Ray Tapajna challenges Thomas Friedman's
Thomas Friedman extends his evangelization of Free Trade and Globalization in his
book titled The World is Flat. He isolates different periods in history he calls flatteners that paved the way for Globalization
and Free Trade. He ignores the Y2k crisis as a main event. It represents millions of workers in the computer industry losing
their jobs and left the "housekeeping" of computer systems unattended for years. In an urgent response to the problem,
billions of dollars were poured into the economy to fix the problems with the year 2000 approaching. Many businesses and government
agencies were forced to spend money they did not have. It acted as an artificial stimulus and made the economy
during the Clinton era look like something it wasn't . When, 2000 came and the problems were over, the economy hit
a bottom with many dot com companies quickly going broke. Their weaknesses were hidded during the massive spending of money
to fix the Y2k problem.
Thomas Friedman also ignores the
fact that workers have no voice in the process of Globalization. International entities like the WTO control the flow of trade
and money outside any real democratic process. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans an underclass was exposed.
It also exposed a silent depression residing in New Orleans that could be duplicated across the USA. When the destiny
of workers are affected by unfair trade, history tells us it triggers a radical response eventually. We are seeing
this now across the globe especially in the Middle East.
and Education Consulant Brian Alger provides an overview of Ray Tapajna and Tapart News and Art that Talks about workers having
no voice in their workday even though they are the core of any economy. Ray calls it "communications by rank".
( http://tapsearch.com/communications-by-rank )
Ray Tapajna explores other lost worlds in the Flat World of Friedman
and points to 1956 as the year everything was put upside down. Free Trade is not trade as historically defined and practiced.
Somehow, trade became a process with production and factories being moved from place to place based on the cheapest labor
markets. There is no need for conspiracy theories to know some power start this forced march to Globalization where workers
become the commodities. In essence it is a new kind of slave trade with wage slave labor. Thomas Friedman seems to like leading
Workers are put on a world trading block to compete with
one another down to the lowest common levels of wage slave and even child labor. How did it start?
The U.S. Government
itself sponsored and funded the moving of factories outside the USA starting in 1956. It was supposed to be just a temporary
program to help the Mexican and Central Americas' economies while in turn supply the U.S. consumer with cheaper goods.
The program never ended and turned into what is now called Free Trade. It took about 20 years to move about two hundred factories
outside the USA. However the numbers start dramatically increasing and by 1992, more than 2,000 factories were moved to Mexico.
It was know as the Maquiladora factory program. Here sweat shops were created on the other side of the border with some companies
sending segments of production that no longer legal under U.S. pollution laws.
After the unfair trade agreements NAFTA
and GATT were passed in 1993, the number quickly doubled to more than 4,000 factories that were moved to Mexico. After leading
the way in getting these agreements passed, President Clinton had to rush billions of dollars to Mexico to save the peso.
This proves the history of Free Trade up to that date was a history of failures.
For more of the story and the fiction
behind Freidman Flat World including the mixing of the cause and effect behind the Y2k crisis, see Tapsearch Com's analysis
at http://tapsearch.com/flatworld. It links to more history about the failures of Free Trade - book review at http://tapsearch.com/amazon-friends/id5.html and also note
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