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Implementing LIG in different countries

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Anna Brix Thomsen

What will it look like if some countries implement LIG and others don't in terms of the global economy and international political infrastructure? Will it increase wars and instability between countries? Is there a risk that LIG countries will be sanctioned or targeted?

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Maite Zamora Moreno

Hi Anna,

Countries are most ferociously sanctioned and targeted when the incumbent leaders allow or actively promote the violation of human rights. Think for instance of South Africa during apartheid and the fierce response of the international community by imposing sanctions in order to place South Africa’s leaders under pressure as a message that: such violations will not be tolerated.

Another perspective is how for instance the USA has been playing ‘the policeman of the world’ – invading countries and starting wars – somehow maintaining that such violent acts can support the population of the country they are invading. LIG would make such wars unnecessary.

LIG is the means towards securing human rights and its implementation would therefore be the billboard of humanitarianism as the values that international law subscribes to. So – there would be no reason to make trouble for a country that implements LIG as they would be doing exactly what every country is expected to do and has agreed to do within international conventions.

For a country to implement LIG would place the question in front of every country’s leaders: why are you not doing the same? If one or a few countries implement LIG, the international community will most likely watch with interest to see what happens – if they are pleased, other countries will tailor the LIG proposal to their specific economic and political reality and follow suit.

The only event in which LIG would create uproar in the international community – is if the proposal is carried out in a way it is not intended, where ‘national heritage companies’ and ‘human rights resource companies’ are expropriated instead of nationalized through a process of negotiation and compensation – for, often the owners of such companies are foreign individuals or other foreign companies and thus, to expropriate instead of nationalize with negotiation – would threaten these interests. It must be very clearly communicated which companies will be nationalized and what the process of nationalization will entail in terms of negotiation with current owners – as this will remove any fears that could otherwise be an ingredient for possible international conflict.

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Anna Brix Thomsen

Yes that is a cool perspective. I also see how it can actually create a domino effect when some countries starts implementing a LIG system and other countries see that it can actually work - and especially how this will also support people to start becoming politically involved because they realize how a change to such a system requires a community-commitment rather than coming 'from above'. It will be interesting to see which countries will be first to implement a LIG system.

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