Losing French presidential candidate Marie Le Pen said, “The current fight is no longer between the Left and the Right. It is between globalism and nationalism.” There is no question that the world is currently in a state of chaos. This is to be expected because chaos is a by-product of change. In the last 2 years, we have witnessed a change in political structures worldwide.
First we had the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. For a while, Scotland threatened independence. Over in Southeast Asia, the ruling Liberal Party of the Philippines was dealt a huge blow when presidential candidate Mar Roxas lost to Federalist advocate Rodrigo Duterte. The victory resulted in a shift in foreign policy away from the Philippines’ long-time ally, the United States and toward China and Russia.
Then came the surprising victory of nationalist and Republican candidate Donald J. Trump over pre-election favourite, Democrat, liberal and globalist candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Trump’s victory resonated worldwide and inspired other nationalist candidates such as Le Pen who eventually lost to globalist Emmanuel Macron.
The world has been in a state of change since the new millennium with history-making events such as 9/11, the 2003 collapse of the equities markets and the fall of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime. Through it all, globalisation was seen as the saviour; a creation of the natural confluence of events.
Globalisation presented new avenues for economies to recover and subsequently created opportunities for globalists to generate untold wealth. Powerful advocates of globalisation like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, billionaire investor George Soros among others jumped on the situation and waved their capitalist ventures to the rest of the world.
But in time, globalisation began to have an impact on economies and culture. As other regions became wealthier, it presented conditions for external talent to migrate.
Jobs in the local economy became scarce; wage rates were compromised by increasing competition and people started to lose sight of their cultural identity. Therefore, it should be of no surprise that a new wave of change would inevitably take place.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump as the leader of the most powerful economy in the world is perceived as the instigator of chaos. His choice of rhetoric has been described as “colourful”, “divisive” and even “racist”. But the message rings loud and clear, it is time for the world to recognise the independence and sovereignty of other nations.
President Trump is not the cause of chaos because the world was already in its current state long before the US elections. Like other nationalists, Trump merely wants to institute a new wave of change; one that would impose a check and balance to correct the distortions created by globalisation.