Mike Moore on Globalisation

A good speech by former WTO Head Mike Moore to La Trobe University. Some key points:

* growth of freedom and information was also helping consumers demand more from their governments and businesses.

* there has never been a period in the history of our species where we’ve seen freedoms and living standards rise so consistently for most people

*China has undergone huge advances in freedoms of ordinary citizens

* opponents of free trade were effectively arguing to keep the poorest nations of the world in poverty

* the $12 billion the Un wants to fight AIDS, equates to just 12 days of subsidies paid by rich nations to their protected farmers

* open markets means that cosy, crony capitalists with businesses purchasing privileges from politicians against the interests of workers and consumers, doesn’t work

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