James Ridgeway

It's All for Sale

THE CONTROL OF GLOBAL RESOURCES


Five companies dominate the U.S. petroleum industry. Five control the worldwide trade in grain. Two have a corner on the private market for drinking water. In terms of actual dollars, trade in heroin, cocaine, and tobacco ranks alongside that in grain or metals. There are more slaves in the world today than ever before. Resource by resource, It’s All for Sale uncovers and discloses who owns, buys, and sells what. Some resources—such as fuel, metals, fertilizers, drugs, fibers, food, forests, and flowers—have, for better or worse, long been thought of as commodities. Others—including fresh water, human beings, the sky, the oceans, and life itself (in the form of genetic codes)—are more startling to think of as products with price tags, but, as James Ridgeway shows, they are treated as such on a massive scale in lucrative markets around the world.

Revealing the surprisingly small number of companies that control many of the basic commodities we use in everyday life, It’s All for Sale confirms in specific detail that globalization has been accompanied by an extraordinary concentration of ownership. At the same time, it is about much more than what company has cornered the market in corn or diamonds. Corporations and captains of industry, wars and swindles, oppressors and the oppressed, empires and colonies, military might and commercial power, economic boom and bust—all these come alive in Ridgeway’s canny and arresting reporting about the global scramble for power and profit. It’s All for Sale is an invaluable source for researchers, activists, and all those concerned with globalization, corporate power, and the exploitation of individuals and the environment.

“James Ridgeway’s It’s All for Sale is a wake-up call to the human community of the consequences of an economic system whose appetites for raw material is limitless, and in which there are no limits, no boundaries about what is a commodity and what is not. The privatization and enclosure of biodiversity, of water, of air and the trade in human beings and human organs are indicators that we could be witnessing an end of being human. Essential reading for the ecology movement, the justice movement, the peace movement, and all who believe ‘Our world is not for sale.’”
—VANDANA SHIVA, founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in New Delhi, India

Selected Works

Articles
Medicare's Poison Pill
Remember Bush's signature health care initiative? My life depends on it—and that's not very reassuring.
In Search of John Doe No. 2
The story the Feds never told about the Oklahoma City bombing
Books
The 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11
What the 9/11 Report Failed to Tell Us
It's All for Sale
The Control of Global Resources
Blood in the Face
The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and the Rise of a New White Culture
Films
Blood in the Face
A film by Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, and James Ridgeway
Feed
A Comedy About Running for President by Kevin Rafferty and James Ridgeway