Prisoners of Friedman and Brzezinski: Neoliberal America vs. Multipolarity
Recently, the US has begun to lose its strategic positions in the Middle East. When some say that the US Empire is collapsing, this no longer sounds like an exaggeration. It definitely looks like this is what is going to happen in front of our very eyes. Failed regime-change attempts in Syria revealed to the whole world the true nature of the so called Arab Spring, and only those who still want to remain stooped in illusions take the Western MSM as a source of reliable information. The Arab Spring served a much bigger purpose of maintaining and expanding US world domination by imposing the Western way of life and, in fact, Western ideology on the Arab World. Western values and way of life have been exposed as the devil in disguise when the US imposes soft power on smaller countries.
Western values are far from being good. They are essentially nothing but Milton Friedman’s utopian neoliberal economic ideas (Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism is one of the best written documentations of this topic). Free-market or liberal, capitalism is a doctrine that demands that everything must be sacrificed on the unholy altar of commerce, including traditional and religious values. This is why nation-states and religious values are seen as a threat in Western corridors of power - a threat that must be destroyed by supranational and secular powers. The US has been the frontman and a driving force in this “progress.” So, if US will lose its positions, will this progress stop? Or, if Trump will be elected, can he change this course and stop its progress? Will the world find a new way of life? Together? Or will the world go back to nation-states and religious values? I have no answers to these questions, but what is sure is that there must be a new value system or ideology to fill this vacuum if the Western system is going to collapse. Ideally, this would be a loose context for different religions and political ideologies to integrate - a spiritual multipolarity that combines nations rather than dividing them.
Why is this important? All political systems are based on a certain ideology or doctrine. The Western system has its free-market prophets like the aforementioned Friedman, but also Zbigniew Brzezinski, who has played a major role in current developments.
It is a bit stunning, but it seems to me that some factions in the US government are still prisoners of Brzezinski’s outdated geopolitical doctrine (even though it looks like Brzezinski has changed his mind). If someone wants to understand developments in Ukraine and the Middle East, he should read The Grand Chessboard by Brzezinski, who was the national security advisor of Jimmy Carter, President of the US from 1977-1981. Thus, this quote by Jimmy Carter is revealing, and offers a picture of the shape of things to come: "Let our position be absolutely clear: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force." It is easy to see the strong influence of Brzezinski in the above quote. The West has tried to avoid ideological connections, but it is clear that the neoliberal free-market ideology has been the driving force and the dominant power behind the geopolitical thinking of US for a long time. The vital interests of US, mentioned by Carter, are not really national interests, but were and are the interests of those who want to control energy resources, and first and foremost the interests of multinational corporations. It is as if Friedman and Brzezinski, hand in hand, have riding slowly towards the East for a prosperous sunset dragging the reluctant US government behind them, just like in cowboy movies.
But now it seems that there a real and not so glorious sunset for neoliberalism is coming. Free-market ideologies are falling and losing their positions and attractiveness. This is what is really happening now.
People are starting to hate globalism because it did not work as expected. People are starting to hate the EU because it did not work as expected. People are starting to lose their faith in the Western financial system because it has not worked as expected. And when the ideological ground falls, all that has been built on it will follow.
This is why it is so important to develop a lasting ideological ground for Eurasia and the multipolar world, a counterforce to the neoliberalism that destroys the inner cohesion of any nation or any other ideology. In its true nature, neoliberalism is a destructive and dividing force even though it tries to present the nation-state as a dividing force. The truth is totally the opposite: a strong and cohesive nation-state has the ability to protect its citizens from outside forces. If you read between the lines of Carter’s announcement, you will realize why the US has been a threat to every independent nation on earth. The US is not genuinely cohesive, and this is why its left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. This is absolutely obvious today. The US is not built on lasting ideological ground. The US has been the prisoner of these twisted and falsified doctrines for so long that it has forgotten and lost its true nature and meaning. I think that this is the reason why Trump wants to make "America great again". Instead of a huge giant built on a sand, he wants to rebuild America on solid ground. Not a bad idea at all.
It is a great advantage if you do not have to repeat the same mistakes of your predecessor. But you should study carefully what went wrong to avoid those mistakes. Perhaps the biggest challenge is creating a system in which all different elements of the state can flourish and develop naturally, without compromising the inner cohesion of the state. And that leads to priorities. Is the first priority of power expansionism? Or is it peaceful cooperation with your neighboring states? Is peaceful cooperation possible with an expansionist power moving towards your borders? These and many more questions should be answered as we enter a win-win situation: the advent of the Eurasian Century.