Globalization, nationalism, and the relations between them have been the subjects of debate for many years.
The World has become very different from what it was, because of globalization.
It is the struggle of nationalism against globalism, and it will be fought out, not only among nations, but within nations.
As the World becomes interdependent, the fate of one state is linked to the fate of another state.
Globalization is often associated with neo-liberalism, free flows of capitals, goods, services and workers.
It has resulted in huge changes at political and cultural levels. It has lead to major wars attempting to integrate any country resisting integration into the New World Order.
However, not all views on globalization are positive and many consider it as a threat. It has been criticized for benefiting only some elites and undermining the lives of many others.
Devastating economic and social consequences on the majority of the World population, as well as producing mass immigration trying to redistribute poor people to rich countries and give them welfare.
Nationalism has a history and it has always been something that people fight for.
It is an ideology, which is used to promote and defend a particular culture and way of life, and it is also used by politicians to promote national unity and patriotism.
One variant of nationalism, economic nationalism (protectionism), in many ways harms the states that practice it.
However, others argue that nationalism is benefiting from globalization and is becoming more important than ever.
It seems that as peoples respond to corporate globalization, nationalism is being adapted. The driving forces of this are religion, language, ethnicity, philosophy, patriotism, xenophobia …
Nationalism is identification with a country and a belief in the commonality of the values and people of that country.
Its importance lies in the creation of modern societies and nation-states, and their role in a World in which interdependence has increased.
Globalism, on the other hand, is identification with international integration and shared worldviews. Both concepts have an important position in the contemporary World.
On a cultural level, the World has shifted from national cultures to mixed cultures across the globe, resulting in a homogenized global culture rather than national.
The new forms of identification, across nationalism and globalism, suggest they may be generating paradoxically cosmopolitan modes of nationalism.
This form of contemporary nationalism differs from ethno-nationalism, it also contrasts with civic nationalis.
It is a form of nationalism that enlists universal values – such as democratic and human rights – in the service of nationally-defined political ends.
What is defined as particular and universal depends very much on power relations, with cosmopolitans, especially in core states, blind to their own particularism.
Do you want globalization. One dictating power of the World. The goal of one religion and the loss of own individual rights. It is not some theory any more, it has become our reality.
Is nationalism just the first step for getting back against capitalism and globalization.
Are we all going to live in a globalised, borderless World in which nation states will have been abolished, or going to continue with a World that remains partitioned into separate states. Will it be globalism or will it be nationalism.
We have reached the crossroads. Time has come to choose a side.