OpEdNews Op Eds

Commulism and Changing Global Polarities

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 1/16/09

There has been some mainstream media press of late, lightly touching on the subject of global polarity. Yet with little intuitive and/or accurate thought; not unlike a similar case to be made for their biased and/or non-comprehensive MSM political commentary and analysis.

That view simply seeing the U.S. in lone and unchallenged hegemonic status for decades to come. Indeed, one far from reality, with no recognition whatsoever of how “Commulism” (COMMUnism fueled by CapitaLISM) has almost overnight, disturbingly crept in to aggressively challenge that supremacy.

The Analyst offers the following objective assessment to open the debate with thoughtful OpEdNews readers and thinkers, on this important distinction and vision of the future. Commentary generated which hopefully is then considered by the MSM to rethink its own on this and other related fronts. And to help the U.S. evolve with the times, to still thrive and lead.

From a “polarity” in international relations perspective, the overall Cold War situation was really one that can be described as bi-polar, with the world strategically aligning in two camps. Of course the Sino-Soviet split during that period might suggest a multi-polar situation, but the Chinese were again visibly quiet and aside from population numbers arguably not true super power status. So it's questionable during that period whether there was an active third superpower, and too if it came down to picking sides, they’d certainly align Communist (Soviet).  

One can argue the period from 1989 until just recently as the world living in a uni-polar situation, with but one superpower being the U.S., possessing most of the global cultural, economic, and military influence. Call it the age of U.S. hegemony, which is now rapidly disappearing as the world moves back to a bi-polar if not derivative multi-polar mix.

Bi-polar from the standpoint that “Commulist China” has emerged as the new superpower offset to the U.S..  Multi-polar from that standpoint that a resurgent “Commulist Russia” is on the heels of China in regaining superpower status. Of course, unlike China and its diversified economy, the Russian economy’s unique exposure and sensitivity to oil and the oil price collapse is inherently clear. However, assuming no collective and substantive global effort to stabilize and sustain lower oil prices, and assuming the Russian economy can avoid collapse, that this economic setback then is a short term phenomenon only, as oil eventually recovers and dramatically increases again in the intermediate to long term.

Note: See Author’s coming article on “Oil Dictatorships”.

Other key nations, most notably BRIC + V countries India and Brazil are on the rise and at the cusp of achieving superpower status too. Vietnam (V), has aggressively embraced Commulism and is rapidly on the rise and emerging as a global power player. Given it’s growing economic might (e.g. As China’s prosperity causes labor costs to rise, China now increasingly contracts for outsourced manufacturing with Vietnam. Think Vietnam’s development at a point where China was 15 years ago), not to mention huge standing military, the Analyst suggests it be added to the high profile BRIC mix.

With Russia (and Vietnam) clearly aligned with China and Commulism, it then comes down to how India and Brazil and their own respective global strategic partners ultimately either align or not to the U.S. or China or a derivative block unto themselves and others, that will determine the next evolutionary phase of global polarity at least over the intermediate term.  

A comment regarding the term "superpower". In the purest sense, which historically implied the ability of a nation to sustain itself more or less independent of the rest of the world, "superpower" may be a term of the past as respects both the U.S. (and China too) which is now deeply rooted and dependent on the global economy. China, with its ravenous appetite for natural resources, has increasing demands for food, water and minerals from across the globe to support both its population’s basic needs as well as fuel for its economic growth engine, thus generating growing dependencies and designs on other nations too. To this point, China’s (and Russia’s) aggressive investment and influence generating efforts in both Africa and South America are of significant interest and note, seemingly falling under the radar of the MSM, evident the lack of notice and coverage.

Thus, the passing of the hegemonic and/or monolithic superpower model is at hand. Unlike Cold War I, the dawn of the age of true “power blocks” is here. These will not be simply at the ready, paper military alliances but rather integrated, active and driven economic power projection entities.

This too helping the U.S. to constructively evolve under President Obama from a hegemonic to a bipolar world, yielding a refreshing new (vs. the last eight years) and shifting “unilateralism to diplomacy” approach towards the international community. This under the new umbrella theme - “Smart Power”.

Accordingly, the term hegemony will soon fade from the public lexicon, for good, as the term “superpower” itself evolves to “superblocks”. 

Note: Watch for the Author’s upcoming follow-on article - “Avoiding the Roman Fall”.

 

It Is What It Is...Professionally speaking of course


Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Proposed Somali Pirate Solution: The B.O.S.S Plan (aka Operation S.O.S. – Shoot On Sight)

The "Pakistani Power Pendulum" (The Real "3P's") - Military to Civilian....and Back - Again

Chinese Submarine Tangles With Destroyer USS John McCain – Intentional? Navy Says No. Analyst Says Yes.

End the Somali Pirate Problem Once and For All - Mr. Obama, Implement the "B.O.S.S. Plan" - Now

Proposed UN North Korea Strategy: Ignore (aka "Rope a Dope")

North Korea: Only One Solution - "Global Ignore"

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
5 people are discussing this page, with 33 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)
Intriguing new 21st century developmental (and nam... by Don Jebal on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 9:29:37 AM
Thanks.Other two articles likely mid/late next wee... by Brock Novak on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 11:48:51 AM
Thanks. Looking forward to the reads and answers t... by Don Jebal on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:00:41 PM
As in a merging of state/church/corporation in a m... by nightgaunt on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 3:33:44 PM
DJ/Night,Suggest you read this 12 part series by A... by Brock Novak on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 4:10:18 PM
Thanks. Read Parts 1-3. Excellent. Will get to res... by Don Jebal on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 9:22:31 PM
Thanks... by Brock Novak on Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 10:27:09 AM
"Commulism"?This is cognative dissonance... by William Whitten on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 4:41:34 PM
You said "cognative" dissonance.Did... by Brock Novak on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 5:48:52 PM
When this becomes a spelling bee, I will bend to s... by William Whitten on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 8:41:42 PM
Hmmm...I read your initial "silly" comme... by Brock Novak on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 9:01:19 PM
I look forward to reading more of your fascinating... by William Whitten on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 9:59:16 PM
William,Why you continue to challenge, I know not ... by Brock Novak on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 12:46:43 PM
"Hegelian Dialectic is a tribute to the famou... by William Whitten on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 2:24:43 PM
Pardon my frustration, but your latest answer is p... by Brock Novak on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 9:07:06 PM
When I read the word Commulism, I'm reminded o... by Jennifer Hathaway on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 11:13:59 PM
Jennifer, your essay on the Roman Empire and colla... by William Whitten on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 12:57:42 AM
Jennifer,Aside from the snotty sarcasm, there were... by Brock Novak on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 7:59:07 AM
"Well....all I can say is I'm glad you fo... by William Whitten on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 2:33:41 PM
On your last sentence - see Subject.BN... by Brock Novak on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 8:49:38 PM
I do believe pontification is what people who have... by Jennifer Hathaway on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 2:39:41 PM
Thank you for round 2 of the papal dictate. Unfort... by Brock Novak on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:52:12 PM
If everybody is a "rising" superpower, w... by Jennifer Hathaway on Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 11:12:09 PM
 Jennifer,Thanks your note.First off, I must ... by Brock Novak on Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 9:55:51 AM
You're welcome to attempt to access the biscui... by Jennifer Hathaway on Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 12:46:06 PM
Take care.BN... by Brock Novak on Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 1:15:54 PM
 Novak,The reason I am interested in Hegel is... by William Whitten on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:48:53 PM
The mention of Quiggley here is of Carrol Quigley,... by William Whitten on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:52:57 PM
And with that, farewell.I really have no interest ... by William Whitten on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:55:15 PM
William,To be fair, your last three comments are w... by Brock Novak on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 11:19:52 PM
Oh, I have to come back to say that; I do NOT agre... by William Whitten on Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 11:59:17 PM
 Drop by sometime, NEWSPEAK Magazine: http://... by William Whitten on Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 12:12:13 AM
Thanks William. Will do.Take care.BN... by Brock Novak on Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 8:11:33 AM