The Center for Global Justice is proud to offer a new book, “Recreating Democracy in a Globalized State” by Cliff DuRand and Steve Martinot. Published by Clarity Press, it is a critique of corporate led globalization and its transformation of nation-states into globalized states that serve the interests of transnational capital above the interests of their national populations. This undermines sovereignty and democracy. The book concludes with a call to ordinary people to make the state serve their interests rather than the 1%, the true interests of the nation, through social movements like Occupy Wall Street.
The book has been receiving praise from reviewers. Jeff Faux, founder of the Economic Policy Institute, says it “pulls no punches in this insightful analysis of the fundamental causes of our current crisis. If you’re looking for an interpretation of the geo-political world that is independent of the wooly-headed evasions of the conventional wisdom, read this book.”
In a similar vein, social activist and occupier Mike McGuire writes “As popular movements surge around the globe, people everywhere are asking about the possibilities of social, political and economic transformation. DuRand, Martinot and their contributors sharpen this discussion with an assessment of the shifting terrain of state power, corporate power, and popular sovereignty. How do we transform the state if we do not understand its permutations over the last thirty years? How do you tame corporations whose national identities are now questionable given how easily they can relocate? What tools do popular movements have to affect changes? Pick up the book and find some provocative answers.”
On August 8, 2012 three readers of “Recreating Democracy in a Globalized State” discussed this book. Jim Carey, Judith Rosenthal and Gregory Diamant presented their assessments and author/editor Cliff DuRand responded in a general discussion of some of the issues it raises. Watch the video athttps://www.dropbox.com/s/t11ri6w8yoe3yac/Global%20Justice%200808%202012%20part1.mp4and continued athttps://www.dropbox.com/s/2q159t8rwquxzvi/Global%20Justice%200808%202012%20part%202.mp4