Piketty’s call for a new political discourse on globalization

The Motor City, Packard Plant (Detroit) CC-BY-SA 2.0 :: Joseph Stevenson / Flickr

The Motor City, Packard Plant (Detroit) CC-BY-SA 2.0 :: Joseph Stevenson / Flickr

In a recent article for Le Monde, Thomas Piketty argues that unsustainable development – a pattern of globalization which has boosted inequality and so undermined communities and social justice as well as the environment – has brought about the recent democratic upheaval seen in the election of Donald Trump.

He argues that in any trade treaties – as in CETA, the Canadian-EU deal just going through – sustainable development should be at the forefront, not siloed in other international agreements such as the Paris agreement. Without that, present democracy as well as the interests of future generations will be under threat.

The full article can be accessed on the Guardian website.

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