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Year after year, month after month, I see two sides of the world; two extremes which are getting more and more disconnected:

I see great cities like Homs in Syria, reduced to horrifying ruins. I see Kabul and Jalalabad in Afghanistan, fragmented by enormous concrete walls intended to protect NATO occupation armies and their local puppets. I see monstrous environmental devastation in places such as Indonesian Borneo, Peruvian gold mining towns, or the by now almost uninhabitable atoll island-nations of Oceania: Tuvalu, Kiribati or Marshall Islands.

I see slums, a lack of sanitation and clean drinking water, where the boots of Western empires have been smashing local cultures, enslaving people and looting natural resources.

I work on all the continents. I never stop, even when exhaustion tries to smash me against the wall, even when there are hardly any reserves left. I cannot stop; I have no right to stop, because I can finally see the pattern; the way this world operates, the way the West has been managing to usurp it, indoctrinate, and enslave most of the countries of the world. I combine my knowledge, and publish it as a ‘warning to the world’.

I write books about this ‘pattern’. My most complete, so far, being the 1,000 pages long Exposing Lies of The Empire”.

Then, I see the West itself.

I come to ‘speak’, to Canada and the United States, as well as Europe. Once in a while I am invited to address Australian audiences, too.

The West is so outrageously rich, compared to the ruined and plundered continents, that it often appears that it does not belong to the Planet Earth.

A lazy Sunday afternoon stroll in Villa Borghese in Rome, and a horror walk through Mathare slum in Nairobi could easily exist in two distinct realities, or in two different galaxies.

Even now, after I slightly misspelled “Villa Borghese”, my Mac immediately offered a correction. It is because Villa Borghese does exist. On the other hand, “Mathare”, which I spelled correctly, was underlined red. Mathare ‘is an error’. Because it does not exist. It does not exist, despite the fact that around one million men, women and children lives there. It is not recognized by my MacBook Pro, nor by the great majority of my relatively well-educated readers in the West.

In fact, almost entire world appears to be one big error, non-entity, if observed from New York, Berlin or Paris.

 

I come and speak in front of the Western public. Yes, I do it from time to time, although with decreasing frequency.

Frankly, to face European or North American crowds feels depressing, even humiliating.

It goes like this: you are invited to ‘tell the truth’; to present what you are witnessing all over the world.

You stand there, facing men and women who have just arrived in their comfortable cars, after having good dinners in their well-heated or air-conditioned homes. You may be a famous writer and a filmmaker, but somehow, they make you feel like a beggar. Because you came to speak on behalf of “beggars”.

Everything is well-polished, and choreographed. It is expected that you do not show any ‘gore’. That you do not call your public ‘names’. That you do not swear, do not get drunk on the stage, do not start insulting everyone in sight.

What you usually face is quite a hard, or at least ‘hardened’, crowd.

Recently, in Southern California, when I was asked, by a fellow philosopher and a friend of mine, to address a small gathering of his colleagues, some people were banging on their mobile phones, as I was describing the situation at the Syrian frontline, near Idlib. I felt that my account was nothing more than a ‘background, an elevator music’ to most of them. At least when I am addressing millions through my television interviews, I do not have to see the public.

When you ‘speak’ in the West, you are actually addressing men and women who are responsible, at least partially, for the mass murders and genocides that are being committed by their countries. Men and women whose standards of living are outrageously high, because The Others are being robbed, humiliated, and often raped. But their eyes are not humble; they are drilling them into you, waiting for some mistake that you might make, so they can conclude: “He is fake news”. For them, you are not a bridge between those who ‘exist’ and those who don’t. For them, you are an entertainer, a showman, or more often than not: a nuisance.

To learn about war, about the terror that the West is spreading, is, for many in my audience yet another type of luxury, high-level entertainment, not unlike an opera performance or a symphony concert. If necessary, they can even pay, although mostly they’d rather not. After a titillating experience, it is back to the routine, back to a sheltered, elegant life. While you, the next day, are often catching a plane back to the reality of the others; to the frontline, to dust and misery.

They, your public (but face it, also most of your readers) came to show how ‘open-minded’ they are. They came ‘to learn’ from you, ‘to get educated’, while keeping their lifestyles intact. Most of them think that they know it all, even without your first-hand experience, they are benevolently doing you a favor by inviting you, and by dragging themselves all the way to some university or a theatre or wherever the hell you are standing in front of them. They did not come to offer any support to your struggle. They are not part of any struggle. They are good, peace-loving, hardworking people; that’s all.

You know, like those Germans, in the late 1930’s; self-righteous, hard-working folks. Most of them love their pets, and recycle their garbage. And clean after themselves at Starbucks.

 

ORDER IT NOW

A few days ago, we stopped the coup in Venezuela. I say we, because, although deep in devastated Borneo Island, I had been giving interviews to RT, Press TV, addressing millions. Even here, I never stopped writing, tweeting, always ready to drop everything just fly to Caracas, if I were to be needed there.

To defend Venezuela, to defend the Revolution there, is essential. As it is essential to defend Syria, Cuba, Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Bolivia, South Africa and other revolutionary and brave nations that are refusing to surrender to the Western diktat.

While the ideological battle for Caracas was raging, I was thinking: is there anything that could still move the Western public into action?

Have they – Europeans and North Americans – become totally indifferent to their own crimes? Have they developed some sort of emotional immunity? Is their condition ideological, or simply clinical?

Here we were, in the middle of a totally open coup; an attempt by the West to overthrow one of the most democratic countries on our planet. And they did almost nothing to stop the terrorism performed by their regimes in Washington or Madrid! At least in Indonesia in 1965 or in Chile in 1973, the Western regime tried to hide behind thin fig leaves. At least, while destroying socialist Afghanistan and the Communist Soviet Union by creating the Mujahedin, the West used Pakistan as a proxy, trying to conceal, at least partially, its true role. At least, while killing more than 1 million people in Iraq, there was this charade and bunch of lies about the ‘weapons of mass destruction’. At least, at least…

Now, it is all transparent. In Syria, Venezuela; and against North Korea, Cuba, Iran, China, Russia.

As if propaganda was not even needed, anymore, it as if the Western public has become totally obedient, posing no threat to the plans of the Western regime.

Or more precisely, the once elaborate Western propaganda has become extremely simple: it now repeats lies, and the great majority of Western citizens do not even bother to question what their governments are doing to the world. The only thing that matters are ‘domestic issues’; meaning – the wages and benefits for the Westerners.

There are no riots like during the Vietnam War. Now riots are only for the better welfare of European workers. No one in the West is fighting in order to stop the plunder abroad, or the terrorist attacks unleashed by NATO against non-Western countries, or against those countless NATO military bases, against the invasions and orchestrated coups.

 

How much more can the Western public really stomach?

Or can it stomach absolutely everything?

Would it accept the direct invasion of Venezuela or Cuba or both? It has already accepted the direct intervention and destruction of Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, to name just a few terrorist actions committed by the West in recent history.

So, how much more? Would an attack against Iran be acceptable? Let’s say, 2-3 million deaths?

North Korea, perhaps? A few more millions, a new mountain of corpses?

I am asking; it is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know. I believe that the world has to know.

Has the Western public reached the level of the ISIS (or call them IS or Deash)? Is it so self-righteous, so fanatic, so convinced of its own exceptionalism, that it cannot think, clearly, analyze and judge, anymore?

Would provoking Russia or China or both into WWIII be acceptable to people living in Bavaria or South Carolina, or Ontario?

And if yes, are they all really out of their minds?

And if they are, should the world try to stop them, and how?

 

I want to know the boundaries of the Western madness.

That there is madness is indisputable, but how massive is it?

I understand, I have now accepted the monstrous fact that the French, Yanks, Canadians, Brits or Germans do not give a shit about how many millions of innocent people they kill in the Middle East, or Southeast Asia, Africa or in ‘places like that’. I accept that they know close to nothing about their colonial history, and want to know nothing, as long as they have football, plenty of meat and 6 weeks vacations on exotic beaches. I know that even many of those who can see monstrous crimes committed by the West, want to blame everything on Rothschilds and ‘Zionist conspiracy’, but never on themselves, never on Israel which its West’s outpost in the Middle East, never on their culture which expresses itself through the centuries of plunder.

But what about the survival of our planet, and the survival of humankind?

I imagine the eyes of those people who come to my ‘combat presentations’. I tell them the truth. I say it all. I am never holding back; never compromise. I show them images of the wars they have unleashed. Yes, they; because the citizens are responsible for their own governments, and because there is, clearly, something called collective guilt and collective responsibility!

Those eyes, faces… I will tell you what I read in them: they will never act. They will never try to overthrow their regime. As long as they live their privileged lives. As long as they think that the system in which they are the elites, at least has some chance of surviving in its present form. They play it both ways, some of them do: verbally, they are outraged by NATO, by Western imperialism and savage capitalism. Practically, they do nothing tangible to fight the system.

What is the conclusion then? If they do not act, then others have to. And I am convinced: they will.

For more than 500 years the entire world has been in flames, plundered and murdered by a small group of extremely aggressive Western nations. This has been going on virtually uninterruptedly.

Nobody finds it amusing, anymore. Where I work, in places that I care about, nobody wants this kind of world.

Look at those countries that are now trying to destroy Venezuela. Look closely! They consist of the United States, Canada, majority of Europe, and mostly those South American states where the descendants of European colonialists are forming majority!

Do we want another 500 years of this?

ORDER IT NOW

North Americans and Europeans have to wake up, soon. Even in Nazi Germany, there were soldiers who were so disgusted with Hitler, that they wanted to send him to the dogs. Today, in the West, there is not one powerful political party which believes that 500 years of Western colonialist plunder is more than enough; that torturing the world should stop, and stop immediately.

If Western imperialism, which is the greatest and perhaps the only major threat our planet is now facing, is not decisively and soon dismantled by its own citizens, it will have to be fought and deterred by external forces. That is: by its former and present victims.

[First published by NEO – New Eastern Outlook]

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Four of his latest books are Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter. His Patreon

 
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  1. Blow it out your virtue-signalling ass.

    • Replies: @orionyx
  2. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:

    You make a lot of good points. There have been people in the past who have called out the fact that Westerners don’t take ownership for the crimes of their governments even while denouncing it. Christopher Lasch was one such person but I can’t link to the relevant writing because almost all of his work does not exist online in any form.

    I feel your article lacks a recommendation for conscious Westerners to do. So I will share my own.

    Consume less, WAY less, so much less it should hurt a little, like eating rice, beans, potatoes, veggies for 90% of your diet, buying an object that cost more than $100 no more than once every six months, selling off vehicles that are not necessary and taking trips only if absolutely necessary, domestic vacations instead of overseas ones, going to a restaurant at most once a month, cancelling many subscription mainstream media services cable/netflix etc.

    If consumption falls the system that funds and demands war and plunder will fall too.

    Of course get actively involved in the anti-war movement and support it with the money you save.

    • Replies: @Patricus
  3. TG says:

    1. What makes you think the American public matters? Donald Trump was elected in large part because he ran on a platform of not wasting trillions of dollars on pointless winless destructive wars and instead spending the money on ourselves. Despite massive propaganda against Trump – he’s a racist! He’s a fascist! He’s Literally Hitler! – the public voted him president. The public has woken up, the public doesn’t want these stupid wars, but the public be damed – Trump was soon beaten down, and it’s business as usual. But don’t blame the public. We don’t count, it’s not our fault.

    2. Notwithstanding that yes, what the west is doing across large parts of the world is indeed stupid and evil etc., the real problem with (most of) these places is that people there are trying to have many more children than they can support, and it’s an iron law of development that if people breed like rodents, they and their children will live and die like rodents. I mean in Syria, the government criminalized birth control, they got the population to double in just 18 years, then double again in another 18 years, then… oops! The aquifers were drained and things fell apart. Sure, the West then stuck its big nose in the situation and allied with Al Qeda and made a bad situation worse, but the West didn’t start it.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  4. Polemeros says:

    Thanks for my morning laff.

  5. The American public knows it has no say in such matters. And if they did they would not be different from other humans. They would not give a fuck about people they don’t know. People everywhere are stupid and evil. If this were not true they would be living in peace and prosperity.

    Webster defines the “world” as “the earthly state of human existence”. The world is a mirror image of human nature. Seeing it for what it is has a name. Misanthropy. Neither ideology nor technology will change human nature. You are jousting at windmills. I suggest you resort to mysticism.

    • Replies: @Gunther tn
  6. Patricus says:
    @Anonymous

    So, if westerners consume less then the rest of the world will profit? How does that work?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  7. Jmaie says:

    Thank Gawd your interviews and tweets were able to “save” Venezuela…

    You make some valid points and I like a good rant as much as anyone, but they should end with a viable plan of action. Options for us as individuals to stop western imperialism are what, exactly? 63 million Americans voted for the anti-war candidate to no avail so I’m not sure what further expressions of disapproval would accomplish. It is delusional to think that Speaking Truth to Power actually accomplishes anything. Bumper sticker philosophy, sheesh.

    As to Anonymous’ suggestion that we self-pauperize, good luck with that. Ever heard of the prisoner’s dillema?

  8. manouche says:

    Thank you very much,mr.Vitchek.It is as you say.I feel this way,since the destruction of Libya,and I try to talk about it to my fellow frenchmen.They don’t think it’s important.It does’t even come to their mind that Syria has the right to retaliate for those three stooges missile attacks and that France andGR.Britain could receive the same kind of treatment.With all the problems that the military intervention in Libya generated,the authors Sarkozy and Cameron are not even pointed to.It’s terrible.
    I am sincere,when I claim destruction of Paris,Washington,London,the Vatican,and TelAviv,on a week’s day by a nuclear bomb.After that the world may be in shatters,but most evildoers are hit as well.

    I hope that some jetfighter pilot throws his plane in the middle of Bilderberg conference.

  9. To the author of this idiotic essay : You leftists are all of your fucking minds, and your solution to all of the worlds woes is redundently the same absurd garbage : communism.
    Go screw yourself.

    Authenticjazz man “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US army vet, and pro jazz performer.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  10. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @Patricus

    How could it hurt?

  11. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @TG

    We don’t count, it’s not our fault.

    What have you done to end the wars? Do you discuss the wars with people around you? Do you donate to anti-war organizations? Do you participate in politics beyond casting a vote by getting involved in the political parties and shifting it from the inside to become more anti-war?

    The public doesn’t do much because they don’t think it is their war. If that mentality pervades, when will the wars ever end?

    Their endless consumerism has put them into debt and consumption servitude. The pro-war parties promise to raise consumption (welfare payments(dems) or economic growth(repubs)) and voters vote for that because peace candidates are slandered as being “bad for the economy(consumption).” It would be better if people consumed so little they wouldn’t give a shit about such slander.

    It is not your job to vote for the anti-war candidates the system lets you vote for, it is your job to force anti-war policies into the system. Here again we see how consumerism has spread into all sectors and now even politics is viewed as a shopping activity where one has choices from the system instead of producing the system one desires.

  12. pb says:

    I accept that they know close to nothing about their colonial history, and want to know nothing, as long as they have football, plenty of meat and 6 weeks vacations on exotic beaches. I know that even many of those who can see monstrous crimes committed by the West, want to blame everything on Rothschilds and ‘Zionist conspiracy’, but never on themselves, never on Israel which its West’s outpost in the Middle East, never on their culture which expresses itself through the centuries of plunder.

    is this shit for real?

  13. lal says:

    Being witness to the world is merciless. We all suffer our private sorrows. Even the elites lose their children, their health, their wealth. For now we have a beautiful setting for our lives. In the slums and war torn areas of the world the people also have their joys and triumphs. Life on earth has rules of some strange sort, things are balanced even in the inequities of circumstances. The Empire always falls eventually and the downtrodden become the masters eventually. Humans enjoy what and where they can and suffer the same pain. I am grateful to live here and now. I also know that paradise is fleeting and fragile and at any moment can change to hell.

  14. pb says:
    @Anonymous

    What have you done to end the wars?

    screaming in the wind for 20 years.
    Afghanistan: apposing it was very unpopular and hard to get anyone to show up for leafletting or protest
    Iraq: (muh no blood for oil, but please don’t mention israeli involvement in pushing us in to war) yah i was there with all the hip kids who were doing the hip thing and opposing the war by hitler jr.
    Drone wars: small amount of support during the bush administration lost most when obama took over as chief murderer
    Libya: “there was a war in libya?” “Gaddafi is a hitler” “it was a nato war” “we were just supporting the french” “un resolution” a completely unconstitutional war without any consent from congress.
    Syria: “the war that got me banned and kicked out of every democratic leaning organization and website, for attempting to oppose and started me down the path from left/liberatrian to alt-right fasc
    Somalia(hey shouldn’t that be at the top of the list since we have been bombing then since the early 90s?, nah nobody even heard about it or cares)

    Do you discuss the wars with people around you?

    yes at all the least appropriate times and settings, aside from the weather its almost exclusively what i talk about with other people

    Do you donate to anti-war organizations?

    antiwar organizations that are not party affiliated are far and few between, aside from code pink i would not associate with most of them, after flipping during the obama years.

    Do you participate in politics beyond casting a vote

    no i don’t vote its pointless and has no effect on america’s elites war policies.

    by getting involved in the political parties and shifting it from the inside to become more anti-war?

    i volenteered for the DNC 2007 midterms and helped several candidates who were running on a platform of ending the iraq war, they won and continued to fund it so they would have the iraq issue in 2008.
    political parties are not changed from the inside especially not the one party of the united states.

  15. @Anonymous

    “Anti-war policies” : HA HA HA HA HA

    The “anti-war” cabal in Europe has always collected funds for aiding their cherished leftist “wars of liberations”.

    You leftists are only against war when it comes from the anti-leftist faction, you have no qualms about supporting wars of leftist “liberation”

    AJM

  16. G. Poulin says:
    @Anonymous

    “Raising awareness” accomplishes exactly nothing. Our input doesn’t count. We have a ruling class. It rules us, and does whatever the fuck it wants. You are still operating under the delusion that we are a “democracy”. We aren’t. In 1939 Americans were overwhelmingly against entering the European war, and elected some shitbag named FDR who promised to keep us out of it. We got the war anyway, because we have a ruling class and the ruling class wanted it, end of story. All the anti-war activism in the world didn’t do shit, and it never will. You want an end to all these wars? Kill the globohomo that starts them.

  17. @Anonymous

    What have you done to end the wars? Do you discuss the wars with people around you? Do you donate to anti-war organizations? Do you participate in politics beyond casting a vote by getting involved in the political parties and shifting it from the inside to become more anti-war?

    He probably didn’t tweet hard enough. Look at Andre, he tweeted so hard he stopped Venezuela from being destroyed and now the good people there can enjoy all the peace and prosperity that 10,000% inflation brings. Just remember, as hard as you think you’re tweeting, you will never tweet that hard.

  18. anon[689] • Disclaimer says:

    No wonder the state of our confused populace – especially our young people – with well-written, mendacious, invidious, free-floating baseless nonsense like this piece filling our heads.

  19. If Western imperialism, which is the greatest and perhaps the only major threat our planet is now facing, is not decisively and soon dismantled by its own citizens, it will have to be fought and deterred by external forces. That is: by its former and present victims

    It seems to have escaped your notice that the dismantling of the West is coming along in leaps and bounds. The method: mass immigration. The saviours (according to you): our ruling elites, acting on behalf of the most victimized minority in the history of the world ever (according to them).

    By the way, ‘Holodomor’, like ‘Mathare’, also gets Apple’s red underline treatment. Worrying.

  20. Stogumber says:

    Personally I can’t remember when “we” have bombed Nairobi.

    On the whole, “we” know Third-World cities rather well when they are subject to “our” wars. On the other hand, we ignore them completely just when they are not subject to “our” wars.

    This, I concede, is rather uncomfortable for the good people in Mathare. But there live probably a lot more people in Mathare than in my home town; and shouldn’t they be able to care for themselves? If “our” mobiles ignore the existence of Mathare, what about creating their own mobiles which ignore the “Villa Borghese” instead?

    There is something deeply wrong with the idea that some million Europeans and North Americans are to be the cooks, kitchen maids, baby sitters, garbage collectors and janitors for billions of people who seemingly cannot take responsibility for themselves.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  21. Sipuli says:

    I work on all the continents. I never stop, even when exhaustion tries to smash me against the wall, even when there are hardly any reserves left. I cannot stop; I have no right to stop, because I can finally see the pattern; the way this world operates

    Imagine how conceited you would have to be to unironically talk about yourself like this and not think you sound like a jackass.

    The West is so outrageously rich, compared to the ruined and plundered continents, that it often appears that it does not belong to the Planet Earth.

    *plugs Amazon link*

    “You may be a famous writer and a filmmaker, but somehow, they make you feel like a beggar.”

    What humility! Truly a champion of the downtrodden and voiceless.
    (I’ve never heard of this guy in my entire life)

    On the other hand, “Mathare”, which I spelled correctly, was underlined red. Mathare ‘is an error’. Because it does not exist. It does not exist, despite the fact that around one million men, women and children lives there. It is not recognized by my MacBook Pro

    I checked my Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and it’s not in there either. My town is also missing. Weird. It’s almost like editors only put words and phrases that people actually use in their dictionaries. This is obviously an esoteric statement of imperialism.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  22. @Authenticjazzman

    You are the exact kind of piece of shit he is talking about.

  23. @Stogumber

    You know nothing. Absolutely nothing. And yet you think you are brilliant.

    This is called fatuousness. From the Latin root for “fool.” Learn a vocabulary word today. Then you will know at least one thing.

    If you don’t understand how the Third World is the Third World because it is fiendishly exploited, then you don’t understand anything. It has, FYI, nothing to do with how the people living there act or don’t act. Whatever they did, the Western elites would exploit them beyond imagining anyway. Once you understand this, then we might stop considering you subhuman.

  24. @Sipuli

    The dumbest students and writers are always the ones who turn to their trusty Webster’s.

    You are funny. Inadvertently.

  25. Tusk says:

    This is not an us vs them issue. Everyone on all sides is losing while a small portion of the aristocratic elite are profiting at the expense of everyone else.

    You say:

    Now riots are only for the better welfare of European workers. No one in the West is fighting in order to stop the plunder abroad

    Nobody is trying to help workers, anyone on the left is rabidly for open borders which brings those who undercut natives wages, anyone on the right is generally for cheap labor for the huge corporations that fund the party. The workers are being let down across the spectrum, while once again those same portion of elite are funneling profits.

    You say:

    I have now accepted the monstrous fact that the French, Yanks, Canadians, Brits or Germans do not give a shit about how many millions of innocent people they kill in the Middle East, or Southeast Asia, Africa or in ‘places like that’

    But yet many countries want nothing to do with foreigners or foreign countries on the international stage, the American people were deceived by the Government and by the media on supporting the war on terror, but surely after the excessive cost and zero achievment people have turned against that (except for the most rabid israli supporters).

    You say:

    I know that even many of those who can see monstrous crimes committed by the West, want to blame everything on Rothschilds and ‘Zionist conspiracy’, but never on themselves, never on Israel which its West’s outpost in the Middle East, never on their culture which expresses itself through the centuries of plunder.

    It is very clear, all things considered, that it is the other way round. The West is an outpost for Israel, no rational thinker would support sending billions of dollars to a foreign country with no strings attached. Trump ran on an anti-war platform and yet the controlling interests sabogtaged him until he submitted to furthering the neocon agenda.

    There is plenty of blame to go around but the vast majority of people have no power, democracy is a farce, neoliberalism rules through transient and opaque international institutions that have no checks and balances. America will not be white for much longer and they’re stuck with trillions in debt. Britian wont be white for much longer and has foreigners raping and pimping their children. France (white status -unknown due to lack of data) is filled with foreigners that hate the natives. Colonialism benefited plenty of countries at the time who were not advanced and in the end with left with modern infrastructure and training that helped them develop. See the video below:

    Countries like Haiti and Zimbabwe can only blame themselves for their dysfunction. Japan in the 40 years after WW2 managed to become a powerhouse, why is Indonesia unable to do so 54 years after intervention?

    You say:

    Yes, they; because the citizens are responsible for their own governments, and because there is, clearly, something called collective guilt and collective responsibility!

    There is nothing anyone can do, the vast autocratic machine is out of the normal people’s control. Tech companies ban anyone outside the prescribed views. Governments arrest and torture anyone who goes against them regardless of them being foreign citizens who commited no offense in a country (Assange) they track you online with your phones, they create secret warrants and arrest you. The media smears you no matter what you do as long as it suits their agenda. It doesn’t matter who anyone, anywhere, votes into power. The result is going to be the same, or they’ll just smear and assassinate anyone who might shake things up.

  26. Wow. André Vltchek? Really? Is Unz just trolling us now? Of the many, many insightful voices of the left that would deserve a slot here, I think Vltchek is pretty far down the list. He’s just another SJW virtue-signaler who thinks that the ordinary people of the West have some ‘democratic’ control over what Washington’s Imperial Deathstar is doing abroad. Pity him!

    Everything is well-polished, and choreographed. It is expected that you do not show any ‘gore’. That you do not call your public ‘names’. That you do not swear, do not get drunk on the stage, do not start insulting everyone in sight.

    Well, now André knows what it feels like to be Donald Trump holding a presser!

    Seriously, Unz: if you’re looking for another worthwhile lefty to publish, consider Caitlin Johnstone.

    • Agree: nokangaroos
  27. @WorkingClass

    The American public knows it has no say in such matters. And if they did they would not be different from other humans. They would not give a fuck about people they don’t know. People everywhere are stupid and evil. If this were not true they would be living in peace and prosperity.

    Agreed. “Morality” / reciprocal altruism is just an adaptation to help a person survive in their own tribe. If a tribe can get rich & advance by taking stuff from another tribe, then it will do so. Furthermore, it will develop systems – such as a compliant corporate media – that insulate it from feeling any self-doubt. The most ruthless and cunning tribes will survive.

    The only way not to be a victim is to develop weapons to defend your tribe.

  28. renfro says:

    ”Yes, they; because the citizens are responsible for their own governments, and because there is, clearly, something called collective guilt and collective responsibility”!

    Don’t worry, everyone is going to pay sooner or later.

  29. Mr. Grey says:

    I used to enjoy Mr. Vilchek at one time, I now wonder why, but now I appear to be in league with the other members of his audience he so heartily vilifies. Vilchek’s anger that Malthare is unknown to his Macbook, I had to laugh. Yes it’s all the West’s fault. Western Civilization bad. Can’t wait for Year Zero, where we all sing together while harvesting the rice crop.

  30. Icy Blast says:

    Most Americans know nothing about France, not to mention Ethiopia. “The West” is not a real category. The U.S.A. and Israel is a real category. And most citizens of the U.S.A. are not benefitting from the looting and plundering bewailed by our author. This is just more Marxist propaganda disguised as compassion – a real yawner. Takes me back to the 70’s.

  31. I figured — not even a token reference to Israel lobby Jew supremacists calling the shots.

    How about if YOU “wake up,” Andre?

    We don’t need more (((controlled opposition))), thanks anyway.

  32. DanGood says:

    Your cris de coeur resonates. For now the world is intimidated by the vast strength of the US weapons. The intimidation will continue until somehow somewhere someone will fight back. America will become isolated. Perhaps it will unleach mayhem. At that point the sides will be clear. Americans still think their military protects the world, they believe they are heros. Then suddenly they will become aware that their leaders are blind and ignorant.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  33. Logan says:

    The vast majority of the world’s population always lived on the ragged edge of survival, also known as absolute poverty. Except for a usually quite small percentage of rulers.

    Starting several centuries ago in western Europe, peoples as a whole began to climb above this level.

    This continued and accelerated and spread throughout the world. Just since 2000 the number of people living at this level dropped from about 1B to .5B, the fastest reduction in history. 10 years from now it’s probable almost nobody will live at this level outside Africa.

    https://ourworldindata.org/extreme-poverty

    This is despite massive growth in population, especially in the poorest nations.

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  34. @DanGood

    For now the world is intimidated by the vast strength of the US weapons.

    Yet try and find someone willing to say we should have stayed out of the “world wars”, like Sweden and Switzerland did. We owe an apology to the Lindberghs. Europe’s petty squabbles were never any of our business.

    Our most imperialist presidents’ names grace the streets of Paris. What’s up with the French?

  35. orionyx says:
    @Adolf Verloc

    You’re underlining the writer’s conclusions. Are you doing so consciously? Probably no more so than you do most things.

  36. @Pat Kittle

    Exactly. I’m sick and tired of controlled opposition like this “Andre” fellow here or that PJ watson fellow who never even touches the “touchy” topic of role Israel plays in all this. Nevertheless the only way to take it to “normie” world is to make these debates more frequent atop bar stools and coffee tables across the country.

    And support guys like Nehlen who are risking it all for the proles. Contribute, volunteer with them or at least spread the word. Else we’d always be stuck preaching to the choir in an echo chamber

    • Agree: Pat Kittle
  37. @Logan

    That “massive growth in population” will eventually meet its Malthusian destiny, though admittedly not as quickly as many predicted.

    The bigger it gets, the harder it will fall.

  38. hfel says:

    Judging by the frequent grammatical errors and stylistic mishaps of this article, I wonder why is biorealist Unz giving a platform to likely a not very intellectually capable person pushing standard leftoid victimology taken to its logical conclusion; MSM already disseminate the same in a watered-down form, and Unz usually provides a platform to voices going in dissenting directions, not in the official direction on steroids. I can read The Jacobin for that.

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