Clive Crook believes that Globalization is a miracle not an ill and the West and the United States have made tremendous gains because of it. He argues that the Globalization of labor hasn’t harm Americans workers because although the average wage of unskilled workers has fallen, the wages of other members of the workforce has risen:
True, labor's share of national income has fallen in the United States and in other rich countries. In industries using mostly unskilled workers, labor's share of income has fallen significantly; in industries using mostly skilled labor, its share has tended to rise. But, thanks to trade, which has made prices lower than they otherwise would be, pay in real terms has kept on rising regardless -- albeit more slowly in some places than in others. In America, real compensation per worker has risen by about 20 percent since 1980. In Europe, it has risen by more than 30 percent. (Note, though, that America has added new jobs at roughly twice Europe's rate -- hence its consistently lower unemployment rate.)
Yes, growth in American wages and benefits was lower at that rate than the country had grown accustomed to. But see this in the global context: Despite the staggering increase in the effective global labor supply during the past two and a half decades -- a phenomenon that is off all the charts and that, to repeat, heralds unprecedented inroads against global poverty -- wages and benefits in the United States managed to keep on rising. This seems little short of miraculous.
The problem however is that American workers will not be persuaded by such type of arguments because they perceive globalization not as a phenomenon, which is leveling the playing field, but as one which distorts it by making them disposable since they can be replaced whether they are skilled or not by people in other countries, who will be cheap and less demanding. The real question is really about whether Globalization is a miracle or an ill, but about whether it will continue to happen in a vacuum of any kind of governance to control its shortcomings and to ensure that common rules exist so the globalized world has some values, such as equality and equity, which still have some meaning.