Nationalism Gains Momentum

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Nationalism Gains Momentum

After 70+ years of incremental globalism, the world has unexpectedly been shoved off-balance.  As recently as 3 years ago, it looked as if globalism was an unstoppable force.  Multi-lateral treaties and trade agreements had become ubiquitous.  Multi-culturalism was on the ascendancy almost everywhere outside the Islamic world.  And transnational entities like the UN and EU were becoming more powerful.

Then suddenly, the globalist ascendancy began to unravel!

We’d felt rumblings since the financial crisis undermined confidence in the Euro, but it was on June 23, 2016 that the avalanche started: Brexit, the UK’s decision to exit the European Union was a shocking repudiation of globalist values.  Then, to the total shock of elites and media pundits, Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign triumphed over Hillary Clinton’s globalist agenda in the United States; with control of Congress and a majority on the Supreme Court, nationalists suddenly had control of the world’s most powerful state.  This news emboldened nationalists around the world including Duterte in the Philippines, Al-Sisi in Egypt, Duda in Poland, Zeman in the Czech Republic, and Orban in Hungary, who needed a superpower ally who understood what they are fighting for.   Next, nationalist candidates Le Pen in France and Gilders in the Netherlands made surprisingly strong showings in elections.  Already, Russia and China had quietly and progressively morphed from spreaders of international communism, into champions of Orthodox Russian and Chinese nationalism, respectively.  And, at the end of the first quarter of 2018, it looks as if this shift is far from over, with nationalist sentiments rapidly gaining ground in Germany, Italy, Brazil, India, Japan and China.

Potentially even more disruptive than these existing countries asserting their nationalist autonomy, are the ethnic regions struggling to break free from the countries into which they were absorbed in prior eras.   For example, the people of Kurdistan are an “emergent nation” with a common ancestry, religion and language that is now divided between Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria.  Similarly, Catalonians, who have been part of Spain for centuries, are now struggling to break free.   

Just as with the conflict between capitalism and communism, the conflict between nationalism and globalism is rooted in fundamental assumptions regarding society, humanity, and priorities. 

Nationalism is defined as “a feeling of unity among a group of people, born out of their common values and history, giving them pride in their nation...

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