Political Correctness/Totalitarian Humanism

The Desquamation of America: From Mercantilism to the Ideological State

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Two tweets leapt out at me this past week and have caused me to do a deep think. Here’s the first one:

 

There is a bit of sleight-of-hand in this one by Howard French as he is condensing three different parts of Biden’s speech at the US State Department from this past Thursday into one bit-sized morsel for us to savour. Yet it is not completely dishonest.

On the ‘no longer a bright line’:

There’s no longer a bright line between foreign and domestic policy.  Every action we take in our conduct abroad, we must take with American working families in mind.  Advancing a foreign policy for the middle class demands urgent focus on our domestic economic renewal.

And that’s why I immediately put forth the American Rescue Plan to pull us out of this economic crisis.  That’s why I signed an executive order strengthening our Buy American policies last week.  And it’s also why I’ll work with Congress to make far-reaching investments in research and development of transformable — in transformable technologies.

These investments are going to create jobs, maintain America’s competitive edge globally, and ensure all Americans share in the dividends.

Biden is tying together foreign policy with domestic economic renewal. Sounds rather good, doesn’t it?

‘Push back against authoritarianism’:

All this matters to foreign policy, because when we host the Summit of Democracy early in my administration to rally the nations of the world to defend democracy globally, to push back the authoritarianism’s advance, we’ll be a much more credible partner because of these efforts to shore up our own foundations.

‘Racial Equity’:

We’ve taken steps to acknowledge and address systemic racism and the scourge of white supremacy in our own country.  Racial equity will not just be an issue for one department in our administration, it has to be the business of the whole of government in all our federal policies and institutions.

All of this had me thinking about a theme that I’ve been hammering home lately in places where I am still allowed to speak my mind: that the USA is rapidly transforming by way of shedding its older, dying skin as the newer, more vibrant one underneath begins to see the light of day.

Transformation

Europe’s collective suicide by way of two catastrophic world wars left the USA as a ‘last man standing’, essentially untouched on the domestic front by the ravages of those conflicts. Shortly thereafter, some 50%(!) of the world’s manufacturing was based in the United States of America. The ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ lucked out by being bordered by two oceans, with no natural predators nearby, an abundance of natural resources (or access to them, such as the famous oil deals struck with the Saudis that made US industry hum for decades), and a highly educated professional class, particularly in the sciences, which allowed them to dominate technological advances.

Stalin broke the nuclear monopoly not too long after the end of WW2, meaning that the USA faced its first existential threat. America managed to cobble together a global anti-communist coalition to defend itself from communist encroachment, both real and perceived. This was done through NATO, and through the propping up of various anti-communist regimes globally, some of which had no truck whatsoever with democracy and were rather antagonistic towards it by design.

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