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Where Globalization Should Take Us October 22, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Economy & Business, Enviroment, Geopolitics, Lifestyle, philosophy & politics.
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U.S. must establish a new global narrative | ScrippsNews

Part of a recent article by the most prescient geo-political thinker doing the PowerPoint circuit.
Think back to this country’s settling of the American West across the 19th century. There were leading security issues (episodic Indian Wars) and trailing questions of political integration (states joining the Union through 1912), but the towering bulk of activity fell between those two milestones.

The functioning core of today’s global economy is defined as: the old West of North America, Europe and Japan; the rising East led by India, China and Russia; and the emerging South exemplified by Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. This two-thirds of humanity — and roughly 90 percent of world GDP — engages in deep and systemic integration.

In stark contrast are globalization’s poorly integrated regions, or that one-third of humanity stretching from the equatorial Americas across Africa and Central/Southwest Asia to the littoral states of Southeast Asia. Globalization’s “gap” population survives on about 10 percent of the global GDP, and suffers all of its wars, instability, and virtually all of its terrorism too.

If the core suffers too much globalization too soon, the gap suffers too little and too late.

To continue the core’s stunning growth, globalization’s gaps must be shrunk: “frontiers” stabilized and settled, markets made and integrated, and political structures built and given resilience. America’s tendency to reduce all that to a “war on terror” or worse a premature battle for democracy, strikes most of the planet as painfully undescriptive.

These new global narratives must describe several complex goals worth pursuing.

Economically, the core must remember how to sell to the “bottom of the pyramid,” engaging the gap’s roughly 2 billion residents who, despite little disposable income, nonetheless want a better life.

Spiritually, we must recognize and accommodate the great awakening of religious fervor in those brittle societies currently intimidated by globalization’s advance.

Politically, we must facilitate the economic and sometimes political remapping of states as they open themselves up to globalization, something we witnessed in Yugoslavia and see again today in Iraq.

As technology expands global networks, we must encourage new worldwide regulatory schemes, in effect resurrecting our nation’s “progressive era” of a century ago.

In security, we must create a “postwar infrastructural complex” on par with our already substantial military industrial complex, because while wars have gotten shorter and easier for us to wage, the peace grows incredibly more complex.

Regarding the environment, we must understand that integrating globalization’s gap regions cannot be accomplished using the “American dream” model but something far closer to living, and sensibly reforming, the “Chinese dream” of rapid economic advance. And yes, sensibly stemming, and adjusting to, global warming is part of that mix.

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