Blue-collar job loss, immigration, trade deficits — Americans blame globalization for a host of problems. Indeed, even in a political system split by fundamental divisions, populists and progressives alike belong to a chorus that decries globalization's effects on our politics, way of life, and interactions with the world. Yet the United States is the biggest beneficiary of the global economy it has helped to create.
Edward Goldberg argues that globalization is the economic and cultural version of evolution, a natural process that pushes people into more efficient behavior influenced by the market and our human need to explore, change, and grow. Properly implemented, it propels cultures and societies forward as one new idea challenges or blends into another. Harmful nationalist policies have arisen because Americans do not equally share globalization's benefits, a situation made worse by the government's refusal to implement policies that would mitigate the rampant inequalities.
A bold challenge to popular opinion, Why Globalization Works for America offers a historically informed analysis of why we should celebrate globalization's place in our lives.