To the Editor:
War is economics by other means. Prussian General von Clauwicz.
Jim Nowlan’s column that we’re losing the war with China should be no surprise. In 1979, Paul Volker implemented the Council on Foreign Relations blueprint, calling for the ‘controlled disintegration’ of the economy. This destroyed the greatest agro-industrial economy ever, creating a post-industrial society whose economy is not based on production but speculation.
Meanwhile, in 1980 China’s economy was smaller than the Netherlands. They began to use the American system designed by Alexander Hamilton, issuing credit for production, protectionism to guard nascent industries, and as Noland states began to pour huge amounts of money into education in order to foster scientific and technological advancement.
By 2014, China had surpassed the U.S. in 20 indicators such as: No.1 steel producer; No. 1 in manufacturing; No.1 holder of U.S. debt; ect. As Nowlan states, the Chinese have grudges to bear and repay. He may be correct. History shows the West ran roughshod over China 150 years ago. When a rising power threatens the dominant power, 12 of 16 times in the last 500 years this resulted in war. War is not inevitable. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said, ‘There is no such thing as the so-called Thucydides Trap in the world. But should major countries time and again make the mistakes of strategic miscalculation, they might create such traps for themselves.’
China has invited the U.S. to join them in the Belt and Road Initiative, the massive development program twenty times the size of the Marshall Plan, to bring nations into modernity along the Old Silk Road from China to Iran. The war mongers will have nothing to do with it. Rather than have peace through development, they’d rather annilate civilization. Cooperation can be had.
President Trump has announced the Artemis Mission to bring mankind and the 1st woman to the moon in 2024, and by 2028 have a permanent moon base established. The Chinese have announced similar goals. Why not use the International Space Station as a model of cooperation, and avoid the Thucydides trap?
Nicholas C. Kockler