A. Bortle- Week 6 – Consequences of Globalization

While globalization has done wonderful things for the world and allowed great opportunities and advancement that would not be possible otherwise, such as being able to take this class from almost anywhere in the world, it has had numerous negative consequences on the environment as well as nations and people.
Globalization has led to a global free trade market, where products and services are priced as to maximize profit but beat out competitors. Cheaper resources and labor means more profit. This leads to many industries in developed countries to build their factories and manufacture their goods in low wage countries with minimal regulation. While this is great for developed countries, it makes it so third world countries are exploited in both resources and labor. Laborers (many under the legal working age) will be overworked in unsafe conditions working for pennies a pound or hour for their product produced. They cannot increase their wages for fear of the company simply moving their factory to another low wage nation.
Wanting the price for products low also can cause massive overuse of resources as well as exploiting them in environmentally unsafe ways. The destruction of rainforests for commercial farming and logging is the causation of many species becoming extinct. Another main example is the consistent use of oil and petroleum products. Their use has caused irreversible damage to our biosphere, causing global warming. Countries with control of these precious, finite resources such as oil often have a geopolitical leveraging to them. The U.S. has gotten involved in the middle east numerous times because of interests in oil. These wars and disputes cause havoc to many of the people living there and they may become refugees because of local violence. They may have to jump through many hoops to get out of their country and have to make dangerous journeys. Once a refugee has reached safety in their desired country they must apply for a visa, often struggle with language barriers and ill treatment, and at the end they may be deported back to their home country despite their effort to get out.

6 thoughts on “A. Bortle- Week 6 – Consequences of Globalization

  1. I think you made a lot of good points about some of the negative things that have resulted from globalization. The one thing I disagree with you about is that companies from developed nations moving their factories to less developed nations in order to lower costs is great for developed countries. While it’s true that lower prices are good for consumers the loss of manufacturing jobs in that developed country is problematic. We learned last week in the article “Poverty at Work: Office Employment and the Crack Alternative” that in the United States, a lack of quality, good-paying jobs for unskilled labor (those without college degrees)/trade workers lead a lot of people to turn to things like drug dealing because it was the only way they could make enough money to support their families. Lack of these kinds of jobs also makes it difficult for people to advance in the world and do things like purchase cars and homes. When there is no work for people who can’t afford college, they end up uneducated and unpaid.

  2. The author talks about the influences of globalization and focuses greatly upon the negative effects of globalization on other nations and economies. The author of this post discusses the impact of transnational corporations and organizations who aim for profit maximization, which impact the local economy negatively. I agree with the points made by the author of the post, on the devastating impact of foreign companies on the local market, as they often drive local producers out of business. Moreover, in most cases the foreign companies do not take sustainable measures in the manufacturing process, and thus pollute the environment and waters. As was discussed in lecture 6.3. environmental pollution causes a variety of negative incidents including habitat destruction. Likewise, the author also addresses how the poor civilians of the poor country are taken advantage off by these companies. By offering to pay the locals wages that are way lesser than the wages they would pay their own employees at home. In addition, some international companies promote negative and unethical practices such as corruption and bribery. Therefore, I do agree with the negative points of globalization brought up by the author.

  3. Your blog post has a huge input on the negative effects of globalization for nations and their economies. I didn’t even realize that the poorer individuals can be taken advantage of my bigger foreign companies. I also really loved how you addressed that foreign companies don’t even care about the environment and will do whatever they can for a larger profit margin. This is most definitely a negative side effect of globalization. I also feel like you can talk about the unwanted cultural exchange that occurs when people have trades between nations. This is rather important as some countries do not want other cultures within their own borders. The citizens of a country may bring back a certain cultural value that is undesired and unwanted by the majority. People can also bring back diseases in rare cases from other countries which is a huge problem of globalization. It spreads sickness and it also has potential to do harm to others.

  4. I agree that globalization has had many negative effects on the environment, no matter how much people thrive from trading. Resources are no longer pure and are constantly being exploited for profit. Not only this, but workers will be exploited as well. As you mentioned, they will complete hours of work for only pennies in return. This is very unfortunate for the workers and the environment as well depending on the resources used. People have a natural tendency to use natural resources from the earth until they are extinct and everything becomes “man-made.” The environment suffers greatly from this as resources run low for the earth, resulting in animals dying because their life-source is diminishing. The earth continues to get weaker and weaker, destroying the entire ecosystem and eventually killing off the entire planet and everyone on it. Another factor that mentioned, which will destroy the environment and people are the where the resources are located and going to extreme measures to consume them. Globalization has indeed caused havoc for the environment.

  5. It’s clear that globalism helped our country and a majority of the western world prosper, but it left a majority of the countries in the world in shambles. Colonization favored countries in Europe because of the naval accessories and resources. This helped start colonization which led up to the start of globalization. Even today the problems of colonization still run rampant among many developing countries. The example you used with the United States getting involved in foreign affairs for oil is a great example, because the innocent people from those countries becoming refugees that are losing their own home. These refugees try to travel to safer locations, but they are treated like lesser human beings due to the strong islamophobia rhetoric floating around the western world. Globalization continues to hurt many lives across the world, and although it does “progress” (loaded term) western civilization it also destroys the world on both an environmental and individual level.

  6. I enjoyed reading your post because of the same similarities Icould relate to based on cultural negativities. It’s hard, especially today, for people to understand what globalization and culture means to each individual. Since things are evolving all the time, cultures are too. People are some times given negative remarks because of the society has portrayed it to be. I’m find this relatable because it shows just how many differences each culture has. People today I believe should be more open and more educated on cultures. America today is immigrated by many places and continues to expand. I believe that if everyone can do take this and become more aware of the surroundings when it comes to culture, things will change for the better. Even though there are still more problems that need to be resolved, it can happen with time. Today, there is a lot of crime that’s occurred based on race, and if this could change with more positivity and respect for the race and culture, it will get better.

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