Despite all of the talk and theorizing you may be hearing in the media about American interventionism, the riots in Arab countries over an amateur hoax film trailer represent a profound, existential crisis in one of the most powerful religions in the world. We are seeing one of those epochal moments in history when a religious movement reaches the end of its road, the point of no return.
We're talking about a religion with world-conquering ambitions and a totalitarian ethos. A religion that has caused nothing but violence and disruption since it first reared its ugly head on the world stage. A religion that wants to crush human individuality and cultural uniqueness, all in pursuit of a mad, utopian vision of worldwide uniformity.
It's been the cause of war and sectarian violence all across the planet and shows no sign of quenching its taste for human blood. And yet its contradictions are so immense and its foundations so faulty, it can't but implode when faced with the reality of 21st Century life.
Yes, the religion of Globalism is collapsing. The question is how many of us will it take with it?
I remember quite clearly when Globalism became the religion of the corporate Elite. It was a few years following the end of the Cold War when American industry faced its own existential crisis. Other markets were expanding and formerly Communist and Socialist economies were liberalizing, creating a gold rush that threatened to leave the onetime masters of the Universe behind.
We soon saw a number of treaties- NAFTA, GATT, MAI-- that have done untold damage to the American middle and working classes at the same time it's turned the rich into the super-rich and the super-rich into veritable gods.
The Elites envisioned a borderless, nationless world where workers, resources and capital flowed without tariffs or taxes, where mass immigration and outsourcing drove wages down to the lowest possible levels. A world where American brands and franchises were established in every village and city.
Surgical warfare would remove any religious or nationalist-based resistance abroad and American workers would be distracted into impotence with pseudo-religious movements such as the Megachurch and the Prosperity Gospel movements (which a traditionalist Christian friend of mine says was "spawned from the pits of Hell"). Any resistance to the Global agenda would be diverted by conspirashills and hucksters crying wolf with ridiculous Apocalyptic fantasies that only the most gullible people could take seriously.
It's been only too successful. But the people who were supposed to lie down and die are refusing to do so. Chinese workers are increasingly restless, tired of bearing the brunt of the world's manufacturing burden for near-starvation wages. The politics of austerity are bringing people into the streets in Europe and threatening the Neoliberal ruling class and its pet project, the European currency.
And the animus that Fundamentalist Islam feels for the rest of the world is creating chaos everywhere, no matter how hard the ruling class and its pliant media try to paper over the cracks with a vicious, deceptive and punitive form of political correctness.
Certainly the rioters over the past week have no shortage of legitimate grievances with the West (and vice versa) but somehow they chose to riot over a dopey YouTube video that absolutely no one would have paid attention to otherwise. This is no small thing, no matter how much the apologists might try to spin it.
The video is an abomination, the same kind of thing you see Farrah Fawcett Rense and his kind post about Jews several times a week. The same kind of thing that Arab governments produce about Jews and Christians and other infidels and show to schoolchildren.
But if the high priests of Globalism weren't trying to squeeze us all together into a flavorless paste it probably wouldn't be an issue.
We've already seen the West's response- Obama cracked the whip on Egyptian PM Morsi, who dutifully broke up the demonstrations and NATO "accidentally" bombed some Afghan women, which probably had nothing at all to do with Taliban attacks on US Marines in response to the video.
It may all die down, but I don't know- rising populations in Arab and Muslim countries along with massive structural unemployment and rising global food prices are not going to ease tensions. And a determined push in America towards energy independence certainly seems to point towards a increased possibility for confrontation in the future.
One thing for sure, though, is the high priests of Globalism will cling to their illusions until the bitter end. That religion was born out of a host of short-term conditions- the end of the Cold War, the collapse of oil prices, the tech boom, the 90s stock market boom- that everyone would like to relive but probably won't repeat themselves in our lifetimes.
But people's salaries and reputations are now invested in Globalist fantasies, so it's likely that many of them will double down rather than admit that the World is Not One. And of course, there's also the dream of endless profit, of planting your brand in hostile territory and having the folks back home pick up the tab if there's any trouble. Since the super-rich have become un-moored from any sense of proportion or reality, don't expect that dream to fade, either.
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