Amotz Asa-El’s View from Jerusalem: Deglobalization is already in full swing

We have come full circle. Globalization, until last decade the Left’s antichrist, is now the same thing but for the Right.

What made anarchists disfigure downtown Seattle in 1999 has now made Donald Trump disfigure American politics. In 1999, globalization was derided as a rich-world conspiracy to abuse the Third World, rob the planet’s riches and contaminate its air. In 2016, globalization is demonized as the poor world’s ploy to flood the West with immigrants and take abroad its jobs.

Setting aside the validity of these inverted theses, the difference between them is in their political sway: The liberals of 1999 failed to alarm a self-congratulating Western society that had just won the Cold War.

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