By Dickson Igwe, Contibutor
Nationalism has been superseded by globalism. The world is changing significantly and rapidly.
The screams of fear and anger, from western citizens, especially blue-collar whites in the USA and Britain, will not change that. Ok.
This Old Boy and Johnnie Walker met a friend in Road Town on his way to the bank last Wednesday.
His friend, a very prominent Briton, Belonger, and national swimming sponsor stated: “I have been reading your columns, Igwe.” Yours truly was delighted.
He asked his friend what he felt about Brexit, to which this writer is totally opposed.
The response was: “Brexit will happen for the simple reason Brits of the older generation have never really liked the Germans and the French. Brits do not even like each other,” he admonished.
“The English have no great love for the Scots and Irish, and vice versa,” he added.
Now, that was a huge revelation for this Old Boy. He never really considered the matter of who likes who with regard to Brexit. OK. Race hate and social division in the USA, and the huge political divide of Brexit Britain, are here to stay. There is an invisible war taking place in the western world. This is a fight against change by a significant subset of the ‘white’ population in the USA and Britain especially. Sociologists see this phenomenon as a fear of whites losing the ‘natural advantages and privileges’ of whiteness, in a western world controlled by white men. The old certainties are being destroyed.
Western power is shifting towards the east, with a rising China in an economically powerful Asia. This is impacting manufacturing and farming communities in the US and UK, negatively.
Outsourcing by wealthy western investors is closing down once solid industries and businesses, in towns and cities across the US and Britain. This is driving social upheaval.
The world is becoming a single economy controlled by super-wealthy investors — the one percent — who manage multibillion-dollar multinationals from superyachts, executive jets, and remote hideaways, on equally remote islands. China is expected to overtake the USA as the world’s largest economy in a decade. China’s super-wealthy are catching up in wealth measures with the USA’s super-wealthy- China is trading significantly with the Third World. China is challenging the USA as ‘world economic overlord’.
Supply chains today are no longer based in a specific geography, but instead, sit in multiple locations and cyberspace, and are organic and fluid, not rigid and static.
The USA is losing both hard and soft power, owing to the ‘horrible’ presidency of Donald Trump, who has lost key allies, and is making the USA increasingly, disliked everywhere, including in the USA’s own region: the Americas.
In the Middle East and Africa, Russia and China are moving in to take the USA’s place in the game of power, as the US retreats into its own region.
The USA, turning its back on the Middle East, Syria, and the Kurds, is just the beginning of a geopolitical shift to the benefit of Russia, as the US withdraws into isolation, despite its overwhelming military might.
There is culture war in the west between different social, economic, and racial groups. It is furthermore a demographic war that will be fought until the bitter end. It will end with the establishment of a new global order, driven by investors, global corporations, and new and rising powers, such as China and India. Trump and Brexit are simply the birth pains of that new order.
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