As somebody who has spent their entire career in and around international Trade I am often faced with the dilema of whether Nationalism or Globalism is best for a country - looking inwards or outwards so to speak. Donald Trump promised to put America first in his inaugural speech, but this was not the first time that America has been down this road. The slogan appears at least as early as 1884, when a California paper ran “America First and Always” as the headline of an article about fighting trade wars with the British. The New York Times shared in 1891 “the idea that the Republican Party has always believed in”, namely: “America first; the rest of the world afterward”. The Republican party agreed, adopting the phrase as a campaign slogan by 1894.
Interestigly America First is best known as the slogan and foreign policy advocated by the America First Committee, a non-interventionist pressure group against the American entry into World War II, which emphasized American nationalism and unilateralism in international relations.
I wonder if countries such as the United States will be inwardly or outwardly looking following the end of Covid-19? Despite the myriad of Free Trade Agreements under discussion right now, is there a shift around the world away from globalism and towards nationalism?
BIG discussion point that probably needs to be broken down into many component parts, I'd love to hear opinions - let's not get too political though
Love to open a discussion