The new nostalgia for a pre-Brexit world

At the Spectator

There is also anger, I should add, because those telling us not to close the ‘drawbridges’ often have their own very effective drawbridges called house prices. Coming up with solutions to a problem like this is the hardest part and Haidt’s central message is worth listening to – that in a more diverse society we should emphasise not what divides us but what we can have in common.

In the long term, globalism will still win, and probably for the best. The terms liberalism and neoliberalism (whatever that means) have taken a battering recently, but even I can see that as a philosophy and economic system, liberalism has done huge amounts to further human happiness and wealth, especially in the past few decades when literally hundreds of millions of people have escaped poverty.

Where globalists have gone wrong is to detach their aims from human nature, and the instinct for stability, including the preference for being around people like ourselves. That is not incompatible with increased international trade, co-operation and even free movement of people, so long as that movement is restricted to countries of similar levels of economic development. You might call it Globalism with a Human Face.

So relax, Guardian readers, you still have the cultural hegemony you have enjoyed for the past 50 years – and will do for another 50 years.

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