Thursday, November 7, 2013

Brief Note on Capital Globalization,Technology, and Human Resources

One of the most vital areas of the global environment is the human population, and globalization has had, and continues to have, a major impact on our brothers and sisters, the human resource. While the correlation between globalization and technology is evident enough, it is important to further investigate sub-correlations that have made globalization possible in order to impact the population of human resources within the environment (at the hands of capitalism); the sub-correlation of technology.

“The introduction of the telegraph in 1837, the telephone in 1876, the wireless in 1895, the aeroplane in 1903, the television in 1926, the liquid-fuelled rocket in 1927, the coaxial cable in the 1930s, and the digital computer in 1946 were all key events in the period of incipient globalization”, and these archaic examples do not even begin to describe the economic technological boom of the past fifty years [1]. While it is accepted that “technological innovations have provided much of the infrastructure for globalization”; the focus of technology and globalization usually applies praiseworthy credit to the developments in computer technologies, telecommunication fields, and shipping methods as positive reinforcements into the structure of globalization. 
So how does technology influence globalization’s impact on the global human population (the environments most precious resource)? Most students of international and domestic politics understand that the general rule of capitalism is that capital is needed to generate capital. Evolution stages in technological advancements greatly impact capitalist societies, whether globally or domestically, and in turn impacts the human resources that generate capital production and profits. One historical example of this impact was the industrial revolution in the United States and the economic divide between the North, where new industrial production technology was greatest, and the South, where agricultural production still dominated. The result of the new stage of industrial technology reduced the mandatory requirements of human labor, and can be argued to have made domestic slavery an outdated mode of capitalist production. Considering new technologies that reduce the requirement of human labor against a continuously growing human population under global capitalism where capital generally becomes consolidated under a small ownership group, it is only natural to see the end result of economic inequality among the human population (domestically within state borders or globally).

[1] Scholte, Jan. Globalization : A Critical Introduction. New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000. p 100. Http://site.ebrary.com/lib/apus/Doc?id=2002945&ppg=120

[2} Scholte, Jan. Globalization : A Critical Introduction. New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000. p 101. Http://site.ebrary.com/lib/apus/Doc?id=2002945&ppg=121

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