What Is Globalization, Really?

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Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

"The left has always hoped for globalization without the market - an ideologically correct world government." (Jean-Francois Revel) Therefore, it might seem inconceivable to hear conservatives speak of promoting globalism unless the listener is aware that, in addition to this first characterization, there can be an entirely different connotation if you consider "Globalization simply means freedom of movement for goods and people." (Jean-Francois Revel).

I believe having two completely different meanings has produced much confusion about which is inferred by use of the term. From a leftist perspective, globalism entails working toward a global world order. Under this circumstance, this country's unique governing principles along with the confluence of rich cultural and ideological views continually churning and evolving would be replaced by one artificial philosophy that suppresses individual ideas and the initiative to act on them.

According to authors of the Index of Economic Freedom, "The countries with the most economic freedom also have higher rates of long-term economic growth and are more prosperous than are those with less economic freedom." It should not then come as a surprise that developing countries want more globalization, not less. Therefore, when conservatives discuss promoting globalization, they try to export liberty and the free market that promotes it.

Not knowing which frame of reference is used in discussions of globalism is a pretty serious problem. The late Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster) made a name for himself as a writer of best-selling children's books by playing with homonyms; words that sound or are spelled the same but have different meanings, in "The King who Rained" and "Chocolate Moose for Dinner. …