Reflections on the relationship between globalism and patriotism.
“The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots.”
– President Donald J. Trump
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the address by
President Donald Tusk to the 74th United Nations General Assembly. Full
text available here.
I do not
agree with this opinion. It is false and dangerous, even if it has many
followers and powerful propagators.
idea of the United Nations, just like that of the European Union, is de facto a
heroic attempt to overcome such thinking.
patriotism of the 21st century must also have a global dimension, if it is not
to become, as has many times been the case, a common national egoism.
history of our nations shows how easy it is to transform the love of one’s
homeland into hatred towards one’s neighbors. How easy it is to transform the
pride for one’s own culture into contempt for the culture of strangers. How
easy it is to use the slogans of one’s own sovereignty against the sovereignty
that the word globalism doesn’t sound attractive. Personally, I prefer the word
solidarity, so important for me and for my nation. In my political vocabulary,
globalism and solidarity mean the same thing.
And I am
not talking about some naive ideology or abstract linguistics, but about
concrete challenges and a chance for pragmatic solutions.
Gdańsk, the town I come from. I love Poland, my country. And I love Europe.
if we live in the most beautiful and most modern European city, our life can
change into hell, if we do not find, here at the United Nations, adequate
solutions to global threats, such as armed conflicts and terrorism, nuclear
proliferation or the destruction of our environment.
the readiness to establish rules on a global level, and later to consistently
respect them, local communities, nations and states and even continents, will
remain helpless in the face of those threats.