A doodle that I honestly enjoyed drawing and inking!
This Man has only shown up for only 1/4 of the entirety of Jojolion but I already like him and hate him with a burning passion.
At least he has good music tate.
—Barry, The Flash, "The New Rogues"
A fortunate set of historical circumstances led it into U.S.' golden era, and now those circumstances have ended.
While Russia, The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Iran are accused in the report of "provocative actions," China is accused of making a "push for global power" – apparently a far worse offense. China is accused of trying to "foster new international norms" that favor the Chinese system. China is also accused of "touting its success containing the COVID -19 pandemic as evidence of the superiority of its system." Finally, China is accused of trying to secure its territorial claims and "pursue international cooperation at Washington's expense."
The threat assessment notes that China is challenging U.S. leadership in emerging technologies. It predicts "new technological developments will increasingly emerge from multiple countries and with less warning." The assessment also notes that Beijing is "working to match or exceed U.S. capabilities in space to gain the military, economic, and prestige benefits that Washington has accrued from space leadership."
If the United States didn't feel entitled to control everything, none of these actions would be threatening. The U.S. population at large still looks down on China and Chinese people. After China recently landed on the moon, many Americans scoffed that the United States had done so more than five decades before. When China tried to warn the U.S. about the dangers of COVID-19, the U.S. arrogantly disregarded the warnings, assuming its advanced medical and disease control system made the country impervious to harm.
The Chinese government is diligently directing resources at basic research and training young scientists in science and technology. The U.S., a country considered to be a leader in basic research, has been hijacked at the highest levels by elite interests. Its government focuses on tax cuts and directing wealth toward corporations. The responsibility for research and even space flight has been handed over to private interests.
To some extent, the threat assessment reflects the struggle of U.S. elites as they begin to become dimly aware that America's brief reign as the world's sole superpower is coming to an end. As the architecture of Washington D.C. government buildings shows, Americans have always thought of themselves as Roman-like, destined to enforce a Pax Americana across the world for hundreds of years.
I started watching The End and I am so impressed by the quality of its production. The themes and political commentary are right up my ally too 👌🏽.
Sabah really gave me psycho Mikasa vibes with that ending though.
Kon: GET FUCKED!!! BITCHASS RAT BASTARD!!!
Jon: i didn't teach him that. did you teach him that?
Damian: *totally innocent silence*
Jon: DAMIAN WAYNE -
I love you... as a brother, I mean.
—Lois to Clark, Lois & Clark, "All Shook Up"