Trying to connect you now

Thomas Raines finds this paean to globalization a little too much to take in

The World Today
Published 26 May 2016 Updated 27 November 2020 3 minute READ

Thomas Raines

Former Director, Europe Programme

Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution
Parag Khanna, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20.00

It must be a difficult time to be an optimist about globalization. The European Union, once a model of post-modern supranational governance, is in profound crisis. Borders are reappearing, nationalism is reasserting itself, while Russia has annexed Crimea. Britain is voting on whether to leave the EU altogether and the polls show a dead heat. World trade is growing more slowly than world GDP. Rallies in Berlin see six-figure crowds march against a proposed new trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee to be US President and he wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico and roll back free trade. The Islamic State group, meanwhile, seems to mock modernity with its dynamic social media melded to warped medieval morality.

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