Thursday, September 28, 2006

Policies of Exclusion

Corporate globalization destroys local and national economies and the livelihoods and jobs that domestic economies generate in the pursuit of corporate profits and financial growth. This creates insecurity. Insecurity breeds fear and exclusion and provides fertile ground for the emergence of politics based on narrow cultural identities and ideologies of exclusion. Representative democracy in this context becomes increasingly shaped and driven by cultural natonalism. Cutural nationalism emerges as the twin of economic globalization.

Vandana Shiva,
Earth Democracy

Hmm... "politics based on narrow cultural identities and ideologies of exclusion."

Could this possibly relate to our current politics in the United States and elsewhere?
Is the cultural nationalism of Hizbullah and Hamas a response to the lack of domestic economies and the fear and exclusion that this has bred? If you lived in daily fear of waking up to your house being shelled or with the anxiety of trying to provide for your family in a place where unemployment is extremely high (45 to 65%) could you possibly understand resorting to violence and fanatic nationalism?

If you think not, I disagree.

What about the George W. Bush phenomena where at the same time that people in the United States are struggling more and more to meet basic needs such as food, shelter, and health care, they are nonetheless voting against their own economic self-interest.

They are instead voting out of fear. "We must protect ourselves from the terrorists," they say not realizing that they are subsequently supporting policies that are "terroristic."

Other policies of exclusion include divisive and polorizing issues such as gay marriage, immigration, and reproductive rights.

Is this what we really want? Can exclusion really create democracy and economic sustainability for all?

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