Republican Senators Understand Barnett’s "Flows"

Grand strategist Thomas PM Barnett defines four “flows” of the contemporary world

(1) the movement of people from the Gap to the Core;
(2) the movement of energy from the Gap to the New Core;
(3) the movement of money from the Old Core to the New Core;
(4) the exporting of security that only America can provide to the Gap

Now the Republican Senate identifies two more

(5) the movement of clean air from the New Core to the Old Core
(6) the movement of terrorism from the Gap to the Core

and is about to speed up one, and decrease the other


Barnett’s third flow, as well as the two tdaxp flows, are on display in a Senate Republican proposal

Most American taxpayers would get $100 rebate checks to offset the pain of higher pump prices for gasoline, under an amendment Senate Republicans hope to bring to a vote soon.

However, the GOP energy package may face tough sledding because it also includes a controversial proposal to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil exploration, which most Democrats and some moderate Republicans oppose.

“Our plan would give taxpayers a hundred dollar gas tax holiday rebate check to help ease the pain that they’re feeling at the pump,” Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced Thursday.

This is an amazingly good idea.

  • It will make the New Core’s (Argentina, China, etc) rise easier, by not making them compete with the Old Core for energy sources that the Old Core doesn’t need.
  • It sets an environmental standard that the people of the New Core will see and demand for themselves.
  • It prevents the worst of the Gap, which invariably comes from oil-producing states, from destabilizing the Core

The $100 rebate for expensive gas is a great idea because it paves the way for a geogreen gas tax. As I proposed last year, and reiterated again this week, we need a high tax on gasoline that is rebated in direct payments of heads of households. This has the benefit of discouraging gasoline consumption, while not taking discretionary spending dollars away from average Americans.

In particular, this plan is much better than the insane Democrat Party alternative which would suspend the gas tax. At a moment when the American people are most aware of the dangers of dependency on foreign oil, the Democrats want to encourage that dependency by encouraging oil consumption.

The Democrats’ plan is as terrible as it is hypocritical, for a party that supposedly cares about the environment.

So, in conclusion, tdaxp applauds the Republican Senates for proposing this first step towards a Barnettian, geogreen solution to our oil woes. And tdaxp condemns the Democrats who would harm our environment, and our national security, by supercharging oil consumption.

Think geostrategy. Think environmentalism. Think “geogreen.” And think Republican.