[Homestead] Localism, Globalism
tom at honeychrome.com
Sat Feb 23 20:04:43 EST 2008
Minor, perhaps, Tom, but not insignificant. Europe has experienced a
of immigration just as the US is now experiencing. Some estimates
illegal population of the US at 30 million, one out of ten people I
And it's happening all over. After Zimbabwe took over all the farm
the ownners, there was a huge immigration there. When the farm
not realized, there was a emmigration of even native Zimbabwians.
Mexico has a
huge military presence on its southern borders to keep people from
and farther south from coming into the country all the while sending
I wrote that it was insignificant when compared to the movement of
capital- compared to the power that capital mobility exerts on the
people and the economies of the world, the movement of populations
barely registers in the balance. There will have to be a far greater
migration of labor before it even begins to threaten the imbalance
that those controlling capital rely on for continued growth and
upward wealth distribution. Of course as crisis develop and
intensify greater numbers of people will risk the consequences of
disregarding the constraints put on their freedom of mobility and
migration of labor will become a serious threat to capital. I don't
believe it is close to that yet. The examples you cite are national
issues- by which I mean they create a problem for given nations.
Global capital loves national boundaries (which under 'free trade'
don't exist to the movement of capital) and national problems - they
create inequalities between nations in terms of labor and resource
that capital can move to exploit.
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