Pas de pétrole bon marché, pas de globalisation
10 octobre 2007

Globalism also has the same tendency to impoverish and enslave huge populations whule enriching the elite who managed its operations. The American people were sold on it, even while it destroyed their towns, their landscapes, and their vocations. What a shock, then, to find out that the so-called global economy was just a set of transient economic relations made possible by two historically peculiar circumstances: twenty-odd years of relative international peace and reliable supplies of cheap oil.

Globalism was primarily a way of privatizing the profits of business activity while socializing the costs. This was achieved by discretely discounting the future for the sake of short-term benefits. The process also depended on the substitutions of corporate monocultures and virtualities for complex social ecosystems wherever possible, for instance, Wal-Marts and theme parks for town. Globalism was operated by oligarchical corporations on the gigantic scale, made possible by cheap oil.

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Under the banner of free-market globalism, the chief side effect of oligarchical corporatism making its money piles bigger was the systematic destruction of local economies and therefore local communities. Thus, the richest nation in the world in the early twenty-first century had become and amazing panorama of ruined towns and cities with broken institutions and demoralized populations – surrounded by Wal-Marts and Target stores. ((James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005, p. 186-187))

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James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005, p. 186-187