ON Future of the Pacific Rim.
is Falling Down
End of a land base
End of a bridge--a spiritual attachment
The building of walls
Vasco De Gama
The American Century
The American Lake
The new dogma:
The open society
Major problem: free markets and free trade have no social policies,
no sense of the common good
George Soros in the Atlantic Monthly: There has been an ongoing
conflict between market values and other, more traditional value
systems, which has aroused strong passions and antagonisms, unsure
of what they themselves stand for, people have come to rely increasingly
on money as the criterion of value. . . . In any case, there is
something wrong with making the survival of the fittest a guiding
principle of civilized society. The main point . . . is that cooperation
is as much a part of the system as competition, and the slogan "Survival
of the fittest@ distorts this fact.
Until the 1980's the goal of Am. For. Policy was to fight communism.
We supported authoritarian regimes no matter how cruel. We engaged
in clandestine and not so clandestine assassination, undercover
operations, etc. We even allowed ourselves to overlook how the CIA
and other agencies squandered our money and the lives of our allies
in this war.
The end of
the cold war has not met the same sacrifices that the end of WW
II provided. No Marshall plan, no spending of billions to support
labor unions, economic investment, aid projects.
The state dept.=s
goals have shrunk along with its personnel.
The state dept. has faced and is facing three dramatic shifts in
1. Original. East coast, high society, pro-Europe, and later pro-Pacific.
2. Vietnam War and afterwards: new social class, religious fervor--anti-communist,
3. Technocrats. Economists, engineers,
Result: no longer really representing a civilization. Or the only
value is the push for economic development.
No longer a
plan for East Asia:
Why? Because the bridge is broken. We can no longer land our ideas;
What are the major issues?
Blue water navy, use of Hong Kong, possible break up, demands on
"Tibet, military attack or embargo of Taiwan."
Regionalism and intra-regionalism in the old days we just had one
purpose and one ally. Now Taiwan can shatter the each of East Asia.
E.g. foreign relations with North Korea.
doctrine promotes the end of barriers to China and Japan in East
Asia. The Japanese are resented the Chinese feared. What is our
that demand regional and worldwide controls: The Un?
We are stuck
in a furrow or rut of thinking that econ. Development will resolve
But we must
not let Blade Runners be our horror film of the next millennium.
There is a lot in Asia, but we refus3e to recognize it.
Movies, Scientific knowledge
What is to
Work as hard with all of Asia as we have done with Western Europe.
Develop our own clear philosophy
Don=t sacrifice people for profit
Beware of how our terminology and our trade change our views of