By: James Ridgeway
250 pages, no illustrations
Invaluable reference guide to who owns what, who controls the world's natural resources and what exactly is bought and sold. Some - such as fuel, metals, fertilizers, drugs, fibres, food, forests and flowers - have long been though of as commodities. Others - including fresh water, human beings, the oceans and life in the form of genetic codes - are less obvious candidates, but, as Ridgeway shows, they are now treated as such on a massive scale.
James Ridgeway is one of our most astute and bold social critics, and in this book he puts his sharp pen to use in making us aware of how so many things in the world, including human beings themselves, are being turned into something for profit. It is a needed wake-up call, and I hope it will startle us into resisting the commodification of our world." Howard Zinn author of A people's history of the United States "James Ridgeway is one of our most astute and bold social critics, and in this book he puts his sharp pen to use in making us aware of how so many things in the world, including human beings themselves, are being turned into something for profit. It is a needed wake-up call, and I hope it will startle us into resisting the commodification of our world."--Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States "There are few matters more important than the one James Ridgeway addresses in this essential book: the commodification of natural resources and of life itself. From water to kidneys to human beings, there is little the modern corporation hasn't figured out how to turn to private profit. Read this book before it's too late."--Sam Smith, editor of the Progressive Review and author of Why Bother? Getting a Life in a Locked-down Land "James Ridgeway's It's All for Sale is a wake-up call to the human community of the consequences of an economic system whose appetites for raw material is limitless, and in which there are no limits, no boundaries about what is a commodity and what is not. The privatization and enclosure of biodiversity, of water, of air and the trade in human beings and human organs are indicators that we could be witnessing an end of being human. Essential reading for the ecology movement, the justice movement, the peace movement, and all who believe 'Our world is not for sale.'"--Vandana Shiva, founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in New Delhi, India
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