Re: will cultural globalization save america from eating itself alive?
Originally Posted by RidonKs
just reactions, no epiphanies haha
was curious to see how folks might read into it but you're the only one unintimidated enough to give your own unique personal stab at it
Well, EU voted to continue the TTIP negotiation despite the major resistance from the public. There are plenty treaties like that, undercutting the power of the people and governments, and insisting to solve everything on the business terms.
For example, wikileaks recently published info about TISA - Trade In Services Agreement, with negotiating parties from the United States, the 28 members of the European Union and 23 other countries, including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel. They also published an analysis of the treaty, this is an excerpt:
Trade in services agreements treat services as marketable commodities,and deny or subordinate or deny altogether their social, cultural, environmental, employment, and development functions. People are not viewed as citizens or members of their communities - they are ‘consumers’.
Those who provide the services do not need to have any connection to the people or communities that rely on their services – they can be ‘supplied’ from offshore, or by a temporary visitor, or through foreign firms who establish a local presence but whose priority is to deliver profits to offshore shareholders. None of these ‘suppliers’ has any long-term responsibility or accountability to the country that ‘consumes’ them.
Governments sign away their right to give preferences to local providers of services, such as broadcasting, education, electricity or sanitation, or to limit foreign investors and require majority local directors for sensitive services sectors.
The core rules on market access restrict governments’ ability to shape those ‘markets’ by limiting the size or growth of certain activities, such as banks, tourist ventures or hypermarkets, whether nation-wide or in local areas, and whether they are locally or foreign owned.
The exceptions for public health, environment, public order and morality must be established as a defence to a complaint, and are subject to many onerous tests. They have proven ineffective as safeguards in the WTO, succeeding fully in only 1 out of more than 40 disputes.
So to me it seems that the globalization of the market is going on successfully. What knows, maybe these are the last stages already - it seems to be a trend going on since forever.
I also overheard about NWO - a journalist Jon Ronson (extremely likeable guy, knows great stories) on JRE talked about it a bit. It's supposed to be a group working to counter the political ideologies in the world, and make it a better place as far as having wars not to interrupt the business. That's an interesting idea, I thought.
Also, the opposition to Greece standing up for themselves is tremendous in my little uninformed country. I take that free-market ideologues have achieved theirs, and successfully implanted the germ of stupidity into people.
So to summarize my media it seems that neoliberalism is taking over the world. Not a breaking story, to be honest.