US President Donald Trump speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, 24 Sept | Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
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Donald Trump says he opposes globalists. Which is odd, because he acts an awful lot like one.
Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly last week, the U.S. president insisted: “The free world must embrace its national foundations. … The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots.”

This is the same man who said it was “perfect” to ask the Ukrainian president to investigate an American political rival; who once called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails; and who, according to the New York Times, pressured the Australian prime minister to help undermine the Mueller inquiry. Trump certainly doesn’t believe his own interests should be constrained by anything as prosaic as national borders — or the national interest.

Back in the early 2000s, during the high noon of the first wave of resistance to globalization, people like economist Amartya Sen used to point out that the resistance to globalization was itself globalized. The anarchists at the Battle of Seattle or the activists at the World Social Forum thought nothing of sourcing their arguments or their support from anywhere in the world.

Theirs was an effortlessly internationalist movement. The more thoughtful among their number accepted that they were globalists, just angered by the specific form that globalization had taken. They represented globalization’s triumph, even as they railed against it.

In the same way, Trump is a product of borderless capitalism. He has raised money from investors in a dozen countries across the world and sold his name to builders in half a dozen more. Interests and resources can’t be constrained by national boundaries; the builder Trump knows that, even if the politician Trump pretends he doesn’t.

For those who run that sort of global business, there’s nothing inherently immoral or unacceptable about asking help from a business associates in a foreign country to undermine a rival back home. That’s smart, in fact.

Politics, on the other hand, is a little more old-fashioned. In fact — if you’ll pardon the lapse into Trump-speak — one might even call it “patriotic.” It stops at the water’s edge, remember? People worry if you look outside your borders to deal with domestic problems.

What Trump has to offer to his foreign associates is the power of the presidency itself. Democrats in Congress are moving ahead with an impeachment inquiry because they think it’s still beyond the pale, even in a more globalized era, to hawk the power of office internationally for personal or political gain.

Perhaps Trump is right to imagine, as it appears through his behavior he does, that populist politicians around the world will recognize each other as allies against those pesky, unpatriotic liberals who oppose them all. At a joint rally this month, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rephrased his own election slogan in a manner that was seen as a quasi-endorsement of Trump. The U.S. president himself was clearly willing to help Benjamin Netanyahu during Israeli elections in April.

But, if Trump is right that there is a global community of populists who should defend and support each other, then he is probably wrong that the future will not belong to globalists. Globalization triumphs by forcing itself into the assumptions and operations of even its most bitter opponents. Trump himself may be the most committed globalist of them all.


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  1. This is why Youtube will be the new source for news, and sad activists writing articles claiming to be real news and journalists and very deceiving, or the writer of the article is being deceived. Nonetheless, you wouldn’t care either way because your “employer” is supported financially by the CCP. Communists in China give your talking points, and you either believe them blindly, or knowingly deceive others so you can be employed while DEMOCRATIC LEFTIST LIBERALS SHUT DOWN THE ECONOMY OF THE MIDDLE CLASS OVER COVID, WHICH MIGHT AS WELL BE THE FLU.

    What a joke that people read these articles that always have that same ANTI TRUMP NARRATIVE. China’s CCP will collapse under another Trump term, meaning you go out of business and lose your job. This is the case with other “activist journalists”, posting a barrage of OPINION PIECES. The information you bring in your argument is FLAWED; IT IS THE LEFT’S NARRATIVE THEY’VE CONNED PEOPLE INTO BELIEVING FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS, AND NO EVIDENCE EVER CAME OUT OF IT! YET HERE YOU ARE REFERENCING THE RUSSIA COLLUSION BULLSHIT PROVEN TO BE USED TO LEGITIMIZE TRUMP ON INAUGURATION.

    WHEN YOUR GLOBALISTS COMMUNIST ALLIES ARE SCARED OF SOCIAL BACKLASH AGAINST THE CCP, THEY DECIDED TO DIRECTLY INTERFERE IN THIS ELECTION. COVID HAPPEN TO COME 8 MONTHS BEFORE THE ELECTION. NANCY PELOSI WENT OUT OF HER WAY TO PUT IN THE STIMULUS BILL FUNDING FOR THE USPS, WHOM DIRECTLY PARTICIPATED IN COMMITTING THE FRAUD. MASS MAIL IN VOTING AT THIS SCALE TO CHOOSE A PRESIDENT IS THE FAKEST ELECTION I HAVE EVER SEEN. Democrats were not expecting the numbers of inperson votes Trump would get making him in lead of Biden in ALL THE SWING STATES. HOW WAS BIDEN WINNING LITERALLY A FEW HOURS AFTER 4 AM?? ELECTION FRAUD WAS COORDINATED SINCE DAY ONE OF TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY, this is where that investigation that wasted almost 50 million American Tax dollars was DRAGGED OUT and SET UP BY the first president to WEAPONIZE BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT SUCH AS THE DOJ, FBI, IRS. THIS WAS OBAMA WHO MADE THIS SYSTEM, ITS OUT IN THE OPEN NOW.

    LIBERALS NEVER GOT A BLUE WAVE, THEIR IDEOLOGY WAS REJECTED AFTER 8 YEARS OF OBAMA BY VOTING TRUMP IN 2016, AND IT WAS REJECTED BY 85+ MILLION AMERICANS IN 2020. How could have BIDEN BE A MORE POLARIZING FIGURE THAN OBAMA EXACTLY??? BIDEN NEVER BOTHERED TO CAMPAIGN, WHILE TRUMP WAS GOING TO MULTIPLE RALLYS IN A NIGHT. BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATS LIKE PELOSI WOULD SAY THINGS AS IF THEY WERE GUARANTEEING JOE BIDEN WOULD WIN. JOE BIDEN GAFFED ON CAMERA SAYING “WE BUILT THE BIGGEST MOST INCLUSIVE VOTER FRAUD ORGANIZATION IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, TO TARGET THE CONSERVATIVES.

    WHY? Liberal ideology has gone too far, WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THAT IDEOLOGY BEING SHOVED DOWN OUR THROATS. We want freedom for both sides to be able to think what they want to. But the left kept going more left until they hit a fucking brick wall. I’ve never seen this much deception in my life. Trump is attacked BY EVERY CORPORATION, EVERY DEMOCRATIC POLITICIAN, EVERY GOP RHINO ARE COWARDS TO NOT BE FIGHTING FOR TRUMP. How can the liberals be the good side when they are pushing policies that will dismantle this country… and it will dismantle the constitution. Governor Cuomo is already ignoring the constitution and over using his power to make rules around the coronavirus. It is bullshit, he wants police to stand down while riots and looting cause chaos in the streets, and let others protest SIDE BY SIDE AND CRITICIZE HIS ENEMIES FOR NOT TAKING COVID SERIOUSLY.; Then when it is convenient for democrats to talk about coronavirus, they choose to start talking about it to distract from Biden stealing the election and making “office of the president elect” LOL, that is pure propaganda and if cannot see that, you will soon or later when you see this guy have his masters in the COMMUNIST CHINESE PARTY choose what policies the democrats should implement in order tot slowly take our freedoms and get the population to wear a mask for the next century. MASKS ARE MUZZLES, AND THEY HAVE NEVER HELPED PREVENT ANY SPREAD LOL. THEY ONLY BECAME AN ISSUE WHEN DEMOCRATS WANTED MUZZLES ON PEOPLE AND POLITIZED THE ISSUE.

    CUOMO IS USING COVID TO TARGET SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN NEW YORK TRYING TO MAKE MONEY TO FEED THEIR FAMILY. THE GOVERNMENT IS SURE AS HELL NOT HELPING THESE PEOPLE IN ANY WAY. PELOSI WOULD NOT SIGN A 2ND STIMULUS WHEN TRUMP WANTED TO SIGN A STIMULUS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ONLY. SHE REFUSED AN AMERICAN ONLY STIMULUS AND ADDED SOME OF THAT STIMULUS BE USED TO BAILOUT NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, AND OTHER FAILED BANKRUPT DEMOCRATIC CITIES.

    Liberals are deceived fools, my state is republican and we have been opened after 1 month and THE CASE RATE/DEATH RATE RATIO COMPARED WITH CALI AND NY WHICH THEIR GOVERNORS HAVE FORCED LOCKDOWNS AND DEEMED WHICH AREAS ARE RED ZONES, WHICH ARE ORANGE, ETC. SIMILAR TO THE NAZIS MAKING GHETTOS FOR THE PEOPLE THEY KILLED. The DEMS are in 100% POWERGRAB MODE RIGHT NOW, AND IF THEY PULLED OFF THIS FRAUDULENT ELECTION LESS SLOPPY TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE TRUMP LOST FAIRY, REPUBLICANS WOULD NOT BE SAYING A THING RIGHT NOW. I hope you liberal sheep stop blindly walking to your demise, which will be Biden and his globalist Agenda. If Trump is a globalist, why do EVERY SINGLE TECH COMPANY HATE THE MAN? WHY DOES HE GET SLANDERED BY THE EU, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST GLOBALISTS. WHY DOES CHINA WANT TRUMP OUT AND BEJING BIDEN IN ? BECAUSE BIDEN SOLD US OUT WHEN HE GOT INTO POLITICS IN 1972. WAKE UP

  2. The Houston rally – When is an endorsement not an endorsement – should inspire a rethink over the approach to the diaspora. This is actually the foremost duty of our diplomats, to caution and counsel. Instead, some of them seem to be reaching out to people outside the structures of government to organise these affairs, earning brownie points for themselves.

  3. There is no Commonwealth of Globalists who are entitled to act in opposition to their liberal counterparts. President Trump does not have prior experience of government. Deal making comes naturally to a real estate tycoon. However, governments play by different rules. He has broken the most cardinal of them. He is flailing against the growing storm of Impeachment that is billowing around him. 34 Republican Senators may still save his job. Not much else.

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