Monday, September 08, 2014

I just saw this Vice documentary regarding Donetsk.  It certainly makes the Western Propaganda less clear and the situation more ambiguous.

I initially sided with the "fascists" claim (like - way before Russia got involved), but then saw that they're not your typical "fascists" in general, and sided with a democratic Europe and started to question how much of the Maidan movement was really fascist.  Then Russia got involved and I saw what appeared to be a straight up territorial claim, and expansionist motives (which I still don't necessarily doubt), but...

That clip really shows it is indeed more messy and complex and there's more than just 2 sides to the story and each side has both positive and negative aspects and both noble and not-so-noble causes behind them.

What caught my eye upon seeing the "Swedish Neo-Nazis" going to Ukraine makes me feel like we're watching the boundaries of post-colonial/imperialism start to fade...  We're truly entering the Post-WWII phase of Global Civilization.

We have IS(I(S/L)) with their international support from countries both democratic and non-democratic flocking to the middle east.  Now we see this (perhaps it's not a vast movement, this "Neo-Nazis in Ukraine" thing - I don't know).  But certainly there's a strange mix of events happening in the world that represent various splinterings of a fragile cohesiveness that ruled the globe for 60 years or so.

Sometimes I see shit an really feel apocalyptic about it all, other times it just seems like it's the same ol' same ol'...

I've posted this idea in other forums I think, but it's even stronger seeing this Swedish NeoNazi thing...

We have Democratic/Western States whether full neo-con/neo-liberal or social democracy in nature, who are traditional allies and have enough in common to maintain this alliance, tenuous it may be at times.

Then you have authoritarian states who have a desire to critique western states (and in particular the US as a proxy for all the West - primarily due to its own outsized influence in the world) - when you have people like Russia, China and N. Korea criticizing the US on "human rights" grounds...

So that's the East/West-Authoritarian/Democracy split.

Then you have 3rd world anti-imperialist states that have thrown in their lot with the authoritarian mold (Iran, for example).

Then you have non-state actors like ISIS/Maidan movement/Arab Spring/Occupy Wall Street, some more violent than others, all attempting to address this "New World Order" -- One could make the argument that OWS is really a continuation of the anti-globalization protests that rocked Seattle in 1999 and all that's followed since.

Add in the National Security State which is sort of a layer over all states, and is the aspect of the Western Democracies that the Eastern Authoritarian Regimes both appeal to in support of their own policies and use as an instrument of critique of hypocrisy when they need to attack the West.   The revelations about the NSA and its role in targeting: Nation-States, Corporate Interests, Individuals and Ideologically Formed Non-State Entitities add to this appearance of a growing trend.

Militarization of the US Police apparatus in the name of War on Drugs, War on Terror, War on Your Mom...

We witness the dissolving of the democratic nation state as it flails and starts to use more authoritarian means of control.  First - a surreptitious mode of control, but slowly revealing itself more and more.

The rise of left-right factions, the growth of popular fascism in Eastern Europe in general, the rise of militant Islam as a shockforce for certain anti-colonial/re-imperialization/conquest of their original native homelands (the caliphate)...

It seems the socialism of Castro and Chavez is slowly fading out, the leftists have run into a dead end.

The tolerant liberal democracies must come face to face with an Islamic Militancy that even al-Qaeda and other hardliners oppose (either strategically or ideologically; though mostly strategically, IIUC).  We have the Sunni/Shia factions, where the US is finally taking the side of the Shia after a long period of absolute refusal to co-operate...  And we can't forget Syria itself as a sort of nexus of these factions (ISIS, Authoritarian State, Shia/Alawites vs Sunni).  You have the Kurds and Kurdistan as an issue at play.  Scotland wants to break away from the UK, polls indicating a new slim majority growing every day.  What about other breakaway regions?  This isn't even touching things like North/South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and the conflict there between Islamic radicals and the Christian population - and hardly anyone is discussing the Congo right now, where the Christians have become the vengeful force attacking innocent Muslims; or of course, the Rohingya in Myanmar, or Kashmir and the continued antagonism between Pakistan and India over that province which has recently increased then decreased due to a flood.

Speaking of non-state entities and ebola... You have actors who have allegiances to certain strains of "pure" thought in the Western Democracies - Anti-vaxxers/Homeopathers/Global Warming Denialists who form another faction being torn away by allegiance to the current nation-state via conspiracists like Alex Jones.

In a world falling apart, people are seeking refuge in purity, in a past they knew or desire to believe to be "pure"...

Terence McKenna said:

History is ending because the dominator culture has led the human species into a blind alley, and as the inevitable chaostrophie approaches, people look for metaphors and answers. Every time a culture gets into trouble it casts itself back into the past looking for the last sane moment it ever knew.


And I think this makes a lot of sense, it explains the retreat to fundamentalism and a search for what a society thinks is "The Golden Age".  It's not that wars or diseases are new - are even that this is a more dangerous scary time, necessarily, but we sense a foreboding direction to humanity right now, as if we're on the cusp of a radical change that will ultimately disrupt the nice point of stability we've held onto for most of our lives...

So it's a huge tangled web, varied interests, competing with each other, and alliances forming between former enemies...  Tenuous friendships breaking apart...  Everyone keeping a watch, a glaring eye towards "the other" and towards the situation on the ground as it is.  Off to GMOFB now...