China and the Merchants of Babylon

Capitalism is the social system of Babylon the Great and her merchants are the world’s great men (Rev. 18:23) . Together the merchants (global corporations) and their puppet-kings (so-called “democratically elected” leaders) who rule Babylon preside over the world’s great end times Maximum Temptation Delivery System, a system in which the “lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16) are all shamelessly promoted and given free reign. For more evidence of this reality that so many professing Christians are blind to go here: http://www.redmoonrising.com/capitalism.html

There are many voices today in the media crying about the imminent fall of the USA and the West  to the emerging power of China. This might make sense if you still view the world in terms of nationalism and look merely to “governments” as the source of power. But we live in a new world today, and as Revelation 18 predicted, there are many global power-brokers on the scene who exist above and apart from national governments. These are the great merchants of the earth, known to us as global corporations, who today wield extraordinary power around the globe. If we recognize these powers as existing alongside or above national governments, sometimes controlling them and often opposing them, then we can get a better idea of how things may work out in the future.

Here’s just the opening few paragraphs of a good article that looks at China’s future in the face of the Western corporate behemoth:. The rest of the article can be found here: http://newleftreview.org/II/87/sean-starrs-the-chimera-of-global-convergence

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It has become a staple of conventional wisdom that global economic power is shifting inexorably towards the East and the South. Many insist that we are on the brink of a world-historic rebalancing that will result in the end of Western domination and the rise of a new hegemony. In particular, the emergence of China on the world stage—or re-emergence, if one has a longer time-scale in mind—is seen as heralding the dawn of an ‘Asian Century’. Yet this narrative of Western decline is misleading, above all because it greatly exaggerates the fading of the US as the world’s leading capitalist power. In fact, the contemporary rise of so-called ‘emerging markets’ poses even less of a challenge to US leadership than the revival of Western Europe and Japan in the post-war decades. There is already evidence to suggest that the growth rates of these markets may have peaked around 2011, without altering their basic dependence on commodity exports to Western economies (with the partial exception of China). The road towards convergence between the West and the Rest is a great deal rockier than most commentators believe, and there is no certainty about the outcome.

For the most part, debates on these questions lack a solid empirical foundation. Many of the scholars who conduct serious research in this area are hampered by a methodology that has become anachronistic in the age of global capitalism, one that equates national power with national accounts—GDP above all, but also balances of trade and payments, shares of world manufacturing and so on—as if we still lived in a world of nationally discrete political economies. Whether or not the equation ‘GDP = power’ was meaningful in the 1950s, the globalization of capital in recent decades has clearly rendered it problematic. When a substantial, often growing proportion of economic activity within a country’s borders is directed by foreign capitalists, we need to rethink the way that we measure national power—which does not mean that the concept itself is now irrelevant, as some have argued, since power is still nationally organized and concentrated.

It is useful in this respect to compare the past rise of Japan with the present rise of China. When Japanese electronics and automobiles began flooding Western markets in the 1960s and 70s, this was reflected both in a rising Japanese trade surplus and GDP and in the strengthening of Japan’s major corporations, many of which became household names. China, meanwhile, has seen its trade accounts and GDP soar in the age of globalization, and has become the world’s biggest exporter of electronics since 2004. Yet this growth has not been matched by the emergence of Chinese firms as world leaders in the field. Ninety per cent of what China Customs classifies as high-technology exports is actually produced by foreign-owned companies. [1] Thus, while an increasing share of global manufacturing takes place in the PRC, much of this production is controlled, directly or indirectly, by outside interests. The contrast with Japan’s earlier ascent is stark. Any survey of global economic power must therefore take account of this shift, which means focusing our attention on the world’s leading transnational corporations.

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3 thoughts on “China and the Merchants of Babylon

  1. Here’s another great article on the curious way in which American power is being transformed. The USA has no short-term competitor, yet the empire still appears to be crumbing? Why is that? It is because of the rise of the selfish super-rich, the great merchants of the earth who look at state power in only two ways: as a force to be despised, or as a force to be purchased and manipulated.

    Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/07/tom-engelhardt-exceptional-decline-exceptional-county-empire-basket-case.html

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