Who Screwed Up Globalization?

24 01 2007

For such a complex question there is a remarkably simple response. Just recently was the World Social Forum, a movement which started in Chile nearly six years ago, enforcing the seemingly contagious idea that while Globalization is striking its way into the future, our once optimistic hope for peace from unity has been poisoned. But as many have questioned WHO has poisoned it, I merely wonder HOW.

Till recently, I have thought highly of the new efforts that the world, and mostly our
United States, have been making. From all of the information the American media has provided– I, along with many other truly uninformed citizens– have been mislead to feel a sense of satisfaction and, dare I say, pride that our country is finally doing something positive in relation to the global betterment of our future as humans, not merely for the greedy benefits of just our own nation. When reading the title of this blog I was shocked to find that globalization was not working, because I had never heard a word of negativity yet on our global efforts. Once I read that there was a convention being held on the matters of stopping globalization, I pondered how the situation could be so bad that masses of people would decide to no longer support the idea of global unity. What was this huge dark side of globalization that overpowered the possible good which could come of it? The writting provided many compelling arguments to the problems with globalization such as new pollutants and diseases crossing over boarders and being harmful to the land they immigrate to, an increase of trafficking, and trade/purchase of drugs and weapons traveling with more ease through the market. But although these seem as major problems, each has been common negative factors to trade for hundreds of years. The true problem to globalization, which has just within the last decade made its way to be the popular consensus to why globalization would not work, is what we have prided ourselves on the most. “…the dark side of globalization is not the result of globalization at all. It is the dark side of U.S. predominance” (Weber, Ratner).
Because there is no predominant power or governance established by all nations to overview, protect, and establish rules and regulations over the world, there is nothing which can do this for globalization either. Globalization is controlled by the most powerful state, which today can be seen as the United States. The role that the U.S. has established for itself is one of power, and therefore great responsibility. This is much more than we can control. As we make the world more united, a larger amount of power is given to those which we feel can help our global problems such as the extremely important issue of today: the preservation and restoration of our environment. Programs which we need to create in order to help all states require a series of actions, “that benefit everyone but that no single government can provide, in part because they are expensive to create, sustain and enforce” (Weber, Ratner).
And as the U.S. has taken upon itself to rule over globalization and attempt to help/control all nations, we find ourselves with too small of a budget and too many other issues to worry about. The best option would be for the United States to share the power and rule of globalization with another powerful country or countries. We can only hope that with more nations governing, our greed and own personal country’s goals will not cloud the idea of a safer, cleaner, and more efficient world; as it has so many times before.



Who screwed up globalization?

Blame governments, not corporations, for the problems.By Steven Weber and Ely Ratner, Steven Weber is professor of political science and director of the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley. Ely Ratner is a doctoral candidate in political science and a research fellow at t
January 21, 2007




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