Farage denounced “big banks and multinational corporations.” He condemned the “enemy within” — a turn of phrase used frequently and famously by Stalin himself — by which he meant the “establishment” Republicans, i.e., America’s elected legislators, who are said to be impeding the international revolution. In the face of these parasites and saboteurs, he called upon the global movement of anti-globalists to “rejuvenate the movement” and to make anti-globalism great again, just like it was back in the good old days of 2016.
It was a weird moment, not least because there aren’t any “pro-globalists” to fight back. “Globalism” is a fiction invented by Stephen K. Bannon, Breitbart News and a host of Internet trolls, both amateur and professional, and promoted on social media. It’s a phantasm that, like “Islam” (or, for that matter, the “international Jewish conspiracy”), makes a good enemy and helps unite people as different as Farage, Moore, the citizens of Fairhope and the people of Sunderland, at least in cyberspace. But “anti-globalism,” otherwise known as nationalism, populism or sometimes fascism, is real. In fact, the movement I’ve also called the Populist International appears to be growing in both strength and stupidity.