Globalization: Where Are We Headed?
Today the trend in business and in government is towards globalization. It is the justification and often the goal for many of the trends we see in the world today. Globalization is bringing various industries, from Defense, Telecommunications, Automotive and Technology together into one global marketplace. Technology is doing away with the traditional way people, businesses and governments conduct their day to day affairs. This is especially true in Europe and North America. These two regions are increasingly finding globalization as a solution to some problems with existing business models which, while successful, could become even more so with either trans-Atlantic mergers or alliances. From AT&T to Mercedes-Benz, Bofors, to MCI, Huge Conglomerates are staking out ever larger claims on the global landscape. This mad dash to globalize is leaving much of the world (the 3rd world and developing world) behind in the dust, not to mention encroaching on the sovereignty of the Nation-State. There are many factors contributing to this trend: Some of which are:
1.The loosening of controls of the movements of international capital
2.Reduction of trade barriers and tariffs on goods and services between nations
3.The Rise of the European 'Super- State' Model/Experiment
a. Including the introduction of the Euro
b. The Dollarization of Certain Latin American Nations currency and the proposal for a new North American currency, the Amero
4.The Ascendancy of the WTO
5.The rapid advancement of technology
6.The dissemination of business and economic knowledge globally
7.The Infancy of a Global Police/Enforcement Mechanism, and the trend towards 'globalizing' local and regional problems.
The trend is one which is moving along at a steadily quickening pace and the need for an overarching legal and enforcement mechanism is becoming increasingly apparent. Indeed, many are openly calling for such a regime with a viable World Court. This has met with some consternation on the part of some, yet the need for some sort of legal framework to settle and arbitrate disputes and crimes internationally is becoming apparent to many.
Yet these calls are being increasingly resisted by a variety of groups both on the political left and right. Calls for the dismantling or radical restructuring of the WTO, World Bank, IMF and even the UN are being advocated in the streets, at times violently, as the trouble in Seattle demonstrated. This is a natural, expected and politically healthy train of events. Problems linked with the trend towards rapid globalization are clear and are being identified, and clearly articulated by its detractors. In addition, the UN and NATO's self declared role of savior of humanity is viewed by many in and outside of the US for what it is, an excellent excuse for expanding the economic, political and military spheres of influence of both institutions. Sending troops under UN or NATO helmets is meant to be a signal to the rest of the world that the West 'cares' and will not let atrocities go unpunished. Yet atrocities are loudly proclaimed in the press when justification for military action is needed, but when hard evidence is sought after, they are either, 1) killings which are on the scale which afflict many American municipalities, or 2) non-existent. Giving rise the obvious conclusion that using doctored photo's and poorly, researched news stories, NATO and the UN can manipulate public opinion with carefully disseminated propaganda into supporting its actions. NATO's penchant for agitating Russia by holding huge exercises in the Ukraine, which borders the strategically important Black sea, and is not coincidentally in close enough proximity to the Caucuses to rankle Russia, shows the intentions of The US and NATO are more about securing spheres of influence than with maintain that elusive, yet oft talked about concept of 'World Peace'.
The UN and the US have been heavily criticized for their treatment of Iraq. It's Oil for food program feeds the Iraqi elite, but little reached the masses, This program drove the price of oil down and made gasoline cheap in the US, these sanctions are part of an overall UN program and supported by several UN resolutions.
Yet while NATO's, the UN's and the US's military and political policies are very much an important issue in modern globalization, the issue that had received the most response from ordinary citizens is the economic policies pursued by these un-elected and undemocratic institutions. Human rights groups citizens action committees environmental groups religious institutions are given no real power in any of these organizations. Indeed the detractors of the WTO are now speaking more loudly and these voices are no longer confined to the 'conspiracy theorists' of the so-called extreme right. Many on the so-called left are now beginning to see the true nature of the global beast now arising. They see an WTO (derisively dubbed the Wicked Trade Organization by some) which has neutralized with the stroke of a pen national level trade and labor organizations and even some international trade and labor organizations. The policies of the WTO allow many practices that in most countries are illegal. Its use extensive use of secrecy is at variance with the democratic principles globablist proponents constantly extoll when seeking passage treaties which support and strengthen these organizations.
These global trends have accelerated since the end of the Cold War and the changes have left many large segments of the worlds population in abject poverty and want. For most of the world, this economic catastrophe has been worse than the great depression. The sweatshop has returned; it is in Asia, Eastern Europe and increasingly in America. Conditions in America, while widely touted on television and being the 'best ever' is less that rosy for a significant portion of the population which must work two jobs to make ends meet and has great difficulty in finding affordable health care. These are issues that will resonate with the rest of Americans when the economy takes its inevitable turn for the worse. This has led many, especially on the right wonder what the agenda is for the future. What sort of resistance will be tolerated by world's leaders? How will people be able to be adequately represented in a system that refuses to allow peaceful protests, and democratic representation in global institutions? Much of the worlds population have seen the true effects of globalization first hand and know that all that glitters in not gold. When the unemployed become such a burden in some societies that they are executed for not having work, as in China, serious questions need to be asked. Yet these issues are never mentioned on mainstream media sources, especially when MFN or Permanent Normalized Trading Status (PNTR) is discussed. Debate is stifled and the majority of Americans continue to be deliberately un or misinformed on these issues which will have enormous impact on their livelihoods in the coming years. America's citizens should deal with these issues honestly before the most effective means for defending democratic ideals, clearly provided for in the Constitution, is effectively done away with, such as the ballot and the right to bear arms. Globally the world is changing rapidly, and will change more. The question is who will drive the agenda and who will benefit from these changes? Will it be, as it has been over the past 10 years, global corporations and Western political and economic interests, or the General population of the globe as a whole?
Today, the world's religions are soon to converge to help usher in religious 'harmony' and ultimately support the coming world 'system of governance'. The United Religions Initiative (URI) is an strong advocate of global governance. Those of you who know their bible know that the trend towards Globalization is real has enormous significance to Christians. A harlot religious system will help it (the 'global system of governance') gain and maintain power. It seems that things are shaping up exactly as the Bible predicted. Indeed,you will find that this year we will have the UN's millennium summit of to help it define its role in the 21st century. Slowly, methodically the UN is gaining power. It is truly transforming itself, slowly, into a Global system of governance, not so much by the use of raw autonomous power, but through the consensus of its most powerful members, and key players, increasingly multinational Corporations and International financial institutions, both formal and informal. This trend will continue, slowly almost imperceptibly to most Americans, though not to the world at large. Christians are to be watchful, aware obedient to Christ and his word. These are not the times to shrug one's shoulders and mutter 'oh well...'. There are commands to us who live in these times to do certain things. Do you know what those things are?