2016 was a truly historic year. Undoubtedly, one of the biggest stories was the resurgence of nationalism in western nations. Citizens rose up at the ballot box against statists, globalists, elites and the status quo, demanding a restoration of national sovereignty and individual rights for average citizens that have been forgotten. Populism and patriotism have forced governments to refocus efforts away from special interests towards the betterment of its citizens. This is nationalism; plain and simple.
Effects from Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump in the United States, are likely to carry long-lasting policy changes around the world for decades, as citizens shift away from globalism, and back towards nationalism. Globalism and nationalism are more often than not pitted against each other, despite being in a constant search for win-win scenarios with each other. And both carry serious pros and cons.
The forces behind globalism threw everything they had in 2016 at citizens to prevent the election results in Great Britain and the United States from happening; but to no avail. The multi-polar world of geopolitics just became even more massively complex, as everything from stalwart treaties, to the mundane, day-to-day low power politics such as the basic movement of goods, people and services is now on the table for adjustments. Voters demanded serious change; expect to see it. Brexit may very well be the catalyst that collapses the EU, as other nationalist movements throughout the trading bloc are gaining traction quickly.
One of the more visible and immediate results of the resurgence of nationalism in the United States, has been a diminishment in the power of corporate mainstream media, as opinion polls clearly show trust in these institutions has sank to historic lows after their obvious attempts to influence the election outcomes against populist movements. Will this damage to the mainstream press be permanent? Perhaps. Alternative media from Talk Radio, to bloggers, to the mighty Breitbart, are all rushing to ensure mainstream media's stranglehold on information, aka "propaganda," is permanently broken. In my opinion, the more sources of information that are available, the better off average citizens are. Hopefully, the free market will produce the best possible sources of information from here on out.
Monumental change is happening so fast in the United States, that it is difficult to keep track of it all. Starting with a quintessentially nationalist inaugural speech, a historically unique, workaholic President who has decades of experience producing profitable results and making deals worldwide, is now harnessing the power of the competitive leadership model in the executive branch, while simultaneously leveraging party advantages within the legislative branch to implement massive changes swiftly and decisively. Regardless of your political leanings, it is a fascinating sight to behold! And you can thank nationalism for all of it!
The graphic above is a faithful reproduction of the "Arsenal" album art for the band, "Bronnt Industries Kapital." I stumbled across it in a google images search and instantly thought it would be perfect as a future template for a lesson on nationalism in the geopolitics class I teach. My version is created in Adobe Illustrator to the 4:3 standard Powerpoint slide size. The font is "Red October" by Neogrey Creative on Dafont.com.
Everything else below was created in Powerpoint, using just the basic shapes tools.