Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one here.
Is globalism a modern-day evolution of geopolitical thought? Not as modern as you might think. In the late 19th century and early 20th, a growing movement among the pre-eminent writers and thinkers heralded one-world government. H.G. Wells wrote in 1921:
“The idea of a League of Nations sustaining a Supreme World Court to supersede the arbitrament of war did not so much arise at any particular point as break out simultaneously wherever there were intelligent men.”
And he wasn’t wrong.
On Sept. 15, 1945, renowned physicist and part-time philosopher Albert Einstein wrote in The New York Times:
“With all my heart I believe that the world’s present system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism, war, and inhumanity. Mankind’s desire for peace can be realized only by the creation of a world government.”
It’s understandable why he would promote such a thing. World War II had finished days before, and it was but a month since the world had witnessed the destructive power of the atom bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The countless deaths must have weighed heavily on his mind.
Returning to Wells again: In 1920 he wrote of his hopes for the future of mankind:
“A federation of all humanity, together with a sufficient means of social justice to ensure health, education, and a rough equality of opportunity, would mean such a release and increase of human energy as to open a new phase in human history.”
Like Einstein’s ripe “desire for peace,” this was written in the wake of a world war, a mass upheaval that cost lives and futures. Amid fear, the writers wanted to plant a seed of hope. These intelligent men outlined what they believed could save future generations from the terrors the world had experienced. But perhaps they were also naïve?
The following quote is attributed to American banker and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation David Rockefeller in 1991:
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years … It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
Now without getting into conspiracy theories about a New World Order, Rockefeller’s words do not denote shadowy plotters working between the cracks of honest governments. He advocates a valid position with a respectable goal that he promoted his entire career. Writing in his book Memoirs, Rockefeller even gave a slight jab to those who saw his work as a conspiracy:
“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure, one world if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
But the world doesn’t want that anymore, if it ever did. There are bids to begin new nations out of old all over the planet, pushed by those who desire more power and direct control over your personal world. The Catalan region in Spain is a prime example. The Catalonians, a distinct group of people with a well-defined language, want independence from Spain. They want freedom. They held a referendum to seize it that was deemed illegal by the Spanish government, and the shock troops were sent in to quell the dissent. After a spell of violence and intimidation, the leaders of the secessionist movement had to flee the country.
Or what about Venice? This region held a referendum in 2014, in which 2.1 million people voted to break away from Italy. That’s 89% of the voting public — ignored, of course.
And what of Biafra? This region in Nigeria broke away in the 1960s, only to be taken back in defeat during a war for independence. Support for Biafra is still strong, although the fighting is mostly political nowadays. People want freedom; they don’t want to be subsumed into a greater mass that dilutes traditional culture, that seeks to create a world of easy-to-control populations ruled by self-proclaimed altruistic officials.
And here’s the thing: There is no conspiracy. The movement to bring all nations of the world under one banner is out and proud. We see it in the United Nations; we see it in the European Union, the African Union, and even in supposedly free trade deals that go beyond the scope of goods and services. And many people want it, not just obscure elites. The Brexit referendum was a close race, 52% to 48%
But these multi-national sovereignty-stealers are in conflict with the very nature of man. Humans identify themselves in a range of groups: town, state, nation, race, sexuality, faith, even sports-team support. But above everything else, each identifies as an individual.
We are not ants; we are each distinct, flawed, and perfect in our own ways. No matter how much pressure comes to bear, some will not succumb to the meld. It is not our nation or our national identity that stands in the way of a single autonomous state. It is not a dangerous form of nationalism that keeps us from joining the world in a communal confederation, administered — as Rockefeller would have it — by “intellectual elite and world bankers.” It is our personalities, our drive to be human that keeps us from the hive. In the face of human nature, globalism is doomed to failure.
Read more from Mark Angelides.
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