Globalization is sometimes thought to be this manifest destiny of the current day. I think this comparison is interesting and accurate in the most part. When we look back at 19th century idea of manifest destiny, we often think about its glorified outcome. We forget to mention though what it cost to achieve this "destiny", how white settlers destroyed anything in their paths (namely Native Americans) and how its negative effects are still shown in present day society. Is that what globalization is doing today? Are we pushing aside minorities, less privileged countries, women's rights, values, morals etc ... in order to gain global power? Is it worth it? The article "Globalization and Collective Action" did mention how globalization does have a good side, in that it gives the opportunity to members of oppressed groups to communicate, work together and ultimately be a stronger combined force. It seems though, that at the same time that globalization is benefiting these marginalized groups, it is also further oppresses them. The practice of neoliberal capitalism feeds into the negative effects of globalization because giving economic freedom is basically giving more power to those with power. And because of the gap created by globalization, the power is sucked to one side, leaving the powerless powerless. It's almost like we need a globalized force in order to fight globalization.
Globalization - the continuation of manifest destiny
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