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#180418 11/19/08 02:10 AM
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I am just in the second chapter of Thomas Friedman's book, which takes its title from a saying about the playing field being leveled (in terms of acquiring knowledge and/or money) so that individuals all over the earth can now "play" on a more even basis with big businesses.
Have any of you-all read it? Did anyone notice irony in how many times he uses the word globalization (globe...) in a book with this title?

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My hope is that "globalization" will eventually make war obsolete as every country will be so dependent on every other. Can you imagine, for instance, China provoking a conflict with US, while using their un-balance of trade they heavily invest in our economy

Where would we get our shovels, our trousers, our lead-coated toys


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Yeah right. As if. We wish.

Even if the whole world becomes corporatised, we will just replace nation-state warfare with corporate warfare. Played out as much as possible in countries other than where the corporate HQs are of course.

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"Corporate warfare" sounds relatively harmless


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Unless GM,Chrysler, and Ford get involved.


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Speaking of which, why not send these big three automakers to
Exxon Mobil, or PhillipsConoco. They seem to go together like
cheese and crackers.


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Tut tut Luke that borders almost on politics


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Originally Posted By: dalehileman
Tut tut Luke that borders almost on politics


Is that not allowed?????
I mean $25 million (billion?) in profits last quarter. Corporate
oil and autos are almost strangebedfellows' or at least odd fellows.
Let them help each other: each is dependent on the other.
Just a thought I've not heard bandied about anywhere else, but in this
forum it seems everything is tossed around. TA

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Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8
Originally Posted By: dalehileman
Tut tut Luke that borders almost on politics


Is that not allowed?????


Politics and religion tend to get people yelling and biting. We stay away from that here. We get mad enough with language foibles.

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Drifting a bit here: you know that there are actually people who truly think the earth is flat? As I understand it, they are not altogether stupid, just susceptible to belief in conspiracies. Prolly a neurosis of some sort.

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