Trump & the globalistion conundrum: Can the president elect fight the very thing he benefits from?

Sourjya Bhowmick @sourjyabhowmick | First published: 11 November 2016, 18:22 IST
US president elect Donald Trump

Republican candidate Donald Trump won an unexpected mandate on Wednesday. Most political pundits had predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the elections but Trump, hated by many for his misogynist, parochial and illiberal views, proved them wrong.

While analysts are still trying to decipher what went wrong - whether America has fallen for populism, why did women vote for Trump, whether Americans really want Muslims and Mexicans out of the country - many voters are still in deep trauma.

"Lots of immigrants are scared that his (Trump) supporters will react in an extreme way. I do not think it will be rampant but it can be sporadic... I hope it is not," said an Indian from Kansas City.

While another voter from Los Angeles said how her teenage daughter asked her if her daughter's best friends mother, a Mexican, has to leave America.

The biggest worry, clearly, is about immigrants. These immigrants, according to Trump, are taking away jobs from the Americans.

This rings in a sense of terrible deja vu. Advocates of Brexit had also campaigned on a similar note. Trump during his campaigning had said this election would be 'Brexit-plus-plus-plus'.

But the most definitive part is - globalisation has finally met its strongest and possibly the worst enemy after decades. And the irony is - what Trump says, he could not have said if we were not living in a globalised world.

Globalisation & definitions...

"Globalisation describes a process by which national and regional economies, societies, and cultures have become integrated through the global network of trade, communication, immigration, and transportation," says the Financial Times dictionary.

"More recently the term has been expanded to include a broader range of areas and activities such as culture, media, technology, socio-cultural, political," the Financial Times adds.

Mark those words and think what Trump campaigned against. He aggressively wants to build a wall to stop Mexicans from crossing over and he is anti-outsourcing.

...and what it has done to the US

Economic effects of globalisation have helped easy movements across the world and millions immigrated to developed countries in search of livelihood, and at times, to escape conflicts. Other forms of integration led Indians and Chinese dominate the outsourcing and Information Technology sectors.

Economic impact clubbed with socio-cultural amalgamation has unnerved the traditional mindset of many Western nations. Immigrants, much younger and skillful, in countries which have an older population, have hit the locals in terms of jobs and when it comes to the conventional understanding of 'cultural norms'.