17) New technology such as the Internet facilitates and accelerates this development, the construction of new boundaries. The leading centres of high-tech are in and around San Francisco, but the runner-up area is already Peking (Atlas der Globalisierung 2003: 10-11). China is the country with most Internet users.
18) The Internet has made child's play of money transfer, dramatically reducing the ability of the State to raise taxes on income. The nation state has lost control over its revenue; money is now disconnected from nationality. It has made the lives of criminals much easier, by making it more difficult to distinguish "white" from "dirty" money. Many see the globalization of financial markets as an irreversible development (cf. Dominique Graber in Lorot 1999: 74-7).
19) In Sweden for seventy years there was an agreement between employers and employees, known as Saltsjdbaden,132which resulted in the lowest incidence of industrial action in any industrialized nation. This contract was broken when what we call globalization began. The trade unions and the business federations have swapped rhetoric. The unions no longer talk about international solidarity, because they are now threatened by foreign workers even on their own soil.
20) The privileged classes no longer need to seek agreements with national trade unions, because they can move their operations out of the country. This is an irreversible development. Once a few major competitors make the move, you have to follow just to stay in business. That is the logic of competition in a free-market economy.
21) What should we do with our tax-exiles, people that the State has paid to bring up but who later avoid giving the same opportunity to future generations by fleeing the country? Once the champagne is gone, when they get older and start to value things other than money, they will want to come home; that is when we shall tax them, retrospectively. That will be the price of repatriation. Not all will be able to afford it. Belonging to a nation should be a privilege, not a right.
22) The nation state can no longer control the forces of globalization. Only truly international movements will eventually be able to do so, but they are in their infancy. Critics of globalization have understood that they must organize themselves on a global scale to gain any real influence, simply because that is where the debate is. For the nation state the answer is to re-energize local democracy.
23) We must rediscover the small villages, the communities, and local government; and at the same time keep up with the wider world.
24) We are experiencing a shift in power. The private-sector organization is at the heart of tomorrow's society. The future elites will be in private-sector companies. They are already there.
25) Technological change is the web in which tomorrow's society will spin its threads. The real key to change is, as it has been since the Enlightenment, science and technology. Everything else is at best mere support. This is the same science that created Western civilization in the seventeenth century, which made Japan strong at the end of the twentieth century, which is making China strong today. . China is not emerging for the first time, it is re-emerging after a two-hundred-year-long break. China is used to being the leading scientific nation, and knows what it is like to rule over others.
26) At the foundation of our technological and scientific progress lie discoveries made by Europeans and Americans. They have not been made by Asians; not yet. The Japanese and now the Chinese have not made significant contributions to this stock of knowledge in modern times. Rather, they have shown that they are masters at applying it. They have been good students.
27) Our scientific knowledge base knows no frontiers; only its applications do.
28) It is knowledge of Man and application of this knowledge that will transform the world. The main problem today is lack of leaders with vision.
29) We have now embarked on the second stage of this process, the pressure to rationalize and make the public sector more competitive.