Cultural Revolutions

Losing Their Significance

Sir James Goldsmith in Le Piège (Paris, 1993) eloquently defended the nation and regional free trade against internationalists advocating global free trade. He provoked a formal answer from the European Commission in October 1994. A month later the English version of The Trap appeared, followed by a torrent of contradiction and polemic from various academics, the governor of Hong Kong, and Norman Macrae of the Sunday Times. In the fall of 1995, Goldsmith took time from his work as leader of the Europe of the Nations group in the European parliament and advocate of a referendum on Britain's participation in the European Union to publish The Response. It is a calm but damning indictment of the future that awaits us under the globalist regime established by NAFTA and GATT.

For example, Goldsmith's chapter on "The Story of Global Free Trade" shows that while such trade causes phenomenal growth in the Gross National (or now, Domestic) Product, it increases structural unemployment and public debt. In France, the GNP has grown 80 percent in the last 20 years, but real unemployment rose from about 400,000 to over five million. This last figure is the equivalent of 22 million in the United States. With our inferior educational system, the actual numbers are likely to be much higher. Unemployment and an aging population put enormous pressure on the industrialized nations' social...

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