How has Globalization Impacted the U.S. and its Citizens?

GlobalizationGlobalization has greatly impacted the United States and American citizens.  First and foremost, globalization has spread American influence throughout the world. Globalization has opened up more markets for the United States, which in effect helps American companies sell their products worldwide.  There has been a rise of multinational corporations and their influence has greatly increased.  Globalization also aids in the ability for American corporations to sell their products outside of the country and aids in keeping the nation “on top” or “near the top” economically.  Globalization has increased the real-time communication abilities between international organizations and nations.  This has allowed for a greater emphasis on international cooperation.  The world has in a sense become “smaller” because the nations can in a sense communicate easily.  This has impacted the United States in situations such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as it has given the United States the ability to communicate with allies as well as enemies in time of peace, but also in time of conflict.  Globalization also allows for cheaper products for Americans to purchase and lower prices.  This is due to the cheaper labor that makes the product.  These cheaper prices allow for the standard of living for Americans to increase.  Though globalization has allowed for the ability for prices to be lower in the United States, there is also the drawback that many Americans have lost jobs to foreign workers who are willing to work for less and in worse conditions.  The American work force now has to compete with foreign workers in companies and often is replaced by those who are willing to work for less.  Another negative effect is that the United States now has a major trade deficit.  Globalization has increased this deficit and the United States has to figure out a way to deal with this deficit if it is to stay the extremely powerful nation it is today.


14 thoughts on “How has Globalization Impacted the U.S. and its Citizens?

  1. Should be studied by all Americans. Also NAFTA. I feel globalization can work for the US if adjustments are made in taxes for those with substantial growth due to globalization as well as incentives for companies to return to the USA. We are also dealing with jobs lossed due to technology. We cannot allow sharing our manufacturing expertise with countries paying workers 50 cents per hour? Protectionism? Probably…but if Mom’s apple pie must be shared with the whole world, Mom’s kids will have a much smaller piece to eat.

  2. Poorly written, with some bias in (if only due to quantity of discussion) towards the positive effects of globalization- but good points.

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