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782 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 18 years ago by Guerrilla

Are the poor benefiting from globalization?

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18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 10/27/03 - 12:58:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think so
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 10/27/03 - 1:00:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not sure I understand this question. In what sense would they benefit?
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 10/27/03 - 1:02:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
depends on whether they live in already industrialized country, for the most part no, that's part of the process of it.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 10:39:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
The poor don't benefit from poo, because in order to sustain a wealthy upper class, who coincidentally also make up the privileged class, there has to be a grovelling, poverty stricken group that is larger to offset the wealth. There will always be haves and have nots, but it doesn't have to be so unequal. Quite frankly, I'm scared to be an American in these Imperialistic Republican times-I don't support the foreign policy of our government, but whether I support it or not-I might get killed because of it!
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 10:48:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think if you look at places like Brazil, you can see that it doesn't work for the poor.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 11:18:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
Globalization has resulted in major upgrades to infrastructure and created lots of jobs in countries where there were few. Products are able to be produced for for less money so they are more affordable to those who don't have a lot of money to spend. I'd say that overall, globabization has helped the poor.

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 11:35:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
One of the worst things about globalisation is that it has actually increased the gap between the rich and poor. Products may be produced for less, but it rarely works to sell them for such a low cost and that's bad news for the workers themselves who usually earn a measly wage. Its sometimes the case that cultural identity has to be given up before any benefits can be received.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 11:38:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
When companies move their manufacturing plants to Mexico, are the Mexican workers employed in these new jobs worse off than they were?

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 11:53:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
Its possible that some are and some aren't. If they have to work to provide for their families, chances are they aren't going to have much of choice. Even if means being exploited in the process.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 12:06:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Isn't everyone that works exploited in some way? Working a job seems better than being unemployed.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 12:08:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not to mention that these companies usually pay to upgrade the power plants, roads, water/wastewater facilities.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 12:33:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
And in the meantime, these countries are running up massive debts for the privelige of facilities that aren't actually maintained.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 1:58:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Working a job seems better than being unemployed."

Are you saying that the poor should be grateful AMerican corporations are giving them jobs where they get paid terrible wages and work in terrible conditions? Because thats what it sounds like.

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 2:30:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
From what I understand, the new Kraft plant in Mexico city pays decent wages and has good working conditions...
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 2:31:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Perhaps it's the only one, but I like to think that there are others like it. (I'd find it hard to believe if there aren't)

18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 3:59:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Find out about the practices of the manufacturing plants along the US-Mexico border, then talk to me about decent wages & working conditions.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/29/03 - 6:23:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
uhm... no.
18 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/04 - 12:28:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
If plants around the world were forced to adopt US-class working standards, people would be much worse off, because those hundreds of thousands of workers would just be laid off. Look at the economies of the US and Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries--they had to go through a period of lower working standards before reaching a point where higher standards were even feasible. Imposing US-level labor standards would do a lot more harm than good.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 3/15/04 - 2:54:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
Globalization has the potential to help the poor, and it has somewhat already. But what the people in 3rd world countries need the most is reform. The biggest hurdle to overcome on the way to prosperity is the abuse of power by corrupt governments that are not accountable to the people.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 12:11:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Good book for you: In Defense of Globalization by Jagdish Bhagwati, dispells the myths and lies of the left towards globalization.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 8:13:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Globalisation just means MORE people get a chance to sh*t on the poor.

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