In the 80s I studied in the Soviet Union. There were no brand names or chain shops there. No burger shops, no cola, nothing that was recognizable to a good capitalist kid. We Westerners longed for instant coffee...we hungered for junk food. (Well, we hungered for food in general...but this was the end of the Soviet Union, and we were in Voronezh, which was a rather small city, and thus most types of food were hard to find). Four years ago I returned to Moscow; I barely recognized it. There was a traffic jam near Red Square. There was a traffic jam on the wide avenue running in front of Rossiya Hotel. This was a street we used to stroll down the middle of because, other than the odd Lada (probably driven by or for a member of the KGB) there was no traffic.
Is globalization a bad thing? Is it something that we should be wary of? Should we be destroying the machines of globalization to save humanity, or would any attempts to do so be merely latter-day (or neo-) Luddism?