A Voice In Defense Of Globalization

At a period in time when citizens are demanding their leadership focus more intently on matters at home, Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, offers a bold defense of global government.

Birdsall correctly notes that a range of crises have people “believing that a worldwide cabal of bankers, corporations, and G-20 elites uses insider deals to monopolize the benefits of globalization” and questioning the efficacy of international institutions.

However, she writes, “few people – whether ordinary citizens or internationally oriented economists –  recognize that our seemingly weak and ineffectual multilateral institutions are the world’s best hope for managing and democratizing the global market. Only these institutions are capable of preventing the elite capture and insider rents that are putting global prosperity at long-term risk.”

Birdsall makes certain to note that a global government “could never have democratic legitimacy; for this reason, it is a scary idea.” That does not mean that “the idea of world government can illuminate a sensible path for capturing the benefits of a more effective global polity. Given a fully interdependent global market, we should worry less about the risk of bad rules and policies  from imperfect global institutions and more about how to exploit these  institutions’ potential to lock in policies at home and abroad that minimize  risks and maximize opportunities for people everywhere.”

In a longer paper for the Global Citizens Foundation, Birsdall elaborates on the points made in this article.

Related: Foreign Affairs magazine features an article by Rodrigo Tavares how globalization transformed Sao Paulo into a diplomatic power.

Writer Asserts China’s Military Goals Are Peaceful
Meng Xiangqing contends the relative stability at home and abroad has positioned China to seize on an opportunity to realize “national rejuvenation” in the coming decade. However, he cautions “it is equally important to beware of the disadvantages inherent in the opportunity.”

In addition to needing to bring its forces in line with those of the West in terms of technology, he writes in the China Daily that “China faces traditional and non-traditional security problems that threaten its development, and national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The persistent pressure from the Western world, complex territorial disputes, and terrorism and separatism threaten to undermine the country’s economic and social development.”

Xiangqing also maintains China’s means to achieving its ends should not threaten the West because its goals include “national reunification and requires China to help maintain world peace and facilitate the development of the human race.”



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