Summary of How Nationalism and Globalism Can Coexist

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The word “nationalist” conjures images of Nazi parades, while people often equate the term “globalist” with the wealthy elite. Neither is accurate, cautions global citizen Wanis Kabbaj, and the philosophies aren’t diametrically opposed. Globalists and nationalists have much in common: They love their country but also have compassion and empathy for people around the world. With national populism on the rise in the West, Kabbaj’s talk not only is timely but is a wake-up call to people on both sides of the debate.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How people define “nationalism” and “globalism,”

  • Why framing these ideologies as an either-or choice is damaging, and

  • How most people experience pride of country as well as compassion for the world.

 

About the Speaker

Wanis Kabbaj is the director of global strategy for health care logistics at UPS.

 

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If you search for the word “nationalist” on Twitter, you’ll find results containing terms such as “white supremacist idiot” and “fascist sock puppets.” Search for the word “globalist” and the results will include terms such as “socialist sell-outs” and “elitist financial overlords.” These emotional descriptors are reflective of society’s feelings towards the ideologies. Nationalists strive to maintain social stability by protecting their culture and land and prioritizing the well-being of citizens. Nationalists worry that globalism will dilute their culture and invite foreign aggressions. Globalists, on the other hand, believe that global governance is the best way to tackle problems that affect all Earth’s citizens, such as climate change or nuclear proliferation. Recently, national populism has surged in Western societies, which leaves many people, particularly minority groups, feeling marginalized and insecure. Yet isn’t it possible to love your country and the world simultaneously?


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