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The Wild Project 173 ft Pedro Baños is an episode where hosts talk with Pedro Baños, an expert in geopolitics and geostrategy, about his book "La Encrucijada Mundial." Baños discusses the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, its potential outcomes, and the significance of the conflict as a turning point in the divide between the West and Russia. The conversation also touches upon the shifting power dynamics in the world, with China becoming an increasingly influential player on the global stage. The video further highlights the potential consequences of a nuclear attack by Russia and the various defense mechanisms put in place by different countries. The speakers discuss the potential for negotiations to resolve the situation and recent meetings between intelligence services to find a peaceful solution.

  • 00:00:00 In this section, the hosts express their gratitude towards the success of their podcast on Spotify and introduce the guest for the episode, Pedro Baños, an expert in geopolitics and geostrategy who has won the admiration of many since his first appearance on the show. They discuss Baños' latest book, "La Encrucijada Mundial," which analyzes the current state of the world and its potential future, touching on various topics from politics to technology. The book is also aimed at young people, as Baños urges for a better future and a more hopeful outlook for the younger generation who are currently facing a sense of desolation and disillusionment.
  • 00:05:00 In this section, the conversation turns to the current state of global conflict, starting with the situation in Russia and Ukraine. Pedro Baños, a former high-ranking officer in the Spanish army and expert in geopolitics, explains that while many experts did not anticipate the aggressive actions taken by Russia, he predicted that the country would simply promote referendums in parts of Ukraine that were already largely aligned with Russia. Baños also discusses the strategic errors made by Russia in the conflict, such as failing to take out the adversary's air force and anti-aircraft defenses before launching a ground attack. Nonetheless, Baños cautions against assuming that the situation is definitively resolved.
  • 00:10:00 In this section, the speaker discusses the current situation in Ukraine and the potential future outcomes of the conflict, which could either result in a peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia or a generalized offensive by Russia with the new forces enlisting. The speaker highlights the devastating consequences of the ongoing war, including the death toll and destruction of the country. They also touch upon the fear of the use of weapons of mass destruction and how this conflict has broken the world as we knew it. They also explain Putin's justifications for the attack on Ukraine, including protecting ethnic Russians and preventing a potential genocide. The speaker emphasizes the importance of finding a resolution to the conflict to avoid further devastation and the potential use of nuclear weapons.
  • 00:15:00 In this section, the speaker discusses the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, and how the army's reaction was unexpected by both Putin and the international community. He also comments on how the conflict has escalated into an international confrontation, with Ukraine receiving support from countries such as the US and the UK. Furthermore, he highlights the significance of the conflict as a turning point in the divide between the West and Russia, resulting in an entirely new dynamic that will continue to escalate, with the tension being felt elsewhere, including China. He specifically mentions how the China issue was not even noted in the previous strategic concept of NATO in 2010, but is now considered a grave concern.
  • 00:20:00 In this section, the focus is on the shifting power dynamics in the world, with China becoming an increasingly influential player on the global stage. The speaker discusses the recent meetings of the BRICS countries, which are now considered among the most influential in the world due to their collective population size. Additionally, the speaker notes that the US is no longer the dominant force it once was, with the publication of its new National Security Strategy document pointing to Russia and China as its main enemies. However, the speaker notes that Russia's perceived military strength was not as high as expected following its actions in Ukraine.
  • 00:25:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the current state of the Ukrainian conflict and the potential of Ukraine's military. Baños argues that there have been military errors made by Ukraine, but there is still potential for their military to be successful with the help of Western aid. He notes that Russia has a large population and a history of successful military operations. The conversation then shifts to talk of diplomacy and the potential for behind-the-scenes negotiations, citing recent meetings between the directors of the CIA and Russian intelligence services. Baños argues that diplomacy needs to be prioritized over continued military action. Finally, he comments on the importance of the recent prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine and the potential for successful negotiations in the future.
  • 00:30:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the idea of cognitive warfare and how Russia may be willing to intensify their efforts, even in conflict, to convince their citizens that they have won the war, or at least have not lost. He suggests that Russia may be willing to cede a portion of their territory in negotiations, such as Crimea, to offer a sense of victory to their citizens. While Ukraine has stated they want all of their territory back, ultimately it may be up to the United States, who has provided significant financial support, to pressure for a peaceful solution. Additionally, Baños alerts viewers to the dangers of nuclear warfare and the current tension between Russia and Ukraine. He even mentions the possibility of a small nuclear weapon being used in the conflict, and the potential for a psychological panic and complete conflagration. Ultimately, he suggests that this is a far greater conflict than just Russia and Ukraine, and something must be done to prevent a nuclear disaster.
  • 00:35:00 In this section, the video talks about the various types of weapons that exist in the world, including conventional explosives, radiological weapons, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons. While the use of nuclear weapons would result in global devastation and is unlikely due to the deterrent nature of mutually assured destruction, the threat of a radiological or EMP attack is still a concern. However, the use of a radiological bomb is difficult to predict as it can affect anyone and everyone, including the attacker, and requires a significant amount of material to create. Finally, the danger posed by EMP weapons is growing as the technology becomes more advanced, and it is believed that Russia may already have such a weapon in its arsenal.
  • 00:40:00 In this section, the speaker discusses the potential consequences of a nuclear attack by Russia and the various defense mechanisms put in place by different countries. He believes that the use of even a tactical nuclear weapon is unlikely to trigger a full nuclear holocaust because it would result in a retaliatory attack on Russia. However, he points out the danger of Russia's mobile systems and hidden bases, as well as the readiness of US nuclear weapons in Europe. The speaker also acknowledges the use of propaganda in times of war, from ancient times to the current conflict with Russia, including the spread of rumors about Putin's health.
  • 00:45:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the importance of leaders convincing their populations that they have not lost in a war, even if they did, as losing a war is unacceptable to most people. He also cautions against assuming that Putin is an irrational person, stating that while Western media portrays him as barbaric, there are people much more dangerous than him. Baños notes that the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine will determine how much each side is willing to concede, and the possibility of a move by Putin's own party to oust him from power. However, given the support that Putin commands among Russians due to the widespread "rusophobia" in the West, it is unlikely that he will be overthrown internally. As for a successor to Putin, Baños believes that it is pointless to speculate as naming someone would only lead to their downfall in Russian politics.
  • 00:50:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the relationship between Belarus and Russia, stating that the two countries are essentially joined at the hip and are both subject to the same sanctions and embargos put in place by the West. He also notes that many forces are being deployed in Belarus, leading to potential threats for Ukraine, adding that there have been rumors of Russian involvement in a minister’s recent death. He goes on to explain that while there was a part of Ukrainian society that celebrated Nazi symbols as a symbol of resistance against Russian invasion, some units were admittedly Nazi-inspired and carried out atrocities against their own people and others. Baños explains that many of these units formed as a result of Ukraine’s resistance to Russia, and Germans who believed that Ukrainians weren’t pure enough to be deemed ‘Aryans’ during the Nazi era.
  • 00:55:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the potential for negotiations to resolve the situation. He highlights the use of symbols by both sides, including the resistance movement in Ukraine and Russia's focus on demilitarization and de-Americanization. Baños also discusses the possibility of a prolonged conflict if Russia launches a major campaign, and the involvement of mercenaries and volunteers from various countries in the fighting. On the topic of recent bombings, he reports that the explosive packages sent to various targets were low-powered and delivered via ordinary mail. The situation remains uncertain, but Baños suggests that recent meetings between intelligence services could indicate progress towards a resolution.

01:00:00 - 02:00:00

In this video, Pedro Baños discusses a range of topics, including Spain's response to recent bomb threats, Germany's energy challenges and reliance on Russia, China's strategy in regards to Taiwan and its growing influence in the world, the importance of national plans and centralized resources for technological advancement, and the potential power of Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America if they were to unite. Baños also highlights the hypocrisy surrounding democratic values when it comes to business deals and explores the shifting power dynamics in the world, highlighting the potential of countries often overlooked by those who focus solely on Western powers.

  • 01:00:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the recent wave of bomb threats that were received in Spain. He explains that there appears to be a lone individual behind the attacks who was seeking attention and visibility, and that the materials used did not have the capacity to cause significant damage. Baños also notes that, while this does not appear to be the work of a terrorist organization or a foreign country, there is still cause for concern and the situation is being investigated thoroughly by Spanish law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
  • 01:05:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the role of the extraordinary police teams within the CGI of the General Information Police in preventing terrorist attacks in Spain. He also talks about the recent discovery of a letter bomb plot in Madrid and how it was detected by the police in its early stages. The discussion then moves to the UK and its historical role as a power that intervenes to maintain stability in Europe whenever its economic interests are threatened. Baños also talks about the UK's close relationship with the US and its current support for the "Three Seas Initiative" aimed at countering Russian influence in Eastern Europe. Finally, Baños highlights how each country in Europe is pursuing its own interests, as evidenced by Italy's efforts to become a major energy hub and Germany's recent deal with Qatar for gas supplies.
  • 01:10:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the hypocrisy surrounding democratic values and principles when it comes to business deals and negotiations. Despite speaking out about democracy and freedom, countries show their hand when they make business deals with those who violate human rights and fundamental values. Baños argues that everyone's interests lie in financial gain, and politicians forget about morals when they smell the aroma of money. Baños uses the example of how businesses have suffered since Russia's annexation of Crimea, and how EU countries have lost out on precious deals, but if they were to negotiate, this hypocritical cycle would continue. He finishes by discussing the environmental damage that is being caused by carbon emissions, including Spain's exportation of coal to Morocco.
  • 01:15:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the energy challenges faced by Germany, which has become increasingly reliant on Russia to provide natural gas. Although Germany has attempted to invest in solar and wind energy, there are limitations due to the lack of sunlight and environmental issues associated with wind turbines. As a result, Germany has had to rely on Russia as a stable and reliable energy provider, which has raised concerns about national security. Additionally, Pedro Baños mentions China's ambitions with regards to Taiwan, which Beijing views as an integral part of China. The incorporation of Taiwan is "non-negotiable" for China as Taipei controls several crucial waterways that provide vital resources for Asia.
  • 01:20:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses China's strategy in regards to Taiwan and their efforts to convince them to ally with China rather than the Western powers. China argues that it doesn't make sense for Taiwan to continue to side with the West as they are losing and China is winning. They encourage Taiwan to unite with them since they share a common language. China is also focusing on strengthening economic ties with Taiwan, and many Taiwanese companies have invested in the Chinese mainland. The situation with Taiwan is the main point of friction between the US and China, and China's growing military capabilities are a cause for concern for the US. However, China's main tactics in seeking global dominance are through technology, finance, and the economy rather than military might, which is why they are investing heavily in STEM education and already have more principal warships than the US.
  • 01:25:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the importance of having a national plan and centralized resources dedicated to technological advancement. While each Spanish province and autonomous community has been eager to establish its own advanced technology center, this only leads to a dispersal of resources rather than optimization. Baños cites China as a prime example of the success of centralized resources and a national plan. China has made huge strides in technology and other fields as an authoritarian state, with no one protesting or opposing the government's plans. With other nations such as Russia buying arms from China and the US feeling threatened, Baños suggests that it may be only a matter of time before China becomes embroiled in direct conflict, perhaps in a place such as Morocco or Algeria. However, he notes that for now, China seems more focused on economic domination rather than military might.
  • 01:30:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses China's increasing influence in the world and the concern it is causing in Western countries. China has more diplomatic delegations in the world than the United States and is advancing constantly through avenues such as Confucius Institutes and video game companies purchasing European and American studios. Baños describes Chinese President Xi Jinping as an authoritarian leader who relishes in his power and lack of opposition, citing a public confrontation with the Canadian Prime Minister as an example. Jinping has even been compared to Mao and is attempting to create a more moderate approach to China's growth that will help support the growth of a more robust middle class and reduce social inequality.
  • 01:35:00 In this section, the speaker discusses the power dynamics in China and the lack of transparency surrounding the current leader, Xi Jinping. He notes that the opaque nature of the leader's background and personality make it difficult to fully understand his motivations and ambitions. The speaker also points out that China's authoritarian approach gives them an advantage in crisis management, as they are not burdened by political infighting or competing interests. However, there have been recent protests against China's strict COVID policies, which despite being minor, could potentially weaken the country. Nonetheless, the speaker believes that China's rigid control and discipline will likely prevent any significant weakening of the country's power.
  • 01:40:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the potential consequences of China's continuous lockdowns, which have caused frustration among some of its population and significant economic damage. Baños suggests that China's fear of COVID-19 spreading in densely populated areas and concerns over the efficacy of their vaccines could be some of the reasons why they have chosen to keep the current lockdowns in place. Although recent protests have occurred, Baños believes that it is unlikely that they will grow into a significant movement as China's government retains strong control over its population. Baños also speaks about India, a country with similar population size and several internal challenges. He highlights India's advanced elite, its technological advancements, and the fact that it has become a top producer in the film industry, among other areas. Despite its achievements, however, India faces a range of internal problems, including droughts, monsoons, and difficulties in certain Marxist-Leninist areas.
  • 01:45:00 In this section, the expert discusses India's caste system and its pros and cons. While it prevents major social tensions, it also hinders social mobility and ambition. India's recent shift towards Russia has caused concern for the US, as India was a key ally in Asia. However, India's move towards Russia could also benefit them in terms of energy and food imports. The expert also mentions Qatar as a country that has benefited greatly from the Ukraine war. Additionally, the expert notes the complexity and diversity of the world's geopolitical landscape and the rise of countries like China and Qatar that are gaining international importance.
  • 01:50:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the shifting power dynamics in the world and the potential of countries that are often overlooked by those who focus solely on Western powers. He stresses the importance of looking at a country's potential, including its natural resources, rather than just its current power. Baños mentions several countries in Latin America, such as Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela, that have enormous potential but have had trouble realizing it due to poor leadership and social inequality. He notes how these factors also make it easier for populism to take hold and destabilize countries. Despite this, Baños believes that regions like Latin America have the potential to achieve real dominance in the world and should be considered as important players in global affairs.
  • 01:55:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the potential power of uniting the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America, particularly Mexico, to create a global force with resources almost infinite in nature. He notes that despite the violence and disorganization prevalent in Mexico, the country possesses huge potential in terms of natural wealth, tourism, and population growth. Baños also emphasizes the importance of language as the greatest bond of union between the Latin American countries and Spain, which could potentially rival the dominance of the English-speaking world if they were to unite. However, he recognizes that the world powers have historically worked to prevent such unity, and that the current state of democracy is weakened by increasing limitations on freedom of expression and the influence of political parties.

02:00:00 - 02:40:00

In a discussion with YouTube personality Jordi Wild, Pedro Baños emphasizes the need for a reinvention of politics and democracy to avoid a future of overpopulation and scarce resources. He stresses the importance of a more direct representation for citizens, criticizing the lack of knowledge citizens have about their elected officials and their actions. Baños advocates for an educational system operating based on selecting beneficiaries depending on their intellectual and economic capabilities, with an emphasis on creating labor-related content for the curriculum. He also highlights the importance of having true leaders who inspire and move people, particularly in a time of growing tensions and conflicts worldwide. Baños warns of the dangers of brain implants, digital sovereign currencies, and a global government run by elites, stressing the need to preserve freedom. In conclusion, Baños encourages young people to demand more from politicians and society to create a better future for themselves.

  • 02:00:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses his views on democracy and the need for a more direct representation for citizens. He argues that voting for a person instead of a party could allow for greater accountability and transparency. Furthermore, he criticizes the lack of knowledge citizens have about their elected officials and their actions, and how this undermines the principles of democracy. Baños also stresses the importance of improving the democratic system to prevent the rise of authoritarian regimes that can exploit the vulnerabilities of democratic nations. He believes that citizens must become more politically aware, demand more from their politicians, and vote for competent and ethical candidates.
  • 02:05:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses how a deficient education system is a significant part of the reason why we are facing global issues such as division and hatred. He explains the dwindling importance of history and knowledge in general, revealing how he often witnesses severe misconceptions when he asks people questions. However, he believes that there is still hope for a better future if we shift our focus towards quality public education with a system of scholarships. Baños advocates for an educational system operating based on selecting beneficiaries depending on their intellectual and economic capabilities while highlighting the importance of creating labor-related content for the curriculum. He believes that creating an education system geared towards creating a well-equipped society will benefit everyone in the end. Baños' message is straightforward: we need politicians who come to burn, as opposed to politicians who think about winning the next election.
  • 02:10:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the importance of education and the need to improve public education to provide equal opportunities for everyone in the changing technological world. He mentioned the need to dignify and elevate vocational education and not leave it to foreign private structures that are only interested in making a profit. Baños believes that politicians should focus on implementing policies that benefit the country rather than their personal interests or political groups, and they need to be the best managers and specialists in their field. He also highlighted the importance of having true leaders that inspire and move people, particularly in a time of growing tensions and conflicts worldwide.
  • 02:15:00 In this section, Pedro Baños, a Spanish Colonel and geopolitical expert, discusses the importance of having a strong and competent leader who can stand up to authoritarian leaders. He emphasizes the need for a leader who is not populist and chabacano, but rather serious and charismatic, and who can tell the truth even if it is bad news. Baños believes that society and politics have become infantilized, and there is a lack of strong and effective leaders in the Western world. Merkel is an example of a strong leader who can stand up to other powers, while Joe Biden is an example of an ineffective leader who makes constant mistakes. Baños stresses the need for leaders who are capable of defending their countries and not ceding to outside pressure, even at personal risk.
  • 02:20:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the need to change the paradigm in politics, to attract competent people and restore the credibility of democracy, especially for young people who are becoming increasingly disillusioned with it. He also explains the origin and intentions of the Agenda 2030, which has 17 goals and 169 targets that aim to end poverty, hunger, and inequality, among other things. However, Baños criticizes the agenda's underlying intention of creating a globalist system led by an undemocratic government, which could impose taxes on the poor while allowing the wealthy to hide their money in tax havens. He suggests that global financial reform should be the priority instead of achieving these goals.
  • 02:25:00 In this section, Pedro Baños discusses the dangers of the Agenda 2030 and the push towards a global government run by elites. He mentions the obsession with sustainable food consumption and the proposed control over populations through digital sovereign currencies. Baños explains that digital currencies are a way to control and limit people's spending and could come with extreme taxes for those who do not adhere to the rules. He reminds us that while society argues about trivial matters, important structural issues are being overlooked.
  • 02:30:00 In this section, the speaker highlights the alarming prospect of brain implants and the possibility of transmitting thoughts, which would lead to a lack of freedom of thought and complete transparency. The increasing use of mobile phones and social media allows for an unprecedented level of control and influence of individuals through targeted messages and advertisement. The speaker predicts a future where technology and politics become even more intertwined, and an inevitable conflict between the US and China ensues. The speaker paints a bleak picture of Europe's future, where an aging population and fragmentation dominate. Africa, on the other hand, is predicted to have a booming population that migrates to other parts of the world - fundamentally changing how we view the world.
  • 02:35:00 In this section, Pedro Baños emphasizes the importance of reinventing democracy and Europe to avoid a bleak future in which the world is overpopulated and scarce in natural resources. He argues that we need politicians who not only inspire us but also unite us, instead of dividing us. He also stresses the need for us to preserve our freedom and not let anyone take it away from us. Baños commends Jordi for his exceptional work in educating young people and encourages them to demand more from politicians and society to create a better future for themselves.
  • 02:40:00 In this section, Pedro Baños addresses and encourages young people to never give up and to demand more from politicians. He expresses his gratitude for being given the opportunity by Jordi to be on his show and share his experiences with the audience. Baños also states that content creators like YouTubers and influencers are crucial in keeping a balance of power and should not be silenced by laws or regulations. Overall, Baños encourages young people to remain optimistic about the future and continue to speak up for what they believe in.

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