Fear Not Globalization by Joseph S. Nye Jr.
This article starts with a current event description of modern anti-globalism protest movements. It goes against the popular custom of condemning the current trend of globalization as being bad and instead tries to embrace its benefits. The author Joseph Nye Jr. points out that humanity becomes more connected as cultural barriers are overcome. As cultures become entwined so too will the problems they all face. It is logical to assume that as the world’s cultures become more connected, the problems will become increasingly more similar. All the problems that could arise in a society will have multiple solutions; of these only one will truly be the best solution for everyone. The author Joseph Nye Jr. also argues that these people are mistaken in their beliefs, saying that “contrary to conventional wisdom, however, globalization is neither homogenizing nor Americanizing the cultures of the world.” The appearance of common traits between cultures such as cities, factories and mass communication; a by-product of similar problems faced by each. These cultures are still able to retain their modernism. When China, India, and Brazil complete their current processes of industrialization and modernization, we should not expect them to be replicas of current modern cultures. In retrospect, if the United States had not lead the information revolution then some other country would have and their culture would have been enforced on the world in the just the same way. Japan would be an excellent example of a country that underwent modernization yet still retained its individual culture. The author Joseph Nye Jr. discourages the notion that globalization will destroy countries self-cultures and become Americanize. He also points out that when other countries develop into global powers, we should not see that there cultures have become identical to those that have already developed. The next fact is that when people look...
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