FW: Don't Listen To The Advocates Of Global Apartheid
FW: Don't Listen To The Advocates Of Global ApartheidFrom: "maorienvirobiz" <maorienvirobiz@...>
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 separationthe idea that
people of various races should have as little to do with each other as
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
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
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 lawsand that was
everyonelost 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.