to Draft SOC on Economic Globalization
The following is a proposed
rewrite of the first 52 lines of the Draft Statement of Conscience
on Economic Globalization. This rewrite was developed in several
sessions by a number of individuals from a number of Minneapolis/St.
Paul Metro Area UU Congregations, including First Universalist
Church, First Unitarian Church, Unity Unitarian Church, Michael
Servitas, UU Minnetoka.
- UUs respect and affirm:
The inherent worth and dignity of
- Justice, equity and compassion
in human relations;
- The goal of world community
with peace, liberty, and justice for all, and;
Respect for the interdependent web
of all existence of which we are a part.
- Our faith calls
us to active participation in efforts to promote a world that is
based on values of cooperation between cultures and nations, respect
for diversity and human rights, and economic justice and
environmental sustainability. We support global interactions that
promote these values.
- The values of our faith stand
in stark contrast to a powerful, destructive force known as economic
or corporate-led globalization.
- Defining Economic
underpinnings of economic globalization are fueled by the assertion
that a single global economy with universal rules set by global
corporations and financial markets
(Maude Barlow) is in everyone’s best interest.
- In reality, rather than
serving everyone, economic globalization serves the interests of an
elite minority, since it unleashes markets from regulations meant to
protect national sovereignty, the democratic process, human rights,
labor rights, the environment and social justice concerns. Key
tools in this assault have been the creation of international trade
agreements, tribunals, and enforcement measures supersede the legal
systems of nation-states, and supplant their judicial processes by
setting up independent dispute resolution systems that exist outside
the confines of our courts and laws.
The damage done by the trade agreements and tribunals has been
increased by powerful international economic development
organizations including the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund who have forced free-market reforms on the struggling
economies of many nations of the developing world.
trend toward globalization has sharply accelerated since the
70s due to a concentration of political power in the hands of the
wealthy, the implementation of "free trade" accords such as
NAFTA and GATT, the rise of pro-globalization media cartels (which
are themselves active behind the scenes in advancing globalization),
the rise of organizations advancing the agenda of economic elites,
and the increasing economic and political influence of the Trans
economic globalization promotes a system where practically everything
(from goods and services, to health care and educations from water to
plant, animal, and human genes) becomes privatized,
it is becoming increasingly necessary for the giant corporations to
rely on US (and client state) military power to defend the so-called
rights of the free market.
Who Is Affected by Economic
- As the giant
corporations increase their span of control over the economic and
political lives of the peoples of the world, those with the least
power suffer most. People of the developing world, indigenous
people and people of color, and women and children bear a
disproportionate burden of poverty and lack of basic human rights.
This is also true for the environment: massive destruction of
habitat and resources is happening much faster in the developing
world, where the people lack the economic and political power to
protect the natural habitat.
- Although the initial
brunt of the ills of economic globalization is borne more by the
those with the least power, millions of citizens of the affluent
industrialized nations are already experiencing job loss, tears in
the social safety net, destruction of the environment, and a
weakening of democratic institutions and citizen political power.
This shift is a direct result of the logic of economic
globalization, where the insatiable need for profit creates a spiral
where wages fall, taxes are reduced and power becomes more
concentrated in the hands of the corporate elites.
- A UU Response to
As people of faith, we
have a responsibility to take a stand to make democracy work for all
people, locally and globally. Thus Unitarian Universalists are
called to bring an ethic of justice to our understanding of
globalization and to do what we can to reverse the harm it causes
here and abroad through informed and non-violent dissent. We are
challenged to affirm our connection with all life and our
responsibility for one another and for the planet that
- From here on we would
continue with lines 53 – 91 of the Draft SOC