The Global Trap: Globalization and the Assault on Prosperity and Democracy
This extraordinary book of “The Global Trap” explores the spread of globalization. The authors – journalists on Der Spiegel – provide an account that is highly informed, yet extremely readable. The Global Trap show how internationalism, once an invention of social-democratic labour leaders, has firmly changed sides. Now more than 40,000 transnational corporation play off their own workers – and different nation-states – against one another.
The book The Global Trap opens with a fly-on-the-wall account of a seminar attended by the leaders of major corporations. It revealed that the biggest manufacturers are not simply shifting production away from the industrial countries, but foresee a new century where their labour needs will plummet. Talk at the gathering was all about the 20:80 society, where 20 per cent of the population will suffice to keep the world economy going and the unemployed 80 per cent will be pacified by ‘tittytainment‘. And continue to be fed by tittytainment.
The Global Trap is a a cry of alarm!
The modern Bread and Circuses
Things given or presented in an attempt to please (or at least distract) disgruntled people. The phrase comes from the Roman poet Juvenal in the late first and early second century CE — and is used commonly in cultural, particularly political, contexts.
“Bread and circuses” is a phrase referring to superficial appeasement. Juvenal used it to decry the “selfishness” of common people and their neglect of wider concerns. The phrase implies a population’s erosion or ignorance of civic duty as a priority.
In a political context, the phrase means to generate public approval, not by excellence in public service or public policy, but by diversion, distraction or by satisfying the most immediate or base requirements of a populace by offering a palliative: for example food (bread) or entertainment (circuses).
How tittytainment first started?Martin and Schumann quote experts from a 1995 conference in at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, which was created at the invitation of Mikhail Gorbachev with 500 leading politicians, business leaders and academics. This meeting took place more than 20 years ago, and its effects are still ongoing until today. The effect are: “20-to-80-society” and “tittytainment”.
“20-to-80-society” tells us that an active 20 percent of the population will participate in living, earning and consuming. “Tttytainment” was created by Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor to Jimmy Carter who thought that the frustrated population of the world could be kept happy with a mixture of food for survival and numbing entertainment.
Both of these visions and suggestions are morally unacceptable, because they are incompatible with the concept of human dignity. “Tittytainment” caused many people spend their leisure time passively consuming the products of mass culture, has been with us for many decades now. This is similar to the problem with overuse and addition to TV shows, short video clips on social media, computer games, mobile games or any other entertainments.
There are people who choose voluntarily to take on new dependencies and addictions, offering big business new opportunities. “Every person speculates on creating a new need in another, so as to drive him to fresh sacrifice, to place him in a new dependence and to seduce him into a new mode of enjoyment and therefore economic ruin,” as Marx wrote about the market economy.