The Stillborn Consensus
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This chapter explores the cosmopolitan commitment to sacrifice in greater depth. It also explores what cosmopolitan's demand of individuals, what twenty-first century cosmopolitanism entails and how it is likely to develop. The chapter shows twenty-first century cosmopolitanism is closely akin to the older bundle of social and political instincts that social theorist Christopher Lasch characterizes as populism. Populism, as its name implies, has an inherent appeal to many people. Cosmopolitan critics of western states' defence policies also comment on the self-centeredness of western individuals. The cosmopolitan preference for austerity and suspicion of autonomy attracts members of the political right; it distinguishes twenty-first century cosmopolitanism from more traditional left-wing movements such as Marxism. Since environmentalists have been particularly outspoken in advocating austerities, the chapter begins by looking at the movement to curb global warming. It explains the role of physical realities to analyse the role of ideas in the environmental movement.