The newspaper article Will Globalization Take Away Your Job by the BBC news posted on 1st February 2017 provides a wide understanding of the increased effects of the growth of globalization in the United States. Tim Bowler, the author of the article, starts by providing the historical effects of the internationalization and how different companies have changed their operations to cope with the changing state of the US economy (Bowler n.p) Moreover, the editorial notes that the increase in technological advancement in the country could mean that many individuals on white collar jobs could lose their jobs through the growth of this trend. With the increased discussion on the topic of globalization in the US, the American population voted for Donald Tramp for his agenda of increasing employment rates in the country. Further, the author suggests that by the government imposing protectionist trade barriers, it will not be an effective measure but rather will provide increased opportunities for people living in the developing economies such as Africa and Asia (Bowler n.p). Although these continents still value human capital to conduct their industrial operations, the increased use of robots will soon change the situation and therefore result in the migration of labor.
Equally the increased use of the internet has remotely enabled faster transactions with companies and reduced responsibilities pinned on human beings. These procedural occurrences as presented by the author, not only show signs of reduced rate of employment but also reduces the effectiveness of human labor. Some of the professions that Tim Bowler point out to be at risk of extinction include security guards and hotel cleaners who will be replaced by robots.
Role of the Government
According to the author, the US government has developed different policies that are designed to reduce the effects of globalization among its citizens. For instance, Professor Baldwin notes that the protectionist policies developed by President Donald Tramp are temporary solutions that could lead to such businesses losing business to their international competitors. As an increasing trend, some of these companies including Siemens and Deutsche telecom have resorted to paying basic salary to their employees to reduce the increased expenses brought about by this policy (Bowler n.p). Thus the author proposes that the government should pay more attention to the social welfare that includes instilling low-cost education and developing mechanisms that will enable additional training to workers.
The Economic Impact on the Community
The concept of globalization as presented by the author has in many ways promoted the use of robots and machines in the production of different materials. Additionally, several companies including ford have over the years adopted the use of these machines to enhance production and to increase effectiveness. Tim Bowler also argues that an industrial robot costs an average of 4 euros to operate compared to 40 pounds for human labor in the developed countries including the United States and the UK (Bowler n.p). Thus many companies have resorted to increasing the use of machines and reducing human capital. This has, in turn, increased the rate of unemployment in the community as many professionals are being replaced by robots. For instance, the author elaborates that job like security guards in shopping malls and hotel cleaners will soon be replaced by robots, therefore, increasing dependency levels in the US society
Globalization has enabled the increase of effectiveness and accuracy in different areas such as manufacturing, trade and information sharing. However, the increase in the use of machines in the United States threatens to increase the rate of unemployment in the country. However, the government of the US has not set up appropriate strategies that can help in reducing these negative trends in the economy.
Bowler, Tim. “Will Globalisation Take Away Your Job?.” BBC News. N.p., 2016. Web. 3 Mar. 2018.