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"I was asked the other day about U. S. competitiveness, and I replied that I don't think about it at all. We at NCR think of ourselves as a globally competitive company that happens to be head quartered in the United States." --- Gilbert Williamson, President of NCR.

"the emphasis on globalism rearranges our loyalties and loosens our neighborly ties. "The new order eschews loyalty to workers, products, corporate structure, businesses, factories, communities, even the nation," --- David Morris, Social critic

"All such allegiances are viewed as expandable under the new rules. You cannot be emotionally bound to any particular asset. We are all assets." --- Martin S Davis, Chair of Gulf and Western

"A transnational company is one that operates in the global marketplace, that does its research wherever there are scientists and technicians, that manufactures where economics dictate (in many countries, that is), and that has a management that doesn't feel any allegiance to the economic or national security interests of the country in which it is incorporated. It obtains its financing from institutions around the world. In short, it regards itself as a free agent in a global economy."--- William Greider, Journalist

"I have long dreamed of owning an island owned by no nation and of establishing a World Headquarters of the Dow Company on the truly neutral ground of such an island, beholden to no nation or society" --- Carl A Gerstacker, Dow Chemical Company

"When a system of national economies are linked by government-regulated trade is replaced --- at least in part --- by an increasingly integrated global economy beyond the reach of national regulation, power changes hands" --- Walter Wriston, Citicorp.

"Our goal is to forge links with non-U.S. companies in a drive to rid itself of its image as an American group. I believe we are moving toward an era of global markets and global companies. I think it is advantageous that our workforce, your executive corps, reflect that. I would expect the nationalities of our executives to be considerably broader.
I'm a believer that technology transfers very readily. I think trying to say 'I've got a technological edge and I'm going to hold on to it is impossible. As we move in an international direction, we will have to find ways---the U.S. government will have to find ways---of dealing with that." A part of Boeing's assembly line is already in China --- Philip Condit, Chairman of Boeing, Financial Times:

"Why would you be interested in setting up an oil refinery in Angola?" He responded, if I recall correctly: "Because we find it much easier to deal with centralized governments and economies... We don't care what their politics are." Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, during an interview for KJRT with talks show host Paul Anderson, May 20, 2001, talking about comments made by David Rockefeller regarding his oil refineries in Angola

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