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Vanessa Boehme-Martinez

Pols 2100-401
Professor Sowards

Paper #2- Intro To International Politics

McDonalds in Moscow and Coke in China will do more to create a global culture than

military colonization ever could. - Benjamin Barber.

I think Benjamin Barber is trying to say that states and nations are more likely to be

united under global culture rather than government pushed militarization. This is because when

people have something they can relate to there is a common ground that they both find and have

some level of understanding with one another. I also think this statement means that when

governments try to enforce policy and rules among the people it does not work well verse when

the people actually want to come together in unity. By Barber saying that a McDonalds in

Moscow and a coke in China he is directly implying that popular culture can unify even the two

most indifferent nations. A global trend that has led to this prediction is stated exactly in the

statement. There is a McDonalds in almost every single nation on the planet. For example, if I

were to go to Fallon, Nevada and order chicken nuggets with a large fry and sprite. I can most

likely fly to Rome, Italy and order the same meal at a McDonalds because it is something that

the two vastly different locations have in common with each other and in turn can be looked at as

unity. McDonalds is a global brand so it has the power to create unity between people. Another

global trend that seem to lead to this prediction is fashion. The reason fashion is a global trend is

because it brings many different cultures together from all different places of the world. Fashion

as a global trend speaks to |Barbers statement because it is another example of what he is trying
to say in that even what seems like the most insignificant part of culture can create unity. An

example of fashion being a unifying global trend would be current fashion trends. What I mean

by this is that I could find the same shoes and clothes in the United States as I could in China. An

example of how military colonization failed to create a global culture would be that of Adolf

Hitler and the Nazis. Hitler coming into power over Germany with backing by his Nazi army

wanted to take control over the world. He wanted world domination and believed he could

achieve that through military colonization. However, as history would prove his plan did not

work out for him and he was defeated. In a twisted way Hitler did create unity between other

nations that were coming together to end his terrifying reign.

I do not believe it is possible to create a global culture with all nations. The reason I

think this is because there are so many different people in the world. People who hold different

values, think differently, act differently, and have different customs. I think creating a global

culture seems desirable because then all people would be on the same page and in agreement. It

would seem as if everything from politics, trade, economies, and everything in between would

become much easier if there was a basic understanding among all people. The drawbacks to

creating a global culture could possibly be that it could decrease the individuality and

uniqueness of different cultures. Another drawback to creating a global culture could be a

power struggle. What I mean by this is that because there is one culture for the entire planet one

nation may feel the need to become the leader or most powerful nation. Even though we see that

power struggle in todays nations, but I think it would become more apparent with a global