This status originated from the great voyage 500 years ago, and has stood firm for at least the past 200 years. Although the internal status of Western developed countries has been alternated and continuously adjusted, in general, until today, the pattern of the West’s dominant position in the world has not changed.
It is easy for us to think of a botanical term-“top advantage”. The top of the main stem of the plant grows predominantly, while inhibiting the growth of the adjacent lateral buds below it, making the lateral buds dormant.
A tree is a system, and the growth mechanism of top advantage reflects the global distribution mechanism of the past hundreds of years. The western world took the lead in the emergence of the sprout of capitalism and the increasingly accelerated development of modern technology, making them become the masters and the top in terms of desire and actual ability.
In the early days, pirate looting, colonialism, slave trade, and gunboat policies were all means to allow wealth to accumulate to the top. Relying on the wealth brought in from outside, they completed the primitive accumulation of capital, rapidly modernized their production methods, and occupied the top of the world economy. This top production method is premised on restraining the economic and social development of other parts of the world. It is mainly manifested in the western-centric world system, allowing the marginal part to assume the functions of raw material origin and commodity dumping market.
After the rise of national liberation movements in various places, the Western world’s direct use of military control to grab resources was unsustainable. Instead, it used military, technological, currency, financial, and industrial chain advantages to stay at the top of the main stem for a long time. . In addition, the West continues to empower legitimacy through ideological expansion.
The maintenance of the top position in the Western world today requires a series of conditions. When these conditions are in a stable state, the economy, politics, society, and culture of the West will show a positive outlook: economic prosperity, political democracy, social stability, and cultural self-confidence.
After the end of the Cold War and before China became the world’s second economic power in 2010, these conditions have not been severely challenged by outside the Western world. In the past 10 years, China’s industrial capabilities have climbed upstream, technological capabilities have emerged as late-mover advantages, and monetary, financial, and military capabilities have also grown rapidly. These conditions have fundamentally endangered these conditions, making more and more fields unable to generate excess profits. “Developed countries The term “shredder” was born from this.
This is the historical and philosophical explanation of the fact that the United States has lost its political and social grace, its treatment of China has become more and more hysterical, and its ideological persuasive power has been severely shaken. No matter what methods are adopted, the United States and the West will try to maintain their top advantages. Although Trump has left the White House, the basic direction will not change.
China’s military strength, market capacity, social vitality, and economic viability make the suppression policy like a dog biting a hedgehog. The final result is China itself; sustained stability and prosperity are the only way to solve the suppression.