Neoliberalism has globalized the rule of corporations and the rich To fight the multinational corporations and national governments who built this system, we need a global movement that addresses the root causes of the race to the bottom in wages and working conditions.
Economic and political crises faced in the U.S., India, China, U.K., Brazil, Vietnam, and countries around the world are caused by decades of pro-corporate neoliberalism. Wage stagnation, job loss, skyrocketing inequality, toxic pollution, global warming, and rising xenophobia are all fueled by the global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. Without a global labor standards, no country will be able to hold on to good jobs or create stable and secure lives for all people.
Globalization has made the fight for justice international. In this movement moment, we have the historic opportunity to build a global progressive movement to defeat both neoliberal corporations and reactionary nationalists. Justice is Global responds to this challenge with a bold platform combining public sector jobs creation with a progressive trade agenda aimed at transforming the structure of the global economy. Together, we can mobilize a global base and create justice across borders. Let's win the world we deserve.
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Today, against the nationalist international of the dystopians, we need a new humanist international of the utopians - one stretching from the democratic socialist movement in the United States to progressives in Mexico City and London, from European movements like DiEM25 to climate defenders, migration and tax justice activists the world over. We need a movement of ideas able to shape public debate, inspire artistic creation, and run for office.
This mounting anti-China nationalism is bringing the United States to the brink of a potentially disastrous trade war between the world’s two largest economies, with bipartisan support.
The trade war is a sign of a global system gone badly wrong.
Democrats remain quite vulnerable on trade because their answers to those who have suffered from globalization are insufficient.
Trump’s anti-China protectionism and “free trade” neoliberalism are both dead ends. To fight the power of multinational corporations, we need to use the potential of the European Union to introduce democratic power and transnational solidarity into the global system.
Trump’s anti-China protectionism and “free trade” neoliberalism are both dead ends. To confront multinational corporate power, the answer is global solidarity.
The guiding principle of a left internationalist approach is the same as that of left anti-racism – “an injury to one is an injury to all” – but extended across borders. This is a founding slogan of the left – “Workers of the world, unite!” The potential to live out this imperative is greater today than it has been at any point since WWII. As both right and left critics of globalization note, the development of global supply chains has served to create a “race to the bottom” across borders, which often provokes a protectionist reaction, on both the left and the right. It is true that the days of neoliberal “free trade” are likely numbered. But nationalism is not the only alternative, nor is it the progressive alternative.
A true living wage would take into account the needs not just of workers but of society as a whole.
[P]rogressives now have a historic opportunity to rewrite the rules of global trade to put people and the planet first. Above all, we must end the corporate court system “free trade” relies on, which tilts the playing field in favor of multinational capital, and replace it will strong standards that protect workers and the environment, backed by enforcement mechanisms with real teeth.
Today, many trade agreements compel developing countries to restrict unions and worker protections. And because globalization allows companies to move easily across borders, employers can chill their workers’ wage demands by threatening to pull up stakes and move somewhere cheaper... The point is that wages are not somehow naturally low in the south – they have been made low by design. Wages are an effect of power... There’s an obvious solution: a global minimum wage. If capitalism is going to be globalized, it makes sense that we should globalize the rules and standards that protect people from it as well.