Three Questions to Ask

1. Why the lessening of transportation costs, made possible by the railroad, the car, and the telephone, worked to strengthen city centers rather than diffuse wealth?

This question is important because the very origin of globalization stems from the expansion of transportation methods. It is also important because once we can figure out why wealth is not being diffused like it should be through the ample amount of transportation systems, the distribution of wealth can become more even and the value of life of many people in third world countries can be imporoved. With this being the case, the anwering of this question is especially important to those in third world or impoverished regions of the world.

2. How do the effects of modern globalization contribute to the high population growth in third world countries?

This question, like the first, is an important one to ask because it has to deal with the bettering of life in less fortunate areas of the world. The population of the world is supposed to reach 9 billion by the year 2050, an amount of people that our rapidly depleting resources cannot handle. This growth of people is mainly coming from third world countries where having many children is either financially helpful or somewhat impossible to avoid due to a lack of education. With this problem solved, or at least lessened, the entire world population will benefit.

3. How can the exploitation of poor workers and of the resources in poor countries by wealthy countries be stopped?

This last question, though slightly more specific than the previous two, is just as important. Though globalization has resulted in many positives, the exploitation of poor countries by wealthier countries and of resources by countries across the globe is one of globalization’s down sides. With the population growing, the need for ample resources is growing and while we are wasting those resources we are only graying our futures. By taking advantages of human resources in poorer countries we are doing practically the same thing. Those countries cannot be expected to survive with the poverty level and mistreatment they are made to endure and, though wealthier countries may be better off in the present, as soon as one link in the global economy breaks they will all begin to fall apart. In this sense, answering this last question is important to all nations around the world.

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