Analyzing sources:  what does each of the following sources think about globalization? In this...

Analyzing sources:  what does each of the following sources think about globalization?

In this source: http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/ksc/lowres/jintao-hu-china-china-amnesty-globalization-profits-management-kscn1079l.jpg#sthash.jB0yoDcC.dpuf 

Does this source support or oppose globalization? why? and What is this source about/ trying to tell us? also provide an example(s) in our world

Source 2: "...the core value that underpin sustainable development--- interdependence, empathy, equity, personal responsibility, and intergenerational justice-- are the only foundation upon which any viable vision of a better world can possible be constructed" Jonathon Porritt

Does this source support or oppose globalization? why? and What is this source about/ trying to tell us? also provide an example(s) in our world

Source 3: "Globalization was supposed to break down barriers between continents and bring all people together. But what kind of globalization do we have with over one billion people on the planet not having safe water to drink?" Mikhail Gorbachev 

Does this source support or oppose globalization? why? and What is this source about/ trying to tell us? also provide an example(s) in our world.

This might help, this was our main Units about so it might help answering the questions above:

1)To what extent should globalization shape identity?

2)To what extent contemporary society respond to the legacies of historical globalization?

3)To what extent does globalization contribute to sustainable prosperity for all people?

4)To what extent should I, as a citizen, respond to globalization?

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Of the sources that you present to us in this question, only the first takes a clear stand on globalization per se.  The other two are clearly unhappy with the way that globalization has played out, but it is not clear that they would always oppose globalization.

The first source clearly opposes globalization.  It does so because it feels that the multi-national companies that are at the forefront of globalization do not care about human rights.  This is a common criticism of globalization.  Critics of globalization argue that large companies do not care about anything but profits.  Because they care only about profits, they are willing to turn a blind eye to abuses of human rights.  An example of this is the factory collapse that occurred in Bangladesh in 2013.  This, we can argue, shows that the firms that bought from that factory wanted cheap clothing even if it meant endangering the lives of workers.

The second source does not say that globalization is bad.  Instead, it says that globalization can be good, but only under some conditions.  If globalization is mainly about profit, it will not be a good thing.  However, the source indicates that it might be possible to have a more humane and just system of globalization.  If globalization were undertaken in a sustainable way that would not exploit people or the environment, it would be a good thing.

The last source is taking a similar point of view.  Gorbachev is saying that globalization has not lived up to its potential.  He is saying that it could be a good thing as long as it contributes to bringing people together and making life better.  However, he argues, it has not done this because too many people remain poor and lack the basics of life.

Thus, we can see that none of these three sources is very positive about globalization.  However, only the first of the sources clearly condemns globalization.  The other two sources express hope for globalization if it were to be done properly.

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