The introduction to a major new series about how the newly globalized world economy is affecting ordinary people across the planet. Although most people today are better fed, clothed and educated than ever before, there's also increasing anxiety about the future, and millions more now live in absolute poverty. The three highest-earning people in the world make more than the world's poorest 40 countries combined. Five years ago the World Social Summit promised to eradicate poverty altogether, but world leaders who reviewed its progress in June concluded the task has been far rougher than they imagined. This program asks whether the globalized economy is now running out of control, or whether ordinary people can still hope to share in its fabulous wealth.
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