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Interdependence Day

Monday, September 12, 2011

Benjamin Barber, political theorist and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the policy center Demos, talks about the 9th annual observation of September 12th as "Interdependence Day" with a focus on global unity.

EVENT: "World café"-style community discussions today at 3LD ART & TECHNOLOGY CENTER, 80 Greenwich St.

Guests:

Benjamin Barber

Comments [9]

Ben from Park Slope

I probably agree with Demos on much of my politics. But boy was that one of the worst radio segments I've hear on WNYC in ages. It was like a bad college class.

Sep. 14 2011 02:50 PM
GD from NYC

Fantastic. All you cynics lack imagination. This is the future, and we all know it deep down.

David - we obviously need to grow better FORMS of democracy so that that kind of power doesn't happen.

jgarbuz - To some extent you're right about the technology, but governments are fighting it as much as they can. Without help from us, it will still happen as you say, but with massive civil strife, and may be too late.

Sep. 12 2011 07:02 PM
David

A One World Government. What a "great" idea. If you thought it was fun having Bush and Cheney running just the United States for eight years, just imagine those two monsters (or, if you're a Republican, O-Bomb-a) running the entire world.

Government gives us wars, bails out big corporations, prevents gay people from marrying, prevents sick people from using medical marijuana. And this is the institution that Barber wants to rule the entire world.

Here's a better solution. One that your government public schools and government/corporation controlled media won't tell you about:

http://mises.org/books/economicsethics.pdf

Sep. 12 2011 11:07 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Whatever. This concept will never take off. It's just more theoretical talk.

Sep. 12 2011 11:00 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Churchill made the famous comment to the effect, that Democracy was the worst system, except for all the others. Most nations come to accept democracy only after trying everything else first, and seeing them fail.

As for "interdependence," that is more a function of communications technology than anything else Today, for the first time in human history, we can see and talk directly to anyone in the world! We don't need any special "movements." Technology is taking care of that as part of global evolution

Sep. 12 2011 10:58 AM
Willie Wolf from Greenpoint

imagine the UN representatives being chosen by plebiscite

Sep. 12 2011 10:55 AM
jk

Barber was a longtime dupe of Gadaffy serving on the board of the Gadaffy Fdn. He's in no position to pontificate about tyranny and freedom. He was obviously too naive to see Gaddaffy's murderous nature.

Sep. 12 2011 10:53 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Are there any studies about who profits most from isolationism?

Sep. 12 2011 10:52 AM
Laura from UWS

Are there any studies about who profits most from global interdependence?

Sep. 12 2011 10:16 AM

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