Thursday, August 03, 2006

Trade - Signs of Life

Thomas Barnett is convinced that the failure of the Doha round of WTO talks is not fatal. As is often the case, when governments get all wrapped around and do nothing but pose and spend billions, the private sector and individual countries come through. On his blog:
... signs of Doha's revival already here (wow, that took long!). Not surprisingly, the private sector comes to the rescue (an underlying logic of Globalization IV (2001 and counting) is that the private sector is way ahead of the public sector (economics racing ahead of politics, technology races ahead of security)). Doha ultimately succeeds, just like Kyoto ultimately happens, thanks largely to companies and local governments and not national gov's. Now more than ever we live in a world in which the government's main challenge is getting out of the way of markets and sub-national and trans-national actors (the good ones that vastly outnumber and outperform the baddies--corps and NGOs/PVOs rule, terrorists and narcos and rebels drool!) that are doing God's work of spreading the connectivity and rules of globalization (leaving govs mostly to protect the weak and constrain the powerful on the margins, trusting people to do the right thing). So chin up.
I am watching.


Ron said...

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Anonymous said...

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Ron said...


I agree that Jill Taylor's video is very interesting and remarkable. But it has nothing to do with private industry maintaining/increasing international trade when government cannot.

It does relate to the book The Spiritual Brain, which is on my home page as "currently reading."