Allister Heath in the Telegraph repeats today the pushback nonsense from the globalisation apologists. Feel free to read his specious rubbish, but here's the generic arguments in a nutshell.
1. Watch out for the old 'EU' and 'Europe' substitution trick; just as critics of the EU are told how wonderful Europe is, critics of globalisation are told how wonderful capitalism is. Yes, we know. Most of us are keen supporters of capitalism, free markets and open competition. Unfortunately, these are not the dis-virtues of oligopoly, restricted competition and closed markets that are the hallmarks of the global corporates.
2. Next, the phenomenal wealth growth of the top 1% must be ignored, we are told, as these figures distort what's really going on. In fact, the globalisation apologists have seemingly drafted in some climate change scientists to draw oodles of new graphs to prove why we should ignore these obscene and fast growing disparities in wealth between the super rich and the rest of us.
3. Next, they will point out that some middle class people are doing very well out of globalisation; young, urban, professional, graduate, public sector or media, political or new-tech employed have enjoyed income increases of 5% in the past few years. Although the other half of the country that doesn't benefit from globalisation has seen zero income growth, the average is 2.5%, which proves that globalisation benefits everyone.
4. Finally, apologists will completely skate over the fact that anti-globalists are also those who value national and social cultures that have beneficially evolved over millennia, who value identity and belonging, who value control and democracy, who value governments that govern for the good of their people and not for the benefit of shareholders of the global corporates. For these are all the inconvenient characteristics that the globalists need to destroy to gain even greater wealth and power.
(NB I am expecting comments to be split 50:50 to reflect our division of opinions on this - please feel free to be as robust in your criticism as you like..)