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Globalization

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The system of corporate life is a new power for which our language contains no name. We have no word to express government by moneyed corporations
-- Charles Francis Adams

Together we can help transform the global economy
into a global community.

-- Robert Alan Silverstein

 

Capitalism is a thug's economy, a heartless economy, a base and vile and largely boring economy. It is the antithesis of human fulfillment and development. It mocks equity and justice. It enshrines greed... Capitalism sucks. Does anyone seriously want to contest that?
-- Michael Albert

“We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.”
-- Kofi Annan

* “We must ensure that the global market is embedded in broadly shared values and practices that reflect global social needs, and that all the world's people share the benefits of globalization.”
-- Kofi Annan

“Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.”
-- Kofi Annan

The greatest weapon of mass destruction is corporate economic globalization.
-- Kenny Ausubel

 

* ....the globalization that characterizes today’s economics goes beyond or eludes the sovereignty of individual states, and thus the power of their rulers. It is not they, but rather financial groups in control of vast amounts of capital, who decide upon their vertiginous passage through nations, without taking into account the serious crises they might generate.
-- Patricio Aylwin Azócar

* We are committed with our lives to building a different model and a different future for humanity, the Earth, and other species. We have envisaged a moral alternative to economic globalization and we will not rest until we see it realized.
-- Maude Barlow

"I would define globalization as the freedom for my group of companies to invest where it wants when it wants, to produce what it wants, to buy and sell where it wants, and support the fewest restrictions possible coming from labour laws and social conventions."
-- (Percy Barnevik, President of the ABB Industrial Group)

A single decision by the chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell has a greater impact on the health of the planet than all the coffee-ground-composting, organic-cotton-wearing ecofreaks gathering in Washington D.C., for Earth Day festivities this weekend.
-- Sharon Begley

* "We Have Got To Bring Corporate America To Its Knees"
-- Harry Belafonte

* Changing the structure and rules of the global economy will require a mass movement based on messages of compassion, justice, and equality, as well as collaborative and democratic processes ... If we stay positive, inclusive, and democratic, we have a truly historic opportunity to build a global movement for social justice.
-- Medea Benjamin

For complex reasons, our culture allows "economy" to mean only "money economy." It equates success and even goodness with monetary profit because it lacks any other standard of measurement. I am no economist, but I venture to suggest that one of the laws of such an economy is that a farmer is worth more dead than alive. A second law is that anything diseased is more profitable than anything that is healthy. What is wrong with us contributes more to the "gross national product" than what is right with us.
~ Wendell Berry

The liberal political tradition provides no coherent response to the obvious question: Why should the rights of ownership prevail over the rights of democratic citizenry in determining who is to manage the affairs of a business enterprise whose policies might directly affect as many as half a million employees, and whose choice of product, location, and technology touches entire communities and beyond?
-- Samuel Bowels

If you thought the army was here protecting people like yourself, I've some news for you, we're here to defend wealth.
-- Billy Bragg

 

If only more of today's military personnel would realize that they are being used by the owning elite's as a publicly subsidized capitalist goon squad
-- Major General Smedley Butler

Why don't those damn oil companies fly their own flags on their personal property-maybe a flag with a gas pump on it.
-- Major General Smedley Butler

... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.
-- Alex Carey, Australian social scientist

Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing... you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn't affect two-thirds of the people of the world.
-- Jimmy Carter

* I think there are a lot of strong leaders around the world who have made very convincing arguments about the weakness of corporate-led globalization and the compelling nature of alternatives.
-- John Cavanagh

A huge part of our power came from our moral authority ... the moral issue of debts as being killers of millions of poor people around the world...I think our power is also rooted in our intellectual power. I think there are a lot of strong leaders around the world who have made very convincing arguments about the weakness of corporate-led globalization and the compelling nature of alternatives.
-- John Cavanagh

* What is called 'capitalism'is basically a system of corporate mercantilism, with huge and largely unaccountable private tyrannies exercising vast control over the economy, political systems, and social and cultural life...
-- Noam Chomsky

In any institution-factory, university, health center, or whatever-there are a variety of interests that ought to be represented in decision-making: the work force itself, the community in which it is located, users of its products or services, institutions that compete for the same resources. These interests should be directly represented in democratic structures that displace and eliminate private ownership of the means of production or resources, an anachronism with no legitimacy.
-- Noam Chomsky

What is called 'capitalism'is basically a system of corporate mercantilism, with huge and largely unaccountable private tyrannies exercising vast control over the economy, political systems, and social and cultural life, operating in close cooperation with powerful states that intervene massively in the domestic economy and international society.
-- Noam Chomsky

In considering how human rights might serve as a 'guiding value' in American foreign policy, one should not dismiss the historical record, which is ample. There is indeed a close relationship between human rights and American foreign policy. There is substantial evidence that American aid and diplomatic support increase as human rights violations increase, at least in the Third World. Extensive violations of human rights (torture, forced reduction of living standards for much of the population, police-sponsored death squads, destruction of representative institutions or of independent unions, etc.) are directly correlated with US government support. The linkage is not accidental; rather it is systematic. The reason is obvious enough. Client fascism often improves the business climate for American corporations, quite generally the guiding factor in foreign policy. It would be naïve indeed to think that this will change materially, given the realities of American social structure and the grip of the state ideological system.
-- Noam Chomsky

* There's two globalizations... The elite globalization represents minority forces. The elite globalization is about making money... The people's globalization, the democratic mass globalization is about life values.
-- Kevin Danaher

* The global economy works for about twenty percent of the world, for about eighty percent it doesn't.
-- Kevin Danaher

* We have a global economy that is not structured around democratizing and including people in the decision-making. It's operated in secret.
-- Kevin Danaher

There's two globalizations. There's the globalization of the elites, of the corporations, represented by the World Bank, the IMF, the World Trade Organization. That's the global state. It's a secret global government information. There's another globalization that's grass roots globalization. The Fair Trade Networks, the Sister Cities, Sister Schools, Citizen Diplomacy, the work we do at Global Exchange, linking people up at the grass roots. That represents majority forces. The elite globalization represents minority forces. The elite globalization is about making money. It's money values. The people's globalization, the democratic mass globalization is about life values. So you got two paradigms, the money cycle and the life cycle and they're in contestation.
-- Kevin Danaher

Well, we see an increasingly weaker labor movement as a result of the overall assault on the labor movement and as a result of the globalization of capital.
-- Angela Davis

 

Power that controls the economy should be in the hands of elected representatives of the people instead of an industrial oligarchy
~ Justice William O. Douglas

 

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GLOBALIZATION
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