Commentary: Know Nothings At The Barricades

For a while there in a crowded Washington, D.C., lecture hall on Apr. 15, the global economy sure seemed simple to grasp. "This is all the international trade theory you need," bellowed Kevin Danaher, the muscle-bound, 49-year-old co-founder of the activist group Global Exchange. He unfurled a huge sheet of paper showing two triangles--one symbolizing the industrialized West, the other the developing nations. Dots at the tips of the triangles stood for the elites of both worlds, linked by three lines respresenting the powers that rule the globe: the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and their ultimate masters--transnational corporations.

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