Globalization has become a buzzword and is often promoted at the highest levels of corporate and political power 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 by multinational corporations. Is globalization tied to the theory of a "New World Order," proported to be a covert international program characterized by a world government that supersedes the authority of the national governments of its nation-state members? On a worldwide scale, we will look at the human costs of globalization's efficient movement of goods, services, and information. We will examine undeniable successes in reducing world poverty. We will explore the social consequences of uncontrolled migration across national borders. Finally, we will look at the relationship between exponential worldwide population growth, stressed resources, and political stability. Topics to be considered this term are: Japan's post-World War ll economic miracle; the asset bubble crash of the 1990s; the Middle East's curse of oil wealth; political Islam's relationship to escalating worldwide terrorism; Africa's natural resources and reasons for optimism about the continent's future; and Latin America's post-colonial autocratic and socialist governments.
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