09 March 2010

Nationalism Fades

Our world is increasingly interconnected through financial mechanisms, language, and the spread of consumption oriented , so-called "American" culture. The 1940's, and World War 2, saw the peak of nationalism, an identity given to a nation by its people, composed of ideas and ideals. Since that time nationalism has declined steadily, perhaps because the lines have been blurred between countries, and between nations and corporations. Many governments have become disconnected from the common citizen, and civilians find themselves disenchanted with their leaders and promises of change and prosperity.

Increasingly in the last decade the blurring of lines has led to a rise of globalism in place of nationalism. Citizens who identify themselves with a global community and stand in solidarity with those in other countries. The idea of the state has become almost outmoded due to the inextricable linking of national economies. The fall of a single country now ripples throughout the world and can cause economies on the other side of the world to dip or even crash. With the lines disappearing the average citizen has only one recourse, to join their voice with others in defense of their rights and their freedom, regardless of borders and nationalities.

Corporations and governments, by their actions, have given rise to this movement, and yet it is exactly this movement that becomes their greatest obstacle, and may eventually be their downfall.