False Democracy

Topics: International trade, North American Free Trade Agreement, World Trade Organization Pages: 4 (911 words) Published: August 10, 2006
I believe a revolution is necessary. However, I don't
think that it necessarily has to be a violent
uprising. I think that what is needed first of all is
a revolution of the mindset of the general public of
North America (hell, Europe too but I'll stick to our
side of the ocean). Our democracy is not the problem,
the fact that our democracy has sold its soul to
capitalism is the problem; transnational corporations
have extreme amounts of control and their grip on
earth and its people is strengthening (If you get a
chance to watch THE CORPORATION then do so, it
explains this all very well and why it is terrible).

The idea that capitalism has hijacked our democracy is
evident through the actions our governmental leaders
take. Well first, when I say "capitalism" I mean the
train of thought that money/profit has higher
importance then everything else (human/worker/animal
rights, environmental concerns/realities, etc. etc.).
The World Trade Organization (WTO
www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/wto/") is a prime
example of this, along with trade "agreements" like
the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA
and the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA
With the WTO, NAFTA and FTAA (not to mention CAFTA,
the IMF/World Bank...) we see government
"representatives" from many countries gathering behind
closed doors holding meetings in secret about trade
policies that directly and/or indirectly affect every
human being in the countries represented; millions of
people who have no input into policies that will
decide their future. They'd rather us all just shut
up, or better yet, to not even know of this. When you
hear in the news, IF you hear in the news, of large
protests at say the FTAA ministerial meetings the
articles will focus on protestor/police clashes, which
are usually rather biased, but never seriously address
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