by Ghassan Kadi
The financial collapse of the United States grows more inevitable, and more obviously so. Thus far during the Obama tenure alone, the formal and declared American debt has doubled, sky-rocketing from 10 trillion to 20 trillion dollars. Estimates of total American debt however, and which include unfunded liabilities, are much higher and range from 150 trillion to 350 trillion dollars. But even at twenty trillion, every American man, woman and child owes something in the vicinity of $60,000, and at the higher estimate, the per capita debt figure balloons to nearly $9 million.
Estimates of America’s total assets also vary from 300 to 550 trillion dollars. But as America has lost much of its manufacturing base as well as much of its resources, a big fraction of those assets are in real estate, bonds, shares and other commodities that are valued in accordance with general economic performance, and when the performance drops, they follow suit. Those estimates do not take this economic fact into account and even the low figure of 300 trillion could well and truly be over optimistic.
It is therefore rather difficult, if not impossible to know the actual totals of either American assets or liabilities. That said, if the liabilities figure is indeed in the vicinity of the high 350 trillion dollars figure and that of assets is in the vicinity of the low 300 trillion (if not less), then America could currently be well and truly literally insolvent.
The truth is that we don’t know, and perhaps we will never know, until a collapse spontaneously eventuates, or until the tsunami of the rising of new economic giants sweeps all what is in its way and make that collapse happen.
What is more sinister about the collapse of America is not only evident in its economic decline, but rather in the multitude of facets that seem to be all concurrently chewing away at the foundations of that nation that has led the world at many levels.
The fallout of an American collapse is not only going to be restricted to the United States itself. It will have global repercussions that will bring upon new challenges to the rising powers at more levels than just merely economical.
However, the economic collapse does not seem to be a haphazard phenomenon. It is the result of failures upon failures at a myriad of levels and aspects.
Throughout its history, the nation that developed in the “New world” and became eventually known as the United States of America has failed on three major counts.
The first historic failure was in America’s failure in accepting and recognising the human rights of indigenous Americans.
Native Americans, made to be known as Indians, were subjected to a systematic genocide that went on for four centuries. Four hundred years of massacres, displacements, broken promises, broken treaties, lies and deception that kept driving the “Indians” further and further West until they had no place to find refuge in.
To refer to this epic mass genocide as a violation of human rights would be a very gentle term to cover up a huge crime with. The systematic ethnic cleansing of indigenous Americans has probably been the most violent state-sponsored and longest in duration in the entire history of humanity. It dwarfs all other similar barbaric acts. But the American brutality did not stop there.
The second historic failure came about when the new and independent entity of the United States of America, a nation that was founded on a revolution that was meant to seek equality and justice for all, a revolution that was supposed to have inspired the French Revolution, a revolution that had the “Bill of Rights” to crown it as the first amendment of its constitution, has in fact allowed this so-called “Bill of Rights” to exclude the black man, endorsed his enslavement and the superiority of the white man over his freedom and destiny.
And even after Lincoln’s monumental thirteenth amendment, laws of segregation continued to rule the land until the 1960’s and the freedom of the black man was paid for by the blood of Dr. King and his brave and gallant comrades.
The third historic failure was in America’s inability to uphold Lincoln’s preamble-like statement about government that is “of the people, by the people, for the people”. Successive American governments from both sides of the political divide have proven to be anything but what Lincoln aspired for his nation. The word “people” was replaced by big business, the Israel lobby and the banks.
As a result now, ordinary Americans have little say as to who runs their government and what objectives they seek.
Historically-speaking therefore, and as the American forefathers were building the nation that was meant to represent the “New World” with a flavour of classlessness and freedom, underneath the thin façade, it was indeed built on racial and ethnic inequalities.
When Americans today lament the days of the forefathers, their highly-principled loftiness and achievements, they seem to conveniently ignore that any good that those forefathers stood for was exclusive to the white man.
Then they talk about the “American Dream”, one would ask, what defines this dream? In Hollywood-style, we see Superman defending “Truth, justice and the American Way”. Which “Truth” (with a Capital T), justice and American Way? One wonders if this “dream” of one actually means somebody else’s nightmare. Would one not?
With this question, we step out of history and into present time.
At both international and domestic levels, the so-called “American Dream” is no longer about its touted freedom and justice for Americans. It is no longer about an American Government that claims to conform to due diligence that has the welfare of its own people as the prime and sole objective, but rather one that has no aspirations other than world domination in a manner that keeps big business, the Israel lobby and banks where they belong; on top of the world dominion echelon.
However, decades and centuries of bullish politics have taken their toll on the minds of Americans, even on Americans who were once and continue to be victims of those doctrines. As a consequence, whilst the rise to prominence of African (Black) Americans heralded a hope that they would break out of the ranks of the enduring policies of the white man who enslaved their ancestors, that did not eventuate because they decided to let their comrades and ancestors down and join the white man’s club.
President Obama is not any less of a White-American-style policy zealot than his White House predecessors.
Before him, the rise of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice to power was not associated with any shift in American foreign or domestic policies.
Slowly, but gradually and surely, the lie that was dubbed the “American Dream” had to fester, grow, and become seen for the lie that it is. This is not by rule of chance, because every lie has an expiry date, and the expiry date of the big “American Lie” is due.
The more the “American Lie” gets unmasked, the more it manifests itself and what has been putrefying within its core, and what its decays and ferments have produced over the decades and centuries.
Corporate white-collared mega bank robbers make Billy the Kid look like, just a kid. School shootings, eroded family values and many similar “new-age” realities are what underpin the state of despair that lead to such personal traumas that lead to problems such as obesity, suicide, drug abuse and depression.
American scholars including psychologists and sociologists are at a loss not knowing what has gone wrong with America and what is causing all the problems they witness. Whatever techniques they are employing to resolve the mystery, they are failing to see that America has lost spirit, and that the momentum of the lie that kept it going for as long as there was enough wealth to be spread around to mask it all is drying out. Now that this wealth has been dissipated and put in the hands of a few, the majority who were left behind have little left to aspire to. The dreams of a few have turned into a nightmare for the many more left behind.
The dream has fallen apart and builders and achievers have been pushed to stoop to the level of scavengers with each fighting for his/her own survival. Tens of millions desperately try to put food on the table whilst the big bankers and CEO’s hasten to get in on the loot before it is too late and there is nothing left to be looted.
No grandeur is left to make an American feel great about being American. Long gone are the times when everybody wanted to live in America. Long gone is the era when songs were written about wanting to live in America. The reality of what America is currently is only a culmination of what it had always been; an unrealistic promise of perfection and social justice that was founded on a series of hypocrisies.
The pretence of morality that America tried to base its foundations upon is showing its age and use by date, and there is little room left for patch-up jobs to hide behind.
Obama has inadvertently made such a sharp u-turn recently, rendering the legacy of Lincoln as something that is in total contradiction to his own. In a recent interview a few weeks ago, he circumvented the allegedly all-profound foundations of the nation-building forefathers to overtly, and rather shamelessly, say that “the measure of strength internationally is not simply by how many countries we’re occupying, of how many missiles we’re firing, but the strength of our diplomacy and the strength of our commitment to human rights…”. This is a far cry from Lincoln’s “of the people, by the people, for the people” slogan that put morality a priori.
The decadent status quo of America is such that its president now felt that he had to ascertain that greatness of a nation is not only measured by its stature as an international thug. If this is not a blatant admission of an erosion of morality and the very foundations of any nation that remotely tries to associate itself with righteousness, then one would wonder what stronger statements would reflect the current lack of proper moral stature of America!
Obama’s statement is an overt admission on behalf of America, by its president, that it has totally lost its moral ground and that there is no need left to pretend otherwise.
Obama’s statement is in principle not any different from that of a corrupt businessman saying that success in business is not only a measure of corporate theft and cheating. In essence, it is not any different from admitting that love is not only about lust. It is not any better than proclaiming that success is not only restricted to money and ego.
This is a blatant admission of moral bankruptcy of the worst kind.
Obama’s statement sums up America’s moral collapse; one that only good Americans can turn around and change and save what is left of America that can be saved. And speaking of good Americans, we must not forget that there are many of them, millions, but they have never been able to either effectively partake in their nation’s governance or were prevented from creating the necessary change. The time has never been more essential for them to unite and rise.
It is vital to examine the morality of all people, one’s own first and foremost, other individuals, groups and nations. But there is a much bigger moral onus on those who proclaim a leadership position. America has taken on board this claim, and therefore becomes accountable. Lack of morality in say Ecuador will perhaps impact only on Ecuador because Ecuador does not assume a global leading role, but when rot hits the alleged global leader nation, the consequences can be dire for the whole world.
Ironically, Jihadi Islamists are now assuming a leadership role and their moral collapse is akin to that of the USA even though at the surface they look very different. Political alliances or the lack of them between America and ISIL set aside, at a moral level, the two parties are pretty much on par.
This seems to be the age of disclosure and exposure, the era of coming out, an era in which no one is any longer able to hide what lurks within; both light and dark, good and bad.
It seems that the time of the big “American Dream” turned the big “American Lie” is coming to full exposure.
The rot of America and that of fundamentalist Islam are coming to a head. It does not seem that it is by accident that both dipoles are showing their ugly faces at the same time.
It would be unjust for anyone to see one of those dipoles in total independence of the other; the two are intertwined strategically, philosophically, and existentially.
America’s moral collapse, which in essence is not recent, is no longer one that can be hidden. It is the culmination of at least two centuries of what started as false pretences and ended up as blatant lies.
The moral collapse of ISIL is arguably more ancient in its roots, but as fate invariably dictates, evil always finds itself coming of age alongside a similar but yet very different evil.
The multi-faceted bankruptcy of America is bringing out to the open a multitude of hidden ghosts; both internal and external; but the common underlying factor to all is the moral collapse. When a nation loses its moral base it loses everything it holds near and dear.
With in-fighting within the Muslim World, none of which is truly addressing the core of the ISIL syndrome, a similar infighting is brewing within the West and particularly within the USA.
Europe will eventually have to take an independent stand; one that is not affected by the decision-making of the USA. If Europe does not break loose and take such a stand, it will have to suffer consequences.
The rest of the world, especially the rising powers, will have to make brave new decisions.
It was brave and honourable of Russia to step in to fight ISIL in Syria. It was a responsible decision to make in order to curb its spread. But the war against dogmatism does not stop at fighting militarily, neither does leading the world into a new era.
The multi-faceted bankruptcy of America, that was once leading the world, dictates that humanity needs new preambles that can lead it into new and better directions.
The BRICS nations have thus far produced humble economic benchmarks to give the brave new world a platform on which it may be able to fall back on in the case of a sudden American economic collapse. The platform is still in the making and the establishment of the China-based AIIB is one of the biggest steps in this direction. It will take some time before the BRICS nations can cushion the full impact of a Western economic collapse.
What is more pertinent however is for the world to have new moral and philosophical stewardship and direction. The onus of taking this task on board is now moving into the direction of the BRICS nations.
After all, if the corporate giants of the west are replaced by those of BRICS, and if the existing rot, corruption and injustices of the world wear a new mask and take new names, humanity would stagnate and the changes would mean nothing.
In times of change, opportunities rise, and with the geo-cultural change in global leadership, humanity now has an opportunity to aim for a better future. This is an opportunity that should not be missed.
Given that it is the collapse of morality that has culminated into the multi-faceted collapse of the USA, will the BRICS nations stand up to the task? Time will tell, and history will be very unforgiving if they don’t.
The emperor is naked! but wait he has an offspring named ,”muslim brotherhood” who will swallow up his domain and slay his own father and in their dead struggle thae Indian nation will rise up!
I would not excuse and belittle the Europeans… They are worse than the Americans.
Bunch of moral perverts..
What you maybe did not see is that, the Europeans are a different sort of humans, they thought of the native Americans as inferior as they were humans form Asia who migrated to north and central America.. They are a different kind of human.. Although both humans share most of their dna, there is a 5% or so difference and this can go over 10%…. Europeans did not consider other mixed humans as humans at all.. Just like they did not consider blacks as humans. Now I am not sure we should rely on the Asian humans as being better… After all most humans have most of the same traits as the original African humans. And the Africans are not something I consider enlightened.. Although the humans in Australia seemed to have achieved a highest levels with sort of a spiritual enlightenment by the native Americans.. both are pretty much extinct now..
Until people develop a spiritual awakening, to see others with empathy. There is no future.. It is just too destructive.. But on the other hand, the other humans had a million years to do something and all they did was establish a few villages.. So you can imagine how I long for others to change and see something more to the world than just greed and violence and self gratification.. The best of humanity is also the worst of humanity.. That fight will end in our destruction.. I highly doubt Putin can stop it..
Re: “Although both humans share most of their dna, there is a 5% or so difference and this can go over 10%…”
Utter garbage, your percentages are pure fiction. We share something like 99% of our DNA with the chimp, about 98% with the gorilla and something like 50% with the banana.
I don’t know where you got your pseudo-scientific stuff.rest of sentence removed one word ammended. No attacking other commenters. Mod TR.
I am sorry, I cannot agree.
Native Americans were duly declared full subjects by Queen Elizabeth I of Spain, and King Francis I of France, who perfectly knew of their looks. In my opinion, they failed in not recognizing native nobility/gentry on a par with European, though it was sometimes considered implicit, but could not be enforced. Queen Elizabeth of Spain and her successors tried to send people of a higher morality to the New World, and only those examined were allowed to go, but there was a spectacular fail in the persons of the Pizarros, who murdered their companions and chiefs who didn’t want to take their side, and slaughtered scores of Peruvians and further.
Native Americans and French settlers went along quite well as a whole — but all French attempts towards colonization happened to be unsuccessful because even the poor didn’t want to leave France — while in Spain, there was a huge stock of hidalguía left unemployed by the end of the Reconquista, who seized the opportunity. And I don’t speak of England, where the disastrous Reformation had left the poor without any help, the middle classes with unprecedented burden, and… they got rid of their poor, often enslaving them for a limited duration (indentured servants, which was worse than the situation of servants for life, as the masters had no incitation to keep them alive further, and who traveled in worse conditions, even than English slave trade victims; and the women who had been made pregnant by their masters, owed them two more years as slaves, try to imagine) or, particularly in Barbados, by deportation of the Irish whose lands had been stolen by the English government, or made prisoners by Cromwell. Still today, the White are the lower classes there.
The first commercial relationship between European and African people was in XIIIth Century and on equal terms, navigators from Normandy trading with “Guinea” (present day Ghana). These traders having been (white!) slave traders towards Islamic countries (Rouen slave market) until the end of XIth Century!!! Then, the Portuguese learnt of this commerce, went ti “Guinea”, told people their Normandy partners were cheating them and had to be killed, which unfortunately they did. And, of course, the Portuguese had no wish of trading on a par with anybody… and even started some slave trade (as they did in America).
All the history of slave trade is a history of greed and loss of values — loss of the authentic European values, as well as being too far away to enforce the social rules which prevailed inland of some of these countries. Think only, Christianism had managed to get rid of slavery, for the first time in human history, as far as I know!
Racism, I mean, the theory that some colours of skin were inferior to others, came later (though there is everywhere and in all times, a sort of “instinctive racism” under different forms), and stemmed from this very greed — it was so commodious for those criminals, to assert for instance, the Black were not full human beings, had to be enslaved… because such pretenses allowed them and their offspring to be kept as slaves. Sorely, centuries of slavery have imprinted this lie in the mind of many of their descendants.
And we can remember that King Lewis XIV of France had a Black African prince at his court for some years, with a house and an allowance; and his wife, Queen Maria-Theresa, had a Black goddaughter who was a nun, and whom she visited.
Sorry, I forgot to enter my pseudonym in the previous message.
By the way, to the moderation : a moderator seems to have the same pseudonym? What can I do?
So what is the French excuse in 2011 to bombing Libya into the stone age from the most progressive country in Africa? And I am not sure what you mean by European values.. Romans? Alexander? The pope who tortured the knights Templars to extinction?
I think what you meant was the European under class got so tired of it all and the nobility decided to create all these habeas corpus crap to show they were valuable.. But as we can see now, it is only paper.. Since history started, Europeans considered only their own as sort of equals in human terms.. And this did not go very far.. Even with all that written paper, women were not quiet equal..
In most of history, Europe is what we see in the middle east today.. indentured servitude is legal in only one middle eastern country.. Just like in roman times..
See drinking tea and eating crumpets don’t make you civilized.. Even if one has to do that to be civilized..
The Germans destabilizing Ukraine and turning brother against brother.. That’s European value… When the CIA was getting nowhere after spending so much money. Merkels party took the reigns and succeeded and then get discarded with a F the EU… Hey there is value there too..
So shall we roast some blacks over some hot coals and some marsh mellows with some fine dutch values? Or hey lets again invade some cave dwelling prehistoric afghans on some excuse after centauries of misery that Europeans caused them and just when they were sort of stable and developing western values.. They got clobbered by terrorists.. And then again…. I think the entire EU was all hell bent on bombing a country that was devastated…. Cant put all this on just the US as Nato was fully involved here..
So if you consider European values as pillage, loot and kill everyone… Because it is not religion and it is not a law and order issue and it is not a knowledge or communication issue.. It is a value issue..
Damn I am going martin here, I am not confrontational normally but this is so important to understand and it is a very difficult subject because most are lacking the proper perspective to even know what it is that’s being talked about.. This can not be solved easily.. But to survive, We have to transcend evolution into thinking more on a global scale rather than individual scale.. Where someone else across the globe is as important to you as your neighbor.. Not even as your relative.. but even that slight connection can change society and culture in a way that connects all of us..
When saker talked about we are all made in gods image.. I believe he misunderstood.. We are part of god.. very small part.. we experience life and then we go join the whole.. Like in Arthur clarks book/move childhoods end.. So in effect we are god, very very minor god’s. Its a law that nothing can be created or destroyed.. So the consciousness we have are already part of the universe.. we use temporarily to experience new things.. So we are all connected and related. We should experiment more on this. Without the feeling that we are all one, we are not going to advance to a stage 2 civilization..
I am very sorry you did not read my whole post.
You should have caught, for instance, that present day mischief has nothing to do with them! Nor any mischief, by the way.
By European values, I mean Catholic ones — and, please, though the precise history of the Templar affair is so difficult to find because so much rubbish has been published on the subject, please, don’t stay with wrong clichés…
A couple of points (not that I disagree with your whole piece). I think you meant Queen Isabella of Spain (actually she would have said Castile and Aragon in those days.),not Elizabeth. And yes they did try to send colonists of higher morals (that was the plan at least). But that failed long before Pizarro’s time,I’m afraid. The reason the French were better with the Native Americans (mostly) was because they didn’t discover gold or silver in Canada. Had that happened I think it would have been a lot different. The French needed the Native Americans to be friendly. The “fur” trade depended on them. And climate was so bad in the winter that they needed them to help the Europeans through it. That has always been a problem for Canada. And was one of the main reasons French wouldn’t immigrate to Canada in large numbers,nor English either after they took it from the French (Also with so few European women at first immigrating. They contracted marriages with the Native American women.). A more balanced picture of French colonization would be shown in Louisiana and the Caribbean Islands. Where slavery was as bad and cruel as any other European power’s. In fact it was worse than many others. And lastly ,yes,some European rulers took in Native’s (of whatever race) to their courts. But they were mostly either “native royalty” (hence the “prince” you mentioned.),or were considered as an interesting plaything to have around. Along the lines of those courts also having “dwarfs” and court jesters in that period.
@ Uncle Bob 1, yes I mean Queen Isabella (sorry if I shouldn’t have translated her name) and, yes, I wrote Spain for simplification.
I really do not believe (though I consider a heavy crime any “trade” of human beings) the situation was worse in Louisiana than in Anglo-Saxon dominions!!! — I mean, when Louisiana was French. The Black slave trade started there under John Law, during the Regency, and never was in large numbers. It is during XIXth Century that it became atrocious — but was no more French!
The real, slave-based economy for France, was in Caribbean and Indian Ocean, and, though awful, seems to have been less so than the condition of most metropolitan workers under the reign of usurpator Louis-Philippe (1830-1848; particularly concerning child labour and the resulting health of adults), and that of all colours of indentured servants in British dominions, during the indenture as well as, for the few survivors, after.
And any slavery was contrary to real European culture, a sign it was losing itself.
Spanish countries had not stopped having slaves because of Muslim influence, and in Southern Italy it stopped late for the same reason, yet it was fought. And Protestant countries had very little left of what I consider European culture — I know, you may find me restrictive.
European culture forged itself with Roman, Celtic, Germanic cultures, which were quite atrocious in many ways (for instance, Roman had extermination labour camps and behaved awfully in many circumstances, at least compared to “European morality”); with Greek and Hebraïc cultural, philosophic and religious influence. It was the only place in the world, as far as I know, which condemned slavery, where truces were institutionalized and generalized, where deadly weapon progress was stopped for centuries by the Church, where “unprotected women” were safer, etc.
The Church had a moral right to impose such unpopular (for the elite) measures because they had themselves a tougher moral code and represented Our Lord Jesus Christ, who let himself be killed to save us, while he was sinless.
We (particularly the French) have pretended to “invent” the “Droits de l’Homme” during French Revolution but with what right do we try to impose them upon other cultures? The very people who had proclaimed them, immediately violated them in an unprecedented way! And they keep violating them… And they have no transcendental authority at all, of course.
Sorry if I forgot once again my pseudo, @ Uncle Bob…
Your commentary allowed me a hearty laugh before my daily routine. Thanks.
“What you maybe did not see is that, the Europeans are a different sort of humans,”
-What nonsense, Europeans are as humans as everyone removed. Please stop baiting as it will only lead to further deterioration of the discussion. Mod TR
What on earth?! The guy says Europeans are not human and I get censored?! Why does the bigot not get censored for baiting? The person baiting would be the one saying Europeans are not “humans as everyone else” not the normal person responding to this outrages racism,
okay I’ll bite, Never said Europeans are not humans.. Everyone on earth is human, but they are not all the same.. You need to go study human history and development of the last million years and human migration patterns.. Even the BBC web site has some good articles on it.. There is also a great series about the first humans from one of the BBC tv channels I think to give an idea of this human variations among others.. Netherlanders never migrated into deeper Asia.. They were human too..
And of course Europeans have a lower IQ than Japanese.. If they were the same then both should have similar IQ and not 10 points lower… and guess what, the Chinese are similar to the Japanese.. They cant even release these studies openly because of bias of people who think,things such as IQ is what defines you as human.. after all Europeans conquered the world including Japan..
I saw MarkU’s comment and he is using dna about how we have 90% of the dna of banana’s.. And then use wiki to prove his point.. Yet if he dug deeper he would find there is a 15% variations between humans from one end to the other although most people in a group have less than 2-3% variations. That 15% difference is between the normal originals humans in Africa and those that spread out around the world from Europe to japan and Australia.. But this variation has such an impact in the way humans interact with each other.. Why Chinese never look you in the eye when lying or confront you.. Every human trait can be traced back to variations of humans.
But this is not the place to talk about this anyway. Since I can see that most can not see past their bias into understanding and empathy for others.. Rather the bias is always aggressiveness. The root cause of what we face today.. Extinction.. instead of spirituality and compassion.. Maybe you should see that aggressiveness and strive to challenge yourself to change it to something more compassionate..
“And of course Europeans have a lower IQ than Japanese.. If they were the same then both should have similar IQ and not 10 points lower…They cant even release these studies openly because of bias of people who think,things such as IQ is what defines you as human.”
Hogwash. These studies have been discussed for tens of years now. IQ measures mathematical-logical abilities, and is only dimension of the mind. In the end, empires and civilizations are not built and kept alive only by intelligence (see any 20th century empire…), either.
“And of course Europeans have a lower IQ than Japanese.. If they were the same then both should have similar IQ and not 10 points lower… and guess what, the Chinese are similar to the Japanese.. They cant even release these studies openly because of bias of people who think,things such as IQ is what defines you as human.. after all Europeans conquered the world including Japan..”
I agree with Anonymous.
Very hard to discuss with someone believing the Japanese and the Chinese are more clever than the European because they have a higher IQ, while the type of education and instruction is so important in this very limited measurement… And, please, do not consider African people as stupid because quality of food during childhood has also an influence… Anyway, I answered…
I believe any ethnic group has more or less the same average intelligence, with important individual variations, and culture has a much greater importance, particularly as to the form of intelligence.
@TR Not sure about your last sentence, TR. As an example, how come Mexicans that have been in U.S. for several decades still cannot learn English whereas Asians that move here learn the language right away?
On telephone, one is given the choice of listening to either English or Spanish. Not Chinese, Japanese, or Russian, etc.
Mexican parents inability to learn English then affects their children learning the language because all they are exposed to at home is Spanish. I tutored a sweet Mexican 4th grade girl when she couldn’t attend school due to a broken leg. This child didn’t even know what a garage was even though there was one attached to their house.
I totally agree with you. IQ is a fictitious number, which depends on many environmental factors and to some degree genetics. All one has to do is look at IQ map of Europe to see that that it varies all over.
I have seen, a nonsense of a comparison between Russian IQ and Israeli IQ giving an edge to Israelis. First of all Russia is a huge country comprising of many people, many of them living tribal life. While many Israelis comprise of those Russians, but from major centers with better exposure to education, hence with somewhat better education than tribesmen. Those “studies” never say which groups were compared in actuality, besides the fact that it’s just a manipulation to drive a point.
I am going to stop here now.
Nice Foreplay, but No Orgasm
Mr. Kadi lists some of the moral and financial weaknesses of the United States. He would need a book, to list them all.
America’s founding leader, George Washington, did say that the day of the Native Americans was over, and the emotional and moral author of America’s Revolution, Thomas Jefferson, listed in our “Declaration of Independence” many complaints against the British Government, and one against the very inhabitants (the victims), the American settlers were helping the British to exterminate.
” He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring
on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known
rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
I read a similar complaint from the Zionist Land Thieves, about the Palestinians.
Where I take issue with Mr. Kadi, is when he writes:
“The reality of what America is currently is only a culmination of what it had always been; an unrealistic promise of perfection and social justice that was founded on a series of hypocrisies.”
Where do I begin?
America (The United States), is home to 320 million people, who, as with any other nation, are mostly good people who are getting on with their lives. There are no nations on this earth that are not “founded on a series of hypocrisies.” From my dad’s Belgium, to Pearse’s Ireland, Brazil, China, Luxemburg, and the rest. America is the land of my birth. I must take my stand here.
America is in great debt, and, therefore, due for a collapse, Kadi writes. True, America’s economy is unbalanced, and has mostly de-industrialized. Poverty has grown, and the middle income wage earners and small business owners, (sometimes labeled a “class”), have greatly declined.
Indeed the American Republic of my youth has already collapsed, both morally and politically. It happened, with sudden terrorist violence, on a bright sunny day in Dallas, on November 22, 1963, when our last constitutional President, John F. Kennedy, a good man, was assassinated.
And with his death, and the following murders of Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin L. King, and Fred Hampton, and John Lennon, and many others, we lost our Republic. The ones we cannot criticize (in the media), committed this crime.
And those who murdered our Republic, are doing the same work of preventing the French, in the heart of the world, from restoring theirs. Huffington Post constructs walls around our minds. The article fails to mention the Palestinians (who are the Semites who the Zionists are anti).
The question is: Where do we go from here?
What is your VISION? Do you have one? If you don’t, that is not a crime. Few have one.
The best I can fathom is that your hope, or, better said, your hopeful ending, is that the BRICS nations will, like Mighty Mouse, come to the rescue and Save the Day.
“The BRICS nations have thus far produced humble economic benchmarks to give the brave new world a platform on which it may be able to fall back on…”
The loose BRICS grouping of national Oligarchs is your “brave new world.”
I accept what exists. It is what it is. But there is something left:
My VISION, is for a contentious People in Arms, (a “Rabble in Arms”), to, as they have done on occasions, (Glorious occasions), in Novorossiya, Lebanon, Lexington and Concord, Playa Giron, and Anarchist Durruti’s Catalonia, and construct their own Shangri-La, their own Democratic Republics.
In America, our Republic must be restored. What other goal can there be? BRICS is an illusory, almost mis-directional, and, at best, illusory hope. Fuck the debts. This from Jefferson (he was a flawed, [aren’t we all?] man of his time) who was a great Visionary.
“I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self evident, ‘that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living’:”
“Then I say the earth belongs to each of these generations, during it’s course, fully, and in their own right. The 2d. Generation receives it clear of the debts and incumberances of the 1st. The 3d of the 2d. and so on. For if the 1st. Could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not the living generation.”
Peter – The Anarchist Collective
Unfortunately the B in BRICS, Brazil, is rapidly being undermined by Uncle Satan. Like Argentina, now back to being a complete Zionazi colony, with neo-liberal class warfare being reinstated with ferocious rapidity, and Venezuela, about to fall after nearly twenty years of unremitting sabotage, Brazil will soon return to colonial status under the Empire and will certainly withdraw from the BRICS. As long as the USA exists in its present form, aggressive, interfering, arrogant, demanding, no country on Earth is safe from subversion, sabotage, sanction and even aggression.
“As long as the USA exists in its present form, aggressive, interfering, arrogant, demanding, no country on Earth is safe from subversion, sabotage, sanction and even aggression.”
The weakness of BRICS, and those who hold out hope for this illusory group (won’t mention their names, not even Mr. Kadi – wait! I just did), is that it (balanced international trade and national economic development), cannot exist in a political vacuum. The missing ingredient – is Revolution (to destroy world imperialism). And Revolutions require a VISION.
The people must rise; they must establish, or restore Democratic Republics, built in their image, defend them with armed militias, and accomplish this “by any means necessary.” America, as you understand, needs to have its citizens restore their Republic (assassinated on November 22, 1963), and by that single vital accomplishment, the political, economic, (human) balance of the world will be restored.
We have our work cut out for us.
Generally speaking the article is good, but:
1. As long as FED continues to print useless paper (plastic nowadays) and countries continue to bail them out by buying fake certificates nothing will change.
2. You can not pin your hopes on BRICS, as it’s a totally democratic organization.
3. Putin said many times, that Russia does not intend to replace US as the world’s usurper, and he is quite right. Why would Russia want to do it, it has suffered enough pain and destruction.
4. Greeks have a saying: “you have to get your ar$ wet to catch fish”. Let me translate “wake up and do it yourself”.
Great article and well written. Really hits the nail on the head!
Not to insult anyone but it’s “Blondynka”.
Thank you Ghassan for this article. I read it with great interest as I have had a few questions on the same subject.
For several years now, as you mentioned in your present article, we read in various online publications and analyses how the US is on a brink of financial collapse. Yesterday I read on Sputnik that the Saudis with the petro-dollar are propping the US dollar and, as we have seen these past few weeks with the despicable events, they themselves are not secure either. Domino effect comes to mind.
Much has been written and debated, however I notice that no one has spoken about the elephant in the room: what would happen on the political stage if the US truly collapsed? Another revolution? Will the Deep State take overt control of the government (presently they are hiding behind various legitimate entities as the MIC, the State Dept., Wall Street and others)? How will the military react – support of some coup or take control themselves (military dictatorship)?
What would happen in all those Unitedstatian (in French some use the term “étasunien” which is good since calling them American does not do justice to the other occupants of the continents) adventures and misadventures throughout the world, including their own country? I am writing from Canada and, some will agree, some will not, but we are also a US colony and this collapse will affect us brutally.
We all know where these adventures and misadventures take place. The Unitedstatians will probably remove their military bases from Europe to maintain some sort of control over their own population. The European Union, such as it is, will be dumped, they will obviously stop supporting various regime such as Israel, ISIS/ISIL/Daesh, Ukrainian Nazis for lack of money. How will it affect these countries as well? Again the domino effect.
Russia and China have also being de-dollarizing (Russian Oil Benchmark Futures in rubles) setting up new banks to trade in their currencies – getting away from US currency. How will such a collapse affect them? They obviously are preparing for such an event but they still have quite a large chunk of foreign debt in US dollars. As a sidebar, will Russia reclaim the Russian-speaking areas of the Ukraine while this happens?
And since banks control governments, how will they be affected? Again the domino effect. Economics and finances are not my forte so I would not want to pronounce myself on these topics but it would be quite a read! Will the banks that control the Federal Reserve step in and try to “save” them?
Saker: Can you post the transcript of the Hungarian Top Economist: Civil War 2016 is commingfrom fir video.
That’s very interesting. Hopefully those stupid Euros will take they own destiny in they own hands. Otherwise the are Lost!!!!
“Native Americans, made to be known as Indians”
-Actually, native americans are known as whites. Sadly, brutal and vicious indians invaded america and exterminated the native americans in what is probably the most extreme genocide in human history, wiping out every last remains of the native population on America, even more brutal then the islamic slavery of whites that went on for a thousand year + or the extermination of the indians by the muslims were over 80 million hindus were exterminated over several centuries.
“Stone-age Europeans ‘were the first to set foot on North America'”
If indeed what says this article is true, and why not, I would tell the searcher the stone age French people did not necessarily need ice to cross the Atlantic, if they were as good navigators as their direct descendants the Basques ;-)
Anyway, these findings suggest a presence by some people, not necessarily a huge number, and it was several thousand years before the arrival of the people we know as “Native American” : nothing allows to assert they did meet, the stone age European may as well have disappeared from other causes which probably didn’t lack!
There are actually a lot more information on this subject and the genocide of the native americans at the hands of the indians. Although currently the PC universities are more occupied with “whiteness studies”, and trying to explain why Obama did so poorly as a president despite not being white.
“When Americans today lament the days of the forefathers, their highly-principled loftiness and achievements, they seem to conveniently ignore that any good that those forefathers stood for was exclusive to the white man.”
-As oppose to asian, african and indian societies of course, which were naturally open to all races genders and religions, only whites prioritized their own race in history, this is known from various “whiteness studies” carried out in western universities by heroic anti-racist. Also know as anti-whites.
I realize now this forum is so infested with anti-white racists they might understand that I am being sarcastic here.
it is important that the eurasian powers externally manage the financial decline of the US as they themselves are not in any position to take over the reins just yet and when the US does collapse it will create a a vacuum and without its purchasing power the east will suffer. I think perhaps some people will be surprised at just how much efforts the Chinese and the Russians will make in assisting and trying to manage a more graceful and consistent decline to keep the worlds markets off life support. The degree to which they are allowed to do this will depend a large part on the US itself .. can it spare the world the arrogance and hubris it has been demonstrated for so many decades. will it allow its decline to be managed .. will the patient allow the medics to administer life support and give palliative care? or will it take a total war, slash and burn approach and take us all down with them. Interesting times ahead.
Excellent account of what’s essentially a rotting, God-awful White Trash Empire — Ghassan Kadi’s submissions stand out as the gems that they really are.
The ‘egalitarian’ nonsense which forms part of official Pindostani history is, at bottom, a most sincere tribute to those great Founding Fathers who welcomed all the invading European squatters to an unprecedented orgy of genocidal land-grabbing, irrespective of social status and national descent. If there’s something which neatly sums up the entire Pindo historical experience right from the 17th century — long before the US itself came into existence — to the very present, it’s these words:
It’s easy to be generous with other peoples’ land, labour, and natural resources.
However, now that the rot has taken such an irreparable toll on the historical product of aforesaid ‘egalitarianism’, there’s going to be some quite spectacular internal cannibalising flaring up as the Pindo social cohesion based upon flag-waving arrogance and self-worship disintegrates, courtesy of imperialist defeat.
“White Trash Empire — Ghassan Kadi’s submissions stand out as the gems that they really are. ”
-Yes, he is truly a great racist among other great racists at this forum!
Liz, the verdict of “White Trash Empire” was mine and not Ghassan Kadi’s, mind you.
To put this into perspective: In your very next post, you moan
“/…/ currently there are tens of millions of non-whites flooding into Europe /…/ “
but you “forgot” that, in stark contrast with the squatters across the Atlantic, today’s Europe is not facing people intent on stealing land and wiping out the people at gun-point. And, most importantly, I find it highly unlikely that the refugees have made an agreement with the Zionazis to the effect that they could get to Europe in exchange for perpetuated Zionazi military assaults on their home countries.
Whitey Pity Parties indeed look both morally and intellectually challenged, to put it mildly.
Nussiminen, if you read Stannard’s ‘American Holocaust’ you will see that those exterminated by the European colonists and imperialists number in the tens of millions. From complete exterminations, as of the millions inhabiting Hispaniola when the Spanish arrived, or of the Californian natives, to the mere reduction by 90% or so of most of the others, the intention was almost always openly genocidal. In New England the colonists unashamedly held aloft the Old Testament/ Torah, and quoted freely from the Book of Joshua and other tracts, and dear old Yahweh’s demands for extermination of the various untermenschen eg Midianites, Jebusites, Philistines etc ‘down to the last suckling babe’, even, cleverly, including killing their animals and burning their crops, ensuring starvation in case any survived. These Holy texts are the oldest surviving injunctions to genocide, and target the women and children, rather than the men alone, in a drive to exterminate. And, of course, they are the real root of really existing ‘Western Moral Values’.
Actually, the vast majority of Indians died of plague, not murder by Whitey. I don’t mean to excuse the murders, etc.; we just need to keep this in perspective.
The Portugueses gave infected clothing to exterminate the natives in Brazil. Smallpox was used as a biological weapon.
However, contrary to what happened in North America, there was a high rate of miscegenation between Iberians and natives in Brazil. Where I live, most people are descendants of these two groups.
Absolutely correct, Mulga. Sven Lindqvist also dealt with these origins/manifestations of Western supremacy in several of his writings. Today’s Western bigots are increasingly yearning for the sweet 19th century with regard to international politics. To wit: Steadily increasing living standards in Europe and North America at the expense of genocided or enslaved peoples in Australasia, Africa, and South America. And all this affluence accompanied by zero refugees and “terrorists” at the borders.
Nussiminen, I found Lindqvist’s ‘Exterminate the Brutes’ really remarkable.
True enough, Mulga. Interestingly, Stannard’s “American Holocaust” was published in the very same year (1992) as Lindqvist’s “Exterminate all the brutes”. Surprisingly, judging by what I’ve found online, Stannard’s scientific work seems to be held in high esteem, including his monumental “American Holocaust”. This is in stark contrast to Lindqvist, who instantly became ‘fair game’ in the eyes of what passes for Sweden’s ‘intellectual community’. But few people bought into the slander; “Exterminate all the brutes” became a bestseller in Sweden and it seems to have made it abroad as well. I think that both Stannard and Lindqvist have contributed to the growing contempt and ridicule meted out against the Corporate Media a quarter of a century later.
Nussiminen, Lindqvist visited Australia in the early years of this century. He wrote a book, ‘Terra Nullius’, after the legal fiction that Australia was an empty space when Whitey arrived, in the form of English prisoners and their gaolers. It was a good read, but came out during a period of increased racist, blackfella-hating, hysteria on the Right, so Lindqvist was vilified by the racist scum with which this country is massively over-endowed. Not to be confusing here-race hatred for the indigenous is constant on the Right, but it goes through periodic frenzies, usually when the votes of the worst vermin are being sought.
The UnitedStates has been founded on the ancient anglo-saxon lie of its own superiority. The melting pot has consisted in an opportunity for non-anglo-saxons to accept this lie. The Germans , Swedes and French in origin did exactly that and later the Irish, Scots and the Italians followed. But the lie remains a lie. Americanism has become the new Anglo -Saxon ideology of superiority . It is the lie upon which the notion of “American Exceptionalism” is based. The “American Eagle” is going down in flames and no one can stop it.
Oh, go and cry bigot, anglo-saxons and Europeans have no more delusions of superiority than any other race or people, infact currently there are tens of millions of none-whites flooding into Europe, until other races begins to admit millions of immigrants, there is no doubt that whites are the least racist people on this planet.. If you do not include racism towards themselves of course, at that no doubt whites take the price!
The name United States of America Inc is a name on a business card. Those running the business had to adjust their business plan in the 1930s or lose the entire business due to a fairly new “ism” that had caught the common man’s attention. Today the western oligarchs are pursuing the same plan that failed in the 1930s after spending time and money defeating and disparaging the “ism’ that have given them so much trouble. Today’s effort is on a much larger scale, attempting to bring the whole world into-under their business plan with themselves as board of directors and major shareholders. This is the whole scheme in a nutshell. This scheme began about three and a half centuries ago to evolve to where it is today. The business plan has undergone modification as the means to dominate financially and in owning production have grown. The business model is run by inter generational plutocratic family dynasties and this western oligarchy is certainly entrenched in its own closed society of the like minded, also extending over generations. They have attained their position of wealth and more importantly power and control through owning a monopoly over the creation of money and the corporations that have grown up around this function. They view the world as a business opportunity that can be accessed at the most advantageous of terms by the application of “offers that can’t be refused”. This is all there is to America. All the rest is bull shit meant to keep the peasants entrapped within myth overlaid with myth so that they remain as pliable and of as little trouble as possible. Now that these power elites methods have grown and their gains have grown they see their end goal of total world domination in sight and the means to justify the end grow more diabolical with the surge to at long last succeed “at any cost to other life or life support systems”.
All that we have as material well being from medicines to candy bars is produced by the labour of people with the resources the planet has to offer. ” All the ” isms” merely tell us who gets paid”…from a tweet by Arthur Chu.
Yes, but where is the collapse in the real world?
Hi Ghassan , yet another chokers article that could almost be spliut into 3 it coveres so much :)…. hoever you seemed to have overlooked the critical civil war fallout.. thew civil war was nothing to do with slavery.. it was a war between -Constitutionalists- fighting to uphold the Constituional structure of the Union of free states (along with the commonwealth of massacusett) (The Confederates) and -Federalists- fighting to enforce the supreme authority of the federal authorites over the state legeslatives..the end of the ‘civil war’ saw a complete suspension of civil statures rights and laws in all defated confederate states.. and the birth of the federal laws. prisons authorities and insititutions supeceding state sovereignty…. a federal behasmoth that has only continued to expand and compell wider complience.. just thought it should be mentioned :) ..
OK. I heard it. Yes. America is bankrupt. Practically gone. In no time it will be no more. Armageddon is just around the corner, can’t you see?
Waiting for it to happen is very unnerving. It is just like waiting for Ukraine (“Ukraine”?) to collapse. Everybody says it must be, so what is lacking is perhaps only that magic “final touch” … no?
I am holding my breath.
Anybody having even a superficial knowledge of history would recognize the pattern. The european Middle Ages were riddled with apocalyptic movements of all kinds. All of them attracted large crowds of feeble desperates, luring them on hope that the worldly wealth and accompanying delights (that they were anyway excluded from enjoying) would be demolished by the Divine Justice.
All of these ended in bloodshed brought on by elites’ wrath, with leaders sometimes impaled or beheaded but most often burned at stake. The horror’s purpose was to ensure the eschatological expectation of the masses moves back to indefinite future.
Yawning is good for the brain.
American scholars including psychologists and sociologists are at a loss not knowing what has gone wrong with America and what is causing all the problems they witness
Perhaps they’ve been trained to look in the wrong places? They assume organised crime is epiphenomenal, dependent on the larger society, whereas it has now become determinant, having burrowed its way to the top of all the institutions of that society. The Kennedy assassination seems to have been the crossover point. I’ve just been reading Darwin Porter’s J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson. He’s a Hollywood gossip columnist. He has no fancy theoretical framework. But he has no problem in tracing the rot. In fact, he makes you feel sorry for the American people. They didn’t have a chance.
Dear Ghassan, good article, I would like to make a comment…
Here are the paragraphs that inspires my comment:
“…The truth is that we don’t know, and perhaps we will never know, until a collapse spontaneously eventuates, or until the tsunami of the rising of new economic giants sweeps all what is in its way and make that collapse happen.
What is more sinister about the collapse of America is not only evident in its economic decline, but rather in the multitude of facets that seem to be all concurrently chewing away at the foundations of that nation that has led the world at many levels.
The fallout of an American collapse is not only going to be restricted to the United States itself. It will have global repercussions that will bring upon new challenges to the rising powers at more levels than just merely economical.
However, the economic collapse does not seem to be a haphazard phenomenon. It is the result of failures upon failures at a myriad of levels and aspects….”
Ghassan, Catherine Austin Fitts has been talking about this coming economic collapse for many years, which many people have been predicting (for many years)…Catherine doesn’t think there’s going to be a huge collapse…she calls it ‘slow burn’ which has been going on now for decades…and she believes that the masters of this have perfected it and the slow burn will just continue as is, for decades to come…
spontaneously?? More like a neutron bomb going off and it will take the entire worlds financial system down with it in a day. Putin knows This!!!!! Which is why he is working so slowly.. To disconnect the petro dollars so the US will have a hard time borrowing money to feed its infinite army..
There are so many CDO’s now. Collateral debt obligations.. With those, no one loses any money.. That’s the idea.. You buy futures which is where you gain what someone else loses.. Then take out insurance against going broke.. Then take out insurance against the insurance company going broke.. So no matter who wins and who loses, you always win.. or that is the idea..
Remember n 2008 the biggest American company insured everyone who held worse than junk bonds with AAA+ ratings because that is the rating they had.. In a few months they went bust.. Which is when the FED decided to buy those worthless bonds and make it into an asset owned by the US citizens.. In effect transferring trillions into the banks in exchange for worthless junk they can never sell.. So insurance companies can and do go broke..
All this is so interconnected using so many derivatives that it is mind blowing. I watched the markets and its so tightly wound you can play the violin on it. The entire world is hanging on that line.. When it breaks, it will make most people go broke in an instant.. If not for such manipulations behind the curtains, it would already have busted a long time ago but adding more and more derivatives to keep it going means things will be far worse now and the longer it takes the worse it will be. None of the previous busts can be compared to the torrential rains that’s coming. We have only witness very mild showers.. Hyper inflation and such is nothing to worry about.. after all Zimbabwe survived it.. I don’t think anyone even have any idea what is coming.
And yea it will blow up china like a Champagne bottle.. Russia not so much.. Not much will be left of the US.. We will have to see what all is hidden.. Since now we don’t know which countries are hiding the their crimes.. All that will come out into the open..
“…American debt has doubled, sky-rocketing from 10 trillion to 20 trillion dollars… Estimates of total American debt… are much higher and range from 150 trillion to 350 trillion dollars.”
One hears this every day, but it reflects a misunderstanding of what “debt” means for a sovereign issuer of fiat currency.
The “debt” is nominal, and the US is the issuer of the currency the debt is denominated in. The US’ only legal obligation is to issue the nominal amount of currency required to retire the debt. It has no legal obligation to maintain the value represented by the currency, or to transfer physical value in payment of the “debt”. It can simply issue a few hundred trillion dollars and “pay” all of it off at will.
The fact is that its creditors don’t want it to, or not until they’re ready for it. Getting ready is something they’re all working assiduously on, but they’re certainly not there yet.
What keeps the USD, or more accurately US Treasury paper, valuable is consensus. As long as that consensus holds, dollar hegemony will be with us. That consensus is breaking, but it is a controlled, slow motion, demolition. Should that consensus break suddenly, the US will be forced to issue enough currency to “retire” the debt. Those dollars, not being legal tender in most countries, would begin to flood back into the US to be converted into physical value. Slowly at first, then at an accelerating rate, the resulting inflation would turn into hyper-inflation. This would, of course, create great economic and social dislocation both in the US itself, and in the wider world where the vast excess of orphaned dollars would probably suffer even greater devaluation, but all debt will be retired in full, though in worthless dollars.
In the event, one would expect the US to institute capital controls, keeping foreign held dollars out, and issue a new dollar for use domestically. This would be the inverse of the situation in the last century where an international “trade dollar”, convertible to gold, circulated internationally while the irredeemable dollar circulated at home.
Therein lies the US’ “obligation”. Namely, if it hopes to continue to issue debt, it is obliged to maintain a reasonably steady value for the currency at least in the short term (say over a couple of years). Counter intuitively, forcing it to pay off the debt will kill the currency.
If there was a real possibility of default, it would have happened some time ago.
As long as the US can successfully blackmail any ally who may join the BRICS, invade any 3rd world country who tries to de-dollarize, and effectively choke and limit the Chinese and Russian economies, then this financial oppression and pillage will continue unabated.
In fact, this has nothing to do with finance (as it’s clear we have no intention of repaying out debts). This has to do with coercion and oppression.
Interesting essay and commentary all sharing the commonality of being all over the place–a jumble if you will. The attempt at a Balance Sheet approach by the author is incomplete. Rendering a proper comment would require my own essay, but I haven’t the time. As a substitute, I suggest seriously reading People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization, 1973’s winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History by Michael Kammen, as a good place to start followed by 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles Mann. Too few have read Charles Beard’s ultra controversial at its publication An Economic Interpretation of the U.S. Constitution or understood the connection between Turner’s Frontier Thesis and Brooks Adams’s The Law of Civilization and Decline and the bearing they all have on the contemporary situation. I suggest that Mr Kadi read Adams and Kammen for the revelations they provide.
You are quite wrong when you state the nation called the USA was founded with equality, liberty and justice for all as its primary concern. You might take some time to absorb the writings and statements of Madison, Who did not consider the average citizen who was not landed and/or a member of the well educated, new aristocracy. Many of whom were slave owners. Madison described the commoners as rabble, incapable of decision making, or selecting their new ruling class. Please describe what America’s national debt consists of? A hint, see US Treasury Bills.
As long as the Dollar remains the world’s primary reserve currency, as long as other nations accept Dollar Bills, as payment for their exports, as long as exporting nations take those dollars and exchange them for US Treasury Bills, those nations will continue to finance Amerikas’ never ending interventions, never ending wars, its military/defense spending and its speculative financial sector. So the answer is, the national debt consists of the US Treasury Bills held by the Federal Reserve in other nations’ accounts there. I will comment on other aspects of your article upon getting off of the plane I am currently flying on. One last thing, are you aware of the very great writings of Thomas Paine? If not you should be. While reading his work keep in the back of your mind that he died basically a pauper. Why? He was not a member of the new aristocracy.
Yes, I thought of including Common Sense among my suggestions. Funny how it’s not required reading in US History courses, although I required it during the few years I was allowed to teach the subject. But the same can be said for many others; Leviathan comes to mind along with Aristotles’s Politics. Actually, the real bummer is learning about the human condition and its histories is a life-long process that all too often never is allowed to begin with the individual becoming indoctrinated and no more.
Morality was never. ever primary in America. From its inception until the present, my friend. In the immortal words of Flava and Chuck D. don’t, don”t, don”t, don’t believe the hype.
It’s been a big show, fiction, from the start.
Yet more evidence the Outlaw US Empire is being hollowed out by its oligarchy that makes Russia’s oligarchy puny in comparison, http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/01/12/supreme-court-appears-ready-bankrupt-public-employee-unions
People forget that Americans have been financially controlled by agents of The City of London Corporation almost forever. America never won a “financial war.” As soon as the Revolution was over, folks were back to borrowing money from London. It’s been a 300+ year war, as described in the 1889 book “The Great Red Dragon: Foreign Money Power in the United States.” Just as the “drift of gold” was to the U.S. in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the “drift of gold” is now to China and India. You know the history of events from the U.S. with that gold, now you can just imagine what will happen in the near future with agents of The Great Red Dragon controlling China and India. Not going to be pretty.
This BRIC stuff is just about passé now. Name me one BRIC nation that isn’t run by corrupt oligarchs, just one. Brazil is run by a small clique of people, the income discrepancy is just as bad if not worse there than in the US. Morality? Give me a break!!! Those Brazilian elites are just as corrupt as our rulers in DC/NYC. The women are loose as hell, as HIV is a big problem down there still. Russia is the same way, it is morally bankrupt, trying to display some sort of new Orthodox awakening, much like the Moral Majority/Christian right did during the Reagan years. It is a total farce, just like the Christian revival in the US. Not much of a Christian awakening as the morality keeps going down the toilet. Russians have a big booze problem, a big drug problem, sex trafficking, etc. There economy is stunted by the oligarchs and the mafia that shakes down any business owner, no matter how big they are. China is ruled by oligarchs as the CCP is still the only game in town. Corruption is rampant as a result, and on top of that their economy is ever increasingly mirroring ours as it has adopted the US Fed practice of printing $$$$$$$$ on demand. Even with the increase in gold reserves, the printing is going on at a staggering rate. On top of that the Chinese have their own real estate bubble to try and manage. They can tank any day if the rest of the global economy takes a hit. Already manufacturing has gone down drastically for going on 4 months straight. With Europe and the West in general taking a massive hit, globalization has made nobody immune. In terms of social mores, face it the Chinese and Indians are in love with everything Western, decadence and all. Thinking the new BRICS system is going to help humanity is a joke, as all it is going to do at best is rearrange the deck chairs on the SS Titanic.
You know, I think you’ve got very good points there. You forgot to mention how bad it is in India which is increasingly turning into a Sh*t-pit of mindless materialism being forced down on the population by it’s corrupt anglicised 5-column old-guard. The kind of social aping that the english speaking upper middleclass is engaging in, is enough to make a normal person throw-up in disgust.
The more I watch manifestation of Liberal social rot in India more I feel sick that they appear to be going down the same path of self-destruction.
I’m glad you pointed that out.
Now the question is, where did all the cultural poison originate from? I do believe it flowed out the Anglo-American empire – like sewage.
Now trying to stop it by trying to go back to sensible culture roots?
Putin – Russian Culture conservative/sovereignist – succeeding
Modi – Indian Culture conservative/sovereignist – so far failing
Xi – Chinese conservative/sovereignist – success undetermined yet – not sure yet how his anti-corruption process against some of China’s billionaires and Hong Kong 5th columnists will turn out.
are u serious ?
any alternative to the fukus led world order is gonna be a vast improvement….guaranteed. !
for a start, imagine a world without serial wars, killer drones, aq, isis, exploding airliners, disappearing airliners, recurring pandemic, suicide bombers,……. !!!
should be a no brainer !
If you are looking for “nirvana” you aren’t going to find it. If you are looking for nations to run their own affairs. And either fail or succeed without a great empire stacking the deck against them. Then that is the multi-polar World Russia and China are working on creating. That is what I seek. So I’ll keep on supporting that. I know history well enough to understand that a perfect World is very far away (if it will ever be created). But not kneeling and selling your people out to the US empire is possible in our World.And that will have to be enough to start with for us all. I read an article on Obama’s SOTU speech. I didn’t think I could stomach actually listening to it live. There was a time in the past that I would have “bought” his words. But over the last few years all the doubts I secretly had about the US roll in the World have been proved correct. And now I can hardly bare to hear him (or any regime official lie to us any more).
your remarks about russia demonstrate a huge yawning distance between your last visit there & when you now write, plus a huge chip on your shoulder in regard to respect for women, re Brazil: ‘the women are loose as hell there’: question, were any men involved? show some respect! times have changed: move on…,
what exact ‘$’s are the chinese supposedly printing?
As a Brazilian I know the corruption is a huge problem. The economic discrepancy between rich and poor was worse 20 years ago. But at least, we Brazilians are not run by warmongering psycopaths who sponsor terrorist groups and support genocide for regime change in ‘X’ countries in order to loot, rape and be a good Zionist slave. Just imagine if you lived in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine…I bet the people living in these countries are very happy with American leadership.
potus…state of union
*I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air.*
* The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined. *
Now we are all slaves to the profit imperative The time for a historic transition to a post capitalist economy is long over due.
“American scholars including psychologists and sociologists are at a loss not knowing what has gone wrong with America and what is causing all the problems they witness”.
I am not at a loss. The soul has become even more rotten, by its strong alliance with the Zionist Entity. Whatever the U.S. owned of a soul; it was long ago sold in its entirety to the Zionist Entity.
When an individual, a nation, a group, sells its soul to the Devil, the Devil eventually comes round to collect what it’s due—the soul.
I most certainly include Europe (and other nations) in this soul-sale transaction.
Carmel by the Sea
Never got around to commenting on this article, but wanted to as it is probably one of the very few that I have read from beginning to end on here, anyhow, it was fluently written and held my attention. Also, didn’t you write something about a Brave New World? Wonderful words, concept, hope, and especially music…
I did not write this comment. Must be a different Penelope. I disagree w the article’s singling US out as any more guilty than others during its colonial period. The oligarchs who are running it today are evil, but most of us cannot see how to stop them.
YOU,,,,,,,,, Calm, accurate, contextual , self reflecting.. Obama calm, robotic, non self reflecting, obfuscative, Self Wasted education.
More on the moral bankruptcy of the American Evil Empire.
Fort Russ mentions that Obama made the self-congratulatory boast during his State of the Empire speech that “People of the World Do Not Look to Beijing or Moscow to Lead – They Call Us.”
Obama: “People of the World Do Not Look to Beijing or Moscow to Lead – They Call Us” http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2016/01/obama-people-of-world-do-not-look-to.html
Yeah, the people of the world look to America to lead them … straight into the gates of Hell.
Just look at how self-styled “Land of the Free” has led the world into imperialist American wars against Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, and War on Terror in general–leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the greater Middle East; the destruction of viable societies into America-spawned failed states; and the consequent rise of jihadists like the Islamic State.
The comment by Obama perfectly demonstrates the sociopathic nature of America as a nation .
The United Snakes of America is defined by a self-righteous moral delusion that the USA is the essence of Goodness–no matter how many crimes against humanity that America is guilty of.
In fact, the more countries that America rapes and destroys around the world, the more aggressively Americans will insist they are the moral guardians of the world–and how any nation that opposes the USA (like Russia or China) cannot compare with America’s lofty moral status.
Such is the Orwellian worldview of the Exceptionalist American people.
Beneath this chauvinistic America “morality” is a deep rooted sense of insecurity. Indeed, America’s instinctive moralistic boasting is a pathetic tactic to overcompensate for the moral depravity that lies at the heart of the American soul.
America is like a mass murdering serial killer, who masquerades as a pillar of the community and moral leader.
Hell, if the United States were a person, it would have been diagnosed as a clinical sociopath and locked up for a very long time.
Obama and the oligarchs are not America. They occupy the levers of power, but that’s all.