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Globalization (changes)

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Idea

Globalization is the process of the increase in interconnectedness of the parts of the world and of transfer and transport of goods, people, services, and other materail material and cultural aspects of human life as well as reduction of barriers of language, trade taxes, rules and so on in that process.

Dominant biased view on globalization

The modern era globalization is driven mainly by the low-term interest and flow of capital and good rather than primary and long-term interest of people, culture and the free flow of people. Thus in comparison with the end of 19th century, the present day world is much less globalized in the sense of free flow of people: emigration into say United States in 1910 for a person in the third country affording a ship to US was far easier then than now. Capital on the other hand, flows easily across the regimes. This way the present day globalization is selective toward the low-term interst interest of the capital. Even wikipedia defines now globalization via its economic aspect and judges other aspects just as means to affect the aconomic economic aspect:

(wikipedia) Globalization refers to the increasing unification of the world’s economic order through reduction of such barriers to international trade as tariffs, export fees, and import quotas.

It does not mention removing passports, or removing the hijacking of complete river supply by some countries thorugh through which the rivers pass in part of their path. It does not mention the global presence of some militaries in the world or the globalized paths of air, water, climate, cultural, parasitic, radio and other polution pollution and natural resource depletion.

Anti-globalization movement

There is lots of backlash against globalization in activist organizations. Unfortunately, their understanding undersigns also the meaning of globalization dictated by the most modern era of economic globalization and there is little of understanding in the anti-globalization movement of the needs of some form of globalization and existence and pre-existence of other aspects of globalizations (like free flow of people, not only capital) and possibilities for better forms of globalizations. Instead of showing which seemingly chepaer cheaper ways of globalization bring overall higher costs for the planet Earth and humanuty, humanity, and which do not, the movement is typically attaching all forms of economic globalization.

Possible role of Azimuth

Azimuth should try to find a more balanced point of view about globalization and its long-term effects and possibilities. Azimuth should also try to find out which aspects of the global current of goods, services, energy, polution etc. is necessary, globally useful, irreplacable irreplaceable and so on.

Transportation vs. local goods economics

It appears that some goods and services are cheaper in one region than in another. Then, in marker, the cheaper production place starts raising in its production and replaces the more expensive places. While this sounds reasonable in short term, this equation most often does not take into account many side effects of dislocated production:

  • the dislocated production to far centers needs allocating large part of the world resources to building transport ways for which one needs energy, cutting forests, risking wild-life and water-paths

  • it delays the delivery of products in comparison to local what favors depleted hard-structure food, higher need in pesticides and other protection in food

  • leads to the development of monocultures and monoeconomics with long-term risks and period crisis (with fall of prices, epidemics and so on)

  • the increased transport of goods leads to the spread of diseases and pests in crops, tropical algae in mid-climate area waters

  • it increases the cost of any need of emergency containment and carantene quarantine of the area of the world ion in the case of epidemics, war or other treat. The closures in the case of a future pandemics would cost far more than the savings made by dislocating food production for few percent cheaper production sites

Culture

Monoculture coming with mass media and mass communications in globalized world driven by major western companies and cultural centers like film inductry industry accelarates accelerates the cultural decay in traditional socities, societies, appearance of big social disruptions, extinction of languages, local music traditions and so on.