Research Paper: Globalism and the Culture

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[. . .] S. buy many more products than they need. This has not been the case, as much, in the last two years, but a poor person in the U.S. would still be considered a very rich individual anywhere else in the world (Fotopolous). People around the world see the society that Americans have created and they are either jealous about the prosperity, or sickened by the blatant waste that consumerism shows.

Anti-American Sentiment

911 is a safety number in the United States, but it also connotes a date that will live in infamy as one of the least safe of national days. Not since Pearl Harbor had another country dared to attack Americans on their own soil. It was unthinkable that the protected land that had some of the world's best emergency services and intelligence forces in the world should be attacked from within their own borders. Unfortunately, it happened. On 9/11/2001 four planes were hijacked. Two flew into the twin towers in New York City. One crash landed in a field in Pennsylvania. The final plane struck the Pentagon, America's seat of military power. It was a message, the group taking responsibility would say, to the American people. A message that spoke about safety and consumerism (Barber 311).

People around the world can see the advertisements of American companies. They know the products and they think that they know the people who inhabit the country in which those people live. Because the United States was infecting the young people in other countries with their rampant consumerism, a group of terrorists crashed three planes and killed over three thousand people.

Since that time there have been many messages sent to western countries who share in the consumption culture that the United States has created. Terrorist acts are often followed by a message declaiming the consumerism that threatens to engulf the world. People are going hungry around the word while people in the U.S. throw food away. Many live in trash dumps and cardboard houses, while they see the "rich" people in the United States living in solid, artificially heated and cooled houses. The people who have carried out bombings around the world are only a few of the many who hate the hedonistic lifestyle that United States advertisements portray.

Degradation of Democracy

It has long been the policy in the United States that every person around the world should be able to feel the freedoms that are experienced everyday by Americans. Unfortunately, since over-consumption of world resources is what many people see while they starve the goal of the U.S. is thwarted. Democracy around the world is not seen as something that people want. It is seen more as the selfish result of that democracy.

People all over are expressing their distaste for anything American. There are the radical Islamists who want to stop consumerism with Jihad (Barber 6), people burning the American flag in effigy, and those who parade through city streets chanting against the "Great Satan." Not all of these people come from Middle Eastern nations. They are from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, basically all nations around the globe. Distaste for anything American is making it difficult to promote freedom. It is also making the world a much more dangerous place for innocent Americans.


This is a nation that has lost its way; a people who have lost their roots. The United States that was once the envy of every nation has fast become the pariah in the eyes of many (Barber 113). The soul of a people that used to enjoy an upright standing has lost that because of over-consumption and national greed. It is time for the people of the United States to realize that they are the voices that can speak for a better America, and change the perception of their nation back to what it once was.

Works Cited

Barber, Benjamin. Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy. New York: Corgi Books, 2003. Print.

Fotopoulos, Takis . "Globalization, the reformist Left and the Anti-Globalization Movement." Democracy & Nature: The International Journal of Inclusive Democracy. 7.2 (2001): 111. Print.

Friedman, Thomas L. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. 488. Print.

Norberg, Johan. In defense of global capitalism. United States: Cato Institute, 2003. Print.

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