Closing the Gap in an Interdependent World

by Elliot Richardson



Extending the benefits of civilization to the whole human race has to do with the world becoming interrelated and interdependent, in a meshing of material wants, needs, and objectives. The limitations that time and geography have historically imposed have given way to the accumulated forces of technology, a technology that no longer recognizes these historic limitations. The technology that has helped to create the industrial superpowers has also created an insatiable appetite in these colossuses for the raw materials for which they are increasingly dependent on the less developed nations. The interdependence of basic needs is a fact, borne in upon by a whole series of things crop failure, the worldwide epidemic of inflation, the impact of inflation on the creation of unemployment, and the pervasive implications of world trade and the role of the multinational corporations. Much of the world may still be dependent on the U.S., but the U.S. must also depend on the rest of the world. Of all the world's production, 16 percent is now traded internationally-double the volume of 25 years ago.

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