Globalization Has Destroyed The Middle Class

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The world is not a large and strange place anymore. The world is a place that is interconnected and intertwined. The world has become from a place that each country and their peoples are separate and isolated to a place that each country and their peoples are part of a global network. Thanks to globalization this is occurring. Globalization is the ‘international integration” or ‘de-bordering’ – “a number of highly disparate observations whose regular common denominator is the determination of a profound transformation of the traditional nation-state” (Von Bogdandy 2). Globalization is connecting different people from different cultures and backgrounds together. More and more corporations are entering new foreign markets to sell their products to the native populations. But at the same time globalization is negatively hurting people and countries. Globalization is hurting workers and small countries. Workers are forced to work for low wages and small countries are being manipulated by large countries. Globalization is having a negative impact on this world and it outweighs any positive it produces.
Thanks to globalization, cultures, and the environment of different nations are being attacked. Their customs and traditions are vanishing thanks to globalization. A perfect example is what is occurring in India. Prior to globalization occurring, “the meals on the train used to be served in moistened banana leaves that were plucked in front of you and thrown away after” (Rajiva 1) . Today after the full impact of globalization, “they are wrapped in tin foil or come in plastic or cardboard containers” (Rajiva 1. In this example, both the culture and environment is destroyed. The custom of packaging food in banana leaves is gone thanks to globalization. Also, the environment is polluted with foil and plastic. Instead of banana leaves plastic that is bio-degradable being in the environment, there is foil and plastic that is not bio-degradable. Lila Rajiva used another perfect example in her article to show how globalization affects both the environment and culture of the native people. Hyundai built a factory in a small town in India. Since the factory opened, water has scarce for miles around the factory. Thanks to the scarcity of water, the local population doesn’t have water to cook, drink or bathe (Rajiva 2). Not only it is an inconvenience for the locals, it is a “death sentence” for them (Rajiva 2). From a brutal scorching dry summer, there was a death toll in the thousands (Rajiva 2). This occurred because they didn’t have enough water to survive. In this example Globalization disrupted the way of life of these people. Farmers didn’t have water to irrigate their crops. Also, thousands of people lost their lives because of globalization. These people would have been alive, if not for the greed of these corporations. In the state of Kamataka, globalization also ruined the lives of the native population. In this state, small farmers “committed...

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