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Trump’s Trade Czar, The Latest Architect of Imperial Disaster

Trump’s Trade Czar, The Latest Architect of Imperial Disaster

Alfred W. McCoy

As Washington’s leadership fades more quickly than anyone could have imagined and a new global order struggles to take shape, a generation of leaders has crowded onto the world stage with their own bold geopolitical visions for winning international influence. Xi Xinping has launched his trillion-dollar “Belt and Road Initiative” to dominate Eurasia and thereby the world beyond.

Global climate change, the ultimate geopolitician.

We should have had more checks against cyber problems in all our elections. But I don’t think that method on the Rooskies part was determinative. So, so far I don’t agree there. Raw military power? I need to go back to that OpenDemocracy article on Montenegro, and then, looking for it, I just saw this from Oct…

In general, though, I feel the Chicago academicians killed socialism somewhat. Their material and that of the geopolitical academics…it’s all caught up with us [and the stuff’s apparently something like corn liquor]. We didn’t oppose them enough. Maybe I didn’t. With these kinds of monumentally stupid doctrines, it’s hard for me to blame Putin.

But the rest is super enlightening (some parts I haven’t finished). I had a book list once, and The Politics of Heroin In Southeast Asia [McCoy] was on it. When I actually found it in my Univ library I felt hope for the world and my school.

Alfred McCoy, if you are reading this, what do you think of Bernard Harcourt’s breakdown on things?

11/14/18 BH: "Yeah, it’s straight out of counterinsurgency way of thinking in the Middle East brought back into this country. And then it’s become dominant domestically in a time when there is no longer, there is no insurgent minority. There is no insurgency, right? These techniques were developed mostly at times of revolutions, independence movements, many communist movements in the South whether it was in Algeria or in Indochina, et cetera, when there was, in fact, a war to be fought. There were, you know, there were armed insurgents trying to liberate the countries.

"Now, you can have a whole debate about counterinsurgency in that context. All of those movements for independence, all of those anti-colonial struggles prevailed. So, you can have an independent conversation among the military strategists as to whether or not counterinsurgency is a good thing, but what’s so unique about it now is that its operating in this country as a mode of governing, a filter through which we govern in this country, and there’s no insurgency, right?

“There’s no active group, I mean, there are there are as we see practically every week now, you know, very unstable individuals who are engaging in violent acts, and who are appealing to the most attractive ideologies now for someone who is in an extreme violent condition, and that’s that tends to be white supremacy, on the one hand, or you know, the Islamic state, on the other. And you have these individuals, but you don’t have an insurgent minority in this country.”

Bernard Harcourt


Rene Girard’s ideas on two totalitarianisms I find intriguing.