The World is Flat is a book that was written by Tom Friedman. It covers the subject of globalization and the affects it is having on the modern world. Interesting enough topic as this is I have to say that I am not really that shocked by it. If someone asked me to say how I felt about it in plain words, I would probably say something like: “Globalization reminds me a little bit of slavery.”
Now I know that slavery can be a very uncomfortable word but look at it in its simplest form. A country of citizens needs work done for cheap, so they go out and get cheap labor workers from other places, kind of like what we do when we “outsource” our work. This cheap labor is usually from some far away place that is easy to ignore, in a country the average person has no connection too, and often involves people who don’t speak the language of the company that is “hiring” them. Because of this cheap labor we now get an influx of products not made in our own country, we get workers who don’t live in our cities, and we have an entire labor force that can legally be paid less than minimum wage. It’s harsh but it is apparently economically sound.
Friedman seems to have had no idea this was going on until he went to India to do a documentary on outsourcing and I find this to be incredibly “American” of him. Hardly a product exists in this country that is actually made in the U.S., so where do people think they are coming from?
“The economic playing field has been leveled, and you Americans are not ready.” by far my favorite line of the entire video we watched. It really is just as simple as that. Other countries are hip to us now and individuals are beginning to take their financial futures into their own hands in a way that is truly going to shake things up. I look forward to seeing the outcome of it all.