I will argue that the world is a better place for the arrival of free trade. The system we currently have is not exactly free or fair, but we are getting there. The problem with the drive to free trade is that it is not our default nature. If we examine our evolution and specifically we look closely at the development of language we will see a very different direction. Nature trends towards diversity and chaos. The current struggle to create a unified and equitable economic system is thus in contrast to natures default.
As we examine the development of language a counter intuitive balance can be seen. This can be seen where areas with the most population density have the greatest density of languages. Often these languages are so different as to make communication impossible. Why would that be so? I propose that evolution developed language as a defense mechanism for each language community. For language to be communicated effectively context and history need to be common knowledge. In that way the outsider may learn the words but is not likely or will not easily attain the necessary historical context to truly understand. This barrier is what protects each language group. The knowledge of the group is passed on by language in context that only those born into that language are likely to understand. In language we have evolution of the first system of protectionism. For thousands of years language isolationism as protected the economics of each group. This protectionism was also the primary barrier to truly large-scale growth in many language groups. Those groups with the most economic power have always been those with greatest command of language. This fact remains the same today. With the spread of the English language we can see the development of a truly global language that is giving every group the possibility of participation in the a maturing economic system. We are evolving a unitary language system, that will be beneficial to the economic system.
The current economic system is deep into the transition from local and regional to global. The system is growing by breaking down the barriers between countries, ethnicities and tribes. The continuing withdrawal from protectionist measures is the basis of our ever-expanding global economic system. We are participants but we haven’t noticed the evolution from a community of languages to a community language. The global is now a small community evolving a common language to ensure our protection from outsiders.
With the transition came a complex problem. What will be our common language? English in its many forms is that currency of communication. The form of English you speak will not be the Queen’s but we will understand each other without much difficulty. It is the nature of evolution to have competing systems, but I would suggest that as of now English is ahead. Once this acceptance as occurred and the language becomes rich with local context and history we as humans will have attained the necessary skills to become a galactic people. With a common language and economic system we will become more productive. How long will it take us to get there? If the twentieth century is our guide I’d suggest that the twenty-first will be that final stage of our transition. Will your offspring be ready to take advantage of the opportunities to come?