Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Naomi Klein in the Guardian on Globalisation and Communities, in particular the town of Esquel, Argentina being eyed up by the gold-mining Meridian.

Two things out of this..
1. "Globalisation" in terms of worldwide communications is definitely a boon to the people of the town. Access to support, opinions, and information that they wouldn't otherwise have is the up-side of the big G.
2. Companies don't change. There are very few (a handful, probably) that, having initially decided on one business tactic, would suddenly change their beliefs and their motivations, even after a plethora of "findings" and "regulations". Business is business, sayeth the corporates. And for them, that's the way it is. But this means that there is a fundamental fault with the way we look at how to run a company. Are regulations and laws enough to change the down side of globalisation, the "disabling" factor of it? I think the real change will come when somebody, preferably the governments of the large economic power countries, start to emphasise and prioritise things other than money, subsisides, financial performance.

Of course, all this is what we are trying to achieve, naturally. But it's easy to forget, in amongst the activists, the demos and the hurling of both paint and insults. We need to make sure that we work with governments, not strictly and polemically against them. On a global scale, our route to having some control as a population is to take an interest, a real, thought out interest in getting to know the government, working out where we can change it, almost infiltrating it. The idea of government is sound, but the current implementation is lacking. The only way to change it is to gradually merge with it.

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