Differences Between The Cold War System and Globalization

4 April 2015
A look at the Thomas Freidman book, “The Lexus and The Olive Tree.”

This paper takes a look the differences between the cold war system and globalization as seen in Thomas Freidman’s book, The Lexus and The Olive Tree. The author looks at how the defining measurement of the Cold War system was muscle and defense strategies, while the new globalization system is defined by global markets, the Internet, and satellites which reinforce the idea that we are all part of the same world no matter your geographical location.
Freidman’s assessment that globalization has spread Americanization is interesting. Americans tend to be known for their short attention spans and greedy behavior. We are a culture who watches five different thirty- second commercials in one half hour of television. We are always indulging ourselves to the ever-changing new trends. I believe that this is the product of the free-market, capitalist society in which Americans live today. Freidman says that the countries that are most willing to let capitalism flourish will thrive in the new system of globalization. However, where there is competition there is even more greed. This can greatly influence ones’ motivations, politics, morals, and overall belief structure.
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