Category Archives: Globalization

Globalism And Why We Hate Each Other

We shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that the current escalations in political rhetoric and acts of violence are divorced from these broader globalist trends.

One of the most persistent problems within the coverage of politics today is the lack of definition of commonly used terms. This is particularly irritating within the policy space, but it inhabits the legal and political space as well, given a commentariat that typically must cram their points into 30 second bites – 15 seconds if you are on one of CNN’s infamous Council of Trent panels. A term that is particularly lacking in this arena is how we define “globalism” and “globalists”. We have been talking about them for years, and still we lack a real definition of what this term means.

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Green Weenie of the Century: The Global Climate Treaties

As I have mentioned before, the most satisfying thing about Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord is not that he did it, but that he did it in a way that maximized the outrage from the climatistas and their media toadies. It was a dial-it-to-eleven reprise of the outrage of when President George W. Bush took us out of the Kyoto Protocol, which was the previous treaty that would have saved the world if we hadn’t bailed on it.

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The Truth Goes Marching On

When Angela Merkel betrayed her own country by allowing its girls, boys, and women to be raped and abused by 200,000 “rapefugees” from Syria and Turkey, men from a culture that openly teaches that women and children should be degraded and that a single woman walking alone is asking to be raped, much of the world was shocked. I know I felt that way. But Merkel simply told the German media not to criticize her gross surrender to Jihad, so they shut up. Frau “Mutti” Merkel won the endorsement of her party and a sort of election, and she’s back in the saddle again. But she is a communist by indoctrination (in the former East Germany) and her new globalist empire in the EU, which also runs the UN in collusion with Jihad.

Europe is no longer democratic.

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Did you know why the Paris climate agreement was voluntary?

And not a treaty? From Jeffrey A. Tucker at Foundation for Economic Education:

The Paris Agreement is a “voluntary” agreement because its architects knew it would never pass the US Senate as a treaty. Why? Because the idea of the agreement is that the US government’s regulatory agencies would impose extreme mandates on its energy sector: how it should work, what kinds of emissions it should produce, the best ways to power our lives (read: not fossil fuels), and hand over to developing world regimes billions and even trillions of dollars in aid, a direct and ongoing forcible transfer of wealth from American taxpayers to regimes all over the world, at the expense of American freedom and prosperity.

And you wonder why many people have doubts about it. More.

Reality check: Did your local traditional media spell that out for you? If not, seek other sources of information hereafter. You already have to fund the bloated public sector here, don’t you? Just think, you could have done it globally too. The ultimate virtue signal.

See also: New York Times kills public editor slot Let Twitter decide. (If it hasn’t melted down with rage.)

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France: Why should democracy persist in a workless future?

From Christopher Caldwell at New Statesman:

A process that Guilluy calls métropolisation has cut French society in two. In 16 dynamic urban areas (Paris, Lyons, Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Rennes, Rouen, Toulon, Douai-Lens and Montpellier), the world’s resources have proved a profitable complement to those found in France. These urban areas are home to all the country’s leading educational and financial institutions, as well as almost all its corporations and the many well-paying jobs that go with them. Here, too, are the individuals – the entrepreneurs and engineers and CEOs, the fashion designers and models, the film directors and chefs and other “symbolic analysts”, as Robert Reich once called them – who shape the country’s tastes, form its opinions and renew its prestige.

Cheap labour, tariff-free consumer goods and new markets of billions of people have made globalisation a windfall for such -prosperous places. But globalisation has had no such galvanising effect on the rest of France. Cities that were lively for hundreds of years – Tarbes, Agen, Albi, Béziers – are now, to use Guilluy’s word, “desertified”, haunted by the empty shopfronts and blighted downtowns that Rust Belt Americans know well.

Guilluy doubts that any place exists in France’s new economy for working people as we’ve previously understood them. Paris offers the most striking case. As it has prospered, the City of Light has stratified, resembling, in this regard, London or American cities such as New York and San Francisco. It’s a place for millionaires, immigrants, tourists and the young, with no room for the median Frenchman. Paris now drives out the people once thought of as synonymous with the city.More.

Reality check: The French elite can govern without reference to what was once France as long so they can signal virtue on the global stage. And the fact that the declining traditional French refuse to have children mean that the elite have calculated the matter correctly.

And how long will unneeded people, increasingly on subsidy, be permitted a say in public affairs unless they threaten to become a mob with the backing of big-time political interests (such as urban mobs usually have)?

See also: Mark Steyn on Europe’s childless leaders

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The Globalist Empire Strikes Back in France

The progressive global elite is breathing a sigh of relief after “centrist” newcomer to electoral politics, Emmanuel Macron, defeated Marine Le Pen to become the next president of France. After the shocks of last year’s Brexit and the election of populist Donald Trump as president, the rejection of populist, nationalist, and anti-EU parties in Austria, the Netherlands, and now the second most important EU country suggests the tide has turned. But the Eurocrats and Europhiles shouldn’t start popping champagne corks yet. Like all of Europe, France’s problems run deep.

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Real estate expert documents France “Coming Apart”

From Christopher Caldwell at City Journal,

[Christophe] Guilluy doubts that anyplace exists in France’s new economy for working people as we’ve traditionally understood them. Paris offers the most striking case. As it has prospered, the City of Light has stratified, resembling, in this regard, London or American cities such as New York and San Francisco. It’s a place for millionaires, immigrants, tourists, and the young, with no room for the median Frenchman. Paris now drives out the people once thought of as synonymous with the city.

Yet economic opportunities for those unable to prosper in Paris are lacking elsewhere in France. Journalists and politicians assume that the stratification of France’s flourishing metropoles results from a glitch in the workings of globalization. Somehow, the rich parts of France have failed to impart their magical formula to the poor ones. Fixing the problem, at least for certain politicians and policy experts, involves coming up with a clever shortcut: perhaps, say, if Romorantin had free wireless, its citizens would soon find themselves wealthy, too. Guilluy disagrees. For him, there’s no reason to expect that Paris (and France’s other dynamic spots) will generate a new middle class or to assume that broad-based prosperity will develop elsewhere in the country (which happens to be where the majority of the population live). If he is right, we can understand why every major Western country has seen the rise of political movements taking aim at the present system.

In France, political correctness is more than a ridiculous set of opinions; it’s also—and primarily—a tool of government coercion. Not only does it tilt any political discussion in favor of one set of arguments; it also gives the ruling class a doubt-expelling myth that provides a constant boost to morale and esprit de corps, much as class systems did in the days before democracy. People tend to snicker when the question of political correctness is raised: its practitioners because no one wants to be thought politically correct; and its targets because no one wants to admit to being coerced. But it determines the current polarity in French politics. Where you stand depends largely on whether you believe that antiracism is a sincere response to a genuine upsurge of public hatred or an opportunistic posture for elites seeking to justify their rule.

Guilluy is ambivalent on the question…  More.

Reality check: Except for the elite, globalization averages things. A step up for the immigrant busboy; a step down for the once-employed French deplorables. Then there is the fun, for elite virtue-signallers, of sneering at the latter group’s unhappiness.  And enjoying the thrill of a mild, containable panic over the possible return of fascism..

See also: How did “populism” become such a dirty word? A left-wing journalist offers some thoughts

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Has everyone forgotten that the Obama campaign decided to desert white working class voters in 2012? So why are progressive mental basement dwellers still flooding the internet with nonsense about the alt right, fake news, and the Russians in US politics?

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Pope Lays Out Global Marxist Agenda

The list of left-wing causes in the pope’s address was extensive. Bennis noted “his calls to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees, end the death penalty, preserve the planet from the ravages of climate change, and defend the poor and dispossessed.” And then there was the attack on the policies of peace through strength, which keep us free.

Are you sure he isn’t a Muslim?

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There is something rotten in these United States…

Over the past 18 months we have brought various pieces of grim news about the United States’ population health. We looked at the rise in the mortality rate of middle-class whites, the rise in the American suicide rate, and the downturn in the United States’ life expectancy in 2015. My concern that there was an American underclass that was not getting much coverage in most media outlets was strengthened by the unpredicted Trump victory. But I was not aware how bad things are outside the “bubble” until I recently read this piece by demographer Nicholas Eberstadt. It’s entitled “Our Miserable 21st Century” and it certainly makes a powerful argument that, for many Americans, life is not getting better. In fact, the first 16 years of this century have seen their lives get worse. 

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What’s So Bad About Globalism?

As far as I can tell, globalism is a scheme concocted by the rich to destroy the working and middle classes through worldwide financial imperialism.

I have a strong hunch that globalism is also a plot hatched to obliterate indigenous cultures and real human differences under the deceptive ruses of “multiculturalism” and “diversity.”

This is why I’m confused whenever I hear someone say they hate “the rich,” oppose “imperialism,” and support “the working class” while being an unquestioning cheerleader for open borders and global government.

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President-Elect Trump: ‘There Is No Global Anthem. No Global Currency…’

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If you missed President-elect Trump’s post-victory “Thank You” rally in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday night, you missed a real treat. He was on FIRE. Of course, members of the mainstream media found plenty of reasons to criticize him, but that was going to happen no matter what. The entire speech had the same vibe as his pre-election campaign rallies. He was super relaxed and fun and likable. He called out the mainstream media, discussed his plans for the future and dropped a few lines that had me rolling.

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Saudi blogger faces more lashes. Is Euro prez Schultz fit to govern?

Last I heard, as of October 19, 2016, at BBC:

A Canadian foundation campaigning for his release said a source had told it the flogging could happen at any time.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who gave Mr Badawi the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2015, said he was shocked and saddened.

Saddened, doubtless, but is Schulz fit to govern if he is “shocked”?

This Reuters header says it all:  U.N. torture watchdog urges Saudi to halt flogging, amputations

When one is reduced to depending on the UN, that may be even worse than depending on the Eurocrats. Brexit happened not a moment too soon… Provided, that is, it becomes possible to speak honestly in England again.

The 32 year old was sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam” online.

There was an international outcry after he received the first 50 lashes in public in January 2015, and he has not been flogged since.

Mouse under the cat’s paw…

Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar, who fled to the Canadian province of Quebec with the couple’s three children in 2012 following an attempt on her husband’s life, told Deutsche Welle on Tuesday: “I was totally shocked by the news. I’m worried and scared that they’ll carrying on whipping him.” More.

Reality check: It’s all our fault, of course, for not understanding and admiring Islam.

And remember, globalization does not mean bringing civil liberties to unfree nations; it means averaging them between formerly free and unfree.  So the safety of all of us depends on the clued-in-ness of people like President Schultz and his North American counterparts.

It won’t be too long before the Sakharov Prize become dangerous to accept. If it isn’t now – unless, of course, one is just writing worthy but dismissible drivel. Which is probably where the Prize is headed.

Civil libertarians, especially writers and other intellectuals, often pretend to see artistic merit in whatever form of human expression is threatened by the prosecutor or the censor. Frankly, I have never felt the need for that. It is not necessary to defend people’s tastes or views in order to defend their right to have and express them. – George Jonas, “Throwing the Book at Pages” (1985)

See also: Free speech an offence at historic Tufts U. But Tufts isn’t allowed to use torture.

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