The Case for Globalization, Free Trade, and Open Borders

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Over the course of the last few decades globalization has turned the world into an integrated economy instead of what it has been for most of its history, a series of relatively isolated economies. The more trading that takes place, the more wealth is created, and global trade across international frontiers has created more wealth than ever before in human history, and had helped lift more people out of poverty than ever before. Because of globalization, democracy has become an international norm. With the ‘international norm’, democracy brings values that are very important for the welfare of the people and the economy. In poorer countries, globalization brings the chance to sell their relatively low cost labor onto world markets. It brings the investment that creates jobs, and although those jobs pay less than their counterparts in rich economies, they represent a step up for people in recipient countries because they usually pay more than do the more traditional jobs available there. In addition to this, information via the internet is available to many people because of globalization. The case studies book mentions the specific example of the Darfur crisis. Because of globalization and the access to information, attention was able to be drawn to the cause and help put a stop to it. One of the most significant transformations in terms of welfare for the people in the globalized world is the increased respect given to the rights of women and minorities. In many nations, to be a woman or to belong to a minority has not been easy. They say in the past 30 years women and minorities everywhere have become better informed and have learned that the repression they suffer from is not typical in a modern democracy. Free trade can be a very good aid to the worldwide economy, because it offers opportunities that are otherwise impossible. Free trade opens the global
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