“Globalization is the result of powerful governments, especially that of the United States, pushing trade deals and other accords down the throats of the world’s people to make it easier for corporations and the wealthy to dominate the economies of nations around the world without having obligations to the people of those nations.” -Robert W. McChesney (In the preface to Noam Chomky’s book, Profit Over People)

Leaving for India in a few days, this passage sparked an interest. What is globalization? I know many people have written about this, but to me, concrete definitions are still a bit elusive. I like this description because it starts with a critique of capitalism in America. Do corporations that are spawned by Untied States capitalism really have no obligations to the people of the nations that they seek to expand in?

The obligations that I think they (corporations and the wealthy) are most interested in are concerns that create and promote consumerism whereby obligations rest in a creation and maintenance of happy consumers. In the light of McChesney’s assertions, then, globalization in the widest sense is an attack on the way of life of myriad non-consumer societies that still exist today.

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