Globalization has its costs

As technology advances and the future seems likely to be heading towards the globalized society in Gioconda Belli’s  of “Waslala,” I really wonder if this future is closer than what it seems.

I remember a month ago when many Colombians considered it their duty to vote, if they could, for John McCain because they thought he would support the free trade agreement with Colombia. I still think that this is deranged for my fellow Colombians to actually think that McCain really cared about Colombia, but lately I’ve been thinking if the free trade agreement will actually be a good thing for Colombia.

In the past, trade between Colombia and the United States helped the Colombian economy, but as with everything else where the United States gets involved it involves a cost. What really comes to my mind is the hinting of the massacre of the United Fruit Company in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”

In the long run, I don’t think it is in the best interest of Colombia to be part of the free trade agreement because of the bad record of American companies in Latin America– and the rest of the world. Moreover, this agreement will really further the presence of the United States in Colombia, making it more Americanized and closer to Faguas as it is described in “Waslala.”


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