This is an era of millenarianism. The millennium is here, the twenty-first
century is here. It has been advertised as the new globalized world, that for
many we have finally achieved. This is a world that will be characterized
by openness. I sit here watching the talk show, Jenny Jones, this time (10-
4-00) dealing with racism. An African American intellectual talks about
openness, against other African Americans in the studio who express
strong criticism toward immigrants. A man replies angrily: “you can say
that flying around in your airplanes and living on top of your hotels.” Jones
breaks off the discussion. The enlightened are truly higher in this world,
they are the élite in a way that concretizes the metaphor of globalization.
Up there, above the masses, delighting in a new found mobility, consuming
the world. This is striking in the reactions to EU, to say nothing of larger
international organizations. The populism of the people and the élitism of
the élites are ever more marked in this era-to-be.