WASHINGTON – Yes, globalism is not a conspiracy theory, except for those who practice it.
And that fact was on public display in Dubai this weekend featuring experts like Robert DeNiro on climate change, Goldie Hawn on making kids happy, actor Forest Whitaker on how women and youth are keys to solving global challenges, Grammy winner Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas on technology and development, Malcolm Gladwell on government’s role in shaping prosperous societies and Ariana Huffington on the Third Women’s Revolution.
You may note the predominance of American presenters, but don’t be misled.
This is a very anti-American three-day globalist summit at the Madinat Jumeirah and sponsored by the United Arab Emirates.
Angel Gurria, the head of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, kicked things off by characterizing President Donald Trump’s economic policies – the ones that have created jobs and prosperity while cutting taxes – “an excellent example of the kinds of things we shouldn’t be doing.”
Contrast this with the 2016 summit at which President Obama provided a video greeting.
Trump and the U.S. were pilloried for hostility to trade agreements and fighting climate change.
DeNiro, for his part, launched into an anti-American tirade by saying, “I flew here last night from a backward country, a place where science once reigned and lately has been replaced by ignorance.” He drew applause after predicting that Trump would be voted out in the 2020 election. Last year, at the summit he said that Trump has caused America to lose its position as a global ambassador in the fight against global warming because “we have a leader who’s not leading, that doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
Such comments, apparently, were enough to get him re-invited this year to the fabulous resort that resembles, according to one observer, “a 12th-century Middle Eastern fortress, crisscrossed by picturesque canals and bordered by two kilometers of private Persian Gulf beachfront, it feels almost too opulent to be real.”