Globalization steers the world’s economy. To put it simply, business needs a globalized world. But, today there is a realization that globalization has far many demerits than merits to its credit. The social class is getting embroiled in culture issues with a multicultural new world inflow- a direct effect of globalization. There comes a time when economic growth takes a backseat to cultural and political upheavals and society stages an uprising. It seems as though the recent violent unrests in many nations is a shout out to globalists everywhere that it is time to pay heed to its critics.
Threat to social order
One of the foundations of globalization is democracy- a country must be a peaceful, efficient run state, but many topics such as outsourcing of local work and a rapid number of immigrants entering the nation are being considered a lot, especially in first world nations. Furthermore, differences in cultures and the lack of the ability of an immigrant to adapt to their new cultures is causing anger among the social class.
If the social order is disrupted than that will lead to a new ideological government which seems to be the case lately in most nations. Globalization has made bigger cities melting pots of culture and whilst it is good in certain aspects, many times there are culture clashes which lead to social unrest. In this day and age it is so easy to get an instant update of what is happening around the world. The internet may have made the world a whole lot smaller but it has also created many rifts and cracks.
Nationalism; Racism; Group-ism
Nationalism is on a steep rise in most European countries and a globalized and multicultural world is mainly responsible for it. Terrorism is an offshoot of globalization according to a lot of right wing blogs. This is giving rise to international laws that are being tempered with.
Another area which has seen a steep rise is belonging to alternate party groups. Most people have lost faith in the traditional right and left wing models- both of whom had varying degree of association and opinion of globalization as a movement. Young alt left and right groups are springing up and with the help of the power of the internet- spreading like wildfire. Racism, it seems is insignificant especially since it happens in isolated instances, but globalization poses a threat to the very stability of race relations. All of these are of course in ways interlinked and globalization is seen as the main threat.
Other factors that globalization is leading up to are climate change and recession and the reasons being that everyone has become so interdependent on the other if one country’s economy collapses it sets off a chain reaction. Similarly food supply chain numbers and industrial emission numbers have drastically increased due to migration by so many people at any given time. Globalization is leaving a lot of carbon footprint in its wake and everything from going green to sustainability efforts are an indirect result of globalization.
What the future holds…
The future will be decided by what people feel about immigration, job loss, multiculturalism and globalization and depending on the results an anti globalist party will rise to power. Immigration, whilst a sensitive topic would be one of the first points of discussion. Although it should be mentioned that Japan- a country which has always been anti- globalism is now finding it difficult to sustain a healthy future, with a majority of its population aging.
Corporations and organizations which are heavily dependent on labor would need to understand that jobs should be reserved for locals first, and only the best migrant workers should be given an opportunity. This could lead to a change of policies. On the other hand, if a pro globalist government comes to power, especially in major countries of the world, this could lead to a need to adapt oneself to a globalist world whilst living in your local region.
The threats of globalization are its own creation and it is a philosophy which is bearing down on us individually and as a collective species. Whatever the future may hold, globalization would be a key word in it.