Globalization for the 99%
As the hard fight over the Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) proceeds, it is important not to confuse the foulness of the TPP’s proposed rules with the otherwise difficult, but not altogether undesirable, prospect of super-national rules of law. To put it bluntly, we should reject the TPP but we should embrace the idea of international cooperation. When we generically decry “globalization”, we are throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We actually want globalization, just not the kind of pro-corporate globalization that we’ve grown to despise. Instead, let’s rethink what good can come from a new notion of globalization that works for the 99%.
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Occupy’s AltBank (Alternative Banking Group) has proposed a blueprint for international free trade agreements driven by the interests of the global 99% instead of the global 1%. The blueprint will be presented by its author, Tamir Rosenblum. Economist Sanjay Reddy of The New School, specializing in development and international economics, will respond and the discussion will be moderated by mathematician, big-data critic, author and activist Cathy O’Neil.
More information is here, but it will be Sunday, May 22nd at noon, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 860 11th Ave (Between 58th and 59th) in New York.