common multiculturalism links usrnall—call it Planet Hollywood,rnPlanet Reebok or the United Colorsrnof Benetton…. The globalrnvillage is defined, as we know, byrnan international youth culturernthat takes its cues from Americanrnpop culture. Kids in Perth andrnPrague and New Delhi are all tuningrnin to Santa Barbara on TV,rnand wriggling into 501 jeans,rnwhile singing to Madonna’s latestrnin English…. As fast as the worldrncomes to America, America goesrnto the world—^but it is an Americarnthat is itself multi-tongued andrnmany hued.rnTime’s special issue appeared just onrnthe eve of the passage of the NorthrnAmerican Free Trade Agreement, arnsomewhat weaker U.S. analogue to thernMaastricht Treaty’s continental unificationrnof Europe, and the year closed withrnformer Secretary of State James Baker,rnJeane Kirkpatrick, and several otherrnglobocrats calling for the extension ofrnNATO to encompass all of Europe, regardlessrnof the minor detail that the disappearancernof the Soviet Union and thernWarsaw Pact, the raisons d’etre of thernAtlantic alliance, rendered NATO superfluous.rnTheir arguments for expandingrnthe Atlantic treaty, like the economic argumentrnfor NAFTA, were only pedanticrnsidebars to their real purpose, to nailrndown the planks of the New World Orderrnin such a way that the principalsrncould not escape from the transnationalrnhouse they were constructing aroundrnthemselves.rnThe temptation, to which writers onrnboth the undomesticated right and leftrnhave readily succumbed, is to call therntrend toward a global regime a form ofrnimperialism, and apologists for the newrnplanetary order like Charles Krauthammerrnafford some reason for doing so. Mr.rnKrauthammer has expressed no smallrnskepticism about a Balkan engagementrnand no small disenchantment with thernSomalian adventure, but only a few yearsrnago in the National Interest he was slobberingrnover the prospect of nothing lessrnthan “Universal Dominion” for thern”West,” an expression that to him seemsrnto mean not much more than a globalrnfast-food chain occasionally backed uprnby the Marines, and when he plumpedrnfor the United States “to wish and workrnfor a super-sovereign West economically,rnculturally, and politically hegemonic inrnthe world,” it might not have been unreasonablernto infer that he was advocatingrnimperialism.rnBut in fact globalism is not at all thernsame thing as imperialism. In imperialism,rnat least the historic versions of it wernknow, a particular political and culturalrnunit expands and imposes itself and itsrnpower on other particular political andrncultural units, as when Rome, GreatrnBritain, or the United States conqueredrnand controlled other countries and otherrnterritories. Up to a point, imperialism isrna perfectly normal and natural (thoughrnnot necessarily harmless) result of anyrnsuccessful state. If a state keeps winningrnits wars, if its subjects or citizens are economicallyrnsuccessful, then sooner or laterrnthe state and its people will wind uprnwith an empire, and typically the staternthen sends out some of those people torngovern the empire, exploit it, and bringrnback lots of swag and ego-gratificationrnfor those remaining at home.rnGlobalism is rather different. Underrnglobalism, the political and cultural unitrnthat is expanding is not the city-state,rnnation, or people that expands underrnimperialism; indeed, the dynamic ofrnglobalism works to submerge and evenrndestroy such particularities. What expandsrnunder globalism is the elite itself,rnwhich progressively disengages itself fromrnthe political and cultural unit in which itrnoriginated and becomes an autonomousrnforce, a unit not subordinated or loyal tornany particular state, people, or culture.rnIn the globalist regime that is writhingrntoward birth today, the transnationalrnelite that runs it does not even claim tornbe advancing the material or spiritualrninterests of the nations it uses; the eliternhas only contempt for national identity,rnregards national sovereignty as at bestrnobsolete and at worst a barrier to its aspirations,rnand believes (or affects to believe)rnthat nationality and all its characteristicsrnare on the way out.rnEconomies, in the globalist mind, arernalready “global,” so nations no longerrnpossess distinct and conflicting economicrninterests. Populations also will andrnought to be global, so nations no longerrnserve as the depositories of distinctiverncultural identities carried by specific peoplesrnand coupled to political expression,rnand there is only Mr. Iyer’s planetaryrnconsumption culture of Reeboks andrnMadonna. Political interests, too, arernsupposedly joined together, so that werncan now forget about territorial disputesrnbetween countries, centuries-old nationalrnhatreds, and geopolitical conflictsrndetermined by the evolution of earthrnand sea. Today, in the globalist goo-goornland, the only interests that exist arerncommon ones, such as curing AIDS andrnsaving whales, which separate andrnsovereign nations can’t pursue successfullyrnby themselves.rnS rORMONT CENTER EORrnORIGINAL AMERICAN VALUESrnMiddle American conservative research and advocairnorganization seeks significant funding to build arngrassroots cultural movement based on the active promotionrnof traditional American values. We believe in an aggressivernoffense rather than the passive defense that has plagued thernconservative movement for far too long.rnIf you would like to help us reassert our European-Americanrnheritage and begin to take back our country’s cultural,rneducational and political institutions, please contact us forrnfurther information.rnStormonf Center, P.O. Box 13, Urbanna, Virginia 2317.’5, 804/758-4663rnMARCH 1994/9rnrnrn