This is the second installment in a series of articles looking at the forces behind the scenes propelling us toward globalization through NAFTA, the FTAA and the WTO.
John Cavanagh — A former economist for the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Health Organization, John Cavanagh is now director of the subversive Institute for Policy Studies and a perennial activist in many of its Marxist spin-off organizations and projects. He has been particularly active and influential at the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), an ultra-left coalition funded by the usual foundations (Ford, Rockefeller, Turner, et al.) and run by Cavanagh’s pal and fellow Marxist, Jerry Mander. Together with Mander, Lori Wallach, Sarah Anderson (IPS officer), Walden Bello (IPS Transnational Institute), Robin Broad (CFR fellow and Carnegie Endowment associate) and twelve other radicals, Cavanagh served on the IFG Drafting Committee that wrote the "Alternatives to Economic Globalization" report. That report, a global socialist manifesto, proposes a radical transformation of the UN, with new empowered institutions.
Cavanagh is the co-author with Richard J. Barnet (CFR, IPS) of Global Dreams: Imperial Corporations and the New World Order. He has also appeared on CFR-sponsored panels on trade with pro-FTAA CFR members Peter Hakim, Bruce Stokes and Thomas McLarty. During one of those CFR panel discussions concerning the FTAA Quebec Summit, Cavanagh had the temerity to insist that he represents the "mainstream" political perspective. Cavanagh claimed that another of his foundation-funded coalitions, the Hemispheric Social Alliance, represents "about 45 million people across the hemisphere." And, he said, "It’s not as though we are extreme groups; we represent the mainstream public opinion of these societies." The only places Cavanagh and his IPS cadres could legitimately claim "mainstream" status would be in the Soviet Politburo or Fidel Castro’s Peoples’ Paradise.