Went to a talk on “globalization” by Oberlin College professor Steve Crowley last night. Professor Crowley said that after WWII, the U.S. had a tremendous glut of manufactured items and needed wider markets. Consequently, American media started beaming into other countries with all kinds of advertising. And the rich (read: U.S.) got richer with increased free trade — and the poor got poorer. Professor Crowley said this form of globalization was driven by: “selfishness.” Several audience members said an “alternative vision” to globalization, is the establishment of communities that revolve around “local production for local consumption” — as, for instance, the Amish have maintained over the years. Ithaca, New York has taken a big step in this direction with the printing of “Ithica Dollars” that only circulate locally, as another example. And as we move toward more sustainable communities, a sane international response would be to help Third World communities also move in the same sustainable direction. Instead of ‘selfishness,’ this would be a lot more about the: common good.