCEIT, or gamble, of the proponents of economic globalization that by removing economic control from the places where it has traditionally resided—in nations, states, subregions, communities, or indigenous societies—and placing that control into absentee authorities that operate globally via giant corporations and bureaucracies, all levels of society will benefit. But as we have seen in earlier chapters, this is not true, and it is a principal reason why so many millions of people are angrily protesting.

The captains of globalization are driven by what is still essentially an economic ideology. They operate on a macro scale removed from the everyday realities of local ...

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