Another year is about to end, and we should make a brief recap of it. Instead of pointing all key events (and they were a lot) we are going to make a list of the biggest political losers of 2016 worldwide.
This is more than enough to make a short but clear picture of what happened in the year. And it is one of the last opportunities for “the losers” to be mentioned somewhere because a lot of them will be forgotten soon.
After more than a year of civil war and bloodshed in South-Eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev has to make a choice on what to do in the near future. The country is in a state of bankruptcy, the streets of Kiev are full of so called “patriotic” battalions who are actually neo-Nazis, people have no money to even buy essentials like food and medicine. While the government is still pledging that the EU and the US are going to help and Ukraine is going to turn into a paradise, the people in Ukraine start to feel like they were misled, as they truly were. So, the government has several options:
The confrontation between the West and Russia is a popular issue and we often hear people trying to analyze the situation that fail due to understanding two very important points:
There are no national elites on the West – they are a transnational.
The importance of conceptual power.
People who like to talk about politics usually use clichés such as democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of choice. These hackneyed formulas for explaining the way how the world works are the main obstacles to understanding the political and economic processes both from the present and from the past.
In fact, we are witnessing a new type of a world war – some estimate that it is the third world war, other think that it is the fourth (meaning that the Cold war was the third). It much more than a traditional war with infantry, tanks, aircraft and battleships. It is a battle for your mind – a battle between neo-liberal bestiality and the search for new paradigms of human development. To help you understand what it is all about, we draw your attention to the priorities of conceptual power that are described in Igor Solonko’s monograph Phenomenon of Conceptual Power.
Democracy is one of the most widely used meaningless words that you can think of. Sure it has a definition that comes from ancient Greece – “rule of the people”, but it’s meaningless word today because it’s used as some sacred doctrine for whatever we can think of without actually putting a real sense into it.
Naturally people relate democracy with rights and freedom – rights to vote, freedom of speech, justice, acceptance of the different.
All these are great things and they represent the bright side of the word and why it is important, but because we all agree that it is important and good there are people who use it as a pretext that justifies something bad, as an excuse for doing stupid things, as a mask to cover their mess.
Interested in politics? Looking for an enemy country that is the culprit for all misfortunes?
Wrong strategy. The aim of this article is to hint at the real cause for the problems of our time. Hating other nations is counter-productive. Because if you want to change the present situation, awareness is of the essence – the understanding that real cause of all wars and other economic confrontations are the interests of the economic oligarchy. Unawareness achieved through media manipulation is the most powerful weapon of the oligarchy.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has never been as impertinent as now – by banning Twitter in Turkey he is boasting off power and even claimed that he does not care about the opinion of the international community. Erdogan’s government remained stable after long-lasting riots and has a significant number of core supporters. In the same time, there are many opponents to Erdogan’s Neo-Ottoman dreams in Turkey itself. It is disturbing that the country with the second-largest army in NATO is ruled by Islamic extremists.
Ukraine – one of the poorest countries in Europe is almost in a civil war. The ongoing lawlessness and violence and the inability of Ukrainian authorities to deal with them threaten to turn into a humanitarian crisis. Even the future existence of the country is called into question. Here is a short explanation of the problem.
Between Russia and EU – how it started
Germany won recognition as the most powerful economy in the European Union. Chancellor Merkel managed to turn the EU into a German project and managed to do what generations of German politicians did not – get Europe under control. What is more, all this happened without firing a single shot in Europe. Nevertheless, there is a risk for Germany to lose its political supremacy if the EU collapses and this makes the most powerful country in Europe a hostage of world banking elite.
This is a part 2 of the article “Not a bright future for the EU”. To read part 1, click here.
With the ongoing crisis, it is becoming clearer and clearer that the overpraised European solidarity was just a catchword and what hides behind it is the desire of the most powerful countries in EU to rule the whole continent. What is more, the hypocritical bureaucracy does much effort for some countries to spend more than they earn without punishment, thus helping well-off countries remain well-off while less developed ones become poorer and poorer.