The Best Defense

Is the American left becoming isolationist as it stiffens its anti-globalization stance?

I think it is. When I was a kid, the right used to taunt the left as fuzzy-thinking one-worlders. Even into the 1970s, John Lennon advised people to think globally and act locally.

But the left is not down with globalization anymore. And that means it may be drifting into isolationism. 

If you're into tracking American culture, one of the great, sober, leftish events in the United States is the annual gathering of Maine organic farmers. This isn't California-style Burning Man self-indulgence. Rather, these are hard-working people (you try growing stuff in a state with a six-month-long winter -- and then, when you thaw out, be swarmed for five months by no-see-'ems, black flies, deer flies, and mosquitoes the size of Blackburnian warblers). Modern Puritans, if you will. I mention this because this year, one of the events at their big annual fair is anti-globalization storytelling.

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The Best Defense

Good news from FP for Best Defenders!

I am happy to report that Foreign Policy is going to reward the best commenters on this blog with complimentary FP All Access subscriptions. Also, guest columnists will get the same backstage pass.

David Rothkopf, the czar of all the FPs, tells me he is willing to do this because he recognizes the collaborative nature of the blog. As I've said before, the comments often are more illuminating than the posts. So I think it is good to reward the best commenters.

You pretty much know who you are, but if you wish to be formally designated a "best commenter," please send me an e-mail.

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