I mistrust all plans that attempt to corral reality, thus The New World Order (or anybody else’s World Order) is engaged in futility.
The best way to safeguard what is most important about this country is to preserve its exceptionality. That will give our society’s dynamism the fullest scope to invent, build, survive, and prevail in a turbulent world.
There’s one Europe already, nobody needs another situated in North America. I see nothing on offer in international institutions that’s worth trading away a single scrap of our national sovereignty.
I’ve always felt that Clinton (the Prez) made an absolutely disastrous mistake in expanding NATO, and encircling Russia. It undercut Russian democrats, making it seem as though liberalization was just a stalking horse for American interests, who only wanted a weakened former adversary. That we now have a Putin seems to me to be an inevitable consequence of that decision. Mightn’t the New World Order have been a stronger coalition if we had had a more conciliatory Russia, rather than one in which traditional nationalist interests are ascendant?
Zbigniew Brzezinski spends a lot of time criticizing ethnic lobbies and their influence on American foreign policy. And yet at the same time he was bravely spearheading a movement to persuade the Kremlin to acknowledge the Katyn Massacre, he was advocating for NATO expansion, on the grounds of containing Russian militarism, correct? In retrospect, are the benefits of containing Russia militarily worth antagonizing their leadership, and sabotaging our domestic allies there?
“These days, I’m increasingly wondering whether the climate meltdown is just one aspect of something much bigger. It’s beginning to look as if the whole New World Order project could be breaking down.”
As a unrepentant Jacksonian, I say from the lips of Mr. Mead to the ears of God.
The notion of “New World Order” is hardly new. One can argue that after war become genuinely global (which probably dates from the mid-eighteenth century struggle between France and England) almost every subsequent and major European “group-grope” (e.g.,1815’s Congress of Vienna) became an attempt to impose a New, Newer, and Newest World Order.
What has changed is the connection between national sovereignty and world order; current elites have sharply discounted the former while hyper-idealizing the latter.
Unfortunately for the idealists, there is an underlying assumption that must be true for the “New World Order” to work: a “natural” harmony of interests among the former sovereignties. Buttressed by the most advanced multi-culti idealizing this prospect may have even seemed quite real to some.
Again, unfortunately for the idealists, the shades of Metternich and Tallyrand continue to bow, joust, and cross their fingers behind their back–and even occasionally cross swords. The fact is that racial, cultural, ethnic, religious, regional, and economic differences are not only real, they remain real even after majorities have tendered them full “respect.”
The joke on the internationalists is that the only genuinely transnational movement turned out to be among the most retrograde: radical Islam. And within rising powers (e.g., China and India), it is nationalism that trades at a premium and internationalism at the discount.
Entropy and chaos have not been repealed. Balance of power theory continues to operate in international relations, only it is the power that “dare not speak its name.”
I predict that with the advent of a nuclear Iran, it will be speaking its name quite soon, and loudly.
“Rather than trying to build an enduring global framework that will last until the end of time . . .”
I’d settle for one that looks good to last for the next couple of hundred of years. It is too early to write Europe off for reasons of demography and GDP alone. China must certainly replace Japan as the third leg of any stable stool, though mercifully it will not be based on any Kissingerian balance of power. And hopefully it will not take a third world war to see why not is not a good idea.
As for India, the Himilayan barrier effectively removes her from any military equation, unless as a source of manpower in an East/West showdown on the Eurasian continent, God forbid.
Trade and economic interdependence remain the surest basis for a stable international peace in my, perhaps wishful, opinion, the lessons of the 19th century notwithstanding. Nuclear weapons and biological weapons make all the difference. Hopefully even China will see that these are not paper tigers now that she has a great deal to lose.
Obviously these are just my knee-jerk reactions. Can’t we have a little more faith, hope, and charity Mr. Mead?
Nice to see that you’ve caught up with the program Mr Mead.
President George W Bush and his team figured all of this out seven years ago.
As they say, better late than never.
It’s just as well that such a rigid, brittle, and inflexible structure will not be implemented (I much prefer bilateral agreements as more flexible and adaptable to changing conditions). I don’t think that the US is in relative decline either, as I’ve heard this before, most recently in the late 80’s when Japan was going to take over the world. Now it’s the BRIC’s that are going to take over the world, I find that unlikely. China for example has a demographic disaster coming in the near future, where their work force is going to shrink by 40 million.
And while the future looks bleak at the moment. It is American culture, (which includes the four schools), that is the most highly evolved, most successful, and the one best positioned to weather the storm. I believe this even though I now think we are in Great Depression 2.0 which will be accompanied by Megalomaniacs 2.0, now with extra horrifying WMD. (Sounds like a breakfast cereal)
We will need to preserve the useful elements of the Hamiltonian and Wilsonian agenda, 20% of our economy is foreign trade after all. As a Jacksonian I really hate the International Criminal Court and will be happy to see it fail. I also think NATO has made us into Europe’s nanny and it would be best for their growth and ours to end it.
Global Warming is Bullshit, we know this because the Warmists models failed to predict temperatures, which have not warmed since ‘95’ (according to them in a recent interview) and have been cooling most recently, and are therefore at least flawed if not outright WRONG (the greatest scientific fraud in human history).
The Economist’s and Banker’s neo-classical equilibrium models have also failed to be predictive (and are seriously flawed); as they themselves have said none of them saw the Global Financial Crisis coming and even now refuse to acknowledge the deflation and depression we are in, despite the obvious indicators of massive unemployment, and foreclosures.
It’s called Capitalism for a Reason, Capital is what fuels it. But they don’t even track all the Capital, having stopped tracking M3 in 2006, and have never tracked some of the larger measures of money supply M4-6. There are some other economists out there whose models have been predictive. So it’s possible in the near future that we will be able to get up on this bike, and give this Hog the gas for accelerated growth in the future. That would be so cool.
I have to disagree with your characterization of Bush’s as setting aside the foreign policy elites’ globalist agenda. The administration made repeated efforts to force the IAEA to do their job and presented a case for war before the UNSC for their blessing. Outside of asking the OIS to mediate, what more would you have had them done? (I am assuming you are referring to Iraq, since the Afghan war was prosecuted under UN sanction).
The other point which I would like to make is instead of considering the actions and opinions of the BRICs in vacuo, consider the actions of the UN and the evolution of public international law since the mid-1990s. When looked at from a far field, it is astounding: we have had Higgins’ declaration that reservations to human rights treaties are nullified, the revival of universal jurisdiction (Pinochet), an attempt to expand jus cogens, the genocide treaty which places duty for every member state to stop genocide (military if need be), the world court ruling unilaterally on the admissibility of Israel’s reservations to the ICJ statute, ICC, oil-for-food, the IPCC boondoogle…
What developing country would not be hesitant to engage in a system that seems hellbent on aggrandizing its own power and expanding its legal jurisdiction while limiting yours? The Africans know that France will never sit in the ICC dock for its actions in Rwanda; that reservation will be unchallenged, I am sure.
I hope this dosen’t make me sound as if I buy gold from G. Gordon Liddy and should it, that was not my intent.
Another lecture, not a blog post, but again a good one. I tend to agree with all of this, especially the gap identified between the need for global governance and the fact that we are unlikely to get it.
I would only add two points. First, there is global governance and there is global governance, by which I mean that not all functions need have or have the same political profile. There tends to be, as Frank Fukuyama pointing out in THE AMERICAN INTEREST some time ago, an inverse relationship between the effectiveness and the legitimacy of international/multilateral institutions. The wider their membership base, the less they can do — the UN is of course the quintessential example; the narrower, and more outcome-oriented the base, the less legitimate they tend to be — note the IMF, the International Bank of Settlements and so on. There are some institutions that are so far below the political radar because of the technical or niche character of their function–the UPU and Interpol, for example–that they can skirt this problem. My point? How well international governance structures can and do function is not an on/off switch. There are in fact several criteria across a few dimensions that shape their effectiveness.
Second point: Where are all the Hamiltonians? I know about 3 who matter, including one I used to work for. As I see it, the destruction of the old Hamiltonian Republicans (and the American System legacy of the Whigs, of Clay and Webster, they took on board way back) leaves American globalism today largely in the hands of Wilsonians.
We have today in the US — this is only a slight exaggeration I’m about to make–two Democratic parties: one of the goo-goos and the Big Blue Beast, to use your sonorous language, Walter, that calls itself the Democratic Party; and one of the old Dixiecrats and moral-majority populists that now calls itself the Republican Party. Hamiltonian Republicans are a vanishing breed. This is not good.
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…This ROAD leads to “THE END OF DEATH”.
God is My Judge
Chapter 4 verse 3
Is a pointer to the road,
Clear off the doubt from your mind
For it is still another page
To set the mind of man to work…
The sacrifices of our lips is in the offering call,
The goodness that this effect brings
Is an eternal flow of holy rhymes
Unto His glory.
Verse 3, Chapter 14-
The Book of Hosea is touching today
That served as a tomorrow
During our yesterday…
Let the fatherless be happy-
For His mercy endures forever.
Our Planet is God’s foot stool.
The way to “Death’s End”
Was commissioned on the Cross of Calvary-
He paid the ultimate price for mankind
To have eternal life & light
In perfect Love.
Madonna is a desolate land:
She was once My favorite artiste
Far back in the 80s when I used to love her
In My Special childhood dreams,
Time changes the current flow of speed in both of us,
I am against this land
In sharp contrast to my earnest love for her then.
Stop praising her !
The punks from that land
Have caused Madonna to sing & dance ‘ANIMAL’
For us to hear & see.
The spirit of animal-
Like the BEAST is taking over
Her chambers for her destruction.
Let Lady Gaga & Shakira give Madonna
Beauty & Satisfaction
If they can-…
For The Land is desolate-.
Let no one go in there henceforth.
I don’t want to leave any stone unturned
While doing The LORD’S work-.
The TRUTH is;
I FEAR NO EVIL- and
I have got My MIND made up,
And I must slash on with the Sword
Till a Brand New Order is effected in this
Whole Wide World.
The other time,
Wine workers tipped Michael Jackson over,
They emptied his barrel of talents,
Broke his nose…
And the expensive chemistry finally failed Michael,…
Every of Madonna’s neighbor is agitated.
This laughter is not built for now
Since we are still on the journey
To ‘The End of Death’.
When we arrive at our destination,
Madonna shall be given a nudge up
Of God’s Word to drink and be drunk
While yet she’ll be rugged under His Great MOUNTAIN,
Ridding deeper than usual.
Drink this cup and be drunk !
You have exalted yourself on the cross
Against The Living God-
The LORD GOD of Hosts.
Get entangled in your words
And go insane for a while.
May I warn the puppets and punks and ants servants
FLEE FROM her FOR YOUR LIFE,
For Madonna sinks… Flee from Madonna,
Save yourselves, don’t get trapped !!!
We have heard of Madonna’s haughtiness,
And how she has haughtily defied the Lord,
The Holy One of Israel.
That she is exceedingly proud,
And of her loftiness and arrogance.
I know her ‘turn – on – points ,
God is my Judge…
They are not right;
So much of The woman’s invocations
Is making so many things go wrong here.
Oh LORD My God-
Show Your Loving Mercy.
My Heart sings for Love again,
My LORD GOD,
Please show forth Your Mercy.
Joe is on skull-,
DMX is wearing skull,
R. Kelly another skull-,
Bishop T. D. Jakes is on skull,
Kirk Franklin is wearing skull…
Every head is bald, and
Every beard clipped ;
-We are on the road to
The End of Death.
My mind and the five senses are touched,
Who can imagine the level of God’s wrath?
Oh LORD My GOD-
Please have mercy.
Do you know the meaning of this?
Where is Missy Elliot?
Bring her here !
Convert her to LOVE
For Love to sing in her
Rather than hate.
Do not be surprise at this command !
A wing is spread over Madonna
By a one flying like an eagle…
Who is afraid here
And want to run away ?
Can’t you see the pit before your feet-…?
Drop low into the trap
As you come out from the pit.
Madonna is given all their punishment
Oh all those years…!
Where is the Kingly crown
Of the POP Music?
Can’t you see the battle
On your brow ?
The ONLY SOLUTION is JESUS CHRIST,
SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
Put away your PRIDE & SHAME ,and
Come and surrender totally
For He alone can
Save and deliver you.
Put Madonna under fierce discipline, and
Let Her not be doomed to destruction
While yet She has not climbed
This Last Mountain before Her eyes….
This express – way is so wide,
It’s wider than the widest express lanes
We have in the Universe today.
— Sudan do justice !
Iraq worship The Living God—
America return !
Return unto God oh People
Of The True and Living God.
We need harvesters – and
Not deadly weapons,
We need the ink of unity-and
Not spears and missiles .
This is the end of death,
Europe come and dwell safely in Love and Peace
Asia visit America with beautiful gifts
Of joy and happiness.
Libya comply with the United Nation’s order,
North and South America—
Sing of His Glory together with Antarctica –
And make Love happen to Australia
In style from Africa— ,
No more war,
No more death.
Defense Academies study Arts—
Learn the Fine Arts of Peace without War.
Make sweet music and invent musical instruments,
Study the Art of Peace Keeping without a gun shot.
Verse 3 of the book—
Chapter 4 is a pointer to the pages ahead,
Leading to “The End of Death”.
I am still in love with Janet Jackson,
Hoping to see My Lady finally realize,
Wake up, and be delivered.
Madonna is finally counseled here—
And is being shown the way to climbing the Next Mountain
Before Her eyes.
Lady Gaga too is in the call
For Life in Real LOVE.
This is truly a never ending list,
But as TIME flies–,
The Book of REVELATION
Chapter 18 is the plot of it all.
The Book of REVELATION
Is the last door before the
“END OF DEATH”.
Revelation 21 is a comforter.
This journey is far—
Extending into nature and life,
Creating new inventions
To finally take a chilling cup of water—
And a fresh breath of courage
As We make set to step on the last tear drop
And overcome FEAR forever—
On verse 4 of this same chapter and Book,…
For all things have become new.
I am on verse three–,
Serve The LORD—
Oh United Nations and People of the Living God.
Keep on serving Him,
For He Is
GOD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.