Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Friday, June 08, 2018

New Eurasian superpower - multipolar world and U.S. decline

Last night I read three articles from non-mainstream media.  I've learned over the years that I've got to read as much international/alternative media as possible if I hope to have a clue as to what is really going on around the world.

I wanted to share a few bits from each of these articles as I think they paint a clear picture for us of the present situation concerning the US imperial collapse due to Washington's arrogance and belief in exceptionalism.
  • Why Globalists Want to Contain Iran by Chris Kanthan.  He writes in part:

     In terms of world’s proven reserves, Iran is #4 in oil and #2 in natural gas. Thus, a free Iran will endanger Saudi Arabia’s role as the leading oil producer.

    Thus, in 1970, Iran was producing more oil than Saudi Arabia; however, by 1980, the Saudis [due to western sanctions against Iran] were producing six times more oil than the Iranians!

    A resurgent Iran will also mean competition to US oil and shale companies which have been ramping up production since 2011 (when Libya was destroyed!).

    Israel wants weak Arab neighbors that it can kick around and grab oil/land from – a prime example being Golan Heights, that has huge oil reserves. There are Israelis who dream of a Greater Israel, which encompasses land from many neighboring countries.

    If everyone in the Middle East got along with one another, there will be no need for US military bases, and Saudi Arabia won’t be binge-buying US/UK weapons.

    There’s a huge struggle for the control of Eurasia, and Iran is a key piece in that geopolitical chessboard. As long as Iran was isolated and weak, it didn’t matter. But now Iran is getting into all kinds of military and economic alliances with Russia & China — the two countries that have been labeled by the Trump administration as “rival powers” and “revisionist powers” that have heralded an era of “great power competition.”

    Iran is also key component of China’s Silk Road (also called Belt and Road Initiative or One Belt, One Road) — freight trains from China have to go through Iran on their way to Africa and the Middle East. Destabilizing Iran means sabotaging China’s Silk Road, and that would be very desirable for globalists.

    Basically, the US is on the verge of losing its hegemony in a contiguous string of countries from the Middle East to China.

    These are the reasons why globalists are fervently trying to topple the current Iranian regime. Neocons such as Bolton are partnering with MEK, a cult-terrorist group that was conveniently deemed innocuous by the US government in 2012, the same year when the US illegally seized $100 billion of Iranian assets and imposed devastating sanctions.

    If Iran is embroiled in a bitter civil war between Islamists & secularists for the next decade, it will just be splendid. The chaos can actually be used to chop up Iran into pieces — Baluchistan on the east, Khuzestan on the south and Kurdistan on the northwest. This will ensure that Iran will never be an influential regional power again.
    Atlanticism might best be summarized as a two-part phenomenon. On the one hand, it is an ideology which holds that the United States, Europe, and the Anglo 5 as a whole share a common civilizational history and trajectory predicated on their Liberal and capitalist mode of modernity. On the other hand, it is a geopolitical project aimed at realizing this ideology through the political, economic, military, and cultural alignment of these states under the hegemony of the United States against perceived antipodes. The aggressiveness of Atlanticism lies in that its Liberal paradigm has universal pretensions – it claims the historical and moral right to impose its model upon all.

    ....the US’ unipolar moment was short-lived, and the US has been in a profound state of decline and crisis. In 2008, the United States National Intelligence Council admitted that by 2025 the international system will be a “global multipolar one”, that the West’s conception of modernity “will not necessarily provide the dominant underlying values of the international system”, and predicted decline for the US in all spheres.

    Europe needs an alternative security, economic, and integration framework to break free from Atlanticism and survive in the 21st century. Only partnership with the heartland of Eurasia, Russia, and involvement in Eurasian integration projects can offer it that. But in order to achieve such, Europe also needs ideological forces which can subjectively materialize this transition and address the EU’s internal contradictions. In this sense, Atlanticism isn’t finished in Europe until it is uprooted on the level of ideas. The shape which this new ideology for European integration takes will in no small part also determine the shape of Europe after Atlanticism. And this shape is already being molded in the very media and analytical angles that are narrating the European crisis now.
Russia, as much as China and Iran, is already bypassing the US dollar. That accounts for three crucial nodes of Eurasian integration, and that’s the way to go for BRI, EAEU, SCO and BRICS.

In his latest, avowedly “provocative” slim volume, Has the West Lost It? former Singaporean ambassador to the UN and current Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University, Kishore Mahbubani frames the key question: “Viewed against the backdrop of the past 1,800 years, the recent period of Western relative over-performance against other civilizations is a major historical aberration. All such aberrations come to a natural end, and that is happening now.”

Mahbubani states the obvious: “The era of Western domination is coming to an end.” Western elites, he adds, “should lift their sights from their domestic civil wars and focus on the larger global challenges. Instead, they are, in various ways, accelerating their irrelevance and disintegration.”
I think, taken together, these articles give a much deeper understanding of the seriousness of the changing global dynamics as the US empire heads for a fall.  Of course the operative question is will the US decline be graceful or go out with a big bang?  At the present time it would appear Washington continues to hope it can use military means to remain the 'top dog'.

We can all help push the US imperial project into the annals of history by working hard here at home to rob the Pentagon of the massive funds it needs to bludgeon its way to global control and domination.  In particular that means resisting with all our might the current attacks on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and what little is is left of the welfare program.  Washington calls these 'entitlement programs' which is a serious misrepresentation of fact.  Most of these programs are paid for by taxes working people paid to the government over their lifetime.

The only way the Pentagon can stay in control is to fleece the national treasury - something that both Republicans and Democrats are ready to do.  The people must stand in defense of social progress and deny the corporate globalists the ability to threaten and dominate the world.  America's big day in the sun has passed.  It's time for America to be one of many in a true global partnership. 

Let's work together to deal with our real problems - climate change and growing poverty.



Blogger Ariel Ky said...

I wholly agree with everything you have stated, Bruce. The new world order that the globalists are pushing is a fascist one of control by the most powerful and wealthiest families, corporations, and individuals, enslaving most people in the world through poverty.

What we need instead is a global people's revolution to topple the dominant hierarchy. We could have a golden era of peace, abundance, equality and freedom. It is within our reach.

6/8/18, 5:22 PM  

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