My View on The global economic and nationalistic landscape
Scotland’s attempts to leave the UK, Britain leaving the EU, Donald Trump persuading to America great again and Africa.
In the Last 2 years I have been working in tech and on myself, I have avoided general news and read a tonne of books (about 1.5 a week for 2 years). In the last few months I have been drawn into the circus of political debate I strive to stay away from mainstream media, unwavering political alliances and heated debate on social economic issues.
I may just be writing this because it has been two weeks without any premier league football my only real vice that plunges me into the depths of TV broadcasting. It is important to state that it does impact my thinking on the subjects in question.
Everybody wants the same things. Yes this sounds fluffy but let me break it down. One of the things I have seen in the last couple of years is a stronger grip on the beliefs of people’s tribes. Everyone wants and needs this, it used to be family and friends. Social media has grown this group with the latter but with the competitive element that has been introduced into this and evolved into tribal warfare. The discussions that use to take place on politics with friends and family have now spilt over into the internet, garnering a wave of support and infinite opposition behind any view point. This competition makes people harsher in their criticism of the opposition and brings people who share your beliefs closer even if they are more extreme.
This can be seen with sports fans online, just look at any comment section of any sports blog and you will see fans going at it with the same hate for the opposition, except the sports hate has a bit of banter. Sports fans online also join together in similar ways to create loud minorities in voting online e.g. Arsenal twitter fans voting their players for goal of the month & etc.
People want control of their countries to provide themselves with shared significance. This is a tricky one to grasp unless you see yourself as an outsider in a big system. Scotland in the UK and the UK in the EU. This is a recent phenomenon which are not connected in their intentions but loosely similar. Scotland leaving was to provide autonomy and National pride, The UK was to gain autonomy from a fast moving world that many are not benefiting from or seeing opportunities grow. I wanted to see Scotland leave the UK as many of my Scottish colleagues at the time wanted it and explained it to me well. I wanted the UK to remain as I felt it was different to that. Scotland leaving would have sent the world in a new direction which I felt would have benefited the overall global system by triggering many more countries leaving old unions and building larger ones like the EU and making them stronger. The world has been moving to a City based system which empowers countries. I felt that Glasgow and Edinburgh particularly benefit from a country which empowers them specifically rather than indirectly competing with London.
The UK split into multiple nations but in the EU creates a blueprint for many counties going forward. Control of their countries more deeply and intensely but being part of a stronger EU economy. This opens the workforce from many countries with surplus in European countries to work in different economies and fast growing cities rather than targeting a select few e.g. London, Berlin, Paris.
It intrigued me as this system could be used for multiple European countries and other continents across the world e.g. Africa.
Africa is a continent which has borders made by colonialists. They drew lines which split tribes, communities and families and placed enemies as neighbors to run their countries whist at war with each other. Countries like Sudan and South Sudan, Rwanda and even my own mother country Nigeria have been affected by this and civil war. There is an ECOWAS in West Africa and efforts to create an African Union even an African Currency backed by raw material commonly found in Africa. These future advances are not possible with the state of unrest in Africa though, but with a system that gives Africa a freedom of movement as well as deeper regional autonomy may be able to provide the conditions for the much needed improvements needed.
Slavoj Zizek has said recently that the new form on Capitalism that has been succeeding in the last 30 plus years is Chinas ‘Capitalism with Asian values’. I don’t agree with all of what is happening in China but one thing they were criticised for but seems to be paying off is the lack of economic censorship with companies in China but with state censorship and control of overseas companies looking to operate on their internet. This I don’t fully agree with but just look at the tech ecosystem they have been able to make and that helps support their economy there e.g. Alibaba, WeChat and Baidu.
The rich are getting richer at a faster rate which is negatively effecting opportunities for developing countries. Some countries are doing what they can and some companies are employing globalisation tactics to support their countries with a fighting chance to thrive in the near future global economy. Companies like Rocket Internet, a German Technology company which clones successful tech companies and deploys them into regions those companies have not dominated yet. This model is one going forward and the developing countries in particular need to step up their efforts to incorporate this strategy. You can have an Uber and Airbnb for Nigeria which employs Nigerian citizens to run these companies and positively impact the job growth and prospects for younger people in the country rather than having the thousand employees at AirBnB working from richer countries that extract the value in Nigeria whilst giving little back to the working citizens there. This can be for every country or dense populated area. Nigeria currently has issues with multinational Oil companies extracting oil from underneath starving peoples feet, polluting their water and destroying their homes without challenge due to governance issues and the lack of nationalist competition who have a duty under government to avoid the problems caused when multinationals do business there.
I have a simple solution, it may be too simple.
1. Enable the autonomy of small nations to provide for their citizens more intensely.
2. Enable mass unions of these countries to practice foreign policy, defence and economic prosperity.