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Sends chills down the backbone. . . . After analyzing this, we will now not manage to pay for to show a blind eye.
The results of a impressive three-year-long research that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin throughout 4 continents (North and South the US, Europe, and Asia), the realm in response to Monsanto tells the little-known but stunning tale of this agribusiness giant--the world's prime manufacturer of GMOs (genetically converted organisms)--and how its new "green" face isn't any much less malign than its PCB- and Agent Orange-soaked previous.
Robin reviews that, following its lengthy historical past of producing unsafe chemical compounds and deadly herbicides, Monsanto is now advertising and marketing itself as a "life sciences" corporation, probably confident in regards to the virtues of sustainable improvement. although, Monsanto now controls nearly all of the yield of the world's genetically converted corn and soy--ingredients present in greater than ninety five percentage of yank households--and its alarming felony and political strategies to take care of this monopoly are the topic of globally predicament.
Released to nice acclaim and controversy in France, all through Europe, and in Latin the US along the documentary movie of a similar identify, the area in response to Monsanto is certain to alter the way in which we predict approximately nutrition defense and the company keep watch over of our nutrition provide.
Citizenville deals either an impassioned plea for extra tech-enabled govt and a journey d'horizon of the methods a few governments have began utilizing expertise to solid effect a fast paced and fascinating read” --San Francisco Chronicle
A rallying cry for revolutionizing democracy within the electronic age, Citizenville unearths how usual american citizens can reshape their govt for the higher. Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor of California, argues that today’s govt is caught within the final century whilein either the personal region and our own livesabsolutely every little thing else has replaced. The explosion of social media, the evolution of net trade, the ubiquity of clever telephones which can entry all of the world’s details; within the face of those awesome advances, our executive appears to be like more and more beside the point and out of touch.
Drawing on wide-ranging interviews with thinkers and politicians, Newsom’s Citizenville indicates how americans can rework their executive, taking concerns into their very own palms to dissolve political gridlock at the same time they produce tangible adjustments within the actual global. while neighborhood net designers desired to hinder muggings in Chicago and Oakland, they created leading edge crime-mapping instruments utilizing public police information. while congressional representatives sought after citizens’ enter on new laws, they used interactive running a blog instruments to ask public reviews and alterations. whilst a city in Texas had to drum up civic engagement, officers invented a neighborhood electronic currency” to gift voters for partaking in governmentmaking small-town politics unexpectedly as enjoyable and addictive as on-line video games corresponding to Farmville. Surveying the numerous small advances made via traditional americans in reinventing executive for the twenty-first century, Newsom unveils a course for American prosperity and democratic vitality.
Newsom explains how twenty-first-century difficulties are too significant and too dear for the govt. just to purchase options; as a substitute, american citizens needs to innovate their means out. simply because the put up workplace and the street process supply public infrastructure to channel either own and personal enterprisea platform upon which voters can growso too may perhaps a contemporary electronic govt condo the desires, matters, info, and collaboration of an enlightened electronic citizenry.
A imaginative and prescient for greater executive that actually achieves the traditional objective of commonwealth and a victorious demand contributors to reinvigorate the rustic with their very own arms, Citizenville is a well timed highway map for restoring American prosperity and for reinventing citizenship in today’s networked age.
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While the importance of a policy cannot be judged solely by the amount of money spent upon it, we should not lose sight of the fact that nearly everything government wants to do has some cost. The most distinctive activities of the contemporary state, its welfare programs, are especially costly commitments. To carry out its policies, twentieth-century government cannot rely upon nineteenth-century philanthropy or upon the medieval practice of cOTw~e, that is, labor given government as a supplement to taxes.
Warring nations. It is Socialist, because government makes major economic decisions that pervasively influence the economy and allocates a large portion of the national product. A variety of compound catchwords have been coined in efforts to describe our contemporary political economy. " 2 The wealth created by the mixed economy has financed the growth of the welfare state. Today, citizenship underwrites an individual's weIl-being from womb to tomb, for public programs guarantee such fundamentals of individual welfare as schools, hospitals, and a pension in old age.
In this chapter, we examine the conditions that could cause the economic inadequacies of government to undermine political authority. The first section explains why it is no longer meaningful to think of separate political and economic systems and why the growing power of political as against market choices has made the authority of government more vulnerable. The second section identifies the limits of political economy and how a government may try to exceed these limits in vain efforts to consume more than it produces.