Wednesday, 4 February 2015

"Building A Just Economy from the Ground Up" - lead story in For A Better World magazine

The lead story in the Fall 2014 issue of For a Better World magazine sounds a suitably bold ambition at a time when economies worldwide are still wondering how to rebuild after the 2008/2009 "Great Recession". And certainly Fair Trade policies and procedures between consuming powers and poor producers must be part of a serious alternative. To point out that internal economies must resist austerity, i.e. neoliberal social programme cutbacks, before serious change for all anywhere can occur is simply to remind ourselves that local and global economies are more integrated than ever before. As so many indigenous people experience daily, the "third world" is here in rich countries like Canada. Trying to solve international problems without attending  to our own is more than arrogant, it won't work.

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