The Great Regression

The Great Regression

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We are living through a period of dramatic political change - Brexit, the election of Trump, the rise of extreme right movements in Europe and elsewhere, the resurgence of nationalism and xenophobia and a concerted assault on the liberal values and ideals associated with cosmopolitanism and globalization. Suddenly we find ourselves in a world that few would have imagined possible just a few years ago, a world that seems to many to be a move backwards. How can we make sense of these dramatic developments and how should we respond to them? Are we witnessing a worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some kind of populist authoritarianism?

This timely volume brings together some of the world's greatest minds to analyse and seek to understand the forces behind this 'great regression'. Writers from across disciplines and countries, including Paul Mason, Pankaj Mishra, Slavoj Zizek, Zygmunt Bauman, Arjun Appadurai, Wolfgang Streeck and Eva Illouz, grapple with our current predicament, framing it in a broader historical context, discussing possible future trajectories and considering ways that we might combat this reactionary turn.

The Great Regression is a key intervention that will be of great value to all those concerned about recent developments and wondering how best to respond to this unprecedented challenge to the very core of liberal democracy and internationalism across the world today.

For more information, see: www.thegreatregression.eu

Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781509522361
1509522360
Branch Call Number: 909.831 G79889 2017
Characteristics: xvi, 197 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Geiselberger, Heinrich 1977-

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Sep 21, 2017

Hmmm. . . . // . . . the resurgence of nationalism and xenophobia and a concerted assault on the liberal values and ideals associated with cosmopolitanism and globalization. \\
Xenophobia? According to UNICEF and the Population Reference Bureau's numbers, over one-half million young women and girls have become victims of Female Genital Mutilation procedures on American soil!
Xenophobia? News reports of hundreds of Muslim-Americans travelling [and some arrested just prior to leaving] to join ISIS in their great beheading!
Nationalism and an assault on globalism? From 1985 total employee compensation grew by 220% in Denmark, 194% in Germany, 192% in the Netherlands, 154% in France, AND 0.47% in the USA!
Nationalism and an assault on globalism? From 2010 to 2016, deductibles grew by 6 times over wages. [That's 600% for the arithmetically challenged.]
Nationalism and an assault on globalism? Since the passage of NAFTA, 40,000 factories and production facilities have been shipped to Mexico!
Nationalism and an assault on globalism? in the past 16 years, an enormous number of factories and production facilities have been shipped to China! [70,000 ???]
The only intelligent thought any so-called Great Minds need ponder is why America still isn't socialist by now?!
In Northern England when workers went on strike, the corporation flew in scab workers from Italy to take their place - - after such has occurred time and again, Brexit was a given!
In Idaho, a construction company flew in cheaper Chinese workers instead of hiring American and in central Washington, California and Hawai'i, back in 2007, the major farms laid off the Mexican and American farm workers and flew in cheaper farm workers from Thailand.
And how many similar circumstances have we read and heard about?!

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