The feature of transnational institutions that will save us from the worst of their ambition to reconstruct us is their irredeemable inefficiency and corruption. It’s not something that will go away because of better management or appeals to abstract global ideals. Management is secondary, and generalized ideals are good fallbacks but can’t carry the weight of day-to-day life. At bottom, we act as we are. And to what principle of identity, loyalty or honor can the UN or EU appeal that will induce a man surrounded by flattery and temptation to rise above self-interest?
Whatever institutions we live by 50 or 100 years from now, they won’t include the UN or EU. Utopian globalist schemes may lead to catastrophe, but the long-run danger they pose is less their success, which won’t happen, than the postcultural primitivism and brutality they will lead to. The attempt to abolish private property in Russia led only to mafia rule. The institution reappeared, but without the cultural surroundings that to some extent tamed it and made it social. We can expect similar consequences from antiracism, feminism, antinationalism, multiculturalism, and all the other causes that are now expected to inspire us.