Reviving the Peace Dividend

World leaders can’t seem to hold an economic summit without security forces at the level of an occupying army running roughshod over the host city. This is both a symptom of what’s wrong with our global economy — predicated on war, domination and scarcity — and a metaphor for how it works.

So as delegates to the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh last week tinkered with environmental issues and Third World lending and took a few marginal but high-profile steps to tame the beast, 4,000 police officers dressed in riot gear, recruited from around the country, demonstrated its fangs. The heart of global economic order — lest we forget — is protecting the interests of the wealthy few.

Robert C. Koehler |