Skip to comments.What Is Globalization?
Posted on 01/31/2011 2:47:13 PM PST by FromLori
What is globalization? Well, if you ask 100 different Americans you will probably get 100 different answers. Many people view globalization as harmless or even as a good thing. Other Americans believe that the United States will never be integrated into a global economic and political system. Still others view it as a future threat that has not arrived yet. Those that consider it to be a future threat are concerned that at some point American sovereignty will end and at that point economic and political power will be handed over to a "world government". Well, the truth is that all of those points of view are missing the point. Globalization has been happening for decades and it is already very, very far advanced. The U.S. government has already surrendered massive amounts of political and economic power to global organizations such as the UN, the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank. In particular, our economy has been almost entirely merged into the emerging one world economy. Just because we still have a government in Washington D.C. and just because we are still using U.S. dollars does not mean that we still possess our economic independence. The truth is that global bureaucrats have a stunning amount of control over our economy right now, and even as you read this most of the consumer products sold in our stores are made on the other side of the world.
So what is globalization? In an economic sense, it is the integration of the national economies of the world. Just because we don't have a "one world government" yet and just because we all aren't paying our bills with implantable microchips yet does not mean that the global economic system has not arrived.
In fact, if someday the United States is merged into a one world government, that doesn't mean that our current government would disappear. It is likely that it would just be made subordinate to the global government, kind of like how our state governments have been made subordinate to the federal government in Washington D.C.
Trade is one of the primary tools of those seeking to implement globalization. This is something that a large percentage of those that are concerned about a "New World Order" fail to realize. Most people keep their eyes focused on the political realm, but the globalists realize that once you get control of money and trade you are a long way towards winning the game.
Wikipedia defines globalization in this manner....
"Globalization describes the process by which regional economies, societies, and cultures have become integrated through a global network of political ideas through communication, transportation, and trade."
That is exactly what is happening right now. Our "regional economy" and culture are becoming integrated with the rest of the world. Many applaud this change, but it also means that everything that once made America "exceptional" is being lost as we are merged into a new global system.
Fortunately, many Americans are starting to wake up to the threat of globalization. In particular, large numbers of Americans now realize that globalization is sending millions of our jobs overseas and it is destroying the standard of living of America's middle class.
According to a brand new Washington Post poll, only 36 percent of Americans consider "the increasing interconnection of the global economy" to be a positive thing. Back in 2001, 60 percent of Americans believed that globalization was a positive thing.
In particular, the decline in support for globalization has been the most pronounced among Republicans. Back in 2001, 57 percent of Republicans considered globalization to be beneficial, but only 27 percent of Republicans do so today.
That is a monumental shift in just ten years. It demonstrates that the endless propaganda that leaders from both political parties have been feeding us is not working.
We were promised that free trade agreements such as NAFTA and conferring "most favored nation" status on nations such as China would be incredibly good for our economy.
But now it is evident that our politicians were dead wrong about globalization.
As millions upon millions of Americans families have lost their jobs and their homes, the mood in the country towards all of these free trade agreements has turned sour. A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted last year discovered that 69 percent of Americans now believe that free trade agreements have cost America jobs.
Not only that, but there is strong "anti-globalization" sentiment in the new political movements that have sprung up in this country. For example, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll referenced above found that 61 percent of "Tea Party sympathizers" believe that free trade has hurt the United States.
So exactly how have these free trade agreements hurt us?
In a previous article, I described what has been happening to so many of the good jobs that the U.S. economy used to produce....
Do you need a job? Are you wondering where all the good jobs went? Well, the next time you are out just walk into a store and start looking at the product labels. Most of the things that are sold in our stores are now made out of the country. So if you need a good paying job to support your family that is just too bad - you have been merged into a global labor pool where you must compete for jobs with people on the other side of the globe willing to work for less than a tenth of what you usually make. Welcome to the "one world economy" where big global corporations make a fortune exploiting slave labor on the other side of the world while "overly expensive American workers" get dumped out on the street.
In the new global system, multinational corporations can shop for labor almost anywhere they want. So why should they give American workers good wages and good benefits when they can legally pay large numbers of workers on the other side of the globe slave labor wages and get away with it?
For blue collar American workers, globalization has turned out to be a very, very bad deal. Most blue collar workers only have their labor to offer in the marketplace. But now since they must compete with slave labor in other countries, the labor of these blue collar workers has become greatly devalued.
This is having a devastating impact on manufacturing in the United States. In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of all U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent and it continues to fall.
Much of the jobs and industries that have been outsourced have gone to nations such as China. The American public sees this and is beginning to view China as a tremendous economic threat. A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted earlier this month found that 61 percent of Americans consider China to be a threat to our jobs and economic security.
But Barack Obama and most of the other top politicians in this country continue to insist that we need even stronger economic ties with nations such as China.
It is absolute insanity.
So if we have decided that we are not going to make things in this country anymore, what kind of jobs are average Americans going to do in this new global economy?
Well, millions of Americans are just going to have to learn such phrases as....
"Welcome to Wal-Mart!"
"Our specials tonight are...."
"Would you like fries with that?"
For millions of other Americans there simply will not be any jobs.
If you don't like that I guess you can just move to China and apply for a $1.50 an hour job with no benefits.
You see, one of the things that globalization is ultimately all about is transferring power, wealth and control out of the hands of the middle class and into the hands of the global elite. The entire system is designed to funnel money into their hands and leave the rest of humanity fighting over a smaller and smaller slice of the pie.
This is not communism and it is certainly not capitalism. It is probably best described as "neo-feudalism", and it is a system that will strip virtually all of our liberties and freedoms away if we allow it to.
If you don't believe this is already happening, then please see an article I previously authored entitled "No Jobs, No Hope, No Future: 27 Signs That Americas Poverty Class Is Rapidly Becoming Larger Than Americas Middle Class" that lists 27 statistics that prove that the U.S. middle class is being rapidly wiped out.
Unless the American people wake up and take back control of the political process, global economic trends will eventually almost completely wipe out our once massive middle class.
Globalization is here and it is happening right now. It is destroying what still remains of the once great U.S. capitalist system. As our economy continues to be merged with the economies of the rest of the world, our standard of living will inevitably sink to match the standard of living that the rest of the world enjoys.
The entire game is changing. All of the things that you were taught about trade and economics as you were growing up are being turned upside down. Globalization is a complete and total nightmare. Hopefully the American people will wake up before it is too late.
A lot of us are awake and on the job.
Spot on, though I doubt this will receiver much play as “free trade” troikas tend to stay away from the ugly facts.
Who could be against trade goes the reply.
Anyone who enjoys American Greatness spread through the income scale is the rejoinder, Globalization is the death of class mobility..in a nutshell.
” Globalization is the death of class mobility..in a nutshell.”
That it is Padre.
It is also a danger to our sovereignty.
Look at these horrible employment numbers.
“A recent report by Pews Fiscal Analysis Initiative shows 30 percent, or 4.2 million of the 14 million, of those who are jobless have been unemployed for a year or more the federal government defines long-term unemployed as six months or longer the highest percentage since World War II as of December 2010. “
And note the jobs that have been created..
Low-wage jobs dominated hiring so far in job market recovery
They are dismantling our way of life piece by piece and helping to build up those who would seek to harm us at the same time.
“that doesn’t mean that our current government would disappear. It is likely that it would just be made subordinate to the global government”——————
says it all right there...submit to Islam instead of WE THE PEOPLE ruling ourselves.,
So Ron Paul is right down the line?
Globalism is a system designed to transfer massive amounts of wealth from the 1st world to the 3rd world courtesy of the the massive amounts of disposable slave labor the 3rd world possesses. This is why democrats love it.
Globalism’s side effect is that it, for a short time, allows MNCs to inflate their bottom lines by cutting labor costs thereby inflating the values of stock options held by the leadership of MNCs. This is why republicans love it.
It’s bad for the long term health of our country, and disastrous for our standard of living. This is why patriots hate it.
“Globalism is a system designed to transfer massive amounts of wealth from the 1st world to the 3rd world courtesy of the the massive amounts of disposable slave labor the 3rd world possesses. This is why democrats love it.”
Yes, but the wealth stops along the way and the social, political and financial elite siphon off most of it for their own benefit. These people profit off of others labor by shuffling paper around and laughing while they do it.
Exactly Lori, what is worse is the politicians then will pass even more laws to inhibit productive capacity even further, less domestic growth means more importation of goods means even less capacity.
There used to be those who would chime in to defend this nonsense, but like phrenologists, they have disappeared.
Meanwhile the System is doing exactly what it was designed to do, transfer wealth overseas, make a select few very wealthy in the US and destroy the hopeful portions of the US economy.
THAT is how Obama was elected in 08 and things have only grown worse since then, so Socialism is the last appeal of the dwindling middle class to maintain their lifestyles.
And it still won’t work.
The world was globalist 100 years ago. WWII went a long way to making America dominate because everyone else’s production capacity was destroyed or fell under communism.
During that easy period we decided to make ourselves uncompetitive with taxes, regulation, and out of control spending and unions. It left us not ready when the rest of the world caught up. We did this to ourselves.
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