THERES GLOBALIZATION . . .
Dean Kuipers Hitting the Streets [February 17] exemplifies everything that is wrong with mainstream alterna-whining about globalization. In brief, he hangs overcondensed harangues about the WTO and IMF on the news peg of the WEF (an entirely different organization, Dean!) coming to NYC. Then he says, The 2,500 corporate, political, religious and academic leaders who will attend the [WEF] sessions represent, to the anti-globalization crowd, everything that is wrong with mainstream thinking on almost any topic.
How so? All the anti-globalization people I know feel pretty okay about the mainstream thinking of Jeremy Rifkin, Jeffrey Sachs, Vandana Shiva and Mohammed Yunus (to name just a few of the highly critical thinkers and, more important, doers I heard at the WEF either this year or last).
In fact, these people are invited specifically to represent a concrete, action-oriented alternative to headlong globalization. Generalizing about the players doesnt further the dialogue in any direction. If the WEF fails, it is not because there arent people within it trying to wake up the fat cats, people in direct sympathy with the puppet-hoisters and paint-flingers. They just know they get better airtime on the inside.
Deborah K. Holmes New York City
Its time to take back the word globalization, which currently connotes unchecked development, capitalist imperialism and labor exploitation. These are merely the bad aspects of globalization, and certainly dont define the word or what it stands for. Globalization encompasses all aspects of world integration and cooperation, good or bad. If you call yourself anti-globalist, you would be against UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and global treaties that protect the environment and children.
Lets also stop the inaccurate use of the label anti-globalist. It is counterproductive and does not describe what such falsely labeled protesters stand for. They are not anti-globalists, but intelligent citizens for responsible globalization.
Amy Howlett Los Angeles
In Why Im Not a Protester [February 17], Judith Lewis writes, I dont sincerely believe that wise, responsible people cast their votes for a leader whose family fortune depends on the oil business.
I have two points:
1) Liberals often forget that government is the ultimate big business. It is a business that follows no economic rules, that wont go under no matter how badly its managed or how much it spends money on projects that accomplish nothing. (On that note, I have difficulty respecting anyone who is a career politician from a family of career politicians.)
2) Until someone proves that the oil industry has had the plans for a 100-mpg engine and has been hiding them, lets place the blame for how much oil we use where it belongs at our own feet.
Joseph Wood Thousand Oaks
I must say I got a kick out of reading Judith Lewis Why Im Not a Protester, where she says she cant believe Republicans can be wise or thoughtful. This after admitting that she herself didnt think to learn where the protest site was and wasnt wise enough to dress for D.C. winter weather. And here Id thought that irony had gone out of style.
Kevin Gowen Eugene, Oregon
. . . AND THERES GLOBALIZATION
Re: Brendan Bernhards DISH and Dat [Box Populi, February 17]. I also watched Charlie Roses interview with Jean-Marie Messier. As a stockholder in Vivendi, I believe that globalization of the electronic media is the (nouvelle) wave of the future. The very real problem described by Bernhard is that of customer service or, more accurately, lack thereof. This is rampant, from the clerk at Staples who carries on a private phone conversation during your entire transaction, to the clerks at Tower Records who are too busy chatting with each other to ring up your purchase.
P.S.: Messier is actually better looking than Robin Williams and hasnt, so far, starred in any saccha rine melodramas.
Rozanne Winkler Sherman Oaks
I was all set to mutter, Just what we need, another column devoted to elevating mediocre media product to culture status, when Brendan Bernhard went real on me! His observations on the crass business of mass-merger mass marketing are honest and much more important than any critique of any TV show.
M.A. Krupnick Los Angeles
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