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Articles

The following articles are freely downloadable:

Articles on Globalisation

Can we Fix the Global Financial System?  An article on the 2008 financial crisis.

Globalisation in Reverse.  With national economies in recession in the wake of the Credit Crunch, this article exposes the partialness of either protectionism or free trade as solutions.

Why Globalisation Benefits the BNP.  What is the link between the rise of the Far Right and globalisation? This article explains.

Riots in Financial Markets. Following the street riots across the UK in 2011, this article explores the links between these riots and the riotous behaviour of global financial markets.

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Articles on the Global Institutions

Reform the WTO - But Where are the Ideas? An article written in the wake of the Seattle protests, 1999. It exposes some of the weaknesses in the thinking of many global justice organisations.

Beleaguered on the Shores of Lac Leman - The WTO invites the activists to tea. Written by John Bunzl following an invitation to speak at the WTO, this article elucidates the role the WTO plays in world trade; a role it has little control of.

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Articles on Climate Change

Global Warming: More Inconvenient Truths. A critique by Diana Trimble explaining the partialness of Al Gore's approach.

Politicians Failed us in Copenhagen, but we only have ourselves to blame. Why do politicians keep on failing to reach substantive agreement on carbon emissions and other global issues? This article explains the constraints on politicians and why we, citizens, need to take action.

Durban Climate Fudge - The Futility of Single-Issue Diplomacy. This article explains why dealing with just one global issue at a time, such as carbon emissions, is never going to result in a meaningful agreement.

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Articles based on Ken Wilber's Integral Theory

The following articles by John Bunzl have been published in the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice:

Solving Climate Change - Achieving a Noospheric Agreement This article situates climate change at the disjuncture between inadequate, at best nation-centric, worldviews and the new, world-centric realities of globalisation. One such reality is the need for nations to maintain their competitiveness in the global market - a competition that systematically precludes dramatic cuts in carbon emissions.

Ken Wilber's comment: "The central idea of Simpol is very powerful; that is, the notion of how to link votes in one country with votes in another - how to link political action in one country with action in another. International competition is built-in to the nation-state system at its current level of development, and so the issue is not environmental concerns, but how to get humans to agree on environmental concerns. This is really fascinating and very hopeful. In my opinion this is the crucial issue for the 21st Century."

Discovering an Integral Civic Consciousness in a Global Age This article asks why, in an age of global crisis, global governance still remains a low priority for the integral community. It posits a civic line of development, suggesting that only those possessing a world-centric level of civic awareness can fully comprehend global problems and the need for binding global governance.

The following articles have been published in Integral Leadership Review:

Organisations, AQAL, and the Impact of Globalisation This looks at organisations - governmental, commercial and non-governmental - aswell as at their leader. It assesses the impact of globalisation on them.

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Books available for sale

For ordering information, please see the right-hand panel.

The Simultaneous Policy
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by John Bunzl. Published by New European Publications, 2001.

Summary
The principal barrier to implementation of any significant measure to improve today's environmental, economic or social problems, be they in advanced, developing or non-industrialised countries, is destructive international competition. John outlines the Simpol solution.

C$ 12 to Canadian address, incl. postage & packing.

ISPO Making it Happen! book series:

The Making it Happen! series of books is published by ISPO. Each book looks at a specific reform proposal or subject area which may require the Simpol approach if its practical implementation is to occur.

1. Monetary Reform – Making it Happen!
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by James Robertson and John Bunzl

Summary
To solve the recurrance of serious global banking crises, the prominent monetary expert, James Robertson, argues that the creation of new money should be removed from the commercial banks and restored to national governments. John Bunzl brings a global perspective to this important issue, suggesting that, to avoid market instability and threats from the commercial banks that they may move elsewhere, simultaneous action will likely be needed.

C$ 12 to Canadian address, incl. postage & packing.

2. People-centred Global Governance - Making it Happen!
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by John Bunzl

Summary
As global problems such as global warming, global poverty, pollution, terrorism and runaway corporate power increasingly outstrip the capacity of national and international governance institutions to solve them, the issue of global governance is rapidly moving up the international political agenda. In this book, Bunzl draws on the work of a number of leading evolutionary thinkers to show that both the process of globalisation itself, and the evolution of a binding system of global governance, are natural parts of human evolution. 

C$ 12 to Canadian address, incl. postage & packing.

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ISPO Global Briefing series:

A series of short booklets by John Bunzl picking up on a particular global theme

1. Solving Climate Change - Transforming International Politics

John Bunzl argues that to solve climate change our nation-centric worldviews must first catch up with the world-centric realities of globalisation. He shows how the Simpol campaign is consistent with the principles of evolutionary transformation.

Ken Wilber comments:

"The central idea of Simpol is very powerful; that is, the notion of how to link votes in one country with votes in another - how to link political action in one country with action in another. International competition is built in to the nation-state system at its current level of development, and so the issue is not environmental concerns, but how to get humans to agree on environmental concerns. This is really fascinating and very hopeful. In my opinion this is the crucial issue for the 21st century."

C$ 10 to Canadian address, incl. postage & packing.

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Coming soon...

Transcending 1st-Tier Values in Achieving Democratic Global Governance

Binding global governance is regarded as a 2nd-tier solution to global problems. But given the present predominance of both 1st-tier values and non-democratic nations, how can an appropriate form of global governance ever be feasible, let alone achieved? This article by John Bunzl shows why Simpol, so far at least, is alone in offering a plausible means of overcoming them. Release expected September 2012.

 

 

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