Thursday, June 8, 2017

#204: Disneyland (Part 5)

I’m a globalist. There. I said it!

I’m not a “globalist” in the scary One World Government/New World Order/Henry Kissinger conspiracy theory sense. Nor am I a “globalist” in the United Nations/European Union/NAFTA crony capitalist sense.

No, I’m a globalist in the sense that I believe that individual human beings have the right to travel to anywhere and trade with anyone, and nobody should impede them as long as they’re not harming anyone.

So yes, I’m a “globalist” in the open borders and free trade sense. Because at the end of the day, borders are nothing more than imaginary lines drawn up by the state in order to impose its illegitimate power and authority over people.

And yet, so many “conservatives” and “libertarians”, especially those who listen to Alex Jones and support Donald Trump, crap their pants over the “scary” concept of globalism. Worse, they insist that we need to protect ourselves from “globalism” by making government big enough to “build the wall”, “secure the border”, and impose tariffs. (You know, to “Make America Great Again™”!)

All the while, they remain numb to the cognitive dissonance between supporting limited government and free markets while also opposing free trade and open borders. If they were truly consistent in their “conservative” or “libertarian” principles, they would be supporting “globalism”, not opposing it.

In the end, it comes down to this: do you support the free market? Do you believe that people have the right to engage in voluntary trade and labor with other people? And if so, do you believe that right extends past our national borders? If so, congratulations, you’re a “globalist.” If not, you’re not a real free market advocate. It’s as simple as that!

As for me, I believe that free market capitalism is the key to world people. Only through free trade and immigration can we foster economic interdependence that can lead to more economic freedom, and in turn, more personal freedom among individuals, thus decreasing the need for war and conflict.

Sadly, archaic prejudices such as racism and nationalism prevent us from achieving such an ideal world. Whether it’s the far right blowing dog whistles about “taco trucks on every corner”, or the far left calling for the deaths of white people who sell burritos, bigots remain the self-appointed gatekeepers blocking the road to world peace.