Another good (BAD) reason for global trade

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Globalism is touted as inevitable by the fee marketers, (not a misspell). Congress has passed free trade zones, eased tariffs, promoted offshore manufacturing, etc. We ship raw resources, timber, coal, iron ore, fish, etc overseas and import value-added products made from same back here. Since the oil companies have so much money with which to corrupt government it stands to reason that part of the incentive to push for global trade came from the oil lobby simply because of the humungous amount of oil it takes for trans-oceanic shipping. If you doubt this then tell me why every house in Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Southern California and all other sunny states isn't automatically built with solar panels, especially considering the growing water shortage throughout the southwest.? Oil companies have suppressed mass transit, electric cars, fuel efficient standards and have a symbiotic relationship with the US military which is the single largest consumer of oil and fuel in the world. Our taxpayer military is also used primarily to subdue foreign countries into allowing our oil giants and oil services industries to operate (i.e., steal natural resources) in regions not willing to give up control of their resources and their sovereignty.

Fuel consumption of container ships 300-350 metric tons for largest class (Emma Maersk) per day

There are 302.1 gallons of diesel in a metric ton

Fuel Consumption formula

· Convert the transit time specified in the shipping contract into hours by multiplying the number of days by 24. Add any remaining hours to that result. For example, if the contract calls for a transit time of seven days, nine hours, multiply seven days by 24 hours (7 x 24 = 168) and add nine hours to the result (168 + 9 = 177) for a total transit time of 177 hours.

· Multiply the number of hours (in this case, 177) by the best fuel consumption of the vessel's engine. For example, if the ship's motor consumes 1,660 gallons of diesel fuel per hour, multiply the number of hours in transit by the hourly fuel consumption, thus: 177 x 1,660 = 293,820 gallons of fuel.

· Astronomical Fuel Costs needed to be added to offshore solar imports. These costs can only rise over time. With the cost of bunker fuel at $552 per ton, with fuel consumption at 217 tons per day, a single 28-day round trip voyage for this one vessel would produce a fuel bill of $3,353,952. This number could be greater for a number of reasons, such as if the voyage were more than 14 days.

That sum is one ship per one voyage. Multiply that times the global shipping trade and the mind boggles.

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The correct way to "think globally" is to see us as sharing a finite world. The insane theology of Globa Free Trade knows no limits and respects no local realities. Even at its most sublime, it adds up to labor arbitrage and resource exploitation in the name of Enlightenment economic utopianism.

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If Mr Smith wants to do business with Mr Jones why should it matter if Mr Smith lives next door? In the next street? In the the next town? Halfway across the globe?

Two consenting adults have the right to engage in mutually beneficial commerce without third parties sticking their noses in. Sodomy is not the only action between adults that the left should be concerned with.

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Calperson, his point was that global trade increases the consumption of fossil fuels.

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Quote Calperson:...Two consenting adults have the right to engage in mutually beneficial commerce without third parties sticking their noses in. ...

We have already been through this, a million times, and you stopped responding and now you are back to the begining again.

Bizarre.

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Ok then, one more time for clarity then.

Why is it you think you have the right to stop Mr Smith selling something to Mr Jones?

Do not the consenting actions of two adults mean anything to you?

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It makes a difference if what is being bought and sold involves others and the use of resources where the result makes the lives of others different/worse. I already referenced "global free trade" as little more than libertine resource exploitation and labor arbitrage. Sharing a finite world requires sharing and caring for the earth and each other.

BTW, would you please stop being an idiot with the sodomy references? The people who show an undue interest in "sodomy" are those who stigamatize homosexuality. It is an incorrect reference to the biblical story in the first place. It is about the private and consensual actions of free human beings.

The Left does care about the homophobic cultural oppression of free human beings. You seem to think that only "economic freedom" matters. Why don't cons respect freedom of conscience, actual religious freedom and human and civil rights?

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Quote Calperson:

If Mr Smith wants to do business with Mr Jones why should it matter if Mr Smith lives next door? In the next street? In the the next town? Halfway across the globe?

Two consenting adults have the right to engage in mutually beneficial commerce without third parties sticking their noses in. Sodomy is not the only action between adults that the left should be concerned with.

Your ridiculous sodomy reference aside, one of the biggest and most consistent mistakes made by unrestricted (race to the bottom) capitalists is of measuring everything through the metric of if it makes a profit then it should be allowed. When raw resources are shipped one way--when they could be manufactured at home--and manufactured goods are shipped back, the only benefit is to a few businessmen. When businessmen conduct unnecessary trans-oceanic trade for the sake of cheap labor this consumes a prodiguous amount of a finite resource. Do you not see anything wrong with that?

1) It’s a finite resource so that means it will not regenerate, so as supply dwindles prices will go up. But that is not the biggest problem; the biggest problem is that oil will be lost to future generations and it is used for a lot of important things besides fueling greed.

2) Burning fossil fuels causes pollution and contributes to global warming which negatively affects us now and will certainly negatively affect future generations.

To sum up, you might want to start thinking about the bigger picture and future generations lest some people might think you are a bit short sighted and selfish.

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While I value privacy in economic commerce, you guys have made an excellent point. All the actions that an individual takes has impact on the community eventually in one way or another, be it the local community or the global community. Nothing happens in isolation. When a person pollutes one side of the Earth, everyone will eventually experience it, be it in a day, a year, a century, or a millenium. That is why trade needs to be regulated, even if it is only a little bit. Nothing happens in isolation, and if someone fouls up even the most remote part of the world, everyone will feel it, eventually...It is only a matter of time.

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Quote Calperson: Ok then, one more time for clarity then. Why is it you think you have the right to stop Mr Smith selling something to Mr Jones? Do not the consenting actions of two adults mean anything to you?

Really? You've never argued with liberals before, never researched their web sites, googled their arguments? I know the Libertarian case cold. I know all it's principles. It is simple to grasp. What is preventing you from understanding our principles?

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