Sunday, April 25, 2010


Globalization, unfortunately, is the first issue so far that I can’t rant about since I didn’t even know what it meant until 10 minutes ago. Based on what I’ve read however, there are two main standpoints on this issue. Corporate businessmen like globalization because it allows them to outsource jobs to location such as China and Mexico where they can pay their employees barely anything to make the same finished product. On the other hand, globalization is bad for average laborers who are forced to compete with other people from around the world and in many cases, wind up losing their jobs anyway.
In my newly-formed opinion, I would most likely take some kind of middle ground. From what I know, too much power vested in the corporate elite is what is known around the world as fascism – something which is definitely not beneficial to any nation. However, at the same time, globalization promotes trade and communication between all nations of the world – an aspect which is necessary to the growth and development of our own country. So if it were up to me, I guess I would make some sort of regulations on corporate growth. Unfortunately however, this would mean that most corporations would just pack their bags and move their businesses to a place where their activities will be entirely unregulated. All right forget this; I’m just going to side with big businesses. The bottom line is if globalization were regulated then this country would just completely collapse into itself. Big businesses hate being told what to do and at the same time, if we choose to start isolating ourselves, then we will lose our foothold in the global economy – something which cannot happen.
Let’s face it, average laborers around the world have gotten the short end of the stick since the inception of organized society. Even if I sat here screaming about human rights with a bunch of other Jimmy Carter-type people, the fact of the matter is that just by judging the trends of society, I know this will never change. Too bad for them they should have worked as hard as they possibly could in school to at least make an attempt to avoid this fate. Why did I use the allusion to Jimmy Carter – because due to his complete lack of understanding of foreign policy, he almost started World War III because he decided he was going to tell the Soviet Union and China how they should treat their own people. Yes, human rights are important, but unless you want anarchy, I don’t understand how you can just completely reject globalization. Seriously, if you are completely against globalization (and yes this is about to be an ad-hominem argument), you’re an idiot.
At this point in time what corporate businesses really have to worry about is how not to completely alienate their workers – something which would also cause the United States to collapse into itself. They have to figure out away to keep screwing them over in moderation to keep them from rising up and starting strikes and rallies. If most corporation master this then globalization will continue in the manner in which it has thus far – something which is necessary if the United States is to remain a worl

1 comment:

  1. Brittany Liebenow

    26 April 2010

    Globalization Comment

    There are parts of Alex Milkov's arguments that I both admire and agree with, and there are parts that I find rather inconsiderate. I agree that globalization has many economic advantages including the ability to outsource jobs. I also agree that globalization unites the world through business. It is an unfortunate, yet inevitable truth, that globalization will continue because big businesses will not be told what to do, and I both agree with and respect that idea.

    I do not appreciate, or agree with, the idea that human rights should be completely sacrificed in the name of big business. Also, when Milkov makes the bold assertion that poor laborers should have tried harder in school, he is making the unfounded assumption that these laborers had access to adequate schooling. Many of these laborers, in regards to outsourcing jobs and globalization, are stuck in a never-ending spiral of poverty that provides neither an education nor an opportunity to make a better life for themselves. While I would personally agree that Milkov's claim can reasonably be applied to a majority of Americans, it cannot be applied to laborers in general.

    Despite the human rights disagreements, I do agree with Milkov's closing argument: globalization will continue so long as big corporations can keep unsatisfied workers at bay. I also agree that it will help the U.S. economy and will further our power in the world.