Technology to have a bigger impact than globalisation
However, Mr Minack said while it may be possible — not to mention also nonsensical and painful — to reverse globalisation, it is also most likely pointless as well, given an even bigger threat to jobs and wages is coming down the tracks.
Technology and the developments in automation, robotics and artificial intelligence will simply eliminate the need for many unskilled workers in both developed and developing economies.
"I think that globalisation has had a bigger effect than technology on incomes of unskilled and semi-skilled workers over the past 15 years," Mr Minack said.
"But the next 15 years will see a reversal: technology, not globalisation, will likely become a major adverse influence on less-skilled workers' incomes."
In other words, the globalisation debate heating up the chilly climes of Davos may well be already out of date.
Sure, the threat of trade wars and insular politics still abound, but it could all be about battles that have already be lost and won, not ones to come.
The dynamics that have led to disgruntlement and alienation are only likely to intensify from here.
Bring on the National Dividend!