In response to Paul Wood: Poles apart . . . the war of city versus State,
Evan Thomas wrote:
The real ‘long worldwide struggle’ is between globalist neo-liberalism and nationalist traditionalist populism.
The Globalists are seeking to build a world composed of atomised individuals whose lives revolve around producing and consuming and amoral individualistic ‘self actualisation’. As Applebaum’s derogatory reference to the Polish ‘child first’ policy illustrates, there is no place for children and family in this world view. Nor is there any place for patriotism or any traditional moral or cultural values.
It is no surprise that this ideology is supported by the FT and Economist because big business is a key part of the Globalist coalition. They want everyone in the labour force producing and consuming (so ‘gender parity’ feminism) and unlimited cheap labour (so ‘open borders’ immigration). Big corporates are not incessantly pushing and funding politically correct causes because the ‘woke’ left are forcing them to do so. Rather, the woke left are useful idiots for the Globalists manipulated (and often funded) to push the Globalists’ ideology for them.
The world that the Globalists are trying to build – a society of infertile and amoral hedonistic producers and consumers – will not last more than a few decades because it is entirely unsustainable. It will inevitably be replaced by something else.
That something else is either an unprecedentedly dark dystopia of one form or another or the restoration of the Christian civilisation of the historic nations of Europe.
As I have often commented here, it is surprising how those who are supposed to love Europe are uninterested in its rich diversity. For instance all those supposedly exercised by the ‘Gender Pay Gap’ should pay attention to Poland which has one of the lowest gaps, rather than their favourite Sweden with a much greater gap. Indeed it turns out that it is generally the rich countries able to afford part-time family friendly work in a huge state funded sector which also have the biggest gaps. Perhaps something to do with the fact that in poorer countries men and women have to work hard and long to earn money.
On the main topic the UK suffers particularly from having a truly vast capital city which is in most respects a completely separate country from the rest of these isles. Generally ‘London’ is set to win hands down every time.