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Globální občané, národní ulejvárna

CAMBRIDGE – Loni v říjnu britská ministerská předsedkyně Theresa Mayová leckoho šokovala, když znevážila myšlenku globálního občanství. „Jestli si myslíte, že jste občanem světa,“ řekla, „nejste občanem nikde.“

Její prohlášení se ve finančních médiích a mezi liberálními komentátory setkalo s posměchem a znepokojením. „Občanství v nejužitečnější formě dnešních dní,“ poučil ji jeden analytik, „není zasvěceno jen blahobytu obce třeba v hrabství Berkshire, nýbrž planetě.“ The Economist její přístup označil za „neliberální“ otočku. Jeden vzdělanec ji obvinil z odmítání osvícenských hodnot a varoval před „ozvuky roku 1933“ v jejím projevu.

Vím, jak „globální občan“ vypadá: vidím dokonalý exemplář, kdykoli projdu kolem zrcadla. Vyrostl jsem v jedné zemi, žiju v jiné a mám pas obou. Píšu o globální ekonomice a práce mě zavádí do odlehlých míst. Víc času trávím cestováním v jiných zemích než pobytem v jedné ze dvou, které si mě nárokují jako svého občana.

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