Govt200 Midterm Question 1
Submitted By bajannyc
What is globalism and its effects on the modern political world?
“Economic globalization is a historical process, the result of human innovation and technological progress. It refers to the increasing integration of economies around the world, particularly through the movement of goods, services, and capital across borders.” (Rourke Pg. 5) As our textbook implies globalization started to take of in the 1980’s. Some of the reasons for this advancement were; better transportation infrastructure, communication advances, and the single most important factor for globalization today, the internet. The internet brought a world that was days apart to seconds apart. Companies could now communicate within seconds to branches all over the world. Important correspondence could now be emailed in seconds instead of taking days or weeks.
“The growth in global markets has helped to promote efficiency through competition and the division of labor – the specialization that allows people and economies to focus on what they do best.” (Rourke Pg.6) Globalization has helped the world move to a closer community where we are working together to advance the world’s economy. Globalization has also increased competition in the marketplace and with this competition better products are manufactured. The consumer ultimately benefits from this increased competition amongst manufacturers. “Perhaps more importantly, globalization implies that information and knowledge get dispersed and shared.” (Rourke Pg. 6) Developing nations are benefitting from the knowledge they are gaining from first world nations as they increase their economy.
Everything is not all peachy with globalization; there are emerging problems that will have to be dealt with on a worldwide size. “Beyond climate change, two other trends may produce major development challenges in the decades to come: the continuing growth of the world’s population and the economic growth in China, India, and elsewhere.” (Griffiths Pg. 6) These large scale problems will not be solved be any one nation, so it will take a worldwide effort to attempt to solve them. The Bible says “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18) God will give us the knowledge we need to remedy these global problems but it is up to us to use this knowledge for good or evil. Many of the global problems that exist today are because of sin and its effects. World leaders for centuries have been building weapons to destroy each other, instead of finding ways to help each other. The Bible says “Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." (Genesis 1:26) God gave man dominion over the earth that we may take care of the earth not destroy it. When we look at all the magnificent things that God has created on this earth we should make it our first priority to take care of it. We know that the devil is our adversary on earth and he mandates that if he cannot have the earth then he will do everything in his power to destroy God’s creation.
Annual Editions: Developing World 12/13 (McGraw Hill Higher Ed), Robert J. Griffiths
Taking Sides: World Politics, Fifteenth Edition (McGraw Hill Higher Ed), John T. Rourke
The Bible, New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986