“Globalization is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas and mutual sharing, and other aspects of culture” (Wikipedia)

SONGSOPTOK:  What are you views about globalization? In the country and the society you live in, is globalization a threat or an opportunity?

MARY: Globalization is the modern form of colonialism which falls hardest on the plundered countries.

SONGSOPTOK:  To what extent is the society you live in is globalized? What are the outward manifestations, if any, in the everyday lives of the citizens?

MARY: The US is not globalized in any meaningful use of that word. As the US corporations see it, globalzation is for brown-skinned people. But chickens come home to roost for US workers who do not oppose this in terms of drastic reduction in workers’ rights and wages because cheap labor undercuts US labor.

SONGSOPTOK:  In your opinion, has the process of globalization improved the quality of life in your country? In what way?

MARY: No, but more importantly it has devastated the lives of workers in plundered countries.

SONGSOPTOK:  One of the major effects of globalization is the significant increase in the volume of trade and monetary transactions between the different nations. Do you think that your country has benefited from this? In what way?

MARY: The corporations and banks in the US have.

SONGSOPTOK:  Do you think that globalization serve to make the already strong economies even stronger and weaker economies weaker and more dependent? Can you give us a few examples to illustrate your answer?

MARY: Capitalism is in crisis. Globalization is a strategy to resolve that on the backs of working people. That falls hardest on peoples in the plundered nations.

SONGSOPTOK:  What, according to you, is the role played by the major multinational companies in of globalization? Do you think that the entire process was actually put in motion by the large MNC’s for their personal profits or do you think that there has been a trickle-down effect to the economy of your country?

MARY: There has never been a trickle down effect in capitalist economics. The economic polarization around the world is more profound than ever. I don’t feel sorry for US workers who think it’s okay for the US to use sweatshops overseas and then suffer the loss of their jobs to sweatshops. They need to smarten up politically or suffer the consequences.

SONGSOPTOK:  Many economists claim that globalization is a major factor for disseminating knowledge and technology across continents and borders within a very short time. Do you support this view? Has your country benefited from this? Can you give us some examples?

MARY: The internet is a primary tool of globalization both economically and militarily. But it also incidentally been a boon to activists opposing globalization and militarism.

SONGSOPTOK:  Do you think that globalization actually breeds a homogenous culture? What, if any, has been the effect of globalization in the cultural sphere of your country? In your opinion, has it been positive or negative?

MARY:: Globalization is a form of colonialism and imposes US and European culture on other peoples. I consider that repugnant.

SONGSOPTOK:  What, in your opinion, is the impact of globalization on environment? Do you think that the capitalistic growth model used by the large multinationals have a negative effect on the environment? In what way?

MARY: It’s the primary factor in climate change. Deforestation, destruction of wetlands, tropical forests, converting land to plantations,  building dams that impede agriculture and destroy the environment, mines that contaminate entire ecological systems.

SONGSOPTOK:  Is it possible to imagine a world today with an alternative mode of production and consumption? Is it at all necessary? If so, will you share your ideas with us? How can we, as ordinary citizens, contribute to such a model?

MARY: I’m a socialist and would under social, economic, and political relations of dominance and subordination, of plunder and profit.

MARY SCULLY: 71 years old and has been a political activist and writer for 50 years in antiwar, immigration rights, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, disability rights, and animal rights. She is running for socialist president of the US in the 2016 elections.

We sincerely thank you for your time and hope we shall have your continued support.
Aparajita Sen

(Editor: Songsoptok)


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