Progressive Globalism: Challenging the Audacity of Capital

Authors

  • William K. Tabb

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-050-09-1999-02_1

Keywords:

Imperialism, Political Economy

Abstract

I will address some aspects of globalization in our time and what they mean for working people. I will start with some general definitions and suggest that the most significant features of what is called globalization have always been part of capitalist development, even if the forms are different in different periods (including our own). I will then discuss the arrogance of capital as it tries to remake our world in its preferred image. In this regard, I will contrast U.S. initiatives in the area of labor standards with worker demands for labor rights. I will then consider the institutions of an internationalized capitalist regime, which seeks to impose itself using vehicles such as the International Monetary Fund and the proposed Multilateral Agreement on Investment. Finally, I will talk about resistance.

Published

1999-02-01

Issue

Section

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