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Rich Folks Meet
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For 29 years
now, the group known as the Group of 8 (G-8) has met in various
countries. They are a self-selected group that describes itself
as industrialized democracies, and they meet together to try to
manage the worlds economic affairs.
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States,
Japan (originally the G-7), and later Russia, the group sets the
tone of global capital for decades to come.
The G-8 is
set to meet soon in Evian, France. They are meeting in a time of
economic downturns, and the aura of a depression. Once again, consumption
is simply not matching production, and global business is facing
a challenge that it doesnt seem willing to solve.
Can they solve
the problems looming on the worlds economic horizon? Perhaps.
Will they? That certainly remains to be seen.
In July, 2000,
the G-8 met in Okinawa. The group pledged to cut the percentage
of people in poverty in the world by 50% of the 1990 poverty figure.
They also pledged to reduce the percentage of AIDS cases in the
world 25% by the year 2010.
richest nations can certainly pledge whatever they wish, but does
it appear theyre living up to those pledges?
There is certainly
still time, but the trend doesnt seem to be moving in those
promises to 'share the gelt' with the suffering in the world seems
to have stemmed from the mass demonstrations against the WTO (World
Trade Organization) in Seattle the year before, rather than any
altruism on the part of the rich nations. Seattle revealed the depths
of unrest in the American psyche at the galloping growth
of globalism;as well as anxiety at the dearth of good-paying jobs
in the 'New Globalist Order.' The rich nations, which are but instrumentalities
for the wealthy classes, are interested in one thing: more wealth.
To them, the poor, the poverty-stricken, the ailing, are as dismissible
as the homeless that we divert our gazes from in the subways. They
are the modern incarnation of the classical invention of black writer,
Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man. In this culture, to be poor
is to be invisible. Until they
fight. Until they unite! Seattle should've been a deep-rooted beginning,
not a high-water mark! It should have been a rallying cry, instead
of a lost opportunity.
In this age
of capitalist triumphalism, when scholars dare to proclaim 'the
end of history' (as did one conservative thinker) it remains for
the people of the 'industrialized democracies' to add their names
to the annals of history, by creating a tradition of resistance
to the status quo. History does not end, as long as people are determined
to write their own page.
economies can produce prodigious quantities of products. But it
cannot buy all that it produces. That is left to people.
If people cannot
afford to buy the commodities that are flooding warehouses, then
the economy simply cannot function. That means that people must
be provided with the means, the economic wherewithal, to purchase
the goods that are produced.
The world sorely
needs some balance and perspective in this ongoing war against the
poor. Greed, and unabashed accumulation cannot rule the day.
The G-8 meets
in the place where the very symbol of the well-to-do is reflected
in the name (Evian). How many billions of people in this world cant
afford a bottle of Evian water with a weeks wages (if they
could *get* wages)?
What is needed
is globalized resistance that is humanistic, and life-centered.
To counter the predations of the G-8, and the WTO, there must be
a G-8,000,000,000 (a 'Group of 8 Billion'!) where the interests
of the vast population of the world; every nation, every continent,
every tribe, is respected and truly represented. When all of humankind
is seen as precious as every other nation.
that be a 'New World Order'?
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