End Of Globalization
Wars, ever since the world began, sweep away beliefs, calculations and forecasts. The war in Ukraine, if it were needed, erased the myth of globalization. Vladimir Putin, who almost shrugs at the United States’ decision to get Russia out of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), is the image of an era change: the truth is that being expelled from the globalized world did not frighten the Tsar to the point of forcing him to end the war. Perhaps for the West, which has trusted in this process to dominate the world or, better, to export democracy and its lifestyle, it is time to take stock, given that the largest country on earth is now “out“. So one has to ask: “has globalization worked? It’s served?”. On the economic level, he exalted the big companies, which have reached planetary dimensions, not the citizens of Western nations. The latest operation, that of pulling in China, has made the fortune of China itself, not of its interlocutors. The goal was to conquer its huge market and, instead, it was the Dragon that conquered that of other countries. Even the competition has shown that state capitalism (without political and trade union rights) is stronger than the capitalism of liberal democracies. What’s more: China’s entry into the global world hasn’t even forced it to respect sanitation standards, or to increase the rate of democracy (ask Hong-Kong students). What has been happening in Russia in the last few weeks portrays an even worse situation: just think of the mass arrests; the penalty of 15 years for those who recount the country without respecting the indications of the regime; see Alexei Navalny for example, the first Putin’s opponent now in jail for 3 years. Globalization has not been useful, we come to the crucial issue, not even to safeguard peace. An interdependent world should resolve conflicts in another way, certainly not with weapons. The war in Ukraine is proof of failure. Putin doesn’t give a damn to the point of transforming the heart of Europe into a new Syria, even importing jihadists. Moreover, trusting in globalization, the West has been found unprepared. Especially Europe, which suffers from an energy dependence on the enemy of the moment. If it hadn’t focused on relationships, on commercial relationships, it would certainly have been more attentive to her own autonomy. The truth is that the process of globalization in the West has followed only one gospel, mercantilism. He did not ask the new interlocutors about the minimum parameters of democracy and freedom, but was only concerned with opening up new markets. So the autocracies have taken, but they have not given. Indeed, if they had been isolated, their contradictions would have come to a head: in this way, instead, they absorbed part of the Western lifestyle to sedate their citizens, but denied them their rights. Reason why “globalization” must be totally rethought, rules and obligations must be introduced for those who want to enter the forum of the international economy to avoid that hope to impose democracy on autocracy does not result in its exact opposite. On balance, today’s one offers little in terms of economics, democracy and peace.