cj#675> Update: Globalization 2000


Richard Moore

Dear cj,

Barrie Dowdall and I have submitted a Proposal for Devlopment Funding to
the Irish Film Board for our documentary.  I'm including summary portions
below for your review and comment.  I've got networking started
re/collaborators, consultants, and informal mentors.  Interest has already
been expressed by the production team of "Manufacturing Consent", and any
suggestions from you re/contacts would also be appreciated.

Please don't forward this material.

For those especially interested, I have a script outline which can also be
forwarded for review.


Telwell Productions
Barrie Dowdall
Richard  Moore


GLOBALISATION 2000 is a 120-minute documentary suitable for festival
screenings and/or as a 3x40min series for television.

Globalization heralds a radical, revolutionary change in the historical
world order.  Far more than simply economic "reform", it represents the
dethroning of nation states and their replacement by corporate-run
commissions (eg WTO) as the sovereign overlords of the globe.  Far from a
spreading of democracy (as the destabilization of the Soviet block is
portrayed), globalisation leads to the extinction of two centuries of
democratic evolution - as democratic republics lose the power to control
their own destiny.  Far from bringing prosperity and competition,
globalisation is about monopoly economics and charging "all the market will

The advance of globalisation is profoundly affecting - on a worldwide basis
- economic activity, social conditions, cultures and ideology,
international military arrangements, and all levels of political
structures.  But the mass media reports these events not as an observer,
but as a partisan supporter of the globalisation process.

Bringing the Big Picture together - which most media studiously avoid - is
the purpose of this documentary.  This is a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred
series - it faces the big questions, challenges the sacred cows of modern
consensus mythology, and minces no words about the role of corporations and
their control over politics, government, the economy, and the public mind.

Unique features of documentary:
*     emphasizes historical context - traces the roots of current situation
*     includes spokespeople from all sides - including many seldom heard from
*     challenges the consensus assumptions - free trade, deregulation, etc.
*     mega-corporations and their role are singled out for special examination
*     squarely faces the question of democracy: its peril and its fate
*     quotes lots of media: media mythology is part of globalisation process

Overview of Segments
GLOBALISATION 2000 is organized into three segments of 40 min each, with a
trailer-bit linking each segment to the next:

* Segment 1  Globalism: putting it in perspective

        Today's "reform" policies turn out to be a rehash of nineteenth
century laissez-faire capitalism, and we see the same consequences already
unfolding.  Sweatshop conditions, economic instability, corruption, and
poverty are not just temporary glitches.  The very regulatory policies that
curbed laissez-faire excesses are the ones being dismantled today - obvious
lessons of history are being ignored to our peril.

* Segment 2  Free trade: Who is it for?

        Free trade is not a new idea - it's been in vogue before, always
pushed by dominant powers as a way of subjugating weaker economies.  It
leads not to increased competition and healthy growth, but to
monopolization, the cornering of markets, and distorted economic
development.  Megacorps are the primary proponents of and the clear
beneficiaries of globalism, and they're busily setting up their own
commission-regime to administer the globe as a collective fiefdom.

* Segment 3  The Battle of the Giants: can democracy survive?

        An implicit partnership has existed since the industrial revolution
between nation states and their industries: national development and
expansion benefitted both parties, and the citizenry - even if not
equitably.  Globalization is a declaration of independence by megacorps -
the partnership is being terminated, megacorps are assuming global
citizenship, the ships of state are being scuttled.  Democracy is scheduled
to go down with the ship as the commission-regime comes online, and the
Third-World becomes the global societal model for the looming Dark

Directions for future development
Globalization is so all pervasive - and its consequences are so dramatic and
important - that a compelling ongoing series could usefully be devoted to the
topic.  The three segments above endeavor only to present an overview of the
fundamental principles and consequences.  Here are concepts for several
additional segments:

    * Global order - Under the guise of peace-keeping interventions, an
unaccountable supra-national global police force (based on US and
NATO) is becoming the judge, jury, and executioner of international law;
this is the military branch of the globalist assault on national sovereignty.
Recent interventions are investigated to reveal behind-the-scenes
globalist agendas; role of media is examined; roots in imperialism are
traced; prognosis for the future is developed.

    * European Union - Under the guise of a "more competitive Europe" a
centralized Federal system is being rapidly installed which is aligned with
the globalist agenda; the EU amounts to a two-stage European takeover by
corporatism: nations are first seduced into union, and then the EU is to be
engulfed in the globalist regime.  Myths promoting the EU are debunked;
loss of democracy, sovereignty, and economic stability are highlighted.

    * The China Question - China, the world's most populous nation, is not
buying into the globalist regime; a deep-seated nationalism aspires to
assert China's "rightful role"as a world power; this is on a collision course
with globalist designs and with deep-seated American "national
interests"; while China rapidly modernizes its military, America is
developing hi-tech warfare systems capable of the "contained destruction"
of China.  Striking parallels with the pre-World War II situation and the
Gulf War are developed; the prospects for an Asian Storm conflict are
investigated; sequence opens with likely battle scenario and aftermath
dramatized as news-reportage and front-line scenes.

    * Crime,  drugs, terrorism, and the Police State - Widespread civil unrest
is an inevitable and anticipated consequence of globalist policies; this has
occurred already in the Third World, and repressive police states have
been the "solution" adopted there to contain unrest; media-engineered
attitudes toward crime, drugs and terrorism are now being exploited to
implement the foundations of police states in the First World, a trend
being led by the US and UK.

    * The Crisis of Nation-States: Is Globalism the Only Answer? - There is a
genuine crisis of the nation state and of the growth paradigm, but
globalism is not in any way an appropriate solution.  A panel format is
used to explore the scope of the problem and identify appropriate and
feasible solutions.

** Please do not forward: for cj review only - Thanks **