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Crisis in Intelligence and the Way Forward

Crisis in Intelligence and the Way Forward

Emanuel Pastreich

1. Making the Information Crisis into an Opportunity for Brave Reform

The crisis in intelligence in the United States has reached an extreme today as the multitude of contractors that feed on massive, and often obscure, budget, clamor to be fed without any concern for the long-term interests of the citizens of the United States, the constitution that defines that nation, or the security of our brittle planet.

The question of what to do, however, is not so simple.

No matter how much intelligence agencies are maligned or rebuffed, it is a fact that the covert gathering of information by governments, corporations, and other organizations has gone on for thousands of years and, granted human nature, will continue to be a reality in the future. The process can be regulated, to a certain degree, and it can be given a higher purpose, but it cannot be eliminated.

But the current situation is unsustainable and dangerous. The commercialized exaggeration of the term “intelligence” so as to extend into the field of human experience has distorted and diluted its meaning. Both creating deep misunderstandings when it is applied inappropriately and suggesting that anyone and his uncle can engage in intelligence.

Sadly, although there were remarkable figures in intelligence in the United States who have stood up for the accurate and scientific analysis in intelligence and who have opposed the abuse of authority by intelligence agencies for profit, (some going to jail, most simply disappearing into obscurity), such moral commitment has declined perspicaciously over the last decade.

The entire intelligence community has been radically privatized so that those in senior positions merely oversee the granting of contracts to contractors and have little sense of camaraderie with others engaged in a global battle for the wellbeing of our citizens.

Intelligence agencies that once played a critical role in keeping politicians and other government officials, up to date on the true threats facing the nation, have been carved up by jackals and hyenas working for multinational corporations.

Essential analysis has been outsourced over the last two years to Facebook, Google, Amazon, Oracle, and other multinational corporations that cannot be said to be “American” in any sense of the world. These lumbering leviathans are owned by banks and private equity funds around the world, many of which are happy to sell short the United States at any time.

The result? The entire intelligence community has been transformed into an appendage of big tech that abuses the authority of the Federal Government to advance the corporate agendas of these monopolies.

Not everyone is in on this game. Some bravely fight against the silent takeover. Nor is this battle entirely new. Terrible internal conflicts have wracked the intelligence community before—often completely unknown to the man in the street.

But this destruction of “intelligence” is far more serious and must have been in the context of the greater act of menticide, the murder of the human mind, undertaken against all American citizens by shadowy multinational finance.

Whether it is journalism or education, entertainment or advertisement, the goal is to reduce us to instinctive animals that are incapable of anything but a desire for food, sex, and superficial distractions.

The conspiracy channels would have you believe that it is intelligence agencies that are driving this war on the citizens. This interpretation, although not entirely without basis, is a serious misunderstanding.

Although intelligence agencies have always had corrupt elements happy to do the bidding of the powerful, they have also had pockets of the brave and the committee who have the technical and geopolitical understanding and the training that allows them to stand up when professors, NGO leaders, and politicians hide in fear.

The evidence of criminality within intelligence agencies is overwhelming, but the ultimate source of those orders remains obscure. The massive privatization of intelligence means that the line between government, corporations, and organized crime are blurred, or completely disappears. Sadly, the super-rich is able to misuse these organizations and then redirect all blame to the CIA.

The breakdown of intelligence is taking place at precisely the moment that we desperately need a system that can assure the integrity of information in the United States, and around the world, for our citizens.

This intelligence crisis is taking place at the moment that we must assure that those in positions of authority have access to accurate scientific information, not distorted commercial media, or the slick brochures of lobbyists and persuaders.

We have an obligation in intelligence reform the citizens of the United States and to the scientific truth. We have no obligation to conform to corrupt practices in Washington, D.C. that are accepted as reality.

2. Intelligence and the Crisis in Governance

Professors and researchers, ethically committed citizens and journalists, should lead the charge in the search for scientifically verified information that will serve as the foundation for ethical governance. At the same time, we must recognize that the search for scientific truth is not a democratic process. If we are voting on the truth, treating all opinions as equal on Capitol Hill, then we are no longer engaged in ethical governance and democracy is impossible.

It would be the best tit we could limit the role of intelligence agencies to specific intelligence-gathering missions in the diplomatic and security fields, and to small-scale counter-intelligence operations. We should cut back the massive bureaucracy that benefits from creating, and expanding, problems, and create a small focused group of experts.

That vision, often articulated by experts, is not readily available to us today.

First, the intelligence apparatus has grown so bloated over the last twenty years as a result of the deliberate misinterpretation of the legitimate imperative to respond to the vast implications of the information revolution. We must recognize that the sprawling fields of intelligence subcontractors that surround the CIA, NSA, and now most branches of the Federal Government, will not simply disappear by magic. A complex transformation must take place in which new roles are established and a new institutional culture put in place that holds up high ethical principles, not the pursuit of budgets for private profit.

Moreover, the simple pursuit of truth in the post COVID19 era is a matter of life and death. The level of risk involved in speaking the truth in the face of multinational corporations and other shadowy organizations that defend the interests of the global rich is far too much for the timid likes of professors, journalists, and other researchers to take on. If it were not for the support (often hidden or tacit) of those in intelligence agencies, the hard-hitting alternative media would have been suppressed long ago.

Thus intelligence, a combination of the capacity to gather and analyze information, to promote a perspective even the most hostile environments, and to take action to respond to threats (real or perceived), is what makes these agencies so dangerous and at the same time so necessary in the face of the massive degradation of information taking place today around the world.

The above intelligence capabilities have often been employed by the rich and powerful to suppress alternative views and enhance their influence. That part of the story is well known. The manner in which intelligence agencies have used these three capabilities to defend people is virtually unknown. Yet that is precisely the role that is demanded by today’s crisis.

Reforming intelligence into a reliable and ethically committed institution that addresses directly the misuse of information by techno-tyrants is made even more difficult by the burgeoning conspiracy industry.

When I use the term “conspiracy industry,” am not assuming, as some would, that the various conspiracies discussed on the alternative media are specious and unfounded. There are numerous conspiracies that have taken place or are taking place, around the globe. Any intelligence professional must first accept the remarkable depravity of humans and accept that the battle for a better world requires us to pick our fights.

The conspiracy industry, however, often promoted by corrupt branches of the intelligence community, combines real evidence of the crimes by the global elite with fantastic, or exaggerated, narratives about Satanism, devil worship, Chinese and Jewish conspiracies for global domination, and other tales in a manner that misleads citizens as to the real interest groups behind these conspiracies and also makes it possible for authority figures to dismiss real evidence because those presenting it also talk about UFOs and the Second Coming.

In an age in which you can easily lose your life trying to speak the truth (inside government or outside government), we need for strong organizations, let us call them intelligence agencies, with the slap-down capacity, need to protect those investigating the truth. Only if the search for truth has a real backbone can it serve as a compass in the cloud of information chaos.

The fact that many of the intelligence experts have previously thought only about their paycheck and consulting contracts should not discourage us concerning the potential for transformation. Profound crisis, such as we face today, makes such transformation possible.

We must start by turning back the privatization of intelligence. We have seen an exponential increase in this trend over the last five years, a shift that can be traced back to the weakening of intelligence organizations after the Vice President’s directives for privatization as an effort to crush resistance to that regime within the intelligence community.

I was shocked when a friend recently sent me postings for job openings in North Korean intelligence analysis at Facebook, Amazon, Oracle, and Microsoft. Positions that once had to be held by government officials on long-term contracts paid for by tax dollars are now controlled by multinational corporations loyal to short-term profits.

Suffice it to say that Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are not American organizations. Their stock is owned by the global elite, from Paris to Moscow, from London to Beijing, and they make decisions based on their interests.

Moreover, major investment banks like BlackRock and Goldman Sachs, which have also played a big role in the privatization of intelligence, have decided to sell the United States short as part of a strategy for reducing domestic resistance to tyranny by outsourcing American industry, that produces educated and self-sufficient individuals, to China, India or elsewhere. We need intelligence officers capable of standing up to multinational banks, not serving as cover for their nefarious plots and ruses.

We never want to see again a scam of the global elite pinned on the CIA while the real culprits celebrate in luxury.

3. The Impact of Technological Change on Intelligence

Part of the problem can be traced back to technological change and is not the result of the evil done by individuals. The exponential increase in the capacity of supercomputers in accord with Moore’s Law has created a tremendous capability to manipulate the decision-making process on a global scale and give undue power to the very few who control such supercomputers.

The small group of billionaires who control the best networks of supercomputers has become a shadow government that is above all the politicians we see on television.

Just as Gresham’s Law suggests that debased coinage will displace pure coinage in the economy as people start to hoard, the degraded information we are being fed by the media and by multinational corporations has displaced accurate information completely in our society, leaving citizens to try to make sense of the garbage that they are fed by the corporate media, universities and research institutes now bought and paid for by multinational banks, and celebrities cultivated by those same forces.

As Arthur C. Clark suggests in his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, technology is not simply a passive tool subject to the human will but is a force in itself that can determine human evolution and human thinking.

The exponential development of technology has created an environment in which new unprecedented risks are unleashed. The few can amass detailed information about all individuals in the world and also control the information that is presented to the citizens so as dumb-down the population (making democratic process impossible) and to slowly reduce us to slavery. The Constitution ceases to be of meaning in that process and the government becomes tyranny.

This process is already well underway in the United States, and the super-rich who are pushing the buttons follow the strategies of menticide outlined by Joost Meerloo in his classic study The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing (1957).

Government is not prepared to respond to the radical degradation of, and manipulation of, information that underlies the true information warfare we witness today. We are not talking about Chinese spies who steal secrets, but rather multinational equity funds (including Chinese and Russians, but also Japanese and Americans) that intend to destroy the capacity of citizens to think for themselves.

Government is the first victim of the systematic manipulation of information by global technology tyrants. In fact, the tyrants who have launched this world war like to hide behind the façade of government and to attribute their evil acts to government officials.

The intellectual response to this global takeover may come from journalists, university professors, community groups and other activists. But they are easily intimidated and cannot formulate the strategies for global information warfare.

As dangerous as it may be to turn to intelligence agencies in response to this global assault, we are left with no choice.

The critical point, the decisive aspect, of the proposed reforms, is severing the connection between global finance and intelligence and then creating out of the parts of the intelligence community a powerful force, like the Army of the Potomac, that adheres to the Constitution, creating a group of patriots devoted to the interests of the citizens, to the true, and to principles of the Constitution.

To be specific, that means that the CIA, NSA, DIA, FBI and other organizations must be taken back by citizens of the United States, transformed into organizations that not only do not report to Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Vanguard—or to the superrich who lurk behind those organizations, but that are capable of frustrating, or even facilitating the arrest and prosecution of the heads of these organizations.

We know for a fact that normal courts do not have the spine, or the global structures, necessary to take on these global forces that claim to control wealth beyond that of most nation-states.

Once the sections of the intelligence community that is not hopelessly infected with the cancer of global finance are able to rally, they must first assert that they are the government, not the appendages of global finance and that they are empowered by the Constitution to use their awesome power to defend the citizens against slavery by technology, much as Abraham Lincoln did in 1860.  

4. Defending the Intelligence of the Citizen at Home and Abroad

If we think more deeply about the future of intelligence in the United States, we are led to the inevitable conclusion that part of our role will be to defend “intelligence” in the other sense of the word: the capacity of citizens to think for themselves so as to play their sacred role according to the Constitution.

Although we have been so overwhelmed as to be unable to formulate our position, the current trend of “menticide” directed against citizens by the globally integrated AI systems controlled by the super-rich is an attack on the Constitution, and by extension, on the United States.

That is to say that a new role of intelligence must be to defend the ability of citizens to think, to serve citizens, and not to have their minds destroyed by pornography, video games, addictive apps, and the manipulative social media employed by dark forces to reduce them to passivity.

We must formulate a national and a global system to assure the accuracy of the information and to prevent its abuse that allows us to create a space for a regulated and public system for the control of information for the benefit of citizens that does not belong exclusively to multinational corporations, or to the rich. Current efforts funded by multinational corporations, directly or indirectly, to assert what is fake news have no legitimacy.

The question will be whether we can create, out of the ashes, new intelligence institutions that are “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Journalism will be a major part of this effort. The degradation of journalism over the last twenty years has been one of the most severe threats to national security. Much journalism today is a matter of opinion, with no application of the scientific method, no opportunity for alternative opinions, or for honest debate. Arguing that human activity does not impact the climate, that the Earth is flat, or that the Biden administration is Communist are allowed to pass without any scientific analysis.

The obvious answer for many is to intelligence out of journalism and to allow for a free press that is not force-feeding citizens the agenda of multinational corporations. Many citizens have rightfully demanded such actions and advanced powerful arguments for an end to this media puppet show.

There is another vision that deserves to be taken seriously, even if it seems counterintuitive at first glance. That is to argue that reformed intelligence agencies that represent the citizens and the Constitution should play a central role in the rebuilding of journalism in the United States and defending journalists.

Those who argue that intelligence should simply leave journalism alone are hopelessly naïve. Although it is certainly true that the influence of big money on intelligence, and on journalism, must be ended, we find ourselves in the midst of a hot information war on a global scale. Things may look peaceful for those sipping lattes at Starbucks, it is increasingly common for journalists who touch on sensitive topics to be threatened, or killed, around the world.

If we want to have journalism that presents accurate information in such a state of war, we must protect journalists and journals and make sure that they develop so as to fulfill their constitutional role.

In the current situation, it is necessary rather to rethink intelligence as a force that can fight for the integrity of information, and this transformation is possible.

It is not without risks, but nothing in war is without risks.

5. Moving Forward with True Intelligence Reform

We need to step back and take a new view of what the true challenges for the United States, its citizens, and the citizens of the Earth, are in this age of unprecedented technological change. We need to assure that that the United States has government agencies that provide the most accurate information possible to its lawmakers and to its citizens and that assures that the information in circulation is reliable. Such an institution does not exist now, even though it is desperately needed.

Such an institution can easily degenerate into a “Ministry of Truth” that suppresses the truth on behalf of the powerful. It does not have to follow that route, however.

In this age of fake news and massive mental manipulation, our citizens are subjected constantly to distorted information that are produced by the rich and powerful. The intelligence community which could protect them is assigned to an entirely different task and there is no other powerful institution to protect them.

The result is information anomy. The Internet is rapidly decaying into a ruthless jungle. Newspapers and TV news have degenerated into propaganda mouths.

It is essential that our citizens have accurate and objective sources for information about the world that assures stability in government policy and that will end the reliance of government officials on sensationalist media, or corrupt lobbyists, for information and analysis. True intelligence reform is not just about improving methodologies and policies, but about establishing a new vision for a healthy information ecosystem that makes its role critical to the wellbeing of all citizens. If done well, intelligence will no longer be a dirty word in our society.

(Korea IT Times, November 4, 2021)

Techno-Fascism and Facebook

Although Facebook is one of the rare places that you can actually exchange opinions with people around the world on serious issues, it is being used to slowly feed to us a new techno-fascist ideology and government structure wherein the rules are made in secret and then force-fed to us like natural law.

This recent set of required agreements with Facebook is typical of techno-fascism. I am required to agree to all of them if I want to use Facebook. The corporation will argue that I agreed to the contract, but in fact I was not given a choice. I was forced either not to be able to communicate, or to accept their fascistic rule.

The most important point is that Facebook became a monopoly illegally using public funds and also with the help of intelligence agencies. \

Facebook was able to borrow our money through the corrupt relationship of the Federal Reserve with the investment banks funding Facebook. It could never have grown without using our money. In other words, in a legal and institutional sense Facebook belongs to the citizens, not to Facebook Inc. because it was produced with our money, but without our consent in a fundementally illegal and unconstitutional manner.

Equally important, the FBI and other intelligence corporations have issued a variety of classified directives aimed at making it impossible to set up competitors or cooperative social networks that could displace Facebook. That whole practice was illegal from the start and is more than justification to seize all Facebook Inc. assets and give them to its users. The use of secret law passed by Congress to protect Facebook and grant it a monopoly is similiarly criminal and invalid. That is to say that Facebook belongs to the users, not the corporate investors.

Therefore, we assert that Facebook belongs to the users and to the taxpayers whose money was used to create it without their permission. We assert that we are legally and morally entitled to seize all Facebook assets.

Emanuel Pastreich

June 18, 2022

This issue is addressed in detail here:

Republic of Facebook

Declaration of Independence for the Republic of Facebook

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“The Constitution of Information” Technics and Civilization

Technics and Civilization, Session 6:

“The Constitution of Information”

June 6, 2022

Asia Institute seminar in cooperation with Korea IT Times

In 2016, Seungahn Nah and Deborah S. Chung discussed a “coexistence mechanism by which citizen journalism competes, collaborates, coordinates, and compromises with professional journalism through communicative action, such as mutual understanding, reason-based discussion, and consensus building” in International Journal of Communication. They analyzed OhmyNews Media in South Korea. Andearlier, Emanuel Pastreich, had written an article for the Hankyeoreh on a Constitution of Information where he states “We must come to terms with the current information revolution and take the first steps to form global institutions that will assure that our society, and our governments, can continue to function through this chaotic and disconcerting period.” In this discussion, I talk with Emanuel Pastreich about a Constitution of Information and how we are to come to some kind of intelligibility about the world today given technological disruption of smartphones and social media. What role can citizens as Netizens play in a democratic system?

Emanuel Pastreich, PhD is an East Asian scholar who is the director of the Asia Institute, Washington, D.C./Seoul and a former Humanitas Professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul.
Layne Hartsell, MSc, PhD is a board member at the Korea IT Times and is a research professor at the Asia Institute, Berlin/Tokyo in energy, economy, environment (3E) and at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

출처 : Korea IT Times(

“The Globalists have Launched a New Offensive against the Citizens of the Earth”

Global Research

“The Globalists have Launched a New Offensive against the Citizens of the Earth”

June 1, 2022

The Globalists have launched a new offensive against the citizens of the Earth, one that seeks, in the most devious manner, to pit us against each other by using culture, race, and habit to divide us so that we cannot form alliances, federations or even communities dedicated to taking down, and to taking apart, criminal syndicates like the World Economic Forum that have seized control of global governance, and, increasingly, are extending their control to national and to local government with a vengeance.

These shadow mercenaries of private equity have done so by bribing, and by intimating, the educated among us; the best and the brightest, who knew better took the thirty shekels, a handsome price, to cast a blind eye on evil in plain sight.

The current effort to create a “faux” world war between the imagined “West” on the one side and Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, on the other, while at the same time manipulating, and dominating, the economic and political systems of all those countries, of all the nations of the world, is a scheme both hideous and ingenious which is unprecedented in its scale.

But such plots for absolute domination are certainly not new in history, they just have never been launched using AI, supercomputers, CCTV cameras, 5-G, low-orbit satellites, drones, and a weaponized media-entertainment complex that knows not borders.

If you think that no one could be so evil, or so self-confident, as to try something on that scale, I have a sad tale to tell you.

The first step for creating a “false” world war consisted of the actions taken (still classified and inaccessible) to get Russia to invade the Ukraine.

We know for certain that this operation was long and complex and that it involved the United States, NATO members like Germany, and other nations, and also most likely involved factions within Russia itself.

Russia did not stand against the criminal agenda of the World Economic Forum and its shadowy backers. If anything, President Putin was a card carrying member of these global institutions. But the die was cast in Kiev, and now Russia is challenging the entire global governance system in response to this assault, starting with its withdrawal from the World Health Organization.

There is no space left for dialog; the nations of Europe, and Asia, starting with Germany and Japan, are radically increasing their military budgets and their domestic surveillance, and the number of nations with nuclear weapons could easily double over the next decade. So also, the total number of nuclear weapons could also double. In short, we face the reality of world war, even if the tricky politicians did not intend to go that far.

After the invasion of Ukraine came the lockdown of Shanghai by invisible forces, no doubt paid for by the billionaires.

Shanghai became a prison, the commandos using the bogus COVID -19 as an excuse to trap people in their homes and to threaten them with starvation.

A clear message was broadcast to the entire world.

Of course private equity and multinational corporations have owned Shanghai for decades. The difference this time was that everyone, except the superrich, were locked down.

The corporate media distorted the Shanghai story beyond recognition. The corporate media announced that it was not the parasitic billionaire class that took over Shanghai, but rather it was “leftism,” “socialism,” and above all the “Chinese Communist Party” that had blood on its hands.

The “Western” corporate media giddily describes how premier Li Keqiang is supporting local government and opposing COVID-19 lockdowns while President (chairman) Xi Jinping, who is now painted red as the “communist,” continues to push for totalitarian zero-tolerance policies.

Most likely Xi has been forced to take responsibility for these lockdowns instigated by globalists at home and abroad and Li is being set up as a heroic figure whom the West can work with—and falling under the sway of the globalists as they rush to cover their footprints.

Global finance created this nightmare in Shanghai, and then blamed it on socialism in order to convince the citizens of the United States, Great Britain and Japan, nations that are now fully owned by global finance, that they are free and that China is a communist dictatorship.

Any “socialist” system in which government plays the role of controlling global finance, redistributing wealth, or protecting working people is to be mocked and dismissed as a dictatorship.

Right-wing bloggers have put out reports and graphs that supposedly show how the advanced Caucasian nations of Europe, Australia and the United States are being targeted for population reduction in a deadly plot cooked up by the Asians.

It is doubtful that this war is against Caucasians, but it is entirely possible that the statistics, real or imagined, offered to support that perspective are circulated so as to make sure that class war is mistaken for a race war. That is what happened in the Second World War, after all. In fact, the United States has an old tradition of hiding class war behind race war that dates back to the 1850s.

Similar strategies are being employed in Iran, another official enemy of the “West.” Iran resisted the globalist assault better than most nations, but now it is advertised as the first country to require biometric IDs, that is digital passports, for the purchase of food.

The globalist operatives are pushing this policy on the poor and helpless as a means to draw Iran into the fold. It also is an opportunity for the anti-globalist right, those taking kickbacks from the globalists to attack globalism in a skewed racist manner, to claim that Iran is the enemy, that it is uniquely abusing its people in an unchristian manner.

Finally, there is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the one nation that held out for the longest time against the COVID-19 fraud and that refused to announce that any of its citizens had contracted this mythical disease, or to advocate for that medical weapon system of vaccines, social distancing, and masks.

Then, on May 12, 2022, North Korea’s head, Chairman Kim Jung-un, announced suddenly that there were cases of COVID-19, specifically the ridiculous variant omicron, in his nation. He declared that Pyongyang would be subject to a lockdown.

Like hyenas in heat, corporate newspapers jumped up and down over this fabricated crisis.

Before we knew what had happened, North Koreans were wearing silly masks and spraying useless and dangerous disinfectants everywhere.

North Korea is under attack by the same hidden forces that run the World Economic Forum and other globalist institutions that cater to the super-rich. North Korea was no utopia, but they were able to resist this takeover and now they can do so no longer. Most likely the decision makers in Pyongyang were threatened, and also were paid off. That is what has happened in every other nation.

Significantly, North Korea cracked down on COVID-19 at the same moment that South Korea relaxed mask requirements and ended vaccine passports for restaurants and shops. This course of events was no coincidence.

Predictably, the corporate media told us that these ideologically alien nations were oppressing their people with extreme COVID-19 measures, in contrast to the rational and democratic “West” that is opening up.

The plan is to project images of totalitarianism onto China, North Korea and Iran at the very moment that the billionaires are laying the foundations for techno-tyranny in the “Western” nations controlled by private technology firms from the United States, Germany, and Israel (and other nations) using CCTV cameras, geo-fencing, 5G and relentless targeted advertising via television, internet, school, or research institution.

That is to say that those nations that resisted neo-liberal ideas are described as the source of the resulting totalitarianism. To do so is an act of genius by the masters of propaganda.

The ensuing fog allows them to push on us digital currencies that can be shut down any time by the corporate state, smart cities and smart cars designed to make us prisoners in our homes, all subject to constant surveillance.

As Cindy Niles put it, “the path to hell is paved with sustainable development goals.”

That means we must stand with the citizens of Pyongyang, and of Shanghai, against the globalist takeover. We should never allow the billionaire’s narcissistic rhetoric to convince us to treat these fellow victims as aggressors.

We cannot beat the globalists unless we form alternative provisional governments at the local level while simultaneously forming an international, not “globalist,” alliance against corporate fascism.

The billionaires know that they are finished if we bring together like-minded people in all the nations of the Earth for a common purpose. They will pay any amount to confuse and divide us, threaten and bribe as many public figures as possible, to implement their radical restructuring of the Earth.

Reaching out to the citizens of the nations that have been intentionally branded as the enemy as part of the globalist plot is a critical strategy to shift the battle in our favor.

한국의 “사무라이 대통령” 윤석열 대통령의 예상치 못한 강점들


“한국의”사무라이 ‘대통령’ 윤석열 대통령의 예상치 못한 강점들”

2022년 6월 2일

최근 바이든 미국 대통령의 방문은 새로 취임한 윤석열 대통령(이하 윤석열)이 선거운동의 주요 주제였던 한미동맹에 대한 의지를 보여줄 수 있는 기회였습니다. 그러나 기술, 공급망, 그리고 미국에 대한 한국 투자에 대한 많은 논의는 윤석열 행정부가 단순히 미국 핵 자산을 더 많이 순환시키고 사드의 배치를 늘리는 것보다 더 큰 것을 염두에 두고 있음을 암시했습니다. 바이든 대통령의 삼성 공장 방문(현직 대통령 첫 방문)은 한국 정부가 안보의 모든 측면에 영향을 미치는 미국 정부가 더 이상 무시할 수 없는 유형 자산을 보유하고 있음을 분명히 보여줬습니다.

윤석열 대통령은 남다른 정치인이며 과소평가되어서는 안 됩니다. 국제관계 경험이 전무하고 서울대 출신으로 영어권 엘리트들과의 인맥이 한정적이며, 외국 고위 인사들의 발길이 전혀 닿지 않는, 배타적이고 자위적인 검찰청 내에서 권좌에 올랐던 인물입니다.

하지만 윤석열 대통령이 박진 외무장관(및 박 장관이 하버드 시절부터 워싱턴 D.C.에서 쌓은 인맥)에게 의존해야 한다 하더라도, 한국이나 일본, 북한이나 중국 어느 나라에도 없는 것이 그에게 있습니다. 조조나 도쿠(曹操)가와 이에야스(徳川家康)와 대등한 전략적 사상가인 것입니다. 즉, 상황을 빠르게 판단하고, 상대가 상상할 수 없었던 일격으로 대응하며, 교전 규칙을 스스로 만들 수 있는 자신감 있게 대응할 수 있는 사람입니다.

검사들은 큰 권력도 있고 친구와 가족을 위해 부를 축적할 수 있지만, 대통령이 될 수는 없고 지금까지 누구도 그런 적이 없습니다.

하지만 이번의 경우, 윤석열은 박근혜 전 대통령에 대한 탄핵을 이끌었고, 박 대통령의 상당한 정치적 자산에도 불구하고 그녀를 무너뜨리는 과정을 통솔해냈습니다. 그가 성공한 것은 보수 정치인들 사이의 분열을 이용하는 방법을 알아냈기 때문이지, 많은 정치적 지지자들이 있었기 때문은 아닙니다.

그러한 행보는 그로 하여금 문재인 정부의 충실한 종이 되도록 했지만, 윤석열은 다른 것들을 염두에 두고 있었습니다. 아마도 이미 당시부터 대통령직을 빼앗으려 하고 있었을 것입니다. 하지만 아무도 그에게서 이 계획에 대해 한 마디도 듣지 못했습니다.

2019년, 문 대통령이 윤석열을 검찰총장으로 임명하자마자 윤 총장은 총을 난사하며 (자신의 상사인!) 조국 법무부 장관에 총력을 기울였습니다. 결과는 어땠지요? 각종 비리 혐의로 조 장관은 사퇴할 수밖에 없었고, 문 대통령은 이에 대해 굴욕감을 느꼈으며, 진보진영은 어떤 일이 있어도 조 장관을 지켜내야 할 의무가 있다고 느낀 사람들과 조 장관의 비리를 인정하는 사람들로 사실상 갈라졌습니다.

윤석열은 완벽하게 이중 역할을 감당하며 자신의 상사를 무너뜨리고, 자신을 검찰총장으로 임명했던 대통령을 약화시키고, 이전에 자신을 혐오했던 보수파들 사이에서 지지를 얻을 수 있었습니다.

윤 검사가 밟아온 잘 나가는 서울대 출신들의 길은 보통 스스로를 풍요롭게 하는 데에는 좋은 길이지만, 이전의 모든 경우에 심각한 위험은 피하고 안전하게 행동하는 관료적 검사들을 배출했습니다.

반면에 윤석열은 모든 규칙을 어겼고, 결국 빠져나올 수 있었습니다. 그가 그만두었을 때, 여의도는 미무건조(無味乾燥)하고 어리석은 정치인들의 단체 간 전쟁으로 어지러웠습니다. 윤석열은 의기양양했습니다.

대통령 후보로 나오는 과정에서 윤석열은 문재인에 대한 복수를 갈망하는 보수층, 새로운 영광을 찾아 뇌사 상태의 당을 떠나려는 민주당 지지층, (바른미래당) 안철수 등 제3당 인사, 그리고 그 중심에 서고 싶어 하는 원희룡(전 제주지사 겸 한나라당 의원) 등 경쟁자들로 구성된 팀을 결집하는 지극히 창조적인 전략을 펼쳤습니다.

즉 윤석열은 국민의 힘당을 자신만의 당으로 만들었고, 당원당규를 정한 것입니다. 그는 정치계 제왕들에게 아첨하는 데 많은 시간을 보내지 않았습니다. 오히려, 방해가 되는 사람을 파괴할 수 있는 능력이 자신에게 얼마나 있는지 분명히 했습니다.

윤석열은 박근혜 지지자들로부터 미움을 받았고, 이는 그가 결코 보수 대통령 후보가 되지 못할 것이라고 보기에 충분했습니다. 따지고 보면, 박 전 대통령이 겪었던 부당함에 맞서 주말마다 광화문 광장에서 시위를 벌이던 옹호자들이 보수 정치 지형의 가장 강력한 요소였던 것입니다.

그런데도 윤석열은 해냈습니다. 심지어 당선 후인 4월에 박근혜를 만나 이러한 모든 “오해”에 대해 사과했습니다. 만약 박 대통령이 그로부터 상당한 것을 얻으리라고 생각하지 않았다면 그 만남은 결코 성사되지 않았을 것입니다.

윤석열이 좋은 사람인지, 좋은 대통령이 될 지조차 저는 모르겠습니다. 자신 있게 말할 수 있는 것은 동아시아에서 그 정도의 정교함을 가지고 활동하는 정치인은 없다는 것입니다.

표준적인 엘리트 정치인은 국회의 내부 깊은 곳에 자리를 지냈다는 혜택 없이는 주요 정치인들과의 일련의 전투 및 일시적인 휴전을 결코 감당할 수 없을 것입니다. 심지어 거의 불가능할 것입니다.

대부분의 검사들은 국회에서 위원회에 나가본 적이 없고, 영어를 유창하게 하지 못했으며, 고비를 넘기 위해 필요한 기업과의 연줄이 없었기 때문에 부족하다고 느낄 것입니다.

하지만 도쿠가와 이에야스와 매우 비슷한 다이묘형인 윤석열은 자신의 네트워크를 만드는 데엔 관심이 없었고, 오히려 다른 사람들의 네트워크를 장악하거나 서로 적대시하도록 만드는 데 관심이 있었습니다.

다이묘 외교

이것은 윤 대통령의 외교와 안보는 어떠할 것인가 하는 문제로 이어집니다. 물 밖으로 나온 물고기처럼 뒹굴 가능성이 충분히 있습니다. 그러나 아직 그런 일은 일어나지 않았습니다.

하지만 그가 큰 그림을 염두에 두고 윤석열 중심의 팬덤 정치를 피하면서 자신의 사회적 지위를 활용할 수 있기 때문에 순조롭게 잘할 가능성을 배제해서는 안 됩니다. 오히려 윤 대통령의 가장 큰 장점은 이미지에 대한 관심이 전혀 없고 권력 관계에 대한 끊임없이 집중하고 있다는 점입니다.

이는 그가 아시아의 지역 정치에서 중심적인 역할을 하는 데에 가로막힌 한국의 노력에 신선한 바람을 일으킬 것이라는 의미일 수 있습니다.

한국이 (제국주의 전통이 없는 나라로서) 아시아의 다른 나라들과의 독특한 관계 때문에 어떻게든 아시아 통합에 중추적인 역할을 할 것이라는 생각은 김대중 정부 때부터 논의된 주제이지만, 진전이 없었습니다. 끊임없이 반복된 것은, 한국의 가장 훌륭하고 가장 똑똑한 정치계는 아시아에서 전략적인 위치에 찾는 것보다 하버드 케네디 스쿨에서 자리를 차지하거나 자녀들을 하버드에 입학시키는 데에 더 관심이 있음을 보여줬습니다.

윤석열은 그런 면에서 전혀 다른 종류의 물고기일지도 모릅니다.

한 가지 확실한 것은, 아무에게도 자신의 카드를 보여주지 않고 있다는 것입니다.

하지만 그가 무엇을 할지 추측할 수 있고, 어쩌면 (도발적으로!) 제가 선을 넘을지도 모릅니다. 그리고 그가 무엇을 해야 하는지 제안할 수 있다는 생각이 떠오릅니다.

우선 미국과 보다 긴밀한 관계를 구축하겠다는 강한 의지를 맹목적인 의존이나 이념적 경직성으로 오해해서는 안 됩니다. 윤석열은 이념에 전혀 관심이 없습니다. 향후 일본, 러시아, 중국 및 다른 나라들과의 교류에서 미국과의 긴밀한 관계를 협상 카드로 쓰고자 할 것입니다.

이미 보수파 사이에 도 심지어 그다지 보수적이지 않은 정치인들도 있는데, 그들은 윤 대통령에게서 박근혜 탄핵 이후 심각하게 상실된 한국의 지정학적 자치권을 되찾을 가능성을 보고 있습니다.

한국은 능력과 상상력이 부족한 문재인 대통령의 통치 하에서 5년 동안 고통을 겪었습니다. 문 대통령은 언론으로부터 “종북,” “친중”이라고 비난받으면서도 실제로는 미국이 요구하는 것은 무엇이든 했고, 전례 없는 미국 무기 체제 구매를 선뜻 승인함으로써 국방 예산을 크게 늘렸습니다. 그 무기들의  용도에 대한 의문들도 많이 있습니다.

문재인은 스스로를 화이자나 블랙록과 같은 다국적 기업의 꼭두각시로 만들었습니다. 동시에 자신의 무능과 친미적 입장을 통해 중국을 반복적으로 불쾌하게 만들었습니다. 또한 북한에 역사적 돌파구로 팔린 (그리고 김정은이 전례 없는 타협을 한) 무의미하고 나르시시즘적인 평양 방문을 고집하여 (그리고 본질적으로 북한과의 모든 교류를 끝낸) 김정은에게 깊은 모욕감을 줬습니다. 문재인 전 대통령은 워싱턴에서 경멸당했던 미국의 종이자, 중국과 북한에 우호적인 사람이면서도 내부로부터는 배반자라는 인식으로 임기를 마쳤습니다. 대단한 성과였습니다.

바이든 정상회담에 이어 윤 대통령에게도 두 번의 기회가 있습니다.

첫 번째는 윤석열 정부가 한•미 ‘글로벌 포괄적 전략동맹’의 의미를 정확히 정의할 수 있다는 점입니다. 아마도 국회의 대부분의 정치인들은 이것을 더 많은 합동 훈련, 더 많은 무역 협정, 그리고 더 많은 무기 체제라는 관점에서 볼 것입니다. 그러나 전 세계에 걸친 한-미의 전략적 동맹의 목적은 여러 방향으로 향할 수 있습니다.

바이든 행정부나 미국 의회가 우크라이나와 세계보건기구 정상회의에 정신이 팔려 있는 것을 감안하면, 이 비전의 의미를 규정하는 사람은 바이든이 아니라 윤 대통령이 될 수 있습니다. 사실 이런 전략적 동맹에 대해 한국의 주류는 반중(反中)이라고 추측하지만, 본질적으로 반중(反中)일 필요는 없습니다.

두 번째 기회는 한국을 동아시아의 “축”으로 만드는 것입니다. 이 용어는 지금까지 모호하게 사용되었습니다.  윤 대통령은 그러한 기회를 활용할 수 있는 정치적 창의력을 가지고 있습니다.

한국을 조종하기 위한 전략 중 첫 번째는 쿼드, 즉 4자회담에 어떤 형태로든 참여하는 것입니다.

쿼드는 국제적 조직으로 성장하기 시작했고 아시아에서 꽤 중심적일 수 있습니다. 쿼드는 현재 미국, 일본, 호주, 인도로 구성되어 있고, 저는 워싱턴 쪽의 지나치게 애매한 전략적 사고의 결과물인 강대국들의 난잡함이라고 봅니다.

쿼드는 미국과 호주가 주도할 아시아 지역의 반중 NATO 같은 것의 토대라는 게 한국 정치인들의 공통된 해석입니다. 재원 마련을 위해 CEO들과 밤늦게까지 외박하다 아침에 한국 신문을 읽는 국회의원이라면 쿼드를 그렇게 볼 것입니다.

그러나 윤 대통령은 쿼드의 역동적이고 유동적인 본질을 파악해 한국에 유리하게 작용하도록 할 수 있는 기발한 사상가입니다. 예를 들어, 인도는 쿼드의 주요국이 되었고, 새로운 지정학적 공간에서 좋은 자리를 찾았습니다. 이는 미국의 명령을 따르기 때문이 아니라, 인도가 또한 브릭스(브라질, 러시아, 인도, 중국 및 남아프리카 공화국)이기 때문입니다. 브릭스(브라질, 러시아, 중국, 남아프리카 공화국)는 G-7과 NATO에 직접적으로 도전하는 신흥 전략 그룹입니다. 따라서 인도는 아시아 안보의 미래와 관련하여 문자 그대로 중심축이 되었습니다. 현재의 우크라이나 위기는 비록 모두에게 끔찍한 골칫거리이긴 하지만, 전 세계적으로 인도의 영향력을 증가시켰습니다.

한국이 쿼드에 속한다면, 인도의 기술, 문화, 금융 역량을 활용하여 전 세계의 전략적 네트워크 측면에서 돈을 벌 수 있을 것입니다. 현 시점에서 바이든 행정부가 러시아와 국내 갈등에 휩싸여 있는 한 쿼드가 단순히 바이든 행정부의 말을 따를 것이라고 볼 이유는 없습니다.

게다가, 비록 케빈 러드 총리 이후 호주가 반중 진영에 확고히 속해 있다고 보지만, 그것은 시작부터 추세에 대한 피상적인 파악이었습니다.

도쿄에서 열린 쿼드 회의를 불과 며칠 앞둔 지난 5월 21일 스콧 모리슨 총리가 노동당의 앤서니 알바니스 의원에게 패했을 때, 한국 언론이 밀어부치던 단순한 이론은 발칵 뒤집혔습니다. 알바니스는 비앵글로색슨계로 최초의 호주 총리가 되었을 뿐만 아니라, 중국계의 강력한 여성인 페니 웡을 외무장관으로 임명했습니다. 분명히 며칠 사이에 쿼드는 반중 군사동맹처럼 보이지 않고 있습니다.

그러면 인도가 브릭스 회원국 자격을 이용하여 쿼드의 판도를 높이고 스스로를 중심국으로 만들 수 있다면, 한국은 이 지정학적 체스판에서 어떻게 해야 할까요?

한국은 중앙아시아, 아프리카, 남미 등지에 인도보다 더 큰 영향력을 가진 광범위한 네트워크를 보유하고 있으며, 이러한 자산들은 똑똑한 대통령이라면 한국을 쿼드 및 동아시아의 중심 국가로 만들기 위해 활용할 수 있습니다.

인도는 그런 일을 해낼 기술, 재정상의 정교함, 또는 문화적인 힘을 세계 대부분의 지역에서 가지고 있지 않습니다. 모든 사업가들은 협상 테이블로 돈을 가져오지 않는 한, 인도에서는 아무 일도 일어나지 않을 것이라는 것을 알고 있습니다. 한국은 해외 네트워크에 훨씬 더 기꺼이 투자하려 합니다.

중앙아시아의 경우, 인도에 끌리는 모든 나라마다 인도의 간섭과 힌두 민족주의에 대해 경계하거나 지친 다른 나라가 있습니다.

한국은 인도의 브릭스 회원국만큼이나 가치 있는 특별한 관계가 있습니다. 한국 정부는 한중일 3국 정부가 공동으로 운영하는 유일한 기구인 3국 협력 사무국(TCS)의 본부입니다. 아베 정권에서는 TCS를 소홀히 했지만 최근 들어 더욱 강해진 TCS는 11년(쿼드보다 불과 4년 덜 된)의 역사를 갖고 있습니다.

한국이 쿼드, TCS, 그리고 다른 다자간 기구에서의 지위를 효과적으로 활용한다면, 각 지역과 세계에서 영향력을 크게 늘릴 수 있습니다. 역설적이게도, 한미 관계에 대한 스트레스는 대조적으로 한국이 더 큰 다자적 역할을 하는 결과를 낳을 수 있습니다. 무엇보다도 미국이 그렇게 할 수 없게 되었기 때문입니다.

윤석열 대통령은 성공할 것인가?

윤석열 대통령은 영어를 유창하게 구사하지 못하고, 워싱턴, 도쿄, NATO 그리고 다른 곳에 한국을 위한 길을 닦아줄 개인 네트워크를 가지고 있지 않을 수도 있지만, 그가 지금까지 보여준 전략적 사고는 국회나 외교부에서 거의 원어민에 가까운 영어를 구사하는 많은 사람들보다 한국의 자산을 효과적으로 사용할 수 있는 가능성이 훨씬 더 크다는 것을 암시합니다.

“Unexpected strengths of Korea’s “Sumurai President” Yoon”

Korea IT Times

“Unexpected strengths of Korea’s “Sumurai President” Yoon”

May 30, 2022

The recent visit of US president Biden was an opportunity for the newly-minted president Yoon Suk-yeol to demonstrate his commitment to the Korea-US alliance which had been a major theme in his campaign. However, the many discussions about technology, supply chains, and Korean investment in the United States suggested that Yoon and his team have something larger in mind than simply having more rotations to South Korea of American nuclear assets and increased deployments of THAAD. President Biden’s visit to a Samsung plant (first by a sitting president) made it clear that Seoul has tangible assets that Washington can no longer afford ignore which impact every aspect of security.

Yoon is a remarkable political figure and should not be underestimated. He is completely inexperienced in international relations, has a limited network among the English-speaking elites from Seoul National University, and he rose to power within the insular and self-protective prosecutor’s office that is never visited by foreign dignitaries.

But even if Yoon must rely on his Foreign Minister Park Jin (and his network in D.C. from Park’s time at Harvard), he brings to the game something that no other politician in Korea, and perhaps not in Japan, North Korea or China either, has: he is a strategic thinker on a par with Cao Cao and Tokugawa Ieyasu. That is to say, he is a man able to quickly assess the situation, to respond with a blow that his opponent had never imagined possible, and with the self-confidence to make up the rules of engagement himself.

Prosecutors can have great power and can make fortunes for friends and family, but they are not supposed to become presidents-and have never done so before now. But in this case, Yoon led the impeachment against former President Park Geun-hye and was able to set up a process that took her down in spite of her considerable political assets. He was successful because he figured out how to exploit fractures among conservative politicians, and not because he had a large political following of his own.

That move set him up to be a loyal servant in the Moon administration, which he could very well have become; but Yoon had other things in mind. Most likely he was already trying to snatch the presidency for himself from that time. But no one heard a word from him about this plan. 

As soon as President Moon appointed Yoon as prosecutor general in 2019, he went after Cho Kuk, the Minister of Justice (and his own boss!) with guns blazing. The result? Cho was forced to resign over various corruption charges, Moon was humiliated, and the progressives effectively split between those who felt obliged to support Cho no matter what and those who recognized Cho’s corruption.

Yoon was able to execute perfectly a double flip and to take down his boss, weaken the president who had appointed him as prosecutor general, and gain a following among the conservatives who previously detested him.

The insider path of the SNU graduate turned prosecutor that Yoon followed is normally a good path for enriching oneself, but in every previous case the prosecutor’s office has produced bureaucrats who are wary of taking serious risks and who play it safe.

Yoon, by contrast, broke all the rules, and he managed to come out sunny side up. When he was done, the political battle ground at Yeouido was littered with the bodies of dull and foolish politicians. Yoon stood triumphant.

In the process of setting himself as candidate for president, Yoon engaged in extremely creative strategy that brought together a “team of rivals:” conservatives longing for revenge on Moon, Democrats who were willing to leave their brain-dead party in search of new glory, and third party figures like Ahn Cheol-soo (Bareunmirae Party) An Chul-soo and Won Hee-ryong (former governor of Jeju and member of the grand National Party) who wanted to take the center stage.

That is to say that Yoon made the PPP (People’s Power Party) into his own creation, and laid down the rules for its members. He did not spend much time kissing the rings of political kings. If anything, he made it clear just how capable he was of destroying anyone who got in his way.

Yoon was hated by the supporters of Park Geun-hye, that was more than enough reason to assume he would never become the conservative candidate for president. After all, the defenders of Park, protesting in Gwanghwamun Square every weekend against the injustices she had suffered, were the strongest element of the conservative political landscape.

And yet Yoon pulled it off. He even met with Park Geun-hye in April, after his election, to say he was sorry for all those “misunderstandings.” That meeting would never have happened if Park did not believe she had something substantial to gain from it.

I do not know whether Yoon is a nice guy, or even whether he will a good president. What I can say with confidence is that I do not see any other politicians in East Asia operating with that level of sophistication.

The standard elite politician would never be able to pull off a series of battles, and temporary truces with the major politicians without the benefit of deep insider status in the National Assembly—and even then it would be near impossible.

Most prosecutors would feel so insufficient because they had never been on a committee in the national assembly, did not speak English fluently, and lacked the connections to corporations necessary to get them over the hump.

But Yoon, a Daimyo figure much like Tokugawa Ieyasu, was not interested in developing his own networks, but rather in taking over, or setting against each other, the networks of others.

Daimyo Diplomacy

This leads us to the question of what diplomacy and security under Yoon might be like. It is entirely possible that he was flop around like a fish out of water. And yet that has not happened yet.

But we should not rule out the possibility that he will do swimmingly well because he is able to make use of his social status while at the same time keeping the big picture in mind and avoiding a Yoon-centered cult of personality. If anything, Yoon’s greatest strength is his complete lack of interest in his image and his unrelenting focus on power relations.

That could mean that he will bring a breath of fresh air to Korea’s stymied efforts to play a central role in Asian regional politics.

The idea that somehow South Korea will play the pivotal role in Asian integration because of its unique connections with other nations of Asia (as a country with no imperialist tradition) is a topic that has been tossed around since the administration of Kim Dae-jung, but it has not taken off. Over and over again, the best and the brightest of Korea’s political system proved to be more interested in an appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School, or in getting their kids into Harvard, than they were in South Korea’s strategic positioning in Asia.

Yoon might be an entirely different species of fish.

One thing is certain, Yoon is not showing his cards to anyone. But we can speculate as to what he might do, or maybe even cross the line (naughty naughty!) and suggest what he should do, these thoughts come to mind.

To start with, the strong commitment to building up a closer relationship with the United States should not be mistaken for blind reliance or ideological rigidity. Yoon has zero interest in ideology. It could very well be that he wants to assert the close relationship with the United States as a bargaining chip in future exchanges with Japan, China and other nations.

There are already conservatives, and even some not so conservative thinkers, who see in Yoon the potential for regaining geopolitical autonomy for South Korea that was grievously lost after the Park impeachment.

Korea suffered for five years under the rule of an incompetent and unimaginative president Moon Jae-in who was lambasted by the press as being pro-North Korea and pro-China while in reality he did whatever Washington demanded, and raised the defense budget by readily endorsing the unprecedented purchases of American weapons systems—many of questionable utility.

Moon made himself a puppet of multinational corporations like Pfizer and Blackrock. At the same time, he (the pro-China politician!) managed to repeatedly offend China through his incompetence and his pro-Washington stance. He also deeply insulted Kim Jung-un (and ended essentially all exchanges with North Korea) when he insisted on a pointless narcissistic visit to Pyongyang that was sold to the DPRK as a historic breakthrough (and for which Kim Jung-un made unprecedented compromises) but turned into a PR stunt for himself that offered no future plan whatsoever. Moon ended his term as a lackey of the US who was despised in Washington and as a man who was supposedly friendly with Beijing and Pyongyang who was perceived by insiders in those two capitals as a double-crosser. It was a remarkable achievement.

There are two opportunities for Yoon following the Biden summit.

The first is that the Yoon administration can define exactly what the ROK-US “Global Comprehensive Strategic Alliance” will mean. Perhaps most politicians in the National Assembly see it in terms of more joint exercises, more trade agreements, and more weapons systems. But the purpose of a strategic alliance between South Korea and the United States spanning the globe could be taken in any number of directions.

Granted that the Biden administration, and the US Congress, are distracted by Ukraine and the World Health Organization’s summit, it could well be Yoon, and not Biden, who defines the meaning of this vision. In fact, such a strategic alliance does not have to be inherently anti-Chinese, although the mainstream in Korea may assume that it is.

The second opportunity is making South Korea into a “pivot” in East Asia—a term used in a vague manner so far.  Yoon has the political creativity to exploit such an opportunity.

First among strategies for getting South Korea in the driver’s seat is to join the Quad, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, in some form or another.

The Quad is starting to gel as an international institution and could be quite central in Asia. The Quad currently consists of the United States, Japan, Australia and India and is, in my opinion, a hodgepodge of powerful nations that is the result of overly fuzzy strategic thinking on the part of Washington.

The common interpretation by Korean politicians is that the Quad is the foundation of something like an anti-China NATO in Asia that will be led by the United States and Australia. If you are a national assembly member who reads the Korean newspaper in the morning after staying out late with CEOs to raise funds, then that is what the Quad sounds like.

But Yoon is precisely the out-of-the-box thinker who may grasp the dynamic and fluid nature of the Quad to South Korea’s advantage. For example, India has become the major player in the Quad, and has found its sweet spot in that new geopolitical space, NOT because it follows orders from Washington, but rather because India is also a member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) a rising strategic group that challenges both the G-7 and NATO directly. Thus India has made itself into a literal pivot with regards to the future of security in Asia. The current Ukraine crisis, although a terrible headache for everyone, has also increased India’s influence around the world.

If South Korea were in the Quad, it most certainly could give India a run for the money in terms of its strategic networks around the world, if it took advantage of its capacity in technology, culture and finance. There is no reason to assume at this point that the Quad will simply follow what the Biden administration says as long as that administration is swamped with Russia and domestic conflicts.

Moreover, although it was assumed that Australia after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was firmly in the anti-China camp, that was a superficial reading of the trends from the start.

When Prime Minister Scott Morrison was defeated by Labor Party’s Anthony Albanese on May 21, just days before the Quad meeting in Tokyo, the simplistic narrative pushed by the Korean media was turned upside down. Not only is Albanese the first prime minister of Australia who is not Anglo Saxon, he appointed as foreign minister Penny Wong, a powerful woman of Hakka Chinese extraction. Most certainly the Quad, in the course of a few days, is looking less and less like an anti-Chinese military coalition.

So if India can use its membership in BRICS to up the ante in the Quad, and make itself the central player, what might South Korea bring to the geopolitical chessboard?

South Korea has extensive networks in Central Asia, Africa, South America and elsewhere that have greater impact than those that India offers and those assets could be used by a smart president to make South Korea the central player in the Quad, and in East Asia.

India does not have the technology, the financial sophistication, or the cultural power in much of the world to pull that off. Any businessman knows that unless you bring money to the table, nothing is going to happen with India. Korea is much more willing to invest in its overseas networks.

In the case of Central Asia, for every country that is drawn to India there is another that is wary, or weary, of Indian meddling and Hindu nationalism.

South Korea has one special relationship that is as valuable as India’s membership in BRICS that could make the difference: Seoul is the headquarters of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, the only organization run jointly by the governments of South Korea, China and Japan. Although TCS (Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat) was neglected under the Abe administration, it has grown stronger recently, and has a history of eleven years (just a four years younger than the Quad).

If South Korea effectively makes use of its role in the Quad, in TCS, and in other multilateral organizations, it could greatly increase its influence in the region and the world. The stress on US-ROK relations, ironically, could well result in Korea playing by contrast a greater multilateral role precisely because the United States is increasingly unable to do so.

Can Yoon pull it off?

Yoon may not be a fluent speaker of English, and he may not have the personal networks in Washington, Tokyo, NATO and elsewhere that would smooth the way for South Korea, but the strategic thinking he has displayed so far suggests that he has a much greater chance of using Korea’s assets effectively than many near-native speakers of English in the Foreign Ministry of the National Assembly.





(Emanuel Pastreich)


亚洲研究所 理事长

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正如辛迪·奈尔斯(Cindy Niles)所说:“通往地狱的道路上铺的是可持续发展目标。”



要打败全球主义分子,我们必须在各个地方创办起全新的临时性政府,同时建立有别于“全球主义”组织的, 以为人民为重的“国际主义”联盟,全力抵御企业法西斯主义。










The tale of the leopard, the mama monkey and the baby monkey

The release of the monkey pox scam for global consumption over smart phones via Facebook comes precisely at the moment that global finance is implementing its plans to further undermine global governance, and local governance, by coopting all leadership and by destroying the minds of the citizens. This photograph represents perfectly the plight of the local citizen, lulled to sleep by false narratives for years, now waking up to a horrible reality but left with no options but to cling to dead, or dying, institutions like governments, universities, and newspapers. This is the consequence of infantalization at a national and global level.

How to Stop the Next Pandemic?

Yes, I have some good ideas about how to prevent the next pandemic. The medical procedure is quite systematic and clear. First you seize the assets of the central individuals in private equity, in major pharacetical corporations, and in big tech who are leading the effort. Once they can no longer use their money, bring charges against them and imprison them after the entire story has been made public.

Then you declassify all the psychological operations and interference/disinformation programs involved.

After that, I suggest taking a lot of vitamin C, avoiding processed foods, and getting plenty of sleep.

바른 눈을 가진 한국인이 꿈꾸는 국혼(國魂)

Korea IT Times

“바른 눈을 가진 한국인이 꿈꾸는 국혼(國魂)”

 2022년 5월 2일 

임마누엘 페스트라이쉬

국가의 격이 높아지고 경제발전이 급격히 부상한 대한민국에 대해 필자는 외국인으로서 매우 복잡한 감정을 갖게 된다. 최근 서양 문명이 갈수록 사양(斜陽) 길에 접어드는 것을 보면서 동양문명, 특히 활기찬 많은 한국의 위대한 정신문화속에서 새로운 영감과 새로운 가치관을 찾는다. 한국의 전통 사상과 철학은 서양문명과 대체 할수 없는 특별한 가치가 있기 때문이다.

아편전쟁 이후 지구의 보편적인 기준으로 간주 되어온 서양문명은 과학, 인문학, 행정 외교안보 분야에서 위상이 많이 퇴색됐다. 어느 언론에서도 과거 서양의 권위를 읽기가 어렵다. 이러한 변천속에서 필자는 보물처럼 숨겨진 한국인들의 철학과 미학, 행정학 등 건전한 정신과 생활 습관을 체험하고있다. 하지만 정작 한국인들은 그들의 성숙한 국혼을 제대로 활용하지 못하고 있다. 한국은 오히려 역방향으로 가고 있는 것 같다. 많은 한국인들은 맥도날드와 스타벅스가 표상하는 서양의 표면적인 소비 문화에 집착하는데 비해 한국의 전통문화와 미래는 고민하지 않는다.

왜 한국인들은 한국인만의 큰 희망이자 미래의 산물인 전통문화를 무시하는가? 한국이 보유하고 있는 고유하고 질 높은 전통 문화는 바로 미래를 증명하는 새로운 희망이다. 하지만 그들 자신의 발밑에 켜진 등불은 보지못하고 멀리 보이는 썩은 서양문화, 광적인 소비문화에 매력을 느끼는지 불가사의한 일이다.

물론 국제공동어로 정착된 영어사용은 편리성이 우세하고 과학은 지난 300년 동안 대단한 업적을 세웠으니 그 전통을 버리면 안 된다. 그러나 시간의 바퀴는 서양의 과학과 교육, 그리고 외교안보 여러면에서 붕괴를 보이는 길로 접어들었다.

한국인들이 주체성을 급히 회복하지 못하면 급속히 재편되는 문화의 소용돌이 시대에 상당한 위험과 비극을 초래할 수 있다. 지난 60년 동안 빠르게 성장한 경제발전 속에서 한국인들은 높은 교육수준과 과학기술 업적이 놀랄만하다. 특히, 한국은 세계적으로 치안이 좋고 생활수준이 높아 외국인들의 부러움을 사는 나라중 하나다. 그럼에도 불구하고  한국 지식인들은 한국전통문화에 대한 긍정적인 태도보다는 여전히 서양문화를 무조건 모방만 한다.

고대부터 20세기까지 한국의 우수한 전통을 재평가 하는 한국 지식인이 누가 있는가?  “중국은 역사상 한국의 일부였다” 를 출간한 역사학자 심백강 박사를 제외하고는 어느 누구도 찾기 힘들 것 같다. 그 이유는 부족한 교육수준의 문제가 아니다. 한국 만큼 미국의 하버드대 박사들이 많은 나라는 미국 빼고 없다. 한국의 미래를 제대로 생각하지 못하는 이유는 주체성의 문제이다. 국혼이 바로 서지 않는다면 아무리 교육 수준이 높다하더라도, 기술이 발전하더라도 한국이 나침판 없는 배처럼 나라는 제대로 방향을 잡기 어려울 수 있다. 그래서 반도체 개발 투자보다 한국의 보물인 전통을 찾고 바른 국혼을 잡는 것이 한국의 미래 발전의 필수 조건이다.

한국은 미국 헌법의 문헌을 모방했지만 정치철학과 건국정신 파악이 중요했다.

미국은 한국인들의 향수다. 그러나 미국의 투명한 정치 및 합리적인 행정은 이제 많이 쇠태 했다. 필자가 보기에 한가지 미국이 성공적인 기반을 구축한 것은 헌법이다. 한국도 미국 헌법을 모방했다. 그런데 미국 헌법의 성립 과정을 생각 해보자. 독립전쟁이 끝난 다음, 1787년에 몇 명의 애국정신을 갖고 있는 지식인들이 겨우 2주간 한방에 모여서 뜨거운 논쟁을 하면서 새로운 나라를 위한 제헌회의를 열었다. 그러나 250년 동안 미국의 나침판 역할을 한 미국 헌법은 그 20명들의 상상으로 만든 것이 아니다. 고대부터 서양의 정치철학, 특히 플라톤, 아리스토텔레스, 키케로 등 고대 그리스 및 로마 철학가 사상과 행정을 참고로 가장 우수한 사례를 고대 정치 전통에서 발췌해서 헌법으로 제정한 것이다.

미국 헌법은 그 후 프랑스 혁명을 비롯해서 전 세계에 큰 영향을 미쳤다. 그런데 지금 한국인의 태도를 보자. 당시의 미국하고 반대의 모습을 보인다. 특히 대한민국이 1987년 헌법을 준비했을 때, 미국 헌법 그 문헌을 모방한 것 같다. 잘 모방한 것도 아니고, 결과는 미국 헌법 정도도 안되는 헌법을 만들어 냈다. 만약 한국이 미국 헌법을 배우려면, 그들의 콘텐츠 자체를 모방하는 것보다는 한국과는 다른 서양 문화에서 정치철학을 기초로 한 그 당시의 미국 건국 정신을 파악하고 그 건국의 방식을 배우는 것이 더 큰 의미가 있을 것이다.

즉 대한민국 또는 통일 한반도가 한국의 고대부터 근대까지 위대한 정치철학, 각 왕조의 우수한 행정 사례, 그리고 중국 고대 정치철학을 깊이 생각해서 그 문화와 역사의 흐름을 바탕으로 한국에 맞는 새로운 행정 방법을 찾고 새로운 한국의 정신을 세우면 된다. 한국의 전통과 국혼을 활용하고, 서양 전통도 일부 활용해서 한국인들이 휼륭한 헌법을 세우면 국민들 한테 많은 희망을 주고 전 세계에서 모범국가의 사례를 만들수도 있다.

한국인들은 그런 새로운 헌법 준비가 충분히 가능하다. 물론 쉬운 것이 아니지만 한국 전통에 도움이 되는 콘텐츠가 있다. 한국인들도 충분히 그런 제헌 회의를 할수 있는 능력도 있다. 문제는 아무리 하버드대학의 박사학위 소지자가 많아도 한국인들이 한국의 역사, 문화 습관 및 정치철학을 모르고 또한 알려고 노력도 하지 않기때문에 어려워진다.

아무리 서양의 문화가 썩어서 붕괴되더라도 한국인들은 나라의 미래를 한국의 과거 역사에서 찾을 생각을 못한다. 세계적으로 보기 드물게 급속히 발전한 한국의 맹점이 바로 여기 있다. 이제는 “국혼이 바로 선 나라-한국” 이라는 자부심을 구축할 때가 왔다. 돈, 예산의 문제 아니다. 교육 기술의 문제도 아니다. 기하급수적으로 해체되는 서양, 미국, 호주, 유럽의 문화, 행정제도를 보자. 한국이 잘못된 서양의 사례를 따라하면 절대 안 된다는 교훈을 받을것이다. 한국만의 전통 문화 자부심을 세울 시간이 얼마 남지 았았다.

필자는 미국인으로 한국에서 살고 있다. 외국인의 눈으로 보이는 느낌은 지금 한국인의 의식은 명나라 말기 조선왕조 그 시대의 한국인 하고 비슷한 점이 많다. 임진왜란 이후 수 많은 명나라 지식인들은 조선으로 왔다. 그만큼 중국 국내의 제도 붕괴와 정치 싸움이 심했다.

그런데 당시 한국인들은 명나라의 심각한 상태를 잘 파악 못했다. 왜냐하면 명나라의 문화, 명나라 철학, 명나라 과학기술의 표준 등이 한국 국내에서 항상 모범이 되었기 때문에. 명나라의 위기는 아무리 심하더라도 눈에 안 보였다. 많은 조선시대의 지식인들은 명나라는 영원히 변하지 않고 또 같이 있을 것이라고 생각했다.

그런데 역사에는 300년 가는 왕조는 많지 않다. 항상 나라의 제도가 발전 할때도 있고 후퇴할 때도 있어 반복되고 있다. 이제 미국, 그리고 유럽은 명나라하고 비슷하게 내려가는 길로 접어들었다. 물론 그 과정은 오래 걸릴수 있지만, 한국인들은 좀더 빨리 그 사실을 파악하고 한국의 본질적인 철학 및 정신부터 찾아서 한국이 무엇인지를 깊이 고민하고 한국의 오래된 역사속에 존재 하는 미래 도전의 해결방법을 발견하면 한국의 진정한 성공은 가능할 것이다.