Mark Sleboda: Ukraine Invasion ‘Will Spark Endless European War’ & Kill Off The Internet
Mark Sleboda, International Relations Lecturer at Moscow State University, on how Ukraine invasion will become an endless war and the internet will go the same way as TV to become a propaganda tool
1/- This is #theGreatDecoupling between the West and Russia. Economic linkages will be cut down to only energy and a few other commodities & chemicals that Europe is dependent on Russia for. The West controls and has weaponized their entire economy in their war to break Russia.
2/- Political, social and cultural linkages will also be severed to a high degree. Weaning Russia off this dependence will be hard and immiserating. But with Chinese and some other Eurasian support, Russia may just weather it. The entire global economy will suffer as well.
3/- But once the dust has settled and new domestic and import substitution formed – Russia will at least be economically & financially independent from the West. They will never again be able to weaponize their economic hegemony to coerce, blackmail, or wage war on Russia.
4/- The same weaponized economic war too will also soon be turned on China and the Rest of the world’s holdouts from US-led Western Hegemony. The Unipolar world will truly be over, but the Multipolar world will be stillborn by US attempts to hang on to their hegemony.
5/- Instead US/Western pressure will directly result in the formation of an anti-Western bloc led by China and Russia for survival and independence.
Neutrality will be difficult to maintain.
A new Bipolar world is coming into being, just decades after the last ended.
6/- The Golden Age of the Global Internet is also now over resulting not from Russia closing itself off, but by censorship and exclusion by Western and the social media platforms and the internet fixtures they control – because they don’t trust their own people to hear alternate
7/- perspectives and narratives and judge on their own. The world’s internet will now break down into regional spheres with limited connectivity. It will be a new, much smaller, less connected, more localized and divisive world.
8/- We are of course already seeing the physical connections around the world break down – with closures of entire swathes of the globe’s surface to each others’ airlines and global shipping connections being severed one by one as we speak.
9/- Global distribution networks will be disrupted & chaos result for months. Because Russia & Ukraine are primary sources of so many of the world’s commodities – energy & food costs around the world will skyrocket. In the First world prices will go up, in the Third – starvation.
10/- Ultimately the cause was the US-led West trying to maintain and extend their Hegemony, while they can and Russia resisting it. NATO expansion east in waves. US meddling and hybrid warfare to bring into power pro-Western/anti-Russian govts in formerly neutral, unaligned,
11/- national identity-divided post Soviet states was the endgame of this NATO expansion to geopolitically consolidate all of Europe under US-led Western Hegemony up to Russia’s borders. Russia resisted this geopolitical flipping by colour revolution in Georgia, Belarus & Ukraine from…. Pandemic of Angst: Elite strategies to control the masses as democracy is dismantled, Kees van der Pijl – NOT The BCfm Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling https://politicsthisweek.wordpress.co…