OVER the last decade or so I have come to recognise that Western democracies are becoming increasingly undemocratic, with real power residing in networks of organisations and big businesses which undermine the influence of the electorates.
Politicians are so often working not for the interests of their electorates, but instead participating in the national and international networks of organisations where power lies, with parliamentary debate increasingly a sham.
The people within such networks in effect constitute a contemporary aristocracy, which is distributed across the world.
The new aristocracy, which has also been referred to by such terms as ‘managerial elites’, ‘metropolitan elites’ and ‘globalists’, has, in parallel with its increasing power, disparaged the opinions, and side-lined the needs, of working people within Western nations.
It has also practised what could be termed ‘neo-colonialism’, the encouragement of high levels of immigration into Western countries.
In parallel with this, the new aristocracy has adopted neo-Marxist identity politics. This further undermines the rights and needs of working people in Western countries. Typically, if such people try to argue their concerns, they are dismissed as ‘far-Right’.
Led by China:
[From] Hidden Hand by Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg:
‘The Chinese Communist Party is determined to transform the international order, to shape the world in its own image, without a shot being fired. Rather than challenging from the outside, it has been eroding resistance to it from within, by winning supporters, silencing critics and subverting institutions.’
‘The Party’s . . . implementation strategy is to target elites in the West so that they either welcome China’s dominance or accede to its inevitability, rendering resistance futile.’
‘Backed by its enormous economic clout, China engages in arm-twisting, diplomatic pressure, united front and “friendship” work, and the manipulation of media, think tanks and universities — all these tactics overlap and reinforce each other.’ …
In summary, what Hidden Hand describes is a massive and successful operation by the CCP to gain power and control over as much of the world as possible.
Why does this matter? Because the CCP is an extremely brutal totalitarian/Communist/Fascist regime that is prepared to do anything to achieve total control — for example its extreme persecution of the Tibetans, and now of the Uighurs, as well as of groups such as Falun Gong. ‘Statism’, a concept developed for the Nazi Party, is very popular amongst the CCP. Statism is the doctrine that the state can do anything it wants to achieve its ends. Continuous surveillance of all its citizens is also what the CCP does. …
Have we now reached the point where the CCP can no longer be stopped? I ask this question especially as the USA now has a president with worrying links to China, who is a member of a corrupt political party with many connections to China — a man who is evidently in intellectual decline, and who is (or whose puppet masters are) already imposing neo-Marxist identity politics and draconian climate change policies on the USA, amongst other policies, thereby undermining the wellbeing, jobs and security of the vast majority of Americans.
If China invades Taiwan, which seems increasingly possible, will Biden respond? I very much doubt it. What of the security of other Pacific nations, including Australia and New Zealand? With China becoming the dominant world power, what will happen to freedom and human rights across the world?