Friday, May 4, 2007

Who is a Globalist?

Note: This landmark article is considered by the Globalist Manifesto Party to be very important because this article was able to lay down the profiles of our million of party sympathizers/members worldwide. It can be said now that the members of the GM Party are the emerging special kind of homo sapiens whose concern goes beyond hooliganistic and personal agenda but of conserving the earth and its life form in a peaceful and prosperous coexistence of human race regardless of creed and color. They will be the magnet that will bind together the future of human civilization.The momentum has been gaining, with the help of Yahoo, Google and Alta Vista. A representaion to a UN agency has been initiated. Contacts with the Vatican had been started. Who will be the first nation to endorse the formation of a world government? Who will be the de facto world leaders who will give a human face for this crusade? The next 10 years will be very crucial.

By Stephan Richter

Words go in and out of style every day. Some words, however, continue to evoke concepts that are crucial to humanity's understanding of itself — and its changing circumstances. Such words can become an important part of our vocabulary for centuries. The Globalist believes it has found such a word. In fact, we have made this word — "globalist" — the name for our own endeavors. But just what is a "globalist"?

Definitions can be a straitjacket. Think for a moment about words that define a particular world view or task — words such as "environmentalist," "capitalist" or "economist." Such words often limit, oversimplify or create false impressions.

Everyone is a "globalist"

For us, the term "globalist" proves to be an exception. It is a word that tends toward inclusion, rather than exclusion. In fact, anyone with a curiosity to learn about the world around them — and an ability to keep an open mind and an interest in sorting out the changes being wrought every day — can consider himself or herself a "globalist."

Anyone with a curiosity about the world around them can call themselves a "globalist."

Words with a similar root can often cause confusion. For instance, globalists are by no means an elite circle of business or political leaders determined to push forward the globalization agenda in a rapid-fire fashion. As far as we can tell, those folks are much more appropriately called "globalizers." (See "Globalism Vs. Globalization" by Joseph Nye.)

By contrast, globalists have a strong interest in understanding more about the modern global economy, politics and culture. A globalist is dedicated to figuring out how the world hangs together. That includes sorting out the dynamic political and social changes associated with globalization — and questions them rigorously when necessary.
That is why our editorial focus is on presenting the many intriguing story lines of the global and political economy. At our core, we are dedicated to examining the premises and fallacies of conventional wisdom about the global landscape — with one new feature every day.

A globalist mosaic

In doing so, we are not trying to give any definite answers. Rather, we lay out before you the results of the questions that intrigue us. Ultimately, we are putting together a mosaic — feature article by feature article — and all in an effort to compose a broader picture.
Globalists want to ensure that the fruits of globalization are spread throughout the world fairly and equitably.
Globalists comprehend that the cooperation of many individuals, institutions and corporations is needed to ensure that the potential fruits of globalization are spread throughout the world fairly and equitably. Globalists are committed to muting or eliminating globalization's negative effects.
Thus, globalists believe that solid arguments — and not narrow-mindedness and demagoguery — are needed to bring all parties to a better understanding of their own role and responsibilities. In that vein, globalists place the highest values upon exploration and open-mindedness.

Searching for meaning

In fact, many globalists have not formed strong opinions one way or the other — either about the global economy, society, politics and culture, or about globalization itself. Some are neither strongly for globalization — nor against it. Others may be staunch globalizers, or foes of globalization.
What unites globalists is their interest in the process of constant discovery, learning, openmindedness and exploration on a global scale. It is a daunting task and requires both listening — and contributing — to the dialogue about the ongoing process of global integration.
What unites globalists is their interest in the process of constant discovery, learning, openmindedness and exploration.
One thing that globalists do agree on is the importance of a keen awareness about the process of globalization. Of course, we recognize that this integration has been going on for hundreds of years.
At different stages, varying nations have been in the lead a as a result of their specific courses of actions. By the same token, the dynamic integration of the global economy does not — and cannot — predominantly serve the interests of any one nation, no matter how powerful.
Members of the global community — and economy
Ideally, we are all globalists, as members of the human community and the global economy, living on the planet earth. As the economy evolves, so too should the debate about it and the many changes brought about by globalization.
Globalists watch closely as these changes occur — and take part in the debate. They make their contributions and insights heard. Thus, true globalists will have a direct impact on the process of globalization — and give the crucial debate about it a truer form and shape.

Advancing global openness

Another thing on which globalists tend to agree is that globalization, for all its faults, tends to advance — rather than retard — the agenda of global openness.
After all, due to the power of the media — and thanks to their technology-enhanced democratization — globalization's failures are exposed ever more quickly and powerfully. This painful spotlight gives the perpetrators a strong incentive to correct their actions.
In the dialogue on globalization, many of the world's traditional media, governments, corporations or think tanks are keen to advance only their nation's set of interests.
As the constructive globalists that we are, the editorial team at The Globalist is not beholden to any particular national identity or interest. We tell stories, draw comparisons, analyze the arguments of all sides in the globalization debate — and we strive to do so clearly and cogently.
That is where we differ from many of the world's traditional media, governments, corporations, think tanks or universities. They often limit their scope of analysis and interpretation in a crucial manner — by persistently advancing their nation's set of interests in the dialogue on globalization.
Viewing the sweeping changes in the global economy and politics through the static prism of any nation often leads to misunderstanding — or outright fallacy.

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