I mystified a left-winger recently by saying there was too much internationalism these days.
'How can you have too much internationalism?'But of course you can - international law is by definition undemocratic and so are international organisations. And internationalism at the expense of a sense of national identity reduces countries to machines for living and creating GDP.
I believe in free trade, think it brings prosperity and peace. Genuine free trade, not the EU single market version and probably not the Chinese and Japanese versions. I know that free trade does not require mass immigration.
I dislike the cultural effects of globalisation but they are very hard to resist.
The world will be one big heavily policed mall/golf course, with national culture reduced to restaurants and folklore kitsch.
When people protest against this future their protests are ignored or are unfairly labelled 'far right' a designation which should be reserved for fascists. How differently anarchists and occupy are treated by the press. The anti-immigration protesters of our day, as far as i can see, are not fascists but a belated answer to the neo-Communists of 1968. Yet the 1968-ers who, grown old, until recently ruled us, are never considered extremists.
Brexit followed by President Trump would change things. But in Germany internationalism will hold sway for a very long time.
Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Party came third yesterday in an election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Alternative for Germany (AfD), came second with 20.8% of the vote. The British conservative press call AfD 'far right' and report the result as a defeat for Mrs. Merkel's migrant policy.
In fact what is interesting is that 79% of Germans voted for pro-migrant parties. Why?