Internationalism against Globalisation
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Perhaps it is too simplistic to write this, but I see an unusual 'structural problem' in international society at the moment:-

There is a division into

  1. an internationalist movement, composed of the various international organisations, NGO's, charities, groups and committees, etc., with a service orientation (including most national governments)
  2. a globalisation movement, composed mostly of commercial multi-national companies, bankers, and traders (and the USA ?) These companies, and thus indirectly their shareholders, hold or control nearly all the world's assets, and all the debts of the national governments, and act with a profit orientation.

This can be summarised as the International against the Commercial, and it seems to be a major rift in the world. In particular, from my limited perspective, there may be two sides of one 'Planetarisation' movement, but, Globalisation seems to be out of control by the relevant International 'governing bodies' (which could likewise be criticised by 'Globalisation' on many grounds). The 'actions' of globalisation do not seem to have long-term rationality

Strangely, there is no forum for this division into "Globalism and Internationalism" to be resolved or worked on. Perhaps the UN is attempting to do this with some of its recent initiatives, but these have provoked bitter criticism from some of the 'Internationalists'. How deep is this split ? Is it important ? Should there be a forum and an effort to try to resolve it ? Where and how can this be convened ?

What I have written here is derived from my work at UIA, and the UIA's founding charter allows the possibility for it to play a role in a situation such as this. At the moment it does not seem to in a position to do so. Could and should the UIA play a role in beginning such a forum ? Is this still part of the UIA's mission ? Who else could validly do this ?

This gulf between the commercial and the official may also describe UIA's present dilemma of how it develops its 'products' and funds itself. (http://www.uia.org)

I think this is worth further study, and I am interested in it, but I have little idea of how to proceed (and I am certainly not qualified or experienced in this field). I would be happy to gather names to try to evolve a group and make a deeper study of what is happening, or set up a private section on the message board here.

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