While multinationals have prowled the planet to exploit the cheapest workforces they can find, advocates call for a common living wage standard to ensure workers from Shenzhen to Sri Lanka aren't working themselves deeper into poverty.
Whatever nation wins in the neocolonial land grab, multinational agribusinesses will come out on top. As we saw with the NAFTA in Mexico's designated rural sector, big agriculture's gain is the small indigenous farmer's loss.
Brown demonstrates something that we have seen before in the likes of John Kerry and Al Gore. Each was too cautious, too pruned and too stiff when running to secure the highest office in their respective lands.
The world's third largest economy suffers a giant earthquake. A civil war in Libya and tumult in the Middle East cause crude-oil prices to climb. Poor harvests around the world make food prices soar. And Washington is doing nothing.
Despite economic deterioration, the dire sense of urgency in late 2008 has not increased. Indeed, it has largely disappeared. I find this complacency in the fact of vast, preventable suffering and waste hard to understand.
Don't count on any new order to deliver enough cheap oil to preserve the Petroleum Age. Since no area is capable of replacing the Middle East as oil exporter, the oil economy will shrivel, and with it, the global economy as a whole.