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Submit-Pandemic Globalization – Coronavirus Reporting


Submit-Pandemic Globalization – Coronavirus Reporting


Post-pandemic globalization

Authoritarian and nationalist forces may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to prevent people and businesses from staying within their borders, but in the long run the forces of technology, economic development and human curiosity will not be contained. Globalization has its downside, as it makes governance more difficult and complex in the public interest, but instead of trying to shut it down, we need to figure out how it works. We are a planet that will continue to be ruled by sovereign nations, but we need to better regulate global trade. It doesn’t help that we have a president trying to make hatred of China a campaign issue by threatening innocuous apps like TikTok and We Chat and trying to rename COVID-19 the “China Virus”. Nor does it help that China’s President Xi Jinping continues to consolidate his power and, although he is less extravagant than Trump, is pushing a “China first” agenda similar to the political stance of the American president “America first”.

Individuals, families, communities, and nations have self-interest. That is a given. We look for the advantage and try to move forward. But competition does not make cooperation impossible, and global rules of the game can facilitate rather than hinder competition. Xenophobia and racism are obstacles to sustainable economic development. Understanding the history and motivation of people from other places can help us learn more from each other and make working together easier and more effective. And the Internet can be a tool for exchanging images and information around the world. We know it is able to amplify disinformation and misunderstanding, but its ability to tell the truth cannot be underestimated. Last week we all saw the horrific images of the explosion in Beirut. Earlier this year we watched the video of George Floyd’s killing under the knee of a cop. These shared images cannot be refuted and are shared worldwide. The planet we live on has become smaller and more accessible thanks to the World Wide Web. Economic development, like communication, is global.

Global supply chains are a fact of business life. They are based on geographical, historical and cultural differences between people and places. Different places and people come to specialize in making different things. We are able to bring these specialties together in a supply chain. These chains rely on inexpensive communication, information and transport and enable higher quality and cheaper goods and services. The economic and technological forces behind these trends are irresistible. Nationalist political leaders will lose the battle for influence over global corporations if their political strategy does not include an understanding of the economic benefits of globalization.

Politicians like Donald Trump and Joe Biden are eager to rebuild American manufacturing. The longing for the labor-intensive workers’ industry of their youth affects their judgment. While the political appeal of this nostalgia is obvious, it is a vision based on a fantasy. Rebuilding American manufacturing is a good idea that will diversify our economy, but let’s face it, the factories of the future will be largely automated and run not on factory floors but in control rooms. They will not lead to mass employment. We are in a brain-based, service-oriented economy. While millions of people are unemployed in the pandemic lockdown we now live under, millions more are working “from home” and continuing to add value to the economy. Some people like the idea of ​​working from home, but most are desperate to get back to normal life. Commuting may be annoying, but we like the world we find at either end of our commute and few of us try to fuse those worlds together. Technology has changed the way we work, but the politicians who run our governments haven’t fully understood this yet. The hardware in your iPhone is worth much less than the software and applications running on it. The added value of our economy lies in creativity, design, communication, strategy and analysis. Manufacturing is necessary, but not as profitable as services, including the design of production processes.

Humans are social beings, and the technologies of communication, information, and transportation send many of us around the world in search of opportunity, travel, and productive benefits. We want to return to this world, and when we are through this pandemic, we will. Globalization must be tamed, not eliminated. The benefits of immigration should be evident in a brain-based economy. If I run an organization and can recruit my employees from a planet of 7.8 billion people instead of a nation of 331 million, the chances are good that I will recruit more talented people. This means that my organization is becoming more creative and innovative and that a global organization tends to win in a free, competitive market. The nation, city or organization that has opened up the most to people from all over the world and offers the highest quality of life has an advantage in the global competition for talent. Regulating and reducing the immigration of talented workers in order to preserve jobs for less talented locals is a lost strategy.

One of the reasons New York City and other world cities will return after the pandemic is their appeal to talented people. In New York City, 40 percent of residents were born in other nations. I was born here, but all of my grandparents were immigrants. The immigrant population of New York City does not include my family and does not include foreign students, tourists, and people who are here illegally. Young, ambitious and talented people are drawn to the city’s energy, dynamism and enthusiasm. If we learn to get back together safely, we will do just that.

Diversity is not only valuable for ethical and ideological reasons; it facilitates the formation of groups that are better able to deal with complexity. Modern production systems are complicated and have many fixed and moving parts. Think of all the skills and talents it takes to make a movie. You will need experts in storytelling, lighting, filming, sound recording, sound mixing, editing, stage construction, acting, directing, costume design, makeup and many other skills. When working on a problem in my own area of ​​environmental sustainability, we often need lawyers, policy analysts, engineers, health scientists, ecologists, environmental scientists, management specialists, communications specialists, and a host of other experts. The life experiences that help build expertise vary. We need people from many places and with many backgrounds who can work well in heterogeneous groups. Experience working on a team with members from many places and with different histories is a particularly sought-after professional skill in the 21st century.

When the pandemic is finally over, these basics of global production will return. The communities built on homogeneity will lose to those built on diversity. Communities that welcome people from different backgrounds will be better able to attract the talent needed to compete. This is not an argument for open borders and immigration at will. It is an argument in favor of encouraging immigration of talented people and their families and building on a Central American heritage. With a few exceptions, we are a country of immigration. Some of us were brought here reluctantly, others illegally, but we are basically the most global nation on the planet. We should build on this diversity and be proud of it and recognize the advantage it offers us in competing to attract talent from all over the world.


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