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The Great Battle of Our Time. That stark phrase usually evokes controversy and strong emotion. Yet, some crucial issues or pivotal events are important to some people but not to others. But some issues are so far-reaching and impactful that they worm their way to the top of the significance pyramid, even as they escape the attention of some people until it’s too late.
Such is the issue of nationalism vs. globalism. Globalists would have us plan and operate the economies and commerce of all the nations of the world on a one-world-order basis. There would be a world government, to which nations would be subservient. It would be a “common political authority for all of humanity”. The global government would have power to enforce compliance with its political, economic, and cultural laws and regulations, to be applied on a global scale. Globalists want a single world society.
Many organizations exist to promote the idea of a globalist government. The European Union is a model for globalization, a regional version of the kind of government that globalists want to impose, with unlimited immigration. In some cases, the EU has exclusive power to legislate over member nations, or the member nation “can only legislate to the extent to which the EU does not”. An example of the arrogance that such extreme power can cultivate is the recent “jaw-dropping threat” by EU boss Juncker to “break up (America) in revenge for Donald Trump’s supportive comments about Brexit.”
Know this: there is an immense world-wide effort, backed by preposterous amounts of money, to impose world government that places the interests of the entire world above those of individual countries. It is not going away. It is getting stronger.
Here’s the battleground: globalism renders moot the very best of nationalist values from those nations that have figured out the most effective ways for their people to live, and that have instituted methods of governing, systems of justice and social order that address the needs and happiness of their particular citizens.
Conversely, globalism imposes a world order on nations and people, most of whom should want none of what far-away foreign strangers believe to be best for them. Globalism is an immense power play, an “efficient” way to politically control entire nations and peoples to bend to the will and do the bidding of appointed leaders and bureaucrats who will govern and reign over you.
The antithesis, the enemy, of globalism is nationalism. Nationalism encompasses patriotic principles, loyalty, and devotion to one’s nation and its values. It promotes a sense of national consciousness and feelings of allegiance and enthusiasm for one’s chosen country. Nationalism may or may not exalt one nation above others. Many in the world’s “intelligentsia” and ivory-tower academia, mostly on the political left, promote globalism while faulting nationalist approaches, choosing to concentrate on potential negatives such as attitudes of superiority or xenophobia.
There is little doubt that some nations of the world are so ineptly run, so oppressive and tyrannical that their citizens would be much better off under some other form of government. But a global world authority that has the power to attempt such changes has the power to become just as despotic and dictatorial.
The way a tyrannical world government would exercise its power to try to “improve” some nations would be to confiscate the fruits of labor and natural resources of successful nations, and redistribute wealth. Such a world government would almost certainly employ some bastardized form of socialism or collectivism, taking from the productive nations and giving to the unproductive. This is what the EU does. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. Such a nightmare world government would have unlimited power, and we all recall what Lord Acton had to say about absolute power.
In the opinion of many U.S. thought leaders, this fight between nationalism and globalism will be a dangerous struggle, threatening the American Way, and may well become the Battle of Our Time. If you believe in American values and American exceptionalism, you’d better don your fighting clothes. The great battle is coming unless the enemy is stopped.
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