We know how Saudi Arabia got on and stays on top the list. But what about the U.S.?
The neoliberals have focused on gaining/maintaining stateless control of assets and information while the process of globalization has chugged along. They talk about how fantastic America’s ideas are, the culture, ect. and downplay the role of postwar U.S. global hegemony, yet it had a huge role at catapulting the country to the top. Neoliberals oversaw a new world order that oversees gradual decline of American prosperity, deindustrialization in particular but also the inability for any sort of modern social agenda as seen in other industrialized countries. The population gets restless in the process.
This is important for understanding the Steve Bannon type folks who believe a new world war is needed to keep the U.S. “what it used to be” i.e. maintain the post wwii era hegemony. It’s just not the racist stuff, although that’s part of it. It’s about the belief in resurrecting an entire economic system from the ashes. Don’t believe me?
Of course I think a new world war is hell and I don’t want it. But if you adopt the (insane) position that the U.S. should regain global hegemony like it had during the 50+ year postwar era, it’s hard to argue the goal can be achieved through anything but a repeat of what occurred the first two times around.
Which means if you just think that the al-right are in this game just for some short term exploitation and profiteering, think again. This all could be smoke and mirrors and the damage they seek to do is personal gain, but we don’t really know. When people are batshit crazy maybe its best to assume where there is smoke there is fire.
For a long time the left have worried about neoliberal and conservative policy that shores up global/national business but forgets the citizen. But in the chaos of this problem emerges an even more dire one, a nationalist movement that aims to reestablish hegemony through escalating war.
A nice terrifying thought for your Friday night.