There have been tons of reading materials on globalization from all sorts of perspective but all of these perspectives boil down to its grass root level of definition, that is, globalization is a politico-economic strategy. Of who will benefit globalization, the perspectives have different stands on this. What my stand therefore will be based from Alice G. Guillermo’s definition on globalization:
“…globalization is not a diffuse universal trend, but is constructed from within the hub of American imperialist power from which it expands to cover the rest of the globe, particularly the developing, countries of Asia and Latin America..”
What is so bad about globalization is its implied way of how we are molded to live like Americans: that in the long run, despite the leading technologies they have, we will, like them, become totally strangers to one another. I always hate the idea of how, for instance, they “slowly kill” their olds. I mean sending them to home-for-the-aged makes me so sick.
Moreover, considering Dr. Jane Kelsey’s definition as cited by Guillermo, globalization for her is “the community of economies:” “it excludes from consideration any ‘non-economic’, social and political issues like human rights, poverty, employment, unless they are redefined in trade-related terms…States, governments, indigenous peoples, paid and unpaid workers, women, children, communities, and ecosystems are all irrelevant, except as vehicles to promote the interests of capital or resources to fuel production and profits.”
Personally, I don’t think globalization will bring any good to us, especially here in our country, a still-developing country, to put it in a beautiful term. Globalization is as if everything is run by trades, nothing more, nothing less. How about other aspects in our society? How about our interpersonal, political, social, moral development? We cannot risk these dimensions and say, “Hey, let’s unite and think in an economical sense. With this, everything good will follow.” This is impossible.
Though I concede that globalization, one way or another, has brought good to the lives of some of the migrants and their families in terms of uplifting their families’ economic capacity (including my family’s), and in the broader sense has actually helped the country’s economy in the form of remittances, it actually is in fact not a strong excuse for us to undermine other institutions in our society that basically weighs as important as improving the economy of one’s country and of the world as a whole.
If globalization has brought good to our country then why are we experiencing the dilemmas it has brought as an effect of its presence? On the next issue, I will be considering more issues on migration— on why Filipinos escape our country and move abroad.
(to be continued…)