by Francis Lee for the Saker blog
‘’You can’t always get what you want.’’
Courtesy of the Rolling Stones
This aptly sums up the Eurozone/East-Asian/US relationship: In short US hegemony. Suffice it to say that – of all people, Leon Trotsky writing in, (War – In the International 1933) – opined … ‘’That prior to WW2 the US was Europe’s debtor but now Europe was relegated to the background. The United States is the principal factory, the principal depot and the Central Bank of the world.’’
US Ascendency in the 20th Century.
This much was self-evident, and true enough, but in any case, America’s hegemony over Europe long pre-dated WW2 and actually later grew larger with the addition of ex Eastern European states which had been formerly part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Western Europe had willy-nilly long since been subordinated to the USA. A while later (1946) the Americans gave the British short shrift reminding them that they would have to adjust to the post-war realities and take the medicine – the American loan, as Michael Hudson explains.
‘’In effect the Sterling Area was to be absorbed into the Dollar Area, which would be extended throughout the world. Britain was to remain in a weak position in which it found itself at the end of WW2, with barely any free monetary reserves and dependent on dollar borrowings to meet its current obligations. The United States would gain access to Britain’s pre-war markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Far East. This first loan on the post-war agenda – which President Truman announced in forwarding it to Congress would set the course of American and British economic relations for many years to come. Truman was well aware of the change of fortunes for the UK, for the Anglo-American Loan Agreement spelled the end of Britain as a great power.’’(1)
Sometime later and under the changed geopolitical and economic conditions President Richard Nixon and his economist acolytes placed their chief diplomat, Henry Kissinger, in charge of arrangements to put in place a policy to keep the Europeans subordinate and while they were at it to simultaneously endeavor to put a limit on Japanese expansion.
Then came the big game-changer: Gold was officially delinked from the US$ in August 1971. Nixon’s currency reforms – were designed among various other decisions and also generally aimed at European and Japanese interests. It should be noted that Japan did not play any political role at all but simply followed in America’s wake, as she invariably did in economic and even political matters since.
This unilateral decision by the Americans to deprive paper money from convertibility into gold was enough to tip the Europeans into disorder and turbulence. For all their protestations of loyalty in Europe, the leaders of each country feverishly groped for an outcome that answered their own interests. However still licking their wounds, and for all their weakness, the Europeans still constituted a new and serious – although declining – rival for God’s own People, American capitalism-imperialism, which says a lot about how far the former had slid down the slippery-slope.
Nixon conferred the job of curbing his ‘partners’ newly aroused appetites and steering them towards their own backyard to his man (and enforcer) Henry Kissinger. Kissinger was to read the riot act and inform these uppity Euro-elites that it was the US which was taking centre stage whilst the Europeans were just the supporting artists. Kissinger didn’t mince words with his global minions.
‘’The US has global interests and global responsibilities ‘’ the enforcer-strategist declared, ‘’Our allies have regional interests’’. Having thus put the Europeans in their place, Kissinger acknowledged that the US interests diverged ‘’with the new weight and strength of our allies …’’ But he firmly advised these allies: ‘’ That the gradual accumulation of sometimes petty, sometimes major economic disputes must be ended … A new equilibrium must be achieved in trade and monetary relations.’ Then he called upon the leaders of both Europe and Japan to subordinate their economic interests to these political considerations, organized and directed, of course, by the USA. Under the pressure of these scarcely veiled American threats, the Europeans were meant not just to bury the hatchet over a potential trade-war, but were in addition, and above all, expected to share the ballooning costs of global hegemony.’’ (2) In the popular vernacular of the time, Kissinger ‘socked it’ to the Europeans.
Suffice it to say the Europeans and, a fortiori, both the Japanese and South Koreans had since become thoroughly Americanized and house-trained. Most pathetically in the case of Japan’s geographical position which successfully made it into a long-term prisoner of the United States. The success of Japan’s industrial development and export drive so impressive at the time of comparison with competition with Europe and the United States, did not in any way guarantee that it would move into a hegemonic position. Investment in Japan’s trade surplus in the US always struck the reader as being rather overvalued and in a somewhat geopolitical weak position. Japan, economic giant, political pigmy.
Certainly, the East Asian producers and to a lesser degree the EU are still in a position of American dominance, both politically and strategically, to the United States. And most everyone knows this. In point of fact:
‘’The US economy lives like a parasite on its ‘partners’ in the global system, with virtually no national savings of its own. The World produces whilst North America consumes. The advantage of the United States is that of a predator whose deficit is covered by what others agree or are forced to contribute. Washington uses various means to make up for its deficiencies: for example, repeated violations of the principles of liberalism, arms exports, and the hunting down of oil super-profits (which involves the periodic felling of the producers: one of the real motives of the real war in Central Asia and Iraq). But the fact is that the bulk of the American deficit is covered by capital inputs from Europe and Japan, (and even) China and the global South including rich oil-producing countries and comprador classes from all regions, including the poorest, in the Third World – to which should be added the debt-service levy that is imposed on nearly every country in the periphery of the global system. The American super-power depends from day to day on the flow of capital which sustains the parasitism of its economy and society. The vulnerability of the US therefore represents a serious danger to the American project. (3)
It should be understood that the American possession of the US$ can enable them to simply finance their imports by issuing US paper dollars, or US Treasuries – not gold. That job goes to the man at the gold window of the Fed, who will simply give you more ‘paper assets’ -Treasuries and dollar bills – when you trade in your surplus dollars or gold. A neat trick, and very successful. This ‘exorbitant privilege’ as was articulated by the French politician Valery Giscard D’Estaing was a rent-free arrangement between the US and its ‘allies’ (sic).
This ‘long century’ has been a period of a long-term geo-political dominance by the Atlanticist bloc led by the United States and its global institutions – the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) which has been a fait accompli. These two institutions were initially set up during the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, principally by the US but with the UK in tow. These two world economic pillars were to serve as vehicles to open up trade and financial markets to US exporters, and to enable US investors to buy control of natural resources and industry. This set the rules for Europe and other regions to subsequently join these two institutions, leaving no practical alternative means of organizing world trade and investment. The World Bank’s policies included opposing land reform and organizing loans mainly to create infrastructure linked largely to exports, not to create self-sufficiency. The aim was to lock in foreign dependency on US farm exports and other essentials.
The role of the IMF has been to all intents and purposes a financial vehicle – which due to its organizational structure and an inbuilt voting system which guarantees a majority on every occasion – has been a stranglehold of voting power over its allies and also is able to withhold credits from recalcitrant countries. Dollar credit is used as a lever to indebt foreign countries and force them to adopt ‘’free market’’ deregulation and tax policies which serve US interests.
‘’The broadest step in this strategy of underdevelopment is to use IMF pressure to turn public infrastructure into privatized monopolies by forcing their sell-off to raise money to settle trade and balance of payments deficits. (4) This was broadly in step with the classical phase of imperialism (1800-1950) based upon the division between industrialized cores and non-industrialized peripheries and a related tendency to reduce the latter to a colonial or semi-colonial status, and (5) the post-war phase (1950-1980) involved the victory of national liberation movements – China, Vietnam – in south east Asia and the middle-east – still ongoing – enabled the peripheries to impose a revision of the old asymmetrical terms of the global system and to enter into the industrial age. This period of negotiated globalization was exceptional, and it is interesting to note that the world then experienced growth that was the strongest known in history as well as the least uneven in terms of the distribution of what was produced and distributed
But whisper it softly there has occurred a slow geopolitical burn which is now not easily snuffed out and which goes from strength to strength. This emerging bloc of independent Eurasian states led in the main by Russia and China and organized in the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-China-India-SouthAfrica) and Shanghai Corporation Organization (SCO) represent an alternative system to the glaring global level of inequality and stands out like a beacon of light against the parasitism and orthodoxies of laissez-faire extractive capitalism/imperialism.
In more general terms Michael Hudson lays out a precis of a choice between the two alternatives. As follows:
‘’Finance capitalism is de-industrializing the US economy and that of its allied NATO satellites. The Destiny of Civilization explains that the resulting international diplomacy is not a competition for markets (as the Western Economies are already deindustrializing as a byproduct of financialization and capital’s war against wage labour), nor a conflict between democratic freedom and authoritarianism, but rather a conflict of economic systems juxtaposing the rentier economics of debt-deflation and austerity to socialist state-subsidized growth protecting the 99% by keeping the 1% in check.’’ (6)
I would go further into the work of Freidrich Engels in his description of ‘Condition of the Working Class in England 1844’. Where he writes his journey particularly in Manchester in the north of England as well as other cities.
‘’A horde of ragged women and children swarm about here, as filthy as the swine, they thrive upon the garbage heaps and in the puddles. In short, the whole rookery (slum housing) furnishes such a hateful and repulsive spectacle as can hardly be equaled in the worst court of the Irk. The sub-human race that lives in these ruinous cottages, behind broken windows, mended with oilskin, sprung doors, and rotten door posts, or in the dark, wet, cellars, in measureless filth and stench, in this atmosphere penned in as if with a purpose, this race must have nearly reached the lowest stage of humanity … But what must one think when he hears in at each of these pens, containing at most 2 rooms, a garret and perhaps a cellar, where on the average twenty human beings live; that in the whole region for which 120 persons one usually inaccessible privy (toilet); and that in spite of all the preaching’s of the physicians, and also in spite of the wretched conditions into which the cholera epidemic which plunged the sanitary police …
Engels goes on and on until it becomes virtually impossible and painful to read further. Yet this is the condition of those poor wretches in today’s third world who live among the conditions in Bangladesh or the Cameroons or Bolivia or Liberia, or Senegal! Or wherever. The World has a long way to go.
(1) Super-Imperialism – Michael Hudson – Quoted in Gardner Ibid. p.208
(2) The text of Kissinger’s speech on US relations in Europe was published in the New York Times – 24/04/1973
(3) Beyond US Hegemony – 2006 – Samir Amin – p.12
(4) The Destiny of Civilization 2022– Michael Hudson – p.53
(5) Ibid. – Samir Amin 2006 – p.12
(6) The Destiny of Civilization – Michael Hudson – p.283.
“I would go further into the work of Freidrich Engels in his description of ‘Condition of the Working Class in England 1844’. Where he writes his journey particularly in Manchester in the north of England as well as other cities.”
Freidrich Engels wasn’t the only person to witness the abject filth, poverty and suffering of the working class in England:
Rural poverty in the past, a shocking verdict from The Times and Illustrated London News
In the 1840’s, not long after the return of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, a series of “graphic letters” was printed in The Times about the “condition of the labouring population of Dorsetshire”.
The Illustrated London News included extracts from these letters within its pages, and sent an artist out to visit the places reported on by The Times.
The reporter from The Times was unsparing in his account of the poverty he witnessed.
The first thing which would strike a visitor to the village of Stourpaine, he writes, is “the total want of cleanliness which pervades it. A stream, composed of the matter which constantly escapes from pigsties and other receptacles of filth, meanders down each street … here and there collected into standing pools, which lie festering and rotting in the sun”.
The health of the villagers is poor – “the worst malignant fevers have raged here at different times”
Wages are low, “in very few instances exceeding seven shillings per week”. (The Tolpuddle Martyrs formed their Union in 1834 when their ****wages were reduced from nine shillings per week to six****).
The cottages are woefully overcrowded – “the atmosphere, especially of the sleeping apartments, to an unpractised nose is almost insupportable”.
“Dishes, plates, and other articles of crockery, seem almost unknown”, furniture consisting of only “a rickety table and two or three foundered chairs”.
“Want, famine and misery are the features of the village”.
Landowners and farmers show no sense of social responsibility towards their labourers.
“Apathy and indifference on the part of the landed proprietor, and the grasping and closefisted policy of the farmer, are the causes of the prevailing distress”.
In Corfe, the reporter from The Times finds that conditions are just as grim, if not worse.
The walls of cottages there were black with age and dirt. The village had “a comfortless and wretched appearance”.
These conditions took their toll of the labouring population.
“I may here observe, that nowhere … have I met with so many cases of personal deformity, as well as … deafness, dumbness and idiocy, the causes of which … may be clearly traced to the want of proper and sufficient food, and the general mode of life which prevails amongst (the labouring classes)”.
It was hard, indeed, for the reporter from The Times, to avoid casting Dorset in a severe and testing light:
“In passing through the different villages which lie scattered along the road, the attention is often arrested by the … miserable appearance of the cottages, many of which are supported by props … and occasionally by an open door, which reveals a mud floor and the usual heap of squalid half clothed children rolling upon it, (which) serves to remind you that you are in Dorsetshire”
the great stink of 1858. london. Always amazes me that after hundreds of years of Roman occupation with hot baths that Londoners still drank from the same source as their sewerage. This time is meant to be the industrial revolution where humanity leaped ahead but these same people were still working out basic sanitation.
Woe, wait just a minute according to a Documentary I saw a number of years ago on the sewage systems of ancient cities Rome was a dreadful place. I was especially disgusted with their open toilets yuck!
Yes, things haven’t really changed that much:
New maps show all the places where raw sewage has been dumped into rivers and beaches in England and Wales.
Human waste is sometimes pumped out of the sewage system and into rivers or the sea through safety release valves called ‘combined sewer overflows’.
Sewage leaves these valves when there is heavy rainfall – to prevent waste from backing up into homes.
These so-called ‘storm overflows’ are only supposed to take place under ‘exceptional circumstances’.
But raw sewage leaked into rivers more than 400,000 times in England last year, the Environment Agency said.
Despite this, Tory MPs voted against an amendment to a bill which would have prevented companies from dumping untreated sewage in the country’s rivers and seas.
Sewage and pollution out of sight out of mind BUT?!?!?!?! Some sage words from Dr. Cantelon circa 1973:
“world-renowned scientists, their statements grew ever darker and more pessimistic. One wrote,
Mankind is racing toward extinction.
A group of British scientists published a so-called blueprint for survival. The central theme or thesis of their document read,
Growth in the world is self-defeating, and the planet cannot any longer sustain additional life. We are now
moving toward social and biological collapse.
Certain people refuse to acknowledge such printed statements and brush them aside with disdain or deliberate disinterest. I could not. I was exposed too often to the confirmation of personal interviews and involvements with other men.
In Manchester, England, I spoke in the Free Trade Hall in the heart of the city. Not only were the hall’s 2,500
seats filled, but another 1,200 persons gathered in the overflow Albert Hall across the street. I spoke on the words of the prophets and their description of our day, closing my address, as always, with the assurance that prophecy was not a doomsday message. It was a light in a dark place, promising a bright tomorrow and a permanent end to man’s evils and woes.
On Sunday I said farewell to our Manchester audience, but remained in the city on Monday. That evening, one of Britain’s best-known scientists, Dr. Robinson, spoke in the same hall. At the close of his address, his Manchester audience was left paralyzed with fear and deep despair. He offered them practically no hope for the future. On Tuesday morning, following his address,the Manchester Guardian carried the headline,
DOCTOR ROBINSON, NEVER AGAIN VISIT MANCHESTER.” pages 84-85
and lastly, there’s a commentator named Fast Eddy over at the ourfiniteworld blog who harps about the spent nuclear fuel pools and says with those the world is done period its just a matter of time? Its the worst kind of sewage and pollution period!
That a God truly exists will be an important reminder that guess what? The fountain of eternal youth actually exists. and so a song Carol for you:
Farmers of Forty Centuries describes how Asian farmers were extraordinarily mindful of “human waste” as a most valuable source of fertilizer for growing crops. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5350
Things haven’t really changed that much:
One sixth of Dorset owned by 10 landowners
Perhaps, therefore, it should come as no surprise that Richard Drax is a very substantial Dorset landowner, Number 2 in the Top 10 landowners of Dorset, his Charborough Park Estate comprising 13,870 acres.
The website: whoownsengland.org (2020) lists the 10 landowners who between them own 103,901 acres out of the total 655,570 acres which comprise Dorset.
Among these landowners are: Viscount Rothermere (4,700 acres): the Pitt-Rivers family (7,500 acres): the Marquess of Salisbury (7,796 acres) and Crichel Dorset Holdings / Richard Chilton, American billionaire, CEO Chilton Investment Company, a global investment management firm (7,932 acres).
In sum, these ten landowners own 15.8% of Dorset.
Gary Shrubsole in his book, “Who Owns England”, argues that landowners still play a major part in British Politics. He makes reference to Richard Benyon, current owner of the Englefield estate (in receipt of £278,180 taxpayer funded farm subsidies), the richest of “the current crop of Conservative MPs”, with an estimated wealth of £110m.
He also makes reference to Richard Drax. The Guardian reviewer of Gary Shrubsole’s book writes:
“Another competitor for this title (of being the richest Conservative MP) is Richard Plunkett-Ernle-Erle Drax … an ardent Brexiter … (who) owns the Charborough estate … bounded by the longest wall in England, made up of 2m bricks; the public get to look beyond the wall for two days a year, when tea and cake is served to locals”.
Richard Drax in 2017 received £411,000 in farm subsidies.
Nick Hayes climbs the wall
In 2016, the writer and activist, Nick Hayes did something I have always longed to do – he climbed “longest wall in England” and ventured into the 7,000 acres of Charborough Park.
Nick Hayes points out that Charborough House was built by Richard Drax’s ancestor, John Sawbridge, who married into the Drax family, and was able to finance the build following a wind-fall from his sugar cane plantations in the Caribbean.
Charborough House as not the only country house built upon the profits of slavery: it is estimated that one sixth of all Britain’s country houses were bought from the ill-gotten gains of enslavement.
Neighbours of the Drax’s included families similarly enriched by slavery: the Beckfords at Fonthill, 35 miles away from Charborough, and the Codringtons at Doddington Park.
Wealth accrued from slavery enabled the Drax family to consolidate its position in through strategic marriages in Jamaica and England – hence the swelling of the surname, which Nick Hayes comments upon – to become one of the major dynasties in the south west of England.
The big picture
The picture of landownership in Dorset is replicated on a national level. Half of England is owned by 25,000 landowners – less than 1% of its population.
A third of Great Britain is still owned by the aristocracy: 24 non royal dukes own almost 4m acres. Offshore companies in 2015 owned 490,000 acres of England and Wales.
Carol, you’re making me come over all Bolshie !!
Hello Steve, nice to hear from you. I note you come from Oz.
Remember the Australian joke “How do you hide a five pound note from an Englishman? Hide it under a bar of soap.”
Many a true word said in jest, ha ha.
Yes, we like to make jokes about the Poms, but at the moment I’m feeling rather sorry for them.
Except on the cricket field.
On slavery? I got the surprise of my life some weeks back reading an article about the Slavery Abolition Act of August 3, 1835. The British government outlawed slavery and paid a compensation sum of £15m. Here is a sentence that just astounds:
The total sum represented 40% of the government’s yearly income in those days, equivalent to some £300bn today. (When will Britain face up to its crimes against humanity?, The Guardian, 29th March 2018)
A sum that apparently was finally paid off in 2015!!!!!! What you say?
The author of the article a heavy weight in the academic world, though really really blows it out of the water
by adding this loan came from the Rothschilds?
I’d highly recommend reading the entire piece by the author Tobias Langdon here:
Thank you for that. I am on their mailing list but I don’t recall that article. I’ve read somewhere they changed their name to Rothschilds, I assume to mask their real identity (if you know what I mean). Much like the royal family ie Windsor, to hide their German identity.
Rothschild is a German name meaning ‘Red Shield’ probably their family coat of arms.
No hiding there.
There is an alternative to the so-called neolib current debacle. Engels must have known of this work :
National System of Political Economy.
It is the reason the US broke with Britain – the American System of Alexander Hamilton, the Carey’s, described in German-American economist Friedrich List’s direct attack on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.
Not taught today in any Uni. of course.
The Friedrich List society presented a Plan to avert Hitler’s disaster, was rejected.
FDR used the National System for the New Deal.
Actually China uses the National System in its own, and Germany can recover List’s legacy.
When Trump in 2016 campaigned on the American System, London went berserk, gone beyond reason now that BRIC+, the EAEU, China are all working on sovereign national political economics.
A good overview, thanks. In 1970s, Germany was split between the East & West. This gave the Empire significant leverage over Germany & Europe. Also, the financial elites of the Collective West are anchored to the 💲and the Euro$ system. The rest of the world will need to challenge the global financial system to achieve their sovereignty and independence. What accomplishments are needed to achieve MULTILATERALISM?
The myths of the Collective West are unraveling! The Financial Empire wants to mask the reality to maintain its immortality. All things have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
The U$A has DEFAULTED thrice in the last century.
U$A’s Defaults & Devaluations:
1933 – Dollar devaluation by 41%
1971 – Nixon ended the Bretton Woods convertibility of 1945. “The dollar plunged by a third during the 1970s.”
2008 – Financial Crisis –> Default through inflation/quantitative easing (QE1, QE2, QE3, QE4…♾)
Inflation is the most invisible and painless option. In this scenario the US$ financial system increase the money supply, reduce interest rates and drive the stock market up through quantitative easings (QE1, QE2, QE3,….).
The US$ is private money and 95% are created by private banks, thereby the U$A is a private plantation & a suzerainty. The US$ is at the end of its reserve currency lifecycle. Most financial & geoeconomics blogs hide the reality to create a deception that it will last for another “forty years or more.” They will be proven wrong. Let’s look at the reality:
DEMAND – VALUE
What are the key US$ demand drivers?
This has a big impact on the $ value. Petrodollars have an impact on the $ demand and thereby its reserve currency status. This is just one key factor. There are multiple key factors, the payment systems/networks being one of them. In the beginning of the 21st century, alternate payment systems were introduced. Various payment systems are being integrated and common standards defined. This is a high priority project for BRICS & SCO members. Please list all the narratives that have been published since 1945, particularly after 1971, and see for yourself the stratagem at play in the dollarization arena.
INNOVATION – BETTER SYSTEM
In a better global trade system, each nation will sell exports in its sovereign (public) national currency and do its best to live within its means. A simple alternate international payment system has been operating with no complexity and efficiency since 2021. The Non-$ Bloc is using this payment system to conduct its trade, along with other friendly western nations. It will soon be moving into an acceleration phase! The U$A administration’s sanctions, policies & freezing of accounts are acting as a catalyst for De-Dollarization. How many years will it take to conduct 70+% of the international trade in non-$ currencies?
“It took forty years, including two world wars and a global depression, to dethrone pound sterling.”
It took that long because it was managed by a “secret cabal” at their pace and digital era didn’t exit. This Imperialist Oligarchy is being challenged now and the $ system will go the way of FTX (Crypto exchange). What is the leverage ratio in the dollar, Euro$ & FTX systems? Dominoes will fall!
What are the Financial Empire’s pillars of power? They all will be dismantled!
It is unfortunate that the U$A didn’t follow through on its plan to fix nation’s challenges. Here is Nixon making the default announcement in 1971:
Church and State are symbiotic. They do not separate. The necessity and benefit are mutual.
When what appears to be the State is a mess of grief, the reason may be found in Church and State’s having abandoned a clot of pretentious atheists to self-destruction as government officials.
Meanwhile, anyone who climbs back on the Republican Party horse hoping for a result different from being thrown prone to the ground is insane. Another horse must be reared and ridden, one who wins for the fun of it.
In the case of The USA, a second political party is now clearly indicated, a political party animated by the spirit of Church-State symbiosis. The All American Party might be an attractive name. Here might be its attractive policies / talking points / campaign planks:
Non-interventionist policy — no global cop — and close the agencies who do it (CIA, USAID, FBI, DEA, etc.)
Lose the Messianic mindset (exceptional nation, light to the world, most powerful, greatest nation in history, etc.)
Redeploy all US Armed Forces stateside
Redeploy all US intelligence and research assets stateside
Restructure US Armed Forces to US Joint Force, with matching procurement processes and doctrinal development
Task US Joint Force with homeland defense and temporary cross-border punitive expedition as needed (rare)
County sheriffs organize volunteer civil defense battalions
State National Guards organize volunteer civil defense militias
State and federal officials sue for restitution to harmed parties and prosecute for criminal actions oligarchs, including politicians, who control over $50M of value in USA and/or overseas
Absolve debts and rents owed to wealth management, insurance, and real estate companies and other organizations
Abortion a choice neither punished nor promoted by government entities
Homosexuality and lesbianism a choice neither punished nor promoted by government entities
Hybrid City-State-Federal-Private utilities: power, water, energy, sewer, housing, internet, road, pipeline, air traffic control, rail line, pension, medical, police
Make, implement, enforce balanced state and federal budgets
Burn out thickets of federal and state committees, review boards, procurement processes, watchdog and advocacy agencies, etc.
Repeal these Acts (https://theological-geography.net/?p=60859)
These are all good ideas, but they won’t happen since the population in America is so dumbed down. Our professional political class is 90% corrupt as is our media. The Christian church redirects from active participation in the Kingdom of God to a fraudulent clown pre tribulation rapture that isn’t in the Bible and a future millennium that Jesus, Paul, and Peter never mentioned.
When 20 to 30% of the Body of Christ purges their vessel of lies and makes room for the truth, then the spirit will convict resulting in a class of citizens that can act justly both here and with our international neighbors. Our State Department is guilty of generational misery across the face of the earth as this article illustrates.
Why not simply say the USA should take advice from the British Monarch, a head of a Church and State?
Why, there we have a shining example, set in the silver’d seas, of a functioning State, what?
Call Hindu British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak over to D.C. for a confession?
So, we can now comprehend why this war is as existential to American/Western Elites as it is to Russia, NO?
Unlike the bought and paid for American/Western politicians who have no scruples in/when colluding with their financial vultures/backers (consider Exxon as a poster child, draining Iraqi & Syrian energy resources illegally), the Russian Government chose not to sell their souls, pawn/strip off their assets to Khodorkovsky & Klan.
When Putin baulked at Lee Raymond (Rex Tillerson), Chairman (Deputy) of ExxonMobil, securing a controlling interest in Khodorkovsky’s Yukos Oil & Gas in 2003, it all went pear-shaped for US-RUS relations.
The Russian people should forever be thankful to have escaped the beginning of the end. Otherwise, they would have today been paying Euro Market Prices to live, on a Russian salary.
“Otherwise, they would have today been paying Euro Market Prices to live, on a Russian salary.”
Good point, and further evidence that it always pays to look for the big picture.
Had VVP played ball he’d have 5 Nobels, a dozen Man, oops, Person of the Year, Person of the Century, and with Freedom of the Country, be able to park his yacht up Annalena Baerbock’s arse (as opposed to not being able to use even German airspace, lol); Blair and Clinton would be considered paupers to the money they’d throw at Putin for after dinner speaking engagements, while Exxon & Co siphoned Russia’s energy West and East, like an old girlfriend of mine, who could suck a golf ball through 5 metres of hosepipe.
For me. the best thing to come of this is Russia’s burgeoning relations with Iran (long overdue), to the heavy-hearted consternation of the Anglo-Zionist Syndicates/Cabals. The influence of the dual citizens in Russia is waning, a good cleanout since the beginning of the SMO. All those influential western allies/traitors within undermining Russia’s sovereignty, gone. The two nations control 60-70% of the world’s gas reserves, Billions in infrastructure contracts between Gazprom & INOC, new transit routes, providing joint regional security, arming each other to the teeth (including nuclear technology) to checkmate rogue elements and their proxies in the region.
This is the Freedom that scares the West to death.
The dogs bark, but the multipolarity caravan moves on.
“The dogs bark, but the multipolarity caravan moves on.”
Wow, so beautifully stated Steve… I love the connotation, the spine-tingling mood, and the profound imagery that this one single sentence instilled in me… bravo!!!
Just an embellishment of an old Arabic saying Col, but, like you, I thought it captured the essence of current events.
Thanks for your response.
Big selection of videos about the special military operation from over the past few days.
First stage of restoration of Crimean Bridge road traffic section completed:
Western media praise Banderite Azov soldier known for promoting Nazism:
Donetsk hit by Kiev regime shelling:
Russian Lancet drones destroy two more US-supplied M777 howitzers and an infantry fighting vehicle:
Russian Lancet drone destroys enemy Buk anti-aircraft system:
Russian Lancet drone destroys Kiev regime tank:
Russia’s Buk-M3 and Buk-M2 anti-aircraft missile systems firing in combat:
Russian MLRS Uragans in action (part 1):
Russian MLRS Uragans in action (part 2):
Russian Solntsepyok heavy flamethrower system in combat:
Russian marines fire on enemy positions:
Russian Ka-52 destroys enemy armored vehicles:
Russian Su-25s strike enemy positions:
Russian 120-mm mortar unit operate during Special Military Operation:
DPR forces cleared the Donetsk airport’s entire periphery for the first time in eight years:
Good summary on Kherson:
It is a logical move that allows time to regroup but which was likely driven by the difficulty of supplying Russian troops across the Dniper/Dnipro which is one of the widest rivers in Europe and whose bridges have been attacked by both sides.
The result was that Russian forces were increasingly vulnerable to being cut off in Kherson. The partial mobilization in Russia is proceeding but many of the draftees have not yet reached the front.
In advance of the retreat, Russia has been evacuating the city and surrounding areas for several weeks, taking civilians to safety.
The regional adminstration had already moved to the coastal city of Henichesk where yesterday the ****deputy head Kirill Stremousoy was killed in what Russian media says was a car bomb.****
The Slavic slur
The withdrawal means Russian missiles will be able to strike Kherson with impunity while Russia’s draftees mobilize.
The BBC, a state-owned propaganda ministry for which I worked between 1987 and 1989 before being let go for wrongthink, says Chechen troops working on behalf of the Russian military are “in the city, in cafes, and moving around the streets.”
Is the BBC revealing its racism against Muslim men, who are tolerated in Salford but not Kyiv? Who knows — it is a question for churnalists who take their orders from the British state.
This essay by Francis Lee contains very important facts but misses one which changes the very picture of both present and past conflicts. It subtly changes the direction of who to accuse and who to blame.
It is not the United States who owns the US$, it is the international banks.
The fed does not create money, only the private banks do.
They use the US$ as the nominal currency in making loans to borrowers. This is money being created.
The depth and breadth of this “shadow banking system” dwarfs any national economy.
The upshot is that it is the banks, not the USA which owns the US$.
The upshot of that is that the banks own the USA, the IMF, The World Bank, etc.
Part of their trick (and the main function of the Fed) is to make you believe otherwise.
This subtlety means fingers are pointed in the wrong direction.
A vital misunderstanding.
More like collaboration, methinks?
Collaboration amongst the already corrupted (eg the Brandons)
Threat and intimidation towards the innocent. (eg Epstein/Maxwell)
Continuous lies and misdirection delivered to the public (eg Federal reserve, mainstream media).
Resulting in everyone blaming someone (except for the guilty).
“This is money being created.” from what? As far as I can see, it’s fresh air. It’s meaningless unless you’ve got tangible assets to back it up and I don’t see any.
The so called money supply is just someone adding a figure in a field on a database. Just delete the database and it’s all gone, all debt removed. It just seems to be some sort of monumental confidence trick.
I’m all for the “third world countries” just telling the IMF, whatever, to Foff.
“It just seems to be some sort of monumental confidence trick”.
The most monumental in history.
With it comes the power to build and destroy empires.
That is why they won’t give it up.
It must be taken from them.
And given to someone trustworthy……ah hahahahaha.
Strange but not unexpected news. Are we witnessing the development of what St. John saw 2 thousand years ago?
I bought Michael Hudson’s Super-Imperialism, but it was beyond me.There was too much technical terminology in it and “hidden” information that the reader is assumed to know. In short: a typical expert book. Therefore, I wish there would be somebody around who
-1/ understands all these very interesting sounding theories.
-2/ is able to translate them for the layman.
Try this written in 1840 before the jargon-auts took over :
National System of Political Economy.
It is the reason the US broke with Britain – the American System of Alexander Hamilton, the Carey’s, described in German-American economist Friedrich List’s direct attack on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.
controlofmostof the world’s economy most of the people in Britain and the Empire lived miserable lives. It was entirely possible to raise living conditions and productivity alongwith it but this was never done. This was because controlwas paramount and it was not enough that the elites were rich but that others had to be poor.
After WW2 living standards rose butthis this was due to political pressure from the masses rather than any goodwill of the elites.
During the Thatcher/Reagen years a consciouspolicy was made to de industrialise. The logic was that control of finance, patents, trademarks, copyrights and the ability to enforce them were sufficient. Hence the transfer of industries to parts of Asia,especially China. A bonus of this policy was that the Trade Unions (at least in Britain, likely the same in the US) were severely weakened- two birds with one stone.
The expectation was that China would move to becoming a “liberal democracy” (all the easier for colour revolutions) and that the banking/finance system of China would follow the system of and be part of the Empire’ssystem along with oligarchs (as happened in Russia). (Un)fortunately China had other ideas.
China was more than willing to go along with the current Bretton Woods System if they wer given a say inthese organisations commensurate with their economic size. The US refused and China went for establishing the AIIB and Belt and Road on their own.
It has been openly discussed that the last oportunity for the US to cut Russia/China down to size is now. If it does not happen now it cannot be done because they will simply be too powerful. And the only way the US can prevail and maintain its hegemony is by using nuclear weapons.
That is the choice we have now.
Nukes would spoil the game, no?
Why not just run down the clock?
Think of the mayhem they can entertain themselves with while they wait for a weak Russia.
They can get us to kill each other slowly in a conventional war.
They can inject us with gene altering experimental drugs….again.
They can have us waste our efforts reinventing windmills to power the future.
They can create conditions which will starve half of Africa, freeze half of Europe.
Shoot, why would they want it to end?
When one understands that the US was merely the tool the UK & EU elites who control the $US used to control the EU and other populations since WW1, the picture becomes clearer. Using emigrants like Kissinger and Soros to do the policy implementation.
The UK sterling was run into the ground with crippling debts by end of WW2 and the BOE had to be (notionally) nationalized in 1948, but those behind this had a backup plan called the US FED that had been put in place long before in 1913 and its origins go back at least to 1867.
The FED has since 1930 been run into the ground too like the GBP so where do things go now ?
It is not as the author suggests the Americans controlling EU and other countries, but the elite of Europe using their US puppets to do so in their ongoing agenda of greed and evil around the globe.
Standard EU banking practice usually done out of Switzerland (where the source of the funds can be hidden) over the decades has been to damage second and third world economies (particularly Africa & Sth America), then push on them large loans at sizable interest rates where in the end 10 times the amount borrowed has to be repaid in physical goods/commodities. When the loans in substance are in fact merely journal entries in source banks.
BRICS puts a stop to this racket and gives an alternative, and this is why Russia has been under attack since at least 2014. Iran a lot longer, and Brazil since Bolsonaro was elected. You can bet India will be the next target.
You have to ask why was a foreigner like Kissinger allowed to be made a Nixon cabinet member let alone the second most powerful as Sec of State ? First time in US history. Nixon himself was an installed puppet.
Kissinger himself was linked to the crimes & cover-ups that Nixon had to resign for over Watergate yet he was never brought to account (refer WH tapes).
Now today we have the discredited G W Bush (whose father was a Nixon operative) in UKN with Zelensky peddling the war against Russia. A man clearly linked to the crimes of 911 WTC and should be placed in custody over that (with all the rest of them) and who pursued a fraudulent war against Iraq.
BRICS offers a new approach from what has been a $US / Sterling monopoly for the past 300 years and it will prove to be a good thing. And its something long overdue.
Came across an interesting piece on Asia specifically Singapore and something called Biopolitics. A worthy read for sure: Here is a juicy morsel to begin with:
Singapore also practices what can be called biopolitics: policies that affect the biological character of the people through immigration, reproduction, and identity formation. Lee wanted to turn the diverse population of Singapore into patriotic citizens. This meant making as many Singaporeans as possible employed property owners with a stake in the new country. He conscripted young men for two years of military service; the island needed citizen-soldiers in case of hostile action by Malaysia, Indonesia, or some Communist power.