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Sachs: ‘US aim is a US-dominated world’

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JEFFREY Sachs is a renowned economist known for his work on economic development policies, sustainable development, and the fight to end poverty.

There is no economist in this country, and probably in the world, who hasn’t read and been awed by his bestselling books, among them The End of Poverty (2005), The Price of Civilization (2011), A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (2018) and The Ages of Globalization (2020). He was twice named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders, and is a university professor at Columbia University, that institution’s highest academic rank. Before joining Columbia, Sachs spent more than 20 years as a professor at Harvard University. Many believe he would have won the Nobel Prize for economics long ago if not for his criticism of US foreign and economic policies.

Sachs certainly is not an ivory-tower intellectual, having been adviser to United Nations agencies and to governments in Latin America and post-USSR East European governments.

Last April 13 he wrote a concise article titled “The Need for a New US Foreign Policy” (at https://bit.ly/3oSNqrm) that has become viral, reprinted in more than a dozen publications around the world.

Sachs’ qualifications for his view of geopolitics today are impeccable. His article should be required reading for Filipinos, especially those still trapped in and enamored by the US view of the world. An interview with Sachs on his article by the respected news program Democracy Now! can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgMPIhBLp1I.

Following is the Sachs article which was posted at his website jeffsachs.org:

Sachs article

“US foreign policy is based on an inherent contradiction and fatal flaw. The aim of US foreign policy is a US-dominated world, in which the US writes the global trade and financial rules, controls advanced technologies, maintains militarily supremacy, and dominates all potential competitors. Unless US foreign policy is changed to recognize the need for a multipolar world, it will lead to more wars, and possibly World War 3.

“The inherent contradiction in US foreign policy is that it conflicts with the UN Charter, which commits the US (and all other UN member states) to a global system based on UN institutions in which no single country dominates. The fatal flaw is that the US has just four percent of the world population, and lacks the economic, financial, military, and technological capacities, much less the ethical and legal claims, to dominate the other 96 percent.

“At the end of World War 2, the US was far ahead of the rest of the world in economic, technological and military power. This is no longer the case, as many countries have built their economies and technological capacities.

“President Emmanuel Macron recently spoke the truth when he said that the European Union, though an ally of the US, does not want to be a vassal of the US. He was widely attacked in the US and Europe for uttering this statement because many mediocre politicians in Europe depend on US political support to stay in power.

Preeminent power

“In 2015, US Ambassador Robert Blackwill, an important US foreign policy strategist, described the US grand strategy with exceptional clarity. He wrote, ‘Since its founding, the United States has consistently pursued a grand strategy focused on acquiring and maintaining preeminent power over various rivals, first on the North American continent, then in the Western hemisphere, and finally globally,’ and argued that ‘preserving US primacy in the global system ought to remain the central objective of US grand strategy in the 21st century.’

“To sustain US primacy vis-à-vis China, Blackwill laid out a game plan that President Joe Biden is following. Among other measures, Blackwill called on the US to create ‘new preferential trading arrangements among US friends and allies to increase their mutual gains through instruments that consciously exclude China,’ ‘a technology-control regime’ to block China’s strategic capabilities, a buildup of ‘power-political capacities of US friends and allies on China’s periphery,’ and strengthened US military forces along the Asian rimlands despite any Chinese opposition.


“Most US politicians and many in Britain, the EU, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand support the United States’ aggressive approach. I do not. I view the US approach to China as contrary to the UN Charter and peace.

“China has the right to prosperity and national security, free from US provocations around its borders. China’s remarkable economic accomplishments since the late 1970s are wonderful for both China and the world.

“During the long century from 1839 to 1949, China was driven into extreme poverty in a period marked by European and Japanese invasions of China and Chinese civil wars. Britain invaded in 1839 to force China to buy Britain’s addictive opium. Other powers piled on during the following century. China has finally recovered from that disastrous period, and in the process, ended poverty of around 1 billion people!

“China’s new prosperity can be both peaceful and productive for the world. China’s successful technologies — ranging from vital cures for malaria to low-cost solar power and efficient 5G networks — can be a boon for the world. China will only be a threat to the extent that the US makes China into an enemy. US hostility to China, which mixes the arrogant US aim of dominance with longstanding anti-Chinese racism dating back to the 19th century, is creating that enemy.

“The dangers of US foreign policy extend beyond China. The US goal to expand NATO to Ukraine and Georgia, thereby surrounding Russia in the Black Sea, helped stoke the Ukraine War. Countless nations see the danger of this approach. Major nations from Brazil to India and beyond aim for a multipolar world. All UN member states should recommit to the UN Charter and oppose claims of dominance by any nation.”

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  1. Timangwa Mga Little Brown Amboys

    This is precisely the tragic issue with all the other self-proclaimed geopolitical expert “ANALysts” routinely being interviewed on lamestream media about the SCS issue. They all reflexively assume the viewpoint and ideology of the US hegemonic worldview, as if what is good for the US’s geopolitical interests is, automatically, also good for the Philippines. All the rest of the local journalists also mindlessly parrot the talking points coming from the US political establishment through their government & military-industrial complex funded “NGOs” and “thinktanks”, which largely are nothing more than professional propagandists. Our local politicians, military officers and diplomats are mostly the same. It’s a combination of colonial mentality, internalized inferiority complex in dealing with Westerners and plain lack of education and research on this complex issue.

  2. Dorina S. Rojas

    Not surprising really. What is surprising is our leaders’ and officials’ actions to depend on US to solve the WPS issues. I may not like China in this aspect but getting involved in a stupid war just to get rid of a bully is idiotic. We never learned our lesson and the US is ecstatic about that.

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