Turn of Phrase

Globalization materialized in the 1970s from the sort of geopolitical vacuum or fog that appears whenever a civilization begins to change direction, to grope its way around a corner from one era to another. In geopolitics, a vacuum is not an option. It is the period between options; an opportunity, providing you can recognize it for what it is; a brief interregnum during which individuals can maximize their influence on the direction of their civilization.

Via John Ralston Saul’s essay The collapse of globalism: And the rebirth of nationalism published in the March 2014 issue of Harpers (subscription required).

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