While both the term and concept of globalism are nothing new, this buzzword has received extra attention over the past few years due to the seeming speed at which we are moving toward collectivization, as well as the criticism leveled at it by our newly-elected president and the right-wing fringes in America and Europe.
For those unfamiliar with globalism, it is the idea that the international community is becoming increasingly interconnected and that leaders should draft policy accounting for the world operating as more of a continuous government body. This concept is very strongly opposed by conservatives in both the U.S. and Europe, as well as white nationalist movements around the globe.
Opponents of globalism argue that it snuffs out individual cultures and threatens national security and stability. These right-wing groups — such as the alt-right — have strongly opposed organizations such as the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the United Nations, with even President Trump often speaking out against these organizations. They have instead advocated for Britain leaving the EU, also known as “Brexit,” and America withdrawing from NATO. These groups believe globalism is simply an extension of the progressive agenda that is threatening their extreme nationalist views. These views are questionable not only because they are often caught up in the pseudo neo-Nazi fear mongering rhetoric, but also because in most cases these arguments simply do not hold up to scrutiny.
To start off, let’s address the EU, arguably one of the largest and most successful global institutions. While not without its flaws, the EU has ultimately been a good thing and is living proof that many of the complaints directed at our increasingly global world are simply not valid. No member country’s culture has in any way shape or form been subdued by the EU; the French are still drinking their wine, and the Italians are still eating their pasta. Much of Europe has thrived under the EU, and the EU has helped with economic crises in places such as Greece. Additionally, the EU also has the power to enforce positive policies, such as environmental regulations across multiple countries, and stop the rise of fascist political parties like the Golden Dawn in Greece, which has frequently promoted Nazi ideology and had leaders arrested for involvement in the disappearance of 100 immigrants. The open borders and common currency synonymous with the EU have been highly effective in fostering international travel and trade.
As for concerns about safety, there has been very little concrete proof that the open borders have made member countries of the EU any less safe. As a matter of fact, such policies have helped to apprehend criminals in cases such as the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Perhaps the real reason behind the fear of open borders is the thinly-veiled contempt for people from the Middle East and Africa. A joint military and police force also helps to catch terrorists in places around Europe. These are just a few of the ways the EU is actively making Europe more secure, not the other way around.
While there are some legitimate arguments to be made against globalism (most notably the power it could give big businesses), fears of your country’s security and culture eroding away are simply not valid. It is also ironic that many of the people raging about the dangers of globalism are doing so via the internet, which is arguably the very embodiment of globalism and is also far more responsible for an increase in globalism than supranational organizations like the EU. The internet is increasingly leading to a shared culture and, across the world, making the global cooperation of nations a necessity.
This leads to the question: Is globalism inevitabile? At this point, it seems very likely. If you look at America, one of our largest exports is our culture, with commodities ranging from film to music to fashion. The last of these is especially dependant on international manufacturing, which is becoming more and more common. The desire for goods and the widespread phenomenon of immigration has the world becoming progressively connected in a way that wouldn’t be easy to undo. Not only are the demands for an isolationist approach to government unfounded, but they also may never be realized.
The world has done nothing but become vastly more connected since WWII, and it seems unlikely it will stop here. Accepting that globalism is a likely inevitability is important, and we must work to ensure globalism truly helps everybody as opposed to simply attacking it.