This really is a cry from the heart. I long to understand modern thinking. I need your help.
I have grasped the essentials.
Nationalism is bad because anyone who likes his own country is a Nazi. That is entirely understandable. The only history taught in any state school in England (for several decades) has been the history of Germany in the few years before the second world war. It would be odd if the under forties did not think nationalism was frightfully bad.
Protectionism is bad, unless it is practised by the European Union. If Americans indulge in protectionism that is awful (I actually agree with that). But, as I understand it, the right-on modern opinion of the British young is that it is fine for the EU to be protectionist. I can’t quite understand why that should be, but I know I am too old to be permitted an opinion (the current conventional view is that no one over the age of 40 should be allowed a vote).
Then we get to something called “globalisation”, That, too, I am assured is a very bad thing. And this is where I do need your help. I am gigantically dim. Despite all my research (I have even gone to the lengths of visiting the Guardian on the Web), I have found no rational explanation of why global free trade is evil. Of course, I accept it must be, because everyone says it is. But it would be enormously helpful to me if someone could spell out the reasons for me
I look forward to your assistance.
Thank you so much.