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Green, Red and Blue

Most of us grapple with the issue of globalisation as if it were a purely contemporary phenomenon. It is more instructive (and more unsettling too) to reflect that globalisation has been under way for centuries, at the very least since the Pope started putting a girdle around the world in his annual Urbi et Orbi address. What is special about our world is that the phenomenon itself is now global: everybody on the planet knows we are related. We live in one world. Genetically we are a unity, and economics has given material significance to the interrelationship. That unity is…

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