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WTO & Guerrilla Corporate Attacks

October 06, 2004

If you go to Google right now and search for the World Trade Organization, you will find the *real* site for the WTO and a parody site. You'll probably have difficulties determining which is which. This parody site has caused a lot of hassles in the world of global commerce:

"Search engines are directing visitors to a parody of the Web site of the World Trade Organization (WTO) instead of the real thing, and the WTO is powerless to stop it, the Geneva-based body warned today in an e-mail to members of its mailing list. " Fake WTO Web site harvests e-mail addresses

So what is the WTO and why would The Yes Men want to impersonate them in order to gain entrance to their converences?

From the *real* WTO website:

"What is the WTO?

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business."

So... the WTO -is- big business on a multi-national level.

"The WTO is NOT undemocratic

It would be wrong to suggest that every country has the same bargaining power. Nevertheless, the consensus rule means every country has a voice, and every country has to be convinced before it joins a consensus. Quite often reluctant countries are persuaded by being offered something in return.

Consensus also means every country accepts the decisions. There are no dissenters."

I don't know about you, buddy, but this concept kind of scares me. This means, in my interpretation, that the country with the most bargaining power (aka money, guns, resources) will ultimately make the decisions. I don't want to get all political on yer ass... read The WTO Official Propaganda for yourself to make up your own mind.

So who are the Yes Men?

"Identity Theft
Small-time criminals impersonate honest people in order to steal their money. Targets are ordinary folks whose ID numbers fell into the wrong hands.

Identity Correction
Honest people impersonate big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them. Targets are leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else.

The Yes Men
The Yes Men have impersonated some of the world's most powerful criminals at conferences, on the web, and on television, in order to correct their identities."

The Yes Men

I am so into the Yes men! I love the concept of this trickery! It's sort of like a guerilla attack against against big business! This is the way of the future; I know it! It always seems like there is little that an individual can do to fight the evil corporate conglomerates of the world. This site proves that this simply isn't the case! I'm definitely intriqued.

These people are taking activism to new levels! The old-fashioned sit-around-have-a-protest method simply does not work any more. You can stand around with some picket signs in front of a nuclear power plant hoping that someone will pay attention to you. It's been done before - nobody cares. You can write emails and letters, but who's going to read them?

If you want something to happen in the world, you have to do it yourself. The Yes Men is a group of people, started by just a couple of guys, bent on changing the world, shaking things up a bit. They aren't making a big difference, putting the WTO out of business, but they are challenging people's belief systems. It's cool, man!


The Yes Men even imitate President Bush. I'd love to see these guys in action!

"In the parking lot, the audience of young and middle-aged folk are thrilled to watch Dicky the Bush Campaign Derrick rise up and spurt oil and to hear Buster blast songs like "George Bush has the beat to make your booty go 'Bush," parts of which are sung by the "president" himself."

The only thing I worry about it is a scheme backfiring and managing to convince people who may have voted one way to switch teams, all because of the way the "president" got down and jiggy. But, hey, whatever...


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