On Geopolitics

Globalists, Nationalists and Patriots

Reva Goujon
VP of Global Analysis, Stratfor
Jun 27, 2017 | 22:28 GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the G7 Summit group in May.

(MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

In times of global angst, we tend to organize ourselves into rival camps and casually hurl political epithets at each other as a matter of practice and principle. A couple of similarly angst-ridden generations ago, identifying yourself as a communist or capitalist could provide you with a medal or land you in jail, depending on where you were in the world and the company you kept. Now, it is self-proclaimed globalists and nationalists who are pitted against each other in a battle to passionately defend or radically reconstruct the global order. Previous columns have examined the underlying forces -- from aging populations in the advanced industrial world, to technological change compensating for lagging productivity, to major evolutions in global trade -- that have put this most recent global rebalancing in motion. This rebalancing will take generations to play out but is growing more visible by the day. Just watch the battle...

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