Going global is not easy. Even though we often hear that the "world is flat," the majority of people have primarily local ties. Of all the telephone calling minutes in the world last year, only 2% were cross-border calls.
For centuries, we as a race have been migrating to different lands, exchanging goods, services and ideas to improve our lives. "With globalization our interconnectedness and interdependence have grown."
Does it really matter if you recycle that plastic bottle? Does it matter where you buy your clothes or where they are made? Does taking public transit really make a difference? If you believe that our choices affect our lives and the lives of others, it does.
The compact between U.S. corporations and U.S. labor is over. Especially in light of all that has transpired since 2008, why should anyone believe that catering to the interests of U.S. corporations located in or returning from China will make American workers any better off?
Whether the American Jobs Act ultimately passes or is killed in Congress by the GOP, simply having the debate about the role government should play in the economy is critically important on the eve of the 2012 elections.
Fostering a nation of creative thinkers will serve the U.S. well in an increasingly global and technological economy. After all, one of the most successful and profitable companies in the world is Apple.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has been raking in the awards for its international tobacco smuggling investigation. Now it's targeting the lobbying effort to influence the treaty on climate change.