Globalism Vs. Nationalism

Politics on both sides of the pond seems to be becoming increasingly focused on globalism versus nationalism. In the USA, John Kerry has been telling graduates that they’re going to be living in a borderless world:

Kerry slams Trump’s wall, tells grads to prepare for ‘borderless world’

Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot at Donald Trump during his Friday commencement speech at Northeastern University, by saying no wall is big enough to keep dangerous terrorists out of the United States.

“Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11,” he said. “There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others.”

In Europe, open borders within the EU have led to an influx of migrants much like in the USA. And the argument between the Europhiles and the Europhobes has become effectively an argument between globalists and nationalists. Are we all going to live in a globalised, borderless world in which nation states have been abolished, or continue with a world that remains partitioned into separate states?

It seems to me that a globalised, borderless world (presumably with some sort of world government) is in the first place an ideal world of the sort to which idealists always aspire. It’s an ideal world much in the same way as a “smoke-free” world is another ideal world.

For most of the rich, jet-setting, elite globalists – like John Kerry – a globalised world (and a smoke-free world) is probably already a personal reality. They already live the life of global citizens, and they naturally think in global terms (and find in Global Warming a cause which matches their globalist view of life). And they’d like everyone to share their globalised utopia.

But most people aren’t rich globe-trotters. Most people live all their lives in one country, and very often in one town in that country. And they are generally surrounded by friends and families who live in the same place, speak the same language, eat the same food, wear the same clothes, and share the same cultural values. And they are also people who will be prepared to fight to defend their country and their friends and their families and their culture. They are patriots or nationalists or (as Barack Obama called them) “nativists.” And this has been universally true everywhere throughout the whole of human history. Do the globalists really believe that this is going to stop happening any time soon? Really??

The globalists rub out the differences between places, erasing borders to create their borderless ideal world. And progressivism everywhere seems to work by denying or erasing all kinds of differences. The differences between heterosexual and homosexual relationships are erased in gay marriage. And between black and white and brown and red for racial harmonisation. And between men and women (they can now all use the same toilets). At the same time private spaces (e.g. privately owned pubs and restaurants) are deemed to be public spaces. Next they’ll be saying that private homes are public spaces too (so that smoking can be banned there too).

There is a profound collision emerging between rich, elite, globalist progressives and not-so-rich nationalist conservatives. It’s a collision between ideals and realities. It’s a collision as profound as the collision in the past century between utopian socialism and capitalism. If it is not yet a war, it sure looks set to become one soon.

Today our globalist PM David Cameron has been telling us that Brexit would lead to war and genocide. He sees the EU as preserving the peace. That’s not how I see it. My own view is more like that of historian Thierry Baudet:

Partisans of the European project invariably argue that nationalism leads to war and while the development of Europe will safeguard peace – a noble objective that is more than sufficient compensation for any loss in democracy, sovereignty and transparency caused by Brussels. However, this theory is fundamentally flawed.

Nationalism does not lead to war. Attempts to build European empires lead to war. The urge to impose a straitjacket on the will of peoples will lead to war. In short, the European project will lead to war…

Far from being a source of conflict, nationalism is the force that makes democracy possible.

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10 Responses to Globalism Vs. Nationalism

  1. “Next they’ll be saying that private homes are public spaces too (so that smoking can be banned there too).”

    You’re behind the times Frank! Sheeesh, what a nativist!

    Your home is not “private” if it is in the same building with other homes. Other tenants will have your effluvia, whether it be microscopic fried pork particles or nanoscopic burned tobacco particles, forced down their unwilling throats. Workmen and firemen who come into the building when things break down or go on fire will also be unwilling victims of your nasty practices! And the children that live in those buildings, the ones parents laughably refer to as “their” children, are likewise subjected to the cooking and smoking habits of adults and can be taken away and given to other adults if the primary temporary caregivers do not conform.

    Where the Q do you LIVE Frank? Timbukswanaishland?

    Get with the program already! Sheeesh!

    – MJM

    • garyk30 says:

      Their term ‘public’ is not all inclusive.
      It does not allow for those that do not agree.

      The same is true with a ‘one world’ concept.
      There is no place for those that do not agree.

  2. Rose says:

    Roger Daltrey BACKS Brexit: The Who legend slams ‘f****** useless’ Brussels bureaucrats
    May 10, 2016

    “THE Who frontman Roger Daltrey has become the latest music legend to back Brexit – by slamming the “undemocratic” and “dysfunctional” EU.

    The rock icon last night claimed the trading bloc was set “set up by a bunch of crooks” in a furious attack on Brussels.
    Daltrey, whose band are best known for hits Baba O’Riley and My Generation, then branded current EU leaders “useless w******”.
    And he hit out at the Government’s doom-mongering pro-EU campaign, dismissing claims Brexit would harm the UK’s trading deals.

    Speaking to the Sun, the 72-year-old added: “That’s the biggest issue for me, it’s undemocratic, highly dysfunctional.
    “I mean you name me one area of Europe that’s functioning really well at the moment.
    “The only way we’re going to get the Europe that we want is to get rid of this bunch of f****** useless w****** that are running it.”

    “He also attacked Brussels’ free-movement rules, saying: “They talk about immigration being the number one issue and I think it is a big issue for our country.”
    “But no one talks about the other side of that immigration issue – all those southern European countries have been robbed of their youth.
    “The countries have been raped. Their youth have had to leave to get work, so how are they going to rebuild their futures?”
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/668693/Roger-Daltrey-Brexit-EU-referendum-European-Union-The-Who

    Nothing like a bit of plain speaking is there.

  3. DP says:

    Dear Mr Davis

    Prosperity also leads to peace: few would relish the prospect of privation and sacrifice for the sake of war when they are enjoying one of the most peaceful and prosperous times in history.

    “World war iii iDave” is getting desperate.

    Next step after regaining freedom from the European empire is restoring freedom within the UK, including repeal of the smoking ban and I’ll be able to give up my 6 cigarettes a year smoking habit.

    DP

    • Frank Davis says:

      Next step after regaining freedom from the European empire is restoring freedom within the UK, including repeal of the smoking ban

      Indeed. I believe that it will only be when we have freed ourselves from the shackles of Europe that we will begin to be able to free ourselves from our smoking ban.

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