This week’s posts concern the failure of globalism.
Sunday’s entry showed how globalism was failing as early as the year 2000. Monday’s confirmed that more people in 2005 were getting progressively poorer and that what counts for trade actually isn’t according to the classic definition. Tuesday’s examined the failure of globalism to raise the prospects of the poor in the developing world in 2009. Yesterday’s had a go at a 2014 article from The Economist, globalism’s No. 1 cheerleader.
No matter what lovely gloss The Economist likes to apply to globalism, all of the aforementioned failures continue today, 16+ years later.
This final entry looks at the state of play in 2016, notably in the United States. The whole world is aware a social, political and economic earthquake could take place. Some people are horrified. Most, however, are hopeful.
The National Interest has an article from May 4 which well and truly nails the upcoming presidential election: nationalism versus globalism. Above the first line of the article are these words:
This election’s real political fault line.
A summary of and excerpts from ‘Trump vs. Hillary Is Nationalism vs. Globalism, 2016’ follow, emphases mine.
Whilst everyone commenting in the media on these candidates sees the battle as one about identity politics, it’s not really about that at all.
Globalists captured much of American society long ago by capturing the bulk of the nation’s elite institutions—the media, academia, big corporations, big finance, Hollywood, think tanks, NGOs, charitable foundations. So powerful are these institutions—in themselves and, even more so, collectively—that the elites running them thought that their political victories were complete and final. That’s why we have witnessed in recent years a quantum expansion of social and political arrogance on the part of these high-flyers.
Then along comes Donald Trump and upends the whole thing. Just about every major issue that this super-rich political neophyte has thrown at the elites turns out to be anti-globalist and pro-nationalist. And that is the single most significant factor in his unprecedented and totally unanticipated rise.
Here is why the average American thinks globalists are wrong about:
Immigration: … Globalists don’t care about borders. They believe the nation-state is obsolete, a relic of the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, which codified the recognition of co-existing nation states. Globalists reject Westphalia in favor of an integrated world with information, money, goods and people traversing the globe at accelerating speeds without much regard to traditional concepts of nationhood or borders.
Foreign Policy: Globalists are motivated by humanitarian impulses. For them, the rights and well-being of the world’s people supersede the rights and well-being of the American populace … Globalists, in advocating foreign policy adventurism, are quick to conflate events in the Baltics, say, or Georgia or Ukraine with U.S. national interest, but it’s really about the globalist impulse of dominating world events.
Trade: … a powerful new wave of protectionism washed over the body politic, leaving globalist elites running to get out of the way. Globalists were too focused on global trade and commerce to notice the horrendous plight of America’s internal refugees from the industrial nation of old.
Political Correctness: Given that globalists dominate the nation’s elite institutions and often exploit their position of power to ridicule and marginalize the so-called “Middle America” of ordinary citizens, who also happen to be nationalists, these people often feel on the defensive politically and culturally … Globalists don’t care much about this phenomenon because it is employed largely in behalf of their views and philosophical outlook, including their globalist sensibilities. But nationalists care about it a lot. They send their kids to college in pursuit of betterment, and discover that political correctness is hammering away at the views and values they tried to teach their children as they were growing up. And their views and values aren’t allowed to compete in any free marketplace of ideas on campus but instead are declared inappropriate and intolerable before they are even uttered.
Cultural Heritage: Nationalists care about their national heritage … Globalists, not so much. Nationalists seethe at the assault under way against so many giants of our heritage, flawed though they were (as are we today). Globalists are the ones leading the assault.
The globalists thought they’d long been home and dry, until Trump announced his candidacy. He has a perspective on each of those five points which rings familiar bells with his millions of voters and fans. He won’t have been the first candidate to do so, even in living memory. However, put together, what he says resonates deeply with the American public.
Hillary Clinton, by contrast, is a classic globalist, even though she is dialling back on her husband’s big project, NAFTA:
totally in sync with the underlying sensibilities of political correctness, a practitioner of identity politics, which lies at the heart of the assault on the national heritage. Nothing reflects this Clinton identity more starkly than the Clinton Foundation, a brilliant program to chase masses of money from across borders to fund the underpinnings of an ongoing political machine.
This conflict between globalism and nationalism is why Trump has received such continued push-back during his campaign, including his own party.
Be that as it may:
win or lose, he has shaken up the political system, introduced powerful new rhetoric and opened up a new political fault line between nationalism and globalism that isn’t going away anytime soon. For the globalist elites of America, it’s an entirely new era.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Britain’s EU Referendum. A Brexit wins could further boost Trump’s support. The British people had their say, then, it will be up to the Americans.
All of the above posts are on my Marxism / Communism page under Globalism isn’t working.
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