Debate abounds over whether globalization is good or bad for the individual, the family, the nation, and the world. Exchanges and interconnections are as old as human history itself, as people moved around the globe in search of opportunity and spreading new ideas. Pessimists view increased interdependence as a terribly destructive trend for communities and culture, while optimists envision a diverse and better life for all. The word “globalization” itself describes an endless range of interactions, both deliberate and accidental. Unforeseen consequences can emerge sometimes decades later. Steady cooperation rather than conflict is in order as global integration continues to influence nearly every aspect of modern life.

Unpopular Globalization: Why So Many Are Opposed

Blaming globalization for workforce anxiety in the US and Europe is misguided
David Dapice
February 2, 2006

Hail Britannia!

A nostalgic look at unabashed British imperialism and rues the American "empire in denial"
Immanuel Wallerstein
July 25, 2003

Globalization of Soccer Kicks Local Fans

Worldwide popularity pushes the game from a club culture to a corporate one
Kanishk Tharoor
February 25, 2008

Non-Globalized States Pose a Threat

Bush's African safari is an important step in dealing with the challenge.
Banning N. Garrett
July 7, 2003

The Lure of Protectionism in Ohio

Shutting the door may be easy, but openness and innovation would be more effective
Susan Froetschel, Morgan Robinson
March 3, 2008

The Poor Like Globalization

But institutions and policies are needed to deliver the hoped for results
David Dollar
June 23, 2003