Globalism is perfect for a world in which money does not exist, there is a wealth of resources and every citizen involved has a similar mindset and needs. Unfortunately, what I just described is the complete opposite of the current situation in the world. The American government, as described by the great President Abraham Lincoln in the closing statements of his famous Gettysburg Address, is a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” That being said, the United States government has the responsibility of putting the interests of the tax paying, legal American citizens first. In a world that has a clear shortage of resources, including clean water and food at times, it is more important than anything else for the United States government to protect its people. Does this mean we should become completely isolationist? Of course not.
At this point, that is impossible. What should be done, however, is making sure that Americans live the best lives they can before the government moves on to help those in foreign countries. While the government spends billions of dollars on foreign aid ($35 billion in 2014), 14.5% of the nation’s population lived in poverty. Globalism involves shaping economic and foreign policies on a global scale. Policy can only truly be effective if it applies to each and every member of that society equally, without exception to any one person or group of people. For this to work, the members of that society have to have a generally similar set of morals, needs, and social norms.
At present, the world is nowhere near close to this. While thousands of women took to the streets in America wearing “Pussyhats,” a woman in Saudi Arabia was arrested and given lashes for being kidnapped and gang raped. In 2015, the average expenditures per household in America totaled about $56,000. In Spain, that number was just under $31,000. The two countries, out of the total expenditures, spent between housing, food, transportation, etc. in vastly different proportions.
For a globalist world to properly work, these numbers must become relatively similar, and the numbers in America specifically should be lowered extremely. The only way to do so is by government intervention in the personal lives and spending of Americans, as social movements toward spending less in a society dominated by consumerism is impossible. This government intervention, if ever carried out, would be an appalling and disgustingly un-American attack on freedom and liberty. In short, globalism and its ideals are preferable, but they are only possible in a perfect world.
As Aristotle argued, democracy is not the most favorable form of government, but is the most favorable attainable form. The same is true for capitalism. Both systems in place in the United States are deeply flawed, but to date have proven to be the best functioning systems yet attempted. Until a form of government is created in which the needs of everyone in the world can be met equally without treading on the liberties of those governed, it is the duty of the American government, and therefore the American people, to first focus on domestic needs.