Walmart in India!!

December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Thought this was an interesting read about Walmart in India and the response of local small businesses.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/03-2

Economic systems

December 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

http://library.nau.edu/speccoll/exhibits/traders/trade/e-c-phil.html

In the article, Contesting the Neoliberal City: Pittsburg’s Public Service Unions Confront a Neoliberal Agenda, Steven Lopez quotes, “The Kane campaign, unable to construct a counter-ideology capable of taking on globalization or the Republicans’ tax cut, successfully attacked instead the specific neoliberal arguments in favor of privatization.” (Lopez, 293).  I originally misunderstood the assignment, but found it relevant anyways. Capitalism is a system which can very good or very bad.  It is very important to have a solution when you want to criticize something.  If you do not, the opposition can easily come back and say that there is no other successful way. There are many different arguments one can take against neoliberal philosophy; one can advocate for a system which does not involve money, perhaps a competitive bartering system.  Some approaches may not seam very realistic to at first, but after going through the process of testing them, one can pick out the most successful and present these findings.  After a period of time, if ones research was accurate, a new system can catch on.

Planet of the Slums

December 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5zmNmTZ_3c

In Mike Davis’ chapter 1 to his book Planet of the Slums, Davis explores the relationship between population growth, urban development, employment, industrialization, and slum growth through various regions and urban cities. Similarly, this video offers a brief visual representation of Davis’ claims.

One of the first statements made in the video is that the conditions and forces that push people out of the country side are more compelling than the ones that draw people into the city. The forces, as explained in the text, that expel people from the country side and into the city are the SAPs and conditionalities of the IMF and World Bank that focus on de-regulation, urbanization, and privatized industrialization. This consequently leads to de-agrarianization and de-pesantization, forcing people from the country side to the slums of cities with the hopes of finding employment. Additionally, throughout the video, the text at the bottom echoes other facts that we have read in the assigned reading.

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