I’ve been thinking about globalisation. The BBC has a web page about it which defines it:
Globalisation is the process by which the world is becoming increasingly interconnected as a result of massively increased trade and cultural exchange. Globalisation has increased the production of goods and services.
It seems to me that this increasingly globalised world is one in which its inhabitants are also being ‘globalised’ into global uniformity. The globalists are people who think globally rather than locally. They are increasingly people who see themselves citizens of the world rather than citizens of any one country in the world. Many of them spend much of their time jetting around the world between cities which are almost entirely indistinguishable from each other. The world’s political elites, and many of its media and business elites, are almost all globalists, meeting regularly in G8 conferences in one exotic location or other, before meeting up again a few months later in a different one. And at these conferences, they often spend their time discussing global problems – like Global Warming or the Global Obesity Epidemic. The curious importance of Global Warming to them may not lie in any warming that may be taking place, but in the fact that it’s a global problem for globalists like them to address. Because for them the truly important problems are global problems, and everything else is really rather trivial and unimportant.
One might say that the EU ‘project’ is a globalist project, because as its leaders often describe it, it’s all about Europe creating (or rather re-creating) a global presence for itself ‘at the top table’. Equally the UN and the WHO are globalist organisations with global goals. Anything which has “World” in its name is almost certainly a globalist outfit, staffed with globalists.
The smoking bans spreading all over the world are also part of a global project – set out in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. For the globalists see it as their task to remake and re-order the whole world. At some point, when they asked themselves whether their new world was to permit smoking, they very rapidly (and probably unanimously) decided that it should be ‘smoke-free’. They may well have also decided that it should be alcohol-free, meat-free, fat-free, salt-free, and sugar-free as well. All these (and much more) are elements of a new, global culture that they are attempting to create.
I’d like to suggest that the deepest political divisions now opening up in the world are between the globalist political elites and the localists or ‘nativists’ (to use a term recently used by Barack Obama) they govern.
For example, for the globalists, the borders between countries are just obstructions to the free flow of goods and materials and labour, that only hamper trade and reduce profits. There is complete incompatibility between a globalist, citizen-of-the-world mentality and a localist or nativist, nationalist mentality in which people see themselves primarily as citizens of a particular country – like France or Spain. And so the current political issue of the UK referendum on EU membership is one that pits the globalists (the EU and much of the UK political elite) against the localists (the British people who actually live in Britain). A related political issue is the struggle in the EU between globalists like Angela Merkel (who welcomes refugees with open arms) and European localists (who don’t welcome them).
Exactly the same political issues are in play in the current US presidential election, in which Donald Trump has emerged as the localist, nationalist champion of the USA, and to whom the American globalist elites (both Democratic and Republican) are reacting in dismay bordering on panic.
After 20 or 30 years of globalism and globalisation in ascendancy, we may now be beginning to see localism and nativism beginning to push back against against the tide of globalisation.
I’d like to add that globalist thinking is deeply corrosive of any local sensibility. In the globalist view, sovereign states should simply cease to exist, and their citizens should be re-educated to become globalist world citizens who no more have any love for their country or town than a tourist or conference attendee has for the hotel in which he’s currently staying. The same applies to all local customs, faiths, beliefs, cultures, and languages. And if more or less everything – from religious faith to nationalism and even dietary habits – is now under intensive cultural attack, this attack is primarily coming from globalists who have engaged in a number of global social engineering projects, without actually asking any of the native ‘little people’ whether they want them.
I’d also like to suggest that the bland, non-smoking, globalist ‘culture’ is an entirely empty and artificial construct, in which an attempt is being made to make people love the planet (why not the solar system, in which I’m just as interested?) more than they love their native countries or their home towns or their friends or families. If nothing else, it’s all the product of committee meetings. And I’d like to suggest that the systematic destruction of local cultures in favour of a one-size-fits-all, global monoculture brings with it the death of all culture, because culture is always the product of particular places at particular times, whether these be Greek philosophy or Roman engineering or the blues music of the American South.
I could add more. I’m sure that much more could be said. But that will have to do for now.