Beware of Global Strategies of Tension

Balancing power with an informed, active, pragmatic citizenry is key to thwarting neo-imperialism in all its forms. 

an editorial by Tony Cartalucci

May 15, 2012 – As the financial oligarchs of the West push forward in their year-long global geopolitical reordering of North Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, the globe is being divided into two primary camps. Those behind the West, or the “Washington-London consensus,” and those behind what might be described as a combination of the BRICS nations and the Shanghai Cooperative Organisation (SCO). Ideally, what the countervailing forces against the West claim to represent is a multipolar world order built upon mutual benefit and solidarity, preserving the traditional concept of the nation-state rather than one of neo-imperial domination and supranational-consolidation under a one-world financier oligarchy.

However, the people of the world in general must recognize corruption,
monopolies, and imperialism in all of its forms, regardless of what flag
is being flown and be ever vigilant against these dangers. While geopolitical
analysts today may consider BRICS and the SCO as essential for
maintaining a multipolar balance of power against the West, the risk of a strategy of
tension creating increasingly centralized supranational blocs “facing
off against each other” may leave whomever prevails with the capacity to
carry out global despotism on an even grander scale. 

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Image: A Russian nuclear missile. It was mutually assured destruction – the ultimate balance of power – that prevented catastrophic war from breaking out between East and West. Balancing power, offering deterrence against aggression and exploitation has been the study of tacticians for thousands of years and is a subject the global elite are well versed in. The masses must also familiarize themselves with such concepts and formulate their own means of balancing power locally and nationally to keep in check powers both foreign and domestic that seek domination through exploiting economic, social, and tactical disparity. (source: Wikipedia)  

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Worldwide, people must begin identifying
national and international special interests, and rejecting them all
entirely. They must begin devising local alternatives by leveraging technology and
collaboration where possible, and realizing that nationalism, localism,
and borders in general represent indispensable protective bulkheads with which to stop
the spread of abuse of power, exploitation, military aggression, corruption of all kinds, and both social and financial dysfunction. 

Like a fleet of compartmentalized ships, a world of
nation-states is able to cooperate, communicate, and collaborate
efficiently, “traveling together” when desired, but maintains the option
of changing course to avoid collisions, and “sealing off” sections internally to
prevent a single hole from compromising an entire vessel. Global cooperation,
communication, and collaboration does not require “globalization” and
foolish interdependencies that leave all nations vulnerable and at risk
when any single point falters or if globalization’s centralized institutions become
corrupted. We need not pick between “isolationism” and “globalization,”
we can meet in the middle and enjoy the benefits of both, afforded to us
by the modern nation-state and traditional diplomacy, while hedging against the risks each option
represents individually.

An Informed, Active, & Vigilant Citizenry Is Needed 

The world must perform a careful balancing act to
ensure Western financier oligarchy is kept in check, or ideally rolled
back, while ensuring in our haste or zeal we do not create its
replacement in the process. An international, multipolar balance of
power requires that each nation-state acquires, maintains, and continuously expands a certain degree of
independence in terms of economics and defense. Within a nation and its
provinces, to achieve such balance, a certain degree of independence
amongst individuals and their communities is required. To enhance
individual and local independence, we can do everything from being
responsible firearms owners, growing a garden, patronizing local
businesses and industry, learning a trade, and simply learning how to organize and work
with our neighbors to solve our own problems.

While we are faced with immense, overwhelming global problems stemming from monolithic powers
– these powers are fed by each and every one of us individually when we
pay into multinational corporations and their contrived institutions,
laws, and regulations. If our collective actions can create and compound
these problems, surely they can solve them.

It is disparity that is used to sell globalization; disparity
in climate, in the resources present within one’s borders, of the
quality and education of one’s work force, and the disparity between nations in their ability to defend themselves. These are all factors that govern the form
globalization takes, including all of its supposed benefits and the serial
exploitation it leaves behind. We are told that globalization’s interdependent relationships governed by centralized international institutions are the keys to solving these disparities. This is not true.

Policy never has and never will solve our problems as a species. Instead, it is through technological research and development,
innovation and invention, investment in defense, infrastructure, and education that these disparities
can truly be reduced or all together eliminated, creating stronger communities and in-turn a stronger
nation-state while deterring aggression and exploitation at our borders. Trade and collaboration with one’s neighbors becomes a supplement to a strong independent nation, not a necessity and certainly not a liability in a time of crisis.

We must ask our elected representatives why these obvious measures are not being taken to address these disparities. Why are we exploiting poorly educated workforces for cheap labor instead of leveraging technology and education to create the same products domestically, better and cheaper? Why are we importing certain goods instead of devising ways to produce them locally? Why are we struggling for fuel abroad instead of making a serious effort to develop alternatives at home? The questions could go on ad infinitum and illustrate just how globalization has been sold as a ready-made solution to artificially created and/or perpetuated problems. It also illustrates the necessity for regular people to boycott the corporations and institutions perpetuating such flawed policy, and devise solutions themselves. 

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Photo: Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s “Fab Lab” project seeks to provide modern manufacturing technology to people around the world to solve local problems with local, technological solutions. Fab Labs and “maker spaces” are turning up in communities around the world, literally putting the means of production into the masses’ hands, and are a good place to start for people interested in organizing locally, sharing knowledge, and collaborating on projects that leverage technology to the benefit of everyone. Balancing power need not involve weapons of mass destruction or violent uprisings – an informed, educated, technically competent self-sufficient population starves the forces of parasitic elitism out of existence.

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It is essential to examine the state of modern technology today, from communication and education, to manufacturing technology, to see what can be leveraged by people on a local level so that communities can not only devise their own programs to address their problems, but so that they can begin implementing solutions on their as well. As communities grow stronger, their ability to influence pragmatic positive change provincially and nationally will increase and a balance of power may be struck.

Demanding change from a position of weakness, without even the means of sustaining one’s existence without the very corporations, institutions, and governments change is being demanded from, is strategically untenable. Individuals and local communities must build-up their capacity in terms of education, economics, politics, and their ability to provide for themselves adequate order and security (through effective Constitutional sheriffs for instance). Only then will the people possess a sufficient deterrence against exploitation, as well as possess the leverage needed to make demands or simply achieve on their own what they desire.

 Conclusion

There is already the European Union and the African Union. There exists an informal North American Union and a transatlantic partnership. The excuse of a rising China has spurred Southeast Asia into forming the ill-advised
ASEAN bloc, complete with European Union-style institutions, ready to
fail just as spectacularly both politically and economically. Even the
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation comes with it the potential of
consolidating the “other side” of the world into a growing supranational
bloc.

People must inform themselves of the differences between international
cooperation, and recklessly lashing their ships together while gutting
the watertight compartments within their own hulls. Generally, such self-defeating exercises are coordinated by piratical elements who find such consolidation and the removal of obstructions convenient for subsequent plundering – as the banks in America and Europe are currently doing to Western nation-states.

Recent
tensions with Russia herald the rise of not individual superpowers this
time, but the rise of “superpower blocs.” We must ensure we do not fall
for a strategy of tension that leaves us all at the mercy of a terribly
powerful, supranationally-consolidated victor, be it East or West.
Alliances that pose as anti-fascism or anti-imperialism must make the appropriate
assurances that a multipolar world order will prevail, strengthening
the nation-state and the individual, not undermining them.

Simultaneously, we as individuals must be resolved to taking our fates into our own hands, taking back the responsibilities demanded of a free citizenry that we have long ago traded in for the convenience offered by monopolies of all kinds. It has been our collective negligence that has led to a world of such disparities – it must be our collective resolve that rectifies them.

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For more information on solutions, please visit the Land Destroyer Report’s “Solutions” archives.