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
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
-- Michael Albert
have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term
profit, and one which has a human face.”
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
and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping
to build a more robust global community.”
greatest weapon of mass destruction is corporate economic globalization.
-- Kenny Ausubel
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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
you thought the army was here protecting people like yourself, I've some news
for you, we're here to defend wealth.
-- Billy Bragg
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
General Smedley Butler
don't those damn oil companies fly their own flags on their personal property-maybe
a flag with a gas pump on it.
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
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
-- Noam Chomsky
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.
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.
global economy works for about twenty percent of the world, for about eighty percent
have a global economy that is not structured around democratizing and including
people in the decision-making. It's operated in secret.
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.
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.
that controls the economy should be in the hands of elected representatives of
the people instead of an industrial oligarchy
William O. Douglas
am local, rural, communal. And I find that the whole
world is a community. We have made progress in asserting
our local community rights globally. We shall continue
to do so."
has to realize that the powerful industrial groups concerned
in the manufacture of arms are doing their best in all
countries to prevent the peaceful settlement of international
disputes, and that rulers can achieve this great end
only if they are sure of the vigorous support of the
majority of their peoples.
the councils of government, we must guard against
the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether
sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
The potential for the disastrous rise of displaced
power exists and will persist."
fervent proponents of ruthless corporate capitalism I say:
make a millionaire CEO live as a poor sweatshop worker in
Indonesia for one month and then ask him about the merits
of the world economic system...
-- Vassilis Epaminondou
exploitation and cartels and monopolies are the enemies
of underdeveloped countries. On the other hand ... a regime
which is completely oriented towards the people as a whole
and based on the principle that man is the most precious
of all possessions, will allow us to go forward more quickly
and more harmoniously, and thus make impossible that caricature
of society where all economic and political power is held
in the hands of a few who regard the nation as a whole with
scorn and contempt.
-- Frantz Fanon
want to know the cause of war? It is capitalism, greed,
the dirty hunger for dollars. Take away the capitalist and
you will sweep war from the earth."
-- Henry Ford
do people earn the Per Capita Income? More than one
poor starving soul would like to know. In our countries,
numbers live better than people. How many people prosper
in times of prosperity? How many people find their lives
developed by development?
has considerably accelerated in recent years following the
dizzying expansion of communications and transport and the
equally stupefying transnational mergers of capital. We
must not confuse globalization with “internationalism” though.
We know that the human condition is universal, that we share
similar passions, fears, needs and dreams, but this has
nothing to do with the “rubbing out” of national borders
as a result of unrestricted capital movements. One thing
is the free movement of peoples, the other of money.
can be defined or derided on the basis of its origin. The
important thing is what is done with it and how far a community
identifies with something that symbolizes its favourite
way of dreaming, living, dancing, playing or loving. This
is the positive side of the world: a constant intermingling
that produces new responses to new challenges. But because
of forced globalization, there’s a clear trend these days
towards uniformity. This trend comes largely from the ever-greater
concentration of power in the hands of large media groups.
was supposed to break down barriers between continents
and bring all peoples together. But what kind of globalization
do we have with over one billion people on the planet
not having safe water to drink?"
should know that only replacing the economics of competition
and greed with the economics of equitable cooperation will
guarantee a globalization that takes advantage of potential
efficiency gains in ways that also promote environmental
protection, international equity, economic democracy, and
-- Robin Hahnel
that the current form of globalization is nothing more than
a generalized downward leveling in which global corporations
are extracting more and more of the wealth, power, and productive
energies from communities and the environment is the right
approach... And knowing that in every specific battle, what
we are fighting for is merely the substitution of the human
agenda for the corporate agenda is what can guide and sustain
-- Robin Hahnel
as private corporations remain the dominant production institution
of society, no matter who is in power, the long-run trend
in society will be to promote the corporate interest.
-- Michael Harrington
a government of the people by the people for the people
no longer it is a government of corporations by corporations
-- Rutherford B. Hayes
have provided capitalists with a comforting concept called
the "free market." It does not describe any part of reality,
at any place or time. It's a mantra conveniently invoked
when it is proposed that government do something the faithful
don't like, and just as conveniently ignored whenever they
want government to do something for them.
-- Edward S. Herman
hope we shall take warning from the example of England
and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed
corporations which dare already to challenge our Government
to trial and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
. . is the chief bulwark of capitalism. When it is that
militarism is undermined, capitalism will fail.
is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men
will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good
-- John Maynard Keynes
in its current form cannot deliver the benefits expected
of it. Civil society, particularly in developing countries,
must ensure that it does."
-- Martin Khor, Director, Third World Network
machines and computers, profit motives and property
rights are considered more important than people;
the giant triplets of racism, militarism, and economic
exploitation are incapable of being conquered. A true
revolution of values will soon cause us to question
the fairness and justice of many of our present policies...
Luther King, Jr
is a role our nation has taken. The role of those who make
peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the
priveleges and pleasures that comes from the immense profits
of overseas investments. I'm convinced that if we are to
get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation
must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly
begin to shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented
society. When machines and computers, profit motives and
property rights are considered more important than people;
the giant triplets of racism, militarism, and economic exploitation
are incapable of being conquered. A true revolution of values
will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice
of many of our present policies... True compassion is more
than flinging a coin to a beggar. A true revolution of values
will soon look on uneasily upon the glaring contrast of
poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It will look
across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West
invest in huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South
America only to take the profits out with no concern for
the social betterment of the countries, and say 'this is
not just'. It will look at our alliance with the landed
gentry of Latin America and say 'this is not just'. Western
arrogance of feeling it has everything to teach others,
and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution
of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war:
'This way of settling differences is not just.' This business
of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's
homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs
of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending
men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped
and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with
wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after
year to spend more money on military defense than on programs
of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Luther King, Jr
truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast
food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy
of all: impunity.
are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality,
because we're not getting those things from our communities
or from each other.
the institutions of money rule the world, it is perhaps
inevitable that the interests of money will take precedence
over the interests of people. What we are experiencing
might best be described as a case of money colonizing
life. To accept this absurd distortion of human institutions
and purpose should be considered nothing less than
an act of collective, suicidal insanity."
see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves
me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country....corporations
have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high
places will follow, and the money of the country will
endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the
prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated
in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel
at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country
than ever before, even in the midst of war.
role of globalization is to homogenize all cultures,
and to turn them into commodified markets, and therefore,
to make them easier for global corporations to control.
Global corporations are even now trying to commodify
all remaining aspects of national cultures, not to mention
Socializing the risks, Privatizing the profits, Putting
business in the democracy, Taking the democracy out of the
-- Christopher Masterjohn
corporations are powerful only because we have allowed them
to be. In theory, it is we, not they, who mandate the state.
But we have neglected our duty of citizenship, and they
have taken advantage of our neglect to seize the reins of
-- George Monbiot
should more appropriately be called corporatism because
it is a merger of state and corporate power."
-- Benito Mussolini
essence of globalization is a subordination of human
rights, of labor rights, consumer, environmental rights,
democracy rights, to the imperatives of global trade
country, the large corporations are the dominant institution.
They comprise the strongest, consistent, generic power in
the land. They share a high degree of coordinated values.
Their power is all the more remarkable in its resiliency
and ability to accommodate or absorb other challenging power
centers such as big government and organized labor in ways
that turn an additional profit, erect an additional privilege,
or acquire protective mechanisms to ward off new pressures
for change or reform."
"We live in such a corporate world where everyone
is passing the buck, it seems to me. Therefore I
like stories where the individual takes responsibility
for BEING the individual, and not just for himself,
but for his comrades, his society and ultimately
for his country. Ultimately, we can all learn a
lesson from that and not be browbeaten by the corporate
world which is taking over."
Instead of having a set of policies that are equipping
people for the globalization of the economy, we have
policies that are accelerating the most destructive
trends of the global economy.
is the moment when we must build on the wealth that
open markets have created, and share its benefits
more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our
growth and global development. But we will not be
able to sustain this growth if it favors the few,
and not the many.
"Leave the old and dying America and use your creative
energies to help form a new America, which would be
demilitarized, more humanistic, where the police are
less hostile and closer to the community, where the
wealthy are not given unleashed power for the exploitation
of the people, and mostly because it's now a matter
of life and death, reassert an ecological balance
with the environment, which means thhe people in the
oil companies and the car companies and the space
industry will have to be brought into account, so
there will be a new definition of government which
has to be closer to the people and less close to special
interests which are far more harmful that any revolutionaries.
problem with capitalism is that it best rewards the worst
part of us: the ruthless, competitive, conniving, opportunistic,
acquisitive drives, giving little reward and often much
punishment--or at least much handicap--to honesty, compassion,
fair play, many forms of hard work, love of justice, and
a concern for those in need."
-- Michael Parenti
resistance to this war should be our resistance to
profit at the cost of human life. Because that is
what these drums beating over Iraq are really about.
This is about business.
liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate
the growth of private power to a point where it becomes
stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in
its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by
an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling
private power. Among us today a concentration of private
power without equal in history is growing."
"The Globalization of humanity is a natural, biological,
evolutionary process. Yet we face an enormous crisis
because the most central and important aspect of globalization-its
economy-is currently being organized in a manner that
so gravely violates the fundamental principles by
which healthy living systems are organized that it
threatens the demise of our whole civilization.
are capable of regaining our reverence for life, of
replacing the drive to conquer with the will to cooperate,
of remaking our engineered institutions, including
our corporations, into living systems.
policy of letting things alone, in the practical sense
that the Government should never interfere with business
or go into business itself, is called Laisser-faire
by economists and politicians. It has broken down
so completely in practice that it is now discredited;
but it was all the fashion in politics a hundred years
ago, and is still influentially advocated by men of
business and their backers who naturally would like
to be allowed to make money as they please without
regard to the interest of the public.
has destroyed our belief in any effective power but
that of self interest backed by force.
key issue in managing globalization is therefore how
we organise the global investmentand labour markets
to meet the needs of flexibility for enterprises,
security for workers and quality for consumers. We
need new proactive policies that focus directly on
how authorities in the public and private sphere can
blend economic and social policies with an enabling
environment for private initiative to create market
opportunities for Decent Work.
the team that successfully puts together an economic and
social policy framework for global full employment in decent
working conditions based on local development, that would
command the support of all stakeholders and all international
organizations concerned, should be awarded the [Nobel] prize.
I am sure they would get it not just for economics, but
also for peace in the world.
the greedy corporate owners have to be confronted with the
fact that they are ignoring their most powerful resource
-- their workers.
-- John Sweeney, 1995
is a growing consensus that Globalization must now be reshaped
to reflect values broader than simply the freedom of capital.
-- John Sweeney
the Global Economy isn't working for workers in China and
Indonesia and Burma any more than it is for workers here
in the United States.
-- John Sweeney
no longer allow multi-nationalists to parade as agents of
progress and democracy in the newspapers, even as they subvert
it at the workplace.
you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when
it has no soul to be damned, and nobody to be kicked?
-- Lord Chancellor Thurlow
It is absolutely sure that if globalization is not
founded on moral values not only will fail but will
bring about global calamities.
to the received wisdom, global markets are not unregulated.
They are regulated to produce inequality.
-- Kevin Watkins
helping to create an economic system that will respect
and protect the earth -- one which would replace corporate
globalization with a global network of local living
economies. Business is beautiful when it's a vehicle
for serving the common good."
Since trade ignores national boundaries and the manufacturer
insists on having the world as a market, the flag
of his nation must follow him, and the doors of the
nations which are closed against him must be battered
down. Concessions obtained by financiers must be safeguarded
by ministers of state, even if the sovereignty of
unwilling nations be outraged in the process. Colonies
must be obtained or planted, in order that no useful
corner of the world may be overlooked or left unused.
I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided
to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States,
in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of
something. They know that there is a power somewhere so
organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete,
so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath
when they speak in condemnation of it."