Turtles & Teamsters Together At Last
Globalization is an issue capable of uniting Left and Right.
It already did during the Battle of Seattle — the 1999 protests against the World Trade Organization.
The rise of the PLANETARIAT was evidenced by the celebrated protest sign …
“Turtles and Teamsters Together At Last.”
The Blue Green Alliance united the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club in common causes …
“good jobs, a clean environment, and a green economy.”
Screw Big Oil and Big Energy and their “creative destruction” of Planet Earth.
Globalization is colonization without colonies.
Cultures, forests, rivers, and oceans are being destroyed by it.
Debt IS colonization.
The latest version of globaloney is the Marshall Plan on steroids, benefiting the latest generation of robber barons like Juan Trippe and Conrad Hilton.
If you were “educated” (brainwashed) in the U.S., you were exposed to the same BS about the Truman Plan as I was in junior high school and high school.
European Recovery Program, my elbow!
Here’s hoping The Donald keeps his word and pulls out of the World Trade Organization.
Here’s hoping he imposes double-digit tariffs on every country in the world.
Here’s hoping he keeps his word and “rips up” the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Remember the heady days of the Left-Right Convergence between Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader?
Nader regards The Donald as “a failed gambling czar who’s a corporate welfare king” — BUT he applauds him for opposing globalization and “ending the Bush and Clinton dynasties.”
And how many Conservative Republicans other than Pat Buchanan would get drunk on Wild Turkey with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and argue politics with him?
Susan Ariel Aaronson (Taking Trade to the Streets: The Lost History of Public Efforts to Shape Globalization, 2001) wrote …
“This association of left and right is perhaps best illustrated by the working alliance among two key trade agreement critics in the United States, Ralph Nader (the noted consumer activist) and Pat Buchanan (the self-proclaimed ‘conservative of the heart’). Nader believes consumers must be citizen activists, always vigilant of business and government. Patrick J. Buchanan, in contrast, sees himself as a supporter of capitalism and a critic of big government. However, the two have found common ground in their belief that capitalism should serve the nation and not make the nation subservient to multinational corporations. Both men see the WTO as captured by such multinational business. They also agree as to how to remedy the problem. Both Nader and Buchanan want the United States to drop out of the WTO.
“Nader and Buchanan are not the only prominent American individuals or groups critical of trade agreements. The chorus of trade agreement critics includes the Rainbow Coalition, a nongovernmental organization concerned with racial equality issues; environmental groups such as the Sierra Club; and activist groups from the left (Greenpeace) and right (Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum). Prominent trade agreement opponents on the left include former California Governor Jerry Brown and former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower. On the more rightward side of the spectrum, H. Ross Perot (a data-processing billionaire) and Roger Milliken (a wealthy textile manufacturer and long-standing protectionist) have been willing to use their considerable wealth to educate their fellow Americans about the ‘costs’ of trade and trade agreements.”
Jerry Brown? Phyllis Schlafly? Jim Hightower? Roger Milliken? Together on an issue? Who woulda thunk it?
According to Donald Trump (June 28, 2016) …
“Our founding fathers understood trade much better than our current politicians, believe me.
“George Washington said that the promotion of domestic manufacturing will be among the first consequences to flow from an energetic government. Alexander Hamilton spoke frequently of the expediency of encouraging manufacturing in, in, in the United States.
“And listen to this. The first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, warned that, quote, ‘the abandonment of the protective policy by the American government will produce want and ruin among our people.’ He understood it much better than our current politicians, that’s why he was Abraham Lincoln, I guess.
“Our original Constitution did not even have an income tax. Instead, it had tariffs emphasizing taxation of foreign, not domestic, production.
“Yet today, 240 years after the Revolution, we’ve turned things completely upside down. We tax and regulate and restrict our companies to death and then we allow foreign countries that cheat to export their goods to us tax-free. How stupid is this? How could it happen? How stupid is this?”