Well enough Battle Star Galactica, we'd better get to work on this term paper on globalization.
Yeah, I guess so. I think we've procrastinated enough. I just wish ​I had paid more attention in class. Thank God you seem to take good notes.
Yeah, here I am carrying your sorry ass again. Well, I think the first thing we want to do is define globalization. You know, what does it really mean. And then compare the pros and cons.
That is a good question. What the fuck is globalization, really? Having McDonald's and Starbuck's on every corner between here and Timbuktu? A can of Coke in every house around the world?
Well, from what I gathered in class it has more to do with international integration, which results from the sharing of cultures, and products and services across borders.
I thought it just meant our jobs get shipped off to India.
Well, outsourcing is really a mixed bag. It can be great for developing countries and can help to boost their economies, ​but obviously it is a bit of a bone of contention here in the U.S., where we're losing jobs.
Sure, but mostly I think that just means big multinational companies are getting cheaper labor and profiting off the little guy. Plus, they can outsource to countries like Bangladesh, with little to no labor laws, where they use children to make our sneakers.
That's obviously completely reprehensible, but we can stop that by boycotting those companies. Although, I think it is a bit of a broad statement considering that a lot of technical jobs are also outsourced to countries like Ireland and Bulgaria where fair labor laws are more often implemented. Let's not forget that more free trade means more competition in the marketplace​ and lower prices for consumers.
Great, but we can't afford to buy anything if we don't have jobs here at home.
That's a valid point and we should consider that as a disadvantage, but let's try to think of some more pros. I have here in my notes that many proponents of globalization insist that it creates a type of global society that takes the best aspects of different cultures and intertwines them to create a mosaic of diverse thoughts and ideas.
Well, ​that's all very Kumbaya, but what about the degradation of the environment caused by completely amoral, self-serving companies mismanaging resources and improperly handling waste in countries where international ecological standards are not being upheld.
I thought you weren't paying attention in class. Suddenly you're Noam Chomsky.
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