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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #62)

Thu Feb 6, 2014, 03:43 PM

67. I just spoke up in the post right above yours.

But it doesn't look like DU has any globalists.

Not sure how you define "globalist". I believe in international negotiated solutions to global problems rather than unilateral actions by any one country. I believe there is no "invisible hand" that causes each country pursuing its own self-interest to somehow result in the greatest common good.

Those that you refer to are those that won't commit. They are loyalists with no thoughts of their own. They are against those that are opposed but they wont commit to supporting globalization.

As I posted above, I won't commit to supporting an agreement that I do not believe is an effective negotiated international solution.

A globalist does not support every international agreement any more than an "anti-globalist" opposes every international agreement
(although the "anti-globalists" on the far-right could prove me wrong on that).

I suspect that if you and I agree on the need to raise taxes on the rich, fund an effective safety net, empower unions and a host of other policies, you would not say "that I am just a loyalist with no thought of my own".

I support globalization. 75-80% of the world's people are substantially better off than they were 20 years ago. The bottom 5% and those in the 75th to 90th percentile of income (the middle class in the West) are not better off. And the top 5% (especially top 1%) have seen tremendous gains.

Rather than reversing the gains of the 75-80%, I submit it is preferable to go after the top 5% (particularly the top 1%) through higher taxes and other progressive policies and build a stronger Western middle class that way. That is what progressive countries already do. Perhaps we should do the same.

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