To anyone who’s paid attention, the fact that globalization is an
agenda for privatizing all wealth and resources into the hands of
transnational corporations is nothing new. Nor is the architecture of
the privatization assault: US Aid for International Development, the
International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank remain the heavy
hitters. What is new, in a sense, is the message: the propaganda
promulgated by the United Nations and its member states in the previous
half century promoted the industrial scale conversion of assets as a
humanitarian enterprise, lifting the Third World into the sunshine of
peace and prosperity. Now, as seen in Peru and Canada, the natural
wonders coveted by corporations are represented in their marketing
campaigns as being held captive by tribal peoples.
Neglecting the fact that these resources don’t belong to the
corporations, omitting the fact that these very same corporations have
created scarcity through their wanton acts of destruction elsewhere, and
hiding the fact about the end result of privatization being extreme
poverty for most and obscene wealth for a few, the banks, politicians
and developers behind carving up collective properties in Canada are out
to destroy First Nations forever.
If Peru is to be an example for the new posture of modern states
toward indigenous peoples, a holocaust of unprecedented proportions is
about to descend worldwide. If that happens, the Fourth World will never
be the same.
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here