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A World Money Maker

When most people think of globalization they think of the United States. The U.S. has been using globalization for years and has no plan on stopping anytime soon. In the essay “Why They Hate Us” by Amy Chua and the book “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser they talk about how globalization can be a good and a bad thing. Some say that globalization is only helping the United States, but others will argue that it helps developing countries by providing jobs. Some people believe that the U.S. got its wealth from using globalization. There is always a good and a bad side to a subject, when talking about globalization some people say that it is a one sided deal. Globalization is supposed to help both countries financially but some argue that it only helps one. Some countries will resist other from foreign investing because they want their own companies in their own countries. Personally I believe that globalization can be resisted but I believe its positives outweigh its negatives.

The United States is a proud user and promoter of globalization and has been for years because of the money that can be made by using it. Using globalization is a very profitable business. It can make a country a lot of money and it doesn’t have to be only America using it. Other countries can better their economy if they started using it. Chua stated “Our exports on 2000 totaled 776 billion; this figure does not include the roughly 2 trillion worth of goods produced, assembled, and sold overseas by foreign affiliates of American companies.” (232) Some say that is a bad thing, but that is not the way I see it. The U.S. is exporting billions of products all over the world and making a lot of money. Also all of the factories and stores are providing a lot of jobs for other countries. One of the biggest money makers in foreign markets are fast food restaurants. Also most countries don’t even see McDonalds are foreign anymore. McDonalds has been it most countries for so many years that some people don’t even know its American. Schlosser stated, “The golden arches have become so commonplace in Germany that they seem almost invisible. “ (532) wouldn’t think that Germany would be a proud supporter of American business after WW2 but the United States has used globalization for so long that others don’t even realize some American brands.

In the world not everyone is Pro-Globalization, many countries despise it and dislike America because of it. Some people hate globalization in general but other just hate some companies. McDonalds is a highly criticized company and many families refuse to eat there. Eric Schlosser wrote about this from the London Greenpeace. “It accused the fast food chain of promoting Third World poverty, selling unhealthy food, exploiting workers and children, torturing animals, and destroying the Amazon rainforest.” (542) These are many reasons why people do not support globalization, However not every company gets accused of these kinds of things. Other countries are against globalization for many other reasons. Chua stated, “ In Argentina, lasses-faire economic policies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries led to the humiliating domination of Argentina’s economy by American companies like Swift, Armour Wilson, Goodyear, and ITT. By 1935 roughly 50 percent of the country’s industrial capital was owned or controlled by American or other western investors.” (250) This is why in some cases globalization can be a bad thing. Argentina was not making any money and was being completely owned by other countries. This is why some countries do not want foreign investors in their country.

Some countries do not like how much money the U.S. is making by using Globalization, and some want revenge. The fast food business is one of many ways the United States is making money in other countries. It is also the most highly criticized. When people want to show their hatred for the way America does business the fast food market is normally the one targeted. Chua stated, “Certainly not all French agree with Jose Bove, who became something of a national hero in 1999 when he vandalized a McDonalds and made Roquefort a global issue.” (242) This shows how many people do not support McDonalds or American business. A man became a celebrity for vandalizing an American restaurant. Schlosser talked about this subject in a different way, he stated, “Resist America beginning with Cola, said a banner at Beijing University in May of 1999. “ “Attack McDonalds, Storm KFC.” “ The U.S. Air force had just bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and anti- American demonstrations were erupting throughout china.” (540) After the United Stated bombed the Chinese embassy their way of revenge was taking out our fast food. There could have been many other ways to get America back but they decided to go straight for the wallet.

The United States has also been trying to promote this kind of business for years. The United States has wanted countries to started using capitalism and has been trying to fight Communism for years. As of right now the United States is winning. Schlosser stated, “In town after town, statues of Lenin have come down and statues of Ronald McDonald have gone up.” (545) That is one sure sign of the failure of communism and the rise of capitalism. The U.S has done many things to help the world and try to rid the world of communism. Chua says, “ It was America, determined after the second world war to promote capitalism and contain communism, that drove the creation of the world bank, international Monetary fund, GATT, and most recently the World Trade Organization.” (232) If other countries would of listen to the U.S back when they first started using capitalism and globalization they could of be where the U.S is also.

Overall I feel like globalization is a good thing, when done right. Personally globalization can be resisted but I am not sure why it would be, unless there is another case like Argentina. Globalization helps economies on both sides as well as provides jobs. Other countries do not like it because they feel like some companies are not trust worthy companies and do not help. Other do not like it because they feel it is one sided; however it does help both sides and is a great source of income. Also the United States wants other countries to join the globalization trade market and to use capitalization.


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