What are the pros and cons of global citzenship?

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The main positive aspect of global citizenship is that those people who see themselves as global citizens will have a more holistic view of the world.  They will not think first of their own country but will think of what is good for the world as a whole.  This might, for example, lead them to support efforts to fight climate change even if their own country is harmed economically in the short run.  Global citizenship can, then, promote policies that are better for the world.

The major negative aspect of global citizenship is that it can lead to the "good guys" being harmed and the "bad guys" being rewarded.  If the good guys act as stated above, those who refuse to act as global citizens will be rewarded.  They will benefit by gaining economically and they will benefit from the reduction in climate change brought about by others' sacrifices.

Thus, global citizenship can help bring about positive policies, but it can also hurt those who act in the right ways and help those who do not.


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