Like SlyShy’s writing prompts, another way to exercise your brain is to solve ‘what if’ problems, though this may take a bit more time.

#1: Explain the pros/cons of globalization and if you were on a committee trying to lower the cons and boost the pros, what would you do?

#2: If you were president of the United States, how would you push against the economic crisis of 2008?

#3: Iraq possesses WMD’s. As president, what action would you take against this?

#4: You are now president of Japan. As global warming increases, so does the water level. Your city is in danger of a flood. What do you do?

#5: As president of the WTO, you find out that companies such as Tropicana and Cargill are using indentured servants to do labor. How do you stop this or try to stop this?

#6: You are vice president of _____. The president dies. What do you do?

#7: You are a presidential candidate for Afghanistan. How do you convince the people that you are fit to be president?

Below is a possible answer for No. 1 (not exactly the best idea).

If I were on a committee managing globalization, I would recommend raising taxes for wealthy individuals to support poorer populations, and for countries to slow logging of rainforest. It is important to support poorer populations; “today’s have-nots are more aware of the gap between them and the rich West…This consciousness…can be a powerful source of resentment and protest.” This resentment can also lead to events such as “the anti-American demonstrations from Venezuela to the Philippines”. If the gap between the rich and poor continues to expand, more consequences, physical and political, can occur. In order to solve this problem without inflation, richer men/women can be tapped for money. To solve possible protest from this, the rich could be rewarded with perks after consistently paying off the raised taxes.

In turn, this money could go to nations who rely on forest logging order to survive financially, reducing the “Close to 1% of the world’s rainforest” that “is disappearing every year”. Supported by cash, citizens could immigrate to wealthier countries such as the U.S and have better life without cutting down trees. This causes the problem of space, and to solve that, the Earth can either make a huge technological leap to colonize the Moon/Mars, or simply build taller and more effective skyscrapers to give employment/homes and to take up airspace. However, this might cause a funding deficit in the immigrants’ nation’s government. This must be solved by wealthier countries essentially buying out the nation and expanding there. In turn, protests caused by the action, which would be radical but mean a better life for the majority of an entre nation, would have to be weathered through.

However, despite all the negativity surrounding globalization, it is beneficial as well. One classic example of globalization’s benefits was Columbian Trade. Columbian trade occurred directly after Columbus reached the Americas, “and it is celebrated as a landmark in the history of globalization”. It “brought together peoples who had been separated for over 10,000 years”. Columbian trade sparked global trade, which brought previously unknown [food] items in some areas to others. These plants/animals often rose up to becoming staples, and “changed entire civilizations” (PowerPoint presentation, Black). Notable examples of these such staples include: potatoes, the Mexican chili pepper, and coffee. To encourage this diverse international trade, the ‘Globalization Committee’ should spread propaganda encouraging other countries to exploit their comparative advantage in production.

Globalization also produced new technologies and spread ideas. A notable technology produced as a result from globalization is the Model T Ford. Without rubber, the car could not run. The rubber was obtained from the “rubber tapper(s) from China and India”, two foreign countries. Intangible goods were also spread, especially democracy. Without globalization to establish lines of communications with other countries, the United States may have never been able to spread democracy or even conceive of it in the first place. To encourage the spread of technology/ideas, more effective transportation must be devised to transport new technology, and more effective ways of producing the technologies must be found. To spread ideas, more efficient means of communication must be invented to more easily convey ideas.

Comment

  1. LiquidNitrogen on 9 November 2008, 20:53 said:

    Thanks Sly, or Virgil or whoever posted it. And I just want to say that the answer is your best answer, not the best answer.

  2. SlyShy on 9 November 2008, 21:01 said:

    Yeah, that’d be me. No problem. :)

  3. LiquidNitrogen on 9 November 2008, 21:02 said:

    Thanks. I may have to do this a couple times, though.

  4. SlyShy on 9 November 2008, 21:15 said:

    Well, now you’ve got an account…

  5. Virgil on 9 November 2008, 21:28 said:

    I can’t post under another’s name, but cool anyways.

  6. LiquidNitrogen on 9 November 2008, 21:29 said:

    I had an error when trying to send to you.

  7. Billy the Kid on 10 November 2008, 14:04 said:

    I was under the impression the Athenians invented democracy, or, barring that, at least some of the native tribes in North America well before the United States showed up :)

  8. Rand on 17 November 2008, 20:44 said:

    Athens was the first place on earth for democracy.
    That we know of.
    At least, on a wide-scale. I’m assuming the tribes of North America were fairly small and never united.

  9. Art on 21 November 2008, 08:02 said:

    “#4: You are now president of Japan. As global warming increases, so does the water level. Your city is in danger of a flood. What do you do?”

    Wonder why I’m not the Prime Minister.