Dear friends, Let's review the outcome of Seattle from a strategic perspective. First let's consider some good news. Seattle may prove to be the turning point in the creation of an effective global movement FOR grass-roots democracy, and AGAINST globalization and tyranny -- FOR a livable world, and AGAINST poverty and the destruction of the Earth. This is VERY VERY important. The journey of a thousand miles CANNOT BEGIN until the first step is taken. We can take great PLEASURE, PRIDE, and HOPE in that first step. Next let's consider some sobering news. This first step was a VERY TINY one in the overall scheme of things. By comparison we really do have a thousand miles YET TO GO. And all along that thousand-mile journey there will be signposts tempting us to stray from the path, or to give up. The HOPE of Seattle must be turned into PERSEVERANCE with HUMILITY - not into POLLYANIC EUPHORIA. For example - the WTO was not stopped. It was hardly even slowed down. Neoliberalism and globalization - in a few short decades - are undoing two centuries of (relative) progress toward democracy and human-rights. Globalization is like a race car. Seattle, you might say, punctured a tire and forced a pit-stop and tire change. At best! Within weeks the race car will be back on the track, with strengthened tires and a new battle-plan for the race. Top planners are probably gleeful that they've actually met a challenge which allows them to earn their think-tank salaries. Up until now they've had it SO EASY that it has been ridiculous - even shameful. I've read several over-optimistic reports about the Seattle outcome - about "reversals" in the WTO process. The USA wanted to cut farm subsidies and the EU balked. The West wanted to impose "human rights" constraints and the third-world balked. First of all we should recognize that these "balks" are what slowed down the WTO, not the protests. At best the protests SLIGHTLY EMBOLDENED the delegates. And these "balks" are nothing to write home about anyway. They didn't reverse anything, they only slowed down - temporarily - some NEW initiatives. The EU may be insisting on continuing some form of farm subsidies - but small EU farmers are going bankrupt ANYWAY (as are small US farmers). The West may be asking for some kind of TOKEN human-rights guarantees, but they are only token. Western multinationals simply don't want locally-owned sweatshops to pay EVEN LOWER wages than their own sweatshops pay. And how can we take comfort in the fact that third-world dictators are standing up to the WTO because they want to INCREASE THEIR LEVEL OF WORKER EXPLOITATION even more than the WTO wants them to?? That's a victory??? Give me a break! Seattle was in NO WAY a victory over anything - EXCEPT our own apathy and disorganization. Let's please be clear about that. But our own apathy and disorganization have been OUR WORST ENEMIES!! Therefore Seattle IS something to take hope from! OK? Now let's talk about what the WTO is... --- We must understand that gobalization is a centrally-planned and coordinated PROJECT. If you have any doubt about this, then please do some browsing in these books: Michel Chossudovsky, "THE GLOBALIZATION OF POVERTY", The Third World Network, Penang, Malaysia, 1997. Jerry Mander & Edward Goldsmith, ed, "THE CASE AGAINST THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND FOR A TURN TOWARD THE LOCAL", Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1996. Or you might browse my own humble effort, "GLOBALIZATION AND THE REVOLUTIONARY IMPERATIVE" at: http://cyberjournal.org/cdr/gri/gri.html During the 1970s the postwar economic boom began to falter, and top business leaders realized that they couldn't keep corporate profits growing at the rates they had come to expect. They came to the decision that democracy would need to be dismantled and that general prosperity in the West would need to be sacrificed - so that the big corporations could continue to grow their profits. That's what Reagan, Thatcher, and "neoliberalism" were all about. This isn't a conspiracy theory - you can read the planning documents in published think-tank reports. Especially revealing: "THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY", by Samuel P. Huntington, published in May 1975, as part of the "Report of the Trilateral Task Force on Governability of Democracies". A central part of the neoliberal revolution was the use of widespread BIG LIE propaganda. Reagan and Thatcher were SELECTED FOR THEIR ROLES because of their personal public appeal. They both lied through their teeth about "personal responsibility" and "smaller government" while they SOLD OUT their nations and Constitutions to deep-pocket corporate interests. But neoliberalism was still nation-centered. Reagan was promoting _US corporate interests, and Thatcher was promoting _British corporate interests - AGAINST the welfare of their respective populations. What is different about globalization is that it is not at all nation-centered. Elite corporate interests have now divorced themselves entirely from "home nations". Thatcher realized this, and that's why she opposed EU centralization - and that's why she was dumped by her corporate backers. She was elitist and anti-democratic to the core - but she was sincere about being pro-Britain. As the tide of neoliberalism turned into the tide of globalization, she didn't "keep up". The "Ero Skeptics" in Britain are the remnants of Thatcherism. --- I could go on & on with this kind of historical analysis, but I'll stop here. The point I'm trying to make is simply that we are dealing with a very centralized, very coordinated, very long-range, and very sophisticated PROJECT. Globalization is NOT a TREND - it is a PROJECT. The scope and power of this project are almost impossible to contemplate. The project created Thatcherism and then dumped it. It advanced part of its program with Reagan-Bush, took a breather under Carter, and now is going the next mile with liar-smiler-non-inhaler Clinton. The project took the Bretton Woods institutions (IMF & World Bank) and reversed their roles 180 degrees. These institutions were orignally designed to STABILIZE the global economy and national economies - now their role is to to DESTABILIZE both. This is awesome stuff. This is the big leagues. This is hardball. The Vietnam War was by comparison softball. Those of you on the right are probably saying - "Hey - wait a minute - how come you're not blaming the U.N. and tree-hugging liberals for all this?" Those of you on the left are probably saying - "Hey - wait a minute - this is sounding like a CONSPIRACY THEORY!" OF COURSE we're talking about a conspiracy!! (Or rather many levels of conspiracies within conspiracies.) Do you think world leaders go on television and tell you the truth?? Do you still believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy? Do you think the New York Times tries to analyze what's really going on and then tell you about it? WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE! The problem I have with conspiracy theorists is that most of them don't think big enough. They mess around with tiny conpiracies, like "Who killed JFK?" or "Who burned WACO and why?" These are distractions - they have become part of the propaganda program. The real conspiracy issue is WHO IS RULING THE WORLD AND WHERE ARE THEY TAKING US? Here are a few quotes you might find interesting... "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 [tell me if you know who Alex is - rkm] "In a moment of insane candor, David Boylan, a Murdoch manager, told an unvarnished truth which should be framed and stuck on the top of every television set. 'We paid $3 billion for these television stations, he snapped. We'll decide what the news is. NEWS IS WHAT WE SAY IT IS.'" - The Observer, London, July 5, 1998 "There is no such thing in America as an independent press, unless it is in the small towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write his honest opinions, and if you did you know before hand that they would never appear in print. . . . The business of the New York journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his race and country for his daily bread. You know this and I know it, and what folly is this to be toasting an 'Independent Press.' We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping-jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." - John Swinton, former Chief of Staff for the New York Times, in a speech at a banquet in his honor attended by leaders of New York journalism in 1980. [If anyone can verify this source and its date, please do so - rkm] "The ability to fake sincerity." - Walter Cronkite, former CBS anchorman, in response to the question: "What makes for a good news commentator?" "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks...will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." -Thomas Jefferson, a U.S. "Founding Father" and later President "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." -Woodrow Wilson, a few years after signing the 1913 Federal Reserve Act --- OK, how many of you are still with me? The WTO and globalization are like a giant powerful lion. In Seattle we had the courage to poke our heads into the lion's den. The lion sent a mouse (the Seattle Police and National Guard) to shoo us away. The lion itself didn't even bother to stir or roar. The lion's spokesman whimpered on TV that he "welcomed dissent to the WTO process". Did you notice when his pinnoochio nose grew an inch?? In order to defeat an enemy, it is first necessary to acknowledge the strength of the enemy. Global capitalism is an AWESOME enemy. Admit it and accept it. But we can defeat it! It is our own disunity, credulity, and lack of imagination that are holding us back. THEY actually have no power at all! It is _we who carry the weapons and man the armies. It is _we who run the newspapers and TV stations and tell the lies for salaries. THEY are such a tiny tiny minority they don't even count! Bill Gates isn't even one of THEM. He's a kid who got lucky - so lucky that they're now taking his coin-machine away from him. The enemy, when it comes down to it, is CAPITALISM ITSELF. But do you know what that means? What do you think capitalism is? What do you think the OPPOSITE of capitalism is? Most likely, your answer to both questions is wrong. (Sorry, but Marx got this quiz wrong as well.) Capitalism is NOT any of the following things: - democracy - republics - freedom - free enterprise - profitable enterprise - private property The opposite of capitalism is NOT any of the following things: - communism - socialism - big government - abolition of private property A brief word about how capitalism works is now in order. An investor invests some money. After a period of time, the investor wants to cash in the investment for a bigger amount of money. That is called CAPITAL GROWTH. If growth cannot be obtained, the investor will not invest. Unless growth can be maintained continually, the whole system collapses. Marx predicted it would collapse, but he seriously underestimated the human imagination - the ability of capitalists to dream up new ways to create growth. But Marx was approximately right. He (and Lenin) foresaw that capitalism would become a global system and that it would then begin to run out of growth room. That is now happening. But instead of collapsing itself, capitalism is causing the REST OF THE WORLD to collapse instead! It is destroying the environment. It is engaging in intentional genocide in the third world. It is intentionally destryong democracy and Western prosperity. It is putting an increasing percentage of Americans in slave-labor prisons. It is doing all of these things to postpone its own collapse. If we wait for it to collapse, we will all be dead first. CAPITALISM is two things. FIRST, it is the control of society by the most wealthy. SECOND, it is the economic doctrine which says that prosperity is achieved through change & development - the GROWTH PARADIGM. Capitalism pushes this doctrine for only one reason: the doctrine provides for CAPITAL GROWTH. The doctrine is actually a MYTH. Economies work much better if they are NOT forced to grow all the time. The most HONEST and DIRECT form of capitalism is called FASCISM. COMMUNISM (at least the Soviet and Chinese variety) substituted one kind of tyranny for another, and retained the disastrous growth paradigm. LIBERAL DEMOCRACY is capitalism with a PRETENSE of democracy. SOCIALISM, as practiced in postwar Europe, is the vain attempt to combine democracy with capitalism. You might call it DEMOCRACY WITH CANCER. For two hundred years, capitalism SEEMED to be a good thing to people in the West - at least to the middle classes. By means of the middle class, capitalism retained control of Western nations. By means of Western nations and their militaries, capitalism ruled the world. But after two centuries wealth became so concentrated, and the resources of the Earth so thoroughly exploited, that capitalism had nowhere else to go. Globalization is the attempt to rule the world and ALSO ABANDON the Western middle classes. The attempt is feasible because of modern technology and modern propaganda. With hi-tech weapons you only need a few thousand black-uniformed elite troops to rule the world. You don't need massive armies, and hence you don't need generally prosperous Western middle classes. Reform WAS the process by which people demanded a PIECE OF THE PIE (some combination of money or quality of life) for themselves. Reform became outmoded once globalization arrived. Globalization is the declaration by the capitalist elite that they intend to keep 100% OF THE PIE. They MUST keep 100% because that's the only way the growth of capital can be continued. The capitalist system can no longer be reformed. IT MUST BE REPLACED ENTIRELY. But this DOES NOT MEAN we must embrace SOCIALISM or MARXISM or ANY OTHER ISM. It means we must kick out the elite few who rule the world and begin deciding ourselves how we want to run the world - from the bottom up. We do not need or want any central planning authority. Decision making should be moved as close to the bottom as possible - down to the village & town level. Our economy needs to become sustainable - not because of any ECOLOGICAL IDEOLOGY but because of COMMON SENSE. Can you live month after month by running up credit card bills you can never repay? Obviously not. Similarly we cannot keep using up resources that cannot be replaced. This is not "tree hugging" or "owl loving" - it is simply being HONEST WITH OURSELVES. We DO NOT need to give up technology or trade or money or property. We simply need to begin using these things with common sense and controlling them democratically. --- I think this is enough for one day. I know those of you who disagree will write in. You always do. I want to request something else. Those of you who understand what I'm trying to say, but who think I'm not saying it well - please write in with your own "fixes". Give me a helping hand. Many thanks. Bye for now ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Richard K Moore Wexford, Irleand Citizens for a Democratic Renaissance •••@••.••• http://cyberjournal.org Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead Permission for non-commercial republishing hereby granted - BUT include and observe all restrictions, copyrights, credits, and notices - including this one.