The Benefits of Decentralization in International Security


By Caleb Newton

   The complexity of international society closely resembles a real living thing. Just as in living things, the health or illness of the societal structure depends on the proper combination of and output from external forces applied both intentionally, like medicine, and unintentionally, like genetics. These two kinds of forces are enormously complex forces in themselves, leading their collective output to the health of the "living thing." From such understanding, International Security presently lacks usage of a great tool, economic and political decentralization, allowing for natural stabilization.
 
   For natural stabilization to occur there are certain concepts and forces, like trust and incentive that help to explain some of the basic functions of society through interpersonal relationships. The persons that make up both the economy and the society lend a measure of their living complexity, through their relationships, to both entities. As such, items of force centrally applied to "stem bleeding" in society must be applied with extreme caution and respect for the system; for the centralized "items of force" curtail the effects of the forces that each individual operates upon, such as trust and incentive - the very forces that contribute to natural stabilization. When individuals have a goal and a structure formed by the natural application of the social forces, such as in the business and in the family, the society stabilizes and violent extremism can be expected to decrease significantly.

   A political and economic decentralization of the world system, away from explicitly serving the interests of crony capitalism, must take effect. Crony capitalism is the appearance of freedom when, actually, there is nothing but tyranny of a selected and favored group, "the cronies," by the government. Although termed under "capitalism," the effects of crony capitalism are evident well outside of the economy, as it destabilizes the world system because it is a thinly disguised form of central planning, which automatically excludes people that really matter in a given situation, like doctors setting their own prices and foreign national governments choosing their own path. 
Take for instance, Israel. Should Israel be expected to cave into the terrorists' demands and hand over land owned by the Israelis under international law, if nothing else, by the centralized world community? The actions of Hamas and Hezbollah classify them as a terrorist organization and their intent, along with the Iranian threats, is to destroy the state of Israel. Even a small handing over of land means caving in to their demands! The legitimacy of their demands for land is long outdated. They are like hostage takers demanding ransom. The whole people of Israel are under siege, and the terrorists claim that if given land, they will cease and desist from fighting but so far this has not been supported – yet the centralized world system insists on failed policies that ensure the opposite of what they claim to want, a secure State of Israel.
    The growth achieved by the terrorists of Hamas and every other such group in the world is achieved because the world environment was centrally orchestrated by the growing ideal of international institutionalism. The negotiations for peace, when they go on, are situated with a "third-party negotiator" – mostly the United States – and such a system is viewed as the only way to achieve peace. As all observing can see, the centralized, third-party Western negotiator system has failed.

   The centralized system is a flawed system that encourages crony capitalism, a prejudicial form of tyranny that destabilizes the international system. So, only through a decentralization of the international system will we be able to see a natural stabilization of the world's security. The centralized global system has failed to guarantee international security, as shown by the example. In the Israeli case, while a centralized system for peace will only contribute to more conflicts, a decentralized system will create the conditions, through societal empowerment of every citizen, which will soon allow for a stabilization of the region's security.

(Image: The Grand Canal from Rialto - Canaletto) 

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  1. Hi Caleb,

    Welcome to Dissecting Society! May this be the first of many posts.

    You raised an interesting question: to achieve stabilisation we do need both parties to either trust each other or receive enough incentives to maintain peace and stability. This can be achieved without much external influence (that most of the time only seeks to serve their own interests).
    Again, I agree: when people, countries, are focused on producing to provide for their families they have less proclivity to violence. But when external forces have an interest in keeping the parties warring, then the chances for peace and stability are reduced.

    I gather that when you speak of centralised tyranny you are referring to institutions like the UN, the EU and so forth?
    Your conclusion is spot on and of course, I agree with you on Israel.

    If I could vote, I'd say this was a good start. Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts. Good luck :D.

    Cheers

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    1. Hi Max,

      Yes, when I speak of centralized tyranny I refer to institutions like the UN and EU and NATO, which all represent the failure of international institutionalism, in my view. I also like to refer to international institutionalism as "utopianism," which is, obviously a failure.

      Thank you for the welcome!
      Caleb

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    2. Caleb,

      You're welcome, man.
      "Utopianism" I like it. And yes, it is an obvious failure but you know they will hang on to it because it is a jobs machine. Who would want to lose their job?

      Cheers

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  2. Welcome, Caleb. The UN, the US, the EU and all those cronies should butt out of Israel's affairs and stop financing Hamas and Hezbollah, hypocrites!

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      I am so glad to see that you agree with my point exactly! Do you know how much money the US sends the PA every year? Mind- boggling...and of course, if they didn't have any money, what could they do? Nothing. Obviously we also know of the fake distinction between the terrorists of Hamas and the "sensible people" of the PA. Besides the US, the EU has not even put the political arm of Hamas on the official list of terrorist groups! Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to do business with Hamas in the EU!

      Thanks for the welcome!
      Caleb

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  3. Caleb, welcome to Dissecting Society. The timing to address this issue couldn't be better when news outlets today informed us that the UN failed, once again, to deliver security and stability to people in Africa (ref: UN peacekeepers bartering sex for goods); when the UN invites countries with a lousy Human Rights record to preside over UN Human Rights agencies; when the UN silences before atrocities committed by the obvious culprits and yet obsesses over Israel. The same goes for the EU whose French soldiers raped women and children in CAR, and whose problems in the Union are so great that instead of focusing on solving them they too obsess over Israel, while patting radicals and terrorists on the back. I am still thinking about NATO: did it fail or has it simply become irrelevant? I don't know yet.
    Thank you for starting this debate.

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  4. A new collaborator? Welcome Caleb!! You will have loads of fun here! I like your thoughts on decentralization cause I too think that it destabilizes more the world than anything else, I mean look at the records, right? Israel needs to step up and fight for itself cause no one will! I once hoped that Obama would but have been let down by the guy (Max will disagree though). Anyway, will you collaborate from times to times or will you be a permanent member?

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    1. Decentralization destabilizes the world? I think Mr Netwon meant the opposite, am I wrong Ana?

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  5. Looks to me like a fruit cocktail of apples and oranges and other things. My personal preference is one fruit at a time.

    What grabbed my attention is Crony Capitalism, which can be a local affair, as it is here in California. There is the vicious cycle, where Socialists condemn capitalism, eventually achieve a mandate to "fix" capitalism, which they do by "fix"ing it for their buddies, which makes things worse, which gives the Socialists more reason to condemn capitalism, and the downward spiral of populist driven corruption continues. Thus, the perpetrators of Crony Capitalism are usually the ones who condemn capitalism the loudest.

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    1. Hi,

      You have a very good grasp of a really bad problem, the downward cycle in which policymakers condemn capitalism, when, in fact, that which they are condemning is not really capitalism at all. I read someone's work that did that just today.

      Thanks for reading.
      Caleb Newton

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    2. Caleb, have fun with the blogging. I am wondering in what ways you identify with your name, presuming you have some Hebrew familiarity.

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  6. I agree with Looney on Crony Capitalism: in Portugal, in the 90's the socialist government won the elections based on attacks to capitalism and under the slogan "the richer are getting richer and the poorer poorer" but in the end that government doubled the number of civil servants who were connected to the party or supporters of the party, to get votes. So yeah, Crony Capitalism is perpetrated by those who scream against capitalism the most.
    Caleb, welcome to this blog and I'm curious to see what you may bring next.

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  7. I didn't understand what cronyism has to do with Israel, Mr Netwon. How can there be trust between Israel and Arabs to get peace? I imagine the incentives but trust; I don't see it. I don't see either how work and family add up to stability because terrorists from Hamas believe they are working to support their family, did it bring stability? No and they are providing for their families! It's complicated, Mr Netwon, but at least you are trying to find answers, ok. Thank you.

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