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  •  Seems insane to (9+ / 0-)

    continue with the 'new global economy' when global warming/climate change looms large. Another example of the disconnect of free trade/free market from the reality people and the planet have to live with and on. Isolationism in a different sense, the one that the Masters of the Universe say we can't have, is not the real isolation. This is like the GDP is totally isolated from the reality the disaster capitalists are pursuing. They call this inevitable and act like it's rational it's not it's delusional.  Even the profit they make and their measurements of growth are insane given the destruction and misery both environmental and to human life.        

    •  It actually makes sense. (2+ / 0-)
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      cynndara, hmi

      The reason is, ironically enough, fuel effieicency. Measured in pound-gallons (the amount of fuel needed to transport a pound of goods for a mile), transport by ship is much more efficient than transport by truck or train (assuming the train isn't electrified).

      I don't have the numbers with me (can look them up), but supposedly it takes less fuel to ship goods from Shanghai to NYC than to truck the lot from Flyover Country to NYC.

      Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

      by Dauphin on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:07:42 AM PST

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      •  And obviously (0+ / 0-)

        part of that equation is the less expensive crap these ships are using as fuel, and the lack of regulation on the "high seas", i.e, the global Commons.  We NEED a world government -- and it's obvious why Certain People will make certain that large segments of all populations are permanently opposed to this.

    •  Yes, it is a bad idea (3+ / 0-)
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      shaharazade, cynndara, Kurt Sperry

      The shysters on Wall Street have been trying to pimp the wonders of the "New Global Economy" for some time now.  But anyone who has taken the time to examine the issue thoroughly knows the world is not ready for the concept.

      The idea of shipping US raw materials around the world to have them processed and returned stateside for consumption is ridiculous at best, unsustainable.

      "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one."

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 09:41:37 AM PST

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