Wednesday, June 01, 2005


Sunil Chhaya

It's very clear to me - we won't need to wait 20 years to see the impact of the 'backwardization' and isolation of this once-great country. Just wait a couple of college-cycles: 8-10 years max, and you'll see the conditions of the college campuses, the substantivity of research and ideas as well as the sheer magnitude of research/technology content being developed in this nation reduce drastically. The effect will come from 3 factors, all linked to US 'closed-doors' policy towards immigration: 1: Lack of resources to put the federal / private dollars to effective use through graduate students at the universities + the lack of them driving the university budgets downhill, 2: the relative indifference and incapacitation of the US youth towards Math and Science and technology and 3: the inability of the US corporations to find talented people from home base (IEEE-USA's asinine objections to offshoring notwithstanding)..

In 20 years, at this rate, you may be looking at US as a less-developed country!!

Ray Tapajna, Editor Tapart News

1956 was the year that changed the world forever. It is an untold story.

In 1956, the U.S. Government itself funded and started a program that moved factories outside the U.S. It was supposed to be just a temporary measure to help out the Mexican and other Central American economies while supplying the American consumer with cheaper goods. It never ended.
It evolved into what is called Free Trade today. Free Trade is based on moving production from place to place for the sake of the cheapest labor possible. The supply of this labor is endless in the world and there will always be someone who will used the impoverished for their own gain. It is a new kind of wage slave trade in a new kind of colonialism which mixes money and power no matter what system is in place be it Capitalism, Socialism or Communism. It has become a new kind of Global Plantation with elite groupings in government and big business acting out roles of Global Plantation owners.
By the 1970s, only about 200 factories were moved but then with the Maquiladora factory program in Mexico the number quickly went up to 2000 factories by 1992. This was prior to the passing of the NAFTA and GATT trade agreements. These agreements just confirmed what was going on for a long time and rapidly speeded up the process. The number of factories moved to Mexico doubled quickly to 4000. After President Clinton and Democrat controlled Congress passed Nafta, Clinton had to rush billions of dollars to Mexico to save the peso.
Evidently, this so called Free Trade has a long history of failures and continues on to this day while Globalist Free Traders like Thomas Friedman evangelize the process. In his book The World is Flat, Friedman points to times in history according to Friedman as periods that paved the way for Globalization and Free Trade. He leaves out 1956.
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Following all this was a massive migration of workers from Mexico to the USA although Mexico reports a low unemployment rate just like the USA does. And now the factories are again on the move - moving out of Mexico to places like China while China also contracts workers for even less than than the workers in China.
And now, we also have the Chinese Liberation Army rolling across the USA. The only thing flat in the Flat World of Friedman are flat railroad cars carrying the large shipping containers full of cheap goods. You can see the logo COSCO flash by. It is the logo of the large Chinese shipping company owned in part by the Chinese Liberation Army.
No where in The World is Flat does Friedman report how this vast overhead of long haul shipping and packaging can compete with local value added economies.
He does not talk about destitute workers who can not buy the very things they make and have no money left to buy anything the U.S. may have left to sell.

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