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Global Claptrap

Two ill-informed books about globalisation have won acclaim by appealing to the prejudices of their respective audiences: continental Europe's political class and the US left. The facts suggest a more complex, and benign, reality

By Robert Taylor   December 1997

The doom merchants used to predict that race wars, nuclear holocausts or ecological disasters would finish off the 20th century. Now the fashion is to make our flesh creep with the consequences of a return to “unfettered” global capitalism-the predatory 19th century beast supposed to have perished in the conflagration of the first world war.

This new literary sub-genre cannot be simply dismissed; it seems to offer solace to a surprisingly large number of people trying to come to terms with the speed of change in the modern world. The Global Trap, the latest offering by two journalists on the…

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