Maybe Globalization isn’t the answer

Humans have always been fascinated with the unknown exploring countries, seas, and even outer space. Humans are also fascinated with greed and power. The british government colonized the americas using their natural resources to profit Britain. The british also colonized the Caribbean for sugar, a good that was less expensive to make than honey. The point is after humans find a new place to explore, they try to take all the good things from it and bring it back to their home for them to enjoy.

The same thing is happening during globalization. Under the veil of providing under privileged countries jobs, technology, and the promise to rise up and become powerful the top corporations from countries move their operations to low cost countries to save money and exploit the weaker countries natural resources. America has, and is still continuing to ensure the people in America a fair place to work and live, regardless of what kind of demographics you have. The problem is that there are few other countries that have put that much effort in promoting equality, they are to busy trying to sustain life. Top companies view these low cost countries much like Britain viewed America and the Caribbean, as a place to exploit for the good of Britain.

Maybe the answer to all of these exploitation to workers is for america to raise tariffs and make it more expensive for countries to outsource the labor costs and exploit workers in other countries who don’t know a better way of life. Don’t buy into that globalization is making the world a better place, it is just a clever guise for companies to cut their costs.

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5 Responses to Maybe Globalization isn’t the answer

  1. RickE says:

    I don’t think that globalization and, more specifically, outsourcing is a zero-sum game. It doesn’t have to be that when American companies outsource to say, Indonesia, America wins and Indonesia loses. I believe that American companies can outsource, benefiting themselves, as well as benefitting Indonesia. Now, in order to maximize profits, certain American companies have taken it too far and exploited cheap labor but, by slightly reducing profits, Indonesian factory workers can be treated and paid fairly, and then everybody wins.

  2. mnickels says:

    Outsourcing may not always be a horrible thing, and I agree with Rick on that it can benefit both America and the place where the labor is being outsourced to. I don’t understand why companies can’t even pay workers in India or Indonesia or any other place where they outsource labor a more fair wage. Even if Nike paid their workers $5 a day instead of $1, that would be helpful to the workers and would still keep Nike’s costs low. I’m not saying that Nike or any other company should still pay wages below what the legal minimum is or what is right. I think companies can help better others lives though if they paid a more reasonable wage to people. Maybe that would take place of setting up tariffs to outsource labor. I wonder how helpful a tariff would actually be and what would happen to the U.S. and our economy and labor force if one was instated.

  3. Jordi says:

    British. American.

  4. meganm423 says:

    I agree that globalization has caused countries like the US to outsource labor to lower cost developing countries. A clear example is what read about in the Nike case. They are able to exploit workers and pay them next to nothing. I do not agree however that globalization is completely bad. Countries in Africa that ten years ago did not have electricity or running water now are flourishing economies. Education is increasing in third world countries. Also outsourcing work to other countries is not at all completely bad. Look at countries like India that is still considered developing but they are now one of the fastest growing economies due to western countries business presence in India. So clearly there is good that can come from globalization, but of course there will be negative aspects of it as well.

  5. ALXLIONS says:

    I agree with Rick that out-sourcing labor does not have to be a bad thing if it is done ethically. The big question is where the line is drawn for what is ethical and what isn’t ethical. I don’t think there is anything wrong with Shell or Nike using foreign natural resources and labor to earn a bigger profit. Obviously the cost to produce the same product in the United States is much higher than to produce the product in a place like Indonesia. I just think the problem is with the foreign governments in these countries because they are perfectly fine with the exploitation of their countryman. Unfortunately, I think this problem will always exist because it is almost impossible to correct these corrupt governments being on the outside. The only solution I can think of is to have strict regulations for companies to follow and to actually enforce them like the condition of the factories and the minimum wage.

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