We’re discovering some of what’s happening, but not everything has yet broken the level of consciousness for all. In the 5th century BC, in The Art of War by Sun Tzu, he had much to say that applies to us today.
Beyond the Horizon: Grasping the Scale of Global Challenges
Read these ancient words of wisdom with the understanding that bad actors actively work against us daily. They intend to destroy your world and mine. Read this piece to the end, and you will better understand and grasp the enormity of the challenges we face:
- “All warfare is based on deception.”— Americans don’t understand and generally cannot accept that we are at war with domestic and foreign enemies. Therefore, we seek peace with enemies with no interest in peace, only in winning.
- “When the general is weak and without authority; when his orders are not clear and distinct; when there are no fixed duties assigned to officers and men, and the ranks are formed in a slovenly haphazard manner, the result is utter disorganization.”— Our leaders are more dedicated to the acquisition of power, to survive and control rather than to defend the people they are sworn to serve. We are vulnerable and defenseless before our enemies.
- “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”— Sun Tzu’s penultimate tactic was to benumb those nations and people he coveted. Sadly, we seek pleasure and other distractions while our enemies plot our subjugation.
- “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”— A divided America is our enemy’s playground. With the focus of our people on material things and false beliefs in our safety, we are ripe targets for those that care, not for you and me. The Destroyers of our country and our way of life are everywhere, and our lack of care, attention, and knowledge emboldens them.
- “Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.”— If you picked one prime focus of the current administration, it would likely be the Green New Deal. Biden has placed his massive bet on this theme, encompassing everything from transportation, education, medicine, and families. But such a lose-lose process will inevitably result in an entirely different America, and I suspect it will result in eventual subjugation to China. I fear a movement toward a one-world government intended to manage made-up global problems that no one nation can supposedly handle alone.
- “The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy so that he cannot fathom our real intent.“— It is difficult to understand all the moving pieces of our ever-changing lives. Like a game of Jenga blocks, we build a flawed country and society, not imagining it falling down around us through the actions of the Destroyers.
- “Great results can be achieved with small forces.“—We understand how to fight asymmetric warfare, as I see it being played out against our own country by the Destroyers. Are there not enough of us who can see that and then do what needs to be done? How many stand ready to repel our enemies before it is too late?
- “Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will.”— Clearly, our children are the pawns in our enemy’s game. Too many of us are willing to place our children upon the altar of public education without thought or concern. It is our children who will now betray us; God forgive them. The Destroyers, who appear to us as sheep in wolf’s clothing, gleefully indoctrinate our future generations.
- “If his forces are united, separate them.”— Our country’s divisions, clearly and thoroughly on display, prove that we are ripe for a fall. We dare not; we cannot continue as a house divided, even as the Destroyers continue their relentless assault.
- To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”—This last is truly the worst. With so many of us already deciding to turn and run, trying to save what we can, our youth, our very seed corn, is firmly in the Destroyers’ bag. Too many have been made fearful by concocted issues of race, climate change, and geopolitics that no longer favor us. Are we already defeated?
People in Finland say the secret to good planning is knowing when you have enough. Note, the operative word here is ‘people,’ not the government. Sun Tzu is required reading in military circles because his advice taught how to wage war, not necessarily how to run a society. However, Sun Tzu lived in a time marked by a prolonged period of peace, reverence for the military, and the protections it afforded. It was the time of Sumarai and led to stability which ensued for almost 650 years. This is what the phrase “Peace through strength” should mean to us today.
Learning from History: The Road to Stability or Instability
Historically, conservatism leads to stability, prosperity, upholding individual rights, and the creation of broadly held wealth. It leads to an almost ethereal understanding of what the Finns called ‘enough.’
It is essential to recognize that Fascism, Communism, and Autocracies, invariably militaristic, lead in the wrong direction towards deprivation, control of the population, instability, and depression among the populace, which always ends badly.
Americans are known for many things worldwide, largely good until recently. Stability is the stablemate of conservatism. But today, we’ve moved from leading the world to the precipice of third-world status. Our global power and positive influence are on the wane, as we obviously can’t keep our house in order; the world has witnessed our decline and is justly concerned our guarantees can’t be relied on much longer. This is causing massive geopolitical changes in alliances which we see playing out before our eyes.
Recently, perhaps for the first time, our country’s position as the world’s reserve currency has been successfully challenged by China. Why are countries hostile to the U.S. happy to substitute the Renminbi (Chinese Yuan) as the standard means of international exchange vs. the Dollar? Such action would end America’s world economic dominance, striking at us as the strategic protector of the world and destroying the American Dollar, which would be catastrophic.
From Power to Parity: How Currency Stability Impacts Diplomatic Influence:
The American Dollar became the main reserve currency solely due to its stability. When enough nations think our country is unstable, they’ll align with countries they believe are more stable, even ascendant.
That cost will result in ever-higher transaction costs, higher interest rates at a time of massive borrowing, and an inability to influence currency markets as we do today. Most importantly, our international standing will experience a reduction of our diplomatic power across the board from trade, freedom of navigation, and political and military alliances.
We will be forced to get by with much less as we live in someone else’s new reality. But remember, such a future remains a choice today, not an inevitability. Living on one’s back is still unacceptable to millions—time for new tactics.
God Bless America!
Allan J. Feifer