Globalization

OK, this is serious!

Actually what we know about globalization? Is it beneficial or detrimental? Is it good or bad? And how our nation’s position in globalization?

At least after I watch a documentary film entitled ‘Globalization: New rulers of the World’ that produced, written and presented by John Pilger, open my eyes that globalization is not considered inconsequential.

You can watch this documentary in Youtube. Thank you for zamanikarmana that have been uploaded on Youtube, although it must split the documentary by 54 minutes in some parts. I watch the documentary in the class of Community Development.

Globalization, according to its adherents useful to unify mankind in the world, can reduce poverty, create wealth and can be distributed. But the exact opposite happens: the poor increasingly poor and the rich become rich extraordinary.

John Pilger open itself early with his documentary remind us of what is globalization. How does this bring large-scale protests from various circles in the world? And how this can cause imbalances between rich and poor is increasing in width. A fact he remove: Only with 200 companies, a quarter of economic activity in the world can be mastered. As a comparison, he describes how the assets of General Motors larger than Denmark and Ford are greater than South Africa.

Interestingly, the film is told about the influence of a country, especially Indonesia.

Indonesia is a country where old imperialism meeting with the new imperialism. It is a rich country with natural resources abundant. After patrol for hundreds of years old by the West, through globalization, the West again repeat his style of imperialism through the utilization of human resources from cheap poor countries to produce products with brands that expensive.

Imagine, in London, a Boxer made in Indonesia priced £ 8.00 ( about Rp. 112.000,-), whereas for the Indonesian Manpower valued only Rp. 500,-.

It is ironic.

Globalization in Asia has a dark history. Soeharto dictatorship, which supported the United States and Great Britain, contributes significant in shaping the economic model based on the West to facilitate their access to mineral resources, markets and cheap labor in Indonesia. President Nixon mentioned Indonesia as the ‘Biggest tributary of Asia‘.

Contrasting with the Soekarno sure that the economic independence of the people opposes the entry of the corporation and the West to Indonesia. Soeharto had to open the entrance agents like West IMF and World Bank to dictate the Indonesian economy. Many people who oppose this policy, and because of that ‘globalization seedlings planted over puddles of blood‘.

Globalization means that the capital -big money- that can be moved where and when the only safe and legal. As short-term scenario of capital that was switch to Asia and capable of disabling a night in the Asian economy in 1998. Impact accompanies this economic crisis for Indonesia.

With the declining value of the rupiah for dollars. Companies like Nike getting 25% discount wages for Indonesian workers because salaries are not increased U.S. labor standards before the occurrence of devaluation of the rupiah.

It’s getting interesting

This film also presents interviews between John Pilger with a historian Pramoedya Ananta Toer; Factory Management, which produces labels GAP; Indonesian laborers, the Chairman of Labor Organization and Former Prisoners, World Development Movement, the BBC correspondent, experts from the University of Northwestern U.S. , Environmental Specialist, the chairman of the World Bank economist, and Deputy Director of the IMF.

Over run of anti-globalization movement, an interesting fact presented at the end of this documentary.

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