Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series. Coming up in part two, Mark examines the growing cracks in the foundations of globalism.
The rise of globalism as the dominant worldview has been so inexorable that those who aver against it are more often than not ridiculed by the popular press and seen as untouchable nationalists or, worse, racists for not wanting to participate in the joyous spreading of sovereignty. But here’s a secret, and it’s one so destructive to globalism that the concept of an ever-closer federation, such as the European Union, or shared legalities, a la the United Nations, may not be able to survive.
The secret is that the growing trend of nations is not toward the seemingly inevitable superstate but away from it.
In the last century, the planet gained more than 100 new nations. So that’s almost 200 we have now, each with its own form of government, laws, language, and, in many cases, currency. The new reality is that people yearn for less control from large governments and supranational organizations, not more. The trend has been building through the entirety of human history, since the birth of the nation.
So why do so many in governments and large organizations seek to convince us that globalism is the future? The fact is, it’s difficult to see this as anything other than empire-building with a modern twist.
An empire is defined as “a sovereign state functioning as an aggregate of nations or people that are ruled over by an emperor or another kind of monarch.”
Now the United Nations doesn’t have a single figurehead, nor does the European Union, but they have the power to rule over an aggregate of nations. Unlike the old empires, though, these nations were not taken by the sword: They were courted; they were sold on the idea that joining up in a single alliance will be beneficial to all. And, with it, they gave up their sovereignty.
This has never been more true than with the European Union, a nation in all but name, with a flag, a parliament, a president, an anthem. It rules over other countries as protectorates, doling out laws that must be implemented, taxes that must be paid, and regulations to which businesses must adhere.
Empires? Weren’t they supposed to be a thing of the past?
Globalism, at its heart, is the cozy dream of administrators. They seek standard rule, applied with simplistic totalitarianism under the guise of benevolent trade and shared sovereignty. But make no mistake: The absorption of countries and the power that comes with them is little more than the building of empires for those who wish to rule others in quantity.
But no matter how powerful, how pervasive, and how successful these groups seem to be, they are fighting the tide of history.
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