Jan 25, 2021 Letters
Globalization has changed the power to regulate human activities from government to international institutions, which are indirectly controlled by multinational companies. The World Trade Organization (WTO) creates rules and regulation and government have to enforce them in their respective countries. Globalization has compelled many countries to change their legislation and constitution to facilitate the private sector. Governments have also been compelled to get rid of the rights of workers and environment. The Treaty of Westphalia of 1648 fosters national sovereignty was replaced by United Nations Treaty Series which fosters Globalization.
To illustrate the power of globalization, most of the world’s country is following the World Health Organization guidelines on how to deal the COVID-19 pandemic. The Polymerase chain reaction test (PCR test Replicate DNA to create a polymer (a large molecule)) is endorsed and prescribed by the World Health Organization. This is the test that countries require you to have a negative result for COVID-19 to enter their country. Personally, being a lover of science, I am concern about the standard. Since the COVID-19 virus has not been isolated and purified, the PCR test for COVID-19 is scientifically meaningless – only a virus, proven through isolation and purification, can be a solid gold standard. Jessica C. Watson from Bristol University in a paper “interpreting a COVID-19 test result,” published recently in The British Medical Journal. She writes that there is a “lack of such a clear-cut ‘gold-standard’ for COVID-19 testing.” PCR tests are calibrated for gene sequences (in this case RNA sequences because SARS-CoV-2 is believed to be a RNA virus), the gene snippets must be part of the looked-for virus. And to do that, correct isolation and purification of the presumed virus has to be executed. There is no distinct specific symptom for COVID-19. The symptoms are referred to as flu-like. Koch postulations have not been met. Koch’s postulates the following: 1) The microorganism must be found in abundance in all organisms suffering from the disease, but should not be found in healthy organisms; 2) The microorganism must be isolated from a diseased organism and grown in pure culture; 3) The cultured microorganism should cause disease when introduced into a healthy organism; 4)The microorganism must be re-isolated from the inoculated, diseased experimental host and identified as being identical to the original specific causative agent. I do not believe that scientists and medical officials are deliberately misleading the public. I know it is their best guest. My research showed they sequence the virus based on computer modelling, which is not reliable but a calculated guess. This illustrates the need for Caribbean scientist to step up. So far, the only Caribbean country that can produce an “effective” COVID-19 vaccine is Cuba. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for more than 35 cycles (replication) the accuracy of PCR test is zero. The five top PCR machine recommended by Food and Drug Administration: 1) Gnomegen PCR test used 39 cycles; 2) Gk PCR test uses 40 cycles; 3) In Bios PCR test uses 45 cycles; 4) Luminex Aries PCR test 45 cycles; 5) Quest PCR test 50 cycles. Can we depend on the PCR test to diagnose COVID-19?
Additionally, center stage in the global arena, is the competition between China and the United states, which will be determinant of the global order. The Centre for Economics and Business Research said China will overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries from the COVID-19 pandemic in an annual report published late December, 2020. China’s overall surplus for the year hit a record $535 billion, up 27 percent from 2019. Beijing’s trade surplus with Washington rose to $317 billion in 2020, a seven percent increase from the year prior and the second highest amount on record, according to Iris Pang, chief economist for Greater China at ING. The amount is just $7 billion lower than 2018 levels, when Trump launched a trade war. This competition between China and the US will define the next decade and we must pay attention. The US debt is $27.8 trillion or 130.63 percent of their GDP while China debt is $7.9 trillion or 53.65 percent of GDP. In 2012, the Journal of Economic Perspectives published a study, which found that countries with national debts above 90 percent of GDP averaged 34 percent less inflation-adjusted annual economic growth than when their debts were below 90 percent of GDP. The US money supply is increasing at an annual rate of 70 percent. The Rule of 72 is a simple way to determine how long an investment will take to double given a fixed annual rate of interest. Using the rule of 72, the amount of money the US needs to borrow each year will double. In eight years, President Barrack Obama increased the US debt by $9.3 trillion, while President Donald Trump increased US Debt by $7.9 trillion in half the time (4 years). Historically there is a direct relationship between military and economic might. The Chinese dominance of 5G and their trail blazing of 6G illustrates their technological and eventually military dominance.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a test of government. People instituted government to improve their quality of life and security. Most government are falling their populous presently. Quality of life has significantly diminished; joblessness and food insecurity are rampant in most country. A total of 2,109,802 have died from COVID-19 globally. Asian countries have managed economically, socially and with preservation of life. What does that say about governance in the west? Globalization is here to stay but what will its character be?
Brian Ellis Plummer
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