Obama calls for ‘course cor­rec­tion’ on glob­al­iza­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Push­ing back against the forces of iso­la­tion­ism, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama stood Wed­nes­day at the birth­place of democ­racy and de­clared it’s time for a “course cor­rec­tion” to en­sure that the ben­e­fits of tech­nol­ogy and glob­al­iza­tion are more broadly shared.

Re­duc­ing in­equal­ity, he said, cre­ates so­ci­eties where peo­ple are “less likely to turn on each other, less likely to ap­peal to some of the darker forces” that tear peo­ple apart.

With the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump lay­ing bare frus­tra­tions and dis­sat­is­fac­tion in Amer­ica, Obama said the im­pulse to “pull back from a glob­al­ized world is un­der­stand­able.” But his mes­sage to lead­ers and peo­ple around the globe was, “We can’t look back­ward for an­swers, we have to look for­ward.”

“We can­not sever the con­nec­tions that have en­abled so much progress,” Obama said as he wrapped up the first leg of his fi­nal for­eign tour as pres­i­dent and headed for Ger­many.

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