Isolationism or globalisation?

There are a myriad of opinions on globalisation, some in favour and some in opposition! I had a conversation with a friend, in which they revealed that they harboured some doubts about this phenomenon which sprang up in the 18th century.


Their worries were rooted in the fact that despite advancing transportation, communication, and technology to previously unimagined heights: globalisation was, in the same stroke, responsible for the unforgivable crimes of erasing borders and confusing national identities; to name but a few.


It was an argument I had heard before, although significantly more eloquently phrased than ye olde: go back where you came from.

The other difference was that the person I was chatting to was also an immigrant to this country. Of course, this initially stunned me, though perhaps it was just such a jolt that allowed me to keep my mouth shut and hear them out.


Their idea was that the world was becoming too disconcerted, too confusing, and that human minds could not withstand such a degree of interconnectedness. Yuval Noah Harari was quoted: "With such vehemency my ears sizzled with sapience."


What shocked me the most was a description of the solution, not because it was especially brutal or radical (though you can make up your minds about that) but because it sounded so familiar.