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Autocracy and nationalism trump globalism

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In an editorial analysis by Robert J. Samuelson in the Washington Post printed paper version this morning, I read “Back to realpolitik.” Autocracy and nationalism trump globalism and democracy too, apparently.

While the US policy favors the idea that global trade will undermine the propensity of autocratic and nationalistic countries from inflicting hostility on free nations and others, forget about it. Maybe there are benefits from free trade, but there are no miracles.

Large and powerful nations whose hearts and souls are born in a legacy that is far from freedom and democracy are likely to remain entrenched by nationalistic self-interest. When those nations are also led by dictators and autocrats who are backed by strong military force, the will of government prevails over everything else.

America embraced globalism and some believe that led to outsourcing jobs that would have been filled by American workers. The benefits are expected to outweigh the negatives, and yet we’re still calculating the effect from that.

Samuelson says, “Globalism could never swamp everything else,” as he restates Jeffry Frieden.

“Old lesson:

History, culture, geography, religion, pride trump economics”

Washington Post

See the annotated list.

  1. History
  2. Culture
  3. Geography
  4. Religion
  5. Pride
1. History
1. History nordicspaces.com

1. History

“Globalization is a choice, not a fact. It is a result of policy decisions and the politics that shape them. Jeffry A. Frieden's insightful history explores the golden age of globalization during the early years of the century, its swift collapse in the crises of 1914-45, the divisions of the Cold War world, and the turn again toward global integration at the end of the century. His history is full of character and event, as entertaining as it is enlightening.”

http://www.amazon.com/Global-Capitalism-Fall-Twentieth-Century/dp/039332981X

2. Culture
2. Culture historyofrussia.org

2. Culture

“Philosophy

Some Russian writers, like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, are known also as philosophers, while many more authors are known primarily for their philosophical works. Russian philosophy blossomed since the 19th century, when it was defined initially by the opposition of Westernizers, advocating Russia's following the Western political and economical models, and Slavophiles, insisting on developing Russia as a unique civilization. The latter group includes Nikolai Danilevsky and Konstantin Leontiev, the early founders of eurasianism.

In its further development, Russian philosophy was always marked by a deep connection to literature and interest in creativity, society, politics and nationalism; cosmos and religion were other primary subjects. Notable philosopheres of the late 19th and early 20th centuries include Vladimir Solovyov, Sergei Bulgakov, Pavel Florensky, Nikolai Berdyaev, Vladimir Lossky and Vladimir Vernadsky. In the 20th century Russian philosophy became dominated by Marxism.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_culture

3. Geography
3. Geography novaonline.nvcc.edu

3. Geography


“The geography of Russia describes the geographic features of Russia, a country extending over much of northern Eurasia. Comprising much of eastern Europe and northern Asia, it is the world's largest country in total area.[1] Due to its size, Russia displays both monotony and diversity. As with its topography, its climates, vegetation, and soils span vast distances.[2] From north to south the East European Plain is clad sequentially in tundra, coniferous forest (taiga), mixed and broad-leaf forests, grassland (steppe), and semi-desert (fringing the Caspian Sea) as the changes in vegetation reflect the changes in climate. Siberia supports a similar sequence but is taiga. The country contains 40 UNESCO Biosphere reserves.[3]”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Russia

4. Religion
4. Religion podcast.iu.edu

4. Religion

“Religion in Russia is diverse, with a 1997 law naming Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism as important in Russian history. Orthodox Christianity (Russian: Православие Pravoslaviye) is Russia's traditional and largest religion, deemed a part of Russia's "historical heritage" in a law passed in 1997.[3] Russian Orthodoxy is the dominant religion in Russia. About 95% of the registered Orthodox parishes belong to the Russian Orthodox Church while there are a number of smaller Orthodox Churches.[4] However, the vast majority of Orthodox believers do not attend church on a regular basis.[5]”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Russia

5. Pride
5. Pride www.moddb.com

5. Pride

“"No nation can be free if it oppresses other nations,” said Marx and Engels, the greatest representatives of consistent nineteenth century democracy, who became the teachers of the revolutionary proletariat. And, full of a sense of national pride, we Great-Russian workers want, come what may, a free and independent, a democratic, republican and proud Great Russia, one that will base its relations with its neighbours on the human principle of equality, and not on the feudalist principle of privilege, which is so degrading to a great nation. Just because we want that, we say: it is impossible, in the twentieth century and in Europe (even in the far east of Europe), to “defend the fatherland” otherwise than by using every revolutionary means to combat the monarchy, the landowners and the capitalists of one’s own fatherland, i.e., the worst enemies of our country. We say that the Great Russians cannot “defend the fatherland” otherwise than by desiring the defeat of tsarism in any war, this as the lesser evil to nine-tenths of the inhabitants of Great Russia. For tsarism not only oppresses those nine-tenths economically and politically, but also demoralises, degrades, dishonours and prostitutes them by teaching them to oppress other nations and to cover up this shame with hypocritical and quasi-patriotic phrases.”

https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1914/dec/12a.htm

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