- The elite's embracement of globalization has created a well-founded rage among European citizens, who experience the globalization as an aggravation, says Asle Toje, Director of Research at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, in an interview with the Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad.
Toje was part of the Brochmann committee that looked at long-term consequences of high immigration.
According to Toje, the citizens of Europe want the nation and the closeness back. He believes theories about globalization's positive effects, for decades have been spread in universities throughout the western world.
- What caused the rift between the elite and the general public in view of globalization?
- The answer is as simple as that the elite is enjoying a lot of benefits, while the rest of the population have experienced more of the negative aspects of globalization, Toje says to ABC Nyheter.
- Warnings against negative consequences of the borderless has been seen as reactionary and unrealistic, while politicians have filled voters ears full of concepts such as modernism, diversity and multiculturalism, says Toje to Kristeligt Dagblad.
The elite's dream is, according to Toje, to create a borderless world with rootless, digital communities, rather than local communities.
- In a Europe where we hardly have seen economic growth over the past decade and economic inequality has increased, globalization evangelists become rich and live in some neighborhoods, while the others are left in the ruins, he says.
According to Toje, Brexit, Trump and the referendum in Hungary clearly expresses this.
With an increasingly supranational EU, Europe is, according to researcher and author Toje, standing between a national past and a non-defined post-national future.
- Our leaders concealed that the end station of the integration project was a United States of Europe governed from Brussels. By not acknowledging this, they failed to create a vision that people could join, says Asle Toje.
- The people were told that they would retain national autonomy, and many believe this autonomy should be used to control immigration. You do not need higher education to see that mass immigration into a region at a time of economic crisis, will be controversial.
- Our politicians' first impulse is to lie. The politicians are not prepared to reduce immigration, they will 'take it seriously' and they will put down commissions. The only thing they will not do, is to reduce what on the historical scale is a very high immigration.
Toje takes Germany's Prime Minister Angela Merkel, who became known for opening the door for large refugee and migrants last year, as an example.
- Faced with widespread discontent over her open-door immigration policy, she said: "I have not done anything wrong. I just haven't been good enough to explain what I have done." Stupid people is thus the problem. With a little adult schooling they will learn to recognize the globalization's blessings.
Toje notes that Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with the referendum last Sunday is trying to signal that the Hungarian people do not want this.
- But you see how liberal media portray this as something very cynical. The very cynical is pressing for more powers to Brussels. You constantly have to give more than you agreed to, says Asle Toje.
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