‘…A Riddle Wrapped In An Enigma, Concealed In A Mystery….’
THE PANDA IN THE PARLOUR
by Bodwyn ‘Fu Manchu’ Wook
The writer of the above & as does Mr Harper does NOT quite ‘get it’:
Joseph Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Hirohito all were late-modern militant nationalists. *
Putin is indeed locked into this same late-modern trope, but, he doubtlessly personally is possessed both by the emotional truth & the immediate opportunites for Power in the idea, and on even money to the point possibly of personal mental instability.
Thus, Putin is dangerous, in his corner at any rate, and in a resurgent hotbed of nationalisms great & small, the prospect of a period of World upheaval is growing.
The real question, though, REMAINS that of the panda in the parlour.
China to-day is a riddle wrapped in an enigma & concealed in a mystery.
But the clue to the answer is subtly different than it was for Prime Minister Churchill in pondering the foreign policy of Stalin — for China is first of all a managerial state whose senior executives doubtlessly can & will market “nationalism” to incite & inveigle in their hundreds of millions of “small people”.
For China indeed may be the first significant example of Philip Bobbitt’s emerging world-system of Market States ** that, say Bobbitt, will supplant the former order of constitutional Nation States.
If so & when the ‘front office’ in Beijing has indeed had enough of this reactionary pesty small Slav idiotising on their Far West *** boundaries, they very well may let him have it in any number of ways simply no longer within the reach of ANY western capacity left at all to “project” power.
The little-noticed but pretty final bounds in History to the late-modern national idea proved to be the geographical limits on language & its speakers; hetmen could & did stir up plenty of irredentist regional misery thereby.
But, when they got over the top outside of their own ‘zone of ethnicity’, inevitably they got it in the neck.
China, on the other hand & as a Managerial State has a wider sense of ambition & at a guess their real study is 1) the reasons for failure of the Jap ‘Co-Prosperity Sphere’, and 2) how they in turn might widen & deepen the permanency of such a sphere.
In that context, Putin is [for now – ed] but a buzzing insect in Beijing’s back garden with an over-large nose & that China will very likely let have a dose of Flit soon enough.
* — Historian-emeritus John Lukacs, qv
** — The Shield of Achilles, Bobbitt (2003)
*** — The other hoo-doo for the Han in their Far West is the very real & over the next century growing likelihood of a New Caliphate presided over a pan-Turkish islamarchy; this, far more than the essentially school yard-like Putin, is THE great danger, here.
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[22 July 2014]