Get out the shades

We all know the benefits that globalization can bring to the Third World. Quite apart from advancing material and medical standards, which is good in itself, globalization also brings pressure to dictators and backward tribal customs. (That it can also bring increasing demands for the tyranny of the majority is true, but I don't think this is permanent, and it's beyond the scope of these comments anyway.)

Another pro-liberty result of globalization concerns the already-developed countries. Many people living in these countries would like more personal autonomy, such as they could find in more remote countries, but don't want to sacrifice their material well-being to get it. Think about it: wouldn't it be nice to live on a small Pacific island, as long as it had plumbing, internet access, and fully-stocked grocery stores?

Here's where the expansion of wealth comes in. As countries develop, they will begin to present more and more attractive opportunities for people who want freedom and comfort to "vote with their feet." In a worldwide competition for productive citizens, countries would have to offer more attractive packages, including more personal freedoms. The monetary costs of moving would likely increase, as I'm sure it costs quite a bit more to move from Atlanta to Tuvalu than to Chicago, but the nonmonetary costs would decrease significantly. Add to it exponentially-increasing computer power, and with it greater and greater ease of communication across long distances with friends, family, and employers, and we have ourselves a brighter future.

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