Globalization – a moral duty?

Peter martin, editor of the financial times, sees globalization as the best thing that can happen to us.

Globalization is one of the buzzwords of the day. While some feel threatened by it, others, especially the winners of globalization, believe that it will contribute step by step to the improvement of the living conditions of all people, if only all obstacles are removed. Now the editor of the financial times has clearly said it: the continuation of the globalization=free market + reduction of the state is a moral ie.

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We always suspected it: the neoliberal ideology of the free market and the reduction of the state is not only an economic, but also a political and above all individualistic doctrine of salvation. There is little sense – at least in the traditional sense – in the conviction that the invisible hand, if it is only allowed to exist, will be to the advantage of all, especially since the invisible hand is quite powerfully constricted, for example, with regard to property or physical security. Selection is fine when it affects others, but when it undermines one’s own prosperity or prevailing business fundamentals, one doesn’t want to know about it anymore.

Now, in any case, the editor of the financial times, peter martin, in a short article for le monde diplomatique, has made the morality of globalization very clear – and of course globalization is identical with the free market, which in turn is identical with freedom and prosperity. One should not look only at the purely economic aspects of globalization, but turn to the profoundly moral meaning of globalization: "the accelerated integration of hitherto marginalized societies is the best thing that has happened during the lifetime of the post-war generation."

Globalization is no longer about the "false collaboration" in the form of north-south talks or of bureaucratic elites, no, it realizes a "real cooperation across borders, societies and cultures." thanks to globalization, the soviet "empire of evil" undermined and even china swung into the right lane. In general it is a "extraordinarily positive process" and have "enormous improvements in the happiness of people" manufactured. The nature of this happiness is not specified.

While others, such as riccardo petrella, speak of a diabolical machine and criticize precisely the exclusion of entire continents, countries and regions that goes hand in hand with it, while the left tends to be skeptical about globalization because of social cuts and the dominance of multinationals and the economy in general, or laments the lack of democratization, speaks of a globalization trap and some also believe that globalization is only a myth anyway, the missionary in the matter of globalization salvation maintains that any criticism of this process "deeply immoral" is. After all, many people are better off and millions of new jobs have been created, especially in asia, and, the main objection, the criticism is actually an attempt to protect vested interests on the part of people from the highly developed countries who do not want the third world to rise.

Any attempt to impede globalization would only lead to a greater power of the state – which for all neoliberals is simply an agent of oppression and obstruction, not also a means of establishing democratic processes and safeguarding rights – and to a loss of individual freedom. For the moralist of globalization there is nothing in between: the whole and the individual, both free and most happily without any regulation. Democracy paradigmatically appears in martin only as the democratic rights of the individual, the most valuable right being, "to be left alone." this is what connects the individual with the transnational corporations. Whether the increasing concentration of economic power and the growing global gap between rich and poor, the political reaction of the losers in ethnic and nationalist movements, and the attempts of the virtual class to withdraw from the community could not just as effectively undermine the salvation of globalization is not an ie for the prophet, who is on the right side of the ie.

And in general: globalization is the machine that produces free market, democracy, happiness of people, prosperity and freedom: "it is the pinnacle of human endeavor." instead of messing around, we should praise them and become their glowing defenders.