A New Vision of Foreign Policy in the West?
With the recent 2018 North Korea–United States summit, we are beginning to see a new possible direction for foreign policy in the West. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un met on June 12 to talk about the prospect of future co-operation and to talk about the process of nuclear disarmament. So far, Kim hasn’t definitively conceded to any particulars that he hadn’t already before, such as disassembling missile test sites. However, Donald Trump has, yet again, reduced tensions between the Western Countries that make up the NATO-EU paradigm and the countries that make up the SCO.
This puts Anti-Trump Marxists in as odd of a position as it does Anti-Marxist Republicans. The meeting between Trump and Kim seems to parallel that of Nixon with Mao and Deng, and that of Reagan with Gorbachev, though slightly less aggressive in tone than the latter. It is rather ironic how, when liberals and democrats align with Marxists, they are accused of being Communists, whereas the same accusations aren’t hurled at Republicans and Conservatives. Maybe this is because Socialist regimes can side with Republicans on the grounds of being more socially conservative in practice, where as they side with leftists on the grounds of more progressive, labour left economics.
With that being said, Republicans should hardly be condemned for siding with the Socialist nations they do, particularly because Socialism has only thrived in the real world on the back of Nationalism, and when Conservatives tip their hat to Socialists, they are implicitly tipping their hat to economic nationalism and opening up the possibility of the merger between social conservatism and economic nationalism that has characterized the history of the Right in the West.
The low tensions that have been brought into effect with North Korea parallels the dynamic with Russia prior to the American elections when tensions between Russia and America were at an all time high. However, after Trump’s election they reached a low-point that hadn’t been reached since the fall of the USSR. Trump has played an ambiguous role since then, jumping between Paleoconservative Nativism and Neoconservative Imperialism, however, his ambiguity has created less tension than the kind of Napoleonic crusade that Neoliberals and Neoconservatives have in mind for Syria, North Korea, and Russia.
What we see instead of such a crusade, is the prospect of a potential alliance or of potentially less strained relations with Syria, North Korea, and Russia. Furthermore, while America moves further away from France, the U.K. and Germany, its outlook moves closer to countries like Austria, Hungary, Poland, and now Italy. With Trump’s speech in Poland, this becomes especially clear. We see that America is drifting towards stable alliances with strong regimes instead of chaotic alliances backed by revolutionary forces.
The world would be strengthened by a united, national, populist alliance between Trump, Orban, Putin, Xi, and even with the inclusion of leaders like Duterte, Assad, and Kim. This would cultivate values of order, strength, and authority. This would create a greater, broader geopolitical movement for a larger degree of social conservatism and economic nationalism.
Countries like Canada, the U.K., France, Sweden, and Germany will be left in the dust if they don’t catch onto the upcoming trends. They are in a position where they could be:
1) Usurped from within through populism
2) Destroyed from without by enemy nations
3) Destroyed by the Populist Nationalism they might wage war with down the road.
The truth is that the West can only repudiate Spartanic values for so long before it is subverted by Spartanic forces within, destroyed by Spartanic forces without, or before it tries to use Spartanic means against themselves, and it can only militantly oppose militarism for so long before it is subverted or destroyed.
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