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Jan Olof Bengtsson

Spirituality ǀ Arts & Humanities ǀ Europe

Another commentator whom I have re-x-ed much from in the last few years is Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand), who laments the insignificance into which his native France has fallen under Atlanticism (at the very least after Chirac), frequently looks back with nostalgia on de Gaulle, and enthusiastically posts and even translates every new interview with Dominique de Villepin, best known perhaps as the most vocal leader of the European resistance against the Iraq war in 2003, who by now increasingly, in Bertrand's presentation of him, looks like the last French politician with real European integrity.

Bertrand seems almost to have given up on a France that in his view has lost all real independence, its international stature, its distinctive voice (just as Sweden will now, as a member of NATO), having moved to Shanghai and started writing and speaking in English. He is sometimes described as a "China commentator", but that hardly does justice to his broad global perspective. He seems to me clearly to have established himself as an important analyst and defender of the emergence of the new multipolar order which is replacing the global hegemony of Atlanticist imperialism.

Those who have followed me on X know that S. L. Kanthan (@Kanthan2030) is one of the most brilliant activist geopolitical commentators and analysts today. His brilliance is due not least to his being, as an Indian, naturally free from the specifically western, outré capitalist-imperialist cultural decadence and wokeness in which otherwise competent western activist analysts like Brian Becker and Ben Norton are unfortunately still to a considerable extent stuck (while the MAGA Communists and Caleb Maupin have broken with it in principle, and Max Blumenthal and his colleagues at the Grayzone, as well as Alexander Mckay, have long seemed to be in the process of doing so). This is of course true also of the many excellent Chinese commentators. Now Kanthan has started a new podcast, Geopolitics Demystified, on Sputnik India.


Jan Olof Bengtsson

DPhil (Oxon)

"A Self-realized being cannot help benefiting the world. His very existence is the highest good."

Ramana Maharshi

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