Connect with us

Americas

The Neo-Marxist Insurgency in America

Published

on

America is being immersed in a concerted network through accelerating social media conduits together with slanted proxies embedded in news organizations thrusting a Neo-Marxist consensus by woke monopolistic corporations, an indoctrinating school curriculum, coordinated anarchy, and public shaming where the delusion of unabated progressive righteousness has culminated into a haunted credence to alter and tear down institutions, tradition, and the moral fiber of democracy.

The United States of America is the primary objective, and it is no longer the foreign threat of the ‘Red Scare’ at our doorstep. The assault is in progress from the very powers that once protected the rights and freedom from the tyrants abroad. The world’s remaining stronghold and defender of democratic values conceived in The Constitution is being precipitously truncated. If America collapses, so does the fate of the world’s remaining democracies.    

Turn away from your mobile device or the 24-hour news cycle and you will have missed the next breaking event saturating the masses into a pattern of crazed conformity over an uninvestigated racial incident, imminent climatic disaster, a history-erasing event, or the coming soon right-of-passage digital vaccine passport.  

If one is caught up in a news event or opposing the autocratic-driven leftist agenda, an algorithmic cyber pile-on throttles up the outcry against the target; whether an opposing conservative political position or one’s faith-based convictions construed as far-right extremism and conspirative; and ultimately exiled with the Star-of-David stamped on one’s web-based social profile.   

A sincere apology followed by an act of grace or sitting down to have a thoughtful discussion in finding common ground and healing was once the way forward. Isn’t this the manner we were supposed to do it? No, just the opposite on Big Tech’s social media platforms. We have entered an indiscriminate echelon of viral judgement where an incessant and vindictive belief of perpetual victimization and injustice has set in motion the planet’s greatest societal revolution.   

The reformation has been hatched by strategically employing distinct concentrations; specifically, the woke corporatocracy and the education system both possessing internal mechanisms to be deployed against their trepid employees and easy to fleece students. Big Tech’s global power and control of the messaging has made them the Vatican of Silicon Valley in freezing the collective consensus, isolating it, and then polarizing the narrative while thwarting opposing positions. You are only one word away from being de-platformed on Twitter or Facebook, losing your livelihood, and executed on the social media guillotine.   

While climate change is still very prevalent in the neo-Marxist repertoire, Critical Race Theory has now become the principal hammer in the activist’s toolbox to the that of the sickle slicing into the blindly led masses duped into believing we are on the cusp of planetary extinction. CRT’s sinister ideology is being used to disseminate alienation and intimidation that is reminiscent to the tactics used by the Bolsheviks during the communist’s revolution in Russia or the mass genocide during China’s Cultural Revolution. It is all too familiar.

CRT’s agitators are committed to shredding apart civil society on the cock-and-bull story that our current social order is a breeding place for systemic racism. The Black Lives Matter organization and its militant Antifa wolf-packs are structured for the same functions as Mao’s student-led paramilitary brigades recruiting disenfranchised youth into the cult’s covenant to divide and subjugate. The tactics are played out on the streets of America with-in-your-face shouts at white people out for dinner, intimidating marches in upscale family neighborhoods or halting the free passage of vehicles where the agitators demand a sign of allegiance by recounting their support while under the extreme potential for violence if one does not adhere. You have little to no police protection other than the collapsing enclosure of your vehicle becoming a battering ram.

The premise in deploying CRT is to identify an enemy where one did not exist before, polarize the foe by stoking raw resentment, and ensure the storyline of systemic racism never ends to maintain and consolidate power. The only way to escape the shame of being white is to fall in line and submit your values and tradition, and if you are a person of color who disagrees; you are simply not black enough.   

Right out of the Soviet Union’s playbook, the communist youth league incited division against traditional family-orientated farmers unwilling to give up their land to the collective. The villagers, who had little to no previous disdain for the farmers previously, fell to the delusion of class hostilities as they seen the names of the unwilling farmers listed on the village postings. The CRT is disconcertingly akin to the Bolshevik’s insurgency; alongside the militant Antifa wing to that of Hitler’s SS elite guard’s anti-Semite  propaganda leading to the Jewish Holocaust or Mao’s youth gangs rampaging across China to replace the family structure with the collective that resulted in 55 million inhabitants starving to death.

Just as Karl Marx recognized the absent of class hostilities and social contentment to be a threat to the communists holding onto power, we see the same divisive sentiment from the top when US President Joseph Biden claims diverging opinions or state laws to that of Jim Crow segregationists. The Dem’s identity politics, with the aid of Big Tech’s social media and the palpable agenda-driven news networks, has been applied to create discord across America. Former President Donald Trump supporters and the alleged far right home-grown terrorists threatening the left’s hold on power have become the Bolshevik’s farmers; yet the well-funded lawless riots burning down city neighborhoods, pillaging retail businesses, and attacks on the police are the Marxist peasants seen as victims justly demonstrating.

Identity politics has resulted in two systems of justice – one where BLM leadership advocates for rioting and looting as peaceful demonstrations and assaulting police has no consequences; yet the January 6th demonstrations at the Capital has resulted in the largest round up of protesters ever seen in America. In fact, one female trespasser was shot dead by police during the Capital unrest and there was no outcry or charges against the officer. She was white and a Trump supporter.

Federal prosecutors are not seeking criminal charges against the police lieutenant whose single shot killed Ashli Babbit, the 14-year veteran who served four tours with the US Airforce. If the unarmed Babbit committed any crime, it would have been for trespassing, a misdemeanor crime that should have seen her arrested and not slain. The lieutenant’s life was not at risk nor was he saving the lives of others as he stood with numerous police officers in riot gear and strapped with submachine guns. If a member of BLM or Antifa was shot dead by police during an unlawful riot, there would have been an immediate racial outcry across the news media for justice followed by looting local retailers and ransacking of police or federal property. The action by BLM is considered righteous violence whereas the slain Babbit had it coming to her.      

Violence from the Marists was further approved when the far-left Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif, told protestors out of her state in Minnesota to “get more confrontational” if Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murdering George Floyd. She said, “We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure they know that we mean business”. Waters gave the green light to Antifa to burn, loot, and most likely more killing.  

BLM activist, Kim Brown, said she supports the looting of businesses as a form of racial justice. “I support looting…Dollar Tree… Advanced Auto Store… I support all that s**t. Black people… could loot every store in this f*****g country for 200 years… and it wouldn’t even come close to what America owes us.” In other words, the polarization will not stop. Big Tech does not seem to have a problem leaving this threatening message up but has no problem removing conservative opinions and newsworthy stories exposing the left’s hypocrisy and threat to democracy during the 2020 presidential election.

Black Lives Matter significantly increased their influence by leveraging the tragic death of George Floyd by seizing the mantle of moral authority in the quest to divide America. They have used Floyd’s death to corner every American’s greatest fear in being labeled a racist if one does not conform and align to the cancel culture. State and local government, corporations, and higher education is being pressured to get behind the oppressive cause or become the next target.

There was a courageous man that approached racism with civility and success. If he were alive today, the well-funded BLM organization would not likely appreciate his manner of protest. Martin Luther King was effective in exposing racism and bringing people of all races together when he said, “I look to the day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

The progressive teachers’ unions across North America have captured nearly the entire national curriculum in achieving absolute monopolization in advancing the Critical Race Theory. The neo-Marxist exploitation of young minds has been supercharged through endless narratives on every child’s cell phone and carried forward throughout the indoctrination network of our public and private schools. University and college students are graduating with a delusion of world ending climate change, the revulsion of capitalism and American exceptionalism, white privilege guilt, and the failure of Western democracy.

With the moral teaching of parents shifting to the school, a vast number of programmed Marxist graduates are being concentrated into government, the media, and corporate leadership. Parents have been sidelined out of fear that any challenges to the curriculum will isolate their children and pin their parents as bigots, conspiracy cracks or Christians out of touch with the woke generation, and ultimately afraid their employer will cut them lose for not upholding these intoxicating values.

There is a climate of fear facing our schools and employees attending a CRT session in the workplace where one might be construed as not woke enough or walking on eggshells over a potential inappropriate phrase. Clearly, the West is in trouble with the moral teaching shifted from the parent to the schools and where the cultural power in society is now derived from a socio-political upheaval in government, companies, and the education system.

A well-known Marxist headlined a diversity and inclusion session at an elite California K-12 preparatory school. Angela Davis, a militant black power activist, long accused of anti-Semitism in backing the BDS movement against Israel and the recipient of the Soviet Union’s International Lenin Peace Prize in 1979 for her praise of dictator Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik Revolution that left millions of people dead, informed students that we would need to take apart capitalism if we wanted a more progressive direction…if we want our children to move in a trajectory that is described by freedom.

Davis, who was at one time on the FBI’s most wanted list for her involvement in a courtroom plot that left many dead, referenced the Black Lives Matter movement, environmental justice, and the transgender fight. She urged students to struggle against the notion that the United States is the best country in the world and that racism is a product of capitalism. Davis said freedom is not an endpoint but rather an infinite struggle.  

More than a thousand students were saturated with a session against their very own country and democracy. The spokesperson for the school considered Davis’s lecture would be good for students to focus on activism…a teachable moment. Be clear, this same teaching is taking place in many schools. 

It is simply wrong to teach kids these socially constructed race categories. The woke values do not include openness to a variety of other points of view and civil debate. The phrase “white privilege” will shame children who would have otherwise strived with integrity and esteem to achieve advantages regardless of one’s racial background. In contrast, competition taught at all levels in school regardless of one’s skin color has created determination, perseverance, character and strongest economy the world has ever seen; and yet we have still not lived to see a progressive Marxist country excel to greatness. Make no mistake that graduating students under CRT teachings would move forward in life with far less freedom and opportunity; and remain uninspired in mediocrity while the leftist elites solidify their grip to power. It is a destructive ideology to teach children to be pessimistic and full of grievance rather than being full of optimism and gratitude.

In the grip to control the progressive political narrative of the left and Democrat Party in America, the blatant and overt actions of Big Tech, whether Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, or Google is overwhelmingly evident in their targeting of conservatives and those who align politically with former President Donald Trump.

Recent post-election turmoil in Washington made it a most convenient opportunity to up the ante in eliminating free speech in a coordinated effort by Big Tech to remove posts, news organizations, and shutting down independent social media venues operating on Big tech’s servers. They all but engaged in a book burning bonfire that is emblematic of past harsh and oppressive regimes seeking to censor, silence, and crush our prevailing culture that threatens the Neo-Marxist global utopia. Big Tech is working toward total control of our lives and extinguishing purported extreme values and opposing political power threatening their monopolistic stranglehold.

Big Tech is the state-run social media arm of the Democrat Party in deciding whose First Amendment rights will remain viable and protected. It should come to no surprise that Facebook injected $500 million into swing state counties with questionable late night ballot dumps during the 2020 Presidential Election.

It is a very dangerous game when the civil rights of conservatives are being violated and censored in their ability to communicate an opposing political position.  Yet, Big Tech has no issues permitting China or Iran to spew narratives thwarting democratic values or inflammatory posts against freedom in Hong Kong or the elimination of the Jewish State of Israel. A very similar scenario took place last century with Nazi Germany silencing the opposition; and followed by mankind uttering the words ‘Never Again’ when millions of people were brutally executed in concentration camps.

Former President Trump decried Big Tech’s censorship following a interview he gave to his daughter-in-law Laura Trump when the talk was removed from Facebook and Instagram. The former President said, “What is happening in this country – nobody ever thought would happen. It is total censorship. You don’t have free speech in the country”. The social media giants justified the podcast being removed by saying it featured President Trump speaking and the voice of Donald Trump past or present will be blocked. Facebook’s oversight board, known as their “Supreme Court” has voted to continue blacklisting Trump from the platform with no planned date to lift the ban.   

African American sports journalist Jason Whitlock had his twitter account locked out for posting a tweet criticizing Marxist Black Lives Matter founder and executive director, Patrice Cullors, for buying a $1.4 million home in an exclusive L.A. neighborhood. Whitlock, when railed for the tweet, said Cullors had a lot of options on where to live and she chose one of the whitest places in California (88% white, 1.8% black) and that he found her to be hypocritical as a trained Marxist and advocate of the BLM movement to act like a capitalist.

It has been reported that Cullors has purchased four properties totaling $3 million. There are some estimates that BLM has raised $90 million in 2020 through various individual and corporate donations, however it is unclear how the leaders are paid because the organization’s finances are opaque.

Whitlock has long criticized BLM to be one of Big Tech’s “sacred cows” and for being the antithesis of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights Movement which was founded in Christian love. Simply put, Marxism’s rejection of Christianity is a rejection of King.  A Twitter spokesperson said Whitlock’s tweet violated the Twitter rules on imparting private information, yet the NBA’s lead activist Lebron James’ tweet picturing a police officer with a life-threatening message towards the officer was widely viewed and shared. 

If BLM leader Cullors, Lebron James, and Big Tech truly cared about Black lives, they might turn their attention beyond the few tragic deaths in police apprehensions to the greater plight and racism facing Blacks in America. There are over 7,000 African American murders in American cities annually where cultural differences and economic disparity has kept races apart is a critical tragedy.

The way of life and crime in minority neighborhoods may never change in our diversly rooted world where human beings are by nature tribalistic and tend to assimilate more closely with a group. We do not see Blacks moving from the Englewood district of Chicago to homes dominated by Whites in Streeterville nor do we witness Whites in Auburn Hills moving into the inner neighborhoods of Detroit. BLM leader, Cullors, had the opportunity but she chose to be close to the wealth she had accumulated.

One other major tragedy on an unimaginable genocidal scale in predominately Black neighborhoods is the strategic ethnic cleansing measures put in place by the government to target the births a great American racial group. With over 700 Planned Parenthood abortion mills, it is estimated that nearly 80% of the facilities are strategically located in urban centers mostly dominated in minority or black neighborhoods. Black babies at some of these locations are aborted at four times the rate as white ones. The African American women are clearly the target customer far beyond the women’s right to choose or simply the platform for reproductive freedom. Planned Parenthood has stepped into the gap with government funds to alleviate inconvenient economic fetal matter and remain in business with a steady flow of Black customers. 

The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah in Hebrew or “the catastrophe”, was a genocide in which six million Jews were killed by the German Neo-Nazi regime and its Third Reich collaborators. It is estimated that since 1973, more than 16 million Black unborn infants have succumbed to abortion, resulting in the African American population currently nearing 50 million people instead of a potential 70 million lives today. With 1,876 black babies terminated every day, black women are more than five times as white women to have an abortion – a real racist statistic to ponder versus the handful of Blacks killed by police actions. When you see three black children playing together, remember, a fourth precious one is missing.   

US Senator, Josh Hawley has warned that Big Tech companies are working towards transforming America, arguing that these mega-corporations are the “gravest threat” to our freedom. During an interview, Hawley said this is all about how Big Tech is working hand-in-hand with big government to try to run our country and silence our speech. He went further in stating they are becoming more powerful by the day by imposing a leftist and woke agenda where Big Tech controls what you can post, controls what you read, and controls what journalism looks like.  

This was very clear when Big Tech interfered in the 2020 presidential election when Twitter and Facebook limited the circulation of reports and suspended accounts of journalists; including the New York Post when trying to expose stories that were negative to the Biden campaign and alleged corrupt family business dealings in foreign countries. Then Big Tech took its most profound step in coalescing with the Democrats in a coordinated action to silence the political opposition when they “de-platformed” former President Donald Trump.

This is really about information control and these companies have all the unfettered power to impose their Neo-Marxism agenda in America and throughout every corner of the world. The misguided masses and miseducated youth have been easily impressed upon through social media by terms such as systemic racism, intersectionality, climate threat, and white fragility. Instead of the Bolshevik’s listed enemy names in the villages, Big Tech and their woke surrogates identify and condemn those marked as oppressors and cancel them out of the social media conversation.

Not to be out done by social media doxing of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Major League Baseball’s woke decision to move the All-Star Game out of the Peach State to another site with more restrictive voting requirements, CEOs of Coca Cola and Delta in their home State of Georgia quickly fell in line with Left’s agenda to isolate and polarize their radical unfounded racist orthodoxy.

One may want to ask why MLB has no issues creating a relationship with the oppressive Neo-Marxist regime of China or Coca Cola selling their beverages in the world’s largest market and not boycott the country over their massive re-education concentration camps eliminating the Muslim Uigur population. One could ask Coca Cola how their marketing of the sugar-laced beverage to African Americans has impacted this race with diabetes or why not refuse to show voter ID when boarding a Delta flight by claiming it is racist and see if the airline permits you fly.

African Americans are once again pawns of the Left and Democrat Party as were the peasants in the Bolshevik Revolution; and likely dismayed over the claims that their race is somehow incapable in attaining voter ID to ensure a fair and honest election. Governor Kemp of Georgia put other states, companies, and the public on notice that the Left is coming for you next.      

Former President Trump sought to overcome the fabled and twisted dogmatic crux facing the Republican Party by credibly explaining the Democrat’s reverse racism based on the premise that African Americans are incapable of competing and excelling in a free market and on a level playing field. On the other hand, the Democrat Party and their cohorts in Big Tech, the news media, and radical activists on the street continue to maintain their decades long subversive strategy to manipulate and segregate the black voting block by engineering a socially oppressed and dependent second-class citizenry that is beholden to white supremacy for their welfare. Ironically, the power grab by the elitists in circles of Big Tech, media, and throughout academia are vastly and disproportionately white and in it for their own gain.

Whether today or on a fall day on October 27,1964 when former President Ronald Reagan delivered what has become known as “The Speech: A Time for Choosing” describing the threat of communism from abroad, one can now relate to the threat from within. Following are some excerpts from Reagan’s speech that lifted his career in politics is worth lifting off our hearts today.

“This is the issue: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told we must choose between left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream, the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, “The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.”

The Founding Fathers knew a government cannot control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So, we have come to a time for choosing…

…Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we are denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we are always “against,” never “for” anything.

We need…to restore for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him….

Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? …Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last…

…If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what’s at stake. We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation.

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that “the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits-not animals.” And he said, “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

Since “The Speech” by Reagan, the precipitous ebb and flow of the Marxist peril has surged beyond the drips and drabs to sizeable breaches in America’s decomposing institutions; including defund the police, court packing, dishonest voting laws, and diminishing state and individual rights. The appetite to destroy what has stood in the progressive’s way and denied them of their oppressive utopian power and polymorphous perversity has resulted in their ground assault acquiring and establishing a strategic foothold throughout the education, corporate, and social media sectors.  

Those in power no longer fear the people and the people now fear their government’s overreach and a cyber pile-on across the many media platforms shaming and threatening one’s livelihood. The tumultuous left’s subversive revolution has a disdain for America’s traditional values that is bound in an ensuing bitterness of blame and angst that is never satisfied and always seeking to avenge.

We are losing our country in every classroom, every weather event, every company, every illegal vote, every progressive tweet, and most likely in a post-pandemic reset of the world’s financial and social structure. The Neo-Marxist are nearly fully entrenched and assimilating the remaining holdouts. In their delusions, the progressives think they are improving the fiber of America and the family nucleus by bending this lever or adjusting that flywheel; instead, the Neo-Marxist have tilted America out of its created Constitutional order.

To the one standing in the shackles of persecution rather than on your knees in oppression, your merits of character and soul of individualism will see to it that the end of time becomes the beginning of time.

Rich Berdan is a freelance writer out of Detroit, Michigan. Rich often provides perspectives that are unique and thought provoking.

Continue Reading
Comments

Americas

Biden: No More “Favourite Dictators”

Published

on

Joe Biden
Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz

 Former US President Donald Trump shared a strong personal rapport with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Trump made no bones about the fact, that he got along well with authoritarian leaders – especially in the Middle East. At the G7 Summit in 2019, Trump while looking for Egyptian President had even said, “Where’s my favourite dictator?”

Statements made by Biden before taking over as US President

On the other hand, Joe Biden before taking over as US President had repeatedly criticized Erdogan, MBS and Sisi for their poor human rights record, and had unequivocally stated that none of them would have a free pass in a Biden Presidency.  Biden had on numerous occasions flagged the dismal Human Rights record of Saudi Arabia, especially MBS’ involvement in the murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and lashed out at Trump for soft pedaling on the issue because of his personal rapport with MBS. Similarly, in August 2020, Biden had dubbed Erdogan as an ‘autocrat’ and also expressed the view that the US needed to lend support to opposition parties in Turkey. Biden had also issued a warning to Sisi, saying that there would be “no more blank checks for Trump’s ‘favourite dictator’.”

How President Biden has approached relations with the three leaders

During the Biden Administration, ties with Saudi Arabia have witnessed a change. A report which clearly points to MBS’ role in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was released (Trump had refused to release this report). The US has withdrawn support for the Saudi war in Yemen, and defence agreements signed between the US and Saudi Arabia, during the Trump Administration have been put on hold. Yet, Biden while sanctioning Saudi officials in connection with the Khashoggi case, in addition to those sanctioned by the Trump administration, refused to impose sanctions on MBS owing to the strategic importance of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East (Saudi support is essential for the revival of the Iran Nuclear Deal/Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action-JCPOA) and the strong US-Saudi relationship. It would be pertinent to point out, that Biden’s decision not to impose sanctions on MBS has drawn strong criticism from many including members of his own party.

If one were to look at the case of Turkey in recent months, the Turkish President has himself toned down his Anti-West rhetoric and described his meeting with Biden on the sidelines of the recent NATO Summit as fruitful. While commenting on the meeting with Biden, Erdogan stated that ‘ We believe there is no problem that cannot be resolved in Turkey-US relations,’

The US President also said, that the meeting with Erdogan was positive and expressed hope that the bilateral relationship would improve in days to come.

While the meeting between Biden and Erdogan was positive, differences between both sides still persist over Turkey’s purchase of S400 missiles (the Trump administration had imposed sanctions in its final days and Turkey had also been removed from its F-35 fighter jet program)

Turkey’s strategic relevance

Turkey has stated that it is willing to play a role in security in Afghanistan, and guard Kabul airport, after the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Turkish President did say that Turkey would require diplomatic, logistic and financial support that the United States. The Biden administration’s outreach to Turkey indicates that in spite of differences over key issues, Istanbul’s potentially important role post the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is something, the US will not ignore. Erdogan on his part needs to have a reasonable relationship with US, given the fact that the Turkish economy has slowed down significantly.

If one were to look at the case of Egypt, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi role in the ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, was acknowledged by the Biden Administration. While the US President during a telephonic conversation hailed Sisi for his ‘successful diplomacy’ in the Israel-Palestine ceasefire, the Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said:

‘We have had in Egypt a real and effective partner in dealing with the violence, bringing it to a close, relatively quickly. And now, we are working closely together to build something positive’

It would be pertinent to point out, that during his telephonic conversation with Sisi, in May 2021, Biden did flag the need for a ‘constructive dialogue’ on human rights in Egypt

Conclusion

While it is easy to criticise Joe Biden, he has the onerous responsibility of striking a  balance between values, which he has repeatedly referred to even after taking over as President, with US interests. Given the complex geopolitics of the Middle East, Biden while refraining from taking steps, which may be counterproductive has flagged his concerns with regard to Human Rights, and sent out a strong message that bilateral relations will be dictated by substance and not mere personal chemistry or optics. At the end of the day it is important not to forget Miles’s law — ‘where you stand depends upon where you sit’.

Continue Reading

Americas

The liberal international order has not crumbled yet

Published

on

Since 2017 when Donald Trump took office, the “liberal international order” erected in 1991 has been under serious challenges raised by the United States’ relative decline, the Trump administration’s isolationist policy, and on top of that, the outbreak of COVID-19. Indeed, this order is greatly plagued, which is evidenced by its dysfunction. Against this backdrop, its endurance in the upcoming time is questionable. Nevertheless, the liberal international order has not collapsed yet. It will even revive, and endure in the post-pandemic era.

The victory of Biden 

Notwithstanding facing great threats, the liberal international order is far from crumbling. On the contrary, it is gradually reviving. In the Western world, countries are making effort to reform their order that is on the verge of collapse. This is true in the US – the world democracy’s leader. Joe Biden’s victory against Donald Trump may be a positive signal for the US and the global democracy. As a strong advocate for values including democracy, multilateralism and international trade, at no doubt, President Biden will be opposite to Trump in his policy, both domestic and foreign ones. Indeed, during his first 100 days, Mr.Biden has implemented some meaningful things. Regarding the pandemic, he has a stricter approach than his predecessor’s: Mandatory mask wearing, a $1.9-trillions bill, historical vaccination campaign, to name a few. All of Biden’s actions have been so far effective, when the new cases and deaths are steadily declining, and the number of vaccinated people is substantially high. This lays a foundation for Biden to reinvigorate his country’s ruined democracy and governance system, as his efficiency in countering COVID-19 may help him regain American people’s trust on the future of American democracy.

In terms of foreign policy, President Biden has some radical changes compared to that of Trump, which might be favorable to the Western world. At first glance, Biden embraces multilateralism much more than his predecessor, with the hope of saving the American global leadership. He supports Washington’s participation in international institutions, which is illustrated by the rejoining of WHO, Paris Agreement and several multilateral commitments. In tandem with this, Biden values the US’ alliances and strategic partnership as vital instruments for the US’ hegemony. Unlike Trump’s transactional approach, Biden prioritizes early and effective engagement with allies to tackle regional and global issues, especially major ones like NATO, G7. In Asia, he also seeks for further cooperation with traditional allies such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand and deepening partnership with Vietnam, Singapore, India and ASEAN countries.

More importantly, President Biden’s policies towards the US’ competitors and “rogue states” are far different from Trump’s. Granted, despite seeing China as the biggest threat to the American global leadership, Biden adopts a more flexible and multilateral policy. His administration looks to cooperate and compete with China, which implies a different trajectory of the US-China relationship in the upcoming time. Additionally, as noted above, instead of unilaterally escalating tensions with China as Trump did, Biden has been forging relations with traditional and potential Asian allies to contain China together, given China’s increasing assertiveness. With regard to Iran, Washington is now working on the Iran Nuclear Deal with other six parties, promising a potentially positive future on the relations of Iran with the US and the West. The bottom line is, a radical change in Biden’s foreign policy will be a clear message to the world that the US will still try to save the liberal international order and make this world safer for democracy.

The European Union is recovering 

Things are happening in the same pattern in Europe. European leaders are also closely cooperating, both inside and outside the bloc, to defeat COVID-19. That said, they are ardently supporting multilateralism. So far, the EU has spent billions of dollars in vaccine development as well as humanitarian support, demonstrating its solidarity in the battle against COVID-19. As such, if EU leaders can successfully lead their bloc out of the current crisis, they can reform this currently plagued institution in the post-pandemic era. Not only seeking further intra-bloc cooperation, but also European leaders are working with other major actors around the world to substantiate the global battlefront against COVID-19. Recently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her country and China to jointly develop COVID’s vaccine in an open, transparent way, and to a further extent, maintain good and stable bilateral partnership, regardless of two sides’ differences.

Similarly, the EU has been putting the Transatlantic relationship among the priorities of its foreign policy agenda. After Biden’s election, the European Commission has proposed refreshing the US-EU alliance and establishing a Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council, being seen as an informal tech alliance with the US to prevent China from dominating this critical sector. The Transatlantic relationship is perhaps one of the pillars for the liberal international order, given its long history and its contribution to maintain the global stability. In the last decades, this axis has been damaged by numerous issues, from economic to security, which is one of the main causes for the decline of liberal international order. Thus, a fresh Transatlantic relationship is conducive to the re-emergence of this order. In this respect, the EU’s effort to strengthen the Transatlantic alliance, despite being questionable in terms of feasibility and outcome, is still paving the way for reinvigorating of liberal international order. More notably, the most recent G7 Summit has illustrated the Western’s solidarity, when there is a convergence in most issues related to global governance and maintaining the Western-based order. This may be a harbinger of the liberal international order’s revival, at least in a foreseeable future.

Non-Western world is struggling 

The dynamics outside the Western world is also changing in a more favorable direction. Many non-Western countries, once were effective in combating against the pandemic, are now struggling with a greater threat. Taiwan, in spite of being praised as one of the most successful states in the battle against COVID-19, is currently facing another wave of pandemic when the new cases in this island are surging recently. Other successful stories, let us say Thailand, Japan or South Korea, are questionable of maintaining their momentum in preventing the virus, showcased by their relatively inefficiency during this new wave, in implementing strong measures and getting their people vaccinated. This raises question about these countries’ model of governance, which was used to be praised as a better alternative for a plagued, dysfunctional Western one, thanks to its merits in helping those above-mentioned states contain COVID-19.

Major non-Western blocs are in the midst of COVID-19 crisis as well. The clearest example is the BRICS. Except China, all other countries in this bloc have been tremendously suffering from the pandemic. Due to this, they are far from being recovered quickly. This failure in dealing with the virus undermines the bloc’s previous effort in establishing its position as a major, effective one, not to mention building a new, non-Western international order. This is also the case with ASEAN, as the organization was sharply divided by COVID-19. There are countries doing well with controlling the pandemic such as Vietnam, Singapore, but the Philippines and Indonesia are unable to do so, making this bloc suffering from institutional sclerosis without having any coherent COVID-19 policy. Therefore, non-Western blocs and countries are far from being more efficient than Western ones, implying they are unable to come up with any better international orders than the current liberal international one.

More importantly, Western values underpinning the liberal international order are universal. This is noteworthy when arguing for the long-lasting of Western order, as its existence and endurance mainly hinge on the universality of Western values. These values have been embraced by many countries for a very long time. Hence, despite being deteriorated in recent years, they cannot be easily changed. On the other hand, non-Western values are also not as highly embraced as Western ones. China, desiring to topple the US, is initiating numerous projects and agreements to spread its values around the world, making the world less Western and more Chinese/Asian. Nonetheless, Beijing has yet achieved any remarkable achievements in making their values more widespread and embraced by the rest of the world. Even worse, its image has been tarnished due to its rising assertiveness. Its projects in developing countries, especially BRI-related projects, have been notorious for a large number of problems related to environment or local corruption, and it is raising strategic uncertainty in the region by its increasing militarization, particularly on the South China Sea. These movements have turned China into a “malevolent” major power, hindering its process of disseminating and socializing its values to the world.

It is also worth noting that although Western values have declined, they have been proven to be benevolent for this world. Most recently, it is Western countries that have successfully developed good COVID-19 vaccines to save themselves and save the world from this unprecedented health crisis. Non-Western countries, for instance China and Russia, have their own vaccines, but they are not as welcome as other developed countries in the West in the vaccine race, because their vaccines are relatively less effective than Western-produced ones. Democracy, liberty, lassaiz faire are values that help Western countries or ones embrace such things able to produce massive amount of effective vaccines, and more broadly to develop a strong science and technology foundation. Producing and distributing vaccine for the rest of the world would make the West become a savior, which is good for saving the liberal international order.

Without doubt, the liberal international order has been in its worst time since 1991 when it reached its heyday. However, thanks to its merits, the liberal international order will not die. Instead, most countries will jointly save it, because they have been benefitting from this order for a long time, and will be so in the future. The order’s founding members are recovering, and cooperating closely to reform it, as well as there are no better international orders that can replace the existing one. Given these circumstances, the liberal international order would re-emerge as a dominant form of ordering this world after the pandemic, and would be perpetuated.

Continue Reading

Americas

Who benefits more from the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva?

Published

on

With the Putin-Biden summit in Geneva around the corner, the question is who actually benefits more from the meeting in the small Swiss town.

Mainstream media and right-wing foreign policy thinkers alike have argued that a joint press conference would “elevate” President Putin to the level of the American President.

Ivana Strander, the Jeane Kirkpatrick fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, argued that the upcoming Geneva summit is actually “a gift” to Putin.

In a CNN story, Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak mention that “officials who have been involved in arranging past US meetings with Putin say the Russian side often pushes for a joint press conference, hoping to elevate Putin’s stature by having him appear alongside the American leader”.

Whether as a subconscious bias or an actual reflection of attitudes, prevalent is the idea that coming close to the US President is a privilege that other leaders can only dream about. But who gains more from the upcoming summit?

In fact, it is the American President who is vying for other leaders’ approval and acceptance once again after a humiliating period – not the other way around. American is emerging from Trumpism, which revealed the other, ugly face of America. Trumpism is not gone and the other face of America is still there.

This week, US President Joe Biden is eager to show the world that America is “back”. In meetings with the G7, NATO countries’ top leaders, the NATO Secretary General, the Queen of England, and President Putin in the same week, Biden is asking the world to forget the last four years. And he is not doing this from the position of power or superiority. That’s why assuming that other heads of state, be it Putin or anyone else really, can only gain by coming close to the superiority of the American President is a misplaced and misguided. The US President is asking the international community to take America back – not the other way around.

President Putin doesn’t need the US President’s acceptance – Putin already got that. That happened back in 2018, in Helsinki, when President Trump sided with Putin over the US government’s own intelligence agencies, by rejecting the idea of Russia’s meddling in the US presidential elections. Trump slapped across the face and humiliated the US intelligence community in front of the whole world. Ever since, the US intelligence community has tried to figure out ways to prove Trump wrong and show him otherwise. And they have gone to incredible lengths, only so that they can get their pay pack of a sort, and prove Trump wrong. So, Putin already got what he wanted. He doesn’t need more “elevation”.

What’s also striking is that in Geneva, the UN is absolutely missing from the action. Geneva is the home of numerous UN agencies and international organizations, and not one is actually involved, which speaks volumes to questions of relevance. It is the Swiss government from Bern which is organizing the Summit. The UN is nowhere to be seen which is also indicative of the current Biden priorities.

If Trump was about “America First”, then Biden is about “America is still number one, right?”. But as the United Kingdom learned the hard way recently, it is sometimes best for a declining power to perhaps elegantly realize that the rest of the world no longer wants to dance to its tune, or at least not to its tune only. Discussions about how much Putin gains from coming close to the presence of the US President are misguided. In trying to climb back on the international stage on crotches and covered up in bruises, America is not in a position to look down on other big powers. And as regards who benefits more from the Summit, it seems like one side is there with a clear request asking for something. My understanding is that it is Biden who wants Putin to hand cyber criminals over to him. Putin still hasn’t said what he wants from Biden, in return.

Continue Reading

Publications

Latest

Trending