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OUTFLANKING MACKINDER: CHINA’S SILK ROAD AND SPACE

Yesterday and the day before, you'll recall, I blogged about two strange statements coming out of the Middle East, the first from Russian Major General Igor Konshenko, and the second, appearing two days prior to Konshenkov's remarks, from Iraqi Tansportation Minister Kazem Finjan. General Konshenkov made strange statements - clearly intended for Washington's benefit (and perhaps for someone else's as well) - that the Russian air and missile defense systems in Syria were operational, and that their range and capability to take out "all unidentified flying objects" would be a "surprise" to Washington (and whomever else the message was intended for). Minister Finjan, two days previously to this, made even stranger comments, based on the works of Zechariah Sitchin which he specifically referenced, that Iraq had been home to "extraterrestrial" spaceports some 7000 years ago. Prior to this, I noted, there were warnings from Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, that "tectonic" consequences would ensue if Washington continued on its warpath, and I suggested she was literally referring to earthquake weapons and other non-conventional weapons of mass destruction, other than the well-known triad of nuclear, biological, or chemical WMDs.

Howsoever one parses these statements, they clearly carried deeper possible interpretations than the merely conventional or prosaic. These three statements, coming in such quick succession and in more or less the same temporal and geopolitical context, suggest that there is a much deeper, much more hidden, much more "non-conventional" reading of events in the Middle East than meets the eye.

With this backdrop in mind, I want to consider the following article by one of my favorite commentators and researchers, F. William Engdahl, shared by Mr. C.S.:

The Eurasian Century is Now Unstoppable

While there's much food for thought in this article, I want to draw attention to one crucial observation that Mr. Engdahl makes:

The totality of the strategy behind Xi Jinping’s Eurasian One belt, One Road rail, sea and pipeline initiative, which is moving quietly and impressively forward, is transforming the world geopolitical map. In 1904 a British geographer, Sir Halford Mackinder, a fervid champion of the British Empire, unveiled a brilliant concept in a speech to the London Royal Geographical Society titled the Geographical Pivot of History. That essay has shaped both British and American global strategy of hegemony and domination to the present. It was complemented by US Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan’s 1890 work, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, which advocated “sea power,” stating that nations with domination of the seas, as the British Empire or later the USA, would dominate the world.

The One Belt, One Road, by linking all the contiguous land areas of Eurasia to the related network of strategic new or enlarged deep-water ports of OBOR’s Maritime Silk Road, has rendered US geopolitical strategy a devastating blow at a time the hegemony of America is failing as never in its short history. The Eurasian Century today is inevitable and unstoppable. Built on different principles of cooperation rather than domination, it just might offer a model for the bankrupt United States and the soon-bankrupt European Union, to build up true prosperity not based on looting and debt slavery.

Indeed, the Silk Road project does outflank MacKinder, for it effectively makes the Eurasian "world Island" impervious to sea power interdiction, the very basis of British, and now American, power and policy.

However, the project is under potential "outflanking" threat from the high ground of space, for all that infrastructure the Chinese want to build, railroads, pipelines, airports, highways and so on, is interdictable from space. In fact, of one stops and thinks about it, space is the best platform from which to do so.

Hence we are led to an inevitable conclusion: in order to make the Silk Road project not only work, but to keep it secure, the entire thing must have massive space-based defense systems. And of course, like it or not, the USSA remains the world's premier space power, by far. This means that any and all possible "extraterrestrial" speculations aside, that space is an inevitable component of the econonic-financial-geopolitics of China's Silk Road venture.

This will mean, predictably enough, that the Chinese, Russia, and Indian space programs will behave in an unusual way in the coming years, and that, upon close examination, will exhibit careful and close behind-the-scenes coordination. We've already encountered interesting developments in this respect, with the recent and dramatic launch of over twenty satellites in a week, by India, in a remarkable and stunning display of technological, logistical, and management prowess. One may also speculate and predict that with the European powers itching to get in on the action, that the European Space Agency, and inevitably JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency, will become involved in these efforts, further isolating the USSA which continues on its dangerous unipolar path. Lest we forget, Germany has proposed that the ESA build a massive space station at the equigravisphere between the Earth and the Moon; China has launched its first quantum communications satellite; Russia has demonstrated its domestic "distributed ledger" capabilities.

All these argue that there is already a careful coordination in building out the Silk Road. And notably, none of them involve the USSA.

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28 thoughts on “OUTFLANKING MACKINDER: CHINA’S SILK ROAD AND SPACE”

  1. Well with the latest announcement that the Elites via Asguardians space nation are set to build an orbital space station to declare they will be the first space nation and be guardians for all mankind following Von Braun list that asteroids will be a danger then aliens so they will be placed they to save you al.

    Why not the China space station they sent a biscuit tin to the moon to take pictures now they want to protect against attack of their ecconomic ideas always trying to trade but globalist do not like competition we all heard about that so good luck to them in that case it sure makes things interesting.

  2. First as a note, Engdahl was a long time member of Lyndon LaRouche’s circles, to which the whole notion of the ‘New Silk Road” originates as a project, or rather a revival of a notion, antecedents are those networks of Republican minded humanists throughout history that have sought for the development of mankind against empire. The “New Silk Road” represents that avenue of development for the world which actually the real path to global economic development, rather than the mockery of such development that Free Trade
    has been.

    Concurrent to such a path of development, is the genius of the original “Space Flank” against thermonuclear war and the collapse of the Soviet and Western spheres, was LaRouche’s SDI proposal the genesis of which was an understanding
    of his circles concerning advanced energy breakthroughs by the Soviets which LaRouche saw as the key, where the key was that such work of the SDI would be
    a joint project of the U.S. and Soviets, that would serve as a ‘Science Driver” focus
    with which to restart the collapsing economies and technological development.

    Of course this was thwarted, SDI, by the hijacking of Reagan by Bush who was patently against LaRouche’s proposal which Reagan accepted as a path to peace.

    Right now the Chinese have grand plans to go and mine the moon for H3 which is a project America could join in with.

    1. Such synchronicity! I had just posted likewise about the LaRouche connection at the same time. LaRouche can be arrogant and abrasive, but he’s also brilliant. I value the education I got on economics, humanist drive to freedom yet based on Leibnitzian spiritual values; Tarpley, Engdahl.

    2. LaRouche also advocated exposing populations to more radiation so that the surviving of the fittest of this exposure would be better able to survive the radiation not only in space but the radiation created in alternative space propulsion technologies. In a paper I read they argued this was a necessary evil if mankind was going to be able to reach it’s full potential and take to the stars. So a nuclear war wouldn’t necessarily be viewed as a bad thing to them.

      1. You’d have to study the fauna around Tchernobyl to see if life can quickly adjust and adapt to radiation poisoning. Apparently, its doing really well.

  3. The following is written with the assumption that future-tech will not be used in ways visible to ordinary Earthlings. (Think of the ‘Men in Black’ movies.)

    China wishes to stay in the manufacturing business. Mega rail and road projects support this goal. An additional perk is the end-around-ing of US naval interdiction of sea transport at choke points. Win-win.

    However, rail and roads have an inherent weakness. Anywhere along the line, one hit will stop the entire line. (Unlike sinking a boat.) Call it a continuous single-point-of-failure system. If you want to take the system down for a long time, make those hits at bridges, tunnels, or in landslide terrain. (If you want ‘plausible deniability’, make the hit right after an earthquake or major storm…)

    In one way, China’s road and rail system is like US Navy carrier groups. Both are vulnerable, but both are ‘tripwires’. They will accomplish their stated goals, right up to where real war is beginning. They are ostentatious ‘lines in the sand’…

  4. I think it might be advantageous at this point if we can all agree that antigravitational tech is already a ubiquitous capability among the Deep State network of every major nation on the planet. After all, one only needs to read through T.T.Brown’s Project Winterhaven proposal from 1950 to see that, after significantly more than the 66 years since then –and, hey!, what was the name of that guy who wrote ‘The Brotherhood of the Bell’?– then the implications should be fundamental to our assumptions, no? From this perspective, is it truly reasonable to think that “massive, space based defense systems” are anything more than obsolete on the drawing board, and an example of a space-based Maginot Line? True, the organizations representing publicly acknowledged science are still cranking out twentieth century ideas regarding “space stations” and such, but if a “station” were actually needed at a
    Lagrange point, I, myself would simply park one of those U.S. Navy’s kilometer-long, cylindrical ships, dust off my hands, and call it ‘good enough!’ Naturally, this assumes that they would actually let me do that…

    1. I agree with the majority of this, Colin. It’s important to continually test conventional thinking in unconventional times. But I wonder about deep states. The term itself seems misleading, as a “state” implies a border. Are deep states intended to defend the borders or the assets of their own nation states? As extra-governmental, runaway, military-industrial hybrids fed by banker money, they should defend banker money, primarily; yet at certain times this private defense may coincide with the interests of host nations.

      But this arrangement best describes the American deep state. Perhaps the Russian version truly is a nationalist entity — one subject to Putin’s direct oversight — and therefore not, technically, a deep state. (I wonder if Obama even believes in the existence of anti-gravity technology? Or perhaps Andrew Basiago tells the truth: Obama was groomed by the deep state?) But why would Germany, Japan or any other “major nation” permit America’s bullying if they were her deep state rivals? Only China, in addition to Russia (and Argentina?), promises to harbor such an arsenal, having maintained its independence from western bankers.

      In any case, I wouldn’t be surprised if differences in “ownership”, and therefore leadership, public and private — and differences perhaps in off-world allies — led some of our terrestrial deep states to feel constrained by national interests and political considerations while others not so much. It would be interesting to know how any of these secret operations maintains such tight control of technologies capable of dominating worlds. One rogue space-fleet pilot could do a lot of damage — or a lot of good. Surely they’re not flying Tesla self-driven ships?

      What evidence exists of high-tech deep state technology beyond the U.S.S. Donald incident?

    2. We now have stronger than steel, super light weight carbon and boride materials to make giant vacuum levitated freighters that can ride the jet stream. Not to mention personal transports that can replace cars. An outer solar collector membrane can charge lithium equivelant hemp structured carbon batteries to power electric motor propulsion when going against or faster than natural air currents. Vacuum is superior to hot air lift but requires super strong structures and material to withstand the pressure of the atmosphere. We now have such materials and structural engineering skills to make such. This is an old idea who’s time has finally come.

  5. I’m not sure that I agree that the USSA is ahead in its space program. I don’t think the Russians (and previously the Soviets) have been idle all of these years and frankly they may have even more advanced space technology than the US. The equipment that they used to disable the Donald Cook ship could be an out-of-the-world technology. Don’t forget that they were the first into space with Sputnik and sent the first man, Yuri Gagarin. They also have a functioning space station, far ahead of any other nation (Mir). If the US is so ahead why do they have to use Russian rockets to send payload.

    On another topic I just read a really eye-opening article written by Dmitri Orlov on why the USSA will not dare attack Russia and that only an accident (which could happen) would start a nuclear exchange. Here is the summary of his argument:

    To summarize: the reasons war with Russia is unlikely are that:
    1. The US military experts are not suicidal
    2. There is no military strategy for them to pursue
    3. There is no compelling reason for the US to go to war against Russia
    4. Russia is not the enemy; Alzheimers is.

    But the concern that a war with Russia could erupt by accident remains. You see, when it comes to American foreign policy, the operative word seems to be “Oops!”

    You can find the complete article at http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2016/10/oopsa-world-war.html

    1. He’s right about one thing. Letting senile suicidal 80-100 year olds control your foreign and domestic policies is very foolish.

  6. Brilliant points made in this blog, thank you again, Dr. Farrell. You just hit me with the proverbial “I should have had a V-8” moment.

    Let me be the first to coin the phrase:
    The SILK SPACE ROAD

    By chance, you wouldn’t perhaps be writing your next book along those lines???

  7. Well as usual while China and it’s neighbors set out to engage in real trade. The West with it’s useful idiot the CSA engage in pillage and swindle ,extortion. And now wish to use Space as another avenue to continue their racket they wouldn’t and never have understood what trade is and it’s unlikely they ever will.

  8. Ultimately space and recovery of alien artifacts are about control. To wrest control from the high & mighty and gain control of these institutions of power we must recognize that this controlling factor is entirely of human creation, and we had best view and deal with the core money-seeking corporate robots as the equivalent of an alien invasion.
    The goal is not to tame them. The goal is to eliminate them and replace them with institutions accountable to deeply democratic Living Earth communities.

  9. China’s going to be peeved off with the Russians if they start WW3 now.. (by that I mean, defend themselves from American and Nato aggression……..) How the heck do you trade with a barren nuclear desert? A 100 billion dollar road to trade with the survivors of Nuclear war?? We’ll take 3 radioactive skulls for this roll of silk.. Sounds like a bargain to me..

  10. The rapid rise of geopolitical tensions between East and West may indicate only that another Cold War has begun, a reiteration of overt and covert gamesmanship, which always stops just short of open conflict. This may represent only another distraction then, a pretense meant to cover joint and competing East-West research into advanced energy technologies.

    But surely the Silk Road is as much boondoggle as innovation, meant as much to create jobs now as to supply jobs in the future. As you correctly noted, Dr. Farrell, such infrastructure could easily be sabotaged unless quite extensively shielded. So, is this our future: We travel within virtual force fields, carrying on our conventional lives, we, the world’s consumers, in turn feeding the deep state and thus allowing it to expand?

    Ironically, that may represent the best-case scenario. It would appear just as likely our conventional consumer model is itself in the process of implosion. Europe’s consumer demographic is shrinking, while its fundamentalist, anti-capitalist demographic grows. Is this a formula for future Silk Road dividends? And if America falls into poverty — a best-case scenario were Hillary to be elected — who in the world would be left to buy cheap Chinese products?

    Perhaps we’ve not only reached the peak of oil but the peak of consumerism as well. Perhaps this may be a time when either a new model replaces the old or when the old consumer model is simply allowed to die — or to burn — abandoned like all of us will be by a breakaway few.

    There are signs here and there of a turning of the tide, beyond a general shifting of power to the East: Brexit and the political backlash against forced immigration, for example. But surely the ultimate factor in the future we all face will be this American election? Again, ironically, we can only hope that Hillary’s duplicitous accusation is in fact correct — that the Russians are indeed planning to swing the election to Trump — not for any nefarious nationalist reason but literally to save the world from burning.

    1. Unless they have force field technology they are not revealing, it would seem naval power is already obsolete currently. These ships are sitting ducks. It won’t be long now before the Chinese say: bring it on in the South China Sea. Iran may be thinking the same thing in the Persian Gulf. The heirs to the Venetian empire sitting in NY and London must be thinking: who will be our new Genghis Khan to lay waste to Eurasia? Maybe Hillary will be our new Genghis Khan and destroy this peaceful threat on the other side of the world. Her: “we came, we saw, he died” immediately reminded me of the chilling Genghis Khan quote: “The greatest happiness is to scatter your enemy, to drive him before you, to see his cities reduced to ashes, to see those who love him shrouded in tears, and to gather into your bosom his wives and daughters.” Does Hillary have secret Mongol blood? She certainly rules like a Mongol.

      What weapons does she have in her arsenal to destroy Eurasia? Lethal robe-bees to kill all the the natural pollinators on that land mass? Space based meteor catapults that would make the Chelyabinsk meteor look like a pebble? Biblical inundation of Eurasia by melting the Arctic Ice sheet? Or the Hadron Super collider which could split Eurasia into a thousand pieces? Methinks Hillary is just crazy enough to do it. Maybe CERN was the booby trap in the Eurasian idealists midst all the time.

        1. yes, Tim H- what happened to Frankie Calcutta?; his postings at times seemed to be completely bizarre but I think in many ways he had an icredible insight into truths; many truths are absolutely bizarre, sadly

  11. And the mass availability of antigravity, or even the non-antigravity momentum direction described by William Lyne, vitiates huge rail networks. Also, places like India and Vietnam have had centuries long wars with China.

    Then: The USSA line is getting boring, no one is being sent to Siberia for making fun of Obama by way of example. There are all sorts of Wall Street types paying themselves well and congratulating themselves on being “smart”, but these fools backed the likes of Donald Trump and as you know various “derivatives” for years. They are a drain on the system, much like communist party types, however there’s a lot missing, the aforementioned trips to Siberia.

  12. All the world is a stage and the magician uses misdirection and sleight of hand to accomplish his tricks. High sorcery is afoot and the hidden hand is working its magic with its usual tricks: problem, reaction, solution. The stage is set and the script followed; every one knows their parts. Or, do they?
    I don’t see the globalists giving up on their NWO, might we be seeing them bringing it in from the East rather than the West? The uniting of the Eurasian continent, after all, is pretty much what they are after and goes right along with their endgame agenda.
    Keep watching, the show goes on…

    1. I will worry when that new alliance declares how “exceptional and indispensable” they are.

      Sadly yes, the downtrodden in a new cycle becomes the new bully ultimately.

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