The Pros and Cons of Globalization

The Pros and Cons of Globalization

and its discontents

Taylor Kelliher
Leah Lippman

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen - the four most essential elements needed to sustain life. If one were to take the time and discover the source of everything they see around them, they could eventually relate all of it down to the these four simple yet indispensable elements. What is life? That’s easy, it is a process of interaction and integration among carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen molecules driven by an infinite amount of time in which our species can barely fathom. Fortunately, for most human beings, life is defined with a bit more enthusiasm, and when you start to unpack this holistically extreme view, you can start to see things in a much different light. So what if we look at life as we know it, right now, not in a chemical and elemental point of view, but in the context of people. What is life defined as in more modern terms? Well, it is complex for starters, but to simply put it, life is the process of interaction and integration among people, companies, and governments of different nations driven by international trade and investment, aided by information technology. This is life in the view of the modern human, and also the definition of Globalization.
One of the most natural and expected ways to measure and explain anything often comes down to two things; if it is good or if it is bad. Now, of course, there are many exceptions to this idea but in a more formal sense, describing something in this way helps people relate to and understand the subject of matter with ease. My attempt in writing this paper is to do just that; to try and ‘unpack’, describe, and measure Globalization in such a way where anyone reading this can not only relate to the content but to truly understand the concept in the light of positive and negative...

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