By Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV
Too bad the elections for European Parliament aren’t this year – we could have enjoyed all three tones of the chord of “liberal (aristocratic) democracy”.
The United States, the European Union and Israel – the triumvirate which dominates half the world and thinks it has the moral and intellectual right to rule the other half – obviously have incredibly flawed, domestically-denigrated and politically feckless elections. As time goes on the world can only be increasingly attracted to innovative alternative political models because this trio is so endemically dysfunctional.
In Israel voters just chose between the war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu or those who claim to be the colonisers who are the “sane” alternative. This election sham will likely need to be repeated for the fifth time in two years, but only a few thick Westerners ever claimed Israel is a democracy, anyway.
Thirty years after the United States penned the structures of the European Union – in a rush of Cold War euphoria and arrogance – there may not be elections which are as meaningless and uninteresting to the actual voting public as those for EU Parliament.
The United States’ recent election was as bad as anyone could have expected, and Americans themselves expected the worst more often than anyone. So I don’t know why France-raised US Secretary of State Antony Blinken thought the last months and years of American carnage and discontent would go unnoticed abroad?
When Blinken assumed a Parisian pose of oblivious nonchalance at the first China-US summit and tried to shame China for not being Western enough, China was ready: his counterpart, Yang Jiechi, delivered an impromptu, blistering, 17-minute critique of America which was redolent of Mao’s era.
In short, Yang’s rebuttal contained well-known and totally accurate critiques of America’s capitalist-imperialist and liberal democratic structures. From “massacring the people of other countries” to the obvious “slaughtering” of African-Americans and beyond, Yang listed a poisonous cornucopia of the inevitable social evils which arise from such outdated social structures.
China’s standing up to the new administration in Washington – and at the very first opportunity – will mark a sea change in geopolitical affairs. China knew it was going to be targeted – as a welcoming gift Biden placed sanctions on two dozen Chinese officials just prior to the landing of their diplomats – and they eagerly responded with, “Let’s fight – ideologically – because it’s clear you don’t have a solid leg to stand on anymore.”
Out with the ‘Axis of Evil’ and in with the ‘Allies of Sovereignty’
Yang’s speech clearly ends the era of the “Axis of Evil”, declared by George W. Bush in his 2002 state of the union address, which put Iran, Iraq and North Korea at the top of the list for allegedly being sponsors of terrorism. However, the actual policy of America was: whoever was not “with us” was an evil entity for being “against us”, and thus Bush II essentially declared at the point of a spear that it was now a unipolar world.
In a new column titled “Welcome to shocked & awed 21st century geopolitics” indispensable global journalist Pepe Escobar agreed that China’s hour-long diplomatic give-and-take meant that “21st century geopolitics will never be the same again”. He also noted that the unified, unbowed response to Yang’s speech by Iran, China and Russia amounted to an open “triple slap on the (US) hegemon” with a duelling glove.
So what is it which unifies this Asian triumvirate?
It’s a group whose essential demand is something which resonates universally, and which was the only logical and inevitable retort to those (the US, EU & Israel) who insist on a unipolar world: it’s an “alliance of sovereignty”, i.e. the right to resist a unipolar world where domestic affairs cannot be decided locally. The fundamental basis of this stance is anti-imperialism.
Sovereignty is what France denies to Africa, what the Monroe Doctrine still denies to Latin America, what Israel denies to the Middle East and what – it’s often poorly understood – Brussels denies to the southern and eastern members of its own bloc. Sovereignty is an essential demand in a world full of nations but it’s an illegitimate demand and even seditious blasphemy to assert, as Yang did, that, “Neither the United States itself nor the Western world represent international public opinion.”
Let the US and Israel continue to wave the bloody flag of World War II and perhaps dub Iran, Russia and China the “Axis of Evil II” all they want: As the Yellow Vests, Brexit and Trump illustrate, many of their own subjects are already painfully aware that national sovereignty is a human right which has become unbearably stifled in favor of 1%-er capitalist globalisation.
The roles of the ‘Allies of Sovereignty’ get more and more openly declared
Obviously, once China gets involved militarily then it’s all over – there will be a global victory for sovereignty.
Russia got involved militarily in Syria – the US lacked the diplomatic credibility for a repeat of the Iraq & Afghanistan invasions, and they lacked the military supremacy, and they also blinked because they have lost faith in their own cause – and they were able to assure the sovereignty of Syria.
Iran is the most involved militarily: they take the most risks and remain the most at risk of assaults – this is perhaps the price to be paid for earning the partnership of those two much larger regions, both of which are big enough to be continents. Revolutionary Iran has won many regional countries if not outright sovereignty then at least temporary reprieves, measures of peace and, that most essential ingredient, hope. Iran deranges the West the most: there is no logical reason for Iran to be included with these two much larger powers except for the fact that Iran obviously punches way above its weight solely via decades of advanced political modernity, social merit and intelligent redistribution of it’s natural economic resources.
China and Russia are in a conundrum which was made clear in both Yang’s remarks and by Russia’s official response, which said that Moscow’s relationship with the EU, “has been destroyed by unilateral decisions made from Brussels”: China and Russia are trying to uphold a rights-based system of international law with a triumvirate who has no respect for it.
The United Nations – the fulcrum of this system – is totally irrelevant to Americans. Given the “you’re either with us or against us” worldview they openly declared – with all the subsequent violations of international law via illegal sanctions, via Guantanamo Bay, via pulling out of treaties like the JCPOA, etc. – Moscow and Beijing should have realised that “only unilateral decisions” has been the Western worldview for many years. The West will never say what China and Russia apparently want to hear: “you’re either with the United Nations or against us”.
Contrarily, Iran has far fewer expectations that the UN is an impartial body. Going back to the chemical weapons atrocities by Iraq more than three decades ago, Iran sees it is quite necessary to take risks because the “international community” – dominated by Western interests and democracy-gutting vetoes – so often don’t come to save the innocent until after the bullets have flown.
What is the “international community”? To many – like the US – it is nothing. To others – like China, Russia and France – it is worth saving and using, and largely because they can get enough of what they want. To many others – like Iran and countless other nations – it is not useful without major reforms first. But these analyses are all moot:
The concept of national “sovereignty” can and must exist before, during and after any discussion of how, what, who, where or when this “international community” is formally arranged – refusal to recognise this necessarily implies some sort of one-state/unipolar world.
“Sovereignty” needs allies today, but the situation of “sovereignty” is not as dire as it was in 2002, (although a Yellow Vest will certainly disagree). In case the new Biden administration was wondering they now know: Beijing is not about to side with the Western triumvirate (or, more accurately, their 1% class) over their own sovereignty.
If pushed like Russia was in Syria, Beijing may even fight to protect the sovereignty of certain other nations, such as Iran.
Geopolitics moves much slower than the average person may think, but for a plethora of enormous reasons which go far beyond a debate in Alaska – four years of the curtain-lifting outsider Donald Trump, the “no strings attached for bankers” fiscal policy disasters of QE and ZIRP, an unregulated private high finance sector, the disputed election of Joe Biden, the atrocious Great Lockdown decisions of the West, etc. – the unilateral world ordered by the West has wilted. What we now have is two camps which contain half the world.
What’s key to grasp is that what is truly “up for grabs” is the other half: Latin America and Africa. For centuries they have had no sovereignty – and the plunder of their wealth is what led to the West’s current success – and restoring it is the inevitable goal of the “Allies of Sovereignty”.
Were the Western triumvirate (and we can include a fourth note to that chord: many of the key members of the 54-nation English Commonwealth) not so bloody capitalist-imperialist they would be working to maintain the current status quo between China and the West which has been, ultimately, mutually-beneficial for both groups for several decades.
However Beijing said the new administration of Joe Biden came to the first Sino-US summit to emit “a strong smell of gunpowder and drama” – China was clearly unimpressed, and they clearly know who their real allies are.
(Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.)
A good article with clear identification of sovereign countries. There is no sovereignty without monetary sovereignty. Nations working towards sovereignty need to oppose monetary imperialism and trade in respective national currencies.
Joe Biden in his first press conference framed the geopolitical situation in a misleading way by stating, “that this is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies.”
It is a battle between SUZERAINTIES vs Sovereignties. The suzerainties (democracies) are the successfully captured kingdoms of the Financial Empire controlled by the Global Financial Oligarchy. China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela… want to be sovereign and not vassals of this Empire. Germany too wants to be sovereign and is working towards completing Nord Stream 2. Hopefully, this will be another defeat for the Empire. Also, good Americans want the United States to be sovereign and not the mercenary arm of this Empire.
“The true equation is ‘democracy’ = government by world financiers.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
For Sleepy Joe Biden to state that it was a battle between democracies and autocracies is laughable nonsense, bearing in mind he was placed into power by a soft coup d’etat which denied Trump his election victory. And the Chinese are certainly right:
” … Beijing said the new administration of Joe Biden came to the first Sino-US summit to emit “a strong smell of gunpowder and drama”.
That is correct. The neocons trying some new “gunboat diplomacy” in the style of 19th century colonial policies. Thy are continuing where Reagan, the two Bushes and Obama stopped, namely imperial policies camouflaged as “democratic initiatives”. These infantile tactics will not work. Both Russia and China have become too powerful to be bullied, and both are acquiring prestige while the US is losing it. Once the US loses it’s allies in Europe, then it will be reduced to a second rate imperial power still showing signs of life.
The U.S. options are: win, reform & reconfigure or lose. It has been captured by the Global Financial Oligarchy and keeps on destroying its opportunities. All its sanctions and accusations are resulting in it losing trust, credibility and legitimacy. No major or minor powers of the future will build its economy around the U.S. platforms. Nations are already seeking alternatives. The U.S. is shooting itself in the foot. It would be wise for it to face the reality and reform to build a good nation, so it can retain its influence. For now, the American experiment is failing and the U.S. is lost in its hubris.
Just like the Titanic, the Anglo-Zionist Empire is taking on water and sinking fast. The rest of the planet is sick and tired of colonialism, domination, and exploitation. The new Belt and Road Initiative will “construct a unified large market and make full use of both international and domestic markets, through cultural exchange and integration, to enhance mutual understanding and trust of member nations, resulting in an innovative pattern of capital inflows, talent pools, and technology databases.” (Wikipedia)
Over 70 nations are already members including Russia, China, and Iran. The days of Western gunboat diplomacy are over, Ramin, no matter who is president of the USA.
The anglophone, or five eyes, world is characterised by its phony democracy. As Mr. Mazaheri has indicated, the elections are fraudulent. Either there is phony opposition, such as the neutered post-Corbyn Labour, led by somebody even more fascistic than the arch medico-fasicst Boris Johnson, who got his start as the chief persecutor at the start of the criminal extra-legal campaign against Julian Assange, the hero who was exposing the crimes of the yankee dominated system, or there are fake elections when a less than fully controlled president, though rather neutered by the permanent state, has his reelection stolen by a wide ranging variation of ballot stuffing methods. In the lesser countries, we tend to see circumscribed opposition, which, such as in Canada, will allow the yankee regime’s extra-territoriality to trump the national interest by going along with the yankee action attacking a major Chinese technology company by falsely arresting one of its chief leaders because the company did not adhere to illegal edicts of the yankee state. In the “down under” states where there is other evidence of vassal state status. The mainland European vassals also show little independence from the leviathan, and, for example in Germany, the choice is between the Merkel coalition and a Green regime representing a Soros style globalism and support for the medicofascism regime.
There are no guarantees. The West, the triumvirate of the US, EU and Israel as you say may yet succeed even if for the moment this seems increasingly unlikely. Sites such as this one which are so bound to the most recent events in geopolitics ignore the fact that history is long does not always proceed in a straight line.
A touch of the Spenglerian approach needs to be introduced in my humble opinion. Current events need to be embedded into decades, even centuries long trends, to provide proper perspective. What are the trends of regional and world history that are directive or determining for the course of current events.
With respect to the West it seems on course still for presenting a world challenge. The West is destined after Spengler to form a civilizational encompassing empire at the end of Spengler’s Modern Times. This empire is obviously in formation. As Modern Times is an historical period which still has 40 odd years to run the conclusion and open acknowledgement of such a civilization encompassing state is still possible. Russia, China, Iran and some other bits of real estate may then be as Parthia was to Rome.
The last fight has not yet come and according to Spengler’s implicit schedule will not come for another 40 to 50 years. Much can and will occur bringing ups and downs in the fortunes of the participants in the intervening time. The Final War for Planetary Unification is yet distant so the events leading towards it are yet to display themselves.
Nevertheless the constant prodding of the West shows the likely direction of future events. There will be a showdown that is final. Even if there is a well deserved humiliation of the West in the near future there is no guarantee that events will not reverse with a partial recovery as both sides gird themselves for a final showdown. World War I did not preclude the German ambitions of World War II. Only the second war has proved fatal for German ambition as then conceived.
This site has made much of the current ascendancy of Russian arms. However, given decades to work with the technological possibilities are many. The promise of new weapons is always there. The scientific theory the public thinks of most and which has been deified in the last century is really passing into the dustbin of history. There is too much that is observed and denied by establishment scientists to allow these theories to stand. Their potential replacements are numerous and generally argue for new technologies which will again expand the reach and power of modern weapons.
The nuclear bomb was founded upon the experimental and theoretical work performed between 1900-1920. The Bomb itself was unleashed in the mid 1940’s. One can reasonably argue that the theoretical and experimental work occurring between 2000 and 2020 will have a similar effect. If anything the final effects will be delayed. We can easily encompass another 20 years of basic work to found the technology of the final conflict.
It is not enough to humiliate the West. Any current ascendancy of the Rest against the West need not be final. One must expect a final and decisive conflict to shift the historical trajectory of the West away from a drive for world domination or see that domination achieved.
You are all celebrating far too soon. All recent events really mean is that two icebergs have come into collision and the grinding, clashing and cacophony will only reach a crescendo in some future decade. Any presumed effective settlements reached in the next decade cannot be expected to be final if they do not clearly end Western ambition for planetary rule.
Interesting alternative perspective and good advice in general for the most part. Not that I necessarily agree with most of it. Recent events have uncovered the utter depravity with which the west “rules” and a marked and disturbing tendency to cannibalize its own populations, “for their own good” of course. Given current events, I seriously doubt we’ve got 40-50 years left for any “final fight” to occur, if indeed it plays out that way at all this time. The west – whose mythology leads it to long for such a dramatic “final conflict” – seems more likely to fizzle before a unified front of genuinely responsible state actors, with any final showdown outbursts most likely to be suicidal, and not civilizational unifying. That suicidal aspect should therefore be the most concerning aspect of the current standoff.
Thanks for a truly perceptive and sobering perspective of our place in history.
There are a couple of angles that seem rarely discussed, one of which you have recognised – namely that whatever weapons we are going to face in 40 years will seem like science fiction right now. FWIW, I’m a true believer in the principle that whatever the human mind can conceive, it can bring into reality. The Terminator movies (and others) come to mind.
The second angle which is so far little discussed (and fervently denied by the “Global Warming” – whoops, I mean “Climate Change” cult), is the prospect of another Maunder Minimum and its attendant Ice Age barreling down upon an unsuspecting humanity. Historical precedent and current data suggests that this may already be underway, with the cooling trend up to 2030 poised to accelerate into a full blown global freeze by mid-century, and lasting for maybe 100 up to 1,000 years. I’m suspicious that the frantic efforts to orchestrate the global Corona Chan “pandemic” and then to “vaccinate” (depopulate) the unwitting masses may have something to do with that.
Just for interest, while not being too alarmist –
If the Ice Age narrative pans out, then the modelling has the Northern Hemisphere covered in an ice sheet, with the Southern Hemisphere relatively unscathed (cooler, with lower sea levels, but still relatively liveable with former desert areas becoming arable).
The most pressing issue with the Ice Age scenario won’t be energy (except for those clowns who refuse to use it) – we have enough coal and uranium to last for centuries, not to mention other energy technologies that have already been developed but have been suppressed for military purposes. No, the most pressing issue will be food production and distribution – it’s hard to grow crops or raise livestock under 50 feet of ice.
That’s the sort of existential problem that could lead to wars – big wars.
If I was a mega-rich elite bastard, I’d be hedging my bets by building bunkers and buying land in South America or New Zealand right about now.
Meanwhile, still pondering world history over the next 50 years, trawling around for narratives reveals that various mystics over the past few centuries have been saying almost verbatim that a huge war involving bombs of enormous power will engulf the entire Northern Hemisphere. These have been mostly Catholic Saints and the occasional Serbian farmer, scattered across Europe. One wonders if Eastern mystics had anything similar to say?
Ominously, and relevant to the core premise of this post, several female Catholic mystics (why are the mystics so predominantly women?) over the past few centuries have warned that human-pig hybrids (combining “the essence of a pig and a man”) will be manufactured for use as soldiers on the battlefield – powerful, intelligent, obedient, ruthlessly savage and with no conscience or mercy. I dare to venture that we’ll also have cyborgs of the Terminator type, if not worse.
Also relevant to contemporary developments, one of those mystics several centuries ago also described human exploration and discoveries on Mars. So humanity will get there, eventually, though if Earth is cold by then, Mars willbe even colder.
The myth of a coming mini ice age has been thoroughly discredited –
All of these geopolitical power projections fail to account for Nature’s Revolution of climate disruption that will be the final arbiter of human civilization on this planet in the very near future. The heat forcing will continue to accelerate, releasing massive amounts of methane from the enormous stores in the previously frozen Arctic. That methane will further accelerate the forcing and will unleash huge firestorms, of which I believe we have already seen the early signs in many places.
There is a veil of methane plumes circulating the planet, having already been emitted from thawing permafrost and sea beds, plumes which can be shifted downward by strong winds to act as an accelerant of fires. Notice some of the scenarios of the recent Australian fires, where automobiles parked nowhere near trees had their engine blocks melted into streams. Notice the extraordinary terms used by the veteran firefighters, “We’ve never seen anything like this” and declarations in the news of “Explosive wildfires”.
Humans are can no longer depend on stable habitat anywhere on earth. Besides unprecedented destruction from wildfires, we will witness super storms & floods & storm surges impacting coastal cities, earthquakes & tsunamis caused by melted ice caps changing water mass distribution, extended droughts, species mass die-offs, famines and mass migrations of humans, and much more all on a scale never before experienced. It is all beginning to happen right now and there is no way to stop it. All the great plans for technological panaceas to “save the planet” will only exacerbate the situation.
The endless conflicts and military build-ups only hasten our extinction as a species. There is no justification for these to continue. Humans would need to make a quantum leap in evolved consciousness to overcome our inherent defects, and that obviously won’t happen. Therefore, extinction is inevitable.
“It is all beginning to happen right now and there is no way to stop it.”
Well at least we agree that whatever is going to happen weather-wise, human intervention will have very little (if any) effect.
Apart from that, I diverge pretty much entirely from your outlook. The human-caused issue that no-one seems to give a rat’s arse about, sadly, is also the issue that does cause me grief – namely the destruction of the biosphere caused by deforestation, mining, urbanization and wholesale industrial pollution of the environment, with the accompanying loss of habitats, species and general biodiversity.
And by pollution I don’t mean CO2. Regardless, if anyone really believed that the CO2 is a problem, then it’s easily fixed by just putting the frigging forests back. But that’s not going to happen, because it’s not part of the plan – never has been. The “Global Warming” (sorry, “Climate Change”) plan always seems to gravitate to a “solution” which involves deindustrialization and global depopulation. Strangely enough, that sounds an awful lot like Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab’s agenda with Corona Chan, lockdowns, social mandates, vaccinations and The Great Reset. What a strange coincidence.
Regardless, if the Ice Age narrative pans out, we’ll know within the next 10 years or so, because it should be plain as dog’s balls by then. That’s if Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab will give us permission to look out our windows.
Meanwhile, I don’t plan on losing any sleep over “Global Warming” (sorry, “Climate Change”) between now and then. We’ve already waited 30 years for a single one of Al Gore’s dire warnings to pan out – still waiting.
This comment by James Wood is one of the best, most balanced comments out there
and deserves a separate article (do it mods!)
And I fully agree with James’ comment – it is not over yet,
Actually the West is winning in Africa, and South America is and will stay US’ backyard,
Russia and China are far away to make any bigger impact there. Sure they use Venezuela/Cuba
as a foothold to S.America, but that can be easily cut off if the US decides to get serious
About Africa – I will not get into detail how and why the West is winning in Africa – everybody
should observe the trends and news and it will be crystal clear
Btw, while Ramin is correct that there is no real democracy in the West,
he fails to understand the masses and what the masses really want.
he is also bias towards Iran, that is why his analysis is no analysis but cheering for his team
Actually I had an epiphany – it is China & Russia that are on the wrong side of history.
Globalization is the logical step further in humanity. and some cultures/civilizations are backward
because their mentality is backward – not because of the “evil” West
Lets be honest, Chinese would still be eating rice, riding bicycles and wearing those communist
work uniforms had they not be given access to Western markets to sell their products
… but once that door is closed, the collapse of Chinese industries will start.
This is why the long lockdowns – especially during major retail seasons – Easter and Christmas
the Western consumer is already saturated with goods, and can skip few buying cycles – while
the Chinese have noone to sell their stuff and go bust
“Ramin … is also bias towards Iran, that is why his analysis is no analysis but cheering for his team…”
Perhaps the author does have a bias for Iran, yet IMO for the most part his analysis seems sound.
Sadly, I don’t think the same can be said for yours truly.
“Actually I had an epiphany – it is China & Russia that are on the wrong side of history.
Globalization is the logical step further in humanity. and some cultures/civilizations are backward
because their mentality is backward – not because of the “evil” West…”
If by “globalization” you mean One World Government, either under the control of the American Empire with its “rules base international order” or under a global technocratic dictatorship run by the likes of Klaus Schwab and Bill Gates, then you might find that the bulk of the planet’s population don’t regard that idea as an improvement, any more than we might have welcomed the Japanese Empire or the Third Reich having total control of the planet.
On the other hand, as you have already decided that Russia and China are “on the wrong side of history”, then by “gloablization” you can’t possibly be referring to the harmonious system of mutually beneficial economic relationships amongst all sovereign nations being promoted and developed by China with Russia’s intimate involvement and support, aka the BRI. And yet, this too is a species of “globalization”, though in practice much more attentive to the needs and rights of individual nations in the multilateral international community.
Either the American Empire’s way (or perhaps Bill and Klaus’ way) or the Russian and Chinese way, constitute “steps” in different directions, to be sure. Whether either is the “logical next step” remains for history to decide, but I would argue that the totalitarian approach of the American Empire is very much a retrograde step, taking us back to the 1940’s threat of global domination by Fascist Empires (which, incidentally, is precisely what the American Empire has now become). Hardly “the logical next step”.
“…not because of the “evil” West…”
And yet, the behaviour of the West, using lies and propaganda to justify invading and destroying nation after nation after nation, with an endless litany of horrific war crimes in complete defiance of International Law and just about every international treaty that they ever signed, does strongly support the notion that the West is indeed “evil”.
Irrespective of the mentality of some other countries, that can hardly be something to be proud of, and one would think that right-minded folks within the West would like to correct the situation and get the West back onto an ethically and morally sustainable path. In short, whatever the West thinks that it has been doing over the last few decades, it has been palpably wrong, and doubling down by doing more of the same won’t fix it.
“… but once that door is closed, the collapse of Chinese industries will start…”
Let’s check back in 12 months time and see where the industries, in fact where entire economies, are “going bust”. My money’s on China continuing to outperform the rest of the planet, as they have right through the Corona Chan “pandemic” up to the present time.
“This is why the long lockdowns – especially during major retail seasons – Easter and Christmas
the Western consumer is already saturated with goods, and can skip few buying cycles – while
the Chinese have noone to sell their stuff and go bust”
The Western consumer in America is jobless and living on meagre government handouts, and a great many of them are in poverty or starving. Good luck with those buying cycles.
Meanwhile, the Chinese have already made clear to Australia that they don’t have to buy Australian stuff, but Australia has nowhere else but China to buy the stuff that it needs. And China has a global marketplace crying out for inexpensive Chinese-made products, because most of the West is now in a self-inflicted Corona Chan depression. And China just keeps on building its BRI.
Dude, your logic just doesn’t stand up. It sounds like so much wishful thinking.
You think Ramin is biased?
We need to retrore the true manin of “Democracy”: : It means “a system eher the enirre populace partakes in the decitions”, The Founding Fathers of the US of north A, had all a ckassic riman katun education, They abhorred the “ruling of the mob” as practiced in Athens and preferred the Roman model that was the rule of established autocrats in the Senate o Rome, Kase finished? — well no quite:
The “Fathers” ruled out any mention to “democracye´” in thair planning, But (for instance) sucheonce as Lincoln and Rooswekdt woul resurrect this “idea”, No wonder both found their graves as vidimmes of assassinations —probably Calvin Coldege, and provenlingly the killings of John F. Kenennedy, his brother and also of Maatin Lhuther King and MAøkpøm X too!
In the USSR, political killings stopped with the murder of Stalin, In China, none withing the Communist party since 1932. In the US: Still the order of the day.
None gains by humiliation and it will be hubris to do that, which will meet its nemesis. Good individuals know this reality. Neither China or Russia are claiming a superior socioeconomic system.
Many are being emphatic towards the West and hoping it will realize its folly of greed and power to form an Empire. No more imperialism and enslavement of the past centuries. The Western nations need to work towards their sovereignty and respect other sovereignties. Its days of being a HYPOCRITICAL HEGEMON are over. It can only lead by examples. No double standards and living off looting and lying. Will the West recognize its folly and right its wrongs? The sooner it does the better for our world. Nations need to focus on their people, peace and prosperity.
None can predict timing. A change can happen soon if China, Russia, Iran and other nations decide to stop using the United States dollar. Everything is in place for this change to happen anytime. The world has alternate payment processing networks, digital currencies are coming and many nations have stopped buying the U.S. treasury bonds. This bond market has become a joke and its fraud out in open, when the Fed through its primary dealer banks is buying them. Nations want to trade in their respective national currencies and are doing currency swap deals. Infrastructure is in place for change.
The U.S. dollar days as a reserve currency are coming to an end. It has already reached the maximum age (80 to 105 years) of a reserve currency and is in the end phase. All things have a beginning, a middle, and an end. The Dollar Empire is ending. Soviet Union fell apart mainly due to financial manipulations of oil prices. Now also it will be the financial arena that will be a catalyst for change.
Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall. Empires crumble when they start to believe the bullshit about their own greatness.
“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
– Sophocles, Antigone
“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
– Sophocles, Antigone
“Politicians never make mistakes, and when their course is wrong, they never back down, they double down.”
– Ultrafart the Brave, Oz
“The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about next elections only, while a statesman thinks of generations to come”.
Powerful preside over populace through priests, politicians, press, prosecutors, police…
Who are the individuals showing statesmanship (leaders with integrity) in our world?
American President John F. Kennedy was a true statesman – we all know how that ended.
Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was another – but they got rid of him too, all legal like.
So was Libyan President Muammar Gadaffi – but they butchered him alive (and Hillary cackled with glee).
Cuban President Fidel Castro was probably another – they tried really, really hard to assassinate him.
Most recently, President John Magufuli of Tanzania – also dead.
All that’s left that come immediately to mind are Putin, Lavrov and Xi.
Surely there must be others, but they’re a rare bird indeed – in a word, endangered.
Good names from the past and East. It is unfortunate that good leaders get assassinated.
Are we saying there are no leaders with integrity in the West at the present time?
“Are we saying there are no leaders with integrity in the West at the present time?”
If there was any leader of a Western nation that was truly concerned with the interests of his / her people and nation, and who had the courage and political skills to stand their ground and survive, then that nation probably wouldn’t be part of the West for much longer.
Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam tried to exercise Australian sovereignty and fully engage with China.
They got rid of him in a non-violent political coup (otherwise they would have done a JFK on him).
More recently, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also tried to assert Australian independence and fully engage with China.
Rudd was hardly a statesman, and he was easily removed by an internal political coup – but he had the right idea about the nation’s core interests.
Those examples come immediately to mind, but no doubt there are many others across the Western world over the last 50 years.
So to answer the question, right at this point in time – no.
“Obviously, once China gets involved militarily then it’s all over – there will be a global victory for sovereignty.”
The US will regret pushing and threatening China that is resulting in its arming itself which the US will not be able to compete with. The US is its own worst enemy – stuck in old Cold War patterns and narratives.
The US is ruled by dead-enders that don’t have a chance against the coalescing multifarious East. It’s just starting but is already over.
having bill clinton and kamala harris headline a chat on women issues and empowerment pretty much summed up the usa this week. bill clinton the long time champion of girls equality has spoken. anyone could summise this is a comedy show. black comedy. but at a level where the satanists are just laughing in our faces. who even rejects this morally repugnant exercise in the usa anymore?. all the media lapped it up as a serious affair. it only takes one pauper to say clinton has no clothes ie epstein and the farce collapses
More and more people are puncturing the “liberal” image of them selves being morally superior. The progressives are hammering Biden regime on his Imperialist foreign policy, The Grayzone, Jimmie Dore, Kim Iverson. The 2 “narratives” of the Biden regime, one that America is an evil racist country where racism pervades all aspects of society, and the 2nd that Blinken said to the Chinese Amb. that USA is the most morally perfect country in the world and that Chinese should shut up and listen like school children don’t make any sense. The Biden regime on economic matters is far right serving the 1 %. They are buying off the ‘progressives” by going full bore on Critical race theory and attacking traditional US culture as evil. The attack on the economy via the plandemic, experimental vaccines and lockdowns is further causing massive unhappiness. All of this and the “leader” has obvious mental/cognitive problems.
Russaia has the juice, China has the might. Build high speed rail from Moscow to Beijing. If they do it theirselves its their money. I want 400 mph all the way. Russian power and Chinese might can pull the world together. Share the technlogy.
China has been singled out as the pre-eminent threat to US dominance in the world because China threatens to break the US monopoly control over international trade. The US took this monopoly for granted & it is the main reason why the US believed it had the luxury of exporting its industry – now acknowledged within the US establishment is the largest strategic mistake in recent US history. As long as more than 50% of international trade is conducted in US dollars, & it is 60% at the moment – with the remainder being made up by close allies of the US (Euro, Japanese Yen, UK Pound Sterling etc.), the US can avoid a financial & economic collapse. Right now the US dollar is being held afloat by its share of international trade, this enables the US financial system to lend US treasuries predominantly to its own institutions, cannablizing its own economy – or what is left of it.