Opening of SMART Letter #80 - Trans-Pacific tour, part one:
"I'm distressed that huge multinational corporations have given globalization a bad name. Notwithstanding, people who oppose tyrannosauric actions of big companies ought to stop calling themselves "anti-globalization." Globalization itself is a fact. There are more ways to be globalized than there are to be American; some of them are wise, human and life-affirming, while others are toxic, taxic, imperialistic and exploitive. Most of the time it is easy to tell which is which. We share a small, beautiful planet "Anti-globalization" sounds so head-in-the-sand. C'mon people. You're not against cheap, easy, international air travel or instantaneous international communications are you? If you're SMART you're not against treating our planet as a single complex system. I hope you're not anti-roundness or anti-blue or anti-anybody-but-your-own-tribe. Let's find a better descriptor!"
That's by a fellow by the name of David Isenberg. I've read a bit of his stuff lately via cross-posts on the transhumantech list. I see further down in SMART Letter #80 that there's a section on Japan, so I'll be interested in reading that.
Suffice it to say, I'm definitely pro-globalization - just not in its current form. As dkp reminded me yesterday - "nothing gets done right the first time." I guess it's just a matter of surviving the first time.
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