Skip to comments.The new rules of the global game
Posted on 02/23/2006 10:09:13 PM PST by Coleus
"Globalisation" has become one of the great buzzwords of modern times.
It came to the fore during the 1990s, and the impact of globalisation looks set to play a prominent part in shaping our world during the first decades of this new century. To see the advocates of globalisation at work and play there is no better vantage point than the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Its members have probably all read columnist Tom Friedman's best-seller, The World Is Flat: A Brief History Of the Twenty First Century, many times over.
Friedman accepts that what he calls the "flat world" - measured, say, by comparing the more equal life-chances of a software engineer in Bangalore with those of another working in California's Silicon Valley - is a great all-simplifying metaphor. While it certainly contains a truth, it is not so much a flatter world as one with many more peaks and troughs. There are of course the success stories of Indian software engineers, but, as Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek International told me, the process of globalisation is leaving hundreds of millions on the margins - Chinese, Indian, Africans and, yes, even tens of millions of Americans and Europeans too.
Asset and vulnerability
But progress has always been unequal. Of greater concern is what might be called globalisation's "dark side" - the extent to which the new linkages in this increasingly borderless world are helping to promote crime, terrorism and the spread of pandemic disease.
Here, giant, brightly-coloured steel boxes with goods from China, Taiwan, Europe, Israel - all computer-tracked - are routed on their way to consumers in American cities. But as the commentator Philip Bobbitt told me, these linkages illustrate both globalisation's "greatest asset and greatest vulnerability." At the giant control rooms that regulate the passage of container trains on BNSF's tracks, you see the potential weakness of the emerging globalised world: break any one link in the chain and the result could be disruption on a major scale. Pandemic disease has the capacity to bring our world to gridlock.
The key thing to understand is that globalisation is not "unequivocally good." John Gray, Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, says that "like any other large historical change rooted in technological development , globalisation will have both good and bad aspects". Globalisation is not simply about China or India punching their weight in the world economy; as the "Davos view" would have it, becoming more like "us".
In our new series for BBC World Service radio we grapple with the complex world that is slowly emerging from the fog of aspirations prompted by the ending of the Cold War. It's a world, which, as Moises Naim, Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy magazine told me, is crying out for some form of global governance. But who is to set the new rules of the game? Will it be the international lawyers? Or will it be re-vitalised international institutions that will take charge? According to Niall Ferguson, the new rules of the international system will not be so very different from those of the past. "The forms of the global order are far more elaborate than they were a hundred years ago," he says.
"But the fundamental content of international relations is just the same as it always was."Welcome to the shock of the not so new! The New Rules of the Game is broadcast each Monday at 0905 on BBC World Service from 20 February 2006.
'globalisation's dark side'
Must be referring to the 7 versions of Vista he's releasing.
You mean there are other people on the earth? Lets build a wall.
See my vanity on outsourcing here.
"Must be referring to the 7 versions of Vista he's releasing."
I heard it was gonna be 8.
50 years ago, a threat of sanctions against the USA would have simply brought a shrug from us. Today I'm not so sure.
Whether you lowly peasants want it or not.
The global elite knows what's best for you, and you're going to get it.
Herein lies the Great Fallacy of globalization.
Within the production/inventory supply line, transportation is inherently inefficient, adding only cost, not value to the end product. Global supply lines are a direct contradiction of the JIT imperative to eliminate such wasteful and inefficient motion. The more stable production model is to manufacture locally for the local market utilizing local raw materials and resources.
I don't think the 'global governance' that's coming is quite what they have in mind.
ping for later ranting
Yea, right...and I bet old Moises Naim expects to be right up there with those governing the rest of us serfs and useless eaters.
Well, I've got news for you, Mr. Naim, and all of your ilk. Until Jesus Christ himself comes back and institutes it, let these words stand as our response to your desires for global governance...
MOLON LABE!...Sic Semper Tyranus...De Oppresso Liber!
That line jumped out at me. Who exactly is crying out? I see the looney left focused on Iraq and Global Warming, even they are not out marching around demanding a world parliment. Where did the writer come up with that idea. I'd love to ask him.
(voice offstage:) "Hmm.. Some form, eh?"
"Oh, hey, I know! How about Socialism! Then we (the Elite) can be the tyranical oligarchy! Yea, that's it!"
No problem. Just make me Brave Incredible General, Supreme Head Imperial Tyrant (B.I.G. S.H.I.T., for short), and I will mandate that it will be illegal for women between the ages of 19 to 25 to wear clothing.
Bill Gates thinks the world is flat because be conducts business world wide and sees the value for Microsoft in a world economy. His business world transcends cultural and legal boundaries so he fails to see them. I like Bill as there are so many issues that he drives well but there are so many more that he fails to grasp; world governance being one of them.
HMm I am not so sure..There are some in that age bracket that should never be seen naked. Of course you will need people to inspect bodies and determine those who should be clothed and unclothed -- I can submit a resume if need be. :-) LOL
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