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Posted 2/21/08

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If they want to preserve their own culture, what is stopping them from doing what they have been doing all along? Just because they have the access and choice to eat McDonalds doesn't mean they can't eat a traditional meal. If those people don't want modernization, what is stopping them from living out their primitive life style? There are some cultures in the world that live as they did centuries ago. One of those cultures likes tying rings to their necks and limbs to enhance its length.

If they believe their way of life is so enjoyable, then why do they have to bother with the effects of globalization? Culture evolves, without evolution of culture, everyone would be still living in caves. Since that was the culture of cavemen. Does it mean that we should preserve that too? Should we still have Chinese women tie their feet or have dishonored Japanese men commit seppuku?


It's not as simple as that. Comparing "simpler" and more "advanced" cultures is just for simplicity sake. Culture isn't just "tying rings to their necks and limbs" etc. Our basic premise is already different. You assume that people change to these other cultures because it is better. I think that people from these so-called "better" cultures sell it in a way that makes it look better and that the people doing the selling necessarily believe that as truth. The "poorer" culture is then taken as bizzare at best and inhumane at worst. I'm not saying culture shouldn't change. I'm saying that the evolution of culture under a single top-down structure is a scary thought. The truth is, every culture will have its share of problems.

Capitalism as a culture, for example, is necessarily hedonistic in nature. It is also necessarily exploitative as the main goal of capitalism is profit maximization. The invisible costs of capitalism is often ignored. I would make another wild claim here and it is up to whoever to believe or disbelieve what they want. If a capitalistic coorporation is ever likened to a person, then the person would be a psychopath.


People who can't judge what is better on their own are stupid anyway, so why should society cater to the stupid? I don't remember people "forcing" other people to adhere to a specific culture. If the people of the culture are stupid enough to be unable to judge if their own culture is worth keeping, then their culture is probably not worth keeping in the first place.
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The talk of merging america, mexico, and canada. Using the new money, Amero (like euro except.. it's america, get it?)

never, never, never gonna happen, not in a thousand year,



maybe not in your life time, but US already exudes so much influence in the hemespher anyway, enought to start wars even. if we puch them to be more open minded they may drop the isolation crud, and be less intraverted. (ok more open minded=less intraverted i know, you get the point)


with how gay the mexican economy is, it will drag the Canadian and American's economies with it.
The Canadians (their economy is growing, and is quite strong) aren't retarded.
bad, bad idea!
This union will benefit mexico the most, and harm Canada
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Posted 2/21/08

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i think that if the world unites enough so that everybody depends on one another on even basic levels is a good thing. if everything is more intertwined most conflics could be avoided due to selfintrest. if jingoism can be changed rather than dissolved by the propoganda that countries seem to be so effiecient at spewing out it just might work. it would definetly help immigration laws if people want to move around more, but that confidence would probably take a genration or two to build up.


well inter-nations conflicts mostly consist of land's sovereignity and it's resources. *cough2 oil amongst other thing* If we have one united government... Yes, war will be avoided. But as a repercussion, the united government will claim every single resource in the world as theirs.

Problem is.. what if the governments are corrupt?? (lol this shouldn't even be a rethorical question)

Every normal civilian ranging from the low to middle income.. we will be at the ABSOLUTE mercy of the "government". Since for us to make money, we have to either make product out of earth's natural resources (be it land for agriculture, gold mines, iron ores, logs, etc etc) and sell it to other people... Or.. we can offer to sell our services (things we can do.. like flipping burgers, cleaning, farming etc etc).

Now the government can enrich themselves with the natural resources and sell it to the manufacturing industries. (iron ore >> steel >> cars etc) And the factory owner will fare just okay. But what about people that can't afford to build no damn factory? what's gonna happen to us?

We'll be forced into a permanent state of minimum wage income lifestyle for the rest of our life... EEP! lol
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of course nothing would be purfect, and the corruption will always be there. but such corruption can only last so long, and can only force the lower classes to do so much. if you dont own a factory you work at it. if you are no longer able to provide for your family just like everyone elce, the factory will be left for better employmend and as a resuly suffer.(sure there are replacments for those who refuse to work, but they arnt endless) money makers dont want to lose any money, so they would have to find a middle ground.

there will always be those who will have to work for min. wage. however, i dont think it would ever be permanent. people are always trying to rise in class and stature. if they cant they lose a lot of hope and confidence in themselves. if that were to occure on a mass level, things would only get worse. poverty and suicide rates would probobly spike. things like that cannot be ignored forever. people will eventually find out, and then momentum against the factories and the corrupt govorment would begin to build.

if the united goverment is sucsessful, one of the main changes would be the growth of markets. in order to make those goods people had to make them. if the no longer make them there will be no product. the whole complex fails.

due to self intrest of those making the big bucks conflicts like this would be avoided altogether or stop after once the turmoil is compromized.
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Posted 2/22/08

Jachina wrote:


Myode wrote:


Jachina wrote:


supermalv wrote:



The talk of merging america, mexico, and canada. Using the new money, Amero (like euro except.. it's america, get it?)

never, never, never gonna happen, not in a thousand year,



maybe not in your life time, but US already exudes so much influence in the hemespher anyway, enought to start wars even. if we puch them to be more open minded they may drop the isolation crud, and be less intraverted. (ok more open minded=less intraverted i know, you get the point)


with how gay the mexican economy is, it will drag the Canadian and American's economies with it.
The Canadians (their economy is growing, and is quite strong) aren't retarded.
bad, bad idea!
This union will benefit mexico the most, and harm Canada


in all probability, yes, originaly that would be the case. but you only see the mexican ecomony as bad becuse you are contrasting it to canada's. when/if US, mexico, and canada combine the ecomony as a whole will even out. just like other united places in the world. mexico area would still have less, but you would no longer look at the area as a seperate entity. within countries today there are the poorer places and the well-to-do places as well.

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^^^^^^^^^

exactly..

the united currency is just there so that the government will have easier time.. err.. "managing" the money flow of the nation *cough2*
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there are so many different cultures in the world and I think that everyone should experience more than just there own, stil not forgetting or leaving their culture
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Posted 2/24/08

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globalization is what keeps crunchyroll running.


Amen
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duh...


globalization is a MUST

if it weren't for it, cruchyroll wouldn't be possible...

we get to watch crunchyroll even if the people behind it are far away...

we get to be connected...

there would be no nirvana for every anime loving fans out there if theres no globalization
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hmmm. this is a good topic.

well i for one am half in and half out. i like all the benfits globalistaion brings particularly within the EU. As a citizen of an EU country, [if had one] my drivers licence would be valid in any other EU state and if i want to stay there i can simply swap it, it's easier to apply for citizenship and work visas, especially if you already have a job set up, as well as not h.aving ton pay import duties for products form inside the EU.

At it's core, the Eu is a political and economic unfification, but i think it also promotes good cultural relations in a part of the world the bulk the two world wars took place; if everyone's in it together eveyone has something to lose.

I don't really think many British people consider themselves European being seperated physically fromt he continent, but also, there is a huge differnce between the mentalities of Britain and mainland Europe. As Charles de Gaulle predicted, britain from day one has been a big annoyance in the EU, constantly being the spoilt brat, not wanting to join in properly. the biggest instance of this has to be the whole anti - euro campaign. Though the labour government was all for it, the people weren't having it, and so we stepped down.

In the EU decisions are made by a vote equivalent to population size, so Britain has considerable a considerable effect on what goes on in the EU, but only a majority vote was needed and most countries were for it. but Britain's backing would have been a big help and would actually push up the value of the euro, spreading the wealth around, helping the poorer EU states.

as for me, despite knowing this, i'm still for the pound. 'tis nice having a big fat 1.93 [?]$ to £ and less meaty 1.34 euro to £ exchange rate.

as for the one world county, it wouldn't work, the world is far to diverse culturally and there is to much history to trya nd make some sort of huge country. globalisation should stick to economic and politcal [as far as avoiding wars go]agendas only.
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I doubt Globalization is a must since the world had been fine with very limited Globalization in the past. The biggest essentials for Globalization in my opinion is for liquidity of goods(capital, products, etc), problem solving, and communication. However, Globalization raises the possibilities of high power to more organizations and businesses in many ways. It also tends to influence many cultures and economies against their will. It's been making some things very efficient and providing the world with more information. However, it's getting a bit dangerous since most businesses are basically competitors of money and power. One of the things I'm surprised about is the EU though. I remember when it was laughed at since it was having so much trouble early on. Now it's going strong and seems also have had a good social impact in Europe.

ps. Some of you don't seem to understand what Globalization refers to. It doesn't make Crunchyroll possible.
Posted 2/24/08
it will happen one day if we dont destroy are selfs in the process
all countrys have gone threw personal war to make one country
japan did it america did it we all do it
its just a matter of time and a few more wars
if only we had some aliens show there presence
we would join as a world to to hate on something else like aliens instead of are next door neghibour
if there is a god he needs to hurry up and send some aliens this way so we have something else to kill besides
are own kind
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Globalization
First published Fri Jun 21, 2002; substantive revision Fri Jun 16, 2006

Covering a wide range of distinct political, economic, and cultural trends, the term “globalization” has quickly become one of the most fashionable buzzwords of contemporary political and academic debate. In popular discourse, globalization often functions as little more than a synonym for one or more of the following phenomena: the pursuit of classical liberal (or “free market”) policies in the world economy (“economic liberalization”), the growing dominance of western (or even American) forms of political, economic, and cultural life (“westernization” or “Americanization”), the proliferation of new information technologies (the “Internet Revolution”), as well as the notion that humanity stands at the threshold of realizing one single unified community in which major sources of social conflict have vanished (“global integration”). Fortunately, recent social theory has formulated a more precise concept of globalization than those typically offered by pundits. Although sharp differences continue to separate participants in the ongoing debate, most contemporary social theorists endorse the view that globalization refers to fundamental changes in the spatial and temporal contours of social existence, according to which the significance of space or territory undergoes shifts in the face of a no less dramatic acceleration in the temporal structure of crucial forms of human activity. Geographical distance is typically measured in time. As the time necessary to connect distinct geographical locations is reduced, distance or space undergoes compression or “annihilation.” The human experience of space is intimately connected to the temporal structure of those activities by means of which we experience space. Changes in the temporality of human activity inevitably generate altered experiences of space or territory. Theorists of globalization disagree about the precise sources of recent shifts in the spatial and temporal contours of human life. Nonetheless, they generally agree that alterations in humanity's experiences of space and time are working to undermine the importance of local and even national boundaries in many arenas of human endeavor. Since globalization contains far-reaching implications for virtually every facet of human life, it necessarily suggests the need to rethink key questions of normative political theory.

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/globalization/
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i think globalization is terrible. globalization has led to mass poverty and starvation all across the globe. exploitation of the weak by the powerful, cheating the poor nations out of their resources to feed giant consumer beasts like the U.S, UK and Japan. there are reasons why nations rich in natural resources like Ecuador, indonesia, and many african nations have seen an INCREASE in poverty and unemployment rates when their resources are discovered instead of those rates going down. there reasons that there are protests at every WTO (world trade organization) meeting. there are reasons why multinational energy companies and engineering firms make more and more profits every year.


DON'T SUPPORT GLOBALIZATION!! DON'T SUPPORT FREE TRADE!!
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OMG. It's like my project on global warming again. The horror.

Its just gonna cause more pollution and other stuff.
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