I’m on the side of social globalism
I’m sure I’m not the only observer to have noticed how discussion of “globalism” tends to involve crosspurposes. While some of us refer to corporate globalism, others are evidently referring to social globalism.
Naturally enough, such conversations are unresolvable, as they have totally different visions of how the world works. Or should work.
Corporate globalism hopes to increase the wealth of one elite group by exploiting the poverty and underemploy- ment of another group. These corporations are “multinational” or “supranational,” with no allegiance to any particular country. Their only loyalty is to profit, regardless of the currency, be it dollars, euros, drachmas, riels or zlotys. Any country that dares to resist these capitalist pirates is subdued by armed invasion.
It is true that many global corporations began life in the U. S. A., or in the U. K., or in another of the so- called “advanced societies,” but they have spread throughout the world to take advantage of those nations that have valuable raw materials and an impoverished population.
There are many nations in this exploitable group. Health benefits? Workplace safety? Retirement plans? Not necessary, as there are plenty of able- bodied young workers to take over from their sick or dead elders. It’s a miserable business, but immensely profitable, if only in financial terms.
Social globalism comes from a different direction. It recognizes the essential unity of the human race, and refuses to accept demarcations of race, gender, religion, age, physical or mental capability, or any other arbitrary division.
Social globalists are opposed, deeply and irrevocably, to the depredations of corporate globalism, and are committed to co- operation, mutual aid, social adaptation and mutual respect. As long as any part of the human race is being exploited by any other part, social globalists will stand in solidarity with the weaker group. And I stand with the social globalists.
If that sounds vaguely similar to the Communist International of our ancestors, I don’t consider that a viable reason to condemn it out of hand. We are all living on borrowed time, and if we don’t learn to get along together then our planet will soon be uninhabitable.