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Submitted by Daniel Cloud

Expanding the Polity

American foreign policy theory divides into two main schools. Both have been useful in the past, but neither fits the world we have to deal with now.

On one side are realists, who believe that nations try to ‘balance’, try to make sure that no one of their potential rivals becomes powerful enough to dominate them. Wars, in realist theories, occur when the relative capabilities of nations change, and serve to ratify such changes. In such a dangerous world, national security is a concern that trumps everything else, and weakness only encourages aggression.

The problem with this model, at the moment, is the utter and complete lack of any sort of balance between the military capabilities of the United States and the capabilities of its potential adversaries. It’s possible to imagine future contingencies in which the concept of a balance of power would once again become relevant, but right now we might be better served by a theory that involves some sort of snowball effect.

On the other side are Wilsonians, who are impressed by the historical evidence that democracies don’t fight democracies. They essentially agree with Immanuel Kant, who argued, in Perpetual Peace, that a world of liberal states would be a world free of war. Kant, however, went one step further, suggesting that such a world would eventually become a sort of global federation, as the long habit of peaceful collaboration caused mutual trust to harden into mutual obligation. Once this occurred, of course, the Wilsonian foreign policy model would no longer apply, because international war would cease to be the issue – the security problem would then revolve around the potential for civil wars within the federation.

That’s a theory that seems to involve a snowball, or ‘bandwagoning’ effect. Does it fit our world? Has this happened yet? Are our various current wars international conflicts, or civil conflicts within a global polity, or something else? Political realities are often papered over with polite fictions. How could we tell?

It’s worth pausing for a moment to think about how a confederation like that might actually coalesce. If some plausible mechanism bears a close resemblance to the pattern of recent history, we’ll have more reason for trying to look at world politics through this Kantian lens.

We shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking in terms of an American empire. (Americans, especially, should resist the temptations of this simplistic image, because actually acting as if we thought we had a genuine empire would destroy the whole system we’ve already spent so much good blood to build.) The confederation sometimes presents that appearance, but appearances can be deceiving, and the voters out in Iowa are actually no more in charge of the whole thing than anyone else is.

The United States does now seem to effectively claim a monopoly on the legitimate use of force in interstate relations, a role it began to take on after the Second World War, and assumed more decisively after the collapse of the Soviet Union with the first Gulf War. It occupies the role of guarantor of international borders as a result of its historic role as leader of the Western alliance against the Soviet threat, and because it can, and because the costs of not doing so are unthinkable.

What advantages does it actually derive from this rather costly and difficult role? What makes its enormous military expenditures politically possible? Maintaining a powerful military force is a drag on the American economy in the short run, but probably beneficial in the long run, because of the technological prowess it creates. As George Soros suggests, the safety provided by being the world’s preeminent military power also goes along with the advantages associated with issuing the world’s reserve currency. These basically amount to being able to print money when you’d like to, rather than when you’re forced to. When America needs low interest rates, it can lower them, and when it needs high ones, it can raise them.

Everyone else has to first worry about what the Americans are doing. If they raise rates when American rates are low, their currency will appreciate against the world’s reserve currency. If they lower their rates when American rates are high, their currency will depreciate against the reserve currency. Stable exchange rates are better if you want to take advantage of the global marketplace that lies at the heart of the whole arrangement. So, over the last few decades, monetary policies and business cycles around the world have tended to get synchronized with the monetary policy and the business cycle of the manager of the reserve currency. Amplitude still varies from country to country, but the relative phases have increasingly tended towards coherence. One global business cycle produces, in the world’s democracies, one global pattern of voter behavior. As electoral cycles become synchronized as well, conservative or liberal waves can sweep through the whole system.

While the security created by American military preeminence makes the Fed the de facto world central bank (run entirely by Americans, at least in theory for avowedly American purposes) it is global civil society that has the real power in this system, and American military action is restrained by world public opinion, not in a position to restrain it. In the short term, an American president can ignore the preferences of non-Americans, but over the long run, the costs to his political party will be high, because what outsiders think of us powerfully influences the way we see ourselves. Most of the time, it’s easier to just do what’s expected of you.

(The ever-increasing volume of complaints about American policies by the rest of the world doesn’t actually reflect increasing American disregard for world opinion, instead it reflects a stronger and stronger expectation by the rest of the Polity that we will consider their preferences before making decisions. The constant criticism just tells you that criticism gets listened to…)

The federated democratic states are each still legally sovereign, and of course will remain so, all through the process of coalescence into a single polity, just as a feudal lord can retain notional autonomy even as his domain is subsumed into a centralized state. (This makes the UN seem rather like Versailles…)

Within each liberal state, the people are sovereign, exercising their sovereignty, through their elected officials, to preserve their own rights. A trans-national civil society with synchronized business and electoral cycles erodes the imaginary boundaries between these sovereign peoples, with business deals and marriages and cable news services and medical journals and all manner of human social entanglements creating a densely interconnected web with relatively few degrees of separation between physically and socially distant individuals. More and more, world public opinion becomes just that, world public opinion. Where there is one public, there is one sovereign, a ‘people’ not in the sense of sharing some exclusive story about ethnic or national identity, but in some other, modern sense that perhaps has something to do with the fact that we all have access to the same Internet and the same airplanes. You know, us.

Where there is only one sovereign, there is one de facto polity, which wears its associated ‘sovereign’ nation-states as the antiquated federal apparatus through which it exercises power. It’s a disorganized, decentralized state, with no written constitution, and a confusing tangle of institutions and customs, rather like the United Provinces in the 17th century, or perhaps the Holy Roman Empire. Not a very well-institutionalized polity, really a bit of a mess, but workable and, on the whole, fairly democratic.

It’s tempting to call this system ‘the global failed state’, but this would suggest a process of deterioration rather than one of coalescence. Perhaps ‘the nascent global state’ is better. But let’s give it a name from science fiction instead, let’s just call it the Polity.  It increasingly seems that such an entity exists, whether we like it or not. Not an American empire, but a confederation of liberal states in which certain American institutions (the Fed, the military, the imperial presidency) play a special role, one that often conflicts with their formal constitutional obligations to American voters.

The real world is more complicated than Kant’s theory, though. A new polity doesn’t spring into existence in a second, it slowly crystallizes. The process is deceptive, because political order is a critical-mass phenomenon. Many social institutions have a hard time existing in the absence of other social institutions. Starting from Hobbesian anarchy, civil peace is reached by a process of bandwagoning, of people choosing to back the winning side once they see that others have chosen it. Both the evolution of civil society and the establishment of the rule of law are processes that tend to accelerate towards the end, often in concert. For a long time, it seems like nothing is happening, and then suddenly it’s all going very quickly.

Not everyone joins up for the same reason. Kant’s voluntary federation of liberal states, in the real world, becomes a heterogeneous agglomeration of states of various stripes. In states that already were liberal to start with, no real decision to join was ever made, it just happened, as the result of a large number of obvious-seeming choices about apparently unrelated things. States that now become liberal join the Polity almost automatically. But there are also some illiberal regimes that have made themselves parts of the coalescing polity to some limited degree. Egypt, until recently, was one such place.

Places like that, places where one party or one person or one ethnic minority or other exclusive group has a permanent monopoly on power, can be in the global polity to some limited degree, but they’re not really of it. I’ll call those countries foederati.

Becoming a foederatus is a strategic choice by the rulers of an illiberal regime. The intent is seldom to actually be subsumed by the Polity, though that is what tends to happen in the end. Instead, faced with the multi-pronged challenge of the confederation of democracies and its associated civil society, the cohesive minorities that govern these places try to cope with that challenge by allying themselves with the challenger, to preserve their own regime by attaching it to an antithetical one.

This is basically impossible in the long run, because in gaining the good things an alliance with the Polity has to offer, people in places like Egypt also acquire the skills and attitudes needed to assert their natural rights. As we’ve recently seen, military cooperation with the Polity leads to greater military competence and an enhanced sense of professional pride among officers, which tends to evince itself in a reluctance to fire on civilian demonstrators. Modern communications bring modern kinds of social complexity. Economic development and better education are deeply subversive of repressive regimes. Most of all, the rule of law, so essential to integration with the world economy, brings with it values and attitudes that are not at all consistent with the maintenance of an illiberal government.

The Polity, no matter what its constituent states want, just can’t stop itself from subverting illiberal regimes, simply by so visibly being what it is, an attainable utopia. When the crisis finally comes, it has no choice but to try to restrain its ally from using excessive force, but only egregiously excessive force can preserve a repressive regime when its citizens rise up against it. Because the Polity is otherwise a good, loyal, and safe ally, it will probably be influential when it does this, so attempts to change a foederatus into a full member of the Polity by means of people power can often succeed.

The only alternative to foederatus status, for an illiberal regime in the modern world, is the status of outsider or pariah state. States like Burma and North Korea are not part of the Polity, and are somewhat immune from its revolutionary influence. Libya under Qaddafi was such a place, and Iran is an outsider as well. In that sort of place, excessive force will be used against protesting citizens, and it is harder for people power to succeed. War by the Polity is likely to be required for the regime to change.

Since the Polity is understandably reluctant to undertake such wars – there is little for it to gain, and much for it to lose – this is a policy choice that is usually relatively stable in the short term. The price of this immediate stability is being denied the many benefits association with the Polity brings, from freedom from famine to foreign direct investment. The pariah state has to freeze its society in some particular awkward shape to keep it from morphing into a variant of the Polity’s, but this static society is confronted by a constantly changing and developing challenge from the outside world. In the end, some new technology or idea will overturn it, and the outsider will join the Polity anyway, late, and with little leverage.

All of this has interesting implications for the question of what will eventually happen to the two most important foederati, China and Saudi Arabia. Both regimes have lost the ability to censor effectively, to keep information from their citizens. It’s not clear that either system is stable under these circumstances. (If there is no genuine political need to keep their citizens in the dark, why would they ever have devoted so much energy to it?) Both have recently shown signs of worrying about the possibility of political disturbances. China’s expenditures on internal security are enormous. Last week’s announcement of a freeze in its nuclear power program seems to reflect considerable anxiety about domestic public opinion. The recent downward revision of projected GDP growth rates – from ten percent per annum down to seven percent, a very sharp self-downgrade – is indicative of a decision to shift to prioritizing political stability over economic development, because what worries the Party most (we can see why from the Egyptian case) is the political effect of inflation.

We’re used to the diplomatic assumption that these two can do what they want, in terms of repressing their own populations, because their power will make the sovereign states of the Polity reluctant to antagonize them. This is still true, but it really doesn’t matter any more. Civil society is in charge in the Polity, not the states. Diplomats can’t commit world civil society to accepting state terror, or the repeated, highly visible violation of basic human rights. No matter what they promise, it won’t, it can’t. So the Saudi and Chinese regimes can easily earn its enmity.

In the full glare of modern communication technology, egregious acts of excessive violence against unarmed civilians in the context of a people-power event will eventually evoke a very hostile response from world civil society. In both of these cases the illiberal regimes involved have tried to walk a very fine line, fully availing themselves of the advantages of association with the Polity while attempting to sterilize all of its subversive effects. The decision to revert to full pariah status would be a politically difficult one, extremely costly in economic terms. But that is what the maintenance of their present repressive regimes in the face of some future Jasmine Revolution in their own countries would require, because the repeated use of excessive force on unarmed Saudi or Chinese civilians would make those regimes pariahs in the end, whether the Polity’s diplomats and politicians wanted it to or not.

Will the Chinese, or the Saudis, really prefer that dead-end path to the perils of genuine political reform? The problem with reform is that it’s risky, that nothing is more likely to produce a revolution than reforms that are timid, or poorly executed, or ill-conceived, or that simply started too late. It should be clear now, though, that the risk is not one that can be permanently avoided, and if you have to do it, it’s better to begin before events force your hand. Certainly the risks associated with political reform are preferable to the risks associated with pariah-hood, and in the long run the reformer’s country will be the more influential within the Polity once it joins.

The calculation isn’t all that hard to make, given the now-obvious risks of delay. It’s just too late, in either case, for the elite to back out; the only way out of the trap they’ve put themselves in is by going forward, and breaking through to full Polity membership. So expect to see one or both of these two countries voluntarily lead a new wave of genuine political reform among the foederati sometime fairly soon. Joining the Polity as a full member may not be a concept that appeals to their aging elites, but it’s much, much better than the alternative, than abandoning development as a policy goal, than international isolation and an eventual civil war. Even by Saudi or Chinese standards, Turkey and South Korea aren’t really such awful places, not when you compare them to Iran and North Korea; and there’s just so little reason to do things the hard way, when you’re obviously eventually going to end up joining the Polity one way or the other, unless some clever dictator quickly figures out a way to somehow dis-invent the Internet...

Daniel Cloud

(Readers who enjoyed this post might also enjoy The Lily, available here)

 

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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:26 | 1088166 AN0NYM0US
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OT

 

Bloomberg joins ZH on view of Fuku

 

Nuclear Cloud Comes With Aura of Arrogance

Radioactive Releases Three reactors at the Fukushima-I nuclear power plant are in advanced stages of meltdown. The core of Unit 4 is in the cooling pond under the sky after two hydrogen explosions ripped off the roof and devastated the building. Huge quantities of radioactivity have been ... 

 

 

http://bloom.bg/hInkIV

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:32 | 1088184 AN0NYM0US
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and more from Bloomberg

Fukushima Engineer Says He Covered Up Flaw at Shut Reactor

http://bloom.bg/hfHpyT

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:50 | 1088252 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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Policy: "Green as Green can be"

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:46 | 1088698 NaN
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http://bloom.bg/hfHpyT

Interesting story from Bloomberg.  Reactor 4 containment was improperly heat treated and out of spec. (warped), so an engineer mgr was asked to fix it via mechanical means and not according to the design. 

So the engineer got a 1M Yen bonus for saving the company +1B Yen, but had a change of heart after Chernobyl and wrote a book about it.  The company says it didn't happen, so nothing was ever done about it .

Luckily the reactor was offline during the 9.0 quake.

Stories like that make one think either more inspection and regulation is needed in the nuclear energy business or that humankind is not up to the task. 

(That was 40 years ago.  In a world where materials are traded everywhere, it is not unheard of for one grade of steel to be sold as a more expensive one, and it is costly to pay engineers to test incoming materials to verify stated specifications.)

 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 03:21 | 1089006 AnAnonymous
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The whole article is a mess.

The author describes the US world order, that is a world organized to maintain the US at the top.

As it is based on extorting the weak, farming the poor, one finds features belonging to the extortion business.

A requirement of extortion is to keep the extorted in line, weapons being a must have.

The US complies fully with this obligation and uses its military primarly to meet this objective. Anytime a country falls out of line in terms of extortion return, the threat of US military operation is big. If people in a country kill each other without threatening the extortion return rate, a US military intervention is less certain (if ever)

Classical to extortion business.

The article fails because it pictures the result of the US independently of what happens elsewhere. It is the real economy fallacy. Inputs do not matter, only  people etc... The solution is then easy: spread the US model to the rest and countries will grow successful. Save that extortion can not be spread. An extorter is dependent on the extorted and draws the result from the extorted.

One can turn everyone in an extorter. Extorters only are when extorted are.

Yet as expansion is running its due course, more and more, each time disturbance happens among the extorted, the extorters will step in to preserve their standards of life based on extortion.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:53 | 1089397 Escapeclaws
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"Over the past few decades, the French nuclear industry has been handed to highly reliable followers in key technocrat positions, cementing their influence in political decision- making."

Yeah, they are probably all franc-maçons. That's what happens when you let a tiny group take over the leadership positions in a country--they look out for each other's elite asses and that's all. So yes, expect a nuclear melt-down in France.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:25 | 1088170 PeterSchump
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"On the other side are Wilsonians, who are impressed by the historical evidence that democracies don’t fight democracies."

 

The U.S. will change that in short order.  We are quickly running out of non-democracies to bomb.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:53 | 1088260 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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""democracies don’t fight democracies."

 The U.S. will change that in short order.  We are quickly running out of non-democracies to bomb.""

The U N Goes to War....the Libyan War

http://seenoevilspeaknoevilhearnoevil.blogspot.com/2011/03/un-goes-to-warthe-libyan-war.html

Wrong Side Up....OT comedy

http://goodthoughtsgoodwordsgooddeeds.blogspot.com/2011/03/wrong-side-upfilm-short.html

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:24 | 1089093 Arkadaba
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Arch Duke - have clicked on your links a few times but once I see that white font on black - not. You might want to think about reversing the colours ....

Edit: I find it very hard to read

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:12 | 1088308 Michael
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Three words describe US foreign policy; ZOG; Zionist Occupied Government. This is not an anti-semitic statement as most Jews (98%) are not Semites but rather European Ashkenazim Jews. Discuss this topic like a man if your up to it.

Helen Thomas is Playboy’s April Interview

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/17/3483272/helen-thomas-is-playboys-april.html

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:33 | 1088399 Bearster
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Is that a green wig over your skinhead, Goebbels?  Or is it over your turban, Achmad?

Discuss the issue of Michael: neo-nazi punk or islamist like a man if you're up to it!

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:48 | 1088456 Michael
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No. That's a picture of an irradiated Nancy Pelosi.

I'm Irish. What's your excuse? Educate yourself and stop being a crybaby your whole life.

Defamation: True Stories

http://wideeyecinema.com/?p=7208

 

 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:42 | 1089097 falak pema
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Hey Michael,

The gist of your comments are very stimulating. But narrowing the current dysfunctional capitalistic lens and the geo-political issues around it to the word "ZOG" is an oversimplification. Whatever the status of Israel as 51st state of Imperial USA in the oil patch and all the ramifications of american geo-politics of the last 60 years, it is not looking at the world scene in the right perspective, to narrow it to the fate of a national of 5(?) million Israelis in a sea of 7 billion inhabitants. Open the lens wider and things will become more focussed. Oversimplification can be a handicap...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 02:02 | 1088939 lynnybee
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I just read the link you so kindly ptovided, Michael. .....excellent article & it's admireable of her to speak the brutal truth.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:30 | 1089094 Arkadaba
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I never buy Playboy but I'm going to buy that issue. She always asked hard questions and has been demonized for that one off-the-cuff observation after years of being a journalist.

Edit: and she was being true to herself.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:23 | 1088171 PeterSchump
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"On the other side are Wilsonians, who are impressed by the historical evidence that democracies don’t fight democracies."


The U.S. will change that in short order.  We are quickly running out of non-democracies to bomb.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:33 | 1088188 squexx
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Seems to me that there are many Deomocracies that have to be "democratized" by the USA. Especially, in South America and the ME.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:40 | 1088420 umop episdn
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What is this "democracy" thing you speak of? The Untied States was a republic once, and has devolved into something like farcism. 

American leaders appear to be following the Soviet playbook for the imperial end-game quite faithfully: cringing behind high walls and locked doors, looting the treasury like there's no tomorrow, and, of course, lying their heads off. There are a few moments each century when status quo suddenly becomes status quo ante. We may be living through just such a moment now. Dmitry Orlov

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:33 | 1088190 squexx
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Seems to me that there are many Deomocracies that have to be "democratized" by the USA. Especially, in South America and the ME.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:35 | 1088201 Cognitive Dissonance
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We just start the bombing rotation back at the beginning and blame it all on the local terrorists. Or whatever the reason de jour is. Plus we can bomb our own allies and call it temporary insanity, either theirs or ours, it doesn't much matter.

Finally we can bomb the daylights out of various budget challenged US states. Serves them right for living beyond their means. And think of the increase in GDP from all those infrastructure reconstruction projects after we bomb the hell out of every bridge and dam between DC and San Francisco.

Force Majeure baby. Meaning the economic situation forced me into a major decision. To bomb here or not to bomb there, that is the question.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:50 | 1088251 Doña K
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Since the population is increasing, doesn't Bernanke have an obligation to print more money for the additional people?

More people, more money, more spending. Makes sense to me and I am not a Phd.

Someone told me that's the broken window paradox, but I swear, I didn't break it.

 

 

 

 

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:02 | 1088296 Eally Ucked
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Yes, you are absolutely right! Those countries which can not print will starve but you, if you need something you print it! Print as long as they give you something for it.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:17 | 1088580 surfsup
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As long as actual production keeps pace with this its beneficial but when it does not you have falling employment and rising prices.  Granpa's old tractor then sputters relentlessly...

www.perfecteconomy.com

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:11 | 1089461 Escapeclaws
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Bernanke hasn't been in the news too much lately, at least on ZH.  He seems to be eclipsed by supermoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear disasters, and fresh wars that spring up overnight like mushrooms in the dew-laden grass. Given the probability that at least one ZH reader will come within earshot of the Beernank, please shout the following world-saving words to him:"Ben, klaatu barada nikto!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIaxSxEqKtA&NR=1

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:43 | 1089102 Arkadaba
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So why are some of the Western countries ganging up on Libya? I haven't heard the word genocide yet but it has been hinted at. It is being presented in the western press as a war for democracy - whatever.

I generally don't agree with Tarpley but read his analysis:

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23847

Why are the Western nations so interested in Libya? 

 

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:36 | 1088202 KickIce
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What makes you think we are still a democracy, because we get our choice of two puppets hand picked by the CBs?

Reported quote from a European, "There is but one power in Europe, and it is Rothschild".  More than likely applies to the US as well.  Rothschild's mother, "If my sons did not want wars there would be no wars".

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:50 | 1088249 PeterSchump
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"What makes you think we are still a democracy, because we get our choice of two puppets hand picked by the CBs?"

I don't, and ironically, it was Wilson who helped push us down that path.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:56 | 1088276 KickIce
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More like a shove.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:32 | 1088189 Ricky Roma
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holy moly, that was long....

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:35 | 1088199 max2205
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Ahhh if you say so. I am just hoping to make it another 20 years or less if it sucks more. Good luck 20 year olds. Your fucked unless you start giving a Fuck.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:40 | 1088220 Cognitive Dissonance
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That is just about the size of it......as ugly as that may seem. Regardless of the culpability of my baby boomer generation for this entire cluster-fuck, if the 20 year olds don't wake up and push back hard they will have to live with our piss poor stewardship of their inheritance.

Maybe they just need an iRevolution app for that.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:55 | 1088268 duckduckMOOSE
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Uhhhh...heh, heh, uhm, like he said "foederatus" uhhhh, heh, heh!

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:46 | 1088242 whstlblwr
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Speaking of fucked, don't follow karl Denninger unless you want to lose your money and sanity. He's wrong on so many fronts it must be irony. Maybe he's part of The Onion.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:05 | 1088305 Eally Ucked
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you see you found the way to make money, go opposite way!

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:40 | 1088206 Dr. Acula
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"democracies don’t fight democracies."

Ridiculous. Ever hear of WWII?

As long as there are career politicians and a bloodthirsty populace ignorant of Ricardo's Law of Comparative Advantage, there will be war.

 

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:45 | 1088240 Subprime JD
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Germany was a authoritarian state run by a dictator by the name of Adolf Hitler

Italy was a authoritarian state run by a dictator by the name of Benito Mussolini

Japan was also a authoritarian state run by emperor Hideki Toyo

 

 

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:54 | 1088266 TwelfthVulture
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Adolf Hitler was elected.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:58 | 1088285 KickIce
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True, but then the people chose to give him dictator power.  Fortunately, Americans are much to smart to allow a power grab by the Federal government.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:07 | 1088310 Eally Ucked
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Really?

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:16 | 1088335 nodoctor
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Yes.

Not only would the people never allow it but we have the constitution which specifically enumerates the powers of the federal government; and the federal government cannot exceed those enumerated powers. All rights not specifically denied the people are left to them, or to the states, remember. Our elected officials swear to protet and defend the constitution ON A BIBLE - so I think we are in the clear.

/sarcasm

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:56 | 1088487 KickIce
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Oh yeah, and our politicans our corporations would never hide anything from us like what is being done currently in Japan.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:22 | 1088358 Doña K
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How about American idol and the Kardashian's? how smart is that?

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:59 | 1088509 KickIce
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Don't forget Charlie Sheen.

#winning.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 08:58 | 1089420 Shell Game
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It had to be steeped with sarcasm..

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:37 | 1088208 SDRII
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This entire piece is (and will continue to be) ahistorical. It reads like a freshman essay from the Woodrow Wilson School (in keeping to theme)

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:38 | 1088218 Dr. Acula
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"American foreign policy theory divides into two main schools."

And then there is the school that shuns socialist wastrels and warmongers and seeks both peace and the natural overwhelming military advantage that comes with capital accumulation.

 

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:51 | 1088257 PeterSchump
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The school you mention was shut down.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:10 | 1088315 Eally Ucked
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Ha,Ha!

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:47 | 1088227 robobbob
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Its called the New World Order

You could have saved all those paragraphs.

It will probably result in a prolonged "peace". Of course that peace will be paid for with the lives of billions and the freedom of anyone who remains as slaves to the ruling elite.

After a century, or maybe even a few, the unwieldy global system with start to succumb to its inertia and start collapsing. Power centers will have surely evolved and in the increasing chaos will act to exert their own influence. But unlike past human history, there will be NO WHERE TO RUN from the destruction. 

Global goverance. We're centuries from being able to do such a thing, but the TPTB are going to try it anyway. Do you think those irevolutions will work once the global internet kill switch gets mounted right along side the Presidents big red nuke button? Or "net neutrality" and hate crime laws make sure only one opinion exists? Wake up and smell the barbed wire.

Yeah, a boot stamping on the face of humanity forever. Sounds great. God damn progressive fascist bastards.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 02:38 | 1088972 New World Chaos
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We have got to get off this crazy planet before then, or the next collapse will be so severe and widespread that it will be permanent. When there are no working machines to extract the difficult resources, it will be starvation, serfdom and pre-industrial tech forever. And that is exactly how the puppetmasters want it. They don't want us communicating too much, going back to nation-states or going to space, because somebody might show the world that life is better without the NWO. We must not be allowed to go off the reservation in any kind of meaningful way.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:25 | 1088232 Battleaxe
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The problem is that both the "realists" and the "wilsonians" represent factions of the uber wealthy. There is next to NO representation of the commoner and not enough consideration of ETHICS in the decision making of the governments of the world. Yeah, there never will be a utopia, but come on. At some point the rabble with just get to the point where they'd rather be shot than put up with this shit any more. Is someone who works their ass off their entire life to get respect of others, boost their ego, and consume as many resources as possible really better than someone who tries to get by with less? In a democracy aren't both supposed to have the same voice?

"The United States does now seem to effectively claim a monopoly on the legitimate use of force.."??? Only due to tight control of all major media. The US kills more with collateral damage than its villains ever did before our involvement (save Hitler). ALL US military action has ulterior motives.

The "polity" needs to quit listening to the "news" AT ALL and use its power to collectivise and get its FAIR SHARE of the earnings they help their companies earn. The CEOs and execs do not deserve NEARLY ALL of the profits of a company.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:08 | 1088309 gordengeko
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Thats it, just give up any and all aspect of individuality and/or national sovereignty for the good of the polity.  One thing no one begs to question is where does all of this shit come from, this idea of global governance?  Hasn't someone since the beginning of histroy (so we are told) been trying to conquer this planet?  Why?? Just because we are in the "technology" age we are past that barbaric overthrowing of nations for total and complete control?  Could it be possible that they long ago figured out a better way is with patience, austerity, technology and/or science(medication/chemicals)?  Who came up with these systems??  Where did they come from??  Could the symbols in all of these corporate fucking logo's give away any secrets of who these people are and their ideologies?  All of these corporations are global conglomerates (at least pretty much all the major ones including banks).  Aren't we already in a global state??

Do not all business need to abide by UCC? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGgVQt1dVAg

Does not commerce and banking rule this planet?  Where does it come from?  Who thought of it and who put it together?  If you don't know your enemy, how do you even know what kind of battle there is?  OR even if there is one?

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1697805906900297328#

One thing that cannot be overlooked is the fact that nothing is hidden from us.  It's all just cleverly concealed in plain sight.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 02:01 | 1088938 Miss anthrope
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sounds like you've been listening to Alan Watt. 

I want to commend Alan Watt's wisdom in 10 or 12 languages and english for all here at Zerohedge  to peruse.

I believe he has seen first hand the false reality that is all around us (the matrix)  after traveling the world.  So much to learn from the sage! Please scan his extensive library with obscure documents from Agenda 21,  Sustainable development, the role of NGO's (non-governmental organizations) and non-profit organizations.  This is how the elite have been running their take-over.  They go AROUND the government rules and especially THE CONSTITUTION. 

by indoctrination and infitration into education and media.  This is what the 20 somethings must be made aware of so they can have any chance to fight back against it.  All of my children would never attend a public indoctrination camp (school).  The homeschoolers who are aware of this agenda and it's mode of infiltration and co-opting are the only hope we have if the young people today will be able to fight back against what has been on the go for more than a century now.  You see the popular culture that is known as "western culture" is in essence a weapon. 

 

See the weaponization of popular culture: This article by a military deputy chief of staff of intelligence is entitled "constant conflict" and describes how our western culture is what the military uses to break another culture in order to destroy it.  This is what is really going on in MENA.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3011.htm

 

 

Now, that is something far beyond central banks, jews and corporate fascist government. 

Please pass this on.

http://www.alanwattsentientsentinel.eu/

http://cuttingthrough.jenkness.com/transcripts_Alan_Watt.html

 

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 07:29 | 1089144 gordengeko
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Yes, The great Alan Watt!  Jordan Maxwell, Micheal Tsarion http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8545585184878490822# (3 hour lecture, probably the best one he has ever done, deals with the psychology aspect of the matrix), Richard Grove (worked in the towers before 9-11, great story to tell)http://tragedyandhope.com/profile/Richard these are a few more that come to mind.  They tell of the underlining conspiracy that very few see. 

I've said it before, the real battle is for your soul.  All of this exterior nonsense is all designed to keep one from looking inside of themselves.  The sages from all of the ages including the famous psychologists and philosophers all talk about it.  What if we are just an idea of ourselves experiencing our perception of reality of which is part and parcel of a greater whole?  In order to take over this planet you must remove that knowledge from each individual and make them believe the reality they are experiencing is something outside of themselves. 

This type of knowledge is sequestered and hidden in allegory.  But make no mistake about it, the ones in control have this knowledge (and then some) and not only keep it from you BUT they use it against you.

 

You are right, if the 20somethings do not get this knowledge, the human race as we know will cease to exist as we know it, if not all together much sooner than you think.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:18 | 1088347 Oh regional Indian
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Given the fact that Democracy (which I like to call Demoncrazy) is a 20th century invention (in it's current, twisted form) based on a totally false idea of equality, popularity and power to the people (all loaded doublespeak), the premise itself is false.

Democracy is merely fascism in disguise. if you disagree, I suggest trying to walk into your local  Equal leaders office and putting forward an idea, a petition or some such.

in India, people grovel at their feet. The whole set-up is precisely that, a set-up.

Wheels within wheels of fooling sheep into thinkinng they are giving up their wool voluntarily, for their own or their immediate collective's good.

The nuclear family, demoncrazy's evil twin, is a sign that divide and rule and fooled you fool has worked.

ORI

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/interesting-times-sweet-validations/

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:23 | 1088366 nodoctor
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What is wrong with the nuclear family and what is the better alternative? Polygamy? No marriage? I like your comments and am curious what you are saying here.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:30 | 1088640 Oh regional Indian
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nodoc, thanks and it is a long topic. Briefly though, look at the trends as the family went from collective to nuclear.

People moved into smaller and smaller spaces (Flats and Apart-ments, loaded words them). Greater confines, greater pressure. 3-4 people were now each other's constant companions, in each other's faces all the time.
Human's don't do well with so much energetic over-lap. And the spouse's had little or no vents except each other. Toilet next to bathroom, near kitchen upon sleeping space. Smells, sounds, emotions, everything mixing, melding.

It was logical that people started to go crazy as the space around them, literally and figuratively, got smaller and smaller. See the word nuclear and what it implies in a larger context. Extreme compression. With the right spark, they explode. Cue divorces, depression, a steep drop in communication, death of truth.

I could go on, but you see the trend?

So the other way, clearly implies reversal of this compressive trend. It also implies a whole life-style shift though. This modern life does not support an expansive existence. An unwinding. Polygamy, by the way, was practiced with-in interesting limits, in many cultures, or better yet polyamory was.
The nuclear family just brought stricture upon unreal stricture.

ORI

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 02:30 | 1088968 Miss anthrope
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the nuclear family has been destroyed by design.  it is a way to weaken the individual by making him weaker and isolated.  The family is supposed to be God's reflection of his kingdom here on earth in Christianity.  When families were strong, with morals and values, the children were nurtured and felt safe and had security.  This is the only way, IMO. 

polygamy and polyamory are an evil lie.  They have never been a successful model upon which to build a stable society.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 06:54 | 1089108 falak pema
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Oh god, miss-anthrope you are truly exciting me. There is no evil in me but every woman excites my curiosity to understand how her throbbing heart works...It's a never ending quest. Not that I bang every heart throb I feel. Nor do I swim every wave in the sea. But the idea that it is evil makes me shiver inside. Give me solace Miss as I am remiss of wanting you like a sailor looking for the Lighthouse tower in the blinding mist. Lovely twist to life, the woman behind the veil.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 09:04 | 1089462 Shell Game
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+1  Bullseye, Miss, well said.

Tue, 04/26/2011 - 20:06 | 1209689 nodoctor
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Miss

I understand your point and it is valid. Beware, though - you may be yearning for a time that only exists in your mind.

God didn't seem to mind polygamy too much - Jacob had four wives and Abraham impregnated Haggar without punishment. Jesus has many quotes where he at least figuritively if not literally disowns his own family and encourages those who would follow him to do the same.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:50 | 1088847 i-dog
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Democracy: Two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner.

Ballot Box: Suggestion box for slaves.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:20 | 1088348 blindman
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Guest Post: Expanding The polity ponzi.

there, fixed it.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:19 | 1088351 zaknick
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Where does Durden get these effing fascist, NWO scum? Joining the polity.... cute.

Motherfucker, say what it really is:

enslavement of mankind (mostly duped zombies) to the 666 banksters!

Daniel Cloud

the criticism gets listened to

more like

the jailers (even though you haven't done anything wrong) are humane

Fuck you!!!!!!

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:19 | 1088354 nodoctor
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We should all just be thankful we live in "utopia" and not some non-polity place where they still have state sponsored terrorism and human rights abuses.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:36 | 1088414 DispenzPez
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robobbob: "Its called the New World Order"...sure seems that way to me too.  Followup; oldie but a goodie, and dovetails well with NWO anti-individualist manifesto/winged drone ocular orb: Illuminati spelled backwards and url'd:

http://www.itanimulli.com

Obammie the Commie, and gal pal Hillary love going to the UN for approval. Tacit constitutional subterfuge on the highway of congressional bypass.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 22:43 | 1088432 web bot
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<currently not in troll mode>

What a piece of #uckin garbage. You use cute words to try to brand yourself as a somebody. This belongs on the toilet paper roll in academia beside Krugman's cubicle.

 

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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:13 | 1088563 surfsup
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Natural Law as applies to the individual also very much applies to the Nation State.  The corruption within individual minds gives way to a need to collectively express as a brute -- what is seen is but a construct of the shadow driven mind envoloping itself in a self woven web of half truths which bind it to wrong action and an inability to see Actual cause and effect.  The only truly strong nation states are those which adhere to a code of conduct based on cooperative wholistic enterprise and are thus strenghened from within and without because truth and reality is comprehended -- not the blind swinging at shadows which presents itself to an unsettled and fastidious mind -- unwhole due its savagery -- constantly excusing such as if there were nothing greater.     

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:22 | 1088576 ebworthen
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Real sovereignty rests with the body of the individual.  What the individual accepts within their mind, heart, and body - becomes the kingdom.

Outside of that locus are sovereignty's of perception, allegiance, and survival.

Consider that we are advancing (or transgressing) increasingly from a world of reality to a world of perception.  Managing perceptions begins to manage reality.  Think of the propoganda of 1939 Western Civilization and multiply by a factor of 11.

When the veil of perception is broken, the perception of reality will take hold, in increasingly small circles. 

Someone in Vermont watching the news has a completely different circle of perception than someone living 20 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant (water in a community 20 miles away was tonight found to be radioactive).

Political boundaries can dissapear in an instant, national boundaries in a moment, and personal boundaries in a number of seconds.

Perception maintains boundaries.

Reality tears them down.

 

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:18 | 1088595 Dr. Engali
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And after we bomb the shit out of all non democracies it will be all sunshine and rainbows. We will all live happily ever after....... What a piece of high school garbage.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:35 | 1088652 SilverBaron
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This sounds like a propaganda piece for the globalists.  You must join or be forced to join.  Like the fucking borg or something.  Resistance is futile.  We are no where near that stage of cohesiveness.  Everyone sees that the people trying to put together the "polity" are fucking liars.   

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:54 | 1088852 i-dog
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+1

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:39 | 1088666 Lowest Common D...
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We should call the boys home from the Middle East, and set them on liberating Mexico.  Lord knows they could use it, and I'm sick of bringing tribal rag heads the glories of democracy, just to have large swaths go right on reading the same old single conterproductive book.  The notion that our adventuring in the Mid-East is gonna get us anyplace we want to be is just so much bullshit.  Welcome to the 21 century...everything's local.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:53 | 1088713 Coldfire
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The elite are in a trap? God, I hope so. But most of the polity are also in a philosophical trap that falsely and persistently believes - despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, viz. Cognitive Dissonance's work - that the state is benevolent, all-wise and all-knowing and that simply changing the lever-pullers-in-chief will solve all problems. But the state is the problem. A sweat act whose time should have long gone, but which continues to haunt, animate and oppress the polity. A barbarous relic as old as the desire of something for nothing. And apparently, as enduring.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:10 | 1088760 JR
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This is like a Grade B movie; even Jules Verne would have turned it down as being far too implausible.  The existing handful of “well meaning” nations at the moment can’t even agree on the operation of a no-fly zone against a recognized monster.

The ingredients of this dream world are something akin to the musings of a triumvirate of Superman, Wonder Woman and Spider Man – all locating the bad guys and for ultimate peace of the world finding a location on top of the Daily Planet Building with an executive suite for George Soros to manage his worldwide operation.

Someone should tell Mr. “Cloud” that he is 100 years too late for the Marvel Comic Books.

Mr. Cloud is right on thing, however; “maintaining a powerful military force is a drag on the American economy,” especially Uncle Sam who's footing the bill for Mr. Soros’ global empire.


Meanwhile...

The Polity myth that the attack on Libya is somehow a European power thrust with the U.S. providing support to its “allies” is being exposed.

Vice Admiral Bill Gortney laid out a few details this week on just who is running the show, flying solo :

General Carter Ham, U.S Africa commander, has operational control of the entire thrust.

 Admiral Lockler is the commander of the joint task force labeled “Odyssey Dawn.” 

At a press briefing, Gortney was explaining how U.S. and British ships fired 110 Tomahawk missiles at Libyan air defenses.  A reporter asked how many British ships were involved.

“One British submarine,” Gortney replied.

And the rest were U.S.?  asked the reporter .

Yes,” said Gortney.

As the news of this command control drifts out and the details of U.S. Marine jets and stealth bombers flying long range from Missouri, it must be highly embarrassing for Obama’s lie about the U.S. providing only support for allies and Hillary’s almost unbelievable statement that “We did not lead this.”

It turns out that what the American people know through their highly censored and propagandized news varies quite markedly  from what Vladimir Putin knows and what the Arab street knows.  Putin and the Arabs have the truth: the United States is still the instigator of campaigns for oil and empire, working closely with a Middle East policy revolving around the goals of Israel.

Polity, indeed.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 07:14 | 1089135 falak pema
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Beautiful summary of the "real politic" thesis expounded by Machiavelli in his "Prince" heralding the nation state age and the death of morality in politics. God and morals became irrelevant given their dismal record during the Crusades and subsequent Inquisition.

As the Nation state progressed Metternich and Clausewitz refined the balance of power theory in Europe, uber-power continent of that age. Then Kissinger refined it further in the global US imperial age, where power HAD to be shared with ME oil barons, as they had the key to material progress. Real-politics adapts to the needs of the club, who run it.

Now that "Reaganomics" have made USA uber-alles, after soviet collapse and NWO globalization, "Real politics" requires that the new elite of EM become part of the club.  Middle class USA and EU/Japan will now be the victims in this mega-transfer of global wealth. As we had seen that same transfer begin in the 70's with ME plutocrats when they joined the club. Don't let the wool be pulled over your american Main Street eyes. WE ARE ALREADY GLOBALIZED WHERE IT COUNTS, IN THE TRANSNATIONALS WHO RUN THE WORLD.  "Real politics" had already established that. It will now formalise it in the coming mega inflation spiral (Qe-infinity/commodity spikes on all three continents of Trilateral) that will beggar all middle classes in the developed Trilateral. The price to pay for "real political world progress spiel" to occur. Too late, unless you are ready to play at Danton and Robespierre...

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:26 | 1088797 seenod2010
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"American foreign policy theory divides into two main schools. Both have been useful in the past, but neither fits the world we have to deal with now."

I was under the impression that there was 3:
A). Overpowerment by technological advancement and innovation and strategic position.
B). Containment used in the Cold War against the USSR using Geopolitical aka diplomatic alliances/treaties, economic such as trade/use of world's reserve currency, and extension of A via technology and strategic/tactical position (Geographically, this is referred to geographical choke points such as Gibraltar and the Horn of Africa also known as patrolling Sea Lanes aka seafearing highways).
C). Mutual Benefit via treaties, economic/trade, and technology sharing.

"The problem with this model, at the moment, is the utter and complete lack of any sort of balance between the military capabilities of the United States and the capabilities of its potential adversaries. It’s possible to imagine future contingencies in which the concept of a balance of power would once again become relevant, but right now we might be better served by a theory that involves some sort of snowball effect."

In a manner of speaking, the snowball effect actually began 20 or so years ago via the US drunken Deficit binge, which will effect much more than just the US economy in the geopolitical theatre. Confidence in the US dollar aka greenback won't be the only thing that confidence is lost in. In Diplomacy, when your word can no longer be trusted, your Geopolitical influence suffers. The US is on the verge of collapsing its world's reserve when confidence erodes to this point; confidence will also erode in geopolitical or diplomatic relations as well. If this wasn't bad enough, the same rough timeframe initiated a second snowball effect. In the words of the conference Friedman attended, the field has been leveled. Geopolitically, this should be a nightmare for any government who has no interest in conducting balance of power politics. Globalization does indeed bring the world electronically closer, and it opens up new methods and interactions among groups of people; however, it's dark side is as insidious as deadly. You see even Kissinger recognized that the US neither wished to conduct European style geopolitics aka balance of power politics; he recognized two other factors as well. The US presently finds itself in an environment that it can neither dominant nor maintain its influence. Globalization has played a key role here, or are we expected to believe no US factory out-sourced is capable of being seized by that nation persay to pay off a national debt? How about used for militarily strategic/tactical output? In essence, we have two snowball effects presently in play and well established if you combine both; we are in a balance of power geopolitical situation. Not only that, the US based on its location and rise in that location has at best experience facing off in a cold war of containment, but there's no US history or experience conducting balance of power politics. Our inexperience here is likely to be brutal.

"On the other side are Wilsonians, who are impressed by the historical evidence that democracies don’t fight democracies. They essentially agree with Immanuel Kant, who argued, in Perpetual Peace, that a world of liberal states would be a world free of war."

This is a result that Wilson believed that people should have the right to decide; their place of residence regardless of nationality/background. Apparently, I need to do some boning up on my Kant. Kant or Mills had said that it would be morally wrong to lie period as well, and I can't think of a single politician in the world who remotely speaks the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Naturally, governments led by politicians feel capable to lie and keep the nation's populace in the dark particularly at times the reason involves bypassing the rules of governing.

"As George Soros suggests, the safety provided by being the world’s preeminent military power also goes along with the advantages associated with issuing the world’s reserve currency. These basically amount to being able to print money when you’d like to, rather than when you’re forced to. When America needs low interest rates, it can lower them, and when it needs high ones, it can raise them."

"by robobbob
on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 21:47
#1088227

Its called the New World Order"

George Soros has gone on record supporting the NWO by interview posted on Zero Hedge.
1). Peace requires mutual respect and mutual benefit aka truly meeting and benefiting as equals. Military capacity is a threat that makes nations compelled to counter that capacity aka arms race. (Never mind that the humans are animals and prune to instinctive response to territory infringement. Removing boundaries doesn't change the demand on resources necessary to survive in that territory thus irrelevent as a world-peace mechanism).

2). Soros already wishes the collapse of the dollar and supports a 1 world currency perhaps the SDR, and your paragraph here clearly illustrates that currency will be heavily manipulated. Bussiness as usual. Nevermind that greed and lust for power are the primary drives for war, and no government is immune to its corruptive powers. (Religion and other are simply tools used to convince a populace to sacrifice their lives, their children's lives, and etc to attain a person's or group's greed and lust for power).

"We shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking in terms of an American empire. (Americans, especially, should resist the temptations of this simplistic image, because actually acting as if we thought we had a genuine empire would destroy the whole system we’ve already spent so much good blood to build.)"

Really... The US has bases in the vast majority of nations of the world. This so-called polity (a form of government) is simply using the US's present but rapidly eroding super-power status, world's reserve currency status, confidence in both its economy/dollar and using influence through trusting its influence. The NWO supporters really isn't offering anything better, and it is certainly ruthlessly moving its goal along.

"The Polity, no matter what its constituent states want, just can’t stop itself from subverting illiberal regimes, simply by so visibly being what it is, an attainable utopia."

In other words, the Polity just can't help itself from performing expansionistic conversion of those who have differing ideologies, beliefs, culture, and views. This is neither a Utopia, and it certainly isn't order.

I'm with Pierce here as I am well within doubt.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:25 | 1088798 glenlloyd
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it's a little too ivory tower for me.

btw, that's 10 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 02:02 | 1088936 yakmerchant
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Holy crap.  Do you work directly for the Bilderbergers? The Wilsonians?  Didn't he start this Bataan like death march toward my total enslavement, all in the name of "progressives" deciding they are smarter than me and therefore they should decide how I live my life?   Oh that's because they are "elite" like you so eloquently pointed out.

liberal states?   Name one liberal (with a small L) state?  I wake up every day one step closer to 1984.  I thought I was pissed about the federal government ignoring the 10th amendment and state sovereignty, let's skip that whole thing and get right to the "resistance is futile" assimilation step of the polity.   

  You are correct the elite's time has run out, it's now or never for the enactment of their grand plan of watching me take a dump on their telescreen.  Orwell and Huxley were all too prescient.  How they got the government, the corporations, the fascists, and the communists to join up in some sick slumber party turned orgy I'll never know.  I couldn't have thought this up in my worst nightmare.  Last thing standing between them and their goal is the heavily armed American that believes in liberty and remembers the sacrifices of the many who gave up their lives over the last century to ensure that freedom didn't vanquish. 

As I don't think the American is going to line up quite as easily as the Australian when it comes to the gun confiscation slaughter house,  I lay awake at night afraid to think what torture and misery is in store for the American people.   As if the death throes of the dollar aren't going to be bad enough, the only way the wicked overlords are going to be able to solve the final dilemma is to enact catastrophes so horrendous and repugnant half the population will beg for a bowl of gruel in a FEMA camp and the other half will tear itself apart.

Regardless you can call it what you want but the showdown will start soon enough.  Liberty versus tyranny, good versus evil, and me versus those who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.        

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 02:54 | 1088985 New World Chaos
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WOW, epic rant!  Doubleplusgood

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 11:36 | 1090449 hoos bin pharteen
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The main problem with this piece is that it assumes progress to the "federation" is only one-way.  The experience of the Roman Republic and even Weimar Germany show just how easily the whole thing can dissolve into into tyranny/or and chaos, but it does show good insight into the thinking behind the NWO.

 

 

 

 

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 13:23 | 1100235 michigan independant
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Read here about morons who wanted something for nothing also.

http://classics.mit.edu/Thucydides/pelopwar.html

The Author is pointless and what really pissed me off was the comment about North Korea. Any asshole like him knows they contract nukes to China. We had free people there to feed the starving children running for there lives over the DMZ since cannibalism was the order of non party slave. New age idiots die the same way cheerful and useful idiots do. He has not been alive long enough to see clearly much of any relevant focus. Go dance naked in a cave and read the future on the shadows on the wall.

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