In questioning the validity of the term lingua franca, Robert Phillipson reiterates in this paper the issues that he has brought to the fore and discussed in the last 15 years. He sees the English language as a vehicle of imperialism, and consequently expresses concern over its adoption as a pan-European lingua franca. In doing so, he explicitly and strongly condemns a form of globalisation that is purely driven by American corporate interests. He denounces the Americanisation of the world and the uncritical acceptance of it. He criticises the commodification of education. On that side of the discussion, it is easy to agree with him.