taming the beast by calling it nice?
Globalization, trade favored in world poll
He who wants to dine with the devil needs a long spoon, a German proverb says.
Most people asked said economic globalization and international trade are beneficial but they also want safeguards for jobs and the environment, a survey said.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and World Opinion said it found remarkably strong support for both issues in samplings from countries representing 56 percent of the world’s population.
The highest levels of globalization support were found in countries with export-oriented economies, led by China (87 percent), South Korea (86) and Israel (82).
In the United States, 60 percent of respondents said globalization was mostly good and 35 percent called it mostly bad.
There was an even stronger consensus around trade’s positive impact on national economies, led again by China (88 percent), Israel (88), South Korea (79) and Thailand (79). Highest negative views were expressed in the United States (42 percent).
The U.S. respondents were one group from four countries that narrowly said trade was bad for the environment — 49 percent bad, 45 percent good.
The poll was conducted in 2006 and 2007 in eight countries and the Palestinian territories through face-to-face, written and telephone interviews and, in the United States, via the Internet. There is roughly a 2-3 percentage-point margin of error.
It is amazing, how the human mind can wish for the wealth globalisation creates, ignoring that it is the wealth of a few created exactly by demolishing everything that could be called “safeguards for jobs and the environment”.
“Capital is said by a Quarterly Reviewer to fly turbulence and strife, and to be timid, which is very true; but this is very incompletely stating the question. Capital eschews no profit, or very small profit, just as Nature was formerly said to abhor a vacuum. With adequate profit, capital is very bold. A certain 10 per cent. will ensure its employment anywhere; 20 per cent. certain will produce eagerness; 50 per cent., positive audacity; 100 per cent. will make it ready to trample on all human laws; 300 per cent., and there is not a crime at which it will scruple, nor a risk it will not run, even to the chance of its owner being hanged. If turbulence and strife will bring a profit, it will freely encourage both. Smuggling and the slave-trade have amply proved all that is here stated,” says Marx in his “Capital: A Critique of Political Economy”, Vol. I. Part VIII, Chapter XXXII quoting in fact P. J. Dunning, l. c., p. 35.