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[Free trade agreements] are trade agreements that don't stick to trade... they colonize environmental labor, and consumer issues of grave concern (in terms of health safety, and livelihoods too) to many, many hundreds of millions of people - and they do that by subordinating consumer, environmental, and labor issues to the imperatives and the supremacy of international commerce. That is exactly the reverse of how democratic societies have progressed, because over the decades they've progressed by subordinating the profiteering priorities of companies to, say, higher environmental health standards; abolition of child labor; the right of workers to have fair worker standards... and it's this subordination of these three major categories that affect people's lives, labor, environment, the consumer, to the supremacy and domination of trade; where instead of trade getting on its knees and showing that it doesn't harm consumers - it doesn't deprive the important pharmaceuticals because of drug company monopolies, it doesn't damage the air and water and soil and food (environmentally), and it doesn't lacerate the rights of workers - no, it's just the opposite: it's workers and consumers and environments that have to kneel before this giant pedestal of commercial trade and prove that they are not, in a whole variety of ways, impeding international commerce... so this is the road to dictatorial devolution of democratic societies: because these trade agreements have the force of law, they've got enforcement teeth, and they bypass national courts, national regulatory agencies, in ways that really reflect a massive, silent, mega-corporate coup d'etat... that was pulled off in the mid-1990's.

Ralph Nader
Civic imagination and innovation and creativity are emerging from local ecosystems now and radiating outward, and this great innovation, this great wave of localism that's now arriving, and you see it in how people eat and work and share and buy and move and live their everyday lives, this isn't some precious parochialism, this isn't some retreat into insularity, no. This is emergent. The localism of our time is networked powerfully. And so, for instance, consider the ways that strategies for making cities more bike-friendly have spread so rapidly from Copenhagen to New York to Austin to Boston to Seattle. Think about how experiments in participatory budgeting, where everyday citizens get a chance to allocate and decide upon the allocation of city funds. Those experiments have spread from Porto Alegre, Brazil to here in New York City, to the wards of Chicago. Migrant workers from Rome to Los Angeles and many cities between are now organizing to stage strikes to remind the people who live in their cities what a day without immigrants would look like. In China, all across that country, members of the New Citizens' Movement are beginning to activate and organize to fight official corruption and graft, and they're drawing the ire of officials there, but they're also drawing the attention of anti-corruption activists all around the world. In Seattle, where I'm from, we've become part of a great global array of cities that are now working together bypassing government altogether, national government altogether, in order to try to meet the carbon reduction goals of the Kyoto Protocol. All of these citizens, united, are forming a web, a great archipelago of power that allows us to bypass brokenness and monopolies of control.

Eric Liu
Sound waves, regardless of their frequency or intensity, can only be detected by the Mole Fly's acute sense of smell-it is a little known fact that the Mole Fly's auditory receptors do not, in fact, have a corresponding center in the brain designated for the purposes of processing sensory stimuli and so, these stimuli, instead of being siphoned out as noise, bypass the filters to be translated, oddly enough, by the part of the brain that processes smell. Consequently, the Mole Fly's brain, in its inevitable confusion, understands sound as an aroma, rendering the boundary line between the auditory and olfactory sense indistinguishable. Sounds, thus, come in a variety of scents with an intensity proportional to its frequency. Sounds of shorter wavelength, for example, are particularly pungent. What results is a species of creature that cannot conceptualize the possibility that sound and smell are separate entities, despite its ability to discriminate between the exactitudes of pitch, timbre, tone, scent, and flavor to an alarming degree of precision. Yet, despite this ability to hyper-analyze, they lack the cognitive skill to laterally link successions of either sound or smell into a meaningful context, resulting in the equivalent of a data overflow. And this may be the most defining element of the Mole Fly's behavior: a blatant disregard for the context of perception, in favor of analyzing those remote and diminutive properties that distinguish one element from another. While sensory continuity seems logical to their visual perception, as things are subject to change from moment-to-moment, such is not the case with their olfactory sense, as delays in sensing new smells are granted a degree of normality by the brain. Thus, the Mole Fly's olfactory-auditory complex seems to be deprived of the sensory continuity otherwise afforded in the auditory senses of other species. And so, instead of sensing aromas and sounds continuously over a period of time-for example, instead of sensing them 24-30 times per second, as would be the case with their visual perception-they tend to process changes in sound and smell much more slowly, thereby preventing them from effectively plotting the variations thereof into an array or any kind of meaningful framework that would allow the information provided by their olfactory and auditory stimuli to be lasting in their usefulness. The Mole flies, themselves, being the structurally-obsessed and compulsive creatures that they are, in all their habitual collecting, organizing, and re-organizing of found objects into mammoth installations of optimal functional value, are remarkably easy to control, especially as they are given to a rather false and arbitrary sense of hierarchy, ascribing positions-that are otherwise trivial, yet necessarily mundane if only to obscure their true purpose-with an unfathomable amount of honor, to the logical extreme that the few chosen to serve in their most esteemed ranks are imbued with a kind of obligatory arrogance that begins in the pupal stages and extends indefinitely, as they are further nurtured well into adulthood by a society that infuses its heroes of middle management with an immeasurable sense of importance-a kind of celebrity status recognized by the masses as a living embodiment of their ideals. And yet, despite this culture of celebrity worship and vicarious living, all whims and impulses fall subservient, dropping humbly to the knees-yes, Mole Flies do, in fact, have knees!-before the grace of the merciful Queen, who is, in actuality, just a puppet dictator installed by the Melic papacy, using an old recycled Damsel fly-fishing lure. The dummy is crude, but convincing, as the Mole flies treat it as they would their true-born queen.

Ashim Shanker
Bila satu negara baru lahir dan orang-orang yang sebelumnya tidak pernah punya apa-apa itu ditempatkan pada jabatan yang "basah", terdapatlah salah urus dan korupsi, bahkan pada kalangan atas. Baru-baru ini aku mengeluarkan ancaman hukuman mati untuk pengacau ekonomi. Seorang pemilik penggilingan padi membuat harga beras membumbung tinggi dengan menimbun enam ribu ton. Bila dia nanti ternyata bersalah, aku sendiri yang akan menandatangani perintah hukuman mati terhadapnya. Banyak dari para pengusaha kami menyimpan hartanya di bank luar negeri. Aku tahu hal itu. Tetapi selagi mereka bekerja membantu kami, bukan menentang kami, hak milik perorangan tidak akan dihapus sebagaimana di sejumlah negara sosialis lain. Sukarno dengan gembira membolehkan warga negaranya kaya. Beberapa orang kawanku sendiri adalah kapitalis-sosialis. Tetapi hal itu harus dibatasi. Mereka yang menghisap kekayaan negara dan menjadi patriot apabila sakunya berisi, akan ditembak mati. Undang-undang kami sekarang harus tegas, atau ekonomi kami tidak pernah beres. Di negara Barat kehidupan sangat menyenangkan. Orang bisa membeli gula, dasi bagus, barang-barang mewah seperti lipstik dan krim wajah. Di Timur terjadi kekurangan yang serius. Di negara-negara kapitalis orang dapat bergerak bebas. Di negara-negara sosialis apa yang disebut kebebasan tidak ada. Bahkan kelaparan masih sering terjadi. Ada pembatasan di setiap bidang, ini bukan karena sistem kami yang salah, melainkan karena kami masih dalam proses mewujudkan cita-cita. Menderita akan membuat kuat. Aku tidak menghendaki rakyatku menderita, tetapi kalau semua diperoleh dengan mudah, mereka pikir Bung Karno adalah Sinterklas. Mereka akan duduk saja menunggu Sukarno mengerjakan semua untuk mereka. Mungkin kalau aku memiliki kemampuan untuk memberikan kesenangan, aku tidak akan menjadi pemimpin yang baik. Aku harus memberi rakyatku makanan untuk jiwanya bukan hanya untuk perutnya. Seandainya aku memakai semua uang untuk membeli beras, mungkin aku akan dapat mengatasi kelaparan mereka. Tapi bila aku memiliki uang 5 dollar, aku akan mengeluarkan 2.50 dollar untuk membuat mereka kuat. Membesarkan suatu bangsa merupakan pekerjaan kompleks. Semangat suatu bangsa yang pernah tertindas tidak boleh disia-siakan. Di Kalimantan Barat sungainya tidak dapat di lewati, perhubungan tidak mungkin diadakan. Sebagian besar bahan makanannya diimpor. Ketika aku pertamakali berkunjung ke sana, tahukah engkau apa yang sangat mereka inginkan? Bukan bantuan teknis. Bukan pembangunan pertanian. Tapi sebuah fakultas hukum! Dan begitulah sekarang telah berdiri sebuah universitas di tengah-tengah rimb raya Kalimantan. Manusia tidak hanya hidup untuk makan. Meski gang-gang di Jakarta penuh lumpur dan jalanan masih kurang, aku memutuskan membangun gedung-gedung bertingkat, jembatan berbentuk daun semanggu, dan sebuah jalan raya "superhighway", Jakarta Bypass. Aku juga menamai kembali jalan-jalan dengan nama para pahlawan kami. Jalan Diponegoro, Jalan Thamrin, Jalan Cokroaminoto. Aku menganggao pengeluaran uang untuk simbol-simbol penting seperti itu tidak akan sia-sia. Aku harus membuat bangsa Indonesia bangga terhadap diri mereka. Mereka sudah terlalu lama kehilangan harga diri. Banyak orang memiliki wawasan picik dengan mentalitas warung kelontong menghitung-hitung pengeluaran itu dan menuduhku menghambur-hamburkan uang rakyat. Ini semua bukankah untuk keagunganku, tapi agar seluruh bangsaku dihargai seluruh dunia. Seluruh negeriku membeku ketia Asian Games 1962 akan diselenggarakan di ibukotanya. Kami lalu mendirikan stadion dengan atap melingkar yang tak ada duanya di dunia. Kota-kota di mancanegara memiliki stadion yang lebih besar, tetapi tak ada yang memiliki atap melingkar. Ya, memberantas kelaparan memang penting, tetapi memberi jiwa mereka yang telah tertindas dengan sesuatu yang dapat membangkitkan kebanggaan ini juga penting.

Cindy Adams
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