Global Capitalism: Beyond Conventional Wisdom with William Greider

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If you are curious about what global capitalism means, and concerned about how it affects human equity, justice and quality of life, you must listen to this provocative discussion with William Greider. Driven by his compassion for the people on the front lines of the factories, Greider exposes the fundamental instabilities at the heart of the new global machine, and illuminates what will surely dominate tomorrow's headlines. Facing the uncomfortable realities others ignore, Greider points out: "Like it or not, we're in a consumer/buyer/producer/seller relationship with lots of people, where brutal regimes absolutely deny the most basic human rights to their citizens, and profit from that." Greider's words leave a lasting impact, and provides us with ways we can help steer the world's changing economic trends in the right direction. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Greider is the national editor of Rolling Stone magazine.

He is also author of several books, including:

  • Secrets of the Temple (Simon & Schuster 1989)
  • Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy (Simon & Schuster 1992)
  • One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism (Simon & Schuster 1997)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What global capitalism is and how it affects you
  • Why you may want to consider reinvesting your mutual funds
  • Taking a closer look at what you buy and where it's made
  • Ways you can help abused children in foreign lands
  • The fallacy of "leaving it to the marketplace"
  • Democracy's original purpose
  • What history can teach us about upcoming economic pitfalls
  • The seductive power of capitalism
  • What's happening on the mountaintop of finance capital
  • Separating democracy and capitalism
  • Your moral responsibility in today's global marketplace
  • The responsibility inherent in our economic connections with the foreign marketplace
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 1/21/1997       Program Number: 2608