The Globality of Anti-globalization
The world has learned from anti-globalists that it is global. Transnational business, joint financial resources, the planetary systems of information and communications, international scientific projects, and political unions without boundaries and cordons are the objective reality. They are the current level of the development of civilization. However, today, public opinion on these processes is formed by political technologies and the populists of protesting rather than independent scientists and experts. This has resulted in a mass trendy international social and political movement. The supporters of rather incompatible ideologies have gathered under the flag of fighting for justice: from national sovereignty and cultural and national identity to universal equality and individual freedom.
Anti-globalization is considered to have officially started in the poorest Mexican state of Chiapas in 1994. The Maya Indians took over power there. The local militia opposed The Free Trade Agreement with the USA. In their opinion, the leaders of American agricultural business invested in Mexico in exchange for the territories of indigenous communities. A debut in Europe was a year later. In the suburb of Paris, a McDonald’s was destroyed and war was declared on the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and transnational corporations. The demonstrations roared in the industrial centers of the Old World and left for overseas countries. More than 50,000 protesters marched along the streets during the WTO conference in Seattle. The national movement celebrated the millennium by launching its own network on the Internet. After that, it became ultimately a planetary epidemic.
General Director of the Planetary Development Institute Dr. Aleksandr Bezgodov
The movement of anti-globalists is logical and understandable. The contemporary world is not fair for all earthlings. This is objectively expressed in processes and phenomena such as poverty, famine, pandemic diseases, and the exploitation of cheap labor … Today, the “golden billion” countries (the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Israel, and the European Union) are where about 20% of the Earth’s population lives. They expend 86% of the world resources and produce 75% of the industrial waste. 20% of humanity is concentrated in the poorest countries that produce only 1% of GDP! Only 13% of GDP is available for the remaining 60% of people. At the same time, the population of the poorest countries is growing; and the developed countries are suffering a long-term demographic crisis.
Nevertheless, attempts to stop globalization will not better life. This illusion is all the more unworthy due to the destructive forms of the attempts that have been made. Firstly, anti-globalists often use blatantly extremist methods to express their dissatisfaction. They disrupt public order and threaten “the neutral majority”. Secondly, ideologically different protesting people are often insufficiently organized. Similar to any amorphous mass, other forces can use them to achieve their own elitist goals. Examples are: the fight for profitable contracts and strategic resources or, generally, discrediting the authority and destructing management. Local elites, unscrupulous competitors, ultra-radical oppositionists, and terrorists are the string-pullers who order the illegal measures… These also might include the foreign agents of influence and unfriendly foreign countries.
Paradoxically, anti-globalization globally unites the representatives of most states, nations, and worldviews… It unites people of different ages, income, status, culture, education, and intellect… The large-scale threats to humanity realized by the participants of this movement will inevitably lead to the awareness of the need for planetary association not only to fight for justice, but also for the self-preservation of the human population on the Earth.
Today, it is absurd to deny that the global world is the reality. There is an urgent need for perfecting, improving, and transforming it. Ideologically, the opposition to globalism is underpinned by scientific substantiation and moral distinctiveness. It is possible to minimize its destructive part by balancing the distribution of natural and produced benefits, resources, and incomes at the planetary level. Today, Planetary project specialists are working out the models for the symmetrical development of the local economies and the economic and financial bases of the international economy. The key ideas are presented in the monograph Planetary Project: from Sustainable Development to Managed Harmony.