Speaking at U.N., president attacks rise of ‘right-wing populism,’ takes open digs at Donald Trump
President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday morning, defending globalization and attacking those who wish to defend their national sovereignty and interests.
His message was clear: The nations of the world must forfeit their own security, both physical and economic, and their cultural identities to advance the one global order.
“I am convinced in the long run, giving up some freedom of action … enhances our security.”
“I believe at this moment we all face a choice” between a “better model of cooperation and integration” and a “retreat into a world that’s sharply divided,” Obama said. “We must go forward and not backward.”
Obama criticized the “alternative visions of the world [that] have pressed forward” in the face of globalization. “I do not believe those visions can deliver security or prosperity over the long term,” he said. “The answer cannot be a simple rejection of global integration.”
He singled out particularly an “aggressive form of nationalism” and a “populism from the Right” that harkens back to a “better age free from outside contamination,” a clear reference to Donald Trump and the host of national conservative and populist parties across Europe that continue to rise in the polls.
In fact, Obama took a thinly veiled shot at Trump himself in defending global cooperation in the face of diseases like the Zika virus. “Mosquitoes don’t respect walls,” Obama said.
The president insisted that “the world is too small — we are too hacked together — for us to be able to resort to those old ways of thinking.”
Obama insisted that a "global economy that depends on a global supply chain makes it self-defeating" to resist globalization, and also defended globalization on the grounds that "the integration of our global economy has made life better for billions of men, women, and children."
But a global supply chain does not necessitate that Chinese companies own American farmland, or that skilled laborers in the United States face unfair competition from cheap foreign labor. If global integration has made life better for billions outside of America, it has done so at the expense of millions within America.
Obama also reminded the assembled nations that a central part of this wonderful new globalized world is surrendering national sovereignty. "Powerful nations, like my own, [must] accept constraints," Obama said.
"I am convinced in the long run, giving up some freedom of action — not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests, but binding ourselves to the international rules over the long term — enhances our security," he said.
And of course, one can't have a nationless world without a borderless one, and Obama did his best Tuesday to advocate mass Muslim migration.
"We have to open our hearts and do more to help refugees who are desperate to find a home," Obama said. "We have to follow through, even when the politics are hard."
"We should all understand that ultimately our world will be more secure if we are prepared to help those in need," Obama said. This is demonstrable nonsense. A series of terrorist attacks and the veritable epidemic of rape and sexual assault in Europe that arrived in the wake of the mass of Muslim migrants prove as much.
Despite the clear and present danger posed by Muslim migration, Obama insisted that nations "blessed with wealth and the benefits of geography … can do more to offer a hand.