Identity 2016: ‘Global citizenship’ rising, poll suggests … People are increasingly identifying themselves as global rather than national citizens, according to a BBC World Service poll. The trend is particularly marked in emerging economies, where people see themselves as outward looking and internationally minded. However, in Germany fewer people say they feel like global citizens now, compared with 2001. -BBC
Why on earth is the BBC polling people as to whether they feel like “citizens of the world?” The results of this poll are particularly provocative.
More and more think of themselves as world citizens, we learn. This will no doubt open up fertile areas for additional social tension and civil unrest.
We’ll get to that shortly.
It’s no small poll. We learn from the article that an outfit called GlobeScan reached more than 20,000 people in 18 countries. And over half those people reportedly “saw themselves first and foremost as global citizens rather than national citizens.”
Predictably the developing world is more globally oriented.
In Nigeria (73%), China (71%), Peru (70%) and India (67%) the data is particularly marked. By contrast, the trend in the industrialised nations seems to be heading in the opposite direction. In these richer nations, the concept of global citizenship appears to have taken a serious hit after the financial crash of 2008.
Here’s the reason why the poll is newsworthy:
According to Lionel Bellier from GlobeScan, this is the lowest proportion [of those attracted by global citizenship] seen in Germany since the poll began … “It has to be seen in the context of a very charged environment, politically and emotionally, following Angela Merkel’s policy to open the doors to a million refugees last year.”
Thanks, BBC, for working hard to crystallize yet another confrontational trend.
The poll is showing in no uncertain terms that many Europeans emphatically disapprove of “global citizenship.” While at the same time, a majority of individuals in third-world countries enjoy the perception that they can identify with the “world.” (Who can blame them?)
Leaving no aspect of controversy un-mined, the poll also probes “intermarriage” and religious preferences.
So many areas of potential conflict! The BBC identifies them. all.
Why do so? One potential reason …
Recently, there have been reports in the alternative media regarding Her Majesty’s “National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.”
It is a voluminous report that sets out all the ways that Britain intends to combat ISIS and terrorism in general. Prime Minister David Cameron provides the introduction and makes a moral case for enhancing and expanding every aspect of state power.
Almost immediately the BBC itself is featured:
We will further enhance our position as the world’s leading soft power promoting our values and interests globally, with our world-class Diplomatic Service, commitment to overseas development, and institutions such as the BBC World Service and the British Council.
The BBC is obviously viewed by the British government as a resource to project British “values.” It is an instrument of propaganda.
It can be argued that the creation and coverage of this poll itself is classic propaganda. After all, London’s City is the heart of the modern, globalist enterprise and as such has inordinate clout.
It is no secret that British banking elites are involved in propagating internationalism and employ dialectal tools to do so.
And this poll surely reflects a dialectal argument.
Call it a meme – call it propaganda. The results can be utilized to continually polarize public opinion domestically and abroad. The more that public opinion is polarized by such campaigns, the more the public, ultimately, can be manipulated. Out of chaos … order.
At the end of the article, the BBC seeks to justify both the poll and its reporting. There is, for instance, an admission that “global citizenship” remains an inchoate concept that means different things to different people.
More importantly, the article offers up the idea that those interested in defining themselves as global citizens are doing so because of their concerns over “migration and mobility.”
The final lines of the article suggest that these concerns are being driven by “the biggest movements of people since the World War Two.”
Predictably this extraordinary line is delivered devoid of context. In fact, it is Middle Eastern wars (in which Britain is participating) that are driving the current Muslim migration into Europe.
Europe’s political class has abetted the migrations. It has struggled desperately against populist forces that wish to shut it down.
In other words, the current polarization afflicting European societies has been artificially created and sustained. It is intended to polarize and then to break down resistance to further globalist trends.
This article cleverly codifies the polarization without revealing the manipulation behind it. But the very last line of the article reveals the subterfuge.
This [concern over “migration and mobility”] is not just driven by war and conflict. It is also because the world as a whole is becoming more prosperous and air travel is becoming more affordable to the rising middle classes.
The BBC is thus claiming the poll and the article have been provoked by the world’s “increasing prosperity” and the air travel now “affordable to the rising middle class.”
But last time we looked, Europe’s financial elites were busy impoverishing European middle classes in order to create a “United States of Europe.”
And air travel may have grown more “affordable” but it also has grown increasingly unpleasant due to endless security arrangements.
Let us be blunt: Both the poll and the article are being promoted by the BBC on behalf of those who are always searching for new ways to “divide and conquer.” That’s the real reason to administer it and promote this year’s divisive results.
If this particular meme is further implemented and exploited, “migration and mobility” themselves will become increasingly controversial topics.
Often regulation and government interference evolve out of such media memes. Now migration and mobility are to be exploited in order to expand world government.
Conclusion: Even worse, we can see from the groundwork being laid (and the polarization to come) that the future will likely be less amenable to individual travel than the present. One can also surmise that wealth will enhance one’s mobility in ways that it currently does not. Plan accordingly.