This question is a lie: “Why is the anti-global backlash happening now?” implies that Donald Trump created the backlash against Globalisation since his election, by pulling out of the TPP free trade agreement.
This is nonsense: the backlash against Globalisation has been a constant since the 1990’s but until recently it was a Left-wing backlash against capitalist corporate Globalisation.
The question should be why is Anti-globalisation good when Socialists are rioting against globalisation, but bad when globalisation is opposed by Donald Trump? The answer appears to be that the Left are happy to contradict their own long held views and abandon any piece of Progressive policy as soon as Trump agrees with them.
If Trump likes it, it must be bad! If Trump hates it, it must be good!
If the Left really that simple-minded? Apparently so: consider this piece of leftist propaganda against globalisation:
“Anti-globalisation protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO) first occurred in Seattle, WA in late November and early December 1999. Activists and scholars debate whether it constitutes a single social movement or represents a collection of allied groups, a “movement of movements.” Including diverse constituencies with a range of ideological orientations, the global movement is broadly critical of the policies of economic neoliberalism, or “corporate globalization,” that has guided international trade and development since the closing decades of the 20th century. Varied communities organizing against the local and national consequences of neoliberal policies, especially in the global South, connect their actions with this wider effort. Movement constituents include trade unionists, environmentalists, anarchists, land rights and indigenous rights activists, organizations promoting human rights and sustainable development, opponents of privatization, and anti-sweatshop campaigners. These groups charge that the policies of corporate globalization have exacerbated global poverty and increased inequality.”
The above quote is from the Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, a Bible of politically correct nonsense for the SJW’s of the left.
Note that the anti-globalisation backlash occurred nearly two decades ago and continued World-wide until Trump adopted an anti-globalisation policy, pulling out of Free-Trade agreements that he viewed as Unfair Trade agreements, exactly what the “trade unionists, environmentalists, anarchists, land rights and indigenous rights activists, organizations promoting human rights and sustainable development, opponents of privatization, and anti-sweatshop campaigners” had been asking for. It’s not new, and it is not a Right Wing Capitalist policy: it’s an old Socialist one.
Now this Leftist policy is adopted by Trump, the Left unite in favour of Globalisation. Hypocrisy on a global scale.
They used to say corporate globalization have exacerbated global poverty and increased inequality, which was a lie then and now: the truth is exactly the opposite. Globalisation lifted more people out of poverty around the world than any other process or measure has ever done, and it did so by giving Western worker’s jobs to the developing World. Ironically, the Left should have been in favour of globalisation because it gave manufacturing jobs to poor people lifting them into the middle class, but they opposed it because it was Capitalism enriching the World’s poor, an inconvenient truth they just had to deny.
What Trump saw was that it was bad for the American working class, and he is bringing those jobs back home. If you support American jobs being off-shored, with all the American unemployment, stagnating wages and low economic growth that came with it, then oppose Trump’s protectionism, for the greater good of the poor in China, India and Mexico, but don’t blame it on the Right, or pretend it is new: Trump is doing exactly what the Left were demanding years ago, and the Left react by changing sides and supporting Free Trade.
It would be funny if it wasn’t so predictable: if Trump introduced Universal Free Healthcare, they would say free healthcare was a Nazi policy dreamed up by Satan.