Just how impotent the United States’ political system must be to watch helplessly not only president Donald Trump’s self-destruction, but also his arguably bringing about the disintegration of the entire Western imposed international order, setting the stage for the National Socialist China to rule the world.
For Trump can only lose the trade war that he started, in my opinion. But maybe now with his getting deeper into such trade war with China, the US captains of industry and even media mogul Rupert Murdoch will combine to get rid of him before he can bring down with himself Wall Street and the hegemony of transnational Western capitalism too?
The US transnationals, led by the infamous duo of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, were the Frankensteins who created the rogue and ever more powerful monster of the National Socialist Chinese regime. On the February 24, 1972 the US signed its eventual death warrant as the leading maintainer of the existing West imposed international political and economic order. They made the greatest blunder of the last and this centuries.
They not only saved from bleeding to death, their nemesis and potential successor for dominating the world order, Mao’s Red China. They unwittingly also began to build up China slowly but surely to become a mighty monster, eventually strong enough to defeat the US and the rest of the democratic world.
When Nixon visited China in 1972, the communist Chinese regime was down on its knees and was at a hair’s breadth from collapsing. Mao’s cultural revolution allowed him to win the battle over his internal enemies to maintain his grip on power as the undisputed dictator. But in the process his armies of fanatical youths managed to almost completely destroy the Chinese economy and its administrative structure. Everyone and every institution in China who posed threat to Mao’s absolutism was disabled by Mao’s terror squads.
But Kissinger, national security advisor at the time, managed to convince Nixon it was in the US’s interest to keep the Chinese regime alive and play a ‘divide and rule’ policy with the China-Soviet nexus in order to weaken the Soviet empire, which he saw as a greater threat to the US then than China. They also thought that befriending China would help to bring the unpopular and costly Vietnam war, aided and abetted by the Soviets, to a quicker end.
Most importantly and fatally, they also thought the American and world economy would greatly benefit by Western multinationals massively investing in the Chinese economy and turning Red China into a cheap factory for the world. This idea received an enthusiastic support from American multinationals. Barred from investing in and trading with Red China since its establishment in 1949 these firms could not wait to get in to a newly recognised Red China with its huge potential to make fabulous profits by investing in it.
But Western democracies have increasing failed to insist on human rights, the rule of law and democratisation in China, as preconditions for investing and trading with it. And Australia, tragically, under Gough Whitlam joined the US bandwagon.
The fact was and is, which voters in Western democracies seem to have failed to grasp, multi or transnational businesses tend to hate the democratic political system in so far as their overriding goal of maximising profits is concerned. They loathe trade unions, which insist on minimum wages, occupational heath and safety standards and the need for environmental accountability. They cringe at activists being able to reduce the profits of companies for unethical practices by encouraging consumers to boycott their products. Western multinationals, led by their US counterparts have had no qualms about transferring massive capital away from Western democracies into Red China, thereby gradually undermining the industrial might of their own economies, and turning China into the economic and political superpower that it is now.
If they cared about the survival of democracies they could have invested the massive capital they’ve been investing into Red China into democratic underdeveloped nations with cheap labour, starting with India, which has a population which will soon overtake the size of the Chinese population. But no!
The above-mentioned insistence even in poor democracies on minimum wages, some work and environmental safety practices and conditions and some accountability to the electorate would have yielded less profit to transnationals. Hence they deliberately chose Red China, the enemy of democracy, as the main target for their capital investments.
By only dealing with dictators, they could quickly set up businesses there and be assured that the regime would allow them to make environmental havoc and use Party-run trade unions to actually prevent workers from getting proper wages, work conditions and any decent share in the multinationals’ profits.
The red regime hugely benefitted from the massive windfall of taxes.
By offering cheap, alas often shabby products ‘Made in China’, the consumers of the world were persuaded by greedy multinationals that it was in the rest of the world’s interest that they made Red China the principal factory of the world for consumer goods. Never mind that this led to the collapse of one industry after the other not only in Western democracies but also Africa too.
After the collapse of the Soviet Empire the West assumed tragically wrongly that the Cold War was over. Actually, it had only begun in earnest with the Chinese regime becoming ever more undemocratic at home and expanding its tentacles of economic blackmail, red investments, land and resource grabs and political power all over the world. Ironically, the Kissinger doctrine of divide and rule has increasingly been turning the US and its allies into ‘being divided and ruled’, now culminating in Trump speeding up this process.
China has bought up and come to control much of Africa and is bringing Eurasia increasingly under its sphere of influence. They blackmailed Western democracies and most of the United Nations members not to oppose in action their abuse of human rights inside Red China by making them economically dependent on them.
Their silent economic and political invasion of the world has become ever more pervasive. Their collaborators, the Western multinationals are still continuing their hoodwinking of consumers in democracies that such globalisation through China and multinational driven ‘perpetual growth’ for ever more consumerism was in the world’s interest. This is in the face of planet Earth’s increasing collapse through its unsustainable exploitation and China gaining ever more control over the Earth’s resources.
The neo-cons and China sympathiser socialist idealists colluded in a folie á deux claiming that it was only a matter of time before red terror would give way to democracy in China with the increase of economic living standards. But what most people in the West and in the whole world seem to fail to admit is that Red China’s criminal regime has developed an economically and politically more ‘efficient’ form of political economy than what democracies seem to be able to offer.
China’s dictators learned from the collapse of the Soviet Union to never allow the development of free speech and democracy in their country. They combined capitalism, both state and private enterprise, and consumerism with the building up of the most powerful political dictatorship that has ever existed in the world. While the neo-cons convinced the electorates that democratic governments should privatise just about all state-owned enterprises in democracies the world over, prominently including the state-power-resenting US, the Chinese red government has done the opposite.
The CCP came to own dominant state enterprises in just about every sector of its economy with capitalist management under their control, such as banking, stock exchange the energy, armament and communication industries. They keep the media and the armed forces exclusively under the party’s control. The upshot of all this does not merely mean that China’s ruling single party based dictators have the greatest political control over their people of all the governments in the world. This also means critically that the CCP has become the single largest capitalist state enterprise in the world, while the rest of the world’s democracies have precious little national state power in their own hands.
Such power is divided amongst their transnational private enterprises, none of whom can match the Chinese Government’s economic might on its own against the economic and political power of the Chinese state enterprises, all owned collectively and all backed by China’s one party state. Trump’s attempt alone, without the alliance of most of the world’s nations, to at last confront China for its kleptocracy concerning stealing technology from Western companies and to hold its rulers accountable for their consistently restrictive trade practices cannot succeed. This is because he has alienated most countries from himself, including past allies and also because the world is so deeply enmeshed in economic interdependence mostly based on so-called free trade.
Of course, China never kept its undertaking that it would ensure its goods would not be subsidised by the state to make them more competitive, whenever its products were not cheaper than those of other nations.
An effective way of dealing with the Chinese Government’s intrinsic restrictive trade practices would be for most of the world to transfer foreign capital investment from China to democracies and make trade with China conditional on its respecting human rights, the rule of law and democratisation internally.However, given that China has been allowed to build such huge economic leverage over most nations in the world, the danger is that most countries will side with China in a trade war and in turn isolate and further disempower the US and propel China closer to ruling the world.