I’m tired of the media splitting the debate about globalization into pro and anti factions. Are really all persons protesting against the World Economic Forum against “globalization”? Even if I’ve never actively participated in any demonstrations, let’s take myself as an example. I’m as left as you get in the political spectrum for self-employed entrepreneurs. I believe that the following have negative long term effects:
Taking advantage of more lax foreign labor laws
Taking advantage of more lax foreign environmental regulations
Allowing corporations to avoid taxation by freely moving funds across borders
Aha! So clearly I’m against globalization. I clearly, ladies and gentlemen, belong to the anti-globalization movement! I would beg to differ.
I’m all for globalization. That is, if you can be for something that can be stopped, that can’t be avoided except by reversing every technological achievement of the last 500 years. Being against globalization is a little like being against pushing wheat in a cart at the time the wheel was invented. Or, for that matter, against rain fall in spring. Globalization is a natural consequence of the human desire to perfect its society through communication and exchange of resources.
My opinion is that corporate interests that lack a value system acknowledging their societal obligations are taking advantage of global deregulations to increase their shareholder value. These interests don’t have a social agenda. Irresponsible corporations are profiting short-term from an economic globalization that isn’t accompanied by global legislative measures.
Aha! Legislative measure. Obviously I’m a card toting member of the labor union. No, I never was and probably never will be. Anyway, I’m obviously against globalization. Again, no no no. In a world were economic, environmental and political effects propagate at the speed of sub-atomic particles, we’re left with no choice but…well…responsibly transcend the nation state. What I’m saying is that we need to make the first steps towards truly globalizing the Rule of Law to make sure that the guy in Cairo can have a say about what the guy in Sudan dumps into Lake Nubia.
It not about anti-globalization. It’s about extending civil society across borders. The conflict should be called something else. What I don’t know. But not Globalization vs. Anti-Globalization…