I keep hearing the term globalization and it sounds like an innocent enough word, but it is far from innocent. I have heard this term used so much that I started researching what is globalization. Is it the integration of economic, political, and cultural systems across the globe? Or is it the dominance of developed countries in decision-making, at the expense of poorer, less powerful nations? Is globalization a force for economic growth, prosperity, and democratic freedom? Or is it a force for environmental devastation, exploitation of the developing world, and suppression of human rights? Does globalization only benefit the rich or can the poor take advantage of it to improve their well-being?
American along with Britain and the full support of the UN and NATO are using military conquest, and labeling it as a free market and a free society. We have moved into the “Age of Imperialism”. This is not the first of such ages. But it is the first one with such global support.
We who value individual liberty and freedom over anything else should realize that globalization compromises our fundamental, inalienable human rights. The powers that be no longer respect the individual, because the individual is sovereign.
This becomes disaster capitalism, using violence to send a message. Iraq. Afghanistan was all a message to the world that America (global elite) is your master. The question is whose economic growth does this war machine help? Does it help devastated villages in third world countries that are destroyed by American hegemony and global conflict? Are we in denial or simply compliant with these civil criminals?
If you’re going to go into military conquest then you are no longer talking about a free market and a free society.
Oh, sorry — that wasn’t imperialism; it was “occupation.” But when Americans are running foreign governments, it’s a distinction without a difference. Likewise, recent “nation-building” experiments in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan are imperialism under another name.
Economic integration is another aspect of globalization. Economic integration is the cause of inequalities in the current global trading system hurt developing countries at the expense of developed countries. Economic integration occurs when countries lower barriers such as import tariffs and open their economies up to investment and trade with the rest of the world. This process has exploited people in developing countries, caused massive disruptions and produced few benefits.
It is Big Brother’s way of redistribution of wealth. America was once one of the wealthiest nations on earth, but because of this mass redistribution of wealth we are on our way to having our standard of living lowered to a third world country.
American jobs have been lost because of the international trade agreements, which have in no way helped the American people. The only benefits have been for corporations who have exported American jobs only to exploit many third world countries.
When you hear them speak of population control please keep in mind they are not speaking of birth control. Birth control has been around for the last 50 years and that has not stopped our population growth. The world now has 7 million people existing on the planet and the powers that be find this unacceptable. I will leave it up to you the reader to fill in the dots on how they plan on reducing population.
In general, globalization is ultimately reducing the importance of nation states. This has led the relative decline in US power to globalization, particularly due to the country’s high trade deficit. This has led to a global power shift towards Asian states, particularly China, which unleashed market forces and achieved tremendous growth rates. As of 2011, China was on track to overtake the United States by 2025.
Globalization equals Imperialism. But we’re not supposed to call their ideology Socialist Imperialism. According to Lenin, Socialists can’t be Imperialists. On the Left, Lenin’s opinion on that issue is considered to be final.
The question is which countries have grown enough political wisdom to see through the layers and layers of bull. If they get suckered by the latest (racialist) version of Marxism, it will come back to haunt them. Ideology doesn’t feed the children. It ends up squeezing people dry.
Ultimately, decent government requires an involved and thinking population. That is, if we believe Lincoln’s words that you can’t fool all the people all of the time.
Come to think of it, that’s the real question for American voters, too.
I wonder when they’ll stop being fooled.
This is a ditty from Canadian development economist Gerald Heliner…
“The poor complain – they always do – but that is just idle chatter /
Our system brings rewards to all /
-at least to all who matter”
I can go home.”