A globalization with a human face

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We gradually realize that the feet on which the world stands are no longer the States. Undoubtedly, it is a complex issue, and looked at from the favorite standpoint of the individuals, that of participation, it puts forward a global democratic question. We think through social mirror images rather than through political and legal categories.

If Lagarde (Director of the IMF) confirms that “given that many trends in the economy cannot be solved by individual countries”, we should begin to worry, because our institutions and political forces do not send us this message. Asking ourselves what level of participation is granted us, citizens, considering that we are confined to territorial bubbles that are irrelevant in determining the content of everyday life becomes legitimate, and even dutiful. If our institutions agree to take on a regulating role, that is, to make laws, they do not care about being functional to a non-benevolent globalization. And this is certain: if Lagarde called for a globalization with a “more human face, which knows how to redistribute the wealth”, it means that, despite the impressive array of global communications that want to keep us away from truth, those who govern the world are well aware of the many serious deficiencies the global operating model has. We are not going to examine all of them here, but only one, to have a base of reasoning and put forward constant, daily, and generous effort for substantial democracy.

In my view, labor and workers protection do not function at all. No Charter, Treaty, Constitution, or State, strictly speaking, makes it become its main principle, general aim, and political duty. Yet, if you think about it, the winds that guide people’s lives, at work, are only economic winds. Italy has faced the Job’s Act, the French are in it and cannot pass it off as a season of labor and workers protection. Intellectual honesty demands that we say that these laws are daughters of a global vision, which is politically ungoverned and totally left at the mercy of alleged rules of international economic competition.

Since the times when the demand to get rid of traps and snares appeared, the dawn of globalization, till present times, in the middle of the global age, labor protection has gradually fallen into this state of knowledge we inherited from politics, that we would advantageously take part in new production processes, resulting from the end of blocking policies. Obviously, nobody put a spotlight on any of the cases, even the international institutions, global contextual tragedies set in motion for democratic control and protection of the weakest. Thus, the big relocation processes have had only one result: produce huge profits, not liberate them the workers of the most ‘convenient countries” from their state of weakness, and – unbelievably – cause massive weakening among the workers in stronger countries, with stronger companies. All this is seasoned with global corruption and no international authority seems to be willing to intervene on that point. This is the point we have reached, worrying to the point of pushing the IMF, which has extensive knowledge of what has happened and predictions about what might happen, to invoke “wealth redistribution, limits to the privileges, and protection of the weakest.”

Without a voice and without representation, Christians grasp the signs of this “dehumanized development”, uses “the man’s enslavement as means of development” and are seriously lagging behind from the point of view of the organization, to make someone hear their voice, which is symbolically the following: the Thai worker, or Filipino or African or Syrian must be helped to have the same level of protection as the Italian or French or German or American worker! If the growth of wealth tramples our unknown brothers and sisters, we must reject it. We want a comprehensive social model, it is true that individual countries and their regional groupings cannot ensure social justice processes: we must witness with force, organizing ourselves, that “the increasingly globalized world makes us neighbors but does not make us brothers”.

If the global economy rests on clear acceptance policies of social dumping – make no mistake, deliberately ignored or even promoted dumping -, a protectionist response that receives popular support is inevitable. Workers are pushed against other workers, peoples against peoples, war becomes a real prospect. Here, we give life to a renewed political representation, which has a strong universalist inspiration, which is projected into the world not to assert the interests of its own economy but the interest of man. It is not a utopia, we just have to believe in it.

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