There is a Chinese curse, they say, which goes like, ‘May you live in interesting times’. Welcome to the interesting times. When Hillary Clinton on a phone call conceded defeat to the President elect Donald Trump, it was not only her defeat to concede. The defeat was of the establishments – the government as it works, the public services, the media; but more than that it was the defeat of intellectual elitism.
For good or bad, across the globe in last few years we have seen masses using their voting rights to assert their power and change the course of events unpredictably. It is a disruption which has been brought, and for good or bad, this disruption is heralding a new world order. Media across countries would want us to believe that it is a tussle of ideologies between liberals and extremists, between left and right. But, in true sense it is war between the masses and the elites. Repeated miscalculations and totally erroneous prediction by the elite intellectual and experts have shown how disconnected they are from the masses. While they are crying hoarse calling it an era of intolerance, it is visibly evident that it is them who are extremely intolerant of the common people wielding their democratic rights. Media, which was supposed to be the representative of ‘vox populi’ seems to have totally lost the nerve of the common man and talking the tongue of the establishment. Left & the liberals, who are expected to oppose the establishment and question them for the masses are calling the masses ‘uneducated, illiterate electorate’. But, the right which is supposed to be pro establishment and power hungry, is breaking the status quo, causing disruption and gaining the bulk of people behind it. We indeed are living in interesting times!
In globalized world, it may shock some when nationalistic sentiments are suddenly upheld by people even in what considered to be the most modern & globalized countries – Brexit and President-elect Trump for example. This is mostly because we, the few, have got ourselves so deeply entrenched in to the media narrative of globalization and hyper human connections beyond borders, we forgot that in the backyard of every country the masses are still struggling to figure out their hygiene factors. They are not opposed to a globalized world, but they don’t want it at cost of their own basic necessities and securities. As the one world narrative peaked, along with it peaked the fear of the majority and once they believed they have been cornered, they acted in fear. And as much the media tries to underplay that fear, it is not completely unreal. Those saying the democracy has gone to dogs, are actually showing the highest level of intellectual racism. This is democracy in its full glory, where masses have challenged all the norms, rules and ethos the elites have been using to rule over them. This is masses taking back the control and dictating the future they want to build, instead of one being predicted by the so called ‘experts’, and off late unsuccessfully so. This is going to be a future of the people, for the people and truly, by the people.
The world order is not a straight line progression going from one stage to another, it is more of a sinusoidal curve. An extremely fluid, globalized world in on one side and isolated nation states on the other. One is not better than other, they are necessary turns which must come as we move in time. In the age of expansion, we move to globalized world – not necessarily good; globalization by territorial expansion was seen as oppression whereas globalization with economic & cultural exchange deemed as cooperation. In the age of consolidation we move to nation states – not necessarily bad; independence & self-rule is considered good whereas economic isolation as bad. In the last century we discarded globalization through territorial expansion and moved in isolation with countries opting for self-rule, and then moved back to globalization with economic blocs, multilateral & bilateral ties etc. Now we have moved on in the cycle, and are moving again towards the isolation, this time for consolidation and realignment. Just as in territorial expansion, people in each colony feared for their own rights and wellbeing, in economic expansion and inter-dependability, they have started fearing their own financial security. The nations will have to turn inward and work on those fear of masses to give them the security they seek from their own nation before they will again be ready to look outwards. A new world order will arise in the globalized world on the other side of it. But, before that will come to pass, we will have a world of chaos; the economic and social strata will be redefined, the rules of engagements will be rewritten and all ideological ethos will be challenged. Those who consider themselves to be the intellectuals and expert, should step back for once, and instead of teaching masses how to act, learn from them what actions are to be taken lest turn obsolete in the coming times.
These cycles are not that long, so most of us will live to see the new world order in action. Yet, let me put the curse upon you, ‘May you live in interesting times.