Multinationals and Global Trade

Contents of Multinationals & Global Trade section, including:
  • McD's position in the World Economy
  • Corporations, governments, banks, World Bank & IMF, GATT
  • Imperialism and neo-colonialism
  • Cash crops, Third World and hunger
  • Social (and environmental) damage from cattle ranching
  • Misc.
  • Opposition
  • Alternatives
  • Introduction

    It is often difficult to know just who is really controlling our lives, and why. The shops, workplaces, consumer goods and advertising all around us are made to seem 'normal' things we just can't do without. We are forced to live under a global economic and political system which tries to persuade us that everything exists for humanity's benefit, and that society is organised to satisfy people's needs and desires. The reality is that the whole economic system of money, wages and prices is run by a conglomeration of national and transnational financial institutions and companies exploitating people, animals and the environment as merely resources to be used to make profits. The result is class divisions, oppression, poverty and so-called 'debt', people's dependance, uniformity, manipulation of the environment causing damage and pollution, and general contempt for people and communities and the whole of nature.

    The rise of transnational corporations and trading institutions run from the 'advanced' industrial and technological centres, has meant that all these problems are now global in scope. Multinationals, including of course McDonald's and the whole food industry, have extended their greedy influence into all corners of the world, and into all aspects of our lives. They have carved up the world's resources between them, competing for profits yet co-operating amongst themselves to ensure that the system works smoothly to ensure their continued dominance. The world and its peoples are moulded, designated and zoned for particular economic purposes - mining and forestry here, manufacturing there, a consumer economy here, cash crops and hunger there. Such ruthlessness has lead, in recent decades, to the present and pressing ecological and social crises.

    But awareness and opposition is growing, in our daily lives, within our communities and worldwide. People are demanding that resources be shared amongst those who need them, and that they be used responsibly. More and more people are concerned to protect the environment. They are seeking more control over their own lives. The modern system is relatively new and shaky, and it's inequalities blaringly obvious.

    Labour and citizen's movements are organising themselves in every country to stand up for their rights and their needs. If dissent and protest becomes too strong, then those pulling the strings are forced to admit to certain problems (pollution, hunger, homelessness and so on) - but any 'solutions' they come up with are designed to re-inforce their control over the situation so that 'business-as-usual' can continue.There's no reason why any kind of oppression, exploitation or injustice should be accepted. We need to develop our own solutions, our own alternatives based on people's real needs, on sharing and co-operation, on community-based decision-making and respect for the natural world.

    McD's position in the World Economy

    Corporations, governments, banks, World Bank & IMF, GATT

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    Multinational Monitor - an excellent site containing loads of information on multi-nationals and maintaining an essential database of corporate culprits.

    Imperialism and neo-colonialism

    Cash crops, Third World and hunger

    The Mechanisms of inequality as outlined in the 'Enough' Anti-Consumerim Campaigns Leaflet 'A Critical look at Consumerism, Poverty and the Planet' [ ]

    Social damage from cattle ranching



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    The Economic Democracy Boycott Resource Site
    All the why's and wherefores of boycotting companies


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