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Global Politics

Tensions in Geopolitics

We all share the territory of planet earth, the globe, and have common needs even if some may not see themselves as part of the brotherhood of man. Humanity is a single social group where global politics will, and should, play a central role. Read more about political territories.

The heart of the Tree framework should still be rationalist i.e. solutions for global problems. However, in this case there is no government (as in society) or management (as in organizations) to take responsibility. The situation is anarchic and responsibility is diffused.

ClosedNational v Global is the dynamic duality.

The heart of geopolitics: the role and influence of national interests.

Using that duality, we can map the determinants of global political choices. The goal of global politics remains ensuring that any solution should differentially benefit one's own group, i.e. one's nation. This puts a major focus on «national interests» and on a nation's power. Nations without states are inherently weak.

Politics can and should be a constructive element in human life, including international activities. But government activities challenge or ridicule this notion because global politics and the national interest often seem to be mainly about making threats and war.

Is War Politics?

The proposition offered for a society is that politics and violence are antithetical. Why should that view be altered because the frame of reference is now the international order? From a human perspective, wars, whether civil or international, represent social breakdown. War is not a continuation of politics (see below), but either a rejection or a failure of politics.

However, the alternative view exists… Closed articulated here superbly by a Still Revered Leader whose Thoughts and Politics brought Famine, Imprisonment, Torture, Death and Chaos to Millions: “Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.” Mao Tse Tung  (1893–1976). Also remember Herman Goering's assertion that… Closed the moral and sane views of the public in regard to war are merely a challenge for the political leader.

Conclusion: War happens. However, it must on no account be regarded as normal or inevitable, any more than being raped and murdered in your home would be.

Is War ever Permissible?

Temporary violence within nations may occur as countries move from the taken-for-granted or oppressive dominance of customary elites (Primitive Pluralism-I) to democratic equality under the law (Legitimist Stage-2).

In the same way, war may be temporarily required in the global scene.

Q: Is war a form of politics?
A: Closed No!

Q: Is there more to global politics than power-struggles and national interests?
A: Closed Yes!


Remember: Closed It will require the mass of people to treat war as a near-criminal failure of imagination before politicians view it similarly. The politician’s job is to reflect the people’s values. That points the finger of responsibility at the people: even when politicians rabble-rouse and take the lead in war-mongering.



Originally posted: July 2009; Last updated: 12 June 2014.




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