Nos collectivités ne
sont pas des marchandises!
Le miroitement des visions cosmiques de la mondialisation
économique crée des lueurs d'espoir d'économies fortes, de travail
abondant, d'opportunités et d'égalité pour tous; ainsi, la création
d'un village global serait source de prospérité et de meilleurs
standards de vie pour chacun. Pourtant, ces visions éblouissantes sont
aveuglantes et cachent ce qui survient à ceux qui oeuvrent sous l'horizon.
Cet article révèle comment la mondialisation économique, par
l'entremise du système éducatif et par d'autres voies, est utilisée
pour marginaliser les gens à l'intérieur des marchés du travail. On y
démontre comment l'adaptation des marchés du travail à la
mondialisation des marchés et des entreprises a contribué au
démantèlement des systèmes de sécurité sociale lorsqu'ils étaient en
place et encourage une exploitation accrue des forces du travail là où
ces systèmes sociaux étaient en voie de développement.
mondialisation économique est alimentée par la culture de consommation
qui s'avère être environnementale-
ment, socialement, intellectuellement
et spirituellement dévastatrice!"
seen as an
and have the
rights of an
under the law,
Are NOT Commodities!
Youth Action Group,
osmic sparkle-eyed visions of economic globalization gleam with
prospects of stronger economies, more jobs, further opportunity and
greater equality; in turn, creating a global village of prosperity and
higher standards of living for all. What is not shared in these
prospects however, is that the glare off of these starry eyed visions is
blinding the view of what is actually happening to those below the
A professor at Long Beach California State University enlightens his
Intro to Sociology class: "The reason you are here," the
professor explained "is because we live in a society that can’t
find meaningful, constructive, engaging work for enough of its members. So
we made up this thing called college to delay your entry into society for
four or five years while training your minds to accept a system of
discipline and control that benefits a very small percentage of the
population. When you graduate, most of you will wind up working as waiters
or dishwashers, or in other mindless, dead-end jobs. You will come home at
night, get drunk, and watch television. Welcome to Sociology."
I am a student, who finds returning to university more and more of a
challenge every year. Ironically, this is because the more I learn about
why things are the way they are, the clearer the contradictions become,
one of those being university itself.
Labour market trends and opportunities in the global economy are
increasingly segregating the population into classes. Is this a new
phenomenon, created at the evil hands of global economics? Of-course not.
What I am talking about is the profit-motivated polarization of people
through credentialism; separating those who have societal credentials and
those who do not.
Ever more, to obtain a stable, well paying job, a post-secondary degree
of some sort is at the very least a pre-requisite. Is this because of new
complicated technology that only a college or university graduate could
possibly understand? Is it because our "post-capitalist society"
is in transition to a more knowledge based economy as opposed to one based
on capital? Or might it even be a convenient consequence of structured
There is no doubt that education, regardless of form, is extremely
important to social growth. In the specific context of economic
globalization though, education is being used to marginalize people within
labour markets. This immediately brings two fundamental conflicts to mind:
access and ideology.
Inaccessibility to quality education is also inaccessibility to
societal recognized credentials. With a cutthroat mentality, the global
economy and its competitive labour markets are systematically excluding
entire communities of the population; therefore, not only is it not
benefiting the community, but it is further fostering poverty,
vulnerability and exploitation.
In both the global North and South, social services and programs, such
as education, are being commodified in private markets. This is resulting
from the continual erosion of social funding via "cut-backs" in
the north and "structural adjustment" in the south. The
commodification of social investment is benefiting a holistic cycle of
profit-motivated interests, from profit making itself to simple
ideological reinforcement. This creates a mass illusionary environment,
shifting the focus from the root causes of community impoverishment to
simply an individual’s inability to keep up with the times.
Which brings us to the other underlying problem, fundamental
ideological conflict. Higher education is a necessary tool to compete in a
very competitive, now global, job market. But what are we competing for?
Economic globalization is fuelled by a homogenizing consumeristic culture,
which is being proven, environmentally, socially, intellectually, and
spiritually, to be devastating! The vast majority of people are being
pitted against each other in their own communities, in a global labour
market based on economic rules made by and for the small profiting
minority that don’t even have communities! Who makes up the majority of
the small profiting minority? Corporations--they are seen as an individual
and have the rights of an individual under the law, but neither the social
responsibility or accountability of an individual.
The adaptation of labour markets to economic and corporate
globalization is dismantling social security where it exists, and is
encouraging further exploitation where social security is being
constantly struggled for. For example, temporary, contract and part-time
jobs are now rapidly replacing stable, decent paying jobs with benefits.
As post secondary credentials become more and more common, and
competition becomes heavier, so will the need for an even more
discriminating labour market. Another example is the relocation of jobs
from countries with higher or stricter labour standards, including wage
and safety regulations, to countries with minimal or loosely enforced
labour standards. This is the environment created--where workers are
pitted against each other. We hear distracted beliefs like immigrants
are taking all the jobs and undercutting wages, or if you refuse to buy
products from companies that use exploitive labour practices, then you
are hurting the workers! Once again, the focus is shifted from the
root cause of unemployment and exploitation to individual workers.
The cause and effects of these labour market trends are scary,
depressing, enraging, down-pressing and power stealing. Nevertheless,
there is hope and alternatives and lots and lots of people (way more
then ‘they’ want you to think) who are dedicated to actual life!
Throughout this article the individualization of society has been cast
in a negative light; well, now I would like to change tones. In my own
personal, brief, twenty-year experience of living in an industrialized,
G-8 country, I did not feel a sense of community, that is until I, as an
individual, stood in solidarity with another individual, who stood in
solidarity with another individual, who stood in solidarity with another
individual, until the World Trade Organization and the Seattle police
force had 50,000 fed up individuals standing in solidarity--as a
community--on their hands.
Economic globalization is not in the best interest of people, it is
in the best interest of profit. That works well if you happen to be a
crinkly piece of paper with monetary value, but as living beings we
cannot afford an ‘interest’ at the expense of life. When individual
people decide not to play by the unjust rules of a fixed blinding game
and alternatively start talking, creating and working with each other,
it is then that we stand a chance for the only interest we really have,