December 9, 2006 7:04am CST
Globalization and its Discontents
• United States
9 Dec 06
I think globalisation is a good thing. It allows the developing world to sell to the rich world, and thereby earn money they couldn't otherwise. In time, the developing world will also become rich and the world will become more equal.
9 Dec 06
It is now firmly established that whenever and wherever global elites meet to further their plans for corporate sponsored globalization we will be there to oppose them. Tens of thousands will express their dissatisfaction with the effects of neoliberal policies in permitted demonstrations and rallies. Thousands will engage in peaceful acts of civil disobedience and risk arrest to disrupt the work of IMF, World Bank, and WTO officials who are, in fact, committing crimes against humanity no matter what they may think or pretend. And hundreds may engage law enforcement officials who protect the global elite and harass and abuse those who protest their crimes in running street battles that tie up major cities for days. There is a diverse and active network of first and third world organizations opposing corporate sponsored globalization at every turn that is here to stay. I, for one, can’t wait for the major IMF/World Bank meetings next fall in Washington DC. They haven’t had their big annual meeting here, in their usual place, since we were ready to give them the reception they richly deserve. It is now the case that the major news media will dutifully report protesters’ message -- corporate sponsored globalization obstructs, rather than promotes economic development, aggravates, rather than reduces economic instability, widens rather than narrows the gap between rich and poor, and hastens environmental destruction -- along side official disclaimers from globalizers -- neoliberalism is being transformed into “compassionate globalization” which will spread economic prosperity to all. Before Seattle the mainstream media portrayed corporate sponsored globalization as benign and inevitable, and painted critics as spokespeople for special interests and cooks. While these stories persist, they are now accompanied by coverage of the disastrous human and environmental consequences of corporate globalism run amuck, and by effusive apologies from the leaders of globalization for failure to spread the benefits of globalization more equitably. In the forum of public debate we have put corporate globalizers on the defensive. http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:_bhmnOkr9NMJ:www.zmag.org/CrisesCurEvts/Globalism/globalization.htm+Globalization+and+its+Discontents&hl=ro&gl=ro&ct=clnk&cd=9