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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-12 09:52 AM
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"Occupy vs. the Global Race to the Bottom" (Institute for Policy Studies)
(This is an excellent read...the snips I could give just don't convey the impact of the issues in the article)

Insitute for Policy Studies Report.......February 22, 2012 By Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

Incorporating corporate globalization into the Occupy analysis and agenda.

Ever since the first tent was pitched in Zuccotti Park in September 2011, the Occupy protests have been giving life to a 99 percent movement. Expect to hear a lot more from them: plans for a 99 percent springstarting as early as Aprilare now in the making.
The 99 Percent Spring is coming. Photo by Glenn Halog.
This still very young movement has focused attention on a well-reasoned explanation of the vast suffering in this country, an explanation that is resonating with the broader U.S. public. It is often posed this way: For thirty years, Wall Street firms have successfully lobbied the US government to give them freer reign, by removing regulations and lowering taxes. In the process, these firms became uprooted and detached from lending to Main Street businesses and instead became more like casinos making money for the one percent through risky instruments such as derivatives based in sub-prime mortgages. This casino Wall Street economy increased inequality, corrupted our politics and politicians, and provoked the economic crash in 2008a crash that left tens of millions unemployed, homeless, mired in debt, and vulnerable.

This narrative is not only compelling and tragic, it is also correct. But the Occupy analysis is thus far primarily a US-centric one; it often leaves out the reality that all of us in this country are part of a corporate-driven global economy.

So here is a fuller picture:

In addition to Wall Street speculators, the other dominant forces of the U.S. economy over the past three decades have been global firms like General Electric, Exxon Mobil, and Apple. These firms spread their global assembly lines and resource extraction to countries like Mexico, China, and the Philippines where, in a quest for cheaper costs, they can more easily evade worker rights and environmental regulations. This global corporate economy pits U.S. workers and communities against poorly enforced Third World worker rights and environmental rules in a race to the bottom in terms of rights and standards. These global firms simply say to governments and workers: lower your wages and standards or we will move our operations elsewhere. They either get what they want or they move.

Much More of a Very Interesting Read at..........

http://www.ips-dc.org/blog/occupy_vs_the_global_race_to...

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-27-12 02:53 PM
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