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    From: maorienvirobiz Don t Listen To The Advocates Of Global Apartheid Friday, 1 October 2004, 12:50 pm Opinion: Jim Peron Don t
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      Don't Listen To The Advocates Of Global Apartheid Friday, 1 October 2004,
      12:50 pm Opinion: Jim Peron

      Don't Listen To The Advocates Of Global Apartheid by Jim Peron If someone
      asked you to point to apartheid to what would you point?

      It would be difficult to single out any one specific thing since apartheid
      was a series of laws, regulations, controls and attitudes that permeated
      South Africa. At it's core was a philosophy of separation‹the idea that
      people of various races should have as little to do with each other as
      possible.

      It was established to keep separate the cultures, ideas, values, and
      economies of the various races. One justification that was given by it's
      architects was that it was necessary to "protect" the uniqueness of each
      culture.

      One of the most obvious ways it did this was by restricting trade between
      the races. It was an odious system and one that well deserved to die.

      So why is it that so many people want to revive it on a global scale?

      There are organised forces that rally around the idea that the peoples of
      the world should be kept economically separate. They don't want us to trade
      with one another. They don't want us to buy one another's products or hire
      one another for specific jobs.

      They argue that the cultures of the world should be kept independent of one
      another. They even claim it is necessary to do this to "protect" the
      cultures of the different nations. They call themselves anti globalisation
      activists. I call them advocates of global economic apartheid.

      It's true they don't go as far in violating individual rights as did the
      apartheid regime. But in other ways they are worse. The apartheid
      governments didn't try to stop various ethnic or tribal groups of the same
      race from dealing with each other. The Afrikaner could still sell to the
      Englishman and the Zulu could still trade with the Xhosa.

      The anti-globalist wants to restrict trade to only those people who live
      within the confines of the borders of your nation. Borders which are, more
      often than not, accidents of history and rarely drawn with any sensibility
      behind them.

      Apartheid made people poorer. We know that. It was one reason that so many
      people condemned it. By restricting trade between people of different races
      it limited the number of potential trading opportunities. By reducing the
      number of trades possible it reduced the likelihood that any one trader
      could make the optimal trade possible. It limited the jobs you could take
      and the number of people you could hire. It said where you could sell your
      products as well as from whom you would be allowed to buy goods or services.

      Every person regulated by apartheid's economic laws‹and that was
      everyone‹lost out. South Africa was poorer because of it.

      Global economic separation does the same thing just on a bigger scale.
      Globalisation is simple the freedom to trade with the rest of the world
      regardless of the nation in which your trading partner lives. You're allowed
      to seek out the best opportunities to buy or sell.

      That means you can make trades that make me better off. Often you don't even
      realise that you're doing this. You may not know that the banana you're
      eating came from Ecuador or that the book you're reading was published in
      the UK. You just know that you wanted that banana and that book.

      You wanted them because they made you "better off" is some way that you
      considered important. At the same time it made farmers in Ecuador and
      publishers in the UK a little bit better off as well.

      Apartheid was a system of barriers that kept people apart. Economically it
      prevented voluntary exchanges between people of different races.
      Protectionism, the philosophy of the anti-globalist movement, is the same
      thing. The only real difference is that where apartheid reduced exchanges
      between people of different races the anti-globalist wants to prevent
      exchanges between people of different nations.

      That difference is relatively minor. The results will still be the same.
      Like apartheid protectionism makes us all worse off.

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