Why the west rules for now

Amazing book making a case that the west had a head start with more biological diversity of farmable crops and animals in Mesopotamia spreading out to Europe.

Later the Qin dynasty catching up with the social development of the Roman empire at 100 AD and overtaking the West around 1200.

The West finally got the upperhand in 1700 due to the combination of new world trade routes and industrial revolution while China and Japan decided to shut out outside influences.

The book concludes that the East and especially China will overtake the West again by 2100 due to a combination of land, sea, technological and manpower plus direct land access to Eurasia.

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Reading the amazing book “The Revenge of Geography” by Robert D. Kaplan is an eye-opener for the political implications, limits and possibility of Geopolitics on our planet:

1. The US and UK are natural sea powers with undisputed and safe homeland territories can therefore easily influence the world global commerce as well as the culture … especially the US with both sea access to Asia and Europe and dominating an entire continent

2. Landlock countries with no natural borders like Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany etc. are more prone to instability and expansionist behaviours than geographical defined countries like UK, Spain, Italy, France etc.

3. Russia as the biggest land power and bridge between Asia and Europe is cut off world trade and sea dominance by the lack of ice free harbors to it’s South. Based on Kaplans book in 2012, Putins move to secure the Crimea island and it’s Syrian navy facilities would have been foreseible.

4. China and India as fellow land powers with geographical define boarders but warm harbors are naturally increasing their naval and sea power capabilities to challenge the US

5. Middle East and Asian countries from Israel to North Korea are forming an unstable and volatile belt with never-ending hostilities, rocket and nuclear armament, and especially threaten US power and influence.

6. Besides its sea power, China is heavily investing in reviving the Silk Road to have a landlocked access to Europe without depending on Russia. Therefore China aims to dominate its East Asian Hemisphere, the East pacific and the direct trade route to Europe.

Revenge of Geography by China & Russia

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Brick wall, solar wall or fire wall?

Amazing idea by Trump to build a solar powered wall but does he know that:

  • Solar panels are most efficient at the south of the wall?
  • Most panels are produced in China?

For sure this will stimulate a lot of trade with China and inside Mexico, does not matter who pays for it.

The Chinese learnt their lessons the last 2000 years that brick or solar walls will not work, to product a country you need a great fire wall.

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Walls or Tunnels?

As a German I cannot understand the US decision to build an expensive wall, even the fiercest communist security could not prevent the in flow of “poor” east Germans into the West. 

Britain’s natural wall was already undermined by a tunnel, so let’s start the tunnel building from Mexico to US. Rather than the Mexicans pay for the wall,  the Americans will pay for the tunnels to smuggle arms, drugs and humans.

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Hillary unsatisfied

Given the reason debate on Trumps & Bill Clintons disguisting scandals and view on women, we do not hear anything on that subject about Hillary. No affair, no lover, no friend who lent her more than a shoulder in all these tough times.

If her usage of email and her lack of security measures in the Lybian embassy attack are her biggest scandals, it means that the rainbow press could not find a private one, beside her sticking to and defending her husband. Do we really want to blame her for that? Shouldn’t we rather feel sorry that he did not take care of her?

I think one of her main qualification to move in the white house, is that she lived there already for 8 years without any personal scandal or characterial flaw.

So the same people who are critizing she is cold and a polit robot, should be happy that there is no private reason on which she can be judged. Having a lover would make her more human, but would be the US ready for a married woman to also enjoy the same as her husband and opponent? Not sure about that.

 

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