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New at Reason: Nick Gillespie's great interview with economist Tyler Cowen considers what is gained, and lost, in global cultural exchange.

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  1. Globalization has been a work in progress since the major coloninization efforts started by the Europeans. Adam Smith wasn’t writing about the wealth of villages after all. It’s just that now we’re incredibly efficient at the process. And this process is nothing more than trade, whether it’s hides and wampum or music CDs and Big Macs.

    And if American culture is so cheesy, why does, relatively speaking, everyone want to come here? The fact of the matter is that American culture is the result of the greatest mixture of cultures the world has ever seen.

  2. People want to come to America for the same reason they want to come to Canada, England, etc. They want to make a better life for themselves and their families. Culture has nothing to do with it.

  3. People want to come to America for the same reason they want to come to Canada, England, etc. They want to make a better life for themselves and their families. Culture has nothing to do with it.

    I disagree, the opportunity for people to come to America and to try and make a better lives for themselves and their families is a product of American culture. A culture which values openness, free market economics, and a certain level of pluralism is what makes it possible for immigrants to come here and prosper.

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