Globalisation is good
Last updated: March 8, 2017
Globalisation comes in for a lot of flack from all sides. It is blamed for making the world more western, riding roughshod over other cultures. It damages the livelihood of millions, particularly of farmers but also in Manufacturing in countries like the USA. Globalisation however has many upsides, and most likely creates more good than bad. In the 20th Century the times of least Globalisation have been the worst times whole most or increasing globalisation have been the best - both in terms of the economy and war and peace.
Peace and Globalisation
Similarly both the periods after WWII and in the 1990s may have been relatively peaceful with no really big wars but there were a lot of small wars, such as in the Balkans.
Being rich because of globalisation is anyone's game
the closer we come together , the fewer prejudices,stereotypes and fears we have/hold for each other.
this coming-together creates entrepreneurial opportunities for even those people in the least developed parts of the world. Trade thrives on constant exposure/interaction and is the capitalist measure of progress.
Globalization prods everyone irrespective of race,colour,creed and/or destination to be able to grab the brass ring of international cosmopolitan economic success.
It is anyone's game.
widens the gap between the rich and the poor
Suppose overall wealth increases ten fold.
Then the difference between any two people's wealth also increases ten fold.
point being, progress discriminates; in terms of real value even if it doesn't in terms of proportion.
The argument depends on how globalisation is defined.
Globalisation is disastrous for biodiversity.
To me, globalisation means people globalising the planet. People always want to develop and this is leading to exploitation of the environment an loss of biodiversity.
Japan was fairly isolated for very long but that did not stop Japan from grazing cows and polluting her land.
With globalisaton comes awareness(of what is good and bad in universal terms, such as what is pollution? or what are human rights? etc) with awareness/knowledge comes power and with power comes responsibility. As borders/boundaries diminish and our differences are allayed , we have a greater sense of our responsibility towards to entire planet and knowledge(from across the world) about what to do.
survival of the fittest
Counter to counter:
Actually the whole point of this debate/Copenhagen etc is that animals/plants/biodiversity/the-planet/us cannot survive natural evolution in terms of us competing with them for resources and killing them off(endangered species list, extinct species list) and expending lifeforms/ethereal-resources that we depend on; exponentially so that our own survival is threatened.
Globalization and Decentralization
In some countries the policies of opening up of economy and policies devised to deal with the challenges posed by new ‘globalized’ world are interacting with domestic political and economic institutions in such a way so as to create incentives for decentralization. In addition there is external pressure coming from IMF and WB who implicitly and explicitly have declared ‘decentralization’ as their most favoured policy prescription especially for the developing world.