There was a great deal about the outcome of the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations that did not make me happy. One important exception was the promise that the creation of the World Trade Organization would end forever the need for any future "rounds" of negotiations.
"Davos 2001," the Star Tribune's Jan. 30 editorial on the World Economic Forum, accurately points out the growing consensus that the global economy is leaving many behind. But the solution is not to defer to invisible hands of a handful of elites, as the editorial suggests.
Media pundits had fun last month portraying two major global meetings at Davos and Porto Alegre as totally opposed events symbolizing an unbridgeable divide between those who favor globalization and those who oppose it.
Many, including those on op-ed pages around the country, dismissed the tens of thousands of people protesting the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) earlier this month as misguided, anti-globalization, flat-landers. This would be a mistake.