In Greek: Aφιερωμένo σε Ελληνες συνομωσιολόγους «κατά της Νέας Τάξης», που είναι (είτε άθελά τους είτε όχι)… χέρι-χέρι με τον Καρατζαφέρη!
The term «globalization» has been appropriated by the powerful to refer to a specific form of international economic integration, one based on investor rights, with the interests of people incidental. That is why the business press, in its more honest moments, refers to the «free trade agreements» as «free investment agreements» (Wall St. Journal).
Accordingly, advocates of other forms of globalization are described as «anti-globalization«; and some, unfortunately, even accept this term, though it is a term of propaganda that should be dismissed with ridicule.
No sane person is opposed to globalization, that is, international integration. Surely not the left and the workers movements, which were founded on the principle of international solidarity – that is, globalization in a form that attends to the rights of people, not private power systems.
There are no serious «theoretical foundations» for any of the versions of globalization, including the investor-rights versions. The international economy is far too poorly understood for there to be systematic «theories» in any serious sense. Certainly the neoliberal programs have no serious theoretical basis, even in the abstract; and their concrete realization is a complex mixture of protectionism and liberalization crafted to meet the interests of the designers, not surprisingly. As for Porto Alegre, a mere look at the program suffices to show that the meetings were extremely serious, devoted to detailed discussion and debate concerning a wide range of issues of human significance, from technical discussions of international financial architecture and GATS to broad questions of war and peace and fundamental human rights. In contrast, the World Economic Forum in New York at the same time seemed remarkably frivolous, at least according to the information released. That is quite typically the case…
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