Globalization has become a buzzword and is often promoted at the highest levels as inevitable, economically beneficial, and a quantum advance in civilization itself. Others, however, believe globalization's main effect has been the control and destabilization of governments. Some even go so far as to theorize about a "New World Order," purportedly a long-term, largely secret program to create a world government which would at first supersede, then eventually replace national governments and the distinct cultures of its member states. This course will draw on the Great Courses' International Economic Institutions: Globalism vs. Nationalism. Some topics to be presented include: International Anarchy Under One Roof; Messy Multilateralism; Pre-World War I and the Rise of Big Government; and The World Bank, Poverty, and Violence. We will look at China's aspirations of global influence, the power of America's Federal Reserve, and current worldwide mass migration patterns.
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