Globalism is a word commonly used by the alternative right, and other small and obscure political movements. However it is slowly finding its way into mainstream political discourse. For example Donald J. Trump, our president-elect, used the word in a negative context, “We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism,” Trump promised during a speech in Washington. It is usually meant to show discontentment with mass Muslim immigration, free trade agreements like NAFTA and the TPP and interventionist foreign policy. However almost none of those things represent its true meaning. It is used an antonym for nationalism, but it isn’t
The true definition, from Webster’s Dictionary
- the operation or planning of economic and foreign policy on a global basis.
This shouldn’t be viewed as a antonym to nationalism, as global free trade and strong military at home and abroad strengthens a nation. Meanwhile protectionism kills a nation economically, which is contrary to what Donald Trump will tell you. I would agree with people who say mass Islamic immigration and overly-interventionist foreign policy harms a nation and destroys culture. However, the use of “globalism” is little more than a pejorative, a buzzword at best. It’s almost like the lefts constant use of “systematic” or “racist”. When you use a word constantly, and apply it to everyone you dislike it loses all meaning.
As for the people adopting it and attempting to give it a positive connotation – stop it. It’s already a word with such a negative stereotype surrounding it labeling yourself it only divides the right more and you set yourself up as “an enemy”. It is time to ditch the word globalism once and for all.