Geopolitics

Power, Magic and the Nation

Globalists, be they capitalist, communist, techist or environmentalist, can never win

Is love of country and family a tricky thing for you? Me neither. But how, if at all, are we to value it at a time when, we are told, problems, powers and principalities are global rather than national? If they are truly global, what room does that leave for democracy, let alone national autonomy?

Does a common-or-garden patriotism now imply a disdain for international problems? If so, when did that happen?

Related question: is democracy just a fig-leaf veiling the real exercise of power by a new bunch of uber-wealthy, uber-powerful people and institutions which all just happen to think the same way about what is good for us?

I started sketching out this essay weeks ago, never suspecting that I’d be completing it at a time when we’ve had a change in monarch and government, when we’ve seen an overt attack by a tech tyrant on the defence of free speech, and that a higher-rate tax cut trivial or even positive in its direct fiscal implications brought down public condemnation from the IMF, or that a change in fundamental UK policy sparked hysterical selling frenzy against Sterling.

(BWT. Can I recommend another read of ‘Why It’s All Happening Now’. I concluded then: “And so a world which believes it has a structural ‘savings surplus’ will discover it has to compete for resources. Truly, a mess like this has taken decades to arrange. The first challenge will be to survive. The second challenge will be to muster the courage and imagination to embark on the re-build. It’s a long march, folks.”

It’s happening to Britain today, but it will be happening throughout the world soon enough.)

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If nothing else, it warns you that the issues of national identity and political accountability are both complex and urgent, and in very active play right now. This I didn’t expect. So buckle up.

The tone of hysterical condemnation of those believing in the importance of nation, and democratic accountability, first surfaced in all its volcanic fury when the British voted to leave the European Union. The fear and loathing this still generates among Britain’s power-adepts is strange indeed. Love of the EU rarely seems the motivating factor (and, seriously, how could it?), rather it seems fuelled by loathing of Britain. Or perhaps not Britain necessarily, but the idea of a nation-state accountable to its people. In this case, Britain.

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