AUTHOR´S EDITORIAL 18/02/2002
GLOBALIZATION AND THE THIRD WAY

GLOBALIZATION

The World Social Forum has ended with two spectacular results: first, unanimity in claiming the Tobin Tax in order to obtain and administer billions of dollars that would be used to help citizens, abstractly, where programs of development are absent. They seem to consider that obtaining this appetising tax on monetary transactions is a long-term possibility.

The second conclusion reached by the antiglobalization Forum is the tacit recognition that globalization is an irreversible phenomenon, as I affirm in my “globalizehousing” Project, with the difference being that I detail immediate sources of financing and creation of employment, while the abstract statements of the Forum do not even serve to spread hope. After the Forum, no one will obtain any benefit.
What are the conclusions reached at the grand festival of Porto Alegre?
Let’s look at the main agreements.
*Demand the cancellation of the external debt of the developing countries, with the new argument that the debts are legal but illegitimate.
*Actions to impede the advance of the liberating the economy, considered to be harmful.
*Criticism of the military expenditures that preferably should be destined for the housing, education and health care collectives.
*Statement that a better world is possible. Supreme ambiguity. Promote an economy in the service of people.
*Articulate antiglobalization, equivalent to fighting against neoliberalism.

All the Porto Alegre agreements are negative criticism with proposals of mobilizing masses to apply pressure, demand, influence public opinion in order to have access to the power organism. Total absence of programs to create employment, no initiative to attain individual independence through work. Many discussions in which the feebleness of the world movement spread through the five continents with different cultures, different national needs and with a single creed: reject globalization without unity of criteria, needs, positions and political interests, that is, a real Babel of wills. Also clash of personal preferences.
The main stars of the event, with their needs covered, are already occupied in preparing the next Forum whose priority objective will be to duplicate or triplicate attendance. The more spectators, more applause, more brilliant speeches, more triumphant fame. Perhaps they consider it the ideal moment to plagiarize, adapted to the 21st Century, the strident cry of the 19th Century “Antiglobalists of the world, Unite!” But I ask again: to do what?
Meanwhile, the hungry can wait and the weak can die.

Opposing the agreements of the Forum, in order to be comparative, I hereby repeat some of the concepts of my “globalizeghousing” Project, thinking only in the massive creation of jobs, the axle and motor of individual liberation.


“Globalization is not bad in itself, instead it is suspect for being exclusive, but its presence and its thrust cannot be ignored.”
“If globalization is considered as the universal expansion of the multinational companies, it is evident that globalization scarcely takes into account the human factor and its needs. It is also certain that uncontrolled globalization, without compensation, leads inexorably toward deepening the inequality between rich countries and poor ones.”
“If we want antiglobalization that defends the basic principles of survival, it should be creative, with concrete plans for creating massive employment, because with employment comes income and with income, poverty and hunger are beaten.”

“Let’s accept the reality of the expansion of the multinational companies, the market speculations, massive instantaneous movement of capital throughout the world. They are written and unwritten economic laws imposed by the market through free trade, and this reality, undeniable, is irreversible.”

“ THEREFORE, LET’S ADHERE TO ANTIGLOBALIZATION BY JUMPING ON THE CART OF GLOBALIZATION, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE CAN OBTAIN FROM THE DESPISED MOVEMENT OF CAPITAL.”

“It is not profitable to attack globalization in the abstract. The phenomenon of globalization is an episode in the progress of humanity; it is just one more facet of the process of human development initiated with the industrial revolution that has taken us, step by step, from the steam engine to the wonders of electronics, being this the efficient cause of the evolution of society, with Globalization as the last link in development. We should accept it with all its defects and initiate an action plan to be able to take advantage of it by searching for immediate solutions to urgent needs.”

“ FIRST WE ARE GONG TO GLOBALIZE HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION ”

These proposals are for immediate execution because I explain the way to have available the economic means to achieve them. Precisely, I suggest that the way to SUPPORT ANTIGLOBALIZATION IS BY PROPOSING GLOBALIZATION of housing, employment, education, health care, retirement pensions and integral development: economic and human. In this way we can effectively fight against poverty in the world.

Antiglobalization, for what? The current focus given to this word recalls the Communist Manifest of 1848, an era of revolutions, protests and forced submission of work to capital. In the subsequent period, one of inhuman exploitation of the work of women and children, prohibiting minors under 10 from working in workshops, which modified the previous law in which the limit was 8 years old, or recognizing by law the right of women to have a seat while working, were considered exceptional achievements.
In 1891, Pope Leon XIII, in the Enciclica Rerum Novarum, denounces the merciless conditions to which workers were submitted. The Bolshevik revolution of 1918 brought hope, struggles, wars and millions of deaths; dictators of all types with antagonistic flags, until they achieved the disintegration of the utopias. The capitalist world lost its occasional enemy and negotiator and there were no more confrontations of ideas, only criticism of the results. Little does it serve to live in the past, carrying dead weight that already did its duty.

Does antiglobalization want to repeat the historical path in spite of living in an era that has little or nothing in common with what I have described? How can wills be brought together in a single thought by directing the same speech to such different persons, with their own habitat in the five continents? Let’s be consistent. The priests of antiglobalization began from zero and in the Porte Alegre Forum united 60,000 participants. The number lacks importance because decades will pass with them preaching in the dessert, stubborn, arrogant, deaf, wasting energy in order to reach, without attaining it, that possible world that they yearn for. They are blind towards what they are looking for, fighting against poverty and in favor of the have-nothings; I offer it immediately with “globalizinghousing” as a starting point, without the need to promote merchandise because the concept and the calculations are here, in the Web, cold, unvarying, concrete and reliable, waiting to be used without conditions. Constructing all the needed houses in any country, self-financed, that is with ZERO COST, and generating sufficient reserves for the integral development of the society. Study the Web page and you will see that there are no tricks in my affirmations nor visions of a dreamer.



THE THIRD WAY

My project of “globalizinghousing” is not newly-coined. Its origin dates back to 1984 with the edition of my book LA TERCERA VÍA [THE THIRD WAY], a socio-economic study that has nothing to do with the later versions of “third ways”, with a political slant, that have appeared in the last decade of the 20th Century aimed at the discussion of concepts by the lovers of bla, bla, bla, desperately looking for some place to grab on in the face of the breakup of the communist world.
My desire to “globalizehousing” continued in the Web page that figured in the network in the years 1996-98 with the title, “WELCOME TO THE THIRD WAY”.
The page was structured in four parts, by subjects: 1. global reference to work, from slavery to the dominion of the unions; 2. social doctrine of the Church; 3. description of the Company Contract in substitution of the Work Contract and 4. financing of the workers’ contribution in order to share 50 percent of the value of the company with the owners, which I called “Access of Workers to Ownership of the Companies”. Transforming the labor dependence between owner and worker with different responsibilities and unequal participation in the economic benefits, into a work-capital relationship, on an equal level, of the duties as well as the rights of a shared company. With optimism I pointed out that this will be the form of the labor relationship in the 21st Century.
In the 1999 edition of the book THE THIRD WAY, I set a priority in the objective of explaining the way of obtaining enormous masses of capital in cash, without debt, with periodic amortizations through taxes that are generated from the construction of self-financed housing, that is, with ZERO COST. It is a system explained in this Web page, available for economic and financial analysts. The genesis of the system was to obtain the resources essential for financing the contributions of the workers in the Company Contract, and also to have available sufficient resources to structure a system of pensions that guarantee the worker will receive his retirement without worries and fears.
Today I initiate the presentation of THE THIRD WAY. In the next editorial I will explain how the Company Contract and the union of work and capital as a form of the labor relationship in the century that we have begun.
The objective of THE THIRD WAY is to provide workers with a financial system of immediate execution, that will give them stable work, housing, participation in the benefits as co-owners of the companies and security at the end of their working lives. For the owners, social peace and planning together with the workers the expansion of the companies.

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Francisco Montaner


Globalizing housing with zero cost