The Return of Realpolitik
Metternich > Anthony Blinken
There are a whole lot of people in the West who are having their conceptual view of the world turned upside down. Westerners, and especially Americans, are used to the post-World War II globohomo order in which the Global American Empire (GAE) uses its power, both soft and hard, to enforce onto the rest of the world a set of progressive, left-wing social patterns coupled with exploitative economic patterns designed to benefit a tiny globalist transnational elite. Modern Americans are used to thinking of themselves as “heroes” who step in to save the day all around the world wherever there is trouble. Sadly, our “heroism” ultimately consists of “saving” little brown foreigners from their native cultures by enforcing globohomo onto them while convincing well-meaning but deluded patriots at home that we’re “making the world a better place.”
However, as American power continues to decline relative to the rest of the world, we are going to see an acceleration in the breakdown of this post-war order. This fact is on display in Ukraine, both directly with the Russian invasion and indirectly with the general responses to it outside the western world. On the one hand, there is increasingly shrill propaganda from Western governmental and media outlets whose tenor is such that it’s not remotely convincing to anyone who doesn’t already accept liberal, globohomo principles. On the other hand, the Russians appear to be directing their propaganda primarily to the non-western world, bypassing the West and its assumptions that everyone else shares its values.
That the Global American Empire’s order is decaying is seen in that most of the major non-western players on the world scene are ignoring, to various degrees, Western efforts to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. China, India, Brazil, the Saudis and other Gulf Arab states, and most of the rest of the global South are essentially ignoring our sanctions and continuing to buy oil and other commodities from the Russians. Further, every time one of these refuses to play ball and we threaten to sanction them as well, we just end up solidifying a growing bloc of nations that are eventually going to end up just going around us entirely.
Keep in mind that as American monopolar power continues to decline, we’re going to see more of this take place. And it’s happening because more and more countries are filling the vacuum and acquiring the means to assert themselves in pursuit of their own interests. In the post-Soviet world of the last thirty years especially, America has been the only power that could consistently and truly act in its own interests without being checked by other powers. It’s been said that in the modern world, there were only three truly sovereign polities - the USA, Russia, and China. But of these three, the USA had preponderant economic power such that even if we might have balked at directly challenging either of the other two militarily, we could still contain them via economic force. This is now being shown to not be the case anymore. What we’re seeing is a return to a more genuinely multipolar order in which other countries will be free to pursue their interests like we have been. The old tools that we used to enforce our will on other countries will no longer work. So while we cut ourselves off from a huge part of the world’s supply of energy and strategic minerals vital to modern technological society, we push those suppliers off into the hands of our rivals.
The most maddening part of it all is that we’re doing so on pretended moral grounds. Foreign policy by moralism and sentimentalism is never a good idea. It tends to be unrealistic, stupidly rigid, and runs the risk of being exposed as hypocritical. So it is with the current policies pursued by our globohomo Regime. We screech about dead civilians in Ukraine, while having killed hundreds of thousands of our own all across the Middle East and elsewhere. We remonstrate with the Russians for bombing Ukraine even as we’re bombing Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. Where were these gravely concerned moral voices when we were drone-striking civilian families in their own vehicles? As Pedro Gonzalez observed, "‘Putinism’ is a strawman invented by liberal internationalists to avoid confronting why people all over the world rightly despise them.”
Further, this pretended moralism about Ukraine is just a hypocritical cover for globohomo interests in Ukraine, ranging from money laundering to child sex trafficking, all of it allowed by the Ukrainian government after we overthrew their previous democratically-elected government in 2014 and installed one more to our liking. We can certainly grieve for regular, everyday Ukrainians who are caught up in all of this, but let’s not pretend that Zelensky is some kind of hero or that Ukraine’s government deserves any support on moral grounds (wanna talk about how Zelensky got that $38 million mansion in Miami?). If you’re a normie who has swallowed the propaganda and wants no-fly zones, etc. (or is among the 35% of idiots who are actually ok with a having a nuclear war over Ukraine), it’s because you’re weak-minded and are basically doing the bidding of a group of globalist ghouls who hate all of us.
But that’s the problem with sentimental, “morality-driven” foreign policy - it quickly loses the plot and devolves into a vehicle for evil people to manipulate folks who perhaps mean well but don’t expect to be used by those who don’t mean well. For the average American, their historical perspective (such as it is) only goes back to a somewhat idealised and unrealistic understanding of WWII and no further. Indeed, most Americans are unable to conceive of an approach to foreign policy that views things through the lens of simple realpolitik and national interest rather than seeing every event as part of some titanic struggle between absolute good and absolute evil. As such, American foreign policy ends up being driven by a fanatical manichean progressive worldview. The application of this, as we’re essentially being told, is that if you’re not on the side of using Ukraine as a base to spread the glories of transgenderism and gay sex for little kids to all points eastward, then you’re literally Hitler.
Basically, what we’re starting to see on the world scene is a return to realpolitik - the principle that a nation’s foreign policy should be driven by what that nation perceives to be the best interests of itself and its people. This is in contradistinction to policy driven by sentimentalism and abstract ideas like “democracy” which end up getting cordycepted into being vehicles for globalist aggrandisement. So, why is India continuing to buy oil from Russia even though we scolded them and wagged our finger at them? Because they perceive it to be in their interest to do so. Why is China siding with Russia? The same reason. The USA - by pretending to have some kind of moral high ground - is sawing the limb out from under itself by refusing to accept that other countries have their own strategic interests and aren’t really concerned about adopting our progressive, globohomo values.
Why did Russia invade Ukraine? Is it because Putin is LiTeRaLLy HiTLeR or completely insane or whatever? No. Those are merely juvenile emotional arguments from intellectual children who are incapable of viewing foreign policy through any prism other than globohomo’s dominance that was established at the end of WWII. Rather, Putin invaded because he felt that it was in Russia’s legitimate strategic interest to do so. You may feel free to agree or disagree, that’s fine. But in doing so, you should probably present a more credible argument than screeching about it.
The ineluctable fact is that we’re entering a new age in which the American globohomo paradigm is falling apart and realpolitik is returning. The USA is no longer the global hegemon who can dictate terms to everybody and reliably expect them to go along with it. Indeed, we’re returning to the sort of international dynamic seen in the middle Hellenistic period (say, circa 260-180 BC). In this period, there was no single hegemonic power that dominated. Rather, you had three major powers (Antigonid Macedonia, Seleucid Asia, and Ptolemaic Egypt) orbited by a constellation of second- and third-tier powers who sometimes aligned with one of the major players, but sometimes acted together with each other, or even independently.
The problem for Americans is that while most of the rest of the world’s nations are (re)adopting rational foreign policies that prioritise their own interests, there is no real evidence that either our people or our “leaders” intend to do so. Americans, as a people, have been memed into accepting a whole lot of things as “necessary” that aren’t really in our national interest. Personally, I’d much rather agree and amplify with the critic who says we’re “just fighting a war for oil” by actually fighting the war and taking the oil than I would that we fight for the dubious “freedom” to keep holding gay pride parades in Ukraine. But that’s because I am willing to accept a realpolitik view of the world.
The difficulty, though, is that the USA and Europe (primarily) are functionally ran by a globalist transnational elite which hates us and definitely does not have the interests of our people at heart. This is why they’ve spent decades shipping our jobs and manufacturing overseas while importing millions of hostile, culture-warping third world immigrants into our countries, all the while lying to our faces about how all of this is “good for us.” They’ve destroyed our traditional social systems, warped and abused our laws, murdered our babies, impoverished our people, weakened us in real economic terms, and sent our sons to die all over the globe for contrived reasons in places the average American can’t even find on a globe. This “elite” has done nothing but treat our people as paypigs while they continually loot our nation and slip the proceeds into their own pockets and those of their clients.
Remember, though, that THESE are the people currently trying to meme you into viewing Zelensky as some kind of superhero, even as he does everything he can to maximise deaths among his own civilian population. These are the people trying to get you to want to risk starting World War III with another nuclear-armed power over Ukraine. It’s the same crowd who have lied to you about literally everything for decades. These same folks who are calling people “traitors” for not mindlessly believing everything our official MSM propaganda organs tell us about this war (how can you be a “traitor” to a foreign country?) are the ones who push everything that conservatives supposedly hate. And now they’re calling you a “fifth column” for basically being a traditional American who is a Christian, anti-communist, or who operates outside of globohomo’s preferred fiat currency system.
Uh, yeah. Maybe if you’re the kind of person who is more concerned about non-existent American interests in Ukraine while completely ignoring the very real geopolitical problem we have with cartels on our open southern border, then you should shut up and sit this one out.
Now, here’s my personal take on Ukraine versus Russia. I don’t believe we should pick either side because I don’t believe we actually have a legitimate, strategic interest here. Indeed, I don’t think the USA should involve itself in any foreign conflict that doesn’t involve our interests as strictly defined by real economic and strategic concerns. In other words, spreading nebulous and ill-defined “values” does not qualify (and indeed, it’s not like we’ve really been scrupulous about doing that anywise). In short, I would stump for the position that has been the traditional American one for most of our history, the one that our Founders advocated for, if you’ll remember. Still, there are probably more than a few morons out there who would say that George Washington or Thomas Jefferson were “traitors” or something. I would view Russia as a rival (as also I would China and Europe) due to the fact that it’s simply large enough to always be a major player in world affairs along with the United States, and that even in non-envenomed, realpolitik circumstances Russia’s strategic interests are likely to cross ours at times. But this idea of it being some absolute evil that must be eradicated by an endless globohomo crusade is simply ludicrous.
Certainly, as we see the rest of the world return to realpolitik, it’s most definitely in America’s strategic interests to do so as well. That means relieving ourselves of the current transnational globalists who have attached themselves to our body politic like lampreys. For as long as these people pursue a foreign policy that destroys America’s wealth and reputation abroad in the name of saving a dying paradigm, America’s decline will only accelerate. Will Americans be able to rescue our own country from the clutches of a set of foreign policy bad actors who have convinced themselves that they can do no wrong no matter how much wrong they do? Only time will tell.