Receive "The World According to Tom Barnett" Brief
Where I Work
Search the Site
Buy Tom's Books
  • Great Powers: America and the World After Bush
    Great Powers: America and the World After Bush
    by Thomas P.M. Barnett
  • Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating
    Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating
    by Thomas P.M. Barnett
  • The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-first Century
    The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-first Century
    by Thomas P.M. Barnett
  • Romanian and East German Policies in the Third World: Comparing the Strategies of Ceausescu and Honecker
    Romanian and East German Policies in the Third World: Comparing the Strategies of Ceausescu and Honecker
    by Thomas P.M. Barnett
  • The Emily Updates (Vol. 1): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    The Emily Updates (Vol. 1): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    by Vonne M. Meussling-Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett
  • The Emily Updates (Vol. 2): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    The Emily Updates (Vol. 2): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    by Thomas P.M. Barnett, Vonne M. Meussling-Barnett
  • The Emily Updates (Vol. 3): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    The Emily Updates (Vol. 3): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    by Thomas P.M. Barnett, Vonne M. Meussling-Barnett
  • The Emily Updates (Vol. 4): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    The Emily Updates (Vol. 4): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    by Thomas P.M. Barnett, Vonne M. Meussling-Barnett
  • The Emily Updates (Vol. 5): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    The Emily Updates (Vol. 5): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))
    by Vonne M. Meussling-Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett, Emily V. Barnett
Monthly Archives
Powered by Squarespace
« The global demand center gets discounts | Main | Smart guy, dumb book: US grand strategy completely misrepresented »
9:30AM

WPR's The New Rules: Redefining Identity in an Age of Connectivity

 

Despite my reputation as a fierce defender of globalization’s many benefits, I have always been of two minds on the human desire for connectivity in all its recently emergent possibilities.  After all, my narrative on globalization began as “the Pentagon’s new map” -- not Google’s or Goldman’s.  Even there, I was never under the impression that connectivity was an instant fix regarding human conflict -- quite the reverse.  And I knew instinctively that the primary motive for increased connectivity throughout history has been individual greed for resources, opportunities, influence and -- most importantly -- an improved standard of living.

I’ve routinely expressed that ambivalence through two simple rules . . .

Read the rest of the column at World Politics Review.

Reader Comments (3)

What's wrong with being Citizen of the World?

My uncle came to Australia from the same region of Belarus where my parents are from. One of his kids, investment banker, got two children with Japanese woman he met in Shanghai, now lives in Singapore. His other son, cardiologist, is dating girl from India he met in Montreal.

Yes, my generation is stuck in our ethnic enclave. But those kids, they got the whole world.

Globalization is the birth of Humankind.

June 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVadim

Tom,

One of your every growing list of excellent columns that truely defines being an American in the 21st Century. I can identify with your metaphysical passport because mine also is majority share American with minority shares as diverse as Iran and China, with additional interests in Canada and Germany.

June 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhistoryguy99

This is a world I hope for every day. Thanks for the pick me up, Mr. Barnett.

June 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Tagariello

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>