It started at San Francisco Zen Center's Tassajara Mountain retreat center. I attended a lecture on the evils of the WTO in 2000; it was after the 1999 anti-WTO protests in Seattle.
I stood up after the talk and criticized the speaker's complete lack of knowledge on the subject, made an argument pro the WTO and promptly drove most of the peace-and-love audience away.
S.F. Zen Center, being a sensible and balanced organization, scheduled a genuine debate on the issue in the Fall of 2000. Zen Center was only able to get one person willing to debate me. The gentleman was flown out from the Public Citizen Nader group in D.C. , he was the main national organizer against the WTO. I presented the argument that I had written (posted online here) and he tried to rebut me. He gave up, because he couldn't rebut my points. He quit his job less than a month later.
There has been no significant domestic anti-WTO movement since then. Did my arguments play a role?