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Empires of outlaws

Bruno Peron, 17 April 2017

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The world watches maleficent episodes of misunderstanding among people. The culprits for this moment of friction are those same countries whose leaders pretend to be diffusers of freedom and of all’s participation. In fact, everything they do is to guarantee spaces of influence in the world and consumer markets for their industries. Today, we witness the enlargement of capitalism at a global level in a way that the great navigations and the industrial revolution of centuries ago could only ambition in their limited cartography.

In this way, the evolution of the capitalist economic system currently results in peculiar phenomena: in the risk of job losses by robotics, in the dispute between entrepreneurs of Uber (and of other applications such as Cabify and EasyGo) and conventional taxi drivers, in the cultural standardisation of malls or shopping centres, and in the wars that imperialist countries promote elsewhere.

However, what strikes me the most at this moment is the warlike inclination of the United States to assure its interests in the world, whatever the consequences are. Its statesmen invent enemies (the Islamic state, leaders such as Bashar al-Assad), tell untrue stories in the media, defame other forms of seeing the world, and – which isthe saddest thing – attack and invade as outlaws other sovereign countries.

The press has lit a spotlight over the possibility of a war in the Korean peninsula. The reason for that is evident: North Korea does not condone the economic and political model of the West to which South Korea is affiliated. Pyongyang and Seoul respectively pursue extremely divergent routes in terms of their commercial opening and political regimes. As if it were not enough, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un makes pacific shows of defence power through arms tests in uninhabited areas of his country.

Some might interpret these proofs as a dissuasion strategy, which aims at guaranteeing peace in the region; others, however, would see these tests as a threat to their interests in the east of Asia. The positioning of the United States is clearly towards this second view, since it denigrates constantly North Korea and North American statesmen decided to move an aircraft carrier to the surroundings of the Korean peninsula. Nevertheless, we can no longer accept that countries with more war resources than others take over the world as though this were a private property. There are rules of international right to follow and the United Nations are the most reliable forum for relations between countries.

The United States behave like a stubborn and daring outlaw, violate international agreements conducted during the United Nations’ meetings, disclose untruths about terrorist groups and undemocratic nations, invade countries and provoke wars and sadness. Syria has been the most recent scenario of the West’s perversion, of the greedy expansionism of capitalism and of democracy’s fundamentalism. There is dispersion of the Syrian people along its neighbour countries and even those who adventure in search of a new life in Europe, but not without standing up to the resistance of barbed wire and tear gas. A good idea is made acceptable by the mildness of its effects and not by the terror of its impositions.

The cultural essence of many countries unfortunately is exclusive: either victory or defeat. Brazil, in this contemporary history, has missed its opportunity to be ethically more visible, and to show that there are no losers because the future of the planet is solidarity. It evades such mission because we Brazilians are still in the phase of delivering to devil those who drained the energy of our workers and who have become known by corruption allegations. Reader and benefactor, how is the world for which you would like to wake up tomorrow?