BEN SCALLAN: Could Covid-19 be the death of globalism?

“Globalism” – It’s a word which has become a staple part of our political discourse in the 21st century and describes the ideology of most Western elites today. From big business, to the media and the political establishment, they all adhere to this worldview in one form or another. 

In simple terms, globalism represents an attempt to erode the nation state in favour of ever larger supranational organisations and institutions. Be it the European Union, the United Nations, or similar bodies, globalists view national identities as old fashioned at best and outright dangerous at worst. They are not nationalists, but internationalists, and view themselves as World Citizens first and foremost ahead of any patriotic duty. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “I’m not Irish, I’m European”, then you know who I’m talking about. They believe in as much free movement as possible between countries with virtually no border restrictions, and prefer the cheapest labour and goods possible with no regard for protecting native industries. 

So what does this have to do with coronavirus? Well, quite a lot. First of all, the obsession our political leaders have with open borders and free movement allowed the virus to spread so rapidly throughout the world. Today people who made the wrong call want to say that “hindsight is 20:20”, and claim that nobody could have foreseen what would happen with the coronavirus. But four months ago in January, when the disease first came to all of our attention, many of us took to Twitter urging the Irish government to close the borders. 


Bear in mind, this was before Italy had gotten out of control. It was before there was a single case recorded in Ireland. Basically nothing had happened at this point. But when a highly infectious deadly disease is spreading rapidly on the other side of the world, common sense would seem to dictate we should probably try to stop it from getting here. 

Unfortunately, it seems that common sense is not all that common, and even a month later, as the virus tore through Europe, Simon Harris said that he would not close the borders, as “free movement was at the heart of the purpose of the EU”.

And the borders are still open to this day. Last week ferry loads of people were seen driving into the State with impunity. As MMA fighter Conor McGregor said: “The term “pissing against the wind” comes to mind here, men and women. Without closure of our ports, air and sea (the birthplace of the spread into Ireland) what are we really doing?”


McGregor’s tweet is as accurate as his martial arts strikes. There’s something very unsettling about the fact that it’s now a jailable offence to freely move within your own country as an Irish citizen due to the lockdown, but the borders are open. Foreign nationals seem free to enter the country, but Irish people are not free to move within it. The whole world is prioritised ahead of the nation. A perfect example of the globalist mindset.

And this, of course, leads us to the other point: globalist nations’ over-reliance on cheap Chinese labour and goods at the expense of their own nation’s interests. 

President Trump has been mocked relentlessly since 2015 for constantly banging on about trade with China (or as he would say, “Jayhna”), with anti-nationalist critics on the Left accusing him of being “obsessed”.

For years now, Trump has said that America (and by extension the West) is hemorrhaging entire industries and jobs in manufacturing to the growing superpower in the East, and that over-reliance on a ruthless Communist State for essential goods (like medicine, for example) is an unacceptable and potentially fatal position to be in. Internationalists and European Federalists disregarded this and cosied up to China at their peril. Now with large batches of faulty Chinese equipment being sent back during an emergency, and the CCP even threatening to withhold vital medicines from the West despite being almost the sole manufacturer of it, Trump has been totally vindicated (again). 

The end result of this global shift does not look good for the organs of globalisation. The UN is about to go bankrupt within a month. The EU has been proven to be totally ineffectual, with almost half of Italians polled saying they would support an Italexit (perhaps the next domino after Brexit?) And the US has just announced that it will be suspending funding to the inept and corrupt World Health Organisation.

In other words, globalist ideology got us into this mess, and it’s becoming increasingly clear to most people that it won’t get us out. It’s impossible to say with any certainty how this will unfold, but it’s quite possible that this pandemic event will be the end of the globalist era as we know it. 


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