OVER the last decade or so I have come to recognise that Western democracies are becoming increasingly undemocratic, with real power residing in networks of organisations and big businesses which undermine the influence of the electorates. Politicians are so often working not for the interests of their electorates, but instead participating in the national and international networks of organisations where power lies, with parliamentary debate increasingly a sham. The people within such networks in effect constitute a contemporary aristocracy, which is distributed across the world.
The new aristocracy, which has also been referred to by such terms as ‘managerial elites’, ‘metropolitan elites’ and ‘globalists’, has, in parallel with its increasing power, disparaged the opinions, and side-lined the needs, of working people within Western nations. It has also practised what could be termed ‘neo-colonialism’, the encouragement of high levels of immigration into Western countries. In parallel with this, the new aristocracy has adopted neo-Marxist identity politics. This further undermines the rights and needs of working people in Western countries. Typically, if such people try to argue their concerns, they are dismissed as ‘far-Right’.
The new aristocracy is not a monolithic entity – it has its factions, just like old aristocracies. Recently I came to consider these factions more. In particular, I came to ponder the involvement of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the new aristocracy worldwide. One book on this topic, which I have been studying, is Hidden Hand by Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg.
Not so long ago, I would have emphasised that one should not get caught up in conspiracy theories. Having recently been reading about the CCP, I realise that one should also not make the opposite mistake, of being naïve about the powerful and their machinations.
The following quotation is from a 1999 work called Unrestricted Warfare, written by two senior colonels of China’s People’s Liberation Army, and quoted in Stealth War by Robert Spalding:
‘The new principles of war are no longer using armed force to compel the enemy to submit to one’s will, but rather are using all means, including armed force or non-armed force, military and non-military, and lethal and non-lethal means to compel the enemy to accept one’s interests.’
And now some quotes from Chapter 1 of Hidden Hand:
‘The Chinese Communist Party is determined to transform the international order, to shape the world in its own image, without a shot being fired. Rather than challenging from the outside, it has been eroding resistance to it from within, by winning supporters, silencing critics and subverting institutions.’
‘The Party’s . . . implementation strategy is to target elites in the West so that they either welcome China’s dominance or accede to its inevitability, rendering resistance futile.’
‘Backed by its enormous economic clout, China engages in arm-twisting, diplomatic pressure, united front and “friendship” work, and the manipulation of media, think tanks and universities – all these tactics overlap and reinforce each other.’
‘As the world’s largest factory and second biggest economy, China has been a magnet for Western businesses and many Western politicians. Some industries are heavily dependent on access to China’s huge market, and Beijing is willing to use this dependence as a political weapon. In the words of one close observer, “If you don’t do what Beijing’s political leaders want, they will punish you economically. They put the economic vice on politicians around the world. They have been doing it for years and it works”.’
Hidden Hand explores in detail the ways in which the CCP has infiltrated Western nations and institutions, through targeting Western elites and, in effect, ‘grooming’ them. The USA has been a primary target, and the CCP has infiltrated both the Republican and Democrat parties. It has infiltrated ‘Wall Street’. The CCP targets many, many other nations’ elites, as well as international institutions. For example, Hidden Hand describes the CCP’s influence in the UK via the ‘48 Group Club’ (members include politicians such as Tony Blair), ending its section on the UK with this statement:
‘In our judgement, so entrenched are the CCP’s influence networks among British elites that Britain has passed the point of no return, and any attempt to extricate itself from Beijing’s orbit would probably fail.’
The CCP has also, of course, groomed the Davos set: ‘In Switzerland, Beijing has a friend in the World Economic Forum, which it has used to create a tight network of connections with the global business elite. In a paid advertisement in the New York Times, the China Daily announced that the forum’s founder, Klaus Schwab, was one of only ten foreign experts to receive the prestigious China Reform Friendship Medal – for backing “China’s efforts to re-engineer the global economic order”. Schwab, who praised Xi’s [Jinping, China’s president] “open and collaborative spirit”, said the forum will continue to help China “realise the shared dream of world peace, happiness, justice, equality and love triumphing over poverty”.’
In summary, what Hidden Hand describes is a massive and successful operation by the CCP to gain power and control over as much of the world as possible.
Why does this matter? Because the CCP is an extremely brutal totalitarian/Communist/Fascist regime that is prepared to do anything to achieve total control – for example its extreme persecution of the Tibetans, and now of the Uighurs, as well as of groups such as Falun Gong. ‘Statism’, a concept developed for the Nazi Party, is very popular amongst the CCP. Statism is the doctrine that the state can do anything it wants to achieve its ends. Continuous surveillance of all its citizens is also what the CCP does.
There are three issues which Hidden Hand does not explore, but which bring to mind the question as to how much influence the CCP has had on them. They are the Black Lives Matter movement, climate change, and Covid.
The Marxist founders of BLM have links to organisations associated with the CCP. The movement has also brought a highly unbalanced focus on old Western involvement in slavery, ignoring all others’ much longer involvement in slavery, as well as current Chinese use of slaves, such as the Uighur people.
Then there is the extremely influential climate change lobby. In the 1970s, the Canadian businessman and UN wheeler-dealer Maurice Strong became a friend of the CCP, later living in Beijing. He was at the forefront of the founding of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the political adoption of the anthropogenic warming hypothesis. Now we in the West are having forced upon us the consequences of the hypothesised need to cut carbon emissions, in ways which will make energy very expensive and thereby lead to increasing levels of poverty. Meanwhile, China has been vastly increasing its carbon emissions, building hundreds of coal-fired power stations, and developing its gas and oil industries. Climate change is also a stated rationalisation for the WEF’s ‘Great Reset’.
Thirdly, we have Covid and the worldwide totalitarian restrictions on civil liberties in response to it. Prior to 2020, the idea of ‘lockdown’ had not entered medical or general political thinking as a possible response to a pandemic. The World Health Organisation certainly did not recommend it. But soon after China instituted lockdown in Wuhan, the tactic was very quickly adopted across the world. So now much of the world is living under a draconian loss of civil liberties, with many serious and harmful consequences, as a result of a practice instituted by Xi and the CCP.
Have we now reached the point where the CCP can no longer be stopped? I ask this question especially as the USA now has a president with worrying links to China, who is a member of a corrupt political party with many connections to China – a man who is evidently in intellectual decline, and who is (or whose puppet masters are) already imposing neo-Marxist identity politics and draconian climate change policies on the USA, amongst other policies, thereby undermining the wellbeing, jobs and security of the vast majority of Americans.
If China invades Taiwan, which seems increasingly possible, will Biden respond? I very much doubt it. What of the security of other Pacific nations, including Australia and New Zealand? With China becoming the dominant world power, what will happen to freedom and human rights across the world?