Thursday 23 November 2017

If we don't moderate globalisation, expect more Trumps, more Le Pens

Donald Trump supporters at a rally yesterday in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Donald Trump supporters at a rally yesterday in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
David Quinn

David Quinn

This week, I was in Poland for the first time, Warsaw to be more precise. Walking around the city centre a few things struck me. First, there were hardly any McDonald's, Starbucks, Pizza Huts or any of the other similar global mega-franchises to be seen. Maybe they're somewhere, but I saw very few.

When you went into a bar for a drink, Guinness, Heineken, Carlsberg, Budweiser and so on were not in evidence. Instead, it was Polish and German beers.

Third, there was hardly a non-white face to be seen. I saw no Africans, no Asians, no Turks, no Arabs. Poland, therefore, is a monoculture. Personally, I prefer a more multi-ethnic society, but despite several hundred thousand Ukrainians living there, Poland is very much still Polish. It seemed clear that Poland has not yet become a fully-fledged part of our increasingly globalised world.

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