Tranzis is a more convenient shortened word for transnational progressives coined by London lawyer, David Carr. This is one term that all conservatives will become aware of as we continue with the speedy process of globalization.
It is, in fact a new social class that is beginning to slowly deconstruct our national identity and ultimately our way of life. Some of the groups responsible for the birth of this movement consist of directors of multi-national agencies, international lawyers, organizers and functionaries of NGO’s, officers of worldwide mega-corporations and international agency officials. With slight differences between them but an overall common goal of establishing a global form of humanitarianism, they are starting to have an influence on the political landscape of many democratic nations. To paraphrase Samuel Huntington, their sympathies and loyalties are reserved for the institutions and ideas that promote its interest instead of the traditional institutions and their own national democracy. They no longer think in terms of cosmopolitan ideologies of democratic humanism. To them, nationalist patriotism is an outdated relic that corrupts international economic development.
Who, might one ask would readily embrace such a new fangled Utopian construct as our civilization’s highest intellectual achievement? After finally recognizing that socialist governmental constructs had proven to be one failure after another, adherents were cultivated in the usual breeding grounds for leftist ideology; university liberal arts majors, cultural institutions and foremost the main stream media. Anyone with strong opinions on the ideals of humanitarian causes is ripe for conversion.
So what’s the problem? Shouldn’t we all be social humanitarians?
Yes, but not at the expense of time proven and dependable institutions which posses both responsibility and accountability to their constituents.
”The Conservatism of the Future” by John O’Sullivan in this month’s New Criterion explains the real dangers of this process better than I could on my best day (note the familiar scenarios):
the shift of power from legislatures to bureaucratic agencies and the courts in domestic politics; the shift of power from democratic nation states to largely unaccountable supra-national bodies from the UN to the European Union, etc; and the development of ideologies that, lagging behind events, serve to justify these relatively new political practices and institutions as legitimate.
To sum up, Tranzi-ism is an ideology that extends regulation over the full range of human activity while exempting the regulators from democratic control by transferring governance from national democratic parliaments to unaccountable bureaucracies in independent agencies, the courts, and supra-national bodies.