First, you will need to read the three articles listed below, as well as in the

First, you will need to read the three articles listed below, as well as in the

First, you will need to read the three articles listed below, as well as in the Test 3 module, i.e. the one by Friedman, the one by Ghemawat, and the one by Krugman. You will need to engage in a close reading of the three articles. Sometimes, you will need to note certain events that happened back in 2008 or so, which were relevant at the time, and which, for example, Krugman includes as relevant examples (though they are now “old news”).
In the two articles on “flatism,” we see that there are a number of clear differences. We will also see that there are some similarities. In the essay, you will need to:
1) Characterize (define) “flatism,” i.e. its main concepts and elements. In this way, you will be able to see how and why the other article disagrees with much (though not all) of the “flatism” argument.
2) In addition, show how the Krugman article adds to the debate (How DOES it add to the debate?)
3) Moreover, Friedman suggests that “flatism” has been a challenge to the U.S. economy. Why does he think that?
4) In the conclusion, summarize the current utility (usefulness) of the concept of a “flat world” in the 2020 climate of nationalism and democratic erosion.