Globalism seems to be getting a bad rap lately, because locally people are suffering from global competition. Jobs from a global market either had already been moved to another part of the world in the name of efficiency in cost and whatnot or will be replaced by market elsewhere that is more competitive. So, locally, people are not feeling good at all about global aspects.
We’re seeing many people try to promote local brand, local ideas, local culture, and local anything over anything global. Of course, it’s not a bad thing to promote local culture, ideas and whatnot, because these things are essential for a local life-force. Nonetheless, when we become too extreme in promoting local over global agenda, we may create an atmosphere that would lead to a road of violences and not of solutions.
Imagine how the Nazi or similar groups came about or will be created because of such extremism. Basically, I believe that the Nazis were not only Hitler’s henchmen, but many of them were believing in a movement of a pure race mentality which believes in purity and superiority over other identities. So, in Hitler’s time, if you’re a Jew, you would be considered the lowest scum of all scums on earth, thus Hitler did try to wipe out the entire Jewish identity from the planet earth.
The Nazi mentality would seem making sense for the Nazis, but on the outside most people would not agree, because such a movement promotes senseless killing and senseless violence. Thus I think anything that is taking too extreme may do more harm than good. So, in these days, many people are promoting local brands over global brands, and it’s not really a bad thing. Nonetheless, I think we should do this on a scale that makes sense — by not overdoing it. If not, we may promote a form of extremism that will only incite a bigger conflict eventually.
Imagine a scenario in which we would close off our border, stop trading with everyone else globally, and try to create a self-sustain nation in which we believe that would stop global competition and bring better economic prosperity for people within our nation — this looks a lot like North Korea now. But we all know that North Korea isn’t doing very well economically for a very long time. Actually, North Korea had been poor since the conception of its whole political body.
Just right next door, China, once was as poor as North Korea, but now this neighbor known as China has become the largest economy on earth in term of Purchasing Power Parity measure and many people suggest that China will become the largest economy on earth in nominal GDP term sooner than later. The neighbors cannot be any differ in term of size and economic prowess, because the gap between the North Koreans and the Chinese seems to be the size of a galaxy — an exaggeration of course but relevant nonetheless.
China achieved all of their success not by closing down borders, stop trading, and try to be self-sustained like North Korea, but China opened and continues to open up just the right amount of space for foreign trades, investments, cooperations, and whatnot. So, I think China did think about how to face the challenge of global competition before they opened up their economy just right which had allowed them to be where they are today.
For countries like the United States, we’re facing a challenge of cost efficiency, and so our products are more expensive to export. Perhaps we should think about closing our door with just a right amount of space but leave the door open just wide enough to stem the outflow of jobs — creating enough breathing space for people within the country to survive and thrive and compete.
Nonetheless, such a solution is only for short term treatment, because in the future our technologies may be so disruptive that the technologies we will employ will take away all of our jobs. When such thing occurs, no matter how many borders you close down, how many trades you stop from occurring will not be able to keep jobs at home. So, the solution won’t be available in the basket of creating jobs for the people, but the solution would be in the basket of how to support a society in which people will no longer work for a living, on a global scale.
What is the solution? At the moment, I don’t think any single solution would be satisfactory in answering the AI taking away jobs question, because we’re not actually suffering from a total domination from a machine overlord just yet. Instead, we’re seeing machines slowly take away jobs from various people in various sectors. Eventually though, the Artificial Intelligence would get so smart that it would take away most jobs from the people.
If AI is inevitably going to take away most of our jobs, we should steer the course of such a trend to benefit the humanity. After all, we’re the humanity! So, I suggest that we should employ smart machines to create the abundances that we need to free us all from basic necessaries, and this would allow us to focus on living better. We then would probably question ourselves what would we do if the smart machines do all the jobs.
Will we become so bored and mindless that we rather die young than live too long? Nonetheless, in the future we may have technologies that would extend our lifespan. But there is a possibility in which we as the humanity as a whole would try to explore the next frontier which is the universe itself. Maybe the smart machines would get us to be so free that we would venture out into the farthest space within the universe to explore and question not only our origin, but the universe itself — and have a better chance at doing this than ever before.
Anyway, after watching “Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide | Yuval Noah Harari” TED Talks video on YouTube, my brain starts to question a lot more about our future. This brief essay is the result of my watching of this video. The video is right after the break. Enjoy!