Monday, September 30, 2002

Where it matters most, globalization thrives

A thoughtful piece by Thomas L. Friedman, writing for the New York Times and reprinted here in the International Herald Tribune, Friedman argues that in places like India and China globalization has been a success. He also writes that September 11th has taught us that:

...terrorists originated from the least globalized, least open, least integrated corners of the world: namely, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan. Countries that don't trade in goods and services also tend not to trade in ideas, pluralism or tolerance."

The debate will go in, but Friedman's point is that it is often people from the rich West who wonder whether globalization is doing harm or good, while the developing world has experienced improved standards of living and social mobility as a result of these policies. Young people in Bangalore, for example are not protesting against Silicon Valley firms spending money on Indian software engineers.

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