Globalization at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, May 11, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The suggestions at the end of this article are reasonable but I'm more sceptical of the discussion learning to them. No, I don't think opposition to globalization is due to " the tendency to overestimate globalization levels" or "thinking your own country is superior". It very much has to do with replacing social imperatives - such as education and health care - with business imperatives. There's nothing inherent about globalization (or anti-globalization, as we've seen recently) that makes this the case, but the way globalization has been structured, business interests supersede the public interest. Trade pacts - from the European Union to NAFTA to Trans Pacific Partnership - make it much more difficult to protect labour, the environment, pensions, health care, education and a host of other services. I am generally supportive of globalization, but I am not supportive of corporate rule - and that's what globalization represents today.
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