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Alternatives to Economic Globalization, 2nd Edition by Jerry Mander, John Cavanagh

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Chapter TwoDesign for Corporate Rule

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THE ALTERNATIVES OFFERED in this volume grow from the widespread damage inflicted by corporate globalization over the past five centuries as it passed from colonialism to imperialism to postcolonial export-led development models. Since World Wa r II, the driving forces behind economic globalization have been several hundred global corporations and banks that have increasingly woven webs of production, consumption, finance, and culture across borders. Indeed, most of what we eat, drink, wear, drive, and entertain ourselves with today are the products of global corporations.

These corporations have been aided by global bureaucracies that have emerged over the last half-century, with the overall result being ...

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