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Mondialism in 2023 – by Giuseppe Cornacchia

We are not against incompetent people being in charge of decisions for the community. In fact, there are times when honesty and closeness appear more important than knowing how to write laws. Yet, the point is: incompetence is not a virtue; on the contrary, it quickly becomes an obstacle if not tempered by feedback. Incompetence will damage the communities it aims to represent, yet a formal pact with citizens might still persuade them that untested decisions make sense, simply because everyone would know where they are coming from. In that sense and for control, we are all in favor of quantitative comparisons or indicators showing who is better off, hinting at what is needed to improve in order to catch up. At the end of the day, is being incompetent and honest almost better than being competent and corrupt? Competence cannot be turned into negative value for sure, even if the lessons from the past do not justify the predictions about the future. Past events are only a reference, not an oracle: so many times, in fact, competent people put forward forecasts of amazing benefits for their communities, only to be proven wrong even without being proven dishonest. Overvaluing competent opinions is negative equity because many competent people get their predictions wrong, as do as many incompetent people. Where is their added value in the public affairs arena, then? Perhaps, we should accept that sectarianism pulls competence downwards, just as honesty pushes incompetence upwards, evening out the predictive failures of both?

What really is at the heart of the Brexit? A not novel national populism, based upon the politically legit desire to stop the free movement of goods and people while claiming back sovereignty. Yet, these are illiberal demands nowadays, which should be defused in a basic rational way through policies that redistribute wealth locally, as generated by local communities. That way, large financial corporations would be denied siphoning local wealth out, towards tax havens. A renewed European Union made of happy middle classes and pulsing at local level again will be more welcoming at global level as well, and once again liberal, in the spirit of its foundational treaties. The European Union remains, in fact, the biggest active peaceful project for political and economical aggregation at transnational level. It is not vain to read the ongoing governance problems in a less conflictual perspective, then, also in front of big threats like pandemics, hot and cold wars. That said, while particular needs are changing and new challenges emerge, more adequate tools are needed as well to understand and face them. In that sense, the debate on the form of integration is interesting again, whether a single political, military and economic entity or a federal aggregation on the model of the United States of America. It is fairly possible that the current approach is already too ingrained to allow for a different shape of the overall project, though. Be it or break it?

On the other hand, it is mostly the French who still care about art and philosophy in Western Europe, but the French language is losing influence against the Anglosphere, so pragmatism and analytic philosophy are replacing the social sciences and continental philosophy. That said, planet Earth is bigger than France and the Anglosphere! Although localisms are on the rise again, often together with populism and illiberal democracies, the way to a single supranational government for humanity is already paved. Simply put, globalism cannot be reverted and globalization cannot be avoided: the economy, technology and geopolitics already operate through transnational entanglements. On the other hand and herein lies the surprise, the same goes for the arts as a vector for the unification of mankind. Art is not measured through global money, in first instance, but through local cultures and representativity, both of which cannot be packaged to be sold everywhere like iPhones at all latitudes. Once again, French academics and practitioners lead the way: they are discussing how different arts function locally as cultural markers, and all together as global markers. The arts are to all intents and purposes a pillar of globalism and as such an important way to pursue for mondialism. At the exact opposite, in the English-speaking world there are concerns about the commercial potential of STEM doctoral theses and, by extension, of any similar intellectual contribution. Is it possible to deduce a business plan, treating theories in a mercantile sense? 

Models tailored to specific niches have appeared, with case studies related to social engineering. Yet, we are very skeptical of the complaints from entrepreneurs who show up in the media and claim they cannot find researchers and manpower for their business. In fact, we believe it is a cheap way to get publicity with clich├ęs about slackers, always looking for universal subsidies, and pretentious workers, seen as disposable resources for contractual dumping. In healthy dynamics, those businesses urgently in need of personnel just pay what is asked, fill the gap and move forward quickly; those who do not really need, on the other hand, tinker and tinker while exploiting subsidies and taking advantage of the unemployed. Having said that, economies are rapidly changing again and the need for labor will decrease because of automation, so that permanent work contracts will perhaps not be sustainable on a global scale anymore. The continuous erosion of workers' rights in the West is threatening its social stability from within, which is why leftist parties might have plenty of political space to represent their originary instances again: just focus on temporary workers and the unemployed, defend the exploited from the exploiters and favor jobs creation instead of universal basic income.
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