Can anyone stop globalization?

In the middle of a story about politics within a troubled world economy, sociologist Zygmunt Bauman poses an interesting question:

“The big question is whether any political force is capable of stemming the tides of globalisation – of capital, trade, finance, industry, criminality, drugs and weapon trafficking, terrorism, and the migration of the victims of all these forces,” writes the eminent sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, who has spearheaded much of the thinking in this area. “While having at their disposal solely the means of a single state.”

This highlights two key features of globalization:

1. It is much bigger than any single state, even though there might be winners and losers, posed as the United States and Haiti, respectively, in this article. Without close cooperation between nations or a binding and/or effective international authority, the issues Baumun cites are difficult to deal with.

2. Of course, I can imagine some asking whether globalization should be stopped at all. But, Bauman also provides a reminder that globalization includes the spread of negatives as well as positives.

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