I’m so old I remember when the left was against globalisation

globalisation riots in seattle

From The New York Times even: Obama Will Need His Oratory Powers to Sell Globalization. But what about this: 1999 Seattle WTO protests.

1999 Seattle WTO protests, sometimes referred to as the Battle of Seattle or the Battle in Seattle, were a series of protests surrounding the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999, when members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) convened at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington on November 30, 1999. The Conference was to be the launch of a new millennial round of trade negotiations.

The negotiations were quickly overshadowed by massive and controversial street protests outside the hotels and the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, in what became the second phase of the antiglobalization movement in the United States. . . . The large scale of the demonstrations, estimated at no less than 40,000 protesters, dwarfed any previous demonstration in the United States against a world meeting of any of the organizations generally associated with economic globalization (such as the WTO, the International Monetary Fund, or the World Bank).

I haven’t read the fine print, but I can only assume that globalisation no longer has any serious relationship to the spread of capitalism and free trade.

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