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Tapsearch Com Flat World Editor

Ray Tapajna, editor and artist of Tapart News and Art that Talks : Globalization Free Trade issues, counters Thomas Friedman concepts. First of all they do not match up with history and the definitions of Globalization and Free Trade are different from the past. Free Trade as the tool of Globalization is not trade as historically practiced or defined. In the past all trade including Free Trade was based on trading products. Today Free Trade is primarily based on moving production - making it portable ready to move again and again based on cheapest labor markets of the world and the least line of resistance of workers to unfair work practices along with the ecology regulations.
If Globalization existed in the past, it was definitely not based on making workers the commodities of Free Trade. We did have the slave trade and perhaps a great part of Free Trade resembles the slave trade in a way since the lowest common denominator of Free Trade are wage slaves and even child labor.

Thomas Friedman in his Flat World of flatteners that supposedly paved the way for Globalization, does represent a new kind of Plantation Owners in the form of the vast trans-national corporations with these "Plantations" partnering with governments acting as brokers. With Fast Track, the Executive Branch in the USA is now the CEO of world trade. International organizations like the WTO control the flow of wealth through so called Free Trade outside of any real democratic process and without the consent of the workers who are the core of any economy.

History tells us what happens when workers have no voice and are used as tools of Capitalism, Communism or whatever. It never has worked and it will not work now. Instead of dwelling on Thomas Friedman 's Flat World theories we should be preparing for the post-Globalization era according to history and any common sense order of things.

See http://tapsearch.com/flatworld/
http://tapsearch.com/flipflatworld/
http://tapsearch.com/tapartnews/
http://www.experiencedesignernetwork.com/archives/000636.html

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