Why Are Realists Skeptical About Liberal Claims for Globalisation?

Why Are Realists Skeptical About Liberal Claims for Globalisation?

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Why are realists sceptical about liberal claims for globalisation?

Realists, as a foundation, base their beliefs on objective facts and view the world for what it is, not what it should be or what it could be, but merely for what it obvious and ‘truthful’. Liberalists base their beliefs on collective utilization of the people to benefit the state; they are forward thinkers who view the world on the basis of capital growth, progress, reform and the peoples rights. Needless to say, it is obvious why realists, being factual thinkers, are sceptical towards the liberal’s beneficial claims for globalization. With the liberals claiming globalization is a good thing for the world economy, where as realists see globalization as an appropriate banner for those greedy states wishing to connect the world to such a degree as to ensure easier and cheaper trade.

“For realists, the notion that globalization (according to Bill Clinton, channelling the neoliberal New York Times columnist Tom Friedman) will produce global harmony or that American assertiveness (according to George W. Bush, channelling Bill Kristol, editor of the neoconservative Weekly Standard) will ''transform'' the Greater Middle East is pure folly.”

When is comes to the liberalist view towards globalization there is no better example than that of the U.S.A. With her leaders for generations being firm liberalists or neo-liberalists, it is easy to see why they’re where they are now economically and politically. America is only the worlds leading superpower now, due to the conclusion of a century long international blood bath, with fellow contenders being Mao - China, Soviet Union - Russia and Nazi – Germany. The American Liberalists view their actions, under liberalism, as fair and just and using liberalist ideals as a haze shadowing why they are really doing what they are doing. Realists, however, refuse to believe that America is innocent and that any argument as to why they do what they do must be...

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