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There is no doubt that the wheels of globalization are inexorably turning. Pundits on both sides of the fence argue that its forces are either creating greater opportunity for every citizen of the planet or driving a deeper wedge between the haves and the have-nots. In Globalization from the Bottom Up, Josh Samli notes that as the profit pictures of the fuel, arms, medical services, and financial services industries reach unbelievable levels, by definition, most consumers get poorer because they have fewer resources to devote to other essentials, such as food, education, and housing. Adding insult to injury, of the 100 largest budgets in the world, 52 belong to private corporations. This accumulation of wealth (and the political influence that it bestows) is what Samli calls the “greed factor”; left unchecked and unguided, it could spell economic, environmental, and cultural disaster. While acknowledging that power will continue to be concentrated at the top level of the pyramid,...