All the world leaders talk about the global world, where all peoples of all countries take part in the common world market as consumer, workers etc., on equal terms. The national boundaries should be gradually erased, if not politically, then at least economically and commercially. The wet dream of any business-man: the total free movement of labour, products and capital gain. This is the quintessence of the so-called free markets, where the strongest out-compete the weaker, thereby reducing them to involuntary suppliers of wealth to those that have enough, but cannot get enough.
This is what has happened in the real world; the gap between the rich few and the poorer majority is becoming increasingly pronounced.
But is this good? Is greed really constructive? Keeping the majority of the world from contributing their optimal share of economic activity, and harvesting their fair share of the outcome, is in fact an hindrance to sound economics. It is also the main reason for the overconsumption of resources, leading to environmental destruction of our livelihood.
This wet dream is more about peeing your pants than having a happy ending.
The free access to labour from other countries, the free access to the markets of other countries, and the free movement of capital gain from financial manipulations are not equal to equal freedom ands rights for all; it creates inequality for all those, that do not win in this competition, because they do not have equal access to the revenue from economic activities in their own country, and because weaker economies are sucked dry by stronger economies.
That is the main issue: the hub around all other problems revolve: In a political and economic system with free opportunity to distort market mechanisms, so that they are NOT resulting in equal opportunities for all, will always create more victims than winners from the cross-border competition.
That is one of the two main reasons for migration: If the population in a given country are unable to satisfy even their most basic needs, a growing percentage will choose to become displaced from their homeland, to seek opportunities elsewhere – for some even far away – for more details.
Human compassion across borders starts with a show-down with a globalized system focused on creating a global market where every country is manipulated into putting the economy to the disposal of the strongest players on this market.
Weak national economies must be free from external control and have the time to develop its domestic markets; time to develop those infrastructures that are necessary so that all regions of the country can contribute optimally the economy of this country; the time to create an economy that is furthering local production and sale of local products, instead of being swarmed by products from economies, that are already developed.
In other words: we should further a de-globalization of the global economy – not remove globalization completely, but change focus away from the de-nationalization, that is at the center of the present kind of globalization, advocated by the strongest economies, and their handymen; primarily IMF, OECD and WTO and to some extent the World Bank. Focus should be changed to creating the conditions for all national economies to develop on their own terms, with external help if needed, but without external control, to a level of strength making it possible to cope on the international markets.
It will have a profound effect on CO2 emission, when markedly fewer raw materials and products will be transported across the globe – for more details.
For all citizens to be able to contribute optimally to their national economy, you need to secure the equal right for all to the fruits created by the development of the society – for more details – and secure unrestricted individual control over the individual income from from work an investments – for more details.
But this are long-term projects: here and now the globe has another serious problem with people being forced to leave the home-countries or home-regions by circumstances beyond their control: armed conflicts or poverty brought by globalization. 68,5 million people have become displaced according to UNHCR (2018 – source) Approximately 85% remain in developing countries, i.e. 15% (approx. 10 million have burdened the so-called developed countries.
This is a fact we are forced to live with. We cannot just send them back: the reason that displaced them have not been dealt with, and increasing the strain from displaced persons in these developing countries would de-stabilize these countries even further.
The long-term solution has already been put forward: If the “donor”-countries are allowed to time and constructive help to develop into nations with a strong socio-economic foundation, and with equal rights for all citizens to the fruits of this development, a very significant part will choose to go back to their own country. Simply because this nation will be able to build a socio-economic structure that will actively fight poverty and inequality. This should of course be our main target.
But until that is being realized we have a problem. “The strangers” arriving at our border or already here, are being treated as a liability instead of as an asset.
Politicians exploit especially Muslim groups as a whipping boy for their political power-ambitions. They are deliberately furthering a generalized fear for the future of their country, being swamped by radical Islamism.
Is this a true fear? Perhaps, but we could be part of the solution ourselves. The West hasn’t been treating the Muslim part of the World constructively. With the USA at the front of the line we have been fighting for control of oil-resources, helped by the power-elite of most oil-producing countries fighting to enrich themselves. This have created a political reality that is diametrically opposed to true Islamic culture. The West and others have been fighting wars in Muslim countries, killing thousand. Here is the starting of international Islamic extremism and terrorism. WE, the West, have a significant part of the blame for this, and we also have the responsibility to become part of the solution.
By furthering this generalized fear and by constantly treating Muslim citizens in a demeaning manner, these politicians shoot their own society in the foot. A significant part of population absorb this fear without further thought. This results in parallel communities: When you are not met with acceptance from the national community you create you own communities. Simple logic.
But parallel communities are not only Muslim. They can also arise from social reasons, when people at the bottom of the social ladder are forced to live in what we choose to call ghettoes.
Parallel communities do not arise only at the bottom of the social ladder. Rich parts of town are often without any knowledge or understanding for the rest of the communities in their country. They live in their own world.
Immigration is a fast of life. The magnitude can and should diminished markedly, but that cannot be achieved by demeaning immigrants. We could reach the goal by fighting the mechanisms that are causing people to wish to emigrate. It should be solved at the source – it is of no use to wait until the symptoms of the problem is standing at our borders. Nationally we should not fight parallel communities. We should fight the mechanisms that creates the breeding ground for parallel communities, regardless at what end of the social ladder they arise.
People have equal right: The right to be recognized as an equal member of the society they live in; right to be given the opportunity to contribute equally to this society, right to be given time to adapt one’s own culture to the country you live in, but also the right to have your own culture accepted. Many more aspects could be mentioned. All these rights are equally valid across borders as well as nationally.