Recent conversations with friends have revived an old political musing. I had trouble coming up with a title for this post because I didn’t want to imitate The Economist, but, the rise of the rest seemed most fitting since this post is about globalization.
Last fall, I had the opportunity to hear Fareed Zakaria speak–it was a thoroughly invigorating experience. His discussion focused on the new world order, and his latest book, The The Post American World. All of it touches on something I’m particularly interested in–the impact of globalization.
Globalization is, in many ways, the very fabric of modern society.
Just think of all of the imported products we possess and the impact that those imported goods, services, and ideas have on our society. Furthermore, the recent events of the U.S. credit ratings reflect how just interconnected we (as a superpower) really are to other countries in the world, don’t they? It was evident that the U.S. market was heavily impacted by the decisions of the EU.
So …why does the world economy matter to me?
Well, I think its stories such as this one that really hits home–it’s really the poor and disadvantaged that are affected the most. No, I do not have a solid foundation in economics but, it is clear that anything remotely close to non-interventionism would not be favorable in today’s society (due to globalization). It is in our best interest to maintain diplomatic ties with other nations.
In addition, I think foreign diplomacy and policies are often overlooked in primary elections (but maybe it’s just me). It cannot be emphasized enough that relationships with other nations are important. The only problem is, how to raise awareness of its importance? I have very limited understanding of it the importance of international affairs in the early part of college and was only exposed to global issues and geopolitics because I pursued social justice and human rights. There is just so much theory that goes into diplomacy that even I do not feel qualified to explain, so how is anyone suppose make judgements on varying candidate platforms?
During the informal forum last fall, Zakaria poignantly noted the arrogant attitude of the U.S. toward others. When leaders of other nations visit our country, we give them a time allotment and fit them into our hectic schedules. Yet, our visits to their countries are often welcomed with such pomp. This should not be so. We need to be awakened to the reality that other countries are rising up to meet the challenge and we should receive them in a manner we wish (or expect) to receive. There are many other examples and situations cited by Zakaria that emphasize the new world order, I wish I could recall them! The only thing I still recall is this statement: “The strength of a democracy rests in the judiciary system.” The strength of a democracy in relation to The Future of Freedom are things that occupy my thoughts from time to time. There are countless essays and articles that attempt to capture the very breadth and meaning of freedom (in terms of democracy). It is rather complex and abstract, looks differently to persons of varying cultures and socioeconomic background.
Generally speaking, my political musings are often accompanied by the Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong’s version of ‘Let’s call the whole thing off’!