After Pandemic, How Will Globalization Change?

The travel industry has clearly been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NYT examines how the industry will change.  The BBC asks if the coronavirus will reverse globalization? Clearly, Americans' views of China are more negative. The US needs to rethink global supply chains "to snatch critical power away from China," writes Aaron Friedberg in... Continue Reading →

Age of Global Migration Disrupts, Stabilizes Politics and Cultures Worldwide

Of the world's 7.7 billion people, half a billion, or more than 500 million people are either global migrants or are supported financially by them through remittances. Labor has shifted dramatically since year 2000 -- the numbers moving from one country to another  have doubled. “Were these half billion or so people to form their... Continue Reading →

Conspiracy Theories Spread Worldwide. What Can Be Done?

With the advent of social media, conspiracy theories spread like wild-fire. I'm generally not one to believe sinister and preposterous conspiracy theories about the New World Order, one-world government, the Illuminati, involving the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, or George Soros. Especially theories tinged with racism and bigotry like economic anti-semitism, nativism, or isolationism.  In my experience and observation,... Continue Reading →

Are Globalization, Climate Change, Technology, China’s Rise Pushing the World Toward Authoritarianism?

Critics of globalization on the right and left fear that it is creating dystopian societies: migrants, in unprecedented waves, forced to leave their homes and their loved ones to find sustainable work abroad, without the rights of citizenship or of collective bargaining; natives in the bottom 70 percent of society who struggle economically, are poorly... Continue Reading →

28 Books on Globalization

Generally Positive: Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century Globalization and Diversity: Geography of a Changing World. Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization The Leveling: What's Next After Globalization. Globalization: A Basic Text.... Continue Reading →

Dangers of Excessive Globalization Are Clear

The advocates of unrestricted globalization -- world citizenship, trans-nationalism, open borders, mass migration, free trade, rampant outsourcing, unregulated media -- and who eagerly brand as small-minded "bigots" anyone who opposes these things do not understand what is happening, argues John B. Judis. A common national identity is essential to democracies and the modern nation-state, he... Continue Reading →

Laborers, Indentured Servants, Run-aways, Modern-Day Slaves, Abused Workers Are All Too Common in Era of Globalization

An ongoing campaign by CNN, since 2011, estimates that 40 million people are victims of modern-day slavery, including human trafficking, forced labor, abuse of wage and hour laws, debt bondage, domestic servitude, commercial sexual exploitation, child labor, forced marriage, child soldiers, and forced sex acts for money,   (See the CNN report, "What Is Modern... Continue Reading →

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