Since the current financial crisis started, none of the governments, experts or media who have called for new regulations for the financial industry have taken into account rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which actually impose extreme financial service deregulation on many WTO member countries.
There has been a long, silent monetary coup d’état that has transferred value away from labour into the hands of capital, but the current crisis offers a window of opportunity for transforming the economy.
In 2006–08, food shortages became a global reality, with the prices of commodities spiraling beyond the reach of vast numbers of people. International agencies were caught flatfooted, with the World Food Program warning that its rapidly diminishing food stocks might not be able to deal with the emergency.
John Cavanagh, Sarah Anderson, Chuck Collins, Sam Pizzigati
26 September 2008
Congress should use the proposed bailout legislation for much-needed reform ' in particular the need to start confronting the top-heavy distribution of American income and wealth that has fueled this Wall Street meltdown in the first place.