By Yates, Steven
The New American , Vol. 22, No. 8
Those who know what to look for these days should have no trouble recognizing the reality of an ongoing, behind-the-scenes effort to destroy the sovereignty of this country. As the process has accelerated during the past 12 years (the NAFTA era), we sometimes find open admissions by the archglobalists themselves.
In his book Memoirs, published in 2002, David Rockefeller, Sr. made the following remarks, startling in their very frankness: "For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure--one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."
"Rethinking" National Sovereignty
It is against this background that we should read an article published in the Taiwan-based Taipei Times on February 21 entitled "State Sovereignty Must Be Altered in a Globalized Era." Just as David Rockefeller directed the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) for years, the new article's author, Richard Haass, is the organization's president. The CFR, often portrayed as just another "think tank," has long been one of the chief architects of the "more integrated global political and economic structure" Rockefeller spoke of. Progressive regionalization has proven to be its most workable method. Last year the CFR published Building a North American Community, which openly called for dissolving the borders between Canada, the United States, and Mexico and establishing "regional governance."
In the recent article, Haass concludes that "the time has come to rethink the notion" of national sovereignty. He calls for "new mechanisms ... for regional and global governance that include actors other than states." These include transnational corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). "States," he said, "must be prepared to cede some sovereignty to world bodies if the international system is to function. This is already taking place in the trade realm." In referring to actions taking place in the trade realm, of course, he means primarily those taking place at the World Trade Organization, but also doubtless those that are being implemented through the so-called free trade agreements: NAFTA, CAFTA, and the (stalled) FTAA.
In his recent article, Haass identifies one of the principles of national sovereignty that must be ceded: "the ability to control what crosses borders in either direction." (He does not discuss any other principles.) If even this one principle of sovereignty is ceded, we will no longer be able to call ourselves an autonomous country: we will have to bow to trade-community rules in terms of drug laws (both those that are currently legal as well as illegal), abandon national security efforts and allow others to determine our citizenship requirements because we won't be able to control immigration, give up rules that are intended to keep our foods and beverages safe, and forgo traffic and highway safety because we will not be able to control who is allowed to drive here or the safety of the vehicles they are driving. And this is just a partial list of negatives that will accrue by ceding just one little part of our sovereignty.
The rationale he gives for countries acceding to this loss of sovereignty is globalization. "Globalization," Haass tells us, "implies that sovereignty is not only becoming weaker in reality, but that it needs to become weaker. States would be wise to weaken sovereignty in order to protect themselves, because they cannot insulate themselves from what goes on elsewhere. …