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Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review "Decentralized Globalization, By Blockchain & AuthorHouse, 2018

New book paints globalization as more than trade, economics: It Is Civic Engagement, And Civil Society

Dr. Olga Magdalena Lazin discusses various aspects, effects of ‘Decentralized Globalization’

LOS ANGELES – After the fall of the Berlin Wall in Europe, Dr. Olga Magdalena Lazin was enchanted by the complexities of the globalization process and wanted to overcome ridiculous myth and propaganda that distract people from understanding the multifaceted aspects of globalism and regionalism vs old-fashioned nationalism. She writes “Decentralized Globalization” (published by AuthorHouse), a far cry from other globalization literature in that it concentrates on the significant role that the Interplay between civic engagement and civil government play in the process of balancing out the negative and positive sides of globalization.

“Decentralized Globalization” provides a fresh, multi-dimensional viewpoint on globalization. Blockchain technology fits in perfectly with its multiple benefits. One of these benefits are in protecting political refugees coming into the U.S. And the European Union.

 In this it is unlike other globalization literature, which tends to be written either in favor or against globalization, or highlight cross-border issues such as economic dislocation, the spread of pandemic disease, cultural assimilation, rapid decrease in transportation times, immigration, or the growth of drug-trafficking and crime cartels. My believes are that civil society should act as a check on executive powers in all countries, to counteract nationalistic representatives authorized to do so.

Lazin acknowledges that readers have become more knowledgeable and can now shake off the narrow views on globalization by better studying the statistical data enclosed and the facts. Her book then aids them in further understanding by explaining the anti-globalization movement. It is based on the premise that globalization is more than trade and economics.

“Decentralized Globalization” cites analysis and data proving the effectiveness of all Free Trade Agreements, especially within NAFTA. It has done a world of good. California is perfectly intertwined with the Mexican economy; the balance struck being a perfect model for the rest of the World. The race for Free Trade agreements and elimination of tariff has started long time ago with the creation of the EU, and it works.
Civic society keeps the government honest and clamors to take into account the non-governmental interest groups. E.g. to reform Constitutions. Too many countries will need to change from their judicial systems, from “guilty until proven innocent to " innocent until proven guilty", which should be the norm in the twenty-first Century.

A very well written and wide-ranging study, founded on reading of staggering breadth and depth strikingly up to date.
The author has used the most recent scholarship to impressive effects.
No one could read it without learning a great deal or without having her conception of the course of history radically challenged.
Brilliantly constructed thesis, and exhilarating read and fresh perspective on history civil society and importance of civic attitude.

Given the fast pace of change in the global economy it is more important than ever to have a comprehensive point of reference to allow us to understand and map the transformations around us. Lazin's book gives us a key point of view to reach that comprehension.

The key of the argument is as follows:
For decades several regions of the world such Latin America and Eastern Europe had suffered from impostor dictatorships and poverty, caused by statism. The Fast track globalization (FTG) process which begun in the 1980s is the main force to counteract the detrimental phenomenon of statism. FTG is based on the rise of rapidly expanding free market. The free trade of goods, communications and services provides the context for the rise of civic society.
The fast-track globalization has facilitated the flows of funds among “for-profit organizations” many of them donating profit to NGOs seeking to foster change in the developing world. The relationship among those elements have detonated a process of rapid change in the developing world, as we have seen in the 21st Century.
Time as given the reason to Olga Lazin's ideas because today, despite new and complex problem the regions she focused her research has evolved according the line she predicted. With some exceptions Latin America and Eastern Europe countries have passed by process of democratization and liberalization, reducing poverty and inequality.
It is worth to stress that the problems still persisting and the dangers to regression are explained mainly because of not going further in the direction of reforming the law according to US model on decentralization to expand civic action and philanthropy.

The book focuses on three national experiences, or test cases: The US, Romania and Mexico.

Lazin argues that Romania followed the same path former socialist countries of that region. Romania succeeded in de-statification. Mexico by contrast had faced with mix results; regrettably as Lazin wrote, the Mexican government lacked and still lack the “mental space” needed to identify and resolve the bureaucratic problems limiting civic action.
There is a clear need for authentication, and Blockchain can fill in that gap, and provide it for Not-For_Private-Profits, as well as for land titles, house titles, as Hernando de Soto the author of the “Mystery of capitalism: why It Works In The West And Failed Elsewhere.”

It is worth to have that useful analysis in mind because is pivotal to understand the current social crisis afflicting Mexico.
For many reason Lazin's book remains as a benchmark for studies of globalization from an interdisciplinary perspective.
This is a monumental work and it dazzles by the Introduction and the wealth of knowledge at your fingertips in Chapter I. Reading it, one feels like one’s s own awareness is like that of a Caveman compared to the author's encyclopedic grasp of World History and Global Realities in this new Millenium.

This book is being used by Academics or Seminars at UCLA to educate students about civic attitudes and how to protect democracy.

“Decentralized Globalization”
By Dr. Olga Magdalena Lazin
Softcover | 8.25 x 11in | 462 pages | ISBN 9781524649241
E-Book | 462 pages | ISBN 9781524649234
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Olga Magdalena Lazin is a UCLA graduate in history. She is a published author and history lecturer at UCLA. You can access and download her books at She has been teaching history at UCLA, Cal State University–Dominguez Hills, and Cal State University–Long Beach, as well as University of Guadalajara (UDG) and University of Quintana Roo in Mexico for over 26 years.

 Her specialty is history of food, nutrition and health, macronutrients, overeating, globalization of technology, Blockchain, the American Constitution and Internet history. As a hobby, she is practicing permaculture. Her radio show is accessible 24 hours a day at

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