Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Conservative Rip Van Winkles

The American and British conservatives are the alter ego of Rip Van Winkle, the protagonist in Washington Irving’s short story. In 1991, when the Soviet Union fell, these conservatives partied like never before with liquor supplied by “mysterious globalist forces” and fell asleep. 

They slept for almost forty years  (twenty years more than Rip Van Winkle), and between 2016 and 2021, they woke up in a changed world, having missed the decline of their culture, the corruption of their political establishment, the degradation of their universities, the derangement of their youth, the leftward tilt of their bureaucracy, the nihilism of their mainstream media, the alienation and fury of their minorities, the totalitarian digital revolution, and the rise of China. Now it is too late for these conservatives to conserve their society, because there is nothing left in their society that is worth conserving. Every value has turned into a lifeless fossil. 

This decade and the next one will be all about the creation of a new world order in which the Americans and British do not play a dominant role. The transition to the new world order won’t be peaceful—it will be marked by economic chaos in major markets, civil wars in several nations, reworking of military alliances, and military conflicts in the hotspots. The geopolitical tsunami that is coming (perhaps it is already here) will not spare any nation, though America and Britain will be the hardest hit since they have the most to lose.


Unknown said...

Anoop, I have been reading your blog for quite a while and I am in general impressed. This particular post was excellent. Would you have any ideas at all about what the New world order would look like?

Anoop Verma said...

@unknown: I think that instead of a world dominated by one or two superpowers, we will have a multipolar world with several centers of power. I don't see China attaining total dominance. They have very little experience of fighting overseas wars and they have lot of economic problems of their own. But they will take control of several neighboring countries. America will retreat from all parts of the world, so will Britain in the next 10 years. They don't have the money or the passion or the zeal to fight any battles. In any case the British and the Americans will be throughly engaged in trying to save their own country from breaking apart. I think it will take 20 to 25 years for a new world order to get established. It is going to be brutal.