Atelier n°. 0, article 2
In 1991, only 157 of the world’s top 500 multinational corporations
were U.S. based (1), but all of them and, indeed, the
total of 44,000 multinationals and their 280,000 affiliates
(2) require U.S. military protection.
Corporate globalization proceeds, and the major multinational corporations
of the world are making more and more cross border mergers and strategic
alliances. In 1988, there were 2,137 such mergers. In 1998, there were
over 6,000 (3). As of 1997, the combined sales of the
top 200 global firms equaled 26% of the world’s GDP (4).
William Greider, One World Ready or Not: The Manic Logic
of Global Capitalism (New York, Simon and Schuster, 1997), 22.
Sarah Anderson, et al., Field Guide to the Global Economy
(New York, The New Press, 2000), 66.
Newsweek, 18 May 1998, 25.