View Poll Results: Is globalization a good thing?

Voters
51. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes, it is generally good

    13 25.49%
  • Roughly half good, half bad

    14 27.45%
  • No, it is generally bad

    24 47.06%
Page 1 of 10 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 95

Thread: Is globalization a good thing?

  1. #1
    Advisor Sanitas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    The world.
    Last Seen
    03-05-12 @ 02:16 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian - Left
    Posts
    459

    Is globalization a good thing?

    Do you think globalization is a good thing?

    Please vote before reading my post.










    The implicit message of the antiglobalization protests is that we in the developed world somehow know what is best for people in poor countries - where they ought to work and even what kind of restaurants they ought to eat in.
    (Wheelan 201)

    Wheelan, Charles. Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science. Boston: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003.

    I wrote the following for a school assignment, and felt it would apply:

    The antiglobalization argument certainly has merit, though it is terribly misinformed. The belief is, gargantuan corporations with overseas interests are merely taking advantage of the poverty stricken people, by forcing them to work in horrid sweatshops, and allowing child labor, and somehow making them worse off. Indeed, the corporations are taking advantage of cheap labor in countries such as China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. The corporations are also paying their workers generous wages compared to standards of pay at domestic manufacturing firms. Sure it isn't $8.00 an hour, but it's much more than what they would be getting paid otherwise.

    The most ironic part is the antiglobalization protesters actually believe they would be doing the peasants of Vietnam some sort of favor by shutting down the Nike shoes plant, and forcing them out of their only means of income. Sounds like some favor!

    In his book, Wheelan clearly wanted to signify his stance on globalization - that it is merely human capital([ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_capital"]human capital[/ame]) on a global scale. When trade restrictions are lifted, some people may lose their jobs…a company may shut its doors due to foreign competition. But this is just another example of a point Wheelan made early in the book - creative destruction ([ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_destruction[/ame]). To move forward on a global (or national) economic scale, we must realize that the benefits by far outweigh the costs. In lifting tariffs we would inherently cause a few problems, but solve many!

    Protesters of globalization would argue otherwise, that somehow putting a KFC in Bali, or sending jobs to Honduras is detrimental to the world. The opposite is true, however. In exporting economic interests we also export economic hope and prosperity. This can only hope to have a great positive effect on the world economy.
    Last edited by Sanitas; 08-27-09 at 04:10 PM.
    "All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language...No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne

  2. #2
    DEATH TO ANTARCTICA!!!
    Apocalypse's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Israel
    Last Seen
    Today @ 07:07 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Centrist
    Posts
    17,217

    Re: Is globalization a good thing?

    We'll see..?
    "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

    Dante Alighieri

  3. #3
    Global Moderator
    The Truth is out there.
    Kal'Stang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Bonners Ferry ID USA
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    32,880
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Is globalization a good thing?

    At this point in time globalization is not a good thing. It could be. Eventually. It would entail everyone to agree with certain aspects that at this point in time is an impossibility. Like given women the whole world over equal rights. Allowing people to love who they wish to love. A definitive answer on abortion accepted by all. etc etc etc etc. The list is right now endless. Which is why globalization is not a possibility.
    I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang

    My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang

  4. #4
    Devourer of Poor Children
    DrunkenAsparagus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    DC
    Last Seen
    01-20-16 @ 04:07 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    4,496

    Re: Is globalization a good thing?

    Globalization is helping millions get out of poverty. Those "sweatshops" that everyone complains about offer oppurtunity and safety that local industries can't support right now, and outsourcing hasn't hurt America as much as the unions will tell you. From the 1990s to the beginning of the current recession, more jobs have been created than lost and wages have gone up across the board in the US

  5. #5
    Guru
    tlmorg02's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Louisville, Ky
    Last Seen
    07-23-15 @ 11:48 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Slightly Liberal
    Posts
    3,347

    Re: Is globalization a good thing?

    Globalization worries me for more reasons than cheap wages, worker rights, and the lot, though all of those may be horrible in their own right. What bothers me the most is that it feels as if we as humans are following a path that was lain before us in prophecy, yet we continue even though we have an idea how it may end badly. Karl Marx and Joseph Engels asserted that capitalism would conquere the globe and pave the way for the "haves," and "have nots." Borders would be brought down and eventually the world population would be pooled into these two groups.

    Globalization seems to be bringing these ideas to life. Borders are now meaningless, as an X-ray in the U.S. is often now read by a technologist in India. Also, we see the capitalization of China and Russia. Governments are uniting to create large blocs, such as the EU, and possibly the North American Union will arise in the near future. Once these things are accomplished we, as a people, will be ever closer to that which Marx and Engels predicted, Communism.

  6. #6
    Guru
    tlmorg02's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Louisville, Ky
    Last Seen
    07-23-15 @ 11:48 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Slightly Liberal
    Posts
    3,347

    Re: Is globalization a good thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Globalization is helping millions get out of poverty. Those "sweatshops" that everyone complains about offer oppurtunity and safety that local industries can't support right now, and outsourcing hasn't hurt America as much as the unions will tell you. From the 1990s to the beginning of the current recession, more jobs have been created than lost and wages have gone up across the board in the US
    If anything, with this recession, wages have decreased and/or jobs completely lost. And where are these new jobs being created? Usually in sectors where manufacturing workers have no access to training or education. That is great for the kid right out of college, but the guy who manufactured socks for 25-years is going to have a tougher time.

  7. #7
    Devourer of Poor Children
    DrunkenAsparagus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    DC
    Last Seen
    01-20-16 @ 04:07 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    4,496

    Re: Is globalization a good thing?

    I wouldn't worry too much about those two. Globalizations is helping pave the way for a lot more haves than have nots without the need for a worker's revolt

  8. #8
    Guru
    Morality Games's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Iowa
    Last Seen
    05-24-16 @ 10:00 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Centrist
    Posts
    3,733

    Re: Is globalization a good thing?

    It can be interpreted as either good or bad into infinite regression, varying much according to the observor. It is just yet another inevitable historical development which will provoke many diverse emotional reactions in communities and individuals.

  9. #9
    Devourer of Poor Children
    DrunkenAsparagus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    DC
    Last Seen
    01-20-16 @ 04:07 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    4,496

    Re: Is globalization a good thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    If anything, with this recession, wages have decreased and/or jobs completely lost. And where are these new jobs being created? Usually in sectors where manufacturing workers have no access to training or education. That is great for the kid right out of college, but the guy who manufactured socks for 25-years is going to have a tougher time.
    That's why I said, "until the current recession." You don't necessarily need a college degree or manufacturing job to make a good living. Wages have been steadily rising across the board since outsourcing really began until the current recession

  10. #10
    Sage
    Cephus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    CA
    Last Seen
    Today @ 10:09 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Slightly Conservative
    Posts
    29,803

    Re: Is globalization a good thing?

    I don't think it's necessarily good or bad, it simply exists and it's something we have to deal with. We already have a largely global economy, you simply cannot make major decisions anymore without consulting all the countries that your decisions will impact. The days of being a nation on a hill are long gone, we're all part of one big planet whether we like it or not.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

    Blog me! YouTube me! VidMe me!

Page 1 of 10 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •