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A Pandemic, the Geopolitical Struggle for Power, and the Urgency of Common Security

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/04/25/pandemic-geopolitical-struggle-power-and-urgency-common-security

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The World needs a contemporary version of the Treaty of Westphalia (1648) that (more or less) ended the Thirty Years’ War in Europe. It was based on the balance of power among sovereign nations. There is so much inequity in the world today within and among nations (read Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century) that nuclear bombs, projection of other forms of military power, economic sanctions, dirty tricks, mis/disinformation, etc., simply cannot hold in Peaceful check. Pandemic or no pandemic, the World is fatigued with war. The Climate is collapsing all sorts of ecological triggers among us. We desperately need adults in the room. We need science and culture to inform diplomacy, not profiteering. We need it far into yesteryear, but yesteryear’s gone. The time for games is Over. It truly is Now or Never for anything that could be described as a Civilized Life that would have to be guided by an Ecologically Based Harmony. Good Luck to Life on Earth!

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Um this article is a fail.

Re “Today Trump and the GOP are engaged in a new Cold War with China and have made China their scapegoat to deflect attention from their own cold-hearted and calculated pandemic failures and to prevail in November’s elections,” just substitute the name Biden for Trump. The Democrats are trying to gin up a war with China, as are the Republicans, and the masses of the people have been whipped up into a chauvinistic frenzy like in the lead up to World War I, when there were also a lot of peace pundits pouring out gaseous articles such as this one.

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The power struggle here in the United States, is more like a coup being waged with the Coronavirus as the reason for the Republicans taking the lead on emptying the Treasury while the Democrats provide cover and enabling.

I wish I had a rocket launcher to even the playing field.

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It’s the Managers of the UniParty Consensus in Congress, and in control of the Permanent Government, who plant the seeds of chauvanistic frenzy. . And, the Managers of The Permanent Gov’t sets the terms of that engagement, not the other way around, generally.
Politicians come and go all the time. You could switch one Sen. Udall, for the other Sen. Udall, ask 99% of people in the West which state they represented and which one ran for POTUS, for example. What their party affiliation was, what their policies were, etc. Then, ask the tree in your backyard the same questions. You’re answers won’t vary much, I’d wager. I’d believe the tree because its shade is better, but that’s me.
As I’ve put forth, the boundaries and playing field dimensions of the United States are not up for changes or modifications, by merely having a few federal elections. Or, swapping out a few SCOTUS judges, every three decades. Wishing so doesn’t change that " Empire thing " most of the time, either. You mostly get blowback, imo.
The Empire is real, constant and almost fixed in place. Its goals, and demands and means to achieve those are consistent, and have priority currently and almost always, in regards to what is attainable. We were closer to having M4A in 1965 than were are in 2020, for instance. The current DoD budget is more bloated than during WWII, too, and we’re fighting Iraq and Afghanistan, not Germany, Italy and Japan thankfully. All hail Empire!!! Right?
The Empire bends and flexes but it is the people in the end who are broken, not the Permanent Gov’t. That is a problem, the very real problem, here. And, does a solution even exist to fix that?

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Mr. Gerson, you want us to defend democracy? Why? Maybe you say, I should move to China if I want. Well I did. And I can move around my city freely again. Let us remember Bernie and defend Socialism. Democracy has gotten out of hand.

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