Sunday, June 03, 2007

G8 and the anti-globalisation movement: spot the difference

The desire of often quite disparate groups to come together to protest at G8 summits is becoming traditional even if "trade" and hence "globalisation" is not even on the agenda.

Throwing together the environmental and anti-poverty groups is one thing. Add some anarchists and old school communists and you get some rather odd bedfellows.

Perhaps this explains the contrast in the two photographs below.

Colourful and cheery environmental protesters?


Not so cheery and looking altogether rather glum set of protesters.


It would be useful if all the protesters at these meetings could (1) take an elementary economics course and (2) read Martin Wolf's book Why Globalization Works

I am sure we will return to this subject as it is important to get to the bottom of the "globalization and the environment" debate.

Are the environmental protesters anti-growth?
Are the environmental protesters anti-poverty?
Are the environmental protesters anti-technological progress?
Are all multi-nationals bad for the envrionment?
Is trade bad for the environment?

2 comments:

Unique Articles said...

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Sarah said...

Globalization can be good for the environment if the government doesn't get in the way.

Protectionist policies are hurting consumers and the environment. The subsidies and tariffs placed on ethanol prevent Americans from buying cheap, efficient and green ethanol from Brazil. For more check out: http://www.cwt.org/blog/
Feel free to comment and debate.