‘A Global Love’ ? – The Next Utopia !?

If all work together and they are still powerless
After my laptop broke down and I could experience how important it is to have an external hard drive and to back-up everything important, my sisters and I wanted to give my father one for Christmas.
Standing in the shop, being shocked by the prices, a shop assistant told us that the prices were this high because of the flood in Thailand.

According to the boston globe,  the prices of external hard drives sold at retail electronic stores had skyrocketed in November because about 40 percent of the world’s supply of hard drives are made in Thailand and the estimated drop in worldwide hard drive production was 30 percent for last year’s fourth quarter.
Lucas Mearian confirmed in the end of December 2011 that, whereas the prices of the hard drives are slowly shrinking and recovering, the  hard disk drive supply shortages in the wake of Thailand flooding would affect consumers, computer system manufacturers and corporate IT shops until 2013.


The information week states that concerning this point, the domino effect a flood in a country has on the hard drive prices in worldwide businesses, proofs  negative aspects of globalization. It shows the dependency and vulnerability of countries who have decided to rely and profit from cheap production in developing countries.

That’s the way the cookie crumbles…


The case given above is just one example for the impact of globalization on the predictability and reliability of worldwide’s business.
Further examples
-oil catastrophe in the gulf of Mexico: irreversible, cascading geological apocalypse; read the post about BP written by my team member Kathrin
-US crisis influences the whole world economy
-a drought in Australia leads to a global shortage of rice
-Situations given in “The solution to save the world” written by my team member Martin

Is it fair that if something happens in one corner of the world, all are affected?

Globalization in short

As laitman.com states, Globalization in its literal sense is the process of transformation of local or regional phenomena into a global one.
Or, as the previous French president Jacques Chirac said: “Globalization is when the butterfly effect is everywhere at work.”
This sentence expounds the extreme sensitiveness of globalization:
•    It does offer a great number of opportunities for the booming of global economy
•    The slightest change can send chocks through the whole system
Scientific innovations and technological progress, advanced transportation, convenient communication and the well-equipped network architecture make it possible to accelerate capital circulation, and therefore, bond the global economic system together.

Utopian

The utopian expectation towards the world population: act as a whole and pull in the same direction:

catastrophes and common conflicts as well as challenges concerning the whole population must be treated together.

We are sitting in the same boat. If we do not fight for our world- who does !?

Some say the show is over…

•    “Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States, has, on the contrary, intensified it. “ Omar Bongo
•    “I am not someone who believes we should build a fence around our country but I do believe there ought to be some fairness with respect to the rules of this globalization. “ Byron Dorgan
•   ” The problem with capitalism is that it best rewards the worst part of us: the ruthless, competitive, conniving, opportunistic, acquisitive drives, giving little reward and often much punishment–or at least much handicap–to honesty, compassion, fair play, many forms of hard work, love of justice, and a concern for those in need.”   Michael Parenti

“Don’t worry- be happy!” ?!


-“If you don’t know how to fix it, stop breaking it!”
-“We should act together as one single world towards one single goal”

At least to come one step ahead…

•    Duties should be undertaken collectively

•    No country can be the exception to the responsibility of defending the living condition of mankind

•    Standardization of finance system

•    Each country should take macro-control measures when it is necessary

•    Emission reductions must be undertaken in every country

•    The “have-ones” support the “have-nots” to stop the superiority of globalization

•    Development and spreading of medical technics all over the world

What people expect           according to Hirst/ Thompson

•    Climate catastrophes
•    Exclusion and extreme inequality in income distribution
•    Transnational crime syndicates
•    Human insecurity
•    Diseases threatening mankind

Therefore we should…   

LINKS
http://wenku.baidu.com/view/aafb43a9d1f34693daef3e1c.html
http://www.finestquotes.com/select_quote-category-Globalization-page-0.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect
http://www.scribd.com/full/22611938?access_key=key-2k32oircogywip2mwl5b

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4 Comments

  1. Lucas

     /  January 29, 2012

    This was not as hard to read as I thought it would be since there was an actual story involved this time. The heading was very appealing but the video was even more. I was actually angry watching it and then questioning myself. Really good choice!
    Very interesting how an incident changes the conditions on the other side of the world. Regarding this referring to the Butterfly effect was also quite clever.
    What is also quite interesting is, that there doesn’t even have to be an incident on the other side of the world to have an effect. Speculations at the Wallstreet can change conditions for the whole world.
    The oil prices rise and fall even though the companies are conveying at a constant level and recently businessmen have even started speculations about food prices as this article states:
    http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/09/un-wall-street-speculation-fuels-global-hunger
    There was even a debate at Uni
    http://www.hwr-berlin.de/nc/aktuelles/termine-und-veranstaltungen/detailseiten/details/event/geschafte-mit-dem-hunger-die-rolle-der-finanzindustrie-in-der-rohstoffspekulation-767/
    This might be very interesting to observe.

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  2. Hey Lucas,
    thank you for your constructive and enriching comment.
    Unfortunately, I did not know about the debate at the hwr, but I agree to you in the point that there are far more causes for effects on the whole world than I treated and than I was able to treat in my post.
    I appreciate the example you gave and the engagement you showed by researching on your own and sharing the link.
    Great way of cooperation, I think:)

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  3. Dear Viola,

    while scanning through your tag cloud I came across the tag “the butterfly effect” and this is why I ended up reading your post since I always wanted to know what that actually means. I have heard it a lot of times but never really knew what it meant exactly.

    Even though your post was not really about the “butterfly effect” I still kept reading because it was a topic I am really interested in.
    In my opinion it is quite a controversial topic as you pointed out yourself. It is hard to accomplish goals like ‘standardization of the finance system’ and ‘to make medicine available for everyone’ if on the other hand people expect globalization to bring inequality and diseases to their countries. To find the middle way is quite hard, I guess.

    I am actually curious about one of the things you wrote which is supposed to happen because of globalization: I am wondering what the actual connection is between globalization and climate catastrophes. Do you mean the potential growing industrialization?

    And just one other thing: Maybe the next time it would be good to not put so many bullet points into your posts. Even though it sums it up quickly and gives it a good overview.

    Other than that it was really interesting reading your post. Thank you for the good research!

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  4. Hey Saskia,
    thanks for your comprehensible and instructive feedback 🙂
    Coming to your question I have to admit that although you are definitely right and I do think that the growth and increase in industrialization bares a huge risk for environmental and climate catastrophes this was not exactly what I wanted to express.
    I rather wanted to say that whereas decades ago a problem and catastrophe which happened at one place brought bad consequences with itself that only suffered the population at that place from (What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas), today the whole world is affected as e.g. outsourcing leads to production delays or stops if in a outsourcing place happens something. To connect to the example I used in the text: If Germany would still produce its external hard disk in Germany itself, we would not see any effect of the flood in Thailand here. As globalization brought to reorganization and restructuring of production, Germany is dependent on the production in Thailand’s industries so we directly see the effect of a catastrophe in Thailand in the prices and the availability of the product.
    I am really sorry to have confused you and hope I was able to make clear what I actually meant, though I again want to stress that the point you brought up is completely correct and agreeable to me.
    Thank you for your feedback 🙂

    Reply

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