In 1999, just before the Seattle
protests, they set up a parody of the WTO website at gatt.org.
they found themselves invited to various conferences as representatives of the
WTO. That was all they needed. They extended the concepts of free trade to
At a trade conference in Austria, they proposed
a free-market solution to democracy — auctioning votes to the highest
bidder. On CNBC Europe, they declared there should to be a market in human
rights abuses. At a New York University they proposed that to solve global
hunger, the poor should have to eat hamburgers-and then recycle them up to 10
Finally, at an accounting conference in Sydney they announced
that in light of all its mistakes, the WTO had decided to shut itself down,
refounding as an organisation whose goals were not to help corporations, but
rather the poor and the environment.
That year, they also managed to
launch www.gwbush.com, a parody of Bush's real campaign website,
www.georgewbush.com, which tried to explain in 'more honest terms' the real
reasons that Bush wanted to be president, essentially to help the rich.