Another Word or Two about Mindless Transnationalism

Eons ago, or so it seem, I posted “Transnationalism and National Defense“, in which I said this:

Transnationalists equate sovereignty with  jingoism, protectionism, militarism, and other deplorable “isms.” Transnationalists ignore or deny the hard reality that Americans and their legitimate overseas interests are threatened by nationalistic rivals and anti-Western fanatics.

In the real world of powerful rivals and determined, resourceful fanatics, the benefits afforded Americans by our (somewhat eroded) constitutional contract — most notably the enjoyment of civil liberties, the blessings of  free markets and free trade, and the protections of a common defense — are inseparable from and dependent upon the sovereign power of the United States.  To cede that sovereignty for the sake of transnationalism is to risk the complete loss of the benefits promised by the Constitution.

I expressly slammed leftists and extreme libertarians. But I didn’t spare the smug “liberal order“; for example:

This benighted attitude [transnationalism] is found in this post by Don Boudreaux, an otherwise sensible libertarian:

One of the great tenets of liberalism — the true sort of liberalism, not the dirigiste ignorance that today, in English-speaking countries, flatters itself unjustifiably with that term — is that no human being is less worthy just because he or she is outside of a particular group.  Any randomly chosen stranger from Cairo or Cancun has as much claim on my sympathies and my respect and my regard as does any randomly chosen person from Charlottesville or Chicago.

The problem with such sentiments — correct as they may be — is the implication that we have nothing more to fear from people of foreign lands than we have to fear from our own friends and neighbors. Yet, as Boudreaux himself acknowledges,

[t]he liberal is fully aware that such sentiments [about “us” being different from “them”] are rooted in humans’ evolved psychology, and so are not easily cast off.  But the liberal does his or her best to rise above those atavistic sentiments.

Yes, the liberal does strive to rise above such sentiments, but not everyone else [i.e., enemies and parasites] makes the same effort, as Boudreaux admits. Therein lies the problem.

I remembered the post after I published “Crocodile Tears (on the Left) for Soleimani“, wherein I remarked that Donald Trump

manifestly loves America and, unlike his predecessor, [and] is firmly committed to its defense against legions of enemies (some of whom masquerade as Americans and America’s allies).

France is among those so-called allies. And France’s president, le petit garçon Emmanuel Macron, gained 15 minutes of notoriety by publicly chiding Trump for his nationalism. Macron is representative of those transnationalists who are able to spew their idiocy because they are rich or powerful or otherwise comfortably insulated from the consequences of transnationalism. One of those consequences is la dictature des clercs — dictatorship by bureuacrats of distant and unaccountable uber-governments.

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