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imenja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:19 AM
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30. globalization and American dominance
You really need to do some reading on international politics. Economies are interconnected, and our prosperity in the US depends on impoverishment around the world, including Mexico. Mexicans carried out a Revolution from 1910-1930, and in the 1930s Lazaro Cardenas carried out extensive land reform. In recent decades, the promises of the Revolution have been forsaken for economic trade with the US. US businesses dominate in Mexico, and they refuse to respect Mexican labor and environmental laws. When forced to comply, they sue for lost profits under Chapter 11 of NAFTA. International capitalism produces widespread poverty around the globe. So-called free trade agreements privilege large industry at the expensive of workers at home and abroad. The world economy works this way because that is how it is planned. Our government, along with the IMF and other multi-lateral agencies, works with economic elites around the world to create policies and economic systems that pursue the interests of corporations above those of the general population.
You might start by reading Eduardo Galeano's _The Open Veins of Latin America_. It provides an introduction to dependency theory. I bet you can find a cheap copy on half.com.
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