Is culture positively affected by the practice of free trade, as well as by globalization?

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  • Trade creates opportunities for freedom and more knowledge

    The greated the variety of social contacts, they more they can learn about foreign culture and social behaviour, the more open-minded the people become. The choice of products and services increases and tolerance improves with the richer set of contacts. In addition, trade makes people better off and they have a richer choice of activities they can engage in.

  • Free trade brings opportunities

    Yes, culture benefits from free trade because free trade opens up many new opportunities for people. In addition to earning income by trading, people have a chance to learn about the world, other cultures and goods from other countries. This might give them ideas for new products, businesses, and projects.

  • I support free trade because it improves the quality of life for many citizens.

    History has shown that the nations that have the highest standard of living, the longest lifespan, the lowest infant mortality rates and the best healthcare are the ones that have the least restrictions on trade. In most third world countries, there are numerous restrictions on trade that make it virtually impossible to start a business there.

    Posted by: ErvinAnime
  • Culture is positively affected by free trade and globalization, because these practices allow for a wider variety of influences.

    Free trade and globalization open the door for a more diverse array of products and people into a culture. Understanding that diversity leads to more tolerance and, eventually, more peace between races. Also, pulling a culture out of an isolated mindset exposes it to advances in society, as a whole. While these advances may be met with resistance, they are necessary to unite people for a common good.

    Posted by: SickWilson89
  • Free trade and globalization allow people to expand their horizons.

    Free trade, in general, allows people motivated by self-interest, which would be most people, to maximize their earning potential to the point that the market will naturally allow. Globalization makes the entire world of cultures available to a large number of people, making culture generally broader and more accepting, which improves all cultures immensely.

    Posted by: KnowledgeableJermaine28
  • Yes, we are positively affected, because there is currently an imbalance of trade between foreign countries, which is problematic.

    China is one of the United States' largest trade partners. In 2010, the United States exported $82 billion to China, while they imported $252 billion, and that is a true imbalance.

    Posted by: AbrasiveAntonio93
  • Yes, because culture definitely evolves as a result of free trade.

    Globalization and free trade have a very positive effect on culture, as it enables people to be exposed to other people and countries in ways not seen in the past. People are now learning multiple languages, which expands their ability to travel and communicate. We are exposed to art, food, clothing, and music from so many other "worlds". Each generation becomes a bit more worldly and more cultured as a result.

    Posted by: TedieDelight
  • Yes, free trade and globalization do positively affect culture, because the more we learn about other cultures, the more we accept them.

    As we learn more about other cultures and ways of life, we are more accepting of that way of life. If we didn't, we would not see Asian and Mexican food at our local grocery store. We are not only influenced by what they eat, but what they wear and some of their lifestyles. This will encourage free trade and globalization.

    Posted by: StripperMor
  • The advent of stultifying big box stores is more than outweighed by the expansion of knowledge, communication, and opportunity across borders.

    Like most large-scale change, globalization and free trade have negative aspects, such as the proliferation of cultural products that appeal to the lowest common denominator, eliminating nuance and driving out local business and lifestyles, and that achieve mass diffusion through crass and ubiquitous advertising; yet these harms can often be mitigated through social policy, and in any event are outweighed by the sheer volume of increased exposure to new ideas, forms of expression, and commerce brought about by a smaller world, from film to literature to music to cuisine to software to modes of spirituality to waves of political dissent, among other changes. People, in the long run, have more choices in a connected world, which is not to deny that collective action to shape the way globalization affects people may not be important.

    Posted by: M4I4cFeIine
  • I do not believe that globalization is positive for our culture. It takes away freedom.

    I believe globalization of our culture is detrimental to a free society. I think globalization by the government is a way to control its citizens and would turn us into a socialistic country. I think it would also promote illegal immigration which is not fair to the immigrants that loved our country enough to go through the right channels to become citizens.

    Posted by: TaFiel
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  • Globalized nations are like slaves to developed nations. Makes us abandon our own traditions.

    For example, if the US globalizes third world countries like giving them job opportunities. We just don't know that the workers abroad are treated unfairly, why was this called an opportunity anyway?
    Another is they could reflect negatively to our local culture, wanna know why? When the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines they made the first mass in the island of Limasawa, baptized the natives and built the first Church. Therefore abandoning our native culture, look at Filipinos today, majority of Filipinos are Christians.

  • Cultures tend to become very uniform because of the exportation of cultural models.

    Due to differences in economical and political power, certain countries have a bigger impact on the global market. The culture of these countries consequently spreads and become a common thing. Local cultures disappear in favor of this new global way of life. Even the study of minorities implies that they are influenced.

    Posted by: WakefulTristan35
  • No, our culture is not affected positively by globalization, because people are treated unfairly.

    The truth is that many people are exploited with free trade and globalization. And all of it is for the sake of having more "things" or more stuff that we "need". There is no reason we should not be regulating trade, and allowing the world to all become equal.

    Posted by: 5h4d35Joe
  • Americans do not see the effectiveness of free trade and globalization.

    With the United States as a super power, the acts of free trade are over-shadowed by our ability to get involved in everyone else's business. Being that we have many free trade agreements, the products that are included are not always ones that affect society in a positive way.

    Posted by: WillowsErv
  • I believe globalization and free trade have a detrimental effect on culture by imposing change too rapidly to be adapted positively.

    Many tribal and band-level societies are damaged by globalization; in some instances, people from the developed world appeared almost godlike to them. Access to aid and products have a tendency to override cultural practices. Globalization strives to give equal access to resources and if every culture has the same rules, access, and influence it will only serve to homogenize culture. Those societies that aren't terminally damaged and manage to adapt will end up looking more and more like every other culture. Globalization only leaves room for a culture based on consumerism.

    Posted by: T Sullivan
  • Globalization is causing many great cultures to fade into history.

    Although it is obvious that trade is needed between areas of the World that need certain goods that cannot be produced there, it has gone to far. America for example, can really be pretty much self-sufficient, but chooses not to be. This costs American jobs, and makes of dependent other nations.

    Posted by: 5h035Bow
  • No, Globalization and free trade is not ultimately good for cultures and nations.

    Globalism and free trade is not good for the United States. While it has helped many parts of the world, especially India, it has harmed the integrity of U.S. businesses, and it has destroyed a lot of production and manufacturing in the U.S. Globalism suggests the philosophy of collectivism, that all nation's are responsible to cooperate with each other. I oppose this and believe every nation is sovereign and must have boundaries, otherwise you leave your country open to exploitation and bad financial deals. Much of the debt and world economic crisis is due to globalism. Sovereign nations are punished for not complying certain international regulations and this puts a burden on economic growth and opportunity. Globalism expects collectivism and eliminates the notion of every nation does what is in the best interest of that nation, which I believe is healthy.

    Posted by: D Callahan

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