Just as the world is coming to recognize globalism, the beating heart of neoliberal ideology, as a failed concept that fuels inequality and economic stagnation, Justin Trudeau charges to its defence.
Even the high temple of neoliberalism, the International Monetary Fund, has retreated from the promotion of globalism. John Ralston Saul proclaimed it a dead man walking in 2005. A recent analysis by Harvard prof, Dani Rodrick, found that “democracy, national sovereignty and global economic integration are mutually incompatible: we can combine any two of the three but never have all three simultaneously and in full.”
Now comes the Dauphin, Justin Trudeau, to defend the honour of the tainted globalism.
In his first event at the G20 leaders' summit, Justin Trudeau urged his peers Saturday to drive away the anti-globalization and protectionist attitudes that have been fuelling "divisive, fearful rhetoric" in different parts of the world.
"We know that isolationism, that building walls, that closing in on oneself does not create opportunity, it does not create growth," Trudeau said from a stage he shared with the presidents of Argentina and South Africa at a Business 20 meeting, which is part of the G20.
"But it's very tempting to fall into divisive, fearful rhetoric. And that's one of the things that we have to be very, very strong and compelling in standing against."
So, Trudeau is fiercely on the side of global economic integration. According to professor Rodrik's analysis (also borne out by others), that means our prime minister is content to continue undermining either (or both of) our democracy and/or national sovereignty. He continues to follow the course set by Stephen Harper and, like our experience under his predecessor/mentor, Canada will be the worse for it. As for the TPP, Trudeau seems ready and eager to ink that horrible deal.