If you’ve read my latest book, The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization, you know that a driving force behind deglobalization is the US Navy stepping away from its role as patroller of the world’s oceans. So why is this happening, and what will it change?
The key thing to note here is that the US never did this for themselves (sure, it came with some perks, but there was a greater purpose). At the end of World War II, the US knew something had to be done to stop the Soviets. So, the US created a global trade network to incentivize enough countries to “stand up” against them.
As the Cold War ended, the US ran a cost-benefit analysis, and something wasn’t checking out. The globalized system that once worked in favor of the US alliance network has started to shift in favor of countries outside of that group.
The US Navy still has a global presence, but it is nowhere near the scale it once was. As this presence continues to taper off, what will the repercussions be? The ultimate result will be the collapse of globalization, but the path there is undecided.
If there were a perfectly ironic ending to the globalized world, it would have to be the Russians causing the total collapse of supply chains and bringing this globalization endeavor full circle.
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Today, our chosen charity is a group called Medshare, which provides emergency medical services to communities in need, with a very heavy emphasis on locations facing acute crises. Medshare operates right in the thick of it. Until future notice, every cent we earn from every book we sell in every format through every retailer is going to Medshare’s Ukraine fund.
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