Globalisation, open borders long-term victims of virus

Globalisation, open borders long-term victims of virus, by Greg Sheridan.

Coronavirus has brought a world recession and has every chance of bringing a global depression. Don’t think it’s a short-term phenomenon or similar to anything we have seen before in our modern experience.

It is chewing up and spitting out every tenet of globalisation.

This week Scott Morrison rightly slammed shut our national borders. Although temporary, this may last a long time.

No mention by Mr Sheridan that the closing was too late. Imagine where we’d be if they were closed a month ago? He wants to remind us of the deeds of his political heroes, however:

And don’t forget, Australia only has the option of physically control­ling its borders at all becaus­e twice — once when John Howard was prime minister and once when Tony Abbott was PM and Morrison his immigration minister — Canberra made a full-frontal repudiatio­n of one of the central tenets of globalisation, free movement across open borders.

Globalization is now on the nose, big time:

In recent decades, a positive ideology of globalisation has been to wipe out borders. The EU has tried to do this internally, and for a time tried to do it externally as well. It was a colossal disaster and one most European people hated. It led directly to Brexit and its slogan­: Take back control. …

The rejection of the excesses of globalisation predate COVID-19. But the virus will massively enhance­ these dynamics. Coronavirus is hunting down every one of globalisation’s core doctrines and destroying them. It is the virus sent to kill globalisation.

Davos man is so out of date:

The full-blown ideology of globalisation has its purest express­ion every year at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland. This has led to the expressio­n “Davos man”. The Davos phenomenon in fact demon­strates the dishonesty and futility of globalisation as an ideology. It is not global, for a start, but embodies the government, big business and increasingly the entertain­ment classes of Western Europe, New York and California.

There is always a tiny skein of ultra-woke, politically correct liberals from Asia and elsewhere. But 25 years as a foreign editor have taught me one iron rule: if you ever meet a Southeast Asian politician who boasts about his popularity at Davos, you are dealing with someone who has no traction in their own society.

The Davos types have been able to insulate themselves from the consequences of open borders and many of the other progressive causes they preach. No longer.

hat-tip Stephen Neil