December 31st, 2006

ozarque figure

Quick note provoked by a tech glitch....

I realized last night that when I did the first post for the globalization discussion -- and provided a rough list of the material I'd been reading -- I left out Real World Globalization: Eighth Edition. The Friedman book, which I did mention, is pro-globalization; Real World Globalization is against it. I'm almost through reading Real World Globalization and wanted to go back to the December 30th post this morning and edit it to add that fact.

But when the "edit entries" page comes up on my screen it has only a blank box -- not the text I need to edit -- and no clue as to where I should click to make the text appear or what I should do next.

This is a very clunky way to do an edit -- I apologize. But I don't want the LJers who gifted me with Real World Globalization to think I haven't been reading it -- and I don't want the rest of you to think I have been reading only materials arguing for globalization.

Drat and blast.
ozarque figure

Discussing globalization; part one, sort of continued...

I'm a bit at a loss here, frankly, and not sure how to proceed, but will go on proceeding all the same. [One of the things you learn in the course of getting a Ph.D. is how -- when you're at a loss and not sure how to proceed -- to go right on with what you're doing; sometimes this fools people, sometimes it doesn't.] Disorganized meanderings below, therefore...

1. I was expecting -- and was looking forward to reading -- some spirited defenses of the "survival of the fittest" position so we could debate it here. None appeared.

Maybe this is because I wasn't able to get away with keeping my own definition of globalization to myself, and when those who might have written the pro-SOTF comments saw what it was they all went "Oh -- bleeding-heart-liberal drivel again...." and left the room for good. Maybe it's because this is the New Year's Eve weekend and all the pro-SOTFers are slogging through airports or enjoying themselves at parties or desperately busy putting on parties of their own. Maybe it's because I just haven't said anything interesting yet; that's always a possibility.

2. It seems to me that the science fiction community -- to which I, and many of you, belong -- should have a slightly different take on globalization. In the sense that the realization of Terra, as opposed to a motley conglomeration of nation-states rabidly defending their borders and their treasure -- is actually viewed as a desirable goal rather than a threat.

3. In everything I've been reading, both for and against globalization (variously defined), there seems to be one consensus proposition:

Barring a global cataclysm -- an asteroid smacks us and wipes out most of our "infrastructure" along with a huge chunk of the population; a worldwide pandemic takes out most of us; we come to the end of oil, and there goes our energy supply, and the Internet goes away, and the economy tanks in even the privileged nations; the Rapture actually does occur; vamp till ready -- globalization is going to happen, whether we like it or not. Which makes a thorough discussion either urgent or irrelevant, I'm not sure which.