Turn of Phrase

There was nothing remarkable about the creation of the WTO. It was just a centralized body to deal with commercial trade issues–not a bad thing in and of itself. The important point was the context. The reconceptualization of civilization through the prism of economics had reached a critical barrier. Beyond that barrier any international exchange that involved a commercial element would be treated as fundamentally commercial. Culture would be seen as a mere matter of industrial regulation; food, as a secondary outcome of agricultural industries.

Via John Ralston Saul’s essay The collapse of globalism: And the rebirth of nationalism published in the March 2014 issue of Harpers (subscription required).

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