Despite the occasional factory fire or sweatshop media exposé, American consumers have largely inured themselves to the status quo of exploiting the Global South as our overseas workshop for cheap clothes, toys and gadgets.
Everyone knows we live in a brave new world of globalization. And like a lot of things that everyone knows, it isn't so. Not only was the globalization of the late 19th century, just as profound as today, it generated a similar class of professional sophists to justify it all.
It is the season of lists: best movies, best books, and on and on. I thought it would be interesting to do something very different: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of the globalization top five from an American perspective.
As the West led the world in what has been propagated as inexorable progress towards the universal ideal, those early voices of the Renaissance were silenced. Perhaps the contemporary renaissance in the East could serve to reawaken the West.
What is the major influence related to religious tensions crossing borders? Hint: It's about much more than a small church in Florida burning a Quran or a Danish magazine publishing cartoons of a revered prophet.
Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: Sales and Marketing follows a similar format as the classic version, but focuses exclusively on providing tips in the areas of selling and marketing in 20 different countries.
There's no question that students need to learn more about the world beyond than ever before. But the notion that they haven't been doing so, or that they wouldn't were it not for the globalization brigades' enlightenment campaigns, is nonsense.
This is not Slumdog Millionaire, and this is not Thomas Friedman's rose-tinted view of Bangalore's high-tech millionaires. Boo's India is an India we need to hear more about, as we grapple with our own most pressing problem of an economic inequality straining credibility.
Walk into any Apple store today and you can see what's coming tomorrow. I don't mean the array of electronic gadgets laid out on the countertops; I mean the army of bright, ambitious, heavily indebted college graduates working for roughly $12 an hour.
The things the Bay Area is known for -- arching bridges and grand ports and famed high-tech companies -- evoke, in many ways, what often transpires here: the ability to span distances and transgress borders.
When it comes to food, Japan has lost some of its mystery. Restaurant patrons are conversant with sushi, sashimi, and tempura. Still, there are still layers and layers that some Western foodies have yet to consider.
Despite a host of reforms in the right direction, the financial structures that were in place before the global crisis have not actually changed that much, and they need to if the global financial system is to become a safer place.
If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?
Mitt Romney was caught on video complaining that 47 percent of us don't make enough to pay taxes, believe they are victims, are dependent on government, etc. The right question is why do so many of us make so little?