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Unformatted text preview: n, jobs move as capitalists export factories and even entire industries
to other countries. Millions of people continuously live below the poverty level; many suffer homelessness and hunger. Public and private programs to alleviate poverty and hunger do
not reach everyone, and are inadequate even for those they do reach. Racism remains the
most potent weapon to divide working people. Institutionalized racism provides billions in
extra profits for the capitalists every year due to the unequal pay racially oppresse d workers
receive for work
14 | P a g e Capitalism Critique BDL Capitalism Bad Impact – War
[___] [___] Capitalist globalization will cause endless war
Kanishka Chowdhury, Professor of American Culture at St. Thomas University, 2006
(“Interrogating ‘Newness’”, Culture Critique, p. 127-8, Project MUSE)
In a sense, globalization is now used as a cover for endless war. Countries are designated
as "rogue" regimes to the extent that they fail to assimilate into global capitalism.
Globalization, then, has been presented as the natural economic order and one connected
inextricably to the forces of democracy and civilization. Globalization as described by its
advocates thus suggests a natural, neutral process, one in which a larger, benign global
family looks out for each member's interests, and where the powerful nations teach, at a
cost, those who are economically "backward" the ways of the world. This is a process in
which the "Third World" elite are, of course, willing participants. Consider, for instance, the text of
the May 6, 2003, full-page advertisement in the New York Times celebrating the new Nigeria: "In
Nigeria, a new generation is looking to attract increased foreign investment. . . . New legislation
has made foreign involvement easier. . . . Several state -owned enterprises are being prepared for
privatization. . . . Foreign investors with unique and innovative projects are granted 'pioneer status.'
. . . W e have very generous tax-waivers—five years for pioneer status companies. . . . We are
doing everything possible to cooperate with the United States" (C11). One doesn't have to look
very hard at this advertisement to understand that the forces of multinational capital have
produced this text many times over. After all, such "promotions," paid for in more ways than one
by Third World citizens, are created in the West, for the Western consumer, and by Western
advertising firms. Despite such glossy claims, we are clearly not considering a harmonious,
mutually beneficial process of global cooperation here; rather, we are witnessing the legitimized
and systematic looting and subjugation of a sovereign nation, assisted by its national bourgeoisie ;
in short, we are observing another step in the process of endless war. Let us then begin our
analysis of globalization by reattaching the designation "capitalist" to globalization, so we
can focus on the unvarnished economic logic of...
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