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Seeking the Post COVID Sunshine: The Bipartisan No Malarkey Era Approaches

By Denis Bright

Civil disobedience in Washington has cleared the decks for a quite proactive era for President Joe Biden. More irreversible foreign policy escapades by Donald Trump or his chosen international supporters are now unlikely as the countdown to Inauguration Day moves forward.

Politically progressive commentators might have preferred a more liberal, greener or charismatic president.

History gave the nod to Joe Biden by a narrow margin of US Electoral College votes as in the 1960 presidential campaign when John Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon.

The results in Georgia’s two Special Senate elections were an added ingredient to a smoother than expected transition of power.

Even here the result was closely contested by Republicans with an extraordinary expenditure of campaign funds on both sides of US politics as in other swing states last year

 

 

It would be expected that the Biden team would strengthen its hold on Congress in 2022 with a pragmatic outreach to states like Florida and Texas which were held by the Democratic Party in the Kennedy era.

By good fortune, the US has now more in tandem with allies in Britain, Europe and Japan to shape the return to normalcy and bipartisan commitment to the challenges of COVID-19, global warming and détente. Perceived adversaries in Russia, China or even Iran and Turkey are likely to support the new global consensus. The financial burdens and sheer risks of Trumpism justify support from even Israel and Saudi Arabia.

These changes are impacting on Australia. Scott Morrison is already in consensus-mode. Our official Australia Day rhetoric for 2021 is a now long way from nostalgia about the arrival of Captain Cook:

 

 

Image: Australia Day advertisement 2021

 

Foundations of the Wider New Global Change Consensus

Unexpected and tragic events have a capacity to bring the leaders of humanity to their senses. Contemporary challenges coincide with the current US leadership transition.

The Global Health Consensus Trumps Last Minute Strategic Manoeuvres?

The devastation caused by COVID-19 and its new variants have cast a shadow on all sides of global politics.

With its lighter incidence of COVID-19 Australia has a capacity to lessen these divides and to intervene on behalf of people in difficulties as with the Tsunami crisis of 2004 in the Indian Ocean Basin. Details of the current COVID-19 map are offered by the WHO:

 

 

Whilst the incidence of COVID-19 in Indonesia is far from being the worst by global standards, our neighbours could certainly do with more assistance in prevention and management of the virus as shown in Worldometer data.

 

 

There are pockets of higher than average COVID-19 infections across Indonesia as shown in the older WHO data across Indonesia from 21 October 2020:

 

 

In these times of health crises across parts of Indonesia, it was highly inappropriate for the Trump White House to be fostering last minute strategic tries with Indonesia as a reward for new foreign aid incentives to outsmart the incoming Biden Administration as noted in the Jerusalem Post (23 December 2020):

 

 

The Economic Consensus?

Trumpism has extended its polarization over global management of the COVID-19 virus to attacks on the benefits of globalization with tariffs on trade and barriers to investment flows. Such actions have pushed our perceived strategic opponents towards more self-sufficient directions without any real benefits to neoliberal economies.

The closer than expected result in the US Presidential election was engineered in part by anticipation of the rebound in US growth rates in the September Quarter of 2020:

 

US Growth Rates (Per Cent)

 

This statistical illusion leaves US economic growth rates still 3.5 per cent below pre-pandemic levels.

Long before the current pandemic era, labour intensive US manufacturing has been largely outsourced to developing countries.

Even US investment is being tracked through a network of tax havens which are of great value for tax minimization globally. This global network of tax havens is an immense resource for US corporations investing in Australia as noted by Anne Davies in the Guardian (28 September 2020).

A political illusion persists that global capitalism continues to operate in the traditions of a struggling family farm or the corner grocery store which survives on a commitment to thrift and moral integrity.

Image from ABC News 6 March 2020

The regression to contract labour and piecework deliveries has been a feature of the current COVID-19 era for pizza and food deliveries by multinational brands.

Strategic practice insists on offensives against countries with legitimate but alternative economic systems. Nothing imperils our strategic security more than pushing perceived adversaries into a return to old commitments to self-sufficiency and rigid central planning.

Ironically, central planning can be incorporated into capitalist economies as achieved by countries like Japan, Germany, France, South Korea or even Israel during their own miracle years until the arrival of the tax revolt era policies of Richard Nixon and Margaret Thatcher with the support of the Murdoch Press.

Now the paradigm change to No Malarkey Politics is perhaps in the wind.

No More Social Malarkey?

Reducing political choice to confusing marketing choices has continued right up to the recent senate elections in Georgia.

 

Image from techchrunch

 

Data on the extent of US campaign marketing challenges the very foundations of democratic processes.

Cheers then to the arrival of this new No Malarkey era in the traditions of John Kennedy’s New Frontier (1961-63) and to momentum for the politics of hope:

 

Image from Irish Central 29 October 2020

 

Denis Bright is a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). Denis is committed to citizen’s journalism from a critical structuralist perspective. Comments from insiders with a specialist knowledge of the topics covered are particularly welcome.

 

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  1. Lara

    Cheers to the new president from the Philippines

  2. Fiona

    Agreed Denis . Joe Biden was definitely the unlikely candidate for global leadership.

  3. Tessa_M

    A good welcome to Joe Biden on the world scene!

  4. James Robo

    Another Irish American in a starring role?

  5. Stella

    Denis, thanks for a great article about Joe Biden and foreign policy.

  6. Paul

    A new era for humanity in the traditions of John Kennedy: It’s about time. Thanks for your insights Denis.

  7. Leila

    Yes hope over negativity and intrigue. Thanks for your update, Denis

  8. Chris

    Interesting times…let’s hope to move forward in 2021.

  9. rubio@coast

    Like the links between Joe Biden and the Kennedy era when hope was in abundance

  10. Chris

    Offers a new perspective on Biden

  11. Andrew J. Smith

    The UK government, related (US/libertarian linked) think tanks (promote climate and Covid scepticism), media and (declining numbers of) Brexit protagonists, should realise that many of their free trade delusions will not come to fruition.

    This is due to the incoming Biden administration most probably deferring to the Republic of Ireland, EU and protecting the Peace Agreement during the ongoing Brexit; possibly leading to a unified Ireland.

    Just another issue avoided or dismissed in the lead up to Brexit, as though it could be dealt with a by a metaphorical and simplistic box tick…. but could help impair the British Union?

    Meanwhile the ongoing need for trade in goods and services (especially within supply chains) will still require UK companies to comply with EU standards and regulations, known as the ‘Brussels Effect’.

    Apart from abstract feelings, sentiments and beliefs, for all intents and purposes the Brexit upheaval is improving nothing for UK society and electorates.

  12. wam

    kennedy’s background, except for the pope, and campaign strategy have more in common with trump than biden. He fell in to the nomination under the weight of his dad’s cash by smearing humphrey and he fell into the potus by a sweating 5 o’clock shadow and millions more of daddy’s money. (he didn’t invite sammy because of britt and he lost me then) With trumps supreme court appointees, the last thing american women need is another catholic president. However much of a kevin o’lemon biden turns out to be, he has Kamala: ( means “lotus” and is another name for the Hindu goddess Lakshmi—and the empowerment of women.) https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/08/11/kamala-harris-vp-background-bio-biden-running-mate-2020-393885 So, after 4 years of much ado about nothing, all’s well that ends well??
    ps
    andrew are the poor pommies already worse than the septics and still heading downhill?

  13. Denis Bright in Brisbane

    Always open to hearing different interpretations Andrew and wam: I am not dogmatic in style and merely try to promote discussion as political reality is always contestable.I did learn to respect Joe Biden more from the writing task as the odds were stacked against him but he persisted after losing the initial Democratic Party primaries. I have never heard the term Malarckey used recently but it certainly offered traction to his long campaign. The result was so close in one of the Georgia senate spots that Mike Pence could have gained the casting vote in the US senate.

  14. Adrian

    Great article! I’ll be curious to see what is going to happen to the US manufacturing now, especially with the ones that decided to close their operations in China or anywhere else in the world following Trump’s dreams…

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