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On the New Power Elite Shaping the New World Order

By : Ziad K. Abdelnour| 9 July 2010
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There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world today. It is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:

“For the first time in history it seems almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination”.

There are indeed only a few pockets of humanity left in the remotest corners of the world that are not politically alert and engaged with the political turmoil and stirrings that are so widespread today around the world. The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity.

We at Blackhawk believe that the central challenge of our time will be posed not by global terrorism, but rather by the intensifying turbulence caused by the phenomenon of global political awakening. That awakening is socially massive and politically radicalizing.

It is no overstatement to assert that in today’s day and age the population of much of the developing world is politically stirring and in many places seething with unrest. It is a population acutely conscious of social injustice to an unprecedented degree, and often resentful of its perceived lack of political dignity. The nearly universal access to radio, television and increasingly the Internet is creating a community of shared perceptions and envy that can be galvanized and channeled by demagogic political or religious passions. These energies transcend sovereign borders and pose a challenge both to existing states as well as to the existing global hierarchy, on top of which America still perches.

The youth of the Third World are particularly restless and resentful. The demographic revolution they embody is a political time-bomb as well. With the exception of Europe, Japan and America, the rapidly expanding demographic bulge in the 25-year-old-and-under age bracket is creating a huge mass of impatient young people. Their minds have been stirred by sounds and images that emanate from afar and which intensify their disaffection with what is at hand.

Their potential revolutionary spearhead is likely to emerge from among the scores of millions of students concentrated in the often intellectually dubious “tertiary level” educational institutions of developing countries. Depending on the definition of the tertiary educational level, there are currently worldwide between 80 and 130 million “college” students. Typically originating from the socially insecure lower middle class and inflamed by a sense of social outrage, these millions of students are revolutionaries-in-waiting, already semi-mobilized in large congregations, connected by the Internet and pre-positioned for a replay on a larger scale of what transpired years earlier in Mexico City, Tiananmen Square or as recently as last year in Teheran. Their physical energy and emotional frustration is just waiting to be triggered by a cause, or a faith, or a hatred.

Politically awakened mankind craves political dignity, which democracy can enhance, but political dignity also encompasses ethnic or national self-determination, religious self-definition, and human and social rights, all in a world now acutely aware of economic, racial and ethnic inequities. The quest for political dignity, especially through national self-determination and social transformation, is part of the pulse of self-assertion by the world’s underprivileged.

The misdiagnosis of our foreign policy pertains to a relatively vague, excessively abstract, highly emotional, semi-theological definition of the chief menace that we face today in the world, and the consequent slighting of what we at Blackhawk view as the unprecedented global challenge arising out of the unique phenomenon of a truly massive global political awakening of mankind.

I am afraid we live in an age in which mankind writ large is becoming politically conscious and politically activated to an unprecedented degree, and it is this condition which is producing a great deal of international turmoil.

It is a fact that today’s elites are actually terrified of the mass political awakening which is occurring worldwide.

If we wake up fast enough, we can reclaim our power and dignity, and shake off those who would steal everything we have, including our money, opportunity and freedom.

America needs indeed to face squarely a centrally important new global reality: that the world’s population is experiencing a political awakening unprecedented in scope and intensity, with the result that the politics of populism are transforming the politics of power.

The need to respond to that massive phenomenon poses to our uniquely sovereign America an historic dilemma: What should the central definition of our global role be?

Your feedback as always is greatly appreciated.

Thanks much for your consideration.


  1. Duncan CambellDuncan Cambell

    There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go. — Richard Bach I believe it says it all.

  2. S BroumandS Broumand

    Fully agree with the post and equally concerned about the lack of recognition. A little puzzled by why you feel Europe, Japan and America are not part of the political time-bomb as well? Is it because for the most part they are not growing in population? I actually feel the ‘bomb’ could go off in European countries fast than elsewhere – Greece was just a taste of what is waiting for us should Spain, France, Germany or the UK follow suit and default on sovereign debt. Note to Steven Chaisson, first comment – Your last sentence scares me “A distribution of ideas, resources, and wealth like we have never seen before”. Not sure I am interpreting correctly so forgive me, but ideas, resources and wealth are not meant to be distributed, they are meant to be realized. We create wealth, we don’t ‘distribute’ it. Even the Europeans are slowly coming to realize that, hopefully in time to prevent the fall of their entire system. Resources are leveraged and shared, they are not ‘distributed’. And ideas are only as good as the people, products and places that put them into action. The iPod was a great idea when it was designed, produced and sold to the world. No one gave it away.

  3. Steven ChaissonSteven Chaisson

    yes I agree, an awakening is occuring, its a clumination of almost 6000 years of human existence, we spread across the world in tribes and nations. We are now uniting again with the help of technology. Those in power, more than ever will have to justify their intentions, decisions, and actions to a ever-growing collective that will include most of the world. I see a bright future. A distribution of ideas, resources, and wealth like we have never seen before.

  4. Damian PalmaresDamian Palmares

    Just a quick general statement: I believe we need to start leading by example once again. It doesn’t seem as if we have a true leader that can restore our image as of yet. Too many people across the globe have forgotten what we stand for and what role we actually play in the global spectrum. I think our image has been tarnished by a few blunders and the fact that we have been in a severe recession here in the States as well; but I ultimately believe that we can restore our image and our place in this world by continuing to focus our efforts towards assisting impoverished and under-educated countries, freeing our self from reliance on oil, developing and exporting green technologies and as Johnathan stated: if we were able to become self-reliant, we could export coal and oil to developing nations to bolster growth. The first thing we need to do is to jump start our job growth engine here in the U.S. in order to quell the unrest and resentment across the land. When ordinary people have jobs, are not afraid of losing their jobs, and are making money, they are not as prone to band together and attack a certain demographic group. That’s a given but I thought I would state it anyway. Lower the corporate income tax by a significant amount. We need to attract corporations to do business here in the U.S., not push them abroad. I believe the corporate income tax is close to 12% of all Federal revenue. That’s nothing …drop it entirely, require them to maintain a certain domestic level of employment, and watch the jobs engine start to do it’s magic. You can’t over-regulate and over-tax the corporations that provide jobs to not only our country but across the globe, since many of our largest corporations are international, and expect them to create jobs out of thin air. Unfortunately, envy and jealousy from developing countries and even from countries that have weathered this global recession better than we have here in the States, need a scapegoat. They look to the biggest kid on the block who has led the world in good times and unfortunately brought the global economy to it’s knees when it was faced with problems of it’s own. I don’t recall any complaints when times were good. I believe we need to focus on getting our country back to where it was and show the rest of the world, once again, that we have always promoted our values, our morals, our opportunities…our way of life; and assisted other countries that have been hit hard by unfortunate economic circumstances, even when we have taken a beating ourselves.

  5. Michael MillermanMichael Millerman

    A 2009 Canadian Security Intelligence Service report highlighting the results of a University of Ottawa Capstone seminar on identity politics, security and intelligence in Canada addresses your question of the role that a popular political awakening might have on a range of security criteria but in the Canadian, not the American, context. The report uses as security criteria national defense and territorial integrity, the notion of disturbance, foreign influenced activities, terrorist activities, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their use against Canada and its citizens, espionage and subversion in Canada, economic competitiveness and other threats to peace. The report’s use of the notion of “identity politics” overlaps your and Brezinksi’s notion of political awakening, but with the constraint that, “the politization of citizens and of collectivities [is] based on either racial, ethnic, religious, or ideological criteria, or national characteristics and an apparent community of interests within the group.” The CSIS report, although its focus is more on the potential outcomes of a political awakening to national security than on the preferable foreign policies that will mitigate the most undesirable of those outcomes, still has something to say to other nations who find themselves uncertain about the consequences within their own national boundaries of a global popular politicization and the need for political dignity. “In 2020,” conclude the authors, “the State’s role will change to such a degree that it will have to re-assess its influence over areas traditionally considered as falling within the public domain, like immigration, social cohesion, regional and national economic development, and education, as well as its role in the direction and organization of the national economy.” The authors foretell that the State of 2020 will have to concentrate their energies on, “overseeing the Canadian identity,” and considering “the importance of promoting an individual identity directly linked to the State’s cohesion.” Transposed to the American context, perhaps American foreign policy should focus on avoiding those policy blunders that damage the perception of the American identity at home and abroad, while containing, condeming and counter-acting the growth within the nation of communities that openly disparage and declare war on America and the American Idea. The CSIS report can be accessed here:

  6. LeighLeigh

    Whilst this is true the fundamental point is that such unrest and turmoil falls in to those very hands that dictate our lives. The “Old Order” lives and breaths such turmoil and unrest. After all, and as harse and callous as it sounds – isn’t war good business?

  7. Jack McculloughJack Mccullough

    VERY perceptive! Only a few people can see the truth, project the consequences and put it into words so eloquently. Bravo. Our global role should be (1) to monitor the scourge as it occurs, (2)try to develop realistic alternatives for the downtrodden as possible, (3) maintain military supremacy in conjunction with our like-minded allies(strength through alliances) and (4) convince strong new allies to come on board with us.

  8. Jonathan HeineJonathan Heine

    Interesting thought. It is unclear what you are recommending. However, several crucial trends are apparent in the US, and the so called Western powers, in general. Our dependence on fossil fuels is economically and environmentally perilous. For the first time in history, we have the technology and resources to be completely self sufficient and non dependent on fossil fuels in general for probably 80% of our power. In addition, the oligopoly of major financial institutions and their power over government dwarfs the “Military Industrial Complex” of which Eisenhower warned us. The most important local stimulus to the US economy is to embark on a comprehensive plan to, within 10 years, be completely energy independent, and within 20 years be fossil fuel independent and become a coal and oil exporter. The immense local stimulus would be incredible and our trade deficit would shrink to probably zero. In addition, we would have the independence to make purely strategic decisions regarding foreign policy, not those driven by need for energy. And our water and air would be cleaner, and our power much less costly and more dependable. Finally, our view of the world and of other religions should be completely divorced from our strategic foreign policy. Individual rights are just that: straight, gay, male, female, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, atheist. Our laws need to catch up to our society. This, too, would be a boon to business and would allow our economy to continue to be a magnet for those with free and entrepreneurial spirits. Finally, US support of financial institutions should stop at the depositor level. Large institutions should not use government money to trade and underwrite. Client accounts should have the backing of the Government and nothing else. If it is determined than an institution is using government capital in the capital markets or for other risk activities, the government should receive 80% of profits, just as if the institution were a hedge fund.


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