June 11, 2005
A panel set up by the Counsel on Foreign Relations wants Americans to stop thinking
of themselves as United States citizens and to think of themselves as just North
Americans. The panel has published a report called “Building a North American
Community” in which it proposes a single common border around the three
countries. The purpose is to create a free flow of goods and labor between the
countries. They hope to accomplish this over the next five years, by 2010.
It seems unfortunate that Asia is not adjacent to us so that they could provide
even larger numbers of even cheaper labor for the corporate citizens of this
new world order, that has now completely bought out our government.
In reality, this is just another salvo in the battle to create an aura of inevitability
around the idea of globalization. The destruction of borders for the purpose
of moving cheap labor is only one facet of this new deity. If we can be convinced
that we are caught up in the inevitable tide of history, then the right to choose
has been taken from us.
It has become the obligation of our highly paid government officials to prepare
the middle class citizens for changes that their employers intend to make in
this world. Certainly, if they can pull it off, this would be a great step forward
toward globalization. In any case, these kinds of discussions create another
great stall to keep the borders open.
Globalization, the idea of a ‘One World Government” is not new.
We fought WWII so that the world would not become fascist. We endured the cold
war so that the world would not become communist. Since then we have worried
that the UN would take over the world and form a world government. Now we find
that the seeds of our cultural destruction are to be found in the very basis
of our democratic free enterprise system.
This country has always indulged the corporate community as one of our children,
giving it status, favoring it over any other public interest. We have asked
little in return. We mistakenly assumed that in return for this favored status,
these entities would naturally provide employment for our citizens with wages
sufficient to sustain an improving standard of living in the long run. For the
past thirty years we have considered failure in this regard as only a temporary
setback. Now we find that sustaining a reasonable standard of living or even
the continued employment of middle class citizens is not on the agenda, not
even a consideration of the corporate community. Unfortunately, this unwritten
contract or understanding does not exist in principle any more than it does
in writing. What did we expect? We have failed to discipline this child of ours
and now it has become a self-serving tyrant. You probably thought the “Robber
Barons” were tough. I can assure you that, as Ronald Reagan would say
“You ain’t seen nothing yet!”
We are spectators to the birthing of this new world order called Globalization.
Large international corporations, which even now are no longer responsible to,
nor contributing to any public good, have high hopes of running the world as
a single cooperative trading entity. The very concept of traditional nation-states
will become irrelevant. Large trading companies will run this brave new world
on an “as needed” basis. Nation-states will become reduced to mere
cultural centers. These will become the transport systems of the trading companies,
with which they will trade in people and goods wherever required. A managers’
dream! Indeed, the managers are already, at this very moment, the aristocrats
of our time. Globalization is to become the manifestation of their consolidation
Managers have already replaced the capitalists and entrepreneurs in the world
of international corporations. Only minor players and small companies are still
willing or need to risk their money in today’s environment. International
companies do not invest in new enterprises or attempt to compete with other
companies. They either buy out small companies that appear to be successful
within a given market, or merge with their competitors. In either case, market
share is increased and a secure established market is acquired without risk.
Little is left to chance; they are managing everything; most especially the
governments of the western world. Management has finally trumped leadership
in business, as well as in government.
To be sure, at the moment they still need other companies with whom they can
appear to compete. This is not an overt conspiracy. It is rather, a “gentleman’s
agreement”; an understanding, if you will. For the moment, at least, the
illusion of competition must be maintained. But, consider that just this week,
Toyota is taking the poison pill because they fear someone will take them over
due to their recent financial success. In the dawn of this global environment,
the realization of any entrepreneurial success will probably become sufficient
reason for your immediate demise, as expanding international interests will
try to gobble you up. Our enormous financial institutions will even provide
money for little fish to eat big fish, providing the big fish have control over
secure markets. Because of the low risk factor in these kinds of takeovers,
these financial institutions only require a relative premium over the current
The United States has been an easy mark for the globalization movement due
to the close ties developed by corporations between themselves and financially
dependent and greedy government officials, readily managed by corporate money.
These corporations are, to our elected representatives, their “financial
constituents”. The pharmaceutical industry alone has two people lobbying
on every congressman.
Asian countries may not be so easy; they only needed corporate connections
with the west until they were locked into the relatively affluent western economies.
They have the world’s largest cheap labor force and are now graduating
great numbers of highly educated people. They will soon have the largest and
cheapest well-educated work force in the world. Their economies have gained
momentum and as they grow, they become somewhat insulated and independent of
western style corporate persuasion. They will appear to tolerate a certain amount
of corporate “rule making” such as “intellectual property”
only so long as it serves their interests. They understand the greed of our
corporations and are happily building “feed lots” for them. When
all is said and done, Asia will not view these international corporations as
their own children, to be coddled and upon whom they will stake their future.
When these corporations have been fattened and can no longer contribute to the
national interest, their assets will be nationalized; gobbled up by some “really
big fish” that are hardly manageable.