I would like to place the lens on two apparently unrelated macro-processes, but which, from a sharper look, run concomitantly and, undoubtedly, constitute the powerful forces that push the various conjunctures for at least a decade.
And, the great truth is that while our daily life is going on, paying the rent, the car payment, buying food, college, work, children, a family outing, vacations, summer, among so many possible activities that we humans normally do, it turns out that the powerful (who are very different from us common mortals) move along other paths.
One of those first paths is the strategic objective of all-powerful totalitarian China. Xi Jinping, the man who holds the political power of the Asian giant in a crucial period, jumps from being a world power to becoming a world hegemonic superpower. What does that mean? What is the evidence to sustain such a statement?
Being a hegemonic superpower simply means replacing the role that the United States has been playing after World War II and that between 1945 and 1989 that is shared with the now extinct USSR; and, since the fall of the Berlin Wall until today, it has played alone, that is, the only great superpower on a planetary scale.
Of course, this privileged position is very difficult to maintain because of the financial costs involved and, not least, because of the number of conflicts, ambushes and attacks that rival powers constantly inflict on it, both directly and indirectly, with a single objective: to weaken its power and bring about its downfall.
In this sense, it is essential to remember Braudel who, regarding the life of empires, said: empires are born, grow, develop, reach their apogee and from there their decadence and fall or atomization. Therein lies the crux of this reflection, the survival of democracy and Western values that have been the banner of U.S. foreign policy.
The signs of American withdrawal are multiple. For decades now, the United States has no longer been capable of waging a military campaign on its own. After the humiliation of Vietnam, it did not return to war alone, except for the small parenthesis of Panama in 1990, but all other US military campaigns were carried out with its NATO partners, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, its incapacity to prevent the penetration of extra-hemispheric powers in the heart of the Caribbean (a process initiated by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela with Russia, China and Iran) and, finally, the technological delay observed today in the American military forces compared to its peers such as China in the face of ships and missiles with hypersonic speed.
In short, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the United States to maintain its position as hegemonic superpower, a position that already seems to be conquered financially, militarily and geopolitically by Xi Jinping’s China, who will express this struggle on several fronts, as is logical, thus constituting the great threat not only to the United States, but to the entire Western civilization, since China is a totalitarian state with total disregard for democracy, human rights and the preservation of the environment, what would a world under a hegemonic leadership with such characteristics be like? Undoubtedly, a true civilizational involution.
Unfortunately, China continues with its agenda, expressed through the subjugation of more countries to its imperial project called “the Silk Road,” the increase of tensions against India and Taiwan and greater control of the multilateral diplomatic apparatus, i.e. the UN and its various key bodies, the Permanent Council, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, among others.
The last aspect to be included in these brief lines is transhumanism. For decades there have been enormous investments in “research and development” or “innovation,” but these are mainly directed towards technology. That is to say, genetic manipulation, robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and the combination of all these in the current human life only leads us to an uncertain path. Transhumanism, that is, the era of the end of the human species so far known to give way to a new stage marked by genetically manipulated beings and also with technological implants embedded in their bodies.
The worst of all this, beyond the ethical, moral, bioethical or whatever you want to call them, is that there are certainly powerful groups that not only push with their investments to this uncertain era of the already imminent transhumanism, but what is worse, through an anti-human statist imposition, which, leads us once again to a time when the old debates of left and right will be overcome by the survival of freedom in the face of global, elitist, neo-communist and transhumanist tyranny implanted under the aegis of the state, for which the Chinese model is vital for its success, as Klaus Schwab himself, another flamboyant “philanthropist,” founder of the World Economic Forum, casually put it.