Breaking The Spell
An hour long look at the nineteen ninety nine Seattle World Trade Organization protests and some anarchists who traveled there to set a new precedent for militant confrontation, this documentary picks up where Pickaxe left off. Filmed in a thick of some action, including footage that aired nationally on Sixty Minutes, it captures a moment when world history was up for grabs. Is the World Trade Organization a legitimate free trade organization or an oppressive group with out transparency?
In nineteen ninety nine around fifty thousand protesters in Seattle, Washington showed up for a World Trade Organization meeting. Allegedly this meeting was shutdown because of those protesters that appeared. In years after this legendary confrontation the World Trade Organization had problems passing their agenda items.
Is the World Trade Organization dead because of international opposition or will it continue to try to affect international trade? One tenant of opposition is a fact that the World Trade Organization uses corporate interests in wealthy countries to obtain labor from other countries that lack wealth. Many critics claim that this organization is actually a power grab for slave labor.
Critics claim that not only does the World Trade Organization create hunger, but also kills people with its policies. How can there be any legitimacy with an organization that favors wealthy countries over poor nations? Are these critical assertions false or are there merit to these claims?
Many people are in favor of countries trading with each other on an equal playing field. It is possible that the World Trade Organization was created to make sure that this equality never exists. With such influence there is no doubt in my mind that this possibly nefarious institution will continue on with its agenda whether people like it or not.
Is the World Trade Organization really beneficial?