Globalisation’s Fine Print

In the past, writers such as Thomas Friedman have written and talked about the inevitability of globalisation as well as the tussle between this system and “ancient forces of culture, geography, tradition, and community”.

As the Economist noted in a recent article on the topic, putting up walls is not the solution. But there are clearly flaws in the current model that we have failed to acknowledge and address. The notes of xenophobia and nationalism heard around the world indicate that ramming ahead at the current pace may not be the way to go. But what exactly is in this fine print that we have ignored so far? Our contributors in this issue provide some perspective to better absorb the lessons embedded in it.