Economist Michael Hudson can give you some background in this article
And this one
I recently read a brief, easy-to-read piece on Dr.Mercola's website detailing economist Patrick Wood's genealogy of technocracy
. I think that this piece is quite important in adding another dimension to Hudson's analysis above. Hudson appears to be making quite a firm distinction between the Chinese and American economic models - the former based on industrial production, and the latter based on fiscal parasitism. So far, so good.
What is worthwhile in the Mercola article is the brief history of technocracy - how the technocratic elite, drawing inspiration from Henri Saint-Simon, expanded during Operation Paperclip, publicly organized in the Trilateral Commission during the Jimmy Carter era, and also boosted their political clout during Obama's administration, when he appointed 11 Trilateral Commission drones to various high positions. Then there's the WEF as its current operational face.
Like Charles Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities", so we have Hudson's "Tale of Two Systems". In Dickens' tale, the story is set in the context that lead to the French Revolution, and the Reign of Terror. This is a point that Hudson misses - his "Tale of Two Systems" falls a bit flat, because I don't see him offering a warning about the Great Reset, technocracy, etc, in the same way Corbett or Austin-Fitts or Engdhal do. It's hard to tell if Hudson suspects that we're in for another Reign of Terror.
One reason may be that Hudson (and others) see the industrial-production system of China with rose-coloured glasses, contrasted to America crawling with financial parasites. And the whole rest of the BRI is seen in the same pleasant light. Maybe the BRI is objectively the better of the two options... in the same way drinking fluoride may be better than drinking hemlock. If I were to be entirely honest, this BRI thing looks and smells a lot like Hopium. And maybe new territory being prepared for yet another culture war similar to that of Capitalism vs. Communism.
The crucial point is that both systems are liable to be recruited into a technocratic regime. This is a main point that I haven't seen meaningfully discussed by Matthew Ehret, Pepe Escobar, or other Belt-and-Road-Initiative commentators. That's why I've started to think of it as Hopium. If there is an all-powerful Consortium, there's no reason why they couldn't (again) seed two conflicting economic/ideological modes, in the same way they were most likely responsible for fomenting the Capitalism/Communism conflict. Both were obviously control systems with psychopaths at the helm. When you give someone an option to believe in and pledge allegiance to this form of subservience or that, the supposed choice (called Freedom) functions to hide what it is in truth - slavery.
Let's say the BRI is successful. The New Silk Road is complete! Rejoice! But rather than a return to the gritty romance of the horse-and-buggy days, most optimistically described as a Promethean sense of humans rising together, The New Silk Road will be laid with silicone and lithium, hooked irredeemably to IoT, fried by 5G, tabulated by Central Bank Digital Currency, brainstormed by algorithm, every carbon-dioxide exhalation tracked in a sustainable development database of guilt, pumped full of new genetic manipulation tech in food and medicine, policed using drones and thoughtcrime social credit systems and robocops, and population data harvested, bought, and sold, like the new Oil. In fact, it's looking more and more like just another 'horse' that a certain sector of the PTB is betting on.
It will be very interesting to see if the energies unleashed by the BRI will be frozen, quite literally, by what's to come. Or if the Consortium will pack its bags and move to Beijing, in the same way they moved from their seat in the British Empire and moved shop to America when the time was ripe. Or will their 'ship' get hit with The Wave mid-move?
I admit, I was huffing the BRI Hopium for a while there, because I've been thinking about John Nash, game theory, and STS economics, the results of which are clear in a global sense. I was reading into the BRI and thinking of it as a viable alternative. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. I honestly don't have the understanding of history, geopolitics or even plain old economics to make such a claim. But it got me thinking - where can we look for a good example of STO economics? Is there one, even just one, that existed? For instance, on the scale of civilization, or a city-state? Is Caesar's reign the best we have? Or is there another that hasn't been disappeared into the memory hole of history? Or is it a bit too optimistic to expect such a thing in 3D, after the Fall?
"I'm going to talk a little bit about politics with you. I know about communism. I too was a communist. There's no education, no authority in communism. They do not recognize it. Authority is not permitted. Everybody must be equal. If you've noticed, this was impossible in your own life then you'll understand that in communism it is just as impossible. If you understand that, the communist idea can die in you. It must die if you know anything about Ashiata Shiemash. In communism they choose the leaders, the directors, from the herd, idiots who know nothing at all. They choose only people who are full of self-love and vanity.
The system of Ashiata Shiemash is the opposite of all that. By comparison other systems are nothing. Communism or monarchy, it is all the same. They choose some idiot with all those same flaws. You will understand what I was saying and why. One is a great idiocy and the other two. It is the same shit in both cases. A collective existence is only possible through one system, that of Mr. Ashiata Shiemash. Right now our only concern is the development of candidates to become future followers of Ashiata Shiemash. Later on we will be among them. Do you understand?"
Your monarchy, your communism, your surrealism, all have exactly the same quality, the same value. All four, five, ten, however many exist, it is the same thing, the same smell. It smells like a chicken's ass. The expression does exist. When you buy a chicken, you always sniff it in one place, whether it's old or young, there is one place you sniff - under the tail. That's the way you can tell if it's old or young, if it was killed five days, a week or a month before. That is why you smell it there. All chickens smell the same in that place, but with different qualities. Old, one quality, young, another quality, but both are mixed with the smell of shit. It is the same with all your political parties. The smell is mixed with the smell of shit.
The only thing I have come across that seems remotely close to STO economics is the practice of total debt forgiveness, which was the power of the Kings of old. Economic clemency. Which may be why Caesar-as-King was so feared.
But with all of these big system type Q's, maybe it's more like the Romance Novels, where no matter where we go on the BBM in our lifetimes, there's gunna be a whole lot of social norms dictating proper behaviour, which is in fact mostly insane - and it is in our best interest to engage it all in a more unattached, deeply personal, simple-karmic-understanding kinda way, to focus on honour in our relationships, maybe laugh a bit (or a lot) about how crazy it all is, and invest in faith, instead of spending so much time and energy trying to decide which chicken's ass smells the most like Hope...