The final chapter in the globalization leader reads as a good wrap up in the opening paragraphs mentioning a lot of parts that belong to our worlds globalization that until the class I knew nothing about. One of the things I noticed in this article brings me to a term paper that I just wrote on a historiography of the American New Left of the 1960s. That movement had three main ideas being anti-scholastic, utopian, and activist. Anti scholastic refers to a way of thinking that the perceived normal way was not the best, utopian referred to having a world where economic problems and abuse of minorities would not exist, and of course activism being the people protesting the ways of those in charge to bring new ideas to the forefront. This to me describes the backlash of the corporate globalists who see themselves as creators of job and wealth and by default overall good for the worlds economic state. The article also states that in recent years the corporate salary has reached a point of 500 plus times the amount of the common worker. The author discusses ten principles of for democratic and sustainable societies the first being new democracy that brings me back to the ideals of the 1960s in the New Left. Another of the principles is human rights and right after that is talking about jobs and livelihood. The author states that livelihood is a means of living and as we all have been taught in grade school this countries founders gave us the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. If these are the rights governments are supposed to protect then this new global order that has seem to come from globalization and the growth of corporations is the very definition of the governments all around the world losing touch with the very thing they were created to protect. The author urges in the final paragraph of the article that policies of localization are the only way to take the power back from these corporations. He says that democratic control of the economy by communities or nation states is the way to take back the world from these corporations and it could lead to the rebuilding of self sustainability nationally. The article really drives in what the class was about and seems to be the total culmination of what we were taught. Sadly the days of children being thrilled by simplistic toys like a ball in a cup or a simple hand made doll are long behind us and localization seems an impossible pipe dream when you look at car companies from around the world all pandering to different markets across the world but this article gives hope that eventually enough power can be taken from these corporations and we can breath new life into stagnant economies when it comes to production and take away a bit from larger nations becoming purely consumers and going back to a healthy mix of consumer and producer.
This article looks at the way that certain local communities have been seemingly wiped out by their global counterparts in the never ending story of "the man" looking to find cheaper ways of producing incredible amounts of goods. The author also goes into the way smaller banks have been bought out by larger banks and small business owners and farmers find it harder and harder to get the loans they need to keep up with business because they have been reduced to numbers in a machine in a city they've never been to. The author, like in the last chapter, talks about the importance of local in fighting the turn that big businesses and world economies have pushed on those who are not as fortunate to have immense power in economic situations.
Global to Local
Reading this article reminds me of chapter 76 and how in my response to it I talked about 60s activism. The whole idea of that activism was that if you started to do things the way you think it should be done eventually others would follow. This article talks about ways that you as a consumer can manipulate big business into changing the way they practice by being a smart consumer and understanding where your products come from. This article doesn't just stop at consumerism. It talks about ways you can make a difference as a worker, an investor, and as various types of citizens such as local, national, and even global. The way it's structured out it tries to show you that there is no reason to believe in the rhetoric that started the new world order of globalization in the 1980s and that its continuation is depended on all of us. Globalization will dominate as it has for the past 30 years unless we as citizens of the world fight against its injustices and don't sit idly by.