July 25, 2017

The Twilight of the United States: GLOBALISM AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER EIGHT YEARS LATER

obama-troubledEight years after writing The Twilight of the United States: Globalism and the New World Order, the strategic and economic situation continues to deteriorate.  Despite the promises made by President Obama to revise our commitment to free trade globalism, crack down on crony capitalism, and reduce the deficit, America’s power has declined precipitously. In reality, Obama’s commitment to “hope and change” (i.e. the restoration of the social contract) was a political deception. Obama and his Cabinet are far more interested in appeasing America’s enemies, increasing the size and scope of the Federal government, and satiating the desires of their Wall Street/Globalist supporters by passing or promoting free trade agreements such as KORUS and the TPP, maintaining close relations with Communist China, refusing to restore Glass-Steagall, and pushing for Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Putin’s Russian Federation. Resistance to and dissatisfaction with free trade and open borders increased apace with the Administration’s policy of global integration, which can be described as “Globalism on steroids.”

Obama’s failures to honor his campaign promises – and the Republican Establishment’s unwillingness to hold him to them – paved the way for Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican Primary of 2016 and the Presidential Elections. The audacious and bombastic Trump cleverly utilized his access to media and straight talk to connect with the demoralized and disgusted masses of unemployed and heavily stressed American workers and housewives, a fearful middle class, and independent businessmen. Fearful that Trump would upset their gravy train, boatloads of Neo-Conservatives and Wall Street insiders defected from the Republican Party to support Hillary Clinton or feign neutrality in the general election. Other formerly Never Trump conservatives such as commentator Mark Levin or Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sought to opportunistically accommodate themselves to Trump’s popular movement.

Statistics prove the abject failure of current globalist trade policies. Despite the bipartisan promises of lower trade deficits, America’s balance of payments continued to increase. Future agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are projected even by the best estimates to increase our trade deficits by $21.7 billion (according to the rosy estimates of the International Trade Commission). It is projected that the TPP would disproportionately benefit the service and agricultural sectors to the detriment of the manufacturing and energy industries.[1] Furthermore, the agreement does not address concerns about communist Chinese goods transshipped through TPP signatory countries. Such practices would further injure the already battered American industrial sector. Lastly, it is unlikely that the TPP will adequately safeguard the national security interests of the United States in the face of an increasingly militant and militarized Red China.

That Obama has been untruthful on this count has been indirectly confirmed by officials within his Administration. Russian Mir TV reported that Secretary of State John Kerry quietly supports the entry of Putin’s Russia and Communist China to the TPP.[2] William Craft, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy confirmed China’s potential participation in the TPP: “We’re certainly not doing this as an anti-Chinese thing…We can foresee them (China) joining it.”[3] The failure of the Obama administration to recognize China as an adversarial nation is curious indeed, especially since the Global Times has reported the Vietnamese and Chinese Ministers of Defense are seeking to cement their implicitly anti-American alliance based on their shared ideological commitment to communism, notwithstanding territorial disputes. The Red Chinese press organs Global Times and Xinhua noted that “the two sides have a keen sense of socialist community of shared destiny and strengthen political mutual trust.”[4]

Despite promises to the contrary, the Obama sponsored and Establishment backed[5] “reset” – implausibly supported by self-proclaimed Congressional Tea Party patriots – failed miserably with Putin’s Russian Federation. Trade deficits piled up while Moscow continued its aggressive assault on US interests, and solidified its alliance with the military-economic colossus in Beijing. The Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) signed in 2011 only served to increase the trade deficit from $13 billion in 2011 to over $28 billion in 2015.[6] Trade deficits represent lost wealth and production, not “free” gifts in the form of consumer and capital goods. Much of America’s trade deficit reflects goods that we manufactured until quite recently. The store shelves, car showrooms, and workplaces provide depressing and tangible evidence of this state of affairs.

But there is some good news: recent technological innovations and entrepreneurial ventures have increasingly been moving in a decentralized, localized direction. The continued popularity of family farms; the rise of on-site, on demand 3-D printing; mobile and programmable robots and localized, Made in America outlets and manufacturers both reflect and contribute to the growing rebellion against the faceless, bureaucratized multinational corporations and globalization. Independent farms – now including ingenious “urban farms” – serve to reforge strong local communities, strengthen family ties, provide healthy work environments and assist in the development of personal relationships between agricultural producers and consumers. The expanding number of websites and outlets for Made in America goods is especially encouraging, for they allow consumers to purchase long-lasting, high quality goods made by American workers. In the long run, American-made goods save American consumers money.

Ultimately, radical changes in American trade, domestic labor, and immigration policies are necessary to restore the social contract which used to exist in American capitalism, enhance our military power and expand our intellectual capability for innovation and the development of new products and services. The trend toward local, grassroots level economic endeavors are exceptionally positive features within American society and provide real reason for hope. But they are not, in and of themselves, enough to revitalize American power in a world of enemies and international rivals. That will require realistic, nationally oriented policies – and for that reason protecting America’s sovereignty, promoting our national security and enhancing social stability is a crucial mission that American politicians, businessmen, and academics need to take seriously. To this end, Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents need to unite around three principles:

1)Economic nationalism and balanced trade within the framework of free enterprise made America an economic and military superpower. A strong and productive economy (industry, agriculture, mining, education, and infrastructure) translates into an almost invincible military power.

2)Countervailing power is necessary to ensure a minimum of abuses by both big business and over-centralized governments. The reinstitution of Glass-Steagall, meaningful enforcement of antitrust laws (e.g. Sherman Antitrust Act), the reform of Right to Work laws, and the progressive dissolution of whole Departments of the Federal government will provide the countervailing power to the fraud and abuse perpetuated by multinational corporations and an increasingly centralized, socialistic Federal government. The new nationalism would concur with the sentiment of the famous conservative writer for National Review, James Burnham, who stated:

I share with…conservatives generally a presumption in favor of the free market, and against governmental intervention. However, in the real world (as distinguished from the theoretical world of Von Misean abstractions) it does not follow that government intervention is never in order….

In today’s intricate society, moreover, there is inevitably a border country where private and governmental enterprise overlap, and we Americans have demonstrated a special creativity in operating therein. [7]

3) The development of a doctrine which postulates the fusion of morality and capitalism. Such a doctrine will implicitly reject the spirit of the libertarian “free market” and collectivist economics as well. The development of what I term Balanced and Nationalist Capitalism will once again provide an incentive for America’s workers and professional classes to become staunch defenders of economic freedom. Such a development would take the wind from the sails of the American Left, including such groups like the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, organized communism, and Marxists embedded in the leadership of the American labor union movement. The new nationalism disagrees with the atomistic, soulless variant of capitalism best exemplified by the statement made by Dr. Milton Friedman: “Few trends could so much undermine our free society as the acceptance by corporate executives of social responsibility.”[8]

Grassroots nationalists within the Trump movement, nationalist and populist conservatives, political independents, and the blue collar Reagan Democrats need to network with wealthy patriots who subscribe to the principles listed above. The good news is such personalities do exist. They include business leaders like Theodore Malloch, Jack Davis, Dan DiMicco, and other comparatively wealthy individuals who are nationalists. A new political establishment will need to be formed with its own think tanks and scholarship institutions in order to mentor young professors, political candidates, and other opinion makers to shift the Establishment Consensus towards nationalism and anti-globalism. The Koch Brothers and Soros need a patriotic challenge and competition. Once the flowering of constitutionally based American Nationalism occurs, the depredations wrought by uncontrolled, unaccountable globalism will at last be subject to control.

As of this writing, the U.S. national debt stands at $19,491,679,054,033.20 or approximately $60,207.05 for each and every citizen in America.  As of December 2015, America’s trade deficit stood at $745,660,000.20 with its rivals, enemies, and allies.

NOTES
[1] Accessed From: https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2016/er0518ll597.htm
[2] Accessed From: https://sputniknews.com/business/20151102/1029480695/kerry-invites-russia-china-tpp.html
[3] Ellis, Curtis. “Will Obama Shanghai Congress on Trade Deal” Worldnetdaily http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/will-obama-shanghai-congress-on-trade-deal/
[4] Accessed From: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1003803.shtml
[5] All of the Senators that were associated with the Tea Party wave of conservatism voted to provide Vladimir Putin with Permanent Normal Trade Relations in 2012. They included Marco Rubio (FL), Jim DeMint (SC), Ron Johnson (WI), Rand Paul (KY), Mike Lee (UT), and Pat Toomey (PA). Accessed From: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?&congress=112&session=2&vote=00223
[6] Accessed From: https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5800.html
[7] Quoted from Francis, Samuel T. “Power and History: The Political Thought of James Burnham” Accessed From: http://www.mmisi.org/pr/12_01/francis.pdf
[8] Quoted in Clyde Prestowitz’s Betrayal of American Prosperity

Also posted at the Center for Intelligence Studies.

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