at the gates:
The photo in the right is fitting - instead of deer crossing the highway, it's a family. What would they be doing running across a six lane highway? I know where this sign could be, its right outside of San Diego where there are a lot of migrant workers trying to reach the farms of the Central Valley California, as well as jobs in other parts of the country.
Globalization and Immigration, and Social responsibility:
Is terrorism the dark side of globalization?
Can our deeply interconnected world deliver prosperity to everyone?
Can we build a global economy that leaves nobody behind?
There are risks to globalization, but in the end there are no alternatives. In the end we must understand what it means, where it is leading our society. We are interconnected that's a fact. Sweatshops are a fact of life in developing nations.
"When you live this close to the world, and the world lives this close to you, everything is local news"
Tag line for the LA times, over ten years ago. A strange portent to globalization.
This show shows the development of capitalism and the issues
facing the word economy as it moves into the future. It's troubling,
the theme for the program is that Keynsian economics is falling out
of favor. Goverment control of economies, is giving way to markets driving
themselves. The power lies not in governments, but in the boardrooms
of multinational corporations. The power lies in the engines of todays
capitalism. And the purpose of government is to protect the interests
of the corporations. To enable property rights, that laws protecting
the right to own property, to know who owns it and that it can't be taken
away. Free trade, and market demand efficencies.
Globalization has shown that capital can freely flow across borders,
it now really costs no more to make a phone call for 3000 miles than
it does for 30 feet. Eveything should flow freely, people, information, not just goods. The real question is whether all of this work is simply a race to the bottom.
I'm still working on figuring out what the implications are of all of
this it's clear that eveything is tied together, and if a columnist on a tour of Cambodia, can be criticizing democratic presidential hopfuls in Iowa. And telling them, that the what happens in Cambodia, affects the job situation in the United States.
"What we think is that the reason it isn't working in the developing world and the reason it isn't working in former communist nations is not because people are anticapitalist or people are antientrepreneurial, but that the infrastructure of laws that make the carrying of capital possible are simply not in place." Hernando De Soto
What you have to do when you're going to create a new property system is understand that it cannot be done in an ivory tower. Law is a process of discovery. You've got to discover what it is that people are willing to abide by, what is it that people recognize as legitimate, and systematize it. Then it becomes self-enforceable. You don't even need much police to do that.
Convince them of the principals. Increased wealth, as well as a guarantee of social mobility.