In an address at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Thailand on Friday of last week, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the world needs “a single global order” to deal with the trade conflict between Communist China and the United States, a situation that Macron bemoaned as forcing other countries to choose sides.
Elected president of France in May 2017 on the “Renaissance” Party ticket, Macron had previously been a member of the Socialist Party. Evidently, while he has now rebranded himself with a different political party, his dedication to the cause of world government — a goal that has been a socialist cornerstone since at least the days of Karl Marx — is quite clear.
In his keynote address at the summit in Bangkok, which he titled “Navigating a Turbulent World,” Macron posed a question: “Are you on the U.S. or the China side?” to which he answered that what was needed was “a single global order” to replace the rule of superpowers such as the United States or China.
Macron described the United States and China as “two big elephants” that needed to replaced by the “cooperation of a lot of other animals” through a single world order. This trade confrontation, Macron contended, was just one of three situations that have caused the drive for a global order, trade, and investment. The other two problems include the war between Russian and Ukraine, and climate change.
“A dynamic balance is the best way for nations to avoid being forced to choose between superpowers,” Macron said. “Countries have to pursue inclusive, sustainable development to address inequality and instability. You compete, all of us want to win. But you have to respect the sovereignty of the other one.” It would seem that a respect for national sovereignty and a “single” global order are contradictory.
Macron certainly does not favor the traditional concept of a free market, arguing in his talk that capitalism’s DNA must be recalibrated to advance the cause of world trade and development.
It should be noted that a push for world government, as Macron apparently is doing, would receive little support around the world without convincing the nations of the world, and their citizens, that a “single, global order” is necessary to solve alleged problems that cannot be solved otherwise. That is why globalists — those who favor a world government — have used the understandable desire to avoid wars to get the populations of the world to favor such a government. They argue that national sovereignty and economic competition is the cause of military conflicts.
The big pushes for world government after World War I with the League of Nations and after World War II with the United Nations, and during the Cold War, illustrate this. When the Soviet Union was the major concern of many after World War II, it was argued that internationalism and alliances such as NATO were needed to prevent wars. So, it is rather predictable that a globalist such as Macron would cite the need for a single global order when he mentioned the Russia-Ukraine War.