Fake WTO Rep is Cheered for Pro-Slavery Speech

Anti-WTO impostors have struck again, delivering a lecture about the rights of slavery, the stupidity of Gandhi, and the supremacy of free trade to an
enthusiastic crowd of scientists, engineers, and marketing professionals — all of whom thought they were watching an official WTO representative.

Anti-WTO impostors have struck again, delivering a lecture about the rights of slavery, the stupidity of Gandhi, and the supremacy of free trade to an
enthusiastic crowd of scientists, engineers, and marketing professionals — all of whom thought they were watching an official WTO representative.

The 150 experts at the “Textiles of the Future” conference in Tampere, Finland heard one Hank Hardy Unruh explain that Gandhi’s “self- sufficiency” movement was entirely misguided, because it centered around protectionism.

And that Lincoln, by outlawing slavery, had criminally interfered with the trade freedom of the South, as well as with slavery’s own freedom to develop naturally. Had slavery never been abolished, Unruh said, today’s much cheaper system of sweatshops would have eventually replaced it anyhow; following this free-market logic to the end, Unruh declared the Civil War just a big waste of money.

Finally, to applause from the highly educated audience, Unruh’s business suit was ripped off to reveal a golden leotard with a three-foot-long
phallus. The purpose of the “Management Leisure Suit,” he explained, was to allow managers, no matter where they were, to monitor their distant, impoverished workforces and to administer shocks to encourage productivity — assuring that no “Gandhi-type situation” develop again.

“If a group of Ph.D.s cheers at such crudely crazy things, just because it’s the WTO saying them, what else can the WTO get away with?” said Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men, the impostors’ umbrella group.

(The entire PowerPoint lecture is available at
http://www.theyesmen.org/finland/, along with some shots captured by a video crew preparing a film on the Yes Men’s activities.)

The Yes Men had a similar experience last October with a group of international trade lawyers ( http://www.theyesmen.org/wto/ ).

And in July, a member of the group, again passing as a representative of the WTO, appeared
on a major television network show about protest’s effect on the market ( http://theyesmen.org/tv.html ); among other things, he spoke about how the privatization of education will naturally eliminate “unproductive” thinkers from the high-school classroom, a long-term solution to the problem of protest. (Because the imposture was not noticed and the Yes Men hope for further appearances, the show’s name is being withheld.)

In other quarterly developments:

A conference session on techniques to counter anti-corporate activism, normally available for $225 to corporate clients, is available to activists
for free at http://rtmark.com/prsa/, thanks to an anonymous donor.

RTMark’s primary goal is to publicize corporate subversion of the democratic process. To this end it acts as a clearinghouse for anti-corporate projects.

A list of just-added projects is maintained at
http://rtmark.com/new.html,

[ also see related items:

The Great WTO Pie Hoax – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1089

WTO 101: A dissident overview of the World Trade Organization – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=927 ]

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News Service: RTMark

URL: http://www.corpwatch.org/bulletin/2001/0062.html