There are two kinds of globalization. One strives to dominate or coerce world opinion and culture. The other emphasizes negotiation, conciliation, and cooperation between differing nations and cultures. Historically, communities throughout the world have been settled, fought over and resettled in a continual pattern of coercion, interdependence, and finally cooperation. This long-term pattern has been repeated many times throughout the history of civilization. In recent centuries, states, nations have begun to confederate under a sovereign will based on interactive principles of shared community, combined with individual freedoms. Within a few generations, the USA, the European Union, the Arab League, the South American Alliance, and most recently the African Union have all begun to take the shape of distributed environments. Imagine powerful unions in South America, Mexico, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia sharing resources through a unified distribution of smaller states or countries. Strengthened by individual power and socio-economic unity, a large middle-class would emerge, limiting the scourge of poverty and despair, and reducing unnecessary social and political instability.
A Collection of Writings on Nature, Science, and Art by John Holland