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August 20, 2007 by jdkeepsmiling on American Life
Quite a while ago, I watched a movie about an apple farmer in Washington titled "Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the new American Farmer." This was an excellent documentary that pointed out the plight that many apple farmers face from new stiff overseas competition. It also dove a little into agribusiness, and how hard it is for these guys who have 20-200 acres to even get their fruit to market. They have to go through packer, who then goes through wholesaler, who then sells it to the su...
What a person makes sifting for diamonds. It's called blood diamonds because of the civil war that ensued in Sierra Leone and the deaths or maiming of it's people. I’m watching Current TV where there’s a program about this.

The journalist is interviewing one of the miners who has been having a difficult time. He hasn’t found a diamond in two months. So he has been struggling to make ends meet on 30 cents a day.

If they find a diamond, they are lucky, they will get a small percentage...
November 13, 2006 by singrdave on Fountain of Useless Information
According to the National Intelligence Council 2020 Mapping the Global Future report, what are the major changes that may occur in the international landscape—and who might the major players and states be?


The overarching challenge for the next 14 years is globalization. Humanity must use it to its fullest potential; through globalization,
humanity's lot will be permanently improved. The countries best positioned to benefit from globalization are Brazil, Russia, India, and China. The B...
Another great oversight in the supposedly democratic, fair, and even-handed liberal free trade environment is the IMF voting procedure. The IMF has doled out its voting privileges to each participant nation based on its donations to the IMF.

Unlike a democratic system in which each member country
would have an equal vote, rich countries dominate
decision-making in the IMF because voting power is
determined by the amount of money that each country
pays into t...
Can markets really be "moral?" Can they function with morals or must ethics be imposed from outside?

Discuss.
« L'argent ne se plaît pas chez les pauvres, qui ne le gardent jamais très longtemps, quand ils en ont un peu, alors qu'il se sent très bien chez les riches, qui peuvent l'héberger indéfiniment. C'est sans doute pourquoi, si l'on connaît des riches bien-pensants, on en voit rarement de bien-dépensants. »

André FROSSARD
I have never heard of this tool of the left, Howard Zinn, but from what I read today I am glad that I never have. This guy advocates the "drastic reallocation of wealth" (aka revolution)... but I'll let you read it for yourself.

The theme of the World Social Forum, which is held annually, is "Another World Is Possible." If you were to close your eyes for a moment, what kind of world might you envision?

The world that I envision is one in which national boundaries no longer exist, in whi...
In your opinion, who wields more domestic pressure on the international policy of a nation? It always depends on the issue, as far as I can see. If it is a globalization-related labor issue, expect the labor unions and multi-national corporations to get involved. If it is
military-related, like an arms treaty or the missile defense shield, expect the defense industry to have an opinion.

For example, the multi-national Wal*Mart has a lot to do with the fight against flotation of the Chin...
In you conversations thus far, you guys have not honed in on some key assumptions about Classical Realists and the questions have not prompted to a great extent to confront some issues. Thus, I am going to lay them out. Realists assume that the state is and will always be the principal actors in global affairs. True? They assume that decision-makers are rational and capable of defining national interests. True? They assume that decision-makers will "do whatever is necessary" to protect the...
A fellow student in my Master's program recently said,

>> I see the U.S. losing ground on other fronts as well: academics, employment, technology, healthcare, just to name a few.

And to that I say hooray! Globalization is the best way to bring Third-World nations up to our standard of living. It's about time India, China, and Eastern Europe were given the opportunity to work themselves out of their nations' despondency. To take India as a specific example, soon high-tech workers and t...
March 28, 2006 by highbass on Intersting email...
just watch the video and you be the judge... this one is more complete then most others i've seen

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Why is there increased attention to the international political economy?

Money truly is what makes the world go around. The climate today is one of increased wariness regarding the future. We look at the economy as a fragile entity that needs constant tinkering through rate increases and decreases from the Federal Reserve. Trade deficits and surpluses are managed through constant statecraft and diplomacy, through the establishment of free trade zones and economic unions, tariffs, and embar...
Just started Korten's book, "When Corporations Rule the World," 2nd Edition, having bought it at the local meeting of the Patrick Henry club - young Democrats, which featured Mark Tabbert (mark@endcorporaterule.org) doing a PowerPoint presentation on the subject of the corporation - the artificial person. So far the book appears to be totally on target, although I haven't gotten anywhere close to his "solutions," which is where "progressives" tend to revert to what caused the problems to begin w...