Social Reforms Why do you think many social reforms are now worldwide in their importance, as opposed to local, region, or national as they were in the 19th century?

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We have more information about what's going on in other countries than we used to. We are also more dependent on other countries. The global economy means that everything is interconnected. What happens to one affects others. We are all in it together.
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I agree with post #2, and I also think that some social beliefs are just universal to humans, and nations and societies inevitably evolve in the direction of reform, even if some take longer than others.  I'd also attribute some of this progress to pressure and activism from human rights groups and the United Nations.

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Globalization and the internet make life difficult for those who would keep reforms local. Lots of people who didn't know they were being repressed get a nasty shock when they finally get internet and find out loads of people are not, for instance, ritually killed for being albino.

Moreover, the nature of a global market means that governments that tolerate non-reformed behaviors often find themselves on the receiving end of economic backlash from activist consumers.

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