by Mickey Z.
When activists made global headlines by essentially shutting down the meetings of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle in late 1999, the term "anti-globalization" was bandied about without much serious explanation. The majority of those in the streets were not against the literal concept of global interaction; it was the current form of remote control imperialism euphemistically known as trade or globalization that inspired the demonstrations.
Created in 1995, the WTO is a bonanza for corporate profit that slipped in
under the public radar. "Most of America slept right through the birth of
this 134-nation organization, including many in Congress who voted to ratify
U.S. membership," says Mark Weisbrot, Research Director of the Preamble
Center, in Washington, D.C. "In the fall of 1994 Ralph Nader's Public
Citizen offered $10,000 to any member of Congress that would read the
500-page treaty and answer ten simple questions to prove it. Senator Hank
Brown of Colorado, a Republican who had voted for NAFTA and planned to vote
for the WTO, took the bet. He passed the quiz with a perfect score,
collected the winnings (for a charity of his choice), and then proceeded to
announce that having read the agreement, he felt compelled to vote against