the side effects of the neoliberalism
Squalid living conditions
of Hong Kong's Poor Population
The slums of Kathmandu, Nepal
Italian twenty-year-olds' life
without studying or working
Germany’s Poor Pensioners
The incredible poverty in Japan!
Neaples, Italy: Family lives in the car
My daily life in the slums of Mumabay, India
California Has the Highest Poverty Rate in America. Why?
Turin, Italy: evicted, their car becomes home
The Poorest of the Poor:
On the Edge of Europe
In Rome, Italy, the migrant-unauthorized sweeper:
"In Nigeria I was an engineer,
here I want to integrate myself working"
California, U.S.A.: How Silicon Valley's housing
boom is creating a homeless crisis
California tent cities grow massively!
Farewell to Catalina:
a life lost in Romania's tunnels
Living with the Dead
Japan's Hidden Poor
French poverty rates up: 1 in 7 now poor
Rome, Italy: 35,000 evicted,
an entire city without a home
Italians evicted, homes for the refugees.
It's a shame!
Record evictions in Turin, Italy
Italy: the reason why the rich
get rich more and more
A journey through the Bangkok slums, Thailand
India's 'Slumdog' Millions:
A glimpse of life in Bihar's slums, India
For Love or Money - The Slum
Saigon's worst slum. Vietnam ghetto life.
Poverty rates surge in American suburbs
Travel to the Philippines and meet the Poor.
Their dream is to have a television set
Shocking place in Downtown Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Inside the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, India
Mondays are moving day for San Diego’s Homeless
Brazil: Great misery in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, November 2017
Natasha is 22 years-old and has been homeless sleeping rough in London for 4 years
Tent cities rise amid housing
shortage in Silicon Valley, California
- David Harvey: "A brief History of Neoliberalism", Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2005.
Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Writing for a wide audience, David Harvey, author of The New Imperialism and The Condition of Postmodernity, here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. Through critical engagement with this history, he constructs a framework, not only for analyzing the political and economic dangers that now surround us, but also for assessing the prospects for the more socially just alternatives being advocated by many oppositional movements.
- Colin Crouch: "The Strange Non-Death of Neo-liberalism", Polity Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2011.
The financial crisis seemed to present a fundamental challenge to neo-liberalism, the body of ideas that have constituted the political orthodoxy of most advanced economies in recent decades. Colin Crouch argues in this book that it will shrug off this challenge. The reason is that while neo-liberalism seems to be about free markets, in practice it is concerned with the dominance over public life of the giant corporation. This has been intensified, not checked, by the recent financial crisis and acceptance that certain financial corporations are ‘too big to fail'. Although much political debate remains preoccupied with conflicts between the market and the state, the impact of the corporation on both these is today far more important.
Several factors have brought us to this situation. Most obviously, the lobbying power of firms whose donations are of growing importance to cash-hungry politicians and parties. The weakening of competitive forces by firms large enough to shape and dominate their markets. The power over public policy exercised by corporations enjoying special relationships with government as they contract to deliver public services. The moral initiative that is grasped by enterprises that devise their own agendas of corporate social responsibility.
Both democratic politics and the free market are weakened by these processes, but they are largely inevitable and not always malign. Hope for the future, therefore, cannot lie in suppressing them in order to attain either an economy of pure markets or a socialist society. Rather it lies in dragging the giant corporation fully into political controversy. Here a key role is played by the small, cash-strapped campaigning groups who, with precious little help from established parties, seek to achieve corporate social accountability.
- Michel Chossudovsky: "The Globalisation of Poverty. Impacts of IMF and World Bank Reforms", Zed Books Publisher, London, United Kingdom, 1997, 2003 extended edition.
The author of this book contends that the reality of free trade and globalization is impoverishment for growing numbers of people. What is more, the unemployment and marginalization are not confined to the Third World, but also exist in the rich countries and the former Soviet Union. This overview of macroeconomic disaster in the making explains how and why the processes are related. It shows how structures of the global economy have changed fundamentally since the early 1980s, and how the leading international financial institutions, notably the IMF and the World Bank, have forced Third World and Eastern European countries to facilitate these changes. The consequences of the new financial order, as the author's examples from all parts of the world show, is a globalization of poverty.
- Jean Ziegler: "Les nouveaux maîtres du monde et ceux qui leur résistent" ("The new rulers of the world and those who resist them"), Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris, France, 2002.
Aujourd'hui (2003) dans le monde, tous les jours, 100 000 personnes meurent de faim ou de ses suites immédiates, victimes d'un impératif et d'un seul, imposé par les maîtres du monde le profit sans borne. Au cœur du marché globalisé, banquiers, hauts responsables de société transnationale, opérateurs du commerce mondial accumulent l'argent, détruisent l'Etat, dévastent la nature et les êtres humains. Ce livre révèle leur visage, analyse leur discours, dénonce leurs méthodes, et les mercenaires qui les servent, au sein de l'OMC, de la Banque mondiale et du FMI, et démonte l'idéologie qui les inspire, jetant une lumière crue sur le rôle joué par l'empire américain. Face à ces nouveaux maîtres, la résistance s'organise. C'est la nouvelle société civile planétaire dont Jean Ziegler montre ici la richesse, la diversité et la détermination.
- John Ralston Saul: "Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West", Vintage Books Publisher, New York City, U.S.A., 1993.
In this provocative analysis of modern society, John Ralston Saul shows that throughout the West there is a crisis, due largely to our blind faith in reason. Instead of a basis for ethical behavior, reason is often reduced to mere practicality. If we continue to allow process-minded experts, “Voltaire’s bastards,” to run society, we risk the breakdown of our legal, financial, and cultural systems, thus endangering our societies.