Sunday, May 01, 2005

Globalization and Freedom

Johan Norberg points to the 2005 A.T. Kearney/FOREIGN POLICY Globalization Index. I find one of the most encouraging aspects of globalization - beyond the fact that globalization advances human well-being - is that it is highly correlated with political freedom [note: i said correlated but i do believe there is a causal link between the two]. As the report put it:
Comparing the index with Freedom House’s annual rankings of political rights and civil liberties in countries worldwide, we found that they work together quite nicely: There is a strong positive relationship between globalization and political freedom. Globalization may also be one of the best ways of keeping politicians honest, as more globalized countries have far lower levels of perceived corruption, as measured by Transparency International.
And for Allen,
In 2003, the Bush administration continued to turn up its nose at a variety of international agreements. The White House’s opposition to the Kyoto Protocol and the International Criminal Court is well known. But the Bush administration didn’t even want to sign on to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes. The United States looks suspiciously at many of the new legal and institutional arrangements that are binding the world together, at least on paper. As a result, the United States ranks 57th of the 62 ranked countries—below China and Pakistan—when it comes to signing on the dotted line.


Dan said...

Anyone seen The Corporation? The whole thing is anti-globalization propaganda. Do I really need to hear Noam Chomsky compare capitalism and slavery for the nth time?

Anyway, the film talks a lot about how bad globalization is for workers in third world countries, and yet NOT ONCE do the filmmakers stop to interview the workers themselves! They only interview Western anti-trade activists! Now THAT is elitism!

Allen said...

And for Marco:

As much as I wish you were right, Bush's "opposition" to Kyoto and the ICC is a complete farce. The first two links below are about Kyoto, and the third is about the ICC. Each deals with what I'm saying at some point, but you will probably have to read the entire article to find that spot since I have been too lazy to copy and paste the relevant portions. P.S. When am I getting my magazine back, you thief?