In a world that seems to get more and more complex every moment, it’s easy to forget that true leadership still comes down to a few essential basics:
Keeping people safe, showing core values, and acquiring resources.
Whether its within a family, a town, a province, or a nation, those are essential parts of successful leadership. They require physical, moral, and intellectual strength, and all successful nations and civilizations possess them.
That’s why the weakness of so many leaders of western nations is not only appalling, but also very dangerous.
Keeping people safe
When it comes to keeping people, protecting and enforcing borders is the first and most important part. A nation cannot have a healthcare system, an education system, infrastructure, art, or anything else, if it does not have borders that are respected. That means a strong military is a necessity – not for the purpose of invading other nations – but to deter invasions from others. It also means a country must have full control over who is allowed to enter.
This isn’t about being welcoming or not. Welcoming people on a legal basis is fine if that is what the country has decided. Yet, there is a huge difference between a country choosing who to let in, and having that choice made for them through people disrespecting the border and disrespecting the law.
In Europe, a flood of migrants has led to severe problems in many nations, yet the European Union doesn’t let people enforce borders. Those few nations that have ignored the rules in order to secure their country are now being met with threats from the increasingly authoritarian EU bureaucracy.
Here in Canada, our “leader” tweeted that “everyone is welcome” in Canada – ignoring our border laws and encouraging illegal crossings.
On military spending, nations that once fielded immense militaries are now unable to even spend a minuscule 2% of GDP on their own defence. In the case of a serious conflict, most western nations would be caught completely off-guard, and our population would be sitting ducks.
Not only have our outer defences diminished, but our leaders seem to have no internal willpower to defend our society. We are expected to “live with terrorism,” and accept that our lives will become increasingly unsafe, all because our leaders and government’s lacked the strength to challenge the ideology of Islamism. In the face of violence, our leaders cower in fear hoping their lack of courage will somehow spare us. The increasing carnage across the western world has shown the destructive folly of that hope.
Showing core values
The western world is founded on the basic core values of individual liberty, freedom of association, and freedom of speech. Western nations have proven by far the most welcoming to newcomers of any countries on earth. It was expected that as part of that welcome, newcomers would embrace the values of the western world and take those values as their own. In many cases, this is exactly what happened, and continues to happen.
However, our leaders and the elite political class have grown so weak that they are unable to defend those values under a growing assault. That assault comes from two sources – identity politics, and Islamism.
Islamism rejects the idea of individual liberty, seeking to instead impose a theocratic rule that would merge the state and religion. Free thought, free speech, and almost all the other freedoms we now enjoy would be lost.
Identity politics also rejects individual liberty, but it does so by denying individual responsibility and replacing it with collective victimhood or collective guilt. Clear “victim groups” are established, and they are set in opposition to “guilty groups.” This tears our society apart, leaving no room for individual choice, and seeks to make it impossible to bring a nation together through patriotism and common values.
Our weak politicians have basically surrendered to Islamism – though they pretend to be fighting it – and they have embraced identity politics as a tool to win elections. Additionally, they use political correctness to try and silence those who still speak out in favour of our core values.
As a result, our core values are being lost, and our society is being torn apart internally.
The western world has certainly been the most successful at acquiring resources. Yet, not only is that advantage being weakened, but our leaders are voluntarily damaging our economic future.
The policies of the elites have turned our economies into incredibly fragile systems, increasingly untethered from tangible reality. Countries print fiat currency based on nothing but government “confidence,” while banks trade derivatives they don’t truly understand worth trillions and buy off their regulators as another crisis looms.
Ever-increasing regulations and taxes take more of our money, even as we are encouraged to consume more and more and take on ever increasing amounts of debt. Our ability to utilize the resources in our own land is taken away, so we spend billions buying those same resources from other countries. We let other countries keep growing and building and producing tangible things while we fool ourselves into thinking our paper money and digital wealth is as valuable as real factories and real resources.
In a world that is more competitive and economically ruthless than at any time before, our leaders are tying one of our hands behind our back and sending us out into a brutal world in order to compete. The elites around the world prosper, while our middle class and working people are betrayed.
This weakness has turned our economy into a house of cards. The entire economy of the western world almost came crashing down in 2008, and our leaders were too weak to truly confront the bankers and expose the corruption that almost took us all down. Instead, they doubled down on the same thinking that led to disaster, while spending tens of trillions “fixing” the last crisis. As a result, the next crisis will be far worse.
Weakness leads to disaster
As I said at the outset, the weakness of our leaders is incredibly dangerous.
Consider the state we are in today. Our paper and digital wealth – combined with gigantic amounts of borrowed money, and technology that masks the serious problems of our society – has distracted us from the fact that the western world is now incredibly weak.
Our borders are laughed at, our militaries – with the exception of the United States – are terribly underfunded, our values are under assault, our society is being torn apart, and our economic “wealth” is based heavily upon illusions that could come crashing down in a crisis that would make 2008 look like a blip.
It may not always seem like it on the surface, but a closer look shows that we are much closer to disaster than we might think.
To reverse that dangerous course, we will need tougher leaders, and our society as a whole will have to toughen up. Years of relative safety and prosperity have caused many to forget that tangible strength and power are still the underpinning of every successful nation and civilization. The western world must remember that before it is too late.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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