Articles on Globalisation
An article on the 2008 financial crisis.
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.
What is the link between the rise of the Far Right and globalisation? This article explains.
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.
Articles on the Global Institutions
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.
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.
Articles on Climate Change
A critique by Diana Trimble explaining the partialness of Al Gore's approach.
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.
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.
Articles based on Ken Wilber's Integral Theory
- The following articles by John Bunzl have been published in the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice:
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."
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.
Transcending 1st-tier Values in Achieving Binding Democratic Global Governance
Binding democratic global governance is regarded as a 2nd-tier solution to global problems. But given the predominance of 1st-tier values and non-democratic nations, how can an appropriate form of global governance be achieved? John Bunzl explains why Simpol is alone in offering a plausible solution. For copies of the article, please contact us.
- The following articles have been published in Integral Leadership Review:
This looks at organisations - governmental, commercial and non-governmental - aswell as at their leaders. It assesses the impact of globalisation on them.
Diana Trimble delivers a powerful speech on Globalisation, outlining the need " to ensure that it develops in its most positive manifestation, so that what we have is interconnectedness and a world in which all nations may benefit from the shared commons"
A few powerful men in suits cannot make poverty history, argues John Bunzl, even if they want to. "Does the G-8 really, genuinely, have the power to make poverty history? Does it really have that much power at all? Geldof and Bono by all accounts certainly think so. But are they not, perhaps, simply in thrall to the very attractive idea that some small group of people must have massive power and could change the world if only we put enough pressure on them?"
Today, as humanity increasingly faces a critical point of crisis in terms of our survival on planet Earth, it is essential that light now be shed on how co-operation has worked in evolution, and how it can be made to work now if we are to have a sustainable future. Published in Network Review, 2004.
This article appeared in "The Gandhi Way", the newsletter of the Gandhi Foundation in the UK.
The title quotes UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's response following the G-8 summit in Genoa, July 2001. The article exposes so-called 'democracy' as pseudo-democracy and explains growing global voter apathy.