'Geo-Defragmentation' as a Means of Reestablishing Order within the International System

March 11, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Geo-Defragmentation and Order

Globalization rose in the Post-Cold War era bringing certain regions closer together via global supply chains and a developmental agenda took precedence over pure geopolitical considerations in many countries as a result of the upheaval.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and the World of Endless Images, Voices, and Ideas

October 17, 2014 by Steven Cohen

The world we are creating with global communications and global economic production is fast becoming a true global society. Nevertheless, place continues to have meaning as both communities and nations become even more treasured in a world of mass-produced impressions and fear of homogenization.[read more]

12 Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem

February 24, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated “good” by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss real-world problems.[read more]

Cleantech, Globalization and Energy Independence

November 12, 2010 by Robert Rapier

  The following guest essay is by Kevin P. Kane. Kevin is an Oil & Gas analyst and cleantech business consultant living in South Korea. Kevin previously published two widely circulated essays: American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream and Energy Security Populism: Oil Prices, American Leaders, and Media. In this essay...[read more]

It's The End of the World (As We Know It)

May 15, 2010 by Craig Severance

  Oil Production Peak Much Sooner Than Expected  May 14, 2010 by Craig Severance A storm is quickly approaching, and the world is not ready for it. The permanent end of the era of cheap oil is coming as soon as next year, according to a raft of official reports that have made their way into energy...[read more]

The Unflattening

June 5, 2008 by RyanAvent

Let me quote a couple of abstracts for you. First up: Glaeser and Kohlhase: The theoretical framework of urban and regional economics is built on transportation costs for manufactured goods. But over the twentieth century, the costs of moving these goods have declined by over 90% in real terms, and there is little reason to doubt that...[read more]

Is expensive oil deglobalizing the world?

May 27, 2008 by Tyler Hamilton

A report today from CIBC World Markets says the skyrocketing cost of transportation is leading to inflation and taking away the edge that many Asian countries have had in offering cheap labour. The end result, as oil approaches $200 a barrel, is what the bank sees as a deglobalization of world markets. The report finds that the cost of...[read more]

Consumer choice and the eco-social "externalities" of coal (part one)

November 27, 2007 by Tim Hurst

It is quite common for the end-user of a commodity to have no idea where the good was actually produced, never mind how it got from point A to point B. But some consumers might prefer to get their vegetables them from a local farmers’ market, instead of the supermarket. A person might want to support a business because they have received...[read more]