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Old 03-07-2009, 05:45 PM   #1
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Develop a product and control it's prodution globally. Why is that a hard concept to grasp? The US came up with the Personal Computor, why didn't that lead us into stability and global control? The biggest innovation since the telephone or railroads. Perhaps we should look at what lead us to giving up that leverage. Selling out our advantage...and for what personal gain of a few for a few years? Think about it Hollywood used to be a medai power, but what does it buy this country? Home computers they reap more benefits for Asia than they do the US, sneakers...Nike made the huge inroads, but who benefits? Autos...Ford made their mass production a consumer success, a fact of life...but who owns it now? And in animation Disney was the power in the industry but who animates their films now: Indonesian and India. I think it's time to protect the innovations of this country and protect the employment, productivity and innovation of the people that live there.
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:41 PM   #2
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Nobody intrinstically "owns" any idea or resource that the world gives us. If foreign companies make better cars than us, than it's our fault for not being competitive. What you're talking about is akin to exploitation, or power tripping. What if we charged Europe for every potato they grew because it came from "America", or China charged us for bullet we made because gunpowder was a Chinese invention?
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:43 PM   #3
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If no one owns any idea or resource then what are royalty and copyright laws all about? What are patents and trademarks all about?

I don't know where you've been living but certain things are protected and exploited. You can't call your firm Mickey Mouse Plumbing and use a picture of Disney's mouse to advertise it, without inviting a lawsuit.

Some things are worth protecting from exploitation.

And without Luther Burbanks hybridizing of the potato, we probably wouldn't be eating potatos today.
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:44 PM   #4
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You must not know what "intrinsic" means. That means "from within", patents/laws come are imposed from the outside.

Just because somebody thought of the idea of a car, does it mean that they own that idea and any related concepts for the next 20 years? What if I patented a scientific formula so that I was the only person who could use it?

How do you propose "protecting innovation"? The only way to protect an idea is through an artificial system called law. And when you start talking about protecting your ideas from the world, you can get into some very dangerous territory.

Nearly all cultures have exchanged technologies with each other throughout history, it's just what happens. What you want is to be king, to have all the power. Intrinsically power is not a bad thing, but it's much better in today's world if no one government/country has all the power. We have everything we need in the U.S. to be happy and healthy, it's just power that's kept us from realizing it.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:50 AM   #5
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Develop a product and control it's prodution globally. Why is that a hard concept to grasp? The US came up with the Personal Computor, why didn't that lead us into stability and global control? The biggest innovation since the telephone or railroads. Perhaps we should look at what lead us to giving up that leverage. Selling out our advantage...and for what personal gain of a few for a few years? Think about it Hollywood used to be a medai power, but what does it buy this country? Home computers they reap more benefits for Asia than they do the US, sneakers...Nike made the huge inroads, but who benefits? Autos...Ford made their mass production a consumer success, a fact of life...but who owns it now? And in animation Disney was the power in the industry but who animates their films now: Indonesian and India. I think it's time to protect the innovations of this country and protect the employment, productivity and innovation of the people that live there.
The USA essentially did come up with a product that would control its production globally; that's what the Bretton Woods discussions were, the Uruguay Round talks which spawned the GATT, then it became the WTO, the IMF and World Bank alike from those same talks. The point was to secure global resources, manage them and control them for the benefit of the USA trade industries.
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Trade industries or global corporate interests who have no loyalty or sense of responsibility for the good any society? Their only interest is profit.
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The Bretton Woods agreement was the product of serveral nations (acting on behalf of the globalists) to come up with a way to regulate the international monetary system. It was not soley to do with the US or any other country. The leading architect of Bretton Woods was Keyenes, who was a British economist representing the British government at Bretton Woods. It had no more to do with the US than it did Britain, the USSR, or any other allied nation involved, though it did establish the US dollar as the world reserve currency.

Bretton Woods was not really about production or anything like that. It dealt with monetary policy. The Bretton Woods conference did introduce the idea of an organization to regulate trade, which later became GATT (now the WTO) in 1947, but that was not the primary purpose of the meeting. The IMF and World Bank (established in 1945) have to do with the regulation of the global financial system, and that was the primary purpose of Bretton Woods. GATT came a few years later, though it did dovetail with and was part of the same agenda that was proposed at Bretton Woods. It has nothing to do with benefiting the USA because big business has no borders or allegiance to any particular country. That's why they're called transnational corporations and not US corporations. The US has been affected in a terrible way by trade agreements like NAFTA anf GATT, which have sent the majority of production overseas, to countries where slave labor is rampant.
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To get really simple. When we stopped producing the stuff we are buying we ran out of jobs.
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To get really simple. When we stopped producing the stuff we are buying we ran out of jobs.
That is why the US cannot -- will not -- recover from this crisis. From this point forward the US will never be what it was before, but neither will most countries which are also going through this.
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It was not soley to do with the US or any other country. The leading architect of Bretton Woods was Keyenes, who was a British economist representing the British government at Bretton Woods. It had no more to do with the US than it did Britain, the USSR, or any other allied nation involved, though it did establish the US dollar as the world reserve currency.


Oh Rat you must know this is complete rubbish I mean you’ve read the article I’ve linked for you quite a number of times now and you’ve never put any arguments against it, Oh accept to hint that the person who wrote it must be a member of ‘the conspiracy’

For those that might have missed it -
Clearing Up This Mess : John Maynard Keynes had the answer to the crisis we’re now facing; but it was blocked and then forgotten.

http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2008...-up-this-mess/

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Poor old Lord Keynes. The world’s press has spent the past week blackening his name. Not intentionally: most of the dunderheads reporting the G20 summit which took place over the weekend really do believe that he proposed and founded the International Monetary Fund. It’s one of those stories that passes unchecked from one journalist to another.
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The truth is more interesting. At the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, John Maynard Keynes put forward a much better idea. After it was thrown out, Geoffrey Crowther - then the editor of the Economist magazine - warned that “Lord Keynes was right … the world will bitterly regret the fact that his arguments were rejected.”(1) But the world does not regret it, for almost everyone - the Economist included - has forgotten what he proposed.
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It has nothing to do with benefiting the USA because big business has no borders or allegiance to any particular country. That's why they're called transnational corporations and not US corporations. The US has been affected in a terrible way by trade agreements like NAFTA anf GATT, which have sent the majority of production overseas, to countries where slave labor is rampant.


And yet more rubbish

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Harry Dexter White ensured that the US could never lose. He awarded it special veto powers over any major decision made by the IMF or the World Bank, which means that it will never be subject to the Fund’s unwelcome demands. The IMF insists that the foreign exchange reserves maintained by other nations are held in the form of dollars. This is one of the reasons why the US economy doesn’t collapse, no matter how much debt it accumulates(9,10).


Basically the US had tried to shape the Bretton Wood agreement to give it an economic advantage, that in turned gave an advantage to US businesses.

And through its grip on the international institutions (that it forced through and established at Bretton Wood) it imposed the so called ‘Washington Consensus’

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The consequences, especially for the poorest indebted countries, have been catastrophic. Acting on behalf of the rich world, imposing conditions which no free country would tolerate, the IMF has bled them dry. As Joseph Stiglitz has shown, the Fund compounds existing economic crises and creates crises where none existed before. It has destabilised exchange rates, exacerbated balance of payments problems, forced countries into debt and recession, wrecked public services and destroyed the jobs and incomes of tens of millions of people(7).


And as documented in such books as ‘The Shock Doctrine’ by Naomi Klein US firms were at the forefront of helping (and profiting) from the bleeding of those places dry.

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This is conspiracy theory – in future if not strictly relevant to the issue being discussed such asides may be edited out of your posts or the whole post deleted.

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