Globalization position paper
This unit is about globalization and how we can play a role in it so that everyone gets to benefit from globalization and that everyone can be a part of it in some way. Nestor Kirchner once said ” We must create a kind of globalization that works for everyone…and not just for a few. ” this means that everyone needs to lend hand so that smaller organizations and smaller countries can benefit from it just as much as the bigger, more successful companies and countries. Countries that are engaging in globalization are becoming very successful in trading, import and export deals, and overall improvement in the middle class way of life. Globalization is the process making the worlds citizens increasingly interdependent economically, politically, and socially, as well as environmentally and technologically. Although, how much should we embrace it? By the given definition, you would expect globalization to allow cultures, ideas, and beliefs to spread across the globe, which would lead to the development of our countries. However, its not the case as said here by William K. Tabb, “Globalization refers to the process of reducing barriers between countries and encouraging closer economic and political interaction. Globalization could vastly increase the ability of people everywhere to improve their living standards by sharing knowledge. This, of course, does not happen.” Tabb is trying to tell us that while Globalization could be doing us of world of good, it has failed to do so in recent years.
In fact, a process that is supposed to allow us all to grow, is transforming us into somewhat of a monoculture due to acculturation. Tabb believes that there is vast potential for our world to become closer through political, and economic interaction if we allow it to do so. Sometimes we just don’t know exactly how to do it.
Despite what William K. Tabb said here, these very things have happened, just not as often as one would perhaps wish them to. Take Taiwan for example. Thirty years ago the country had widespread poverty and was extremely poor. Nowadays they are as rich as the Spanish, with poverty rates cut by more than 50% and real wages that are now 10 times higher. How did they manage to accomplish this? This vast amount of economic progress was achieved through land reform, a government push for industrialization,such as the emersion of sweatshops, innovative ideas,more people owning their own business, cultural changes, and democracy rather than dictatorship. As long as foreign countries around the world are able to improve their living standards through globalization, and can do so without becoming too westernized, we can still see globalization as a positive occurrence. Globalization can do us all a world of good in life and with the taiwan example it really shows how after globalization came into the area, it vastly improved their way of life.