Saturday, July 14, 2007

Quote of the Day: Gordon Brown's Message to the US

I haven't researched Gordon Brown and don't have any idea yet who he is and what he stands for. However, in relation to my recent cogitating on how to put positive energy towards world change versus standing around and complaining about the Neocon Cabal and the Ineffective Democratic Response, this July 13 article about a speech by Gordon Brown's new trade and development secretary Douglas Alexander caught my eye:

In what will be seen as an assertion of the importance of multilateralism in Mr Brown’s foreign policy, Mr Alexander said: “In the 20th century a country’s might was too often measured in what they could destroy. In the 21st century strength should be measured by what we can build together. And so we must form new alliances, based on common values, ones not just to protect us from the world, but ones which reach out to the world.” He described this as “a new alliance of opportunity”. He added: “We need to demonstrate by our deeds, words and our actions that we are internationalist, not isolationist, multilateralist, not unilateralist, active and not passive, and driven by core values, consistently applied, not special interests.” With some neocons in the Bush administration nervous at the direction of Mr Brown’s foreign policy, following the appointment of the former UN deputy secretary Lord Malloch-Brown as foreign minister, Mr Alexander went out of his way to underline the special relationship, but challenged the US and its partners “to recognise the importance of a rules based international system”.

So the bold emphasis is mine. I like that quote. I've been thinking that positive world change occurs when attitudes and perspectives change. I may be in LaLa Land when I think that world attitudes can shift from the military industrial power viewpoint to the collaborative let's-help-each-other perspective. And I'm not talking about cronyism or the elite helping the elite so they can all remain elite. I'm talking about a greater-common-good perspective. In Jungian terms, it's a shift away from ultra-masculine to more-feminine energy. This is a shift that I believe the world needs to take. (I'm so glad so few people read this blog right now. I can just hear the sharpening of right-wing teeth over the feminine energy thang. Edwards' haircut would be mentioned, I'm sure.)

Another thing he said that interested me was about the recognition of an international rules-based system. This is in sharp contrast to the Neocons completely blowing off the Geneva Convention, the United Nations and oh yeah, our own Constitution.

We'll see if this new viewpoint can gather strength even though the money and power are behind the militaristic viewpoint.