What ends first:Globalization or the Multinational State?

by on October 12th, 2005

Globalization can never end. Indeed, the accelerated pace of change, like the boost of a cappuccino, the spirit of a shopping spree, and China’s current annual growth rate (8% approximated), will in certain course come to a halt. And while rapid change is certainly part of Globalization, Globalization itself as a concept is not just rapid change: its goal is sustainability.

By Globalization we mean the interconnectedness of the denizens of former nations, an unprecedented Socialization at a policy level, and a Corporate dominion at the State level. Globalization is ambition’s conquest of Geography.

As such, while the pace of Globalization may slow with the gradual accomplishment and consolidation of the different classes and demarcation lines, its most fundamental reality, just as it is irreversible today, will certainly be irreversible in the future: the interconnectedness of many people. The only uncertainty (and even then, it’s only a theoretical uncertainty) is whether these ‘many people’ are going to be controlled by ‘the few’, and in that case, which few.

Some say a Multinational State is going to be the lord of the flies. Indicators to that end are certainly moot.

Multinational States are being crafted across the world today. It is conceivable that the world can be compartmented into ten different administrative blocks based on Cultural, Commercial, and Consumer patterns.

The emergence of the European Union as an Economic force (long in making, and longer anticipated) has created the evidence that a multinational state can be a reality. Even a year before the EU, theories abounded in the media that an European Union cannot possibly succeed. The ranks of those theorists have waned faster than the stock price of Enron. An economic and gradually more powerful and encroaching administration of nations has become a reality.

In the Middle East, let’s say, the seventh region in the list of blocks, a holistic unionization effort has been initiated chiefly by the Corporate rulemakers. The rhetoric of these newly emerging constitutions contains clauses concerning trade and commerce that are distinct in their meaning as to what they are intended to accomplish.

The war fought in the deserts of Babylon is unprecedented in its use of Corporate resources: it is a war supported and sustained by many military contractors. Strong and resolute alliances are firmly in place in strategic and binding locations such as Israel (of course), Egypt, Saudi Arabia; with a swift eye towards Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.

It is romantic, naïve, and uneducated to pretend the rise and ultimate consolidation of the Corporate, Multinational Megapower, is not happening, and even if it is, to say, “Democracy” and “Patriotism” shall set things straight back on the same collision course they have been for centuries (that’s the romantic part).

Globalization is not ending, it has only started. And where it is going will be determined by the Corporate scions of the next order. The most creative and fundamental question lies not so much in ‘what is going to happen?’ but ‘Exactly who is going to make it happen?’: to assuage the complexities rising everyday, to reconcile the most compelling questions of all times by setting them on their proper track, we need to know where this fresh blood is coming from.

For that, we look to the quality of our new and future leaders. Till then, all other questions are irrelevant, and asking questions that are bigger than the compounded existence of present time, the current hour; is like playing God.

Let us look at the events of the next minute, so that we may examine the following few seconds. And if there is any hope to be had, let us see to it that our Young people are educated enough to persevere beyond the distinct limitations and suppressed woes of their present times.

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”~Rosalyn Carter

“It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched, for they are full of the truthless ideals which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real they are bruised and wounded.” W.Somerset Maugham from Of Human Bondage

“The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice.”~William Thackeray from Vanity Fair

Alexander Rai