Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

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I have long believed that Globalization is a politically correct word for Westernization  -particularly Americanization – and that as things stand, globalization is not good for the world. While our way of life has much to offer the world in terms of law & order, science, technology, communication, entertainment, and overall modernization, we invariably end up exporting the drawbacks as well, namely our overly materialistic and commercialized culture and its toxic byproducts.

Often, the drawbacks travel faster than the benefits. And so the Americanization process of say the Middle East or Latin America will see their urban localities transformed by individualism, teenage rebellion, counter-cultural attitudes, instant communication technology, reality TV, pop music, super branding, and corporate domination much faster than they will see their governments and civic society transformed by democratic ideals, human rights reforms, religious freedoms, gender equity, and equal opportunity.

Ethan Watter’s book, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, which I highly recommend, talks about another drawback of American culture that is being readily exported to the world as a byproduct of globalization: our mental illnesses.

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