Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.
I kind of smile when as a blogger frecuently run into blogs disparaging at the changes we are seeing around the Globe, and we do not like it, specially when the change in question it’s hitting right at home, and it’s too close for comfort.
White lies are small, inconsequential, and use some light dishonesty in order to keep everyone happy—or at least cover your rear, right?
Well, anyone who has had a seemingly innocent falsehood blow up in their face knows that’s not always the case. A fib can have sometimes dramatic consequences, setting a chain of events into motion that could hardly have been anticipated when the original lie was told. That’s true in both life and history; many an untruth has led to major, unexpected, tectonically earth-shifting results.
History Has Consecuences
The European colonization the World over during roughly 400 years. One could argue from history that exploration has led to the subjugation or decimation of cultures, and that is undoubtedly true. Historians have documented the often bad effects of culture contacts: there is no whitewashing the history of Cortez and the Aztecs, Pizarro and the Incas, or the eventual effects of exploration on the American Indians, to mention only the effect of European exploration on the Americas.
And the further striping of many parts of the World, of the local inahibatans self rulership, into a position, if if not of blatant slavery, to secondary servitude, by European powers, and the movement of millions of Africans to the New World, by any standards a major historical phenomenon, with long-term international consequences.
To assess these consequences, and the new developments of a more benign, but still ruthless conquest of the markets, and materail resources by globalization, the many mini-wars on far off lands, it may seem of little consequence, for those naive enough to believe so, but now shocked to the core, to see their borders aflood with masses of inmigrants of all colors, in a desperate struggle for survival, should be a lesson to understand that there is no actions without consecuences, and to believe so, and be a complice of policies in the past that supported invasion, and mayhem abroad. Well there is a big price tag to pay for it, the bill is due, and the bill collector is knocking at your door, as we speak!
Rather than bore you with my personal opinion about the matter, I will provide you with a wide spectrum of voices, to do it for me.
Quotes on the Effect of Globalization
We are aware that globalization doesn’t mean global friendship but global competition and, therefore, conflict. That doesn’t mean we will all destroy each other, but it is no happy global village, either.
Globalization and trade liberalization were supposed to make us all better off through the mechanism of trickle-down economics. What we seemed to be seeing instead was trickle-up economics, accompanied by a destruction of democratic politics, as we moved ever closer to a system of ‘one dollar, one vote’ as opposed to ‘one person, one vote.’
The trends that are shaping the twenty-first-century world embody both promise and peril. Globalization, for example, has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty while contributing to social fragmentation and a massive increase in inequality, not to mention serious environmental damage.
It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.
Globalization has much potential. It could be the answer to many of the world’s seemingly intractable problems. But this requires strong democratic foundations based on a political will to ensure equity and justice.
We must create a kind of globalization that works for everyone… and not just for a few.
If you’re totally illiterate and living on one dollar a day, the benefits of globalization never come to you.
In Globalization 1.0, which began around 1492, the world went from size large to size medium. In Globalization 2.0, the era that introduced us to multinational companies, it went from size medium to size small. And then around 2000 came Globalization 3.0, in which the world went from being small to tiny.
The standardization of world culture, with local popular or traditional forms driven out or dumbed down to make way for American television, American music, food, clothes and films, has been seen by many as the very heart of globalization.
Masterpieces of art possess immense potential to advance a worldview that could help assuage the societal terrors posed by globalization, the most thoroughgoing socioeconomic upheaval since the Industrial Revolution, which has set off a pandemic of retrogressive nationalism, regional separatism, and religious extremism.
Imperialism or globalization – I don’t have to care what it’s called to hate it.
Globalization creates economic policies where the transnationals lord over us, and the result is misery and unemployment.
The negative side to globalization is that it wipes out entire economic systems and in doing so wipes out the accompanying culture.
Peter L. Berger
If it is, in reality, capitalism that is the motor force behind the destructive forms of globalization, then it must be in their capacity to neutralize or transform this particular mode of exploitation that one can best test these various forms of resistance to the West.
Globalization means we have to re-examine some of our ideas, and look at ideas from other countries, from other cultures, and open ourselves to them. And that’s not comfortable for the average person.
The 1 to 2 billion poorest in the world, who don’t have food for the day, suffer from the worst disease: globalization deficiency. The way globalization is occurring could be much better, but the worst thing is not being part of it. For those people, we need to support good civil societies and governments.
There’s a natural antipathy on the part of the voters to a continuation of globalization as we know it. It’s simply a code word today for bad trade deals that disadvantage the American people.
Well, we see an increasingly weaker labor movement as a result of the overall assault on the labor movement and as a result of the globalization of capital.
Globalization obviously has the potential to be good. That doesn’t mean it’s good for everybody. There’s a very large number of people in India and China who benefited directly from globalization, but it doesn’t mean everybody in America benefits from globalization.
Laissez-faire capitalism is a belief that unregulated capitalism will create the greatest benefit for all. Proponents of such a system believe that government interference, including tariffs or social safety nets, ultimately causes more harm than good by promoting or protecting inefficiency. In extreme forms, the philosophy has been used as a reason not to intervene in humanitarian crises, such as the Irish famines (1846–49), despite evidence that many “natural” catastrophes are the result of government actions or lop-sided concentrations of wealth and resources. Adam Smith’s belief in the “invisible hand” that balances economic systems is sometimes cited as evidence of his support for laissez-faire policies, though his call for government to intervene to prevent monopolies shows he was not an absolutist.
There’s so many conflicting opinions about Globalization, it’s clear that for some it’s a fountain of great opportunities, and for others a cause for grief, and unequality, my two cents here is that governments around the World should be responsible of laws, that would promote the welfare of Nations as a whole, and not to benefit just a few, the key it’s to find a balance that would address both sides, to promote happiness and well being for everyone, and avoid the total degradation of Men by another one, a common situation prevalent through History, and today, time to put a stop to it.