consciousness is often expressed as when George W. Ball stated:
"The urgent need of modern man (is) to use the world's
resources in the most efficient manner. That can be achieved
only when all the factors necessary for the production and use
of goods - capital, labor, raw materials, and plant facilities
- are freely mobilized an deployed according to the most efficient
pattern - and that in turn will be possible only when national
boundaries no longer play a critical role in defining economic
example comes from Strobe Talbott, an important figure in the
Clinton administration who wrote: "All countries are basically
social arrangements…No matter how permanent and even sacred
they may seem at any one time, in fact they are all artificial
and temporary…Within the next hundred years…nationhood
as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a
single, global authority." (2)
example is from Zbigniew Brzezinski who glowingly reports that:
"A global human consciousness is for the first time beginning
to manifest itself…Today we are witnessing the emergence
of transnational elites…composed of international businessmen,
scholars, professional men, and public officials. The ties of
these new elites cut across national boundaries, their perspectives
are not confined by national traditions, and their interests
are more functional than national." (3)
hoped for the development of international proletarian consciousness
when he called upon workers of the world to unite. Unfortunately
it appears that the capitalist class has beaten them to it.
development of globalism the primary contradiction within the
capitalist class is between transnational and national formations
of capital. There are two types of national capital: corporations
whose primary market is nationally based; and international
corporations whose primary accumulation strategy is nationally
based or who define themselves politically with a national identity.
Not every international corporation is transnational. Transnationals
have a global identity and want national governments to help
build, serve and protect the new regime of accumulation.
complex shadings and policy differences within each camp. Liberal,
conservative and centrist versions exist on both sides. So in
the current presidential primary races Gore represents a liberal
globalism, Bush a centrist position, and Forbes a pure conservative
form of free market neo-liberalism. None question the basic
outlines of the new global order. The significant shift is from
the Reagan era in which the conservative version of globalism
dominated. This change is the result of the Asian/ Russian/
Brazilian world crash that made an adjustment away from dogmatic
challenge to globalism comes for Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot.
Their political strategy is to build an alliance of international/national-based
capital, blue-collar Reagan democrats, and social conservatives.
Their major emphasis is on job loss, economic insecurity, attacks
on unpatriotic globalism, and immigration. Buchanan not only
brings along social conservatives based on his well deserved
reputation, but also his ability to tie questions of violence,
drugs and social decay to the loss of our industrial job base.
The rise of national right-wing populism can also be seen in
Europe with LePen in France, Jorg Haider in Austria, and the
development of youth based racist movements in Germany and England.
exist a number of important secondary contradictions. Competitive
tensions define the relationship between the globalist. But
this competition isn't based on national blocs, but rather huge
world alliances and cross relationships, which shift and merge.
There are also policy differences over how best to build and
stabilize the new world system as referred to above. But none
of these is likely to lead to wars of the old imperialist type.
In fact, most recent military invasions have not been about
imperialist plunder and markets, but maintaining a stable world
environment for accumulation.
need to look briefly at the relationship between nationally
based business' and the transnationals. Many of these small
and medium size company's are closely tied to transnationals
as suppliers and sub-contractors. If their survival is based
on their relations with the globalists, their political allegiance
will follow. Therefore splits exist within the nationally based
sector of the economy. This is also true within the Third World
where the contradictions between nationally based companies,
transnationals, and companies tied to transnationals are a continual
source of tensions.
the field upon which progressives must develop a political strategy.
In particularly we must create an anti-globalism which can unite
workers in a common worldwide struggle, and is clearly different
from right-wing populism and its' narrow nationalist solutions.
Pat. The Great Betrayal. Little, Brown and Company, Boston,
New York, Toronto, London, 1998. Page 106. 2. Ibid. Page 106.
3. Ibid. Page105.