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MEMO 4 – “The YES MEN” and “A Better World Is Possible” – Antonio Macheve Jr.

December 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment
May 17/Resisting Globalization

The YES MEN

The YES MEN clearly represent the voices of a people who have been silenced, the global citizens who have realized the damages created by irresponsible actors from global corporations. As the trailer shows, the corporate world feels scandalized about the YES MEN because they reveal an ugly truth that corporations do not want to hear in their gatherings. The YES MEN demonstrate that it is convenient for corporations to use the market as a source of economic growth to blur the faces of the real people responsible for market failures. They bluntly show the world that there are strong actors in the global economy who take irresponsible decisions.

The YES MEN certainly give a face to the masterminds behind global corporations that take decisions with detrimental effects on the world’s silenced, the majority of the people. Some of the people in the majority do not complain for the injustices for the lack of knowledge and others for pure conformity. This conformity and lack of knowledge from the people puts democracy in peril and maximizes the benefits of the corporate elites. Guided by the maxim that under extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary actions have to be undertaken, I believe that the world is at a time where people who know the truth should work to unveil it, especially when this same truth is stretching the world’s inequities and further impoverishing the world’s poorest. Without denying the complete indifference that many CEOs may have towards the least fortunate and the marginalized, I think that many corporates have reached a level of greed in which they have lost the capacity to understand or conceive the embarrassing and shameful damages that they are causing for the sake of making quick profit. This is bad because the misery that they ignore will eventually follow them, which will create a vicious cycle of preventable crises.

A Better World Is Possible

In spite of the optimistic title “A Better World Is possible,” the excerpt from the International Forum on Globalization demonstrates much skepticism towards the current economic globalization state of affairs. It points out plenty of problems and shortcomings, but few concrete suggestions directed to solutions. Some of the problems mentioned include: global bureaucracies eroding the roles of states; the current trends of economic globalization being directed more towards private profit rather than development on aggregate; the increasing inequalities between the world of power and privilege and the global citizenry; the infringement of state sovereignty; privatization and commodification; as well as corporate deregulation and global cultural homogenization. Obviously, by mentioning the problems, the solutions are partially given. Nonetheless, the real solutions lie in how much should be adjusted and how should it be adjusted? For instance, how much and on what basis should corporations be regulated?  Also, as a result of irresponsible corporate decisions in the process of globalization, more public goods that are non-excludable by nature are starting to be privatized. Water is a concrete example. In this vein, soon, the world’s poorest who have water as their only source of life will be deprived of it, which shows that if the trend continues, the world will  worst. A better world is possible.

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  • 1    ndrumgo // Dec 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Great Post. I haven’t had any knowledge on the YES MAN, until I read your post. “I think that many corporates have reached a level of greed” I totally agree with this is all an example of America’s greed affecting the populace. Some people at the top could care less about people who need them for their very survival. I also believer that you have a strong debate and view.

    Kai

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