TO GLOBALIZE OR NOT TO GLOBALIZE

19 12 2008

I’m aware that after all this continuous bombing of news, opinions and analyses about the global crisis, any new word said about it could be considered boring, but sometimes expressing our opinions is the only way we have of moaning about things.

A few weeks ago, during the G20 submit, the outgoing president of the US said (I can’t quote, since I don’t remember the accurate words) that the global free market system could not be judged just by the current global crisis, because it had worked during the last 60 years. Well, the more I find out about economy, the less I agree with the president.

Yesterday one of the biggest frauds in investment funds was found out. It happened in the USA, but the most amazing thing for me was that the newsreader said that experts were still studying how many banks and governments were affected in Europe and how this situation was going to affect small investors’ savings. Just two questions:

Why, in the end, do always the ordinary people pay the consequences of those global mistakes? It is as if crisis was to be happening because bigwigs want to increase their profits and the rest of the world simply work for them to achieve this aim, by tightening our belts.

What does exactly “it had worked” mean? I am afraid that nowadays the situation is worse for ordinary people and third world countries than it was 60 years ago. So leaving any political opinion aside, the globalized free market is not a good place to live in, even more, I would prefer less global freedom and more local control as a guarantee for a balanced fair world. Don’t you agree?

By Roberto

 

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TO GLOBALIZE OR NOT TO GLOBALIZE

17 12 2008

I’m aware that after all this continuous bombing of news, opinions and analyses about the global crisis, any new word said about it could be considered boring, but sometimes expressing opinions is the only way of moaning about what we have.

A few weeks ago, during the G20 submit, the outgoing president of the US said (I can’t quote because I don’t remember the accurate words) that the global free market system could not be judged just by the present global crisis, because it had worked during the last 60 years. Well, the more I find out about economy, the less I agree with the president.

Yesterday one of the biggest frauds in investment funds was found out. It happened in the USA, but the most amazing thing for me was that the newsreader said that experts were still studying how many banks and governments were affected in Europe and how the situation was going to affect small investors’ savings. Just two questions:

Why do ordinary people always have to pay the consequences of those global mistakes? It seems as if the crisis was something that has happened because bigwigs wanted to increase their profits and the rest of the world need to fix it, tightening our belts.

What does exactly “it had worked” mean? I am afraid nowadays the situation is worse for ordinary people and third world countries than it was 60 years ago, so leaving any political opinion aside, the globalized free market is not a good place to live in, even more, I would prefer less global freedom and more local control as a guarantee of a balanced fair world.





THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS

11 12 2008

 I hope that some of you have already started, if not finished, the book “The boy in the striped pyjamas”. I do really think it is such a great book that, once you open it, you will not stop until you have finished it, and even then, yout will probably need some time to recover from the shock.

I am dying to hear all your comments! You can talk of the parts you have liked better, you can include references to other books that you find interesting, or even comment on the similarities and differences with the film (It is always interesting to compare the both of them). The more comments there are, the better we will all be able to understand the whole book, so come on, what are you waiting for to start writing about it?