The trouble with globalization

The trouble with globalization is that there aren’t any democratic global institutions.

The only global institutions are multinational corporations, international banks and international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization that serve the interests of corporations and banks.

During ancient and medieval times, political philosophers believed that democracy was something that could work only on a local level.  They thought a town or city-state could be democratic, but not a large nation.  And it is true that it is hard to make democracy work when you go above the level of the New England town meeting.  But our existing international institutions and organizations don’t even attempt to be democratic.

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One Response to “The trouble with globalization”

  1. Atticus Finch Says:

    Maybe we should operate more as a republic world wide since all of our wants/needs vary so much by country. A few representatives form each country. People will argue about the number of representatives, of course. Should china and Nicaragua have the same number of representatives – probably not. However – I would like to see the US agree to give China a proportionate number of votes as to population. Maybe make it like the US’s system have a set number of “Senators” and a flex number of “Representatives” based on region/population.


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