Thursday, April 20, 2006

Real Free Trade

A group of anarchists in Newtown, New Zealand will be protesting American style free trade on May Day this year by holding a "Free Trade Festival" in which everything will be free. The group's spokesman, Mark Rawnsley, said that the purpose of the event was to bring attention to the exploitation that occurs under capitalist free trade, and contrast it to the anarchist/socialist idea of a gift economy.

"Free trade means that giant multinational corporations are able to freely move jobs to places where wages are the lowest and where environmental protections and labour laws are non-existent. It is a contradiction to call it 'free trade' because it is only money and goods that can move freely across the globe, while people seeking to better their economic situation cannot escape national boundaries. Free trade works for corporations not people."

-Mark Rawnsley