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G8 Globalization in Genoa: "Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss"

July 23, 2001

"Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss"  This line from that kick-ass Who song "Won't Get Fooled Again" just keeps playing in my mind as I watch coverage of the G8 summit.  I also can't get out of my head the definition of colonialism we all learned in grade school: "A system designed to extract wealth from the colony and transfer it to the mother country."

Three bottom line questions:

1. Aren't the major G8 powers essentially the same countries which ran the world during the period of 19th and 20th century colonialism? 

2. Can we assume that there has been no major evolution in human ethics since then which would now inhibit the economically powerful from exploiting the weak?  

3. Hasn't the income and wealth inequality between the Western powers and the former colonies been steadily increasing since the end of the formal colonial era?

I believe the answer to all three questions is yes.

Despite all the talk at Genoa about free trade and helping the poor, it is the extraction and transfer of wealth which remains as both goal and result.  Meet the new boss, same as the old boss indeed.

This was a selection from The Daily Diatribe

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