Thursday, November 10, 2011

Globalization, was never what it said it was anyways

The whole premise of globalization and neo-liberalism as a relevant political ideology, as opposed to an economic doctrine, in the '90s, was based on the idea that the Soviet model and with it all of socialism had failed, leaving unregulated capitalism as the only viable alternative. Social democracy was also seen as decrepit and failing. Behind the hype of total victory of the western capitalist model lied some ugly facts. First, the collapse of the Soviet model, as opposed to its liberalization, was aided and abetted, created some would say, by the United States. Yeltsin served the U.S., and did a good job of it, liquidating socialism in the Soviet Union instead of preserving the messy partial capitalism, partial socialism, with reformed planning mechanisms, that Gorbachev and the advocates of Perestroika were putting forward. If the Yeltsin coup, what I call his election, hadn't happened, the Soviet Union could have continued on the evolutionary approach to fixing its economic and social system. It would have preserved socialism as at least a semi-viable doctrine. It would have put lie the notion that globalization was the only road, and hastened the call to economic justice going on right now.

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