Early in his article, Harding states that he finds irony from the fact that anti-globalization campaigns are gaining momentum just as capitalism is approaching a series of downfalls. However, I would argue (and later agree with Harding) that the real irony is found within the nature of globalization itself. Globalization has bridged many distances around the world through vessels like mobile phones, the internet, and airplanes; globalization creates opportunities and enhances the spread of ideas. Yet anti-globalization protesters believe that “capitalism has gone too far” (496). They see globalization as the driving force for increasing disparities between the rich and the poor, job insecurity, and power hungry corporations.
While critics can label anti-globalization protesters as whiny and spoiled, the same can be said for the other side of the fence. Clive Crook, contributor from The Economist, explains through a book review of “Open World” that globalization activists have just as much of an argument as protesters. Supporters of globalization believe that corporations are not omnipotent monsters, and the rise of technology holds the key to improving social and economic situations for all. This, I believe, captures the very essence of globalization–there are always two sides to a coin.