Monday, 10 September 2007

Of Puppets and Puppet Masters

Jordi Beltran and Osama
"Threading Songs." Bodega Salto 17.7.07
Poble Sec annual street festival

"At the third UNCTAD I was given the opportunity to discuss the phenomenon of the transnational corporations. I emphasized the vertiginous growth in their economic power, political influence and corrupting action. World opinion should react with alarm in the face of this reality. The power of these corporations is so great that it extends beyond all borders...

We are facing a direct and very real confrontation between the large transnational corporations and the states. The corporations are interfering in the fundamental political, economic and military decisions of the states. The corporations are global organizations that do not depend on any state and whose activities are not controlled by, nor are they accountable to any parliament or any other institution representative of the collective interest.

In short, it is the entire world political structure that is being undermined. 'Traders have no country. They have no ties to the place where they carry out their business; they are only interested in the profits'. This affirmation is not mine, the words are Thomas Jefferson‘s. "

President Salvador Allende of Chile
Speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
4 December 1972

Two names. Of many.


(article 7)

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