Nationalism or Globalism: Which Side Are You On?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 2 years, the world has been undergoing a wave of change brought about by a shift in political ideology. It started in Europe and steamrolled past Southeast Asia before causing chaos in the United States.

People will point to Donald Trump’s stunning win as the 45th President of the United States of America as the catalyst for the nationalist movement. It certainly inspired nationalist Marie Le Pen who fell short in her own campaign for the French presidency to globalist Emmanuel Macron.

Trump’s win may have emboldened advocates of nationalism in Germany which for the first time had nationalist parties enter the Bundestag parliament.

In fact, the world has been caught in nationalist fervor with movements in Australia, the United Kingdom and Poland gaining ground. Recently, the province of Catalonia hosted a referendum on independence which saw 90% of voters choose secession from Spain.

Unfortunately, majority of media coverage seems to propagate news that associate nationalism with the colour white. Nationalism is frequently mentioned in the same breath as white supremacists.

And while there are extreme, radical nationalist as there are extreme, radical Islamists, nothing could be further from the truth.

Nationalism is NOT about white supremacy. Nationalism is about people sharing a common love of country.

They believe in hard work, paying taxes, serving their country when needed and thus, should be first in line to reap what they have sowed.

Contrary to popular belief, nationalists are not fighting the international community. They support trade agreements with other nations but it should not compromise the national interest.

Calling for tighter border security and stricter measures on immigration policies is not the same as being racist. At a time where terrorism has become the unseen enemy, isn’t it within reason to think about the country’s welfare over others?

On the other side of the spectrum is the globalist. This is the school of thought that believes an open economy is the path to growth and prosperity. No borders. No barriers. No class distinctions. Shared interests. Shared wealth. One community for all.

A more appropriate ideology that supports the doctrine of globalism is communism. Perhaps globalisation is the new politically correct term for communism.

As Marie Le Pen said, “It is no longer a struggle between Left and the Right but between the globalist and the nationalist.”

Which side are you on?