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Robin Hahnel: Financial Reform

  Nothing is more important right now to stabilize the global economic system than financial reform. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. As much as anything else, the triumph of neoliberalism has been the triumph of the financial sector over everything else. In 1982, the financial industry received 12 percent of Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Capitalist Globalism In Crisis

  [This essay is part of the ZNet Classics series. Three times a week we will re-post an article that we think is of timeless importance. This one was first published December 1, 1998.] This is the first article in a three part series on the current global economic Crisis. Among economic systems capitalism is the Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Imperialism, Human Rights, and Protectionism

Recently I was asked to answer some questions about tactical choices facing the movement against corporate sponsored globalization. Unfortunately, people and groups inside the movement differ in their answers to these questions, and those differences threaten to divide us. I offer my answers and reasons in hopes of persuading those who, up to now, have Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Play It Again, Sam

Robin Hahnel Just in case anyone thought the IMF and the World Bank had gotten the message in Seattle, Washington, DC and Prague, all he or she has to do is read the December 5 edition of the Washington Post to find out otherwise. Looming disasters in Chad and Turkey are proof positive that nothing Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Speaking Truth To Power: Speaking Truth To Ourselves

First in December in Seattle and then in April in Washington, DC the movement against corporate sponsored globalization spoke truth to power. Thousands of young people said they were sick of corporate arrogance, greed, and callous indifference to escalating economic injustice and suffering. They said capitalism and its values suck. They said they do not Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: China & the WTO

Robin Hahnel After declining to sign a "better deal" last April, the Clinton administration signed off on conditions for permitting China to enter the World Trade Organization (WTO) in November. Even though China’s premier was in Washington last April begging for Clinton’s signature to lock in a victory for his faction of economic liberalizers over Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Going To Greet The WTO In Seattle

Almost every day since I bought my plane ticket to Seattle to protest the November 29 through December 3 meetings of the World Trade Organization I have read something in the mainstream press that stirs an adrenaline rush. In the Seattle Weekly I read: "It’s historic. The confrontations in Seattle will define how the bridge Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Capitalist Globalism In Crisis

Robin Hahnel When real world outcomes differ from the efficient ones predicted by mainstream models in text books, the memories of pro-capitalists are jogged to recall catchall phrases, like “perfect competition,” and “complete markets.” The word “perfect” refers to knowledge and requires complete and accurate information for all participants in the economy about the consequences Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Capitalist Globalism In Crisis

If international trade and investment actually reduced international economic inequality, if it actually reduced strain on the environment, if it actually increased ds global efficiency, we should be all for it. The problem, of course, is that international liberalization and neoliberal policies have actually done just the opposite. They have increased international inequality and environmental Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Capitalist Globalism in Crisis

IMF bashing, a popular sport on the left for years, has finally made it into mainstream culture. Unfortunately some new mainstream players are now playing at a higher level than many leftist veterans. Since Johnny-Come-Lately mainstream critics of the IMF do not share our progressive priorities, we can expect their views will not accord with Read more…

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