In the article “Power Shift” the author discusses how national governments are losing autonomy and sharing powers with NGO’s. The author states that a main rise of the non state actors (NGO’s) is the computer and telecommunication revolution, and that this weakens the ties between people and their nations. He states how fax machines and internets connect us across borders, yet our own ties here at home are weakening. He also states that this disrupts hierarchies and spreads power among more and more people. Having power in the hands of too many people can cause many problems.
There are however, many upsides to NGOs. For example, they are quicker than governments to respond to new ddemands and opportunities. When adequatley funded they can outperform government in the delivery of many social problems. I think this is especially true because there are so many NGO’s that are trying to help/fight the issues that are going on in Africa. He also states that with the spread of expanding power it can avoid overly burdening taxation, which most governments succummb to. This is also very true because we keep seeing how taxes are being placed on more and more items, and the rates are going up.
There are many downsides too to NGOs. The author states how NGOs sometimes just focus on a particular interest, instead of having a strong voice for the common good. He also states how since NGO’s weaken the states, that there will be a lot of conflict.
I agree with both the pros and the cons because both of them support what is best for society as a whole. The pros of NGO’s limit the role of taxation from one prime government, yet the downsides is that since there is more power spread around the nation, conflict can arise, and that is not good for society what so ever.
This leads into how many people believe that GL has gone way too far. The author of chp 28 discusess why he supports this idea. He states how globalization fundamentally transforms the employment relationship because their barganing power erodes so workers can receive lower wages and benefits. This is not fair, and if lower wages are being offered this will inevitable increase the inequality within the country. Also, more workers can be easily substituted, ie, child labor in hondouras displaces workers in south carolina. People are losing their jobs because people can get them elsewhere,for cheaper. This idea sounds great for the manufacturer, however, it doesnt help the individual. The author states how globalization has mde it difficult for governments to provide social insurance. GL allows governments the option of increasing tax rates disproportionately on labor income. I believe that GL does benefit many people, but at the same time it does more or less screw over the underdog. So the question of “has globalzation gone too far” depends on who we are talking about, because for many, they benefit from it, but it has gone too far for that underdog.