Hillary Clinton doesn’t think Putin should be ‘left behind in the new world order’: ‘Now is the time to double down’

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and failed 2016 presidential nominee, appeared on Meet the Press Sunday morning.

During the course of the interview, Todd Clinton asked if Russia should be “let back into the New World Order.” Clock:

“You heard the secretary [of State] Blinken is essentially saying, ‘Look, there could be a sanctions lifting,'” Todd said. “It all depends on the behavior of Russia. Can we really live in a world where Putin is left behind in the New World Order?”

Well, I didn’t hear him say that. What I heard him say was that we are really going to support the Ukrainians, the people and the government of Ukraine to find out what is the best way forward for them. And that, I think, is exactly the right position for the United States, Europe and the West and other countries,” she replied.

“However, your second part of this question is very important. I would not allow Russia back into the organizations to which it belongs. I think there is an upcoming G20 event later in the year. I would not allow Russia to participate, and if they insisted on appearing literally, I would hope there would be a significant, if not complete, boycott.”

“The only way to end the bloodshed and terror we see unleashed in Ukraine and to protect Europe and democracy is to do whatever it takes to impose even greater costs on Putin,” she noted.

“There are more banks that can be sanctioned and taken out of the so-called SWIFT relationship,” she continued. “There is an increasing demand to do more for gas and oil. Now, apparently, some of our strongest allies in Europe are desperate to break free of their dependence on Russian energy. We need to accelerate and I know the government has done that, for example by considering more shipments of liquefied natural gas.”

“I think now is the time to double the pressure,” Clinton added.

“Let’s not fantasize about what’s next in Russia,” she continued. “Let’s focus on what we are doing now to protect and defend the right of the Ukrainian people to be a free democratic nation and protect their sovereignty.”

As a comment, Ukraine was in no meaningful sense a “free democratic nation” prior to the Russian invasion. Freedom House, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that ranks freedom in the world, rated Ukraine as “partially free” in its 2021 report.

“Ukraine has implemented a number of positive reforms since the protest-driven ouster of then-President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014,” Freedom House said. “However, corruption remains widespread and government initiatives to combat it have met with resistance and setbacks. Attacks on journalists, civil society activists and members of minority groups are common and police response is often inadequate.”

It is also questionable whether the nation’s elections are “democratic” as they represent the will of the Ukrainian people. In February 2014, the Ukrainian Rada [parliament] voted to impeach pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

This “Maidan Revolution,” touted as a reform movement to remove corrupt officials from office, was far from a spontaneous uprising. It received significant help and support from the Obama State Department. Billionaire activist George Soros had praised the Ukrainian revolt and called for more such revolutions around the world.

Unfortunately, the reforms would not lead to improvements for the Ukrainian people, who remain among the poorest in Europe. Endemic corruption was further exposed by the post-Maidan events of 2014, leading to the unlikely twist that former Vice President Joe Biden’s own son, Hunter Biden, would be given a lucrative board position for a Ukrainian gas giant called Burisma.

Broadly speaking, the “New World Order” that Chuck Todd and Hillary Clinton discuss encompasses not only the interactions of nation states like Russia and Ukraine, but also intermediary globalist organizations like the United Nations, the G-20, and other World Economic Forums.

These globalist institutions are part of the framework of what the Marxist economist Immanuel Wallerstein called part of the “world system.” According to Wallerstein, attempts are being made to integrate the nation-states into a “core” group of powers. The US and western Europe represent the “core,” while eastern European nations like Ukraine and Russia represent the “semi-periphery.”

In short, such a Marxist analysis draws inspiration from the Hegelian dialectic and its antecedent in the Fichtean thesis, antithesis, and synthesis mode. It all adds up to a paradigm of what might be called “global convergence”. However, the paradigm is now being called into question due to the alternating reactions of Russia to resist such convergence and China to hijack it for its own purposes.

As a result, Russia is now aggressively opposing NATO’s expansionist attempt to integrate Ukraine into the “core,” much like it invaded Georgia in 2008 after the Bucharest Declaration.

Pentagon adviser Thomas Barnett, a Harvard-educated senior military analyst at the US Naval War College, has explained this dynamic in his books, such as The Pentagon’s New Map (2004). Barnett, expressing what might be termed the hegemonic stability theory, proposes that the US plays a leading role in the “working core” to integrate nations into the “non-integrating gap”.

Putin had laid out his supposed mission to oppose such globalist integration in his famous Munich speech in 2007.

“The unipolar world proposed after the Cold War also didn’t happen,” he continued. “Human history has certainly passed through unipolar periods and seen aspirations for world domination. And what has not happened in world history?”

“But what is a unipolar world?” he said. “However one embellishes this term, at the end of the day it refers to one type of situation, which is a center of authority, a center of power, a center of decision-making.”

“It’s a world where there is a Lord, a Sovereign,” he said. “And at the end of the day, not only is this detrimental to everyone within that system, it’s also detrimental to the sovereign himself, because it’s destroying itself from within.” And that certainly has nothing to do with democracy.”

But the power play between Putin and the West should be viewed with caution: there is always the possibility that this is a dramatic confrontation staged for global audiences.

Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Putin was a regular speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos; Russia was hailed as a “responsible global regulator leader” by WEF founder and chairman Klaus Schwab. Russia had “joined” its Fourth Industrial Revolution agenda in October 2021, before the public spat between the WEF and Putin. In 2017, Schwab even (wrongly) referred to Putin as a member of his Young Global Leaders club.

There are also some oddities in the execution of Russia’s war plan, such as encircling Kyiv only to retreat and allow the city to bolster its defenses, thereby losing the element of surprise advantage. Now there seems to be a stalemate, although Russia has reached one done deal in the Donbass and Crimea regions.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has not played out as an analyst might expect given its overwhelming advantages in the early stages. The United States repeatedly warned Ukraine of the impending Russian invasion, but those warnings were not acted upon with the appropriate urgency.

Which brings us to Hillary Clinton’s comments about “doubling” economic sanctions on Russia. It should not be ignored that the West’s harsh economic sanctions are continuing the global supply chain disruption seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, threatening severe malnutrition and hunger in the world’s poorest regions and jeopardizing the dollar’s status as a global reserve currency .

One of the linchpins of the global agricultural markets is fertilizer, which comes in large quantities from Russia.

“Sky-high fertilizer prices have prompted farmers worldwide to limit its use and reduce the amount of land they plant, a result of the Ukraine-Russia conflict that has some agribusiness veterans warning of food shortages,” Reuters reported in late March .

“Western sanctions against Russia, a major exporter of potash, ammonia, urea and other soil nutrients, have disrupted global shipments of these important inputs,” the report said. “Fertiliser is key to keeping corn, soybean, rice and wheat yields high. Producers are trying to adapt.”

The oil and gas shortages created by Western sanctions and Russia’s insistence that nations pay for their imports in rubles are also disrupting global food supplies. While oil and gas prices have skyrocketed in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ensuing surge is a continuation of the trend that began under the Biden administration.

Significantly, the president has attempted to frame Putin’s actions as the cause of soaring oil and gas prices. For his part, Zelensky has suggested that Europe and the rest of the world “go green” to stop oil and gas dependence and the resulting wars.

Due to the spread of market economies in the wake of globalization since the turn of the 21st century, extreme poverty has declined sharply worldwide. The formal end of the Soviet Union, Chinese communist reforms, and the rollback of socialist policies in India all contributed to a small but significant improvement in the living conditions of the world’s poorest. This improvement slowed around 2019 and stalled due to the coordinated global response to the Covid pandemic.

Such a convincing refutation of the Marxist chimera of “inequality”—which misrepresents economics as a zero-sum game rather than a positive-sum game—should have paved the way for a new age of Enlightenment. The proliferation of private property rights, real democratization (rather than globalist-managed coups in the semi-periphery), and market economies held promise for helping the world’s poorest and giving the most marginalized among us a voice in their own lives.

Instead, as Hillary Clinton points out, the plan is to “double down” the global disruption, even if that means making the poorest and most vulnerable pay the ultimate price in their mad struggle to consolidate power in the “new world order.”

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Jake Nichol

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