Economic Conversion of Sir James Goldsmith


Journalist Stuart Warner had a long article about Sir James Goldsmith , a corporate raider, who changed this mind about his take over of Goodyear in Akron Ohio for pennies on a dollar. The story consisted of several pages in the Cleveland Plain Dealer which cover many aspects of the Goodyear situation,  but it left out a major part.  This was my response. It is about knowing when something is just not right to do.


Goodyear's would-be-corporate-raider has a conversion of conscience and an economic epiphany

On the verge of taking over Goodyear, Sir James Goldsmith suddenly changed his mind after observing the local opposition to the take over. The people of Akron, pleaded with him to keep Goodyear intact. 


Letters: Plain Dealer Cleveland.Com in response to a long article about Sir James Goldsmith take over of Goodyear with nothing mentioned about his populist movements in both England and France. 


Goodyear's would-be-raider had a conversion of consience and economic epiphany


Sir James Goldsmith had a conversion of conscience experience during just before he was about  to take over Goodyear. He heard the voice of the people and agreed, what he was doing was just not right.  He changed to a person who fought for the underclass the rest of his life. He wrote the book "The Trap," which centers on the priorities in society surrounding the dignity of work and workers. He told how we have forgotten the purpose of the economy, which is to enrich and create a stable society. He said deflating the value of labor was a bad mistake. He was against free trade and international organizations like the World Trade Organization, which conducted business in secret and sought to control the flow of wealth throughout the world.


He was against industrial and transnational agricultural corporations that devastated farming communities. He told about the "inversion of value," where instead of measuring the well-being of mankind and the social stability of society, we are pressing for economies that cause such things as urban slums and environmental decay. He spoke in front of the U.S. Senate in 1994 against free trade and GATT. He said it would create massive unemployment in the United States. He said lower-skilled workers would be treated as disposable commodities. He was very concerned about the fact that 4 billion people will work for close to nothing. "The Trap," actually predicted the economic crisis as it is today. Goldsmith created a populist movement in England and France and started a new political party in England to fight against free trade and the globalists. He was not for protectionism but for a sane economy that set the priorities in a society.


He ran Prime Minister  in England with this as his platform. If he had lived longer, the world would have been a much better place and we would have escaped some of the economic horrors of our times. Being involved with the tire industrial community for many years, I experienced the fall of it from the real world of the streets. I was a national accounts manager for Firestone, where an annual blanket purchase order was completed with a hand shake at a lunch paid for by the purchasing agent. I also was a trouble shooter supplier for General Tire for more than 10 years. I also called on Goodyear for many years and all the other rubber companies in Akron. These companies lost the war with free trade and the global race to nowhere. It was not about ordinary financial concerns or streamlining operations. It came down to the betrayal of workers and the real free enterprise system. Corporate raiding was part of the betrayal and Sir James Goldsmith changed his ways. Ray Tapajna, Cleveland


Now, Donald Trump steps forward in much of the same way. He says he was one of them. In his speeches, he tells his audiences that he was part of the establishment just six months ago. He said he had to change because it was just not right. In a strange way, he had his own economic conversion and is now for the common good for all in society more than any other presidential candidate.  He also changed the way a candidate speaks. He speaks extemporaneously as if he is in your kitchen and leaves his mission statement on your table. The statement is titled  Making America Great Again. His voice is a lonely voice as he counters the establishment where he was a major player just a few short months ago.   


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