by Bel Suave
Sunday, Feb 15 2015
Ideas that have sprouted up round the theme of the BRICS alliance of nations have begun to take on the shape of an archetypal struggle between opposing forces of ‘east’ vs ‘west,’ good and evil, black and white.
While debunking of these notions may be something of value in itself, our purpose is more to understand the reasons these distortions are employed, and on behalf of who or what. The specific focus is how memes are used in the precious metals community to subscribe its members to a point of view which may be contrary to their interests. But first off what must be mentioned is the 'western-centric' viewpoint that pervades ALL such discussions. One so deeply rooted that its presence is not even recognized by the participants!
People from the 'developed' west having been able to think of themselves and their countries as at the center of things for so long now, they are accustomed to look out at the rest of the world careless of possibility of being entirely ignorant of what is really going on out there. They simply assume that the perceptual tools given them as citizens of a first world are in all ways adequate to understand the behavior and motives of the “other” world outside their glass cages. In a sense, this makes them "globalists" in essence, no matter the gloss of anti-globalist’ identity political leaning they may espouse! This unrecognized contradiction is of key importance to the forces which seek to bamboozle with their distorted narratives, but we’ll leave that factor alone for the moment!
These glass cages of perception are supplied by a mediasphere - msm or alternative, matters not a bit which it is - which uses subtle cues to discourage and/or eliminate critical thinking. This gap in perceptual awareness is a fairly logical state of affairs - the 'others' from outside the west for the longest while have been seen as looking in - with the desire to become like westerners... in wealth, social mobility or prestige... and therefore westerner's sense of identity, and the kind of society that they wish for themselves is imagined to have a universal appeal and application. One could well argue that this axis of ‘western-centricism’ has in fact been a NEW WORLD ORDER in operation for a considerable time now. Chatter about a newer, global NW0 is merely a platform update in this sense – which EVERYBODY in the west is basically on board with – whether they know it or not!
Current speculations about the shape of future power blocs and economic alliances suffer notable shortcomings in the way that they view “the state” - in general, as well as particular "states" - as something static, fully developed, monolithic, and detached from historical and social contexts. This is as true of the states which operate in the present moment as it is of those which existed in the far past. Just as we mentioned the need to strip away the western-centric gaze when viewing the nature of our world, it is equally necessary to strip out the western-made narratives that interpret the nature of ‘states’ current and absent, in order to make sense of geo-political developments.
In the world of precious metals, for instance, the functional narratives are anchored in the political economy of theorists whose view of the state is grounded in the project founded by Adam Smith – a man tasked by his financial backers with legitimizing their aspirations to supplant the elites of C18th and subsume the control of nation states by so doing!
Most, if not all, of the history of this planet subsequent to Smiths introduction of the theology of ‘market forces’ is simply the record of the progress of that same newly risen elite in extending their control over every part of it. Using the vectors of ‘communism,’ ‘fascism,’ or neo-liberal ideology to impose an iron grip over economies east and west, north and south has been extremely effective…
now we are witness to the stage by which it is hoped to consolidate these initial successes with a follow-up phase in which national sovereignities and identities are replaced with a corporatist-controlled super-national allegiance. In keeping with the long-ago formulated Rosicrucian style “revelation of the method,” this stage is characterized by the apparently open announcement of a GLOBALIST project with the ancillary ANTI-GLOBALIST dialectical opposite number – from which basket of ‘choices’ the punters are expected to make their ‘free selection’ of team to support. In the case of our specific focus, this facile set up has produced the remarkable spectacle of those many denizens of the western ‘democracies’ whose public pronouncements of disdain for their own governments, in favor of fealty to ‘eastern powers’ gives the impression of a repeat of the kind of commie fellow traveler type of dupe by which the Bolsheviks gained an army of sympathizers with which to undermine their enemies in the west!
It should be well known to all by now that the mainstream media, as well as the bulk of the alternative media, are attempting to portray a geopolitical conflict featuring the Anglo-American bankers & NATO on one side and the BRICS bankers & militaries on the other. The brings forward an obvious question: if China and their BRICS allies are really acting in opposition to the Western Establishment, why are they pointing to the Western globalist institutions as the solution to the world’s ills?
Those critical thinking skills by which anyone of average intelligence might discern something slightly out of whack with the setup I have described seem to have disappeared with the end of the last millennium, replaced with eager willingness to buy into conspiracy theories which play havoc with common sense. The one under examination here- a geopolitical passion play of supposedly opposing forces – has been anointed by its shadowy backers as the means of ensnaring those in the west smart enough to challenge mainstream consensus narratives - but apparently not smart enough to avoid their corresponding ‘alternative media’ equivalents! It’s due to my latent respect for anyone with enough sense to hold physical metals that I have embarked on this task of rescuing those same folk from being tricked into becoming dupes of the same moneypower that their instincts have directed them to escape from the clutches of!
The reader’s indulgence and forgiveness is requested, therefore, if we shift the emphasis of this series from light-hearted repartee about the follies of goldbug self-deceptions to a more serious grounding in the historical background of the wider deceptions of the moment. It’s my ultimate purpose here to make a tiny opening in the awareness of the inmates of my former homelands through which can enter the necessary shards of survival instinct sufficient to save them from extinction. Is this not a worthy and noble enough cause I asks you, to put up with some tougher than usual reading? In this regard, I must express my appreciation to Bron Sucheki of western Australia’s Perth Mint, for bringing to my belated attention an insight re the cultural doors of perception as these relate to language tools and the dynamics of reader/writer interaction. This extract he linked recently from another blog …
English is a writer-responsible language. That means it is the responsibility of the writer to make sure the message is understood. Writing is clear, direct and unambiguous. A good writer assumes no or little background knowledge on the part of the reader.*Korean, Chinese, and Japanese are reader-responsible languages. That means the reader is responsible for deciphering the message, which is often not stated explicitly. For an American who is expecting direct and explicit information, this style can be very confusing. Because the writer is not responsible for the message, there is little use of sign posting and transitional phrases in the writing. These are phrases such as on the other hand; secondly; as you can see; therefore; which are used in writer-responsible cultures to lead the reader through the writer’s thought process. Without these phrases, the writing may seem choppy and disconnected to an American reader.* http://www.callearning.com/blog/2011/01/who-is-responsible-for-the-message/
… has given me critical insight into the hindrances to communication I experienced in previously attempting to convey to western audiences the theme I am examining here. In the past, when I noticed that reader comments seemed to focus almost exclusively on complaints about the style of my writing, rather than the content thereof… I after a while began to believe that this was simply a ploy to try and dismiss the message delivered, by those who found it uncomfortable to consider. Although I did attempt to make some alterations to the way I conveyed that message, there was no real let up to the barrage of complaints about style rather than substance, so I stopped writing altogether for a while.
Gradually, I have been able to drill deeper into the matter - and after deciding that it would be counter to my aims to further compromise on the way I choose write, have become comfortable in the recognition that my years spent living outside the western lands – combined with a longstanding appreciation for cultural perspectives foreign to my native one – have given me the means to think… and write… in a unique way that ideally serves the content of what I have chosen to write about. It will remain, therefore, the [western] readers’ responsibility to overcome built-in impediments to their comprehension of the message here.
The choice is simple enough – at any time to simply stop reading – and return to normal – or pursue new ways of seeing the world in order to increase one’s chances of making correct decisions. I can think of no more important choice than this one for those in the west who wish to be survivors of the coming storm. A cultural ‘re-programming’ is going to prove critical to their chances – whether they know it or not!
Using English as the language to convey notions which are outside the scope and character of native speaking English[or even –by extension, “Indo-European” speakers is a double-edged sword; while it makes it possible for such readers to encounter the ideas expressed…It also fallaciously encourages them to believe that they understand those ideas by default, therefore discouraging rather than encouraging the effort to add to one’s personal tool box new ways of seeing.
Now back to our regular programming!
In order to delve into this more serious angle of approach to our topic, a handy example can be found in the news of the moment from the boundaries regions of “Eurasia” – where an ages-old fault line between civilizations and religions of the region is being stoked for war once again by willing hands. Here, where the very notion of coinage first began, and the use of precious metals as currency was initiated, we witness intense conflict on virtually all sides – to the north, in Ukraine, south, in Syria, East in Iraq.
While most reportage of these conflicts is framed in terms of Pipelinestan ‘energy’ related issues – via analysis that seeks to explain the motives of the major players via their schemes for construction of gas and oil conduits, the deeper substratum of conflict remains poorly understood. Here the boundaries between Rome and Persia, then Christendom and Islam, and later, European West and Turco-Mongol East were formed and consolidated. Most if not all of the area currently under conflict was at various times located on different sides of those boundaries. Christianized areas became Islamized, and vis versa, Turkish territories were lost to European reconquest , vassals states and territories changed hands between Rome and Persia, Crusader and Saracen many times over.
Recent interludes of secular rule in this Eurasian border zone might have blunted the impact of these longstanding fault lines, but the recent trend towards traditional religious expressions(post-Communist Russia and post-Kemalist Turkey, post-Baathist Syria&Iraq)has returned them to sharp focus again. Expansionist ambitions on the part of former Imperial powers have been exploited by third party players with their own agendas for the region, and a dangerous game of brinkmanship has replaced diplomatic niceties.
Finally, the latent forces of ethnic nationalism have been let loose to stir up waters already troubled by religious controversies. Aspirations of Kurds for a national homeland, Ukrainian anti-Russian sentiment, underwriting of pan-Turkic motifs by governments hungry for regional influence are all part of the tensions being fomented. And it’s of no small consequence that the boundaries of many of the countries within this zone of conflict are artificial constructs created by the stroke of western imperial powers pens rather than any coherent natural boundaries. These rippling tides of fortune have created many shatter zones in this region. Shatter zones are found wherever the expansion of states, empires, slave-trading, and wars, as well as natural disasters, have driven large numbers of people to seek refuge in out-of-the-way places]: the mixture of ethnicities, religions, and divergent cultural traditions in a relatively small space has made it possible for people to learn to coexist successfully together in diversity, but also to maintain their own distinct relatedness. This in turn has made possible long interludes of peace and relative prosperity – all too often broken by intervals of bloody conquest and war.
Now that Syria and Ukrania have been quite deliberately plunged into civil war, the previous surface homogeneity of a population composed of Armenians, Kurds, Turks, Circassians, Arab Christians, Arab Sunnis, Arab Shias, Alawites and Druze, Yazidis and Sabeans Serbs, Poles Tatars, Slavs, Rus and Jews in the later case] has been shattered. In its place are the schemes of hegemonist fortune seekers and agents of far off powers.
Why does all this matter to the gold and silver holder, and how have the various themes in play here been parlayed by the pundit class into a persian carpet of fanciful speculations on which to fly far away from facticity?
To answer those questions one needs take up the tools of the archeologist – digging down into the debris of centuries that conceal this regions vital role in establishing the financial forms of oppression which bedevil us in the present. It’s essential to understand that the timelines which place this region at the nexus of world power and influence are far longer than that recent interval in which the western world has been dominant in global trade and politics. With the denouement of the present western debt/usury financial systems crisis coming into focus, it’s increasingly clear that the Eurasian zone stands to return to its place of central importance.
Examination of that process of ‘back to the future’ is the bottom-line purpose of this series. Westerners are in desperate need of comprehending what this seminal shift of global power and influence will mean for them!
Earlier in this post I spoke of the way that “states” and ‘statecraft’ have been misperceived due to the faulty lens of western-centric thinking being unknowingly applied to every case study – past and present. We can find antidote to this misperception only via reexamination of the topic with different choice of lens. Starting with the example of societies from archaic Asia Minor where the issue of gold/silver currencies first began …the cautionary tale of Lydia and storied King Croesus seems a good point of departure…
Let’s proceed on the journey!
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