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The World Order that’s Now Emerging

The World Order thats Now Emerging

By Eric Zuesse.
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The World Order thats Now Emerging

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

The Post-World-War-II world order was dominated by the one WW II major combatant that had only 0.32% of its population (the lowest percentage) killed by the war: the United States. The Soviet Unions comparable number killed by the war was the highest it was 13.7% 4.28 times higher than Americas. The U.S. was the main force that defeated Japan and so won WW II in Asia. The U.S.S.R., however, was the main force that defeated Germany and so won WW II in Europe. The U.S.S.R. suffered vastly more than did the U.S. to achieve its victory. In addition to suffering 4.28 times the number of war-deaths than did U.S., the U.S.S.R.s financial expenditures invested in the conflict, as calculated by Jan Ludvik, were 4.8 times higher than were Americas financial expenditures on the war.

Thus, at the wars end, the Soviet Union was exhausted and in a much weaker condition than it had been before the war. By contrast, the U.S., having had none of the wars battles occurring on its territory, was (by comparison) barely even scratched by the war, and it was thus clearly and overwhelmingly the new and dominant world-power emerging from the war.

That was the actual situation in 1945.

The U.S. Government did not sit on its haunches with its enormous post-war advantage, but invested wisely in order to expand it. One of the first investments the U.S. made after the war was the Marshall Plan to rebuild the European countries that had now become the U.S. aristocracys vassal-states. The heavily damaged U.S.S.R. possessed no such extra cash to invest in (rebuilding) its vassals. Furthermore, the U.S.S.R.s communist regime was additionally hobbled by Karl Marxs labor theory of value, which produced prices that contained no useful information about demand and thus no constructive information for planners. (Planning is essential regardless whether an enterprise is private or public.) Thus, the U.S.S.R. was doomed to lose in its economic competition with The West, so that the Cold War was actually a losing proposition for them, from the very start of the post-war era. Americas post-WW-II dominance, combined with Marxs crippling economic theory, and produced the exodus of East Europeans to The West.

Americas aristocracy thus increasingly rose on top internationally. Like any aristocracy, the American aristocracys main concerns were foreign trade, and so U.S. international corporations increasingly expanded even at the expense of the corporations owned by its competing, now-vassal, aristocracies, and the U.S. aristocracys corporations and brands thus came to dominate the entire capitalist sphere. The growth-bug, if it becomes an addiction, is itself a disease. Out of control, it is a cancer, which can destroy the organism. This is what happened in America. Conquering also the communist sphere was the U.S. aristocracys long-term goal, so that they would ultimately dominate every nation, the entire world. By the time of 1980, the U.S. aristocracys top goal (world domination) became also the U.S. Governments top goal. The cancer had spread to the cultures brain. Growth, backed by Greed is good economics, became practically the American religion, viewed as patriotic, and not merely as the nations economic model (which was bad enough, with its increasingly imperialistic thrust such as 2003 Iraq, 2011 Libya, 2012- Syria, 2014 Ukraine, 2016- Yemen, and maybe now Iran).

Americas unchallengeable dominance lasted from then till now, but clearly has now reached near its end. The United States is trying to restore its post-Soviet (post-1991) global supremacy, by intensifying the U.S. regime’s secret war against Russia and its allies, which started on the night of 24 February 1990 and which could reach a crescendo soon in WW III unless something will be done by Americas allies to force the by-now wildly flailing U.S. aristocracy to accept peacefully the end of the American aristocracys hegemony the termination of their, until recently, unchallengeable control over the world. By now, with the Soviet Union and its communism and its Warsaw Pact mirror of Americas NATO military alliance gone since 1991 and yet no peace-dividend but only ever-increasing wealth-concentration into the tiny number of billionaires who benefit from war weaponry-sales and conquests, America needs to abandon its addiction to growth, or else it will proceed forward on its current path, to WW III. Thats its current path.

According to Josh Rogin in the Washington Post on November 14th, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence had just said, as Rogin phrased it, that the United States has no intention of ceding influence or control over the [Pacific] region to Beijing and that if China wont do everything that the U.S. demands, then the U.S. is fully prepared to force China to obey. The same newspaper had earlier presented Robert D. Kaplan, on October 9th, saying, The United States must face up to an important fact: the western Pacific is no longer a unipolar American naval lake, as it was for decades after World War II. The return of China to the status of great power ensures a more complicated multipolar situation. The United States must make at least some room for Chinese air and naval power in the Indo-Pacific region. But the U.S. regime is now making clear that it wont do that.

The U.S. regime appears to be determined to coerce both Russia and China to comply with all American demands. With both of those countries, as with Iran, the U.S. regime is now threatening hot war. Trump, as the deal-maker, is offering no concessions, but only demands, which must be complied with, or else. The United States is threatening WW III. But what nations will be Americas allies, this time around? If many European nations abandon the U.S., then what?

Key for the U.S. regime is keeping the U.S. dollar as the worlds reserve currency.

Rockefeller Capital Management, Global Foresight, Third Quarter 2018 presents Jimmy Chang, Chief Investment Strategist, headlining Nothing Trumps the Dollar, Yet . He writes: The reserve currency status gives the U.S. a significant advantage in handling its finances. American economist Barry Eichengreen observed that it cost only a few cents for the U.S. to print a $100 bill, but other countries would need to produce $100 of actual goods or services to obtain that $100 bill. The worlds need for the greenback allows the U.S. to issue debt in its own currency at very low interest rates. French Finance Minister Val ry Giscard’dEstaing, who later became the president, coined [in 1965] the term ‘exorbitant privilege’ to describe Americas advantage of the U.S. dollar over any other nations currency. That exorbitant advantage never went away. Chang concludes: As for the King Dollar, its short-term outlook appears robust. However, few other observers now share that view. Increasing numbers of countries are pricing goods in other currencies, and China’s yuan and the EUs euro are especially significant contenders to end dollar-dominance and to end the advantages that U.S.-based international corporations enjoy from dollar-dominance.

Other than dollar-dominance, the key barrier to world peace is NATO, the military alliance of the northern aggressor-nations. Proposals have been put forth for the EU to have its own army, which initially would be allied with NATO (i.e., with the U.S. regime). On November 17th, Russian Television bannered EU army: Will it be easy for Europe to get rid of American political diktat? and pointed to the U.S. vassal-nations that would be especially likely to stay in NATO: UK, Poland, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Perhaps the other EU nations and Russia could form their own military alliance, which will formally be committed to the independence of those U.S. vassal-nations, and which will welcome individual peace-treaties with each of them, so as to indicate that aggression is only the U.S. regimes way, and thus to lay the groundwork for peace instead of war, going forward. Clearly, the people who control the U.S. are addicted to invasions and coups (regime-change’s), instead of to respecting the sovereignty of each nation and the right of self-determination of people everywhere. Americas conquest-addiction threatens, actually, every other nation.

Perhaps a reformed and truly independent EU can provide the new reserve currency, and also in other ways the foundation for global peace between nations. NATO will be irrevocably opposed to this, but it could happen. And if and when it does, it might tame the aristocratic beast that rides the American warfare state, but this isnt likely to happen anytime soon. A step forward toward it is the courageous statement by The Saker at the American news-commentary site, Unz dot com, on November 15th, Thanking Vets for Their Service Why? He boldly notes that after World War II, all U.S. invasions have been criminal, and that its a remarkably long string of evil and this doesnt even include the many coups, which have likewise destroyed some nations.

Nationalism is just as evil in todays America as it was in Hitlers Germany. It is hostile to people in any other nation. It demands conquest. And wherever nationalism rules, patriotism dies and is replaced by nationalism.

Only by restoring patriotism and eliminating nationalism can WW III be avoided. Ending dollar-dominance is part of the path toward an internationally peaceful world that focuses more on serving the publics needs and less on serving the aristocrats cravings. But ending NATO is also necessary.

Either these things will be done, or there will be WW III.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of Theyre Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRISTS VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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