The Curious Case of Intermittent Escalation
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This piece is the first entry in the ongoing Badlands Media China series. There is a link to the follow-up at the end of the article.
Perspective is a strange thing.
While there will likely always be a certain contingent of the so-called ‘Truth Community’ prone to fear-mongering, blackpilling and general dooming, those of us who adopt a more Macro view of ongoing events, from Actual to Potential/Narrative tend to see the game board with a more optimistic bent.
In zooming out to take in and project the net effects of Narrative Deployments from political apparatus’ to Mass Media, one can better engage with and discern the intent behind such Narratives.
Lately, I have not been alone in arguing that I feel we are on the verge of a Crisis Cascade as we enter the chaotic sociopolitical waters approaching the rocky shallows of the 2022 Midterm Elections, undoubtedly one of the most important election cycles in recent American history. From raging consumer inflation and an engineered economic crash to the escalating and accelerating hot and cold/energy war raging in the east between Russia and the proxy forces of NATO and the Western powers that would be, it seems that all the world is a stage at present, and we’re in the Second Act, which tends to feature rising narrative tension en route to a series of escalating climaxes.
That said, where I differ from some is in furthering the argument that this Crisis Cascade, while unpleasant for freedom-minded citizens the world over to weather will ultimately be a good thing, providing both the opportunity to shake the Collective Mind and our fellow citizen sleepers from their surface-level endorsement of the agreed-upon programming and the opportunity for the powers that will be—the powers that we install on both a State and National level—to rebuild new sovereign systems, from the financial to the international out of the ashes of the old.
One of the implied crises that seems to be resurfacing of late is the ongoing tensions between China and Taiwan, and by extension, between China and the western hegemony that ruled the Globalist order relatively unchallenged until the timely—and coordinated, in my view—intervention of Vladimir Putin in Russia.
(For more on my thoughts on the Russian theater in the ongoing war between Globalism and Sovereignty, consider checking out the Righteous Russia series.)
Chinese tensions with the United States are nothing new. Trump himself engaged with this narrative and helped to enflame it during his time in office, from repeated warnings about China’s implied encroachment onto Taiwanese sovereignty to his infamous—and highly effective—trade war targeting Chinese supply chains, and—perhaps more to the point—U.S. conglomerates grown fiscally fat selling out American interests to the perceived root of communist power in the east.
I plan to dive into the enigmatic Chinese theater in greater detail in my next piece for Badlands Media, but for now, I want to highlight that the China-Taiwan narrative is re-entering the Collective Mind along with so many other converging narratives as of late, and this is a narrative that—much like Russia-Ukraine—has been continuously seeded by Trump after he voluntarily relinquished the public levers of power and ostensibly devolved the U.S. role of Commander-in-Chief while other objectives could be actioned in this Fifth-Generation Psychological War.
While the surface-level narrative impact of having two simultaneous conflicts between eastern superpowers and plucky ‘sovereign’ underdogs is juicy in and of itself, I believe most in this community see through the fog and attempt to parse the actual intent behind these deployments, especially when they have been forewarned by one of the great truth-tellers of our time.
In a recent post on Truth Social, I put forth the following Macro reading as to just why this China-Taiwan Narrative—and possibly Actual—event is interesting, especially in light of its timing:
Add this to the fact that President Xi Jinping has recently threatened kinetic action in Taiwan, perfectly mirroring Trump’s recent assertions, and the world is being prepped for yet another escalation in global tensions while the one man that could ostensibly mandate calm and stability is away from the aforementioned public levers of power, all the while a dementia patient occupies the White House set along with his handlers, on one side or the other.
Personally, I am far beyond the realm of coincidence when it comes to parsing these parallel deployments by ‘our side’ and ‘theirs,’ which leads me to a somewhat-positive reading of this ratcheting Taiwan Straight tension.
That said, it’s important to note that the Taiwan situation has been escalating and seemingly de-escalating so much on its own as to give Narrative Whiplash even to Anons, many of whom were expecting the situation to ‘go hot,’ in August, on the back of Nancy Pelosi’s contentious and highly controversial visit to the island.
We might have been wrong on the timing, but when you revisit the August narratives from the perspective of the Media Industrial Complex and the Collective Mind of American Society, the people came away from these ‘scares’ largely with the reading that the powers that would be are not only incapable of making rational decisions in light of active global superpowers, but that their seeming attempts to circumvent the ripple effects that could spill out of the eastern theater could be the very actions to kick off a catastrophic series of consequences the likes of which the United States has not seen in some time, either at home or abroad.
Since I’m not shy about my relatively renegade reading of the Russia-Ukraine ‘war,’ I will be direct in my view of a potential China-Taiwan ‘hot’ situation, and that is simply that, if it does happen, it will have done so with the tacit approval and foreknowledge of American patriots.
While I firmly believe there are two China’s, just as I believe there is an American contingent of patriots and an ‘American’ faction of Deep State operators, and while I cannot pretend to be capable of penetrating the Chinese theater with enough depth and clarity to suss out who is whom on that side of the game board, the allusions between Taiwan and Ukraine are too obvious and numerous to count, just as the timing of Xi’s escalatory rhetoric in the aftermath of Putin’s imply some level of coordination, for better or worse.
Given that I personally view Taiwan as one of a number of strategically-significant proxy states for Globalist interests, from the EU to NATO, and a technological power house supplying the largest companies in the American Oligarchy with their cheap means of production and labor, the common reading of the island nation as an innocent and ‘Democratic’ bystander on the world stage is seriously lacking to me.
That said, Taiwan’s standing in the Collective Western Mind as an underdog in keeping or even exceeding the psychological mapping of Ukraine should not be discounted, and in fact, I believe it will be essential to getting the ‘Normie’ audience to engage with this complex theater on a much more active level than they would otherwise.
As I often argue at Burning Bright, in order to ‘defeat’ a psychological enemy in a Fifth-Generation War, you need not convince them to adopt your paradigm right away; you need only engineer a series of exposures and contradictions to their own paradigm to force them to disengage with it.
In this way, the bulk of American society can view China as flatly evil and Taiwan as flatly good and courageous, while understanding at a base level that, were the ‘Orange Man’ still in the highest office in the land, it is highly unlikely that global players such as Putin and Xi would be making the moves they have been—moves that may simultaneously serve to undermine Globalist hegemony while providing Trump with the public mandate to retake a more active and public role in the rebalancing of sovereign—and American—power on the world stage.
I often employ what I call ‘Bicameral Thinking’ when it comes to analyzing otherwise-obscured narratives in this Strange War. Therefore, it is worthwhile to follow the Media Industrial Complex reading of the China-Taiwan situation to its logical conclusions:
Herein, we can see how tensions going ‘hot’ in Taiwan could serve Globalist agendas, providing a convenient excuse for the US to get embroiled in yet another proxy war that serves to simultaneously distract Americans from Domestic controversies—of which there are and will be many to come—and Crises, while serving as the means to continue propping up the flagging Military Industrial Complex that has been bleeding profits since Trump’s Doha Agreement was fulfilled by the Devolved Biden Administration in the wake of the optically-disastrous Kabul Withdrawal.
That said, I believe patriots in the west along with enigmatic allied sovereigns in the east have engineered a Reverse Hegelian Dialectic on these Controllers, wherein [their] engineered and seeded Narratives ultimately serve to undermine their own ends and their own paradigm.
After all, Ukraine’s standing as the decades-long piggybank of the Western elite has never been more in focus than it is today, in the wake of nearly a year of exhaustive and contradictory propaganda meant to hide that very fact. This is to say nothing of the ongoing reveals of and defense for Nazi-aligned Azov forces ostensibly fighting for ‘global democracy’ atop carefully-curated CNN chyrons and over looped videogame cinematic footage of dastardly Russian assaults and amidst retracted and debunked reports of Russian war crimes.
Should the China-Taiwan situation go ‘hot’ in the coming weeks or months, I believe we will see a mirror of the Russia-Ukraine deployment, which was seeded and predicted publicly and controversially by Donald Trump during his time in office and, increasingly during his time occupying the most amplified and respected political peanut gallery in history as he jeers and highlights the repeated failures of his would-be replacement, while being shielded by any potential fallout of a global rebalancing that could be underway in the east.
Certainly Crises such as the EU Energy Crisis and the impending crash of the US financial system were warned about by Trump in prescient (almost planned) detail, but even those observations pale in comparison to his stated warnings on Russian and Chinese aggression and boldness.
It’s no secret that I personally do not buy into the idea of Putin and Xi being ‘bad.’ In fact, I argue quite the opposite around these parts. But from a narrative perspective, Russia and China offer just about the most formidable pair of allies to each other and adversaries to the western hegemony since the Axis powers in World War 2.
What greater enemy to be compared against. What greater war to win?
What greater peace to be achieved.
(Have you recognized the Narrative Seeding for that last point?)
And that last point is where I see things going: no matter what happens with the current escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait, I agree with Just Human’s take that, whatever comes, the Biden Admin—and the collective west, by proxy—will be made to look utterly foolish, while Donald Trump will continue to look like a borderline prophet by comparison.
The establishment doesn’t know what to do with the China-Taiwan narrative, because patriots have caught them in a Hegelian death loop in the Collective Mind. The American public does not want war, which they believe will result if the west appears ‘weak’ to leaders such as Xi and Putin. The American public also does not want to be seen as ‘losing’ should any conflict go kinetic.
It’s quite the Chinese Finger Trap for the current establishment to be caught in, wouldn’t you say, especially if certain theories followed by this audience hold true, and the true levers of power in the West reside far outside of the poisoned grip of the DC Swamp at present?
(But then, none of you have heard of the Devolution Theory, have you?)
What an interesting time for Donald Trump to be on the sidelines.
Shielded from criticism. Shielded from the optics chains of Administrative power … and yet, ready and waiting to step in, should the public demand it.
Until next time, stay Positive, stay Based and most importantly … stay Bright.
Continue on to ‘Tigers and Flies,’ the follow-up to this piece on the Chinese theater in the Shadow War.
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