The nationalist revival versus the globalist perspective

The ties that bind aren’t what they used to be – at least for some of us. For others, they are increasingly intense

The nationalist revival versus the globalist perspectiveI’m old enough to remember when nationalism was viewed as a good thing. And I’m not just referring to my Irish childhood. In the Canada of 40 to 50 years ago, many high-profile progressives self-described as nationalists. People like former finance minister Walter Gordon, journalist Peter C. Newman and the luminaries gathered around the Committee…

Globalism trumped by Trump’s international vision

Many thought his staunch nationalism would kill the economy and spark international conflict. They were wrong

Globalism trumped by Trump’s international vision“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” U.S. President Donald Trump recently told the United Nations. His overstatement inspired some chuckles, to which he quipped, “So true. … Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” he smiled as the laughter grew, overtaken…

Stephen Harper returns, and he has plenty to say

The former Conservative prime minister has advice for us on Trump, economics, immigration and more

Stephen Harper is back. After flying under the radar for the last three years, Canada’s former prime minister has returned to the arena, albeit not as an active politician. Instead, he’s a commentator with several messages to impart, all of which are packaged in his new book Right Here Right Now. Not everyone is impressed.…

Internetization is globalization on steroids

An electronic empowerment has been unleashed by the information technology and communications revolution

Internetization is globalization on steroidsThe English language has traditionally embraced new words in response to the cultural evolution of civil society, in response to the production of new products and services, and to the articulation of innovative concepts in science and technology. However, English has, at times, been at a loss in expressing subtle nuances of meaning. In contrast,…

Don’t bury globalization, resurrect it

Globalization takes the blame for the world’s many economic and social failures. In fact, it's the mechanism that can improve life for everyone

Don’t bury globalization, resurrect itEconomic globalization faces a clear and present danger. The grumblings about the adverse consequences of globalization, the despair about not sharing in its economic benefits, and the disaffection with the global political and social tensions it has created are real. The cacophony of voices raised in anger against globalization have been getting louder every year.…

Can globalization sustain the economic tide that raises all ships?

Despite its status as an economic superpower, it is the U.S., under Donald Trump, that is shaping the narrative on the abuses of globalization

Can globalization sustain the economic tide that raises all ships?Modern globalization is creating a large number of discontents. Numerous countries feel they’ve been shortchanged over the economic benefits of globalization and free trade. This growing list includes many developing countries and, surprisingly, a few developed countries. One of the leading countries discontented with globalization is the United States. Despite its iconic status as an…

Trudeau stands tall in Asia by rejecting the status quo

By rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trudeau is signalling that globalization has abandoned some key principles and must be fixed

Trudeau stands tall in Asia by rejecting the status quoCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shocked the pundits and most trade experts last week when he refused to sign the updated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an 11-nation free-trade deal. His decision to continue negotiating and push for a better deal for Canada had a lot to do with preserving the auto industry in Canada and protecting…

Maintaining a sense of purpose in a changing workplace

While it is easy to blame globalization for the job losses, the real culprits are increased automation and investment in software

Maintaining a sense of purpose in a changing workplaceLabour Day marks the unofficial end of summer. It’s back to routine and, once again, the workplace takes precedence. But what if there was no work? As automation and new technologies continue to reduce the labour force, economists and others are pondering this question. Since 2000, the United States has lost five million manufacturing jobs…

In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us again

Western values for westerners has a nice ring to it. Let the rest of the world make their own value choices. It sure beats neo-colonial wars in distant lands

In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us againIn five short months, Donald Trump has turned the world upside down. So what kind of new world order can we expect? Trump has attacked NATO (questioning its very existence), shredded trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate change…

What’s wrong with globalization and how to fix it

Originally, globalization was as much about human rights as trade but that changed when a corporate-centric new set of rules was implemented

What’s wrong with globalization and how to fix itOf all the radical initiatives put forward by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, the notion of blowing up international trade deals is the most popular. But tampering with globalization is risky. Should Trump have his way, the resulting dislocation would shake the global economy down to its socks. Is it really worth the effort? After all, the…