Essay on Nations Should Promote Localization, Not Globalization

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Any American who has traveled abroad has most likely seen a business, restaurant, or factory that reminded them of home while walking the streets of Berlin, Russia, or Tokyo- perhaps Coca-Cola, The Gap, Pizza Hut or Mc Donald’s. While walking further, they may have noticed the amount of people wearing Levis blue jeans and T-shirts, many of which have English logos written on them. The tourist may have then gotten into the car to go back to the hotel or friends house, turned on the radio, only to hear their favorite American songs being played. Later on after dinner, they may have turned on the television and seen an old rerun of "Baywatch" or "The Simpsons" dubbed into another language. These are all American things. How could they be in a…show more content…
Globalization, as James N. Rosenau defines it in his article "The Complexities and Contradictions of Globalization", is "a label that is presently in vogue to account for peoples, activities, norms, ideas, goods, services, and currencies that are decreasingly confined to a particular geographic space and its local and established practices". Many countries have chosen to globalize, which explains why one would see companies from their own country placed in foreign cities, and foreign companies in their own country. And it goes further than just companies, as stated in Rosenau’s definition of Globalization. It is also cultures and ideas. A benefit of globalization is that countries can gain economically, they can expand trade, production, and investments beyond their country’s own border. . In an article "Regionalization vs. Globalization", by James Ramarosaona and Louis Okamba, a Togolese economist claims that Globalization is good in that it will have positive aspects for developing countries by the spreading of technology and enabling them to catch up faster with the rest of the world. He claims "We (the people of a developing country) have to press for the elimination of all global trade barriers". Culturally and socially they can also expand, extending their own ideas and inheriting those from foreign countries. Politically countries can gain from globalization by being able to politically expand and gaining support from other
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