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Last October, British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked many when she disparaged the idea of global citizenship.I know what a "global citizen" looks like: I see a perfect specimen every time I pass a mirror.I write on global economics, and my work takes me to far-flung places.Global citizenship does not – and need not – crowd out parochial or national responsibilities.Real citizenship entails interacting and deliberating with other citizens in a shared political community.Global citizens do not have similar rights or responsibilities. Global citizens worry that the interests of the global commons may be harmed when each government pursues its own narrow interest.Cosmopolitans often come across like the character from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" who discovers that the more he loves humanity in general, the less he loves people in particular.Global citizens should be wary that their lofty goals do not turn into an excuse for shirking their duties toward their compatriots.
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