When and Why Nationalism Beats Globalism

And how moral psychology can help explain and reduce tensions between the two.

What on earth is going on in the Western democracies? From the rise of Donald Trump in the United States and an assortment of right-wing parties across Europe through the June 23 Brexit vote, many on the Left have the sense that something dangerous and ugly is spreading: right-wing populism, seen as the Zika virus of politics. Something has gotten into “those people” that makes them vote in ways that seem—to their critics—likely to harm their own material interests, at least if their leaders follow through in implementing isolationist policies that slow economic growth.

Most analyses published since the Brexit vote focus on economic factors and some version of the “left behind” thesis—globalization has raised prosperity all over the world, with the striking exception of the working classes in Western societies. These less educated members of the richest countries lost access to well-paid but relatively low-skilled jobs, which were shipped overseas or given to immigrants willing to work for less. In communities where wages have stagnated or declined, the ever-rising opulence, rents, and confidence of London and other super-cities has bred resentment.

h/t FF

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Politicians who don’t care about their own citizens , like the previous government here , allowed 275,000 to come to work for less than the minimum wage while many people from here lost their jobs .

    • You’re right.

    • Alain

      I agree but also point out that this Liberal government is even worse. That is the sad reality, and I am not excusing the previous government. We need politicians and a party that puts Canada and Canadians first.

      • Maurixio Garciasanchez

        You are absolutely right , the country needs a politician that will care for it’s citizens first.

        • Linda1000

          But, but, Justine has already said that he wants Canada to be the first “post-nation state”. Canadians, in name only, with a glossy, new passport who voted for him agree apparently. Only French Canadians deserve a distinct or national identity.

  • El Martyachi

    Does this mean… Billy Bob is right?

  • Ed

    “…If this argument is correct, then it leads to a clear set of policy prescriptions for globalists. First and foremost: Think carefully about the way your country handles immigration and try to manage it in a way that is less likely to provoke an authoritarian reaction. Pay attention to three key variables: the percentage of foreign-born residents at any given time, the degree of moral difference of each incoming group, and the degree of assimilation being achieved by each group’s children…”

    Turn down the stove… the frog is sensing the increase in heat and is about to jump out.

    Too late, globalists…

    • J. C.

      “Turn down the stove… the frog is sensing the increase in heat and is about to jump out.”

      That’s the message I got from the article, too… For some reason, I was expecting a more objective analysis of the two perspectives (silly me), but it was obvious that Haidt (author) sympathizes with the Globalists.

  • John

    This is a very good essay. Provides a lot of insight into what’s currently happening in both America and Europe.