Globalization And The Integrated Commons Essay

789 Words Aug 23rd, 2014 4 Pages
Globalization is by no means a new phenomenon. One can argue that its existence can be traced back thousands of years to cross cultural interactions that took place before the Silk Roads. However, the rate and scope of globalization has accelerated rapidly in the past several decades with the onsets of new technologies. Nationalism is inherent. Humans have always derived some degree of identity and security from their cultural traditions, heritage, and nationality. This does not change with the acceleration of globalization. Globalization and nationalism reinforce one another. The increasingly global and integrated commons is only a result of the individual and unique nations that comprise the world. A more feasible argument is that globalization is actually contributing to a significant increase to nationalistic sentiment that is resulting in extremism and a more dangerous global community.

Along with the rapid emergence of globalization starting in the 1980s and 1990s, there has been a coinciding reversion to nationalistic traditionalism that in some cases is manifested in the rise of religious and national extremism. Much of the global population actually fears the erosion of their cultural traditions and values which has resulted in the conscious effort made by many to reinvigorate their sense of nationalism. People of all races will always most closely identify with people of same ethnic background. This stands true even in large diverse cosmopolitan cities: "The…

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