A British friend of mine has a poignant response to the Brexit “I feel sorry for the millennials.” So do I. Faced with the horrors of World War II, our fledgling post war global community came up with a plan to avoid future world wars. A key ingredient was the integration of nations as can be seen through the formation of the United Nations, and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights is another good example of the steps taken to integrate law along with politics.
Nationalists look at our social contract through a isolated view, but our world, fortunately, has become much more intertwined than that. The number of stars of the European Union have been growing, and Britain is the first to consider leaving. Since World War II we have made two steps forward, and now it’s, potentially, one step back. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen
Hitler was an uber nationalist. His campaign slogan was “Make Germany Great Again!” Not unlike Trump, who now has a slogan “Make America Great Again!” I don’t make this comparison to draw a strong link between Hitler and Trump, but how dangerous the siren calls of nationalism can become.
Post-World War I Germans were destitute. It was foolish for the rest of the world to leave them in this plight. The top 1% of America now has more wealth than the bottom 90%. Once again it is foolish to leave these conditions unchecked as people will turn to anything, even facism, with the hope of improving their condition.
Someday humans will come to accept what they already know in their hearts, and through good research — bad things come out of poverty and destitution: criminal behavior, violent social movements and religious zealots, poor health and education.
A response that does not address poverty is not only immoral, it not cost-effective. The reality of the world today is that it costs more to leave people in destitution, than it would cost to create a world of well-being for all as a new form of security.
Military buildup, border controls, and preoccupation with security measures are the by-product of nationalism. Jealousy will now flourish between Briton and Europe. Unite offers the next step forward after Brexit. By looking back to the end of World War II we can see our direction ahead. Franklin Roosevelt said that what was needed were four freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
Roosevelt was careful to say that these four freedoms were needed “everywhere in the world.” We didn’t do this; Freedom from Want was never realized “everywhere in the world.” Now we are paying the price of terrorism and the resurgence of nationalism. Brexit is not the last word.
The millennial are prepared to live together as a global community, and want to do so. Those in my generation who want to help them can do so by uniting to support regional systems, and the Unite website provides the means to do so.
It is unavoidable that at times there will be a step back from our emergence to peace and prosperity within a global community. What’s important is to make sure that there are always two steps forward so progress continues to be made, and the moral arc of the universe continues to bend towards justice.
Please become a spark on the Unite homepage and help humanity to keep moving in the right direction.