Most of the conquerors from centuries past were persuaded to free their colonies — often at gunpoint — and the resulting economic relocation eventually took hold, creating the worldwide semi-socialist system that prevails in most regions of the globe today. The new economic order produced comparative progress among the previously impoverished and peace, if not universal, was widespread.
The last of the imperial nationalist powers was the United States, which, having come late to the game of military dominance for global exploitation, was loathe to give up its top dog status. Having parlayed its military dominance following the several wars of the 20th century, America tried to preserve the corporate capitalist model through armed adventurism in the Middle East, south central Asia and the clandestine conflicts euphemistically called “wars” on such diverse enemies as drugs, terrorism and Persian atomic research.
Unfortunately, this final spasm of primitive political domination was not without cost and the American public, long conditioned to be credit-based consumers, extended this doctrine of borrowing to its national budget, plunging the United States into terminal debt and deficit from which it is still struggling to emerge. Half a century of military overspending to support our international hubris left the country without adequate social services and the political center collapsed in partisan feuding. The resulting near-depression collapse was only avoided by massive borrowing, mostly from China, whose ascension to the economic leadership of the international trade system was based on its position as the world leader in manufacturing and energy.
Halfway through this new century, we can look back on the evolution of globalism as mankind’s finest step towards some better world to come. The struggle to bring humanity forward continues, but the brave new world we are building is assured, if only the twin curses of racism and nationalism can be purged for a few more generations.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.