The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future - and What It Will Take to Win It Back
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""You will never think about 'free trade' the same way after reading Jeff Faux's superb book. As Faux makes clear, the globalization debate is really about whose interests are served by global elites, and how we need to go about reclaiming a democracy that serves ordinary people. This book should transform public discourse in America.""
-Robert Kuttner, founding coeditor of the American Prospect and a contributing columnist to BusinessWeek
""Jeff Faux's astonishing story of how class works will scandalize the best names in Wall Street and Washington-especially the much admired Robert Rubin, who along with other elites colluded behind the backs of ordinary citizens in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. The most cynical Americans will be shocked by the sordid details. This really is an important book.""
-William Greider, author of The Soul of Capitalism and Secrets of the Temple
""Globalization is a cover for American imperialism, but the beneficiaries are not the American people at the expense of foreigners but corporate executives at the expense of working-class and poor people wherever they may be. Jeff Faux offers a comprehensive and devastating analysis.""
-Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire
that the man in whose cause they were asking American workers to risk their jobs and living standards was running a government with close ties to narcotraffickers, at the same time that the U.S. government was spending $12 billion a year to pursue a war on drugs.31 Mexico had long been a source of high-quality marijuana for U.S. consumers, but in the 1970s Washington persuaded the Mexican government to spray the fields with the toxic chemical paraquat. The program dramatically reduced Mexican
distribution of income and wealth getting more top-heavy, but the institutions—primarily organized labor—that championed the cause of the working class (as the slogan says, “The people who brought you the week-end”) have been steadily losing influence in the party that claims it speaks for working families. The disdain of the Clinton 74 White House staff for the labor unions to which they owed their election was well-known. The tone was set from the top, as an anecdote told by Clinton’s labor
done it before. After World War II, those who had walked Washington’s corridors of power led the world in the creation of the United Nations. They established the International Monetary Fund, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and other institutions to manage the noncommunist part of the global economy. On defeated Germany and Japan, the victorious Americans imposed electoral democracy, social welfare, a pluralist civil society, and defused the class warfare between labor and management.
hats, cooking their meals in makeshift camps in the streets, homemade signs denouncing the betrayal of Salinas and his successor Zedillo and accusing President Vicente Fox of being a better friend to the United States than to Mexico. The sacred images of Emilio Zapata and the Virgin of Guadalupe were waved over the heads of the crowd. It was the largest rural protest against the government since the 1930s. In a December 2002 poll, conducted to coincide with NAFTA’s tenth anniversary, 52 percent
in the usually well-oiled machinery of the world’s formal and informal governing class. The shouting, blocked streets, and screeching police sirens outside the meeting halls frayed the tempers of the officials inside, encouraging some third world elites—who detested the demonstrators—to make some demands of their own. After four days, a stunned WTO leadership saw its meeting break up without an agreement. 192 Over the next few years, protesters dogged the international meetings of neoliberal