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Globalism Isn't Evil

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    Thoughts?

  • Liberal
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    ronen Wrote:

    Thoughts?

    I'm waiting for Trumpy and his followers to "Make 'merica grate (great?) again. Fortunately, I'm not holding my breath.
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    Yeah, however history tells you that "cultures" clash all the time. Furthermore "religion" stops any "globalism", since "religion" stops any progress in their tracks. Also "education" or lack thereof has huge influences on the "mentality" towards "globalization" Especially in this country it is obvious that "polarization" and certain "media" ( Fox, NewsMax, Breitbard) does not help to get "broadminded" people here.

    Thus as conclusion I say: As long as this country has plenty of "religious" and "right wing" fanatics, then "globalization" is out of the window. Don't forget that "capitalism" creates "greed" and "polarization" between the super rich and the poor and therefore "globalization" is for the rich only interesting if they can make "money" with it..

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote:

    Yeah, however history tells you that "cultures" clash all the time. Furthermore "religion" stops any "globalism", since "religion" stops any progress in their tracks. Also "education" or lack thereof has huge influences on the "mentality" towards "globalization" Especially in this country it is obvious that "polarization" and certain "media" ( Fox, NewsMax, Breitbard) does not help to get "broadminded" people here.

    Thus as conclusion I say: As long as this country has plenty of "religious" and "right wing" fanatics, then "globalization" is out of the window. Don't forget that "capitalism" creates "greed" and "polarization" between the super rich and the poor and therefore "globalization" is for the rich only interesting if they can make "money" with it..

    Your point on religion is well taken. However, it is more of a war between the fundamentalists and the modernists. The modernist religious types are okay in living in a secular world and adhering to the separation of church and state. The fundamentalists want to convert and control the lives everyone. Of course there are people in-between.

    Anyway, if we were to take a hard look at Islam, I think we likewise are seeing a struggle between modernists, many of whom reside in western countries, and fundamentalists. Saudi Arabia is an example of how the religious fundamentalists drive government policy. This article is of interest. I quoted it in my blog article on ISIS a while back:

    Gatestone Institute: Can Muslims Reopen the Gates of Ijtihad?

    "Until Muslim countries and Muslim communities in the West allow their people to express themselves freely -- without fear of reprisal -- it is unlikely that the Muslim world will be able to think creatively and again become a center of science and knowledge, as it used to be in the early centuries of Islam."

    "The exercise of critical thinking and independent judgment – or Ijtihad --was an important way to address questions in the early centuries of Islam. After approximately 400 years, however, the leaders of the Sunni Muslim world closed the "Gates of Ijtihad;" Muslims were no longer allowed use itjihad to solve problems. If a seemingly new problem arose, they were supposed to find an analogy from earlier scholars and apply that ruling to the problem that arose. From the 10th century onwards, Sunni Muslim leaders began to see questioning as politically dangerous to their ability to rule. Regrettably, Sunni Muslim leaders reject the use of itjihad to this day."

    I don't want to hijack this tread and make it about Islam. However, in terms of globalization, and in particular accommodating Islam in the greater sphere of global cultures, there are real limits. Islamic fundamentalists who use religion to retain power are the real problem. We have nothing to fear from Islam as practiced by modernists.

    The whole article is worth reading for those who want to expand their knowledge of Islam.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Globalism is evil because it is opportunistic predatory business of the highest degree. Is Wal-Mart evil because it results in low prices ? Is it evil to maximize profits?
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Globalism is evil because it is opportunistic predatory business of the highest degree. Is Wal-Mart evil because it results in low prices ? Is it evil to maximize profits?

    Wow; what century you live in? Thus the world is not an little "ball" in space with little crawling insects called people? I guess for you the world is still flat.

    Globalization is evil??? Sorry we all have to work together to make this an better happier/healthier place.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch, You are speaking from the middle ages when the purpose of life was to serve without question. Nothing gets through to you. I was the only person to see what was happening with Trump. You even agreed with my Oct 28 post explaining why the polls were wrong and that Trump very probably could win. Instead of realizing and admitting I was right and had insight you deny it. Then you address all my posts with the most disrespectful attitude. On top of that you have no concept or concern for human rights or the rights of people to a safe healthy life. The victims of globalization are the billions of abject poverty class human beings. The object of globalization is profit and nothing else. Show me one instance of globalization having a universal positive effect. It creates billionaires who have to hire people to give there money away without addressing any social problem. Companies cut expenses for profit. Globilization does it on a global level. Globilization is evil. It could be a solution but greed prevents that.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch said:

    "Globalization is evil??? Sorry we all have to work together to make this an better happier/healthier place."

    Okay Dutch, Show me where globalization produced a net healthier/happier place.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    America.
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    Schmidt Wrote: America.

    Good example. We are the leader of progress in most areas, and its to our advantage to anticipate where the world is headed, and stay ahead of it so we remain a major global influence.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes, America shipped US$1.454 trillion worth of goods around the globe in 2016.

    World's Richest Countries

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    That is my point. What about the homeless and poor and sick people in USA. You guys proud of that ? Plus you never answered my question Schmidt.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "A net healthier happier place"
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "stay ahead of it so we remain a major global influence"

    Not Democratic , not liberal, not progressive .

  • Independent
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    Not Democratic , not liberal, not progressive .

    What do you perceive it to be?