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Enemies of the United States are joyously watching its upcoming elections that are exposing this once great nation as deeply corrupt. It’s as if a huge rock has been turned over, exposing the swarming, slithering underside of America’s political system.

For those who admire America, like this writer, this week is a time to weep for the republic.

We see two candidates who are utterly unfit for the highest office: Hilary Clinton, engulfed by scandals, and blustering TV mogul Donald Trump, a man of profound shallowness who advocates Islamophobia, torture and environmental ignorance.

Hillary Clinton’s core supporters are black food stamp and welfare recipients, and legions of women who are voting simply by gender. Trump’s core supporters are tax-paying workers who have watched Wall Street loot America’s economy and send their jobs abroad.

Like many people, I’ve been tearing my hair trying to decide for whom to vote. I now favor Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson who gained worldwide fame as a dolt when asked about the destruction of Aleppo, Syria. ‘What’s Aleppo?’ asked this New Mexico Bismarck.

Now that’s the kind of president I’d like to see. No more regime-changers and empire-builders. No more Imperial America. No more crusaders or world super power bullying. No more mucking around the world and acting as the globe’s enforcer. Let’s forget Aleppo, Beirut, Gaza, Tehran, Islamabad, the South China Sea and North Korea.

We can no longer afford to play ‘Game of Thrones.’ We’ve got to rebuild bridges and airports, and clean the Augean Stables of Congress, America’s most corrupt institution. We just spent $2.8 billion on roads in remote Afghanistan while our own highways are crumbling.

Such is the folly of imperialism. The old Soviet Union did something similar, allowing its domestic infrastructure and industry to fall apart while adventuring in Afghanistan, and deploying 55,000 tanks in the Red Army. These tanks were useful in putting down the heroic Hungarian Revolution of 1956 – 60 years ago this week – but for nothing else.

But I fear that whoever wins the US election will very quickly face major problems for which they are woefully unprepared. Most obvious is the bloody mess the US has created across the Mideast.

I just learned that Trump recently named, as Mideast advisor, a notorious Muslim-hating fanatic, who is a Lebanese Maronite Christian fascist. His advice will likely be to invade Lebanon and Syria and kill more Muslims.

For her part, Hilary Clinton has long been a wholly-financed subsidiary of Wall Street and the mighty Israel lobby. Just have a look at the list of her largest donors. Her pro-Israel supporters are urging her to create a so-called ‘no-fly’ zone over Syria, which is code for full-scale war against Syrian government and Russian forces. Guess who will benefit from Syria’s destruction and disintegration?

This supreme idiocy could lead directly to nuclear war with Russia, something I’ve been warning against for years.

There has been no mention in the campaign of rebuilding the Arab world, ravaged by western imperial interventions. Little mention of some 12 million Syrian refugees created by the Saudis and US. Nor of five million Palestinian refugees, and who knows how many in Iraq, Libya, Somalia and now war-ravaged Yemen. And not a word about America’s stalemated war in Afghanistan. Nothing about a shaky Europe. Nor how to accommodate China’s rise.

Instead, we’ve heard tirades against the phony ISIS, which is funded by the Saudis, and Hilary Clinton’s absurd claims that wicked Vlad Putin is somehow behind America’s foreign disasters. It’s stupid and shameful demagoguery.

At least Trump has the good sense to urge that we end our pointless confrontation with Russia and scale back the unaffordable American Empire. Few Americans know that almost half their government’s budget is spent on the military.

Besides disgusting many Americans, the presidential campaign has made the US an object of derision and embarrassment around the globe. Many analysts claim that this grand fiasco marks the beginning of the end of US global hegemony. It’s certainly the beginning of the beginning.

This week alone, the Philippines and Malaysia, two staunch American allies, edged closer to China’s camp. Neither Trump no Clinton had a care for America’s reputation during their ugly debates.

My fear is that the election vitriol will not end America’ shame and misery but continue on, like an acid eating into the national fabric.

(Reprinted from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. “This week alone, the Philippines and Malaysia, two staunch American allies, edged closer to China’s camp. Neither Trump no Clinton had a care for America’s reputation during their ugly debates.”

    If people like Eric Margolis are clueless enough to utter the above phrase, what hope can average Americans have to understand the world.

    Here is the thing, the Phillipines were never anti-China except during the last presidency of Aquino III and Malaysia always have pretty good relationships with China for at least three decades. The two countries of course also have pretty good relations with the US, especially the Phillipines, which has a close relationships because of its historic ties to the US. Malaysia have cordial relationships with the US but Malaysia certainly does not consider itself an American allies, much less a staunch one. For the past several years all I read in the MSM is that China has tense relationships with its many neighbors, which is simply not true. I always wonder whether authors of those articles are being dishonest or just lazy journalism writing things they assume is true. I suspect the latter.

    Now the relevations that the two countries actually have pretty good relations with China may come as a shock to the Western audience but this is only because they were being fed a steady diet of nonsense for so many years.

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    • Replies: @Fran Macadam
    "The two countries of course also have pretty good relations with the US, especially the Phillipines, which has a close relationships because of its historic ties to the US."

    No doubt due to the bloody suppression of Filipino independence after 1898, when the United States conquered it as a colony.

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    , @macilrae

    Here is the thing, the Phillipines were never anti-China except during the last presidency of Aquino III and Malaysia always have pretty good relationships with China for at least three decades.
     
    Depends whom you're taking about. Your man-in-the-street in Manila, say, has for decades been pretty pro-American: liking baseball and rock, Disney and coca cola. Yes, in recent years his enthusiasm has dwindled but, for him, when he thinks of China, he looks at the wealthy (and hated) Philippino Chinese community - or the increasing numbers of loud, ill-mannered mainland Chinese tourists (as elsewhere, mostly officials on a junket paid for with their under-table money). Politically Philippines has trodden a cautious path in its dealings with China (always looking over its shoulder for US approval) which has not been made easy by China's extra territorial claims. Definitely, however, we are now seeing a political shift in China's direction
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  2. Sorry fellow Canadian – Iranian president Dr. Hassan Rouhani and Minister Louis Farrakhan beat you on this. Both of the declared Hillary and Trump – DEVILS last week….

    As the pro-Israel world leaders such as Netanyahu, Francois Hollande, Marine Le Pen, Vladimir Putin, Matteo Renzi, Manuel Valls, Nicolas Sarkozy, Tony Blair, Julia Gillard, etc. have endorsed either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as the next US president – the only truth came from Iranian president Dr. Hassan Rouhani.

    Last week in a televised speech in the city of Ark, Rouhani said he had no preference in the US presidential election and the choice offered to American citizens was between bad and worse.

    On October 30, 2016, the leader of Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan spoke to an audience full Chicago mosque about his thoughts on November 8 presidential election and the opposing candidates. The topic of his talk was taken from Matthew 12:26, If Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand….

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/11/03/farrakhan-hillary-and-trump-are-biblical-satans/

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    • Replies: @Unz Reader
    Louis Farrakhan, like other members of the Nation of Islam, regards all white people as devils.
  3. @Rehmat
    Sorry fellow Canadian - Iranian president Dr. Hassan Rouhani and Minister Louis Farrakhan beat you on this. Both of the declared Hillary and Trump - DEVILS last week....

    As the pro-Israel world leaders such as Netanyahu, Francois Hollande, Marine Le Pen, Vladimir Putin, Matteo Renzi, Manuel Valls, Nicolas Sarkozy, Tony Blair, Julia Gillard, etc. have endorsed either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as the next US president – the only truth came from Iranian president Dr. Hassan Rouhani.

    Last week in a televised speech in the city of Ark, Rouhani said he had no preference in the US presidential election and the choice offered to American citizens was between bad and worse.

    On October 30, 2016, the leader of Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan spoke to an audience full Chicago mosque about his thoughts on November 8 presidential election and the opposing candidates. The topic of his talk was taken from Matthew 12:26, If Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand....

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/11/03/farrakhan-hillary-and-trump-are-biblical-satans/

    Louis Farrakhan, like other members of the Nation of Islam, regards all white people as devils.

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  4. “….and blustering TV mogul Donald Trump, a man of profound shallowness….”

    Hillary is a thief, a liar, a traitor and a murderer. Vote for her anyway. At least she’s not shallow. What do you really know about Trump’s character or temperament beyond what people you regard as your betters have said about him? You are among those who cannot vote Trump because you are a snob.

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    • Replies: @Stephen R. Diamond
    Confession: I would never vote for Trump because he is forever tainted by his association with Roy Cohn.
    , @jamie b.
    "...you are a snob."

    As far as I can tell, the word "snob" has now come to mean having any standards of decorum, diplomacy, or civility whatsoever.

  5. I now favor Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson

    That’s a nice way of saying you’re voting for Hillary.

    There’s no reason to believe Trump is going to invade anything. He probably doesn’t care what happens outside of America, and as we’ve seen throughout this election, least likely to cave to neo-con warmongers.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    The accuracy of your first sentence depends largely on which State the author lives in.

    So let's not exaggerate or mislead people about the consequences of thinking independently and voting for a candidate whose views actually are the closest to their own.

    If the author lives in a slam-dunk Dem State such as California or New York or Illinois -- and unfortunately about TWENTY-THREE PERCENT of all Americans live in one of those three foregone-conclusion States -- he is certainly NOT helping to elect Shrillery by voting Libertarian. The warmongering felonious bitch will get the electoral votes of those three states whether she wins by ten percent, fifteen percent, or twenty-five percent in those places.

    In fact, in most presidential elections, I'd encourage nationalist, conservative, and/or libertarian people who live in those three States, especially, to vote for the Libertarians or some other "third party." Get some publicity and name recognition for the smaller parties so that more vote know that they have choices other than Dems and Repubs.

  6. If we give the Philippines to China could we force them to take failed Subic Bay Boom Boom girl, Michelle Malkin as well?

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  7. Let’s posit for argument’s sake that both Hillary and Trump are sociopaths. Let’s also posit that Trump is dumb or naive (I don’t think either is the case). Now look at the video of a beaming Hillary getting news of Khadaffi’s death and manaically cackling, “We came, we saw, he died!” which, BTW, is a very public admission of complicity in war crimes. Hillary also has a long list of other dead bodies who crossed her path over the years; not saying she is responsible, rather merely pointing out a circumstantial fact. Have we ever seen Trump display pure evil of this sort, and is there a long list of dead bodies in his wake?

    I’ll take dumb and naive over evil any day.

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    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    You are right on the money, excepting the idea of DT being a "Sociopath", this he is not.
    The woe of this election being : If you are a "Baby momma" in Detroit with six kids from six thug baby daddies, you will most certainly not give a shit about the crimes of the C crime family, what you are concerned with is that your welfare checks keep coming in.
    And your assumption is that you can only be assured of the checks coming in if you vote for HC.

    Authenticjazzman, "Mensa" society member of forty years plus.
  8. @DB Cooper
    "This week alone, the Philippines and Malaysia, two staunch American allies, edged closer to China’s camp. Neither Trump no Clinton had a care for America’s reputation during their ugly debates."

    If people like Eric Margolis are clueless enough to utter the above phrase, what hope can average Americans have to understand the world.

    Here is the thing, the Phillipines were never anti-China except during the last presidency of Aquino III and Malaysia always have pretty good relationships with China for at least three decades. The two countries of course also have pretty good relations with the US, especially the Phillipines, which has a close relationships because of its historic ties to the US. Malaysia have cordial relationships with the US but Malaysia certainly does not consider itself an American allies, much less a staunch one. For the past several years all I read in the MSM is that China has tense relationships with its many neighbors, which is simply not true. I always wonder whether authors of those articles are being dishonest or just lazy journalism writing things they assume is true. I suspect the latter.

    Now the relevations that the two countries actually have pretty good relations with China may come as a shock to the Western audience but this is only because they were being fed a steady diet of nonsense for so many years.

    “The two countries of course also have pretty good relations with the US, especially the Phillipines, which has a close relationships because of its historic ties to the US.”

    No doubt due to the bloody suppression of Filipino independence after 1898, when the United States conquered it as a colony.

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  9. @The Alarmist
    Let's posit for argument's sake that both Hillary and Trump are sociopaths. Let's also posit that Trump is dumb or naive (I don't think either is the case). Now look at the video of a beaming Hillary getting news of Khadaffi's death and manaically cackling, "We came, we saw, he died!" which, BTW, is a very public admission of complicity in war crimes. Hillary also has a long list of other dead bodies who crossed her path over the years; not saying she is responsible, rather merely pointing out a circumstantial fact. Have we ever seen Trump display pure evil of this sort, and is there a long list of dead bodies in his wake?

    I'll take dumb and naive over evil any day.

    You are right on the money, excepting the idea of DT being a “Sociopath”, this he is not.
    The woe of this election being : If you are a “Baby momma” in Detroit with six kids from six thug baby daddies, you will most certainly not give a shit about the crimes of the C crime family, what you are concerned with is that your welfare checks keep coming in.
    And your assumption is that you can only be assured of the checks coming in if you vote for HC.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty years plus.

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  10. I agree with the writer about torture. But Trump’s islamophobia is nothing more than a moratorium on Muslim immigration is no different than Carter’s moratorium on Iranian immigration in the wake of the U.S. embassy sacking in 1979. I assume the accusation of “environmental ignorance” is codespeak for Trump not buying into the global warming hoax, which is the biggest hoax of the 21st century. This alone is the number one reason why I have already voted for Trump in a main-in ballet (which we have in my state).

    Like the writer, I do not believe in the use of torture. Torture demeans us all.

    Trump gave an interview several months ago about the police in the recent police vs. black people issue, an interview in which he made clear he does in fact understand the constitution and is indeed a constitutionalist. Trump wanting to end the interventionist foreign policy and yet at the same time wanting to have a larger Navy makes clear to me that he does understand the difference between empire and republic and prefers that we be a republic rather than an empire.

    Trump has also said that believes, as experienced by all business owners and self-employed people, that there is FAR too much regulation in this country and that it must be reduced.

    These are four very powerful arguments in favor of Trump.

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  11. With regards to Muslim immigrants to the U.S., the simple answer is we don’t need them. Muslims, in general, contribute very little to technological innovation and economic growth around the world. There is not a single product manufactured to competitive international standards anywhere in the Muslim countries, nor do their applications for patents exceed that of a single technical university in the West. There are more books translated from English into Japanese EACH YEAR than are translated into Arabic in the past 500 years. There simply is not much here from a human capital standpoint.

    Immigrant benefit the U.S. if they are entrepreneurial, self-reliant, and are likely of independent success on their own once they are in the U.S. Chinese, other East Asian, and some South Asian peoples amply demonstrate these characteristics and resultant success stories in the U.S. Immigrants from other regions of the world produced rather mixed results, and that is putting it charitably. This reality, combined with the relentless march of technological innovation, particularly in automation and robotics, makes abundantly clear the need for some kind of merit-based immigration policy.

    Sum of of this up, does anyone here really see a need for further Muslim immigration into the West and, particularly, the U.S.?

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  12. From my reading of Unz Review commentators I have noticed a large preference for Trump over Clinton. Clinton zealots are rare but Trumpsters do inhabit these pages which I find surprising. While I suspect most are political cynics I am surprised that Conservatives seem to trump Liberals. Those who follow Eric know he is a self confessed Republican but I guess his `snobbery` precludes his support for Trump and his tongue in cheek sarcasm results in a vote for a harmless dolt like Johnson. Clearly he not an environmentalist, a progressive or a tribal Jew since he ignored Jill Stein. No need to weep, Eric, America was never worthy of your respect or fealty, it has been, since it`s inception, a blight or cancer on this world and We in the rest of the world cheer as it self destructs; it would spare us the trouble of administering radiation therapy to spare US from this malignant cancer which plagues us so menacingly!

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  13. @Jason Liu

    I now favor Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson
     
    That's a nice way of saying you're voting for Hillary.

    There's no reason to believe Trump is going to invade anything. He probably doesn't care what happens outside of America, and as we've seen throughout this election, least likely to cave to neo-con warmongers.

    The accuracy of your first sentence depends largely on which State the author lives in.

    So let’s not exaggerate or mislead people about the consequences of thinking independently and voting for a candidate whose views actually are the closest to their own.

    If the author lives in a slam-dunk Dem State such as California or New York or Illinois — and unfortunately about TWENTY-THREE PERCENT of all Americans live in one of those three foregone-conclusion States — he is certainly NOT helping to elect Shrillery by voting Libertarian. The warmongering felonious bitch will get the electoral votes of those three states whether she wins by ten percent, fifteen percent, or twenty-five percent in those places.

    In fact, in most presidential elections, I’d encourage nationalist, conservative, and/or libertarian people who live in those three States, especially, to vote for the Libertarians or some other “third party.” Get some publicity and name recognition for the smaller parties so that more vote know that they have choices other than Dems and Repubs.

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  14. So basically you are voting for Gary Johnson on the basis of his policies, which are almost identical to Trump’s, even though he has no hope of implementing them, thus potentially allowing Clinton to win with her diametrically opposed policies rather than Trump.

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    • Replies: @nsa
    The pothead johnson, like most libertarians, favors open borders and unlimited immigration....and all the crappy free trade deals placing american manufacturing labor in direct competition with 50 cent per hour asians i.e. indistinguishable from the loathsome commie Ds except for the warmongering. Johnson was originally run to take votes away from Der Trumpster, and received glowing press from the KMM (kosher mainstream media).....until they discovered he was taking more votes away from the crone. The jooies then started to hammer him with both fists (aleppo, legalizing heroin, unlimited turd world immigration, etc). Greenie Stein obviously takes votes away from the incontinent senile chimaera...so she receives almost no press, good or bad, from the KMM. Americans like to keep it simple...hence the two party system....black hats and white hats.
  15. @LondonBob
    So basically you are voting for Gary Johnson on the basis of his policies, which are almost identical to Trump's, even though he has no hope of implementing them, thus potentially allowing Clinton to win with her diametrically opposed policies rather than Trump.

    The pothead johnson, like most libertarians, favors open borders and unlimited immigration….and all the crappy free trade deals placing american manufacturing labor in direct competition with 50 cent per hour asians i.e. indistinguishable from the loathsome commie Ds except for the warmongering. Johnson was originally run to take votes away from Der Trumpster, and received glowing press from the KMM (kosher mainstream media)…..until they discovered he was taking more votes away from the crone. The jooies then started to hammer him with both fists (aleppo, legalizing heroin, unlimited turd world immigration, etc). Greenie Stein obviously takes votes away from the incontinent senile chimaera…so she receives almost no press, good or bad, from the KMM. Americans like to keep it simple…hence the two party system….black hats and white hats.

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  16. @WorkingClass
    "....and blustering TV mogul Donald Trump, a man of profound shallowness...."

    Hillary is a thief, a liar, a traitor and a murderer. Vote for her anyway. At least she's not shallow. What do you really know about Trump's character or temperament beyond what people you regard as your betters have said about him? You are among those who cannot vote Trump because you are a snob.

    Confession: I would never vote for Trump because he is forever tainted by his association with Roy Cohn.

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  17. @WorkingClass
    "....and blustering TV mogul Donald Trump, a man of profound shallowness...."

    Hillary is a thief, a liar, a traitor and a murderer. Vote for her anyway. At least she's not shallow. What do you really know about Trump's character or temperament beyond what people you regard as your betters have said about him? You are among those who cannot vote Trump because you are a snob.

    “…you are a snob.”

    As far as I can tell, the word “snob” has now come to mean having any standards of decorum, diplomacy, or civility whatsoever.

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    • Replies: @WorkingClass
    snob:

    A person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class.

    This is the connotation I intended.
  18. Anyone who states that they cannot vote for DT, however they will not vote for HRC, is lying and they will most certainly vote for HRC.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

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  19. @DB Cooper
    "This week alone, the Philippines and Malaysia, two staunch American allies, edged closer to China’s camp. Neither Trump no Clinton had a care for America’s reputation during their ugly debates."

    If people like Eric Margolis are clueless enough to utter the above phrase, what hope can average Americans have to understand the world.

    Here is the thing, the Phillipines were never anti-China except during the last presidency of Aquino III and Malaysia always have pretty good relationships with China for at least three decades. The two countries of course also have pretty good relations with the US, especially the Phillipines, which has a close relationships because of its historic ties to the US. Malaysia have cordial relationships with the US but Malaysia certainly does not consider itself an American allies, much less a staunch one. For the past several years all I read in the MSM is that China has tense relationships with its many neighbors, which is simply not true. I always wonder whether authors of those articles are being dishonest or just lazy journalism writing things they assume is true. I suspect the latter.

    Now the relevations that the two countries actually have pretty good relations with China may come as a shock to the Western audience but this is only because they were being fed a steady diet of nonsense for so many years.

    Here is the thing, the Phillipines were never anti-China except during the last presidency of Aquino III and Malaysia always have pretty good relationships with China for at least three decades.

    Depends whom you’re taking about. Your man-in-the-street in Manila, say, has for decades been pretty pro-American: liking baseball and rock, Disney and coca cola. Yes, in recent years his enthusiasm has dwindled but, for him, when he thinks of China, he looks at the wealthy (and hated) Philippino Chinese community – or the increasing numbers of loud, ill-mannered mainland Chinese tourists (as elsewhere, mostly officials on a junket paid for with their under-table money). Politically Philippines has trodden a cautious path in its dealings with China (always looking over its shoulder for US approval) which has not been made easy by China’s extra territorial claims. Definitely, however, we are now seeing a political shift in China’s direction

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    • Replies: @DB Cooper
    "Depends whom you’re taking about. Your man-in-the-street in Manila, say, has for decades been pretty pro-American: liking baseball and rock, Disney and coca cola. "

    I am not saying the Fillipino were not pro American. I am saying they were never anti-China. But being pro-America and NOT anti-China is not mutually exclusive. For some reason you are assuming a zero sum mentality of the Fillipino in regards to China and the US. This is a typical US thinking but does not reflect the reality. Like one of the previous commenter said, the US has commited unspeakable atrocities towards the Fillipinos in the past and this has always been one of the the things better left unsaid by both parties. Durterte break the taboo and publicably raised it in front of Obama when they were at a summit in Laos. There is always a latent Fillipinos nationalism they were not properly expressed. Things may changed.

    In regards to the maritine disputes between China and the Phillipines, if international convention is used (Who claim it first matters and proximity is irrelevant), Phillipines case is legally weak.

    http://chasfreeman.net/diplomacy-on-the-rocks-china-and-other-claimants-in-the-south-china-sea/
  20. We see two candidates who are utterly unfit for the highest office: Hilary Clinton, engulfed by scandals, and blustering TV mogul Donald Trump, a man of profound shallowness who advocates Islamophobia, torture and environmental ignorance.

    Islamophobia is another word for common sense, torture is a super-fringe issue, and “environmental ignorance” is code for skeptical rationality in the face of unfalsifiable statist bullshit (anybody with two brain cells to rub together has seen the evidence that the climate phonies are cooking the books).

    Stick to the anti-war stuff, anti-war guy. You lot are always horrible on every other issue.

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    • Replies: @Abelard Lindsey

    Stick to the anti-war stuff, anti-war guy. You lot are always horrible on every other issue.
     
    Seconded 100%.

    Eric, I'm with you 100% on your articles about military affairs and our interventionist foreign policy in general. They are quite insightful and provide balance. I've read every one of them. Keep up the good work!

    However, you are so way off base on any other subject that in the words of the scientist who criticized string theory, you're so wrong that you're "not even wrong".

    You know what, Eric? Trump is likely to agree with your military and foreign policy ideas FAR MORE than Hillary or Obama, who seem intent on driving us into WW3 for reasons that are utterly unfathomable to me.
  21. I voted for Johnson four years ago, but voted for Trump this year (and supported Rand Paul in the primary). Trump sounds like the peace candidate to me. We should be friends with Russia, and why does NATO even exist any more?

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  22. @macilrae

    Here is the thing, the Phillipines were never anti-China except during the last presidency of Aquino III and Malaysia always have pretty good relationships with China for at least three decades.
     
    Depends whom you're taking about. Your man-in-the-street in Manila, say, has for decades been pretty pro-American: liking baseball and rock, Disney and coca cola. Yes, in recent years his enthusiasm has dwindled but, for him, when he thinks of China, he looks at the wealthy (and hated) Philippino Chinese community - or the increasing numbers of loud, ill-mannered mainland Chinese tourists (as elsewhere, mostly officials on a junket paid for with their under-table money). Politically Philippines has trodden a cautious path in its dealings with China (always looking over its shoulder for US approval) which has not been made easy by China's extra territorial claims. Definitely, however, we are now seeing a political shift in China's direction

    “Depends whom you’re taking about. Your man-in-the-street in Manila, say, has for decades been pretty pro-American: liking baseball and rock, Disney and coca cola. ”

    I am not saying the Fillipino were not pro American. I am saying they were never anti-China. But being pro-America and NOT anti-China is not mutually exclusive. For some reason you are assuming a zero sum mentality of the Fillipino in regards to China and the US. This is a typical US thinking but does not reflect the reality. Like one of the previous commenter said, the US has commited unspeakable atrocities towards the Fillipinos in the past and this has always been one of the the things better left unsaid by both parties. Durterte break the taboo and publicably raised it in front of Obama when they were at a summit in Laos. There is always a latent Fillipinos nationalism they were not properly expressed. Things may changed.

    In regards to the maritine disputes between China and the Phillipines, if international convention is used (Who claim it first matters and proximity is irrelevant), Phillipines case is legally weak.

    http://chasfreeman.net/diplomacy-on-the-rocks-china-and-other-claimants-in-the-south-china-sea/

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  23. @jamie b.
    "...you are a snob."

    As far as I can tell, the word "snob" has now come to mean having any standards of decorum, diplomacy, or civility whatsoever.

    snob:

    A person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class.

    This is the connotation I intended.

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  24. @Svigor

    We see two candidates who are utterly unfit for the highest office: Hilary Clinton, engulfed by scandals, and blustering TV mogul Donald Trump, a man of profound shallowness who advocates Islamophobia, torture and environmental ignorance.
     
    Islamophobia is another word for common sense, torture is a super-fringe issue, and "environmental ignorance" is code for skeptical rationality in the face of unfalsifiable statist bullshit (anybody with two brain cells to rub together has seen the evidence that the climate phonies are cooking the books).

    Stick to the anti-war stuff, anti-war guy. You lot are always horrible on every other issue.

    Stick to the anti-war stuff, anti-war guy. You lot are always horrible on every other issue.

    Seconded 100%.

    Eric, I’m with you 100% on your articles about military affairs and our interventionist foreign policy in general. They are quite insightful and provide balance. I’ve read every one of them. Keep up the good work!

    However, you are so way off base on any other subject that in the words of the scientist who criticized string theory, you’re so wrong that you’re “not even wrong”.

    You know what, Eric? Trump is likely to agree with your military and foreign policy ideas FAR MORE than Hillary or Obama, who seem intent on driving us into WW3 for reasons that are utterly unfathomable to me.

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  25. Basically a good article but I believe Eric Margolis has a Muslim parent, so a has a visceral reaction to any criticism of Muslim, no matter how well founded and constructive which colors his opinion and analysis. I guess it never occurred to him that we have a right to say no to immigrants and to preserve the European character of this nation.

    It seems that only the people of white, Western nations are deprived of that right.

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  26. Few Americans know that almost half their government’s budget is spent on the military.

    I think it’s just a highly circulated myth. This shows only 16%.

    https://www.nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/spending/

    Not much and not little, but I think if downed to mere 100 bln, the remained 500 bln could be sent to create such things as universal health care, the lack of which is a shame among other developed countries. Some argue America cannot have universal health care because there is no money in the budget and so the government must raise taxes for it, but here is your money, just spend less on the useless metal junk and spend it instead on the health of your people.

    By the way, I wonder why on Unz.com there hardly exist articles about universal health care. It seems for me to be one of the most important issues in America and political activists, especially non-mainstream ones, must speak about it everyday, but nobody does. Even Third World countries have universal health care, but America still hasn’t, what a shame!

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    • Replies: @dearieme
    "This shows only 16%." Does that include military pensions, the VA, and other add-ons? In many countries they would be classed a part of military expenditure.

    Mind you, I would be astonished if the add-ons could take 16% to 50%.
  27. @Boris N

    Few Americans know that almost half their government’s budget is spent on the military.
     
    I think it's just a highly circulated myth. This shows only 16%.
    https://www.nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/spending/

    Not much and not little, but I think if downed to mere 100 bln, the remained 500 bln could be sent to create such things as universal health care, the lack of which is a shame among other developed countries. Some argue America cannot have universal health care because there is no money in the budget and so the government must raise taxes for it, but here is your money, just spend less on the useless metal junk and spend it instead on the health of your people.

    By the way, I wonder why on Unz.com there hardly exist articles about universal health care. It seems for me to be one of the most important issues in America and political activists, especially non-mainstream ones, must speak about it everyday, but nobody does. Even Third World countries have universal health care, but America still hasn't, what a shame!

    “This shows only 16%.” Does that include military pensions, the VA, and other add-ons? In many countries they would be classed a part of military expenditure.

    Mind you, I would be astonished if the add-ons could take 16% to 50%.

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    • Replies: @Boris N
    If you look at the diagram provided the veterans' benefits are 4%. So the total is 20%.

    Just for comparison, in 2015 the Russian government spent 20% of the federal budget on the Army, and about 4% on medicine and education combined (though for 2016 the latter has been raised up to about 6%-7%).

    In general, both the governments are militarist nuts. The only justification for them is that education in both the countries is financed locally, and medicine is financed through insurance. So probably it might not be so terrible, but given the unsatisfactory state of medicine and education in both the countries, it seems the money are being spent for the wrong cause.
  28. @dearieme
    "This shows only 16%." Does that include military pensions, the VA, and other add-ons? In many countries they would be classed a part of military expenditure.

    Mind you, I would be astonished if the add-ons could take 16% to 50%.

    If you look at the diagram provided the veterans’ benefits are 4%. So the total is 20%.

    Just for comparison, in 2015 the Russian government spent 20% of the federal budget on the Army, and about 4% on medicine and education combined (though for 2016 the latter has been raised up to about 6%-7%).

    In general, both the governments are militarist nuts. The only justification for them is that education in both the countries is financed locally, and medicine is financed through insurance. So probably it might not be so terrible, but given the unsatisfactory state of medicine and education in both the countries, it seems the money are being spent for the wrong cause.

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