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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Mr. Blair and the reality of globalisation.....

Professor Philip Stott, EnviroSpin, has Tony Blair’s comments on globalization.

Please note, that Mr. Blair recently adopted Presidents Bush position on Kyoto, that it is too damaging to the economy with only limited impact on the environment. Yet, California’s Democratic legislators are determined to team up with other state legislatures to implement Kyoto restrictions at the State level. California would be wise to follow Mr. Blair’s lead on Kyoto, and his council on globalization.
"I hear people say we have to stop and debate globalization. You might as well debate whether autumn should follow summer. They're not debating it in China and India. They are seizing its possibilities, in a way that will transform their lives and ours. Yes, both nations still have millions living in poverty. But they are on the move. Or look at Vietnam or Thailand. Then wait for the South Americans, and in time, with our help, the Africans.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

They are seizing it in China and India? In fact, China is largely anti-globalization, at least as how we normally understand it. Yes, they are trading; no, they are not complying with IMF mandates to cut public sector spending. For God's sakes, their largest corporation is their army. Ergo, they have 8-10% growth rates. Botswana is another country that has told the IMF to blow off. 8-10% growth rates. CORPORATE globalization increases inequity, lowers growth, lowers wages, and is inefficient and in fact protectionist. Real globalization, movement towards a global wage and price, international integration, international treaties, is in fact diametrically opposed to what you would call "globalization", which is why Bush and Clinton were among the least internationalist and most neo-liberal of Presidents.

Millions are on the move: To battle the globalization that sells their fates to the whims of soulless, profit-seeking, enslaving corporations. The global justice movement is an incredible one. They are the internationalists.

Wed Oct 05, 12:10:00 AM PDT  

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