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We now again live with a Cold War conception of peace; as a zero-sum game or the liminal state of mutually assured destruction. This conception of peace has slid into our understanding of international cooperation in trade and, perhaps most dangerously (more so than war!) environmental protection; it perniciously infiltrates and pollutes mandates of social and cultural “tolerance.” Mutual gains, frankly, are too-often dismissed in the discourse of realpolitik as a Leftist Albatross. This, of course, is never stated outright, but careful scrutiny reveals the discourse is more closely related to détente these negotiations are not the same as creating a collaborative-competitive global international framework.

The balance of the equation slides teleologically: in the present forecast is maintained the liminality of global interdependence. The nationalist developments that have manifested in, for example, the Brexit referendum and the American Election demonstrate this. Populism necessitates a local, micro-perspective and this will remain the horizon-line reality of the rhetoric until a two-fold process takes place: 1. Peace is redefined from a state, something that can be maintained, to a process of harmony. 2. Populist Nationalism is broken down so as to encapsulate a global populous. A happy side-effect of this process would be to neuter demagoguery of much of its dangerous and alarmist potency. Within such a supra-community of political and economic communities, that type of narrow-scope rhetoric would be unable to encapsulate the lived-reality of enough people. It would alienate the traditional base of extremist right-wing conservativism because it would disrupt the conservation of harmony, thus rendering such views antithetical to the raison d’être of conservatism. This same decentralization would again prevent the Frankensteinian monsters of Left-wing ideologies à la 20th Century Communist dictatorships. Even an organizational model akin to the European Union would be insufficiently capable of governing such a body, in case there are those who would fear the over-bureaucratization of such a global body.

This is because the end-game would not be to create a singular entity. The United Nations is evidence enough that this is an insufficient means and, often, simply ineffectual. The diversity of peoples, and individuals within them, and the multitude of their interests and abilities is our greatest asset, the greatest strength of the U.N., it is also, of course, our greatest weakness, and the Achillies heel of any democratic body. And so: The grand design is not a political body, it is the creation of a mentalité. Systems fall away when we recognize they have outlived their usefulness. Our prejudices break when we recognize ourselves and our enemies to be so much more powerful than our errors in judgement; that the truth does not set us free but is a promise, a pact, in which we bind ourselves to a strength greater than those who cower behind noxious vapours of deception; that morality is not a system of law, but the inheritance of human potential. To change the order in which we perceive the world and life upon it is the only way to prosperity, to potential for all. There is always the chance that today could be the day is the only hope for any.

It is true that the fires of struggle forge the greatest souls. Let this be a mentality of striving. Everyone on this earth faces their own trials, so let us meet them, let us overtake them. We have so much of our humanity to regain, to attain. There is no shortage of human, environmental, economic, and personal crises to whet our appetites and test our mettle, on which to hone our abilities and sharpen our reason. Let us not redouble our obstacles, our foes, through hate and mongering. It is simply wasteful; in the guise of expediency it is only inefficient, makes all our efforts and expended resources redundant – the cost! By all measures of wealth – moral, material, spiritual, monetary, social – we only stand to gain. This seeming sacrifice for some could be repaid many-fold. It is so hard to in this current mould to be rich in one without becoming bankrupt in another. We can have it all. Malevolent violence exists only in the absence of power. The powerful have no need for violence, it is only when power fails that malice sweeps in to fill that space – a poor, crude compensation. Let us be powerful.

Let us all be powerful.

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