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The Ascent of Globalisation$
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Harry Blustein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992897

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992897.001.0001

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The new globalists

The new globalists

(p.99) 6 The new globalists
The Ascent of Globalisation

Harry Blutstein

Manchester University Press

George Ball became the principal spokesperson for a group of fellow businesspeople who were strong supporters of globalisation. Like Ball, they saw globalisation faltering in the late-1960s, with few friends among the political elite. Referred to by the New York Times as the ‘New Globalists,’ they decided that they needed to take a direct role in promoting globalisation. Otherwise, they feared that postwar order might falter. Ball argued that global markets needed to be freed from the ‘ceaseless interference from its puzzled parent, the sovereign state,’ and so the New Globalists worked to promote the sovereignty of the markets as the foundation of globalisation. Deciding that the New Globalists needed a formal platforms to promote their ideas, David Rockefeller created the Trilateral Commission, and Klaus Schwab founded the World Economic Forum. These business clubs successfully co-opted members of the political elite, and together they have formed an engine room for policies, partnerships and programmes to extend the boundaries of market-led globalisation.

Keywords:   New Globalists, World Economic Forum, Trilateral Commission, George Ball, Klaus Schwab, David Rockefeller, Transnational clubs

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