As you may have read in the news, Prez-elect Donald Trump is strongly considering ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to fill the position of Secretary of State. The argument for him is that he has developed a close relationship with Russia's Vladimir Putin and others of questionable repute, and has a foot already in their door. The argument against him is that he has a close relationship with Russia's Vladimir Putin and others of questionable repute, and already has a foot in their door. Those supporting him say that, yes, he is a super-smart businessman and negotiator who has used his skills to benefit ExxonMobil, and he will now be able to use his skills to benefit the USA.
And this, my friends, is the central issue in my dim view of "globalization". What this argument essentially says is that Exxon is looking out for Exxon, and IBM is looking out for IBM, and Caterpillar is looking out for Caterpillar, etc, and if that means throwing the interests of the United States, the country that has allowed them to grow and thrive, under the bus, so be it. Shareholders come before fellow countrymen and taxpayers.
I fully understand the Genie is never going back into the bottle. Globalization is here to stay. Yes, it has enabled us to buy everyday stuff at Walmart far cheaper than if we made it here, but because of the wet blanket it has put on American worker's incomes, we HAVE to buy stuff cheaper because that's all we can afford. We're not really any better off. Well, a few high up the food chain ladder might be, but it has not been across-the-board beneficial to most of us. We have more cheap "stuff", but at what cost? More stuff does not necessarily equal a better life.
Have you ever heard of The New World Order? I have, vaguely, but if I step back and look at where we are today and where it looks like we might be headed, I have to wonder. Here is the NWO, condensed version:
The conspiracy theorists say The New World Order is a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda that is conspiring to eventually rule the world. They see this as the culmination of history's progress. Many influential historical and contemporary figures have therefore been purported to be part of a cabal that operates through many front organizations to orchestrate significant political and financial events, ranging from causing systemic crises to pushing through controversial policies, at both national and international levels, as steps in an ongoing plot to achieve world domination.
Worst case, if I stand back and squint just right, I can sorta see some of this happening right now. Best case, I advise just kicking back and enjoying (?) the ride, 'cause there's no way us peons are going to stop it.