The advantages and disadvantages of globalization have been discussed in a vigorous debate. There are those who defend the benefits related to the freedom that this fact brings and those who believe that it is detrimental to the cultural integrity.
The globalization is defined as the means through which certain values, beliefs, ideas, technologies, and precepts of any kind are implemented globally as a reality that transcends all differences that divide human beings.
In this sense, it is usually seen as a way to overcome the limitations that come from religions, political parties, and cultures that are locked in their own mentality.
The consequences of globalization had been warned even before the rise of the Internet. There are effects that had already been seen in historical examples, such as the Roman Empire.
The notion of a new form of Dominium mundi (the “conquest of the world” in Spanish) has recovered in the second half of the twentieth century, although it has been observed much more frequently in the course of the twenty-first century, was purely technological.
Throughout this article, there will be a brief exposition of seven advantages and seven disadvantages of globalization. These are a balance of their contributions and risks to contemporary society.
Likewise, they must be treated as paradoxes in which an advantage can become a disadvantage and vice versa. This will also serve to weigh the aspects inherent to globalization, in which there is a constant exchange of ideas increasingly universal.
Advantages of globalization
1- Market diffusion
About 500 years ago it was unthinkable that sugar and cloves could be bought for cooking at home, both of which were extremely expensive products that did not enter the table if there was no purchasing power or if the government did not allow it.
There were parts of the world where sugar or cloves were not even known since they were not consumed or unknown. The market, therefore, was limited and, incidentally, expensive.
With globalization, the economy flows at a more spontaneous pace, where goods and services can be enjoyed around the world.
Although it is true that some imported products can be somewhat expensive, it can not be denied that they can be enjoyed in a short time, anywhere and many times at reasonable prices. There are even offers on pages like Amazon or Aliexpress. Globalization, then, does the free market a favor.
2- Great ideological diversification
Without globalization, it is very likely that Marxism would never have reached China and that Japan would have stalled in the feudalism of the Tokugawa Period .
In addition, it is also very likely that Latin America would have known (or known later) the works of Pasteur , the inventions of Edison or the novels of Faulkner . Therefore, globalization is a weapon against scientific, technological, philosophical and even literary backwardness.
3- Transmission of cultural values
Globalization makes it possible to spread cultures that were previously unknown, or of which only a handful of prejudices were known.
Thanks to the Internet you can listen to music from India from Colombia; the same way you can read gauchesque poetry in Finland, or you can see a Kurosawa film in the United States.
In fact, it was this globalization that made George Lucas inspire his Star Wars from a Japanese samurai-themed film.
4- Language exchange
The use of an international language is of old date, a reason why in its history it was spoken Latin, Koine Greek, French, and German.
Currently, the most vivid example is in English, which communicates millions of people around the world, far more than the Chinese do.
With globalization, it is possible for an Italian and a Czech to understand each other in English without the need for Italian to speak Czech and without Czech speaking Italian.
5- Unification of moral values
Previously it was believed that morality was in religion, but lay values proved that a world where respected the beliefs of others as possible.
This is so because, in a globalized world, it is necessary to recognize and accept that people living in distant countries like Rwanda are also human beings and must be treated as such. Ethical ideas, therefore, are universal and apply equally for all, without distinction of any kind.
On the basis of the previous point, globalization is the way to reduce the tensions between societies completely dissimilar to each other.
With a more universalized morality, the result is that the rivalries of yesteryear are transformed into friendships, that there may be dialogue and Concord in gentiles that were formerly sworn enemies from time immemorial. This may be the formula for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, for example.
7- Greater human sensitivity
Considering the foregoing advantages, it can be said that globalization makes the world a space where people fight for equality and justice in any place. International tribunals will be the best way to prevent impunity.
Similarly, globalized information in the media creates a consciousness in which, for example, Mexicans can express their solidarity for those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Disadvantages of globalization
1- Threat to local and national economies
It has been criticized that globalization is a way for larger economies to impose themselves on smaller economies.
Although there is a free market all over the world, this does not mean that developed countries do not find the means to take advantage of this situation to wage trade wars and to use the battlefields of developing countries or underdeveloped countries.
2- Imposition of foreign ideas
This is a controversial point since it was globalization that allowed many countries to leave the nineteenth century. The Arab Spring could not have been achieved without the power of the Internet.
But countries such as those that host Islamic culture sometimes prefer to refrain from using Western fashion, and in several regions of Latin America, models of thought are sought that are not Eurocentric, but those coming from Asia.
Transculturization: cultural contamination?
This disadvantage is strictly linked to the previous one. While it is true that in the twenty-first-century countries like Japan export their culture to levels they had never imagined in the Meiji Period , it is also true that Latin American populations adopt cultural precepts and set aside their own.
This is also a polemic point in which national identity is put on the table. In fact, the Japanese talk about the dilemma of “modernization versus Westernization”.
4- Extinction of minority languages
Languages have disappeared for centuries and many of them have only limited data. However, since the twentieth century many neologisms have been imported from the English-speaking world that penetrate other languages, such as Spanish, from which even Spanglish comes .
On the other hand, minority languages disappear faster with globalization, since their communities, unable to use them abroad, abandon them for a more spoken language, such as English.
5. Universal morality: a danger to religions?
In a globalized world, the moral is for the Vietnamese as well as for the Panamanians: the one based on the human rights subscribed to the UN.
However, neither Vietnamese nor Panamanians have been brought up in the same religions, so one wonders whether globalization is really a means of sweeping the boundaries between Christianity and Eastern creeds, or whether it is a way of securing them through multiculturalism, in which both beliefs must be respected.
6- Tolerance, but for convenience
Taking into account that with globalization comes to a more universal morality, it remains to know if the reduction of social tensions is sincere or is only made as a formalism that can be easily broken with feigned pacts between the parties concerned.
It is not to sew and to sing, nor to tell them that they are brothers, is to disarticulate one by one the motives that led them to fight in the past.
7- Neo-imperialism and neocolonialism
With a more global morality, economy, ideas and precepts, a new form of imperialism and colonialism can come from countries that are capable of producing all those beliefs, such as China and the United States.
On the other hand, less affluent nations and cultures with less creative contributions must conform to the fact of consuming and accepting them, because that is the tendency and must be accepted under penalty of being outside the international circle.