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Economic globalisation

The theory of "free trade", appearing in the 18th century, was initially formulated to prevent the Dutch from closing their colonial empire to English commerce. It served as the political rationale for British colonial expansion, imposing an international division of labor that revealed itself to be much more effective for pillaging resources than the colonial system itself.
In 1941, the Anglo-Saxons devised, as an aim of the war, a shift from the prevailing mode of colonial exploitation to that of unequal exchange in the aftermath of victory over Nazi tyranny. The Atlantic Charter promoted decolonization, free trade and freedom of the seas. This model was formalized in 1947 with the GATT Agreements. This was reinforced during the Reagan-Thatcher era by a vast movement of privatization and deregulation.
In 1991, President Bush announced his vision of a new world order: globalization. The objective was to fill and profit from the void created by the disappearance of the USSR and extend Anglo-Saxon domination in a manner that closely twinned economic and military expansion.
The new model encompassed not only the free trade of goods but also of services and capital, to be regulated by an arbitrating tribunal that would constrain the sovereignty of individual states, which is today embodied in the World Trade Organization.
In the 21st century, this on-going process has led to the dematerialization of the world economy. Favoring the expansion of military-related industries while manufacturers of domestic consumer goods shut down, the Anglo-Saxons created an economy based on "financial products’ (meaning speculation) and the profits derived from "intellectual property" (so called "fair use"). They extended their control over the free trade of goods and services in air space using the "war on terror" as a pretext and over the seas under cover of a "war on piracy". In the meantime, however, the exorbitant costs of the neocolonial occupation of Iraq in 2003 nearly brought about the complete financial collapse of the empire.
At this point, President Obama and Prime Minister Brown attempted to save the system by eliminating foreign financial positions thus compelling capital to migrate in the direction of an Anglo-Saxon fiscal paradise. Additionally, Western governments have in a concerted way placed their means of public finance entirely in the hands of a small number of private banks. As a result, these are now in a position not only to avert collapse but also to acquire firms as they spiral into failure, accelerating the already gigantic concentration of riches.

«Current Concerns», n°18, August 12, 2018
Sovereignty and economic globalization
308. Sovereignty and economic globalization Zurich (Switzerland) | 16 August 2018
The sovereign state is indispensable – especially in a globalised economy, by Marianne Wüthrich / Safeguarding and expanding rights – securing prosperity / US domestic policy sabotages détente with Russiam by Hannes Hofbauer / Words from Helsinki that the world has been waiting for, by Willy Wimmer / The West’s fury and bitterness about Russia’s successes; Following on from the modest movement towards détente achieved at the Putin-Trump meeting, what next?, by Brian Cloughley / French major enterprises have to abandon their commercial activities in Iran, by Hayat Gazzane / Is “Antifa” the German mainstream? This is no way for the country to come to rest, by Karl Müller / Driving bans for diesel? A plea for more objectivity, by Rainer Schopf / Why I like to be a Swiss, by Wolfgang van Biezen / The value of language teaching for the preservation of the ancient languages, by Thibault Mercuzot, Delphine le Corfec and Patrick (...)
 
 
 
 
«Current Concerns», n°15-16, July 13th, 2018
Can a bank fight against the financialisation of the economy?
306. Can a bank fight against the financialisation of the economy? Zurich (Switzerland) | 14 July 2018
The Raiffeisenbanks in Switzerland and the principle of cooperation, by René Roca / Summit of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin / “The purpose of Raiffeisen is the common self-help” Felix Walker calls for the bank to return to its cooperative roots, by Georg Koch / What can Germany hope for?, by Karl Müller / Europeans should not follow the American sanctions against Iran!, by Roland Hureaux / Angela Merkel definitely rejects Emmanuel Macron’s United States of Europe, by Alain Morau / The front against Russia is caving in, by Eberhard Hamer / “Working for human rights takes patience, perseverance and passion”, Interview with Alfred de Zayas / Alfred de Zayas’ 23 principles of international order / More than a well-founded plea against German war policy. Willy Wimmer’s new book „Germany in Upheaval“, by Johannes Irsiegler / EU-Europe faces a self-inflicted shambles, by Willy Wimmer / Human trafficking and sexual slavery along the Danube, by Barbara Hug / The need for ethical and moral (...)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
«Current Concerns», n°7, April 3, 2018
No financial crash for the 1‰
299. No financial crash for the 1‰ Zurich (Switzerland) | 3 April 2018
The next crash has been planned. Who wants to profit … and who should pay the bill, by Professor Dr Eberhard Hamer / OSCE report largely confirms correct election process. Vladimir Putin elected with 76 per cent of the votes / Washington wrecks cyber security talks, by Arkady Savitsky / NATO and EU are escalating the “Bogeyman Russia”, by Karl Müller / Preservation of Swiss agriculture – neither nostalgic nor unworldly, but a requirement of time, by Marianne Wüthrich / “I am a farmer, not a businessman!”, Interview with Benoît Biteau / Dementia – a disease difficult to comprehend, by Rita Brügger / A new chapter of the cabbage story. Sauerkraut revival thanks to an innovative idea, by Heini Hofmann / “Painting without ceremony” Gabriele Münter art exhibition in Munich, by Gisela Schlatterbeck-Kersten and Ingo (...)
 
 
«Current Concerns», n°3, February 8, 2018
Catholic social teaching
295. Catholic social teaching Zurich (Switzerland) | 21 February 2018
“The control mechanisms in the current financial system have become so overwhelming”. Quadragesimo Anno more topical than ever, by Heinrich Wohlmeyer / It’s true: NATO with its eastward expansion has violated all pledges made. Russia’s deepest fears have been realized, by Eric S. Margolis / The “post-Mobutist” Congo: The USA is betting on Rwanda. Congo – kleptocracy with no end in sight? (part 4), by Peter Küpfer / No country can live with a political lie for good, by Karl Müller / Reasoning against an “ice age” in East-West relations. Gabriele Krone-Schmalz outlines solutions, by Carola and Johannes Irsiegler / “To deny students the important literary texts means depriving them of their identity”, Interview by Alexandre Devecchio / Oscar Bernhard, the founder of mountain rescue. Doctor, chamois hunter, mountain guide and pioneer of accident medicine, by Heini (...)