Globalism and the open society

McLaren, John (1999) Globalism and the open society. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


Contains a discussion on the irreversible nature of globalisation and the consequent challenging issues of societies opening to the world. The problem with the present debate over nationalism, globalisation and multiculturalism, and the local issues of racism and land rights, is that most of the participants are presenting as alternatives what in fact are complementary imperatives. Many years ago, Lewis Mumford wrote that the urgent tasks of governments everywhere were that they must become simultaneously larger and smaller. This anticipated the green slogan, "Think globally, act locally." Both respond to the fact that as the world is becomes more closely knit together, we need authorities strong enough to deal with the resulting national, regional and global problems, and at the same time we want the means to control what is happening, often as a result of globalisation, in our own neighbourhoods.

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Item type Other
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Current > Collections > McLaren Papers
Keywords politics, nationalism, globalisation, economic rationalism, minorities, Australian society, migrant communities, government policies, reconciliation, MCLAREN-BOXF5-DOC6
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