I myself, as well as many other classmates, have come to the realization, after reading the essay “Unmade in America- the True Cost of a Global Assembly Line,” that the large corporations that run this country have put themselves and ultimately us at risk for economic collapse. They do so by outsourcing/globalization.
The author states the two main problems with globalization:
(1) Globalization is good because it spreads what is good in America, such as a liberal approach to business, and McDonald's.
(2) Globalization is bad because it spreads what is worst about America, such as a liberal approach to business, and McDonald's.
As a country we feel that we are superior to all others and that by outsourcing we have maximized profits while minimizing production costs but the truth is we have put ourselves in a place where these other countries can, at any moment, pull the rug out from under us paralyzing our economy. We rely too heavily on outsourcing to have products made which ultimately requires us to rely on other countries. As Lynn states “On September 21, 1999, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale killed some 2,500 people in Taiwan. Within days, the stock prices of Dell, Apple, and Hewlett-Packard plummeted as investors focused for a short moment on just how much these companies depend on Taiwan-based factories.”
According to the New York News Network
"India has reigned as the king of offshore outsourcing, renowned for its skilled information technology labor, low salaries, and high productivity. But it may soon face a legion of competition from other developing nations vying for attention from US companies. Such a scenario has raised concern among some experts, who stress that poor management, compounded by a lack of proper risk assessment, could lead to higher cost in the long run." Another article that goes into more detail of outsourcing is found at In Tech
, where the author foes into more detail of of the matter by discussing quality, jobs in the US, and what the future might bring.
Bringing McDonald’s in as an example is humorous but saddening and undeniably true. However we all know that the spread of McDonald’s is not good yet we continue to support the company and the globalization of it. As Danielle
states “we as a society are so indecisive and out of control that we cannot come together and figure out what is truly "good" or "bad" for us.”
When looking at the control and command model it is blatantly obvious that there is a lack of communication and that this hinders production. Elena R
goes into much more detail of how this model is inadequate by quoting Lynn as well as giving her own opinion.
As American's we are content to sit as an obese society devouring all the cheesburgers of the rest of the world, but these other countries may soon decide to stop making our cheeseburgers and then we may find ourselves a starving nation.