Populism, nationalism, and now…”patriotism”. What´s next?

Like a cloudy day in the middle of the mountains, almost no visibility, no light that illumines our thoughts concerning the “new trend” to searching for solutions to global crises from isolated actions. Even if they are trying hard to deliver better argumentations for their erratic focus, it looks, simply, as it does not fit the current framework of global pandemics. Out of politics, just facts that are showing us the need to tackle globally, global challenges.

Populism, nationalism, patriotism, a game of words endless and somehow without senses, although within a huge impact on the message: “patriotism as the opposite of globalisation”. A weird interpretation that “being global” is a way to “undermine” national identities. Nothing more surrealist than this as globalisation is the way to reinforce identities through learning and exchange and massive connections. Is it not consistent to attack globalisation so brutally and then get direct benefits as we see it with COVID19. Completely different is the misuse from private corporations and all financial elites that tend to change culture or traditions as a way to gain profits. That its not about globalisation but commercial interests. There is nothing wrong to create global networks and a whole system based on Global and Sustainable Goals, in fact it seems to be the only way to get into resilient “machines” of transparency and accountability. That it ´s what nationalists have done: connecting globally and gain strength through the use of one of the pillars for a global system: social media. Growing thanks to a global model is an asset and the way to move forward through the different challenges.

The own word “ patriotism” is not updated, as is precisely the flexibility to exchange that allows better shapes of national culture wealth.

Advances on technology, action against climate change, or Social Media are some of the big benefits that globalisation brought and are pacifically inserted into nationalists´ action –now, the so-called patriots- even though they seem to fight back their very essence. They are indeed getting benefits from a global system and do not seem to fight back those results that positively impact them.

Patriotism is a concept that makes sense in a fractured world in war, not in a technologically interconnected system beyond global institutions and now, -in many cases- truly leading by individuals´ action. The famous and demonised “standardisation codes” stated by nationalists are part of a new model of living that citizens accepted and integrated into their lives without pressures of any kind within the will to become one with the rest. The world becomes more peaceful if we can share and explore uniqueness within diversity. Is it so that joint action also demands the understanding of the same supranational values on transparency, accountability, peace, justice that allows the development of national sovereignties and the fulfilment of citizens goals. Different is the concept of supranational sovereignty in itself that is an inconvenient historical momentum to debate about it.

What we can be certain is that national wealth within a patriot feeling or not are getting strength by a global model of living and ruling without leaving traditions or culture. That is the secret of a successful multicultural model of multiculturalism: the capacity to integrate different cultures and religions under the “parachute” of one national identity. A country does not become “less Christian” because it accepts Muslim migrants, but it certainly becomes “less democratic” if it chooses to close borders and mindsets towards legal, friendly, and enriched intercultural exchange. The current global migration crisis is making the natural process of integration into chaos, not as a reflection of a failed globalisation model but of a chaotically scenario that is becoming out of control.

A global model has been conceived out of crises and decontrol, when conflict arises we cannot conclude that the global model fails, but accountability systems and the geopolitical counterbalance. 

Is it in that sense that measures that originally can be associated with “patriots” as closing borders within crises, make sense and contribute to the rescue of a global model because of a tremendous sanitary emergency that forces to make hard rules on migration movements to avoid exceeding national capacities. There is no contradiction to do so and keep the system on its authenticity, including the selection of products/services that better apply to national needs. Is it only when globalisation becomes anarchical and free from transparency and accountability that enter into the hands of those that search to “gain” benefits strictly for private purposes and not searching for integration and joint action, gaining resilience in the short-term through interconnection and exchange.

There is no need to be a patriot to commune with the idea that national security for their citizens –natives or legal migrants- is one of the main issues during pandemics and in general within uncertain times of national threats, workforce destruction, and –literally- death.

New crises, new mindsets that demand true warriors towards joint action, and the boost of a resilient global model in the hands of empowered citizens within a smart accountability system that delivers control. Simply, the “good standardisation” of sustainable goals of living and not the wrong standardisation of prefabricated needs from a biased and obscure agenda.

No contradiction: there is not even one nationalist that is not getting direct profits from a global model, failed one, but global. Is it for this reason that we need to consolidate and reform deeply the current model and become:

True patriots of a global model…that is what is next! 

Lets go for it! 

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