The attached article « The Enemy Paradox » by Scott Remer summarises the perverse effects of the dichotomy between « friends » and « enemies ».
It has the great quality of listing and clearly stating the reasons why, globally, we are at an impasse.
Unfortunately the author stops at the door of the only solution he envisages: the establishment of a world government.
However, it is impractical, for two reasons…
– Without trust at the international level, such a government can only be imposed by war, the « capitalist » version of the « the bright tomorrow that never comes ».
– If such a government were to impose itself, it would have to play on trust in the name of the common good it claims to promote and authorise itself to sacrifice vital needs that would generate revolts of all kinds, which would quickly undermine its credibility.
That world government would soon be seen as nothing more than a bureaucratic dictatorship or an ineffective ‘thing’.
Let us think beyond the friend-ennemy system
To stop a dangerous fire, experienced firefighters preventively set tactical backfires.
In the same way, excessive powers are neutralized by means of counterpowers.
Since in a complex world, any hegemonic solution generates suffocating contradictions, the balance of power must be played out and therefore their division.
The trick, as Scott Remer suggests, is to think the system beyond the friend-enemy and war-competition paradigms that underlie each of today’s powers.
This can only be done with great freedom of thought
Others have had it before us.
As sources of inspiration, I suggest...
– in the 18th century, the Founding Fathers of the United States (that would be appropriate)