Praying for business as usual in the corridors of power will never restore the myth of a self-correcting free market. High finance, the biggest of the winners from corporate globalization, over-inflated this false belief and then blew itself to bits, as if by accident. In this issue, the New Internationalist asks what remains and who’s left to clear up the mess. As national ‘taxpayers’ – that’s the rest of us, citizens – find themselves footing the bill into the indefinite future, the time has surely come to make way for more just and democratic systems – and a new internationalism. Fresh signs of life now spring most vigorously from a growing awareness that the Earth is not a toy boardroom globe but an endangered habitat that lives or dies by its intricate diversity, in a shared climate that’s changing beyond all recognition.
March 2010, Issue 430