I’m on the side of social glob­al­ism

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Ed Healy Marys­town

I’m sure I’m not the only ob­server to have no­ticed how dis­cus­sion of “glob­al­ism” tends to in­volve crosspur­poses. While some of us re­fer to cor­po­rate glob­al­ism, oth­ers are ev­i­dently re­fer­ring to social glob­al­ism.

Nat­u­rally enough, such con­ver­sa­tions are un­re­solv­able, as they have to­tally dif­fer­ent vi­sions of how the world works. Or should work.

Cor­po­rate glob­al­ism hopes to in­crease the wealth of one elite group by ex­ploit­ing the poverty and un­der­em­ploy- ment of an­other group. These cor­po­ra­tions are “multi­na­tional” or “supra­na­tional,” with no al­le­giance to any par­tic­u­lar coun­try. Their only loy­alty is to profit, re­gard­less of the cur­rency, be it dol­lars, eu­ros, drach­mas, riels or zlo­tys. Any coun­try that dares to re­sist these cap­i­tal­ist pi­rates is sub­dued by armed in­va­sion.

It is true that many global cor­po­ra­tions be­gan life in the U. S. A., or in the U. K., or in an­other of the so- called “ad­vanced so­ci­eties,” but they have spread through­out the world to take ad­van­tage of those na­tions that have valu­able raw ma­te­ri­als and an im­pov­er­ished pop­u­la­tion.

There are many na­tions in this ex­ploitable group. Health ben­e­fits? Work­place safety? Re­tire­ment plans? Not nec­es­sary, as there are plenty of able- bod­ied young work­ers to take over from their sick or dead el­ders. It’s a mis­er­able busi­ness, but im­mensely prof­itable, if only in fi­nan­cial terms.

Social glob­al­ism comes from a dif­fer­ent direc­tion. It rec­og­nizes the es­sen­tial unity of the hu­man race, and re­fuses to ac­cept de­mar­ca­tions of race, gen­der, re­li­gion, age, phys­i­cal or men­tal ca­pa­bil­ity, or any other ar­bi­trary di­vi­sion.

Social glob­al­ists are op­posed, deeply and ir­re­vo­ca­bly, to the depre­da­tions of cor­po­rate glob­al­ism, and are com­mit­ted to co- op­er­a­tion, mu­tual aid, social adap­ta­tion and mu­tual re­spect. As long as any part of the hu­man race is be­ing ex­ploited by any other part, social glob­al­ists will stand in sol­i­dar­ity with the weaker group. And I stand with the social glob­al­ists.

If that sounds vaguely sim­i­lar to the Com­mu­nist In­ter­na­tional of our an­ces­tors, I don’t con­sider that a vi­able rea­son to con­demn it out of hand. We are all liv­ing on bor­rowed time, and if we don’t learn to get along to­gether then our planet will soon be un­in­hab­it­able.

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