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Considering the Possibility and Practice of Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship and Economics

Posted by rfrankl on January 27, 2009

There are many arguments touched upon in the Schattle book and that we have touched upon on in class that treat global citizenship not as a necessity or with clear consequences if not engaged in but as something that is good for the sake of it. In light of the economic crisis it is becoming increasingly clear that there is a strong argument for global citizenship as a necessity with clear consequences if not engaged in, no matter how ignoble it might be. There is no escaping the economic crisis today. If you own a business in China you will suffer because you are dependent on American’s having access to lots of credit and feeling good about next month’s pay-check in order to buy those goods that you make, Europe is dependent on American financial and banking companies, and the vast majority of countries in the world are connected to at least one other country for trade or services.
A couple hundred years ago a financial crisis originating in one country would have meant nothing to other countries-the almost total collapse of France’s stock market, central bank, and financial institutions in, I believe, 1720 had little impact on the rest of Europe-but today it means everything precisely because of the world’s interconnectedness and complexity. This raises the importance of some of the essential characteristics of being a global citizen. You need to be deeply, in the sense of knowing all that can be known, aware of not only what is going on in your own country but what is going on in other countries because what happens in that other country could and most likely will effect your own.
Schattle has so far shown people who are deeply aware and concerned with what is going on for the sake of it, because it is what comes natural to them but there is an argument to be made that we need to be global citizens and empathize with other countries because if we don’t, we might lose the proverbial shirts off our backs.

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One Response to “Global Citizenship and Economics”

  1. bklunk said

    One of the key issues addressed by thinkers who tackle these issues is to what extent we are all participants in a single social order. Arguably the more you think we are all participants in a single social order the more important you think it is to create a space for global citizenship.

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