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The end of America’s unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its sponsorship and funding of violent regime change wars against Venezuela and Syria – and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade – is driving European and other nations to create their alternative financial institutions.

This break has been building for quite some time, and was bound to occur. But who would have thought that Donald Trump would become the catalytic agent? No left-wing party, no socialist, anarchist or foreign nationalist leader anywhere in the world could have achieved what he is doing to break up the American Empire. The Deep State is reacting with shock at how this right-wing real estate grifter has been able to drive other countries to defend themselves by dismantling the U.S.-centered world order. To rub it in, he is using Bush and Reagan-era Neocon arsonists, John Bolton and now Elliott Abrams, to fan the flames in Venezuela. It is almost like a black political comedy. The world of international diplomacy is being turned inside-out. A world where there is no longer even a pretense that we might adhere to international norms, let alone laws or treaties.

The Neocons who Trump has appointed are accomplishing what seemed unthinkable not long ago: Driving China and Russia together – the great nightm1are of Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. They also are driving Germany and other European countries into the Eurasian orbit, the “Heartland” nightmare of Halford Mackinder a century ago.

The root cause is clear: After the crescendo of pretenses and deceptions over Iraq, Libya and Syria, along with our absolution of the lawless regime of Saudi Arabia, foreign political leaders are coming to recognize what world-wide public opinion polls reported even before the Iraq/Iran-Contra boys turned their attention to the world’s largest oil reserves in Venezuela: The United States is now the greatest threat to peace on the planet.

Calling the U.S. coup being sponsored in Venezuela a defense of democracy reveals the Doublethink underlying U.S. foreign policy. It defines “democracy” to mean supporting U.S. foreign policy, pursuing neoliberal privatization of public infrastructure, dismantling government regulation and following the direction of U.S.-dominated global institutions, from the IMF and World Bank to NATO. For decades, the resulting foreign wars, domestic austerity programs and military interventions have brought more violence, not democracy.

In the Devil’s Dictionary that U.S. diplomats are taught to use as their “Elements of Style” guidelines for Doublethink, a “democratic” country is one that follows U.S. leadership and opens its economy to U.S. investment, and IMF- and World Bank-sponsored privatization. The Ukraine is deemed democratic, along with Saudi Arabia, Israel and other countries that act as U.S. financial and military protectorates and are willing to treat America’s enemies are theirs too.

A point had to come where this policy collided with the self-interest of other nations, finally breaking through the public relations rhetoric of empire. Other countries are proceeding to de-dollarize and replace what U.S. diplomacy calls “internationalism” (meaning U.S. nationalism imposed on the rest of the world) with their own national self-interest.

This trajectory could be seen 50 years ago (I described it in Super Imperialism [1972] and Global Fracture [1978].) It had to happen. But nobody thought that the end would come in quite the way that is happening. History has turned into comedy, or at least irony as its dialectical path unfolds.

For the past half-century, U.S. strategists, the State Department and National Endowment for Democracy (NED) worried that opposition to U.S. financial imperialism would come from left-wing parties. It therefore spent enormous resources manipulating parties that called themselves socialist (Tony Blair’s British Labour Party, France’s Socialist Party, Germany’s Social Democrats, etc.) to adopt neoliberal policies that were the diametric opposite to what social democracy meant a century ago. But U.S. political planners and Great Wurlitzer organists neglected the right wing, imagining that it would instinctively support U.S. thuggishness.

The reality is that right-wing parties want to get elected, and a populist nationalism is today’s road to election victory in Europe and other countries just as it was for Donald Trump in 2016.

Trump’s agenda may really be to break up the American Empire, using the old Uncle Sucker isolationist rhetoric of half a century ago. He certainly is going for the Empire’s most vital organs. But it he a witting anti-American agent? He might as well be – but it would be a false mental leap to use “cui bono” to assume that he is a witting agent.

After all, if no U.S. contractor, supplier, labor union or bank will deal with him, would Vladimir Putin, China or Iran be any more naïve? Perhaps the problem had to erupt as a result of the inner dynamics of U.S.-sponsored globalism becoming impossible to impose when the result is financial austerity, waves of population flight from U.S.-sponsored wars, and most of all, U.S. refusal to adhere to the rules and international laws that it itself sponsored seventy years ago in the wake of World War II.

Dismantling international law and its courts

Any international system of control requires the rule of law. It may be a morally lawless exercise of ruthless power imposing predatory exploitation, but it is still The Law. And it needs courts to apply it (backed by police power to enforce it and punish violators).

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Here’s the first legal contradiction in U.S. global diplomacy: The United States always has resisted letting any other country have any voice in U.S. domestic policies, law-making or diplomacy. That is what makes America “the exceptional nation.” But for seventy years its diplomats have pretended that its superior judgment promoted a peaceful world (as the Roman Empire claimed to be), which let other countries share in prosperity and rising living standards.

At the United Nations, U.S. diplomats insisted on veto power. At the World Bank and IMF they also made sure that their equity share was large enough to give them veto power over any loan or other policy. Without such power, the United States would not join any international organization. Yet at the same time, it depicted its nationalism as protecting globalization and internationalism. It was all a euphemism for what really was unilateral U.S. decision-making.

Inevitably, U.S. nationalism had to break up the mirage of One World internationalism, and with it any thought of an international court. Without veto power over the judges, the U.S. never accepted the authority of any court, in particular the United Nations’ International Court in The Hague. Recently that court undertook an investigation into U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan, from its torture policies to bombing of civilian targets such as hospitals, weddings and infrastructure. “That investigation ultimately found ‘a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity.’”[1]Alexander Rubenstein, “It Can’t be Fixed: Senior ICC Judge Quits in Protest of US, Turkish Meddling,” January 31, 2019. https://www.mintpressnews.com/icc-judge-quits-turkis...54443/

Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton erupted in fury, warning in September that: “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” adding that the UN International Court must not be so bold as to investigate “Israel or other U.S. allies.”

That prompted a senior judge, Christoph Flügge from Germany, to resign in protest. Indeed, Bolton told the court to keep out of any affairs involving the United States, promising to ban the Court’s “judges and prosecutors from entering the United States.” As Bolton spelled out the U.S. threat: “We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system. We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”

What this meant, the German judge spelled out was that: “If these judges ever interfere in the domestic concerns of the U.S. or investigate an American citizen, [Bolton] said the American government would do all it could to ensure that these judges would no longer be allowed to travel to the United States – and that they would perhaps even be criminally prosecuted.”

The original inspiration of the Court – to use the Nuremburg laws that were applied against German Nazis to bring similar prosecution against any country or officials found guilty of committing war crimes – had already fallen into disuse with the failure to indict the authors of the Chilean coup, Iran-Contra or the U.S. invasion of Iraq for war crimes.

Dismantling Dollar Hegemony from the IMF to SWIFT

Of all areas of global power politics today, international finance and foreign investment have become the key flashpoint. International monetary reserves were supposed to be the most sacrosanct, and international debt enforcement closely associated.

Central banks have long held their gold and other monetary reserves in the United States and London. Back in 1945 this seemed reasonable, because the New York Federal Reserve Bank (in whose basement foreign central bank gold was kept) was militarily safe, and because the London Gold Pool was the vehicle by which the U.S. Treasury kept the dollar “as good as gold” at $35 an ounce. Foreign reserves over and above gold were kept in the form of U.S. Treasury securities, to be bought and sold on the New York and London foreign-exchange markets to stabilize exchange rates. Most foreign loans to governments were denominated in U.S. dollars, so Wall Street banks were normally name as paying agents.

That was the case with Iran under the Shah, whom the United States had installed after sponsoring the 1953 coup against Mohammed Mosaddegh when he sought to nationalize Anglo-Iranian Oil (now British Petroleum) or at least tax it. After the Shah was overthrown, the Khomeini regime asked its paying agent, the Chase Manhattan bank, to use its deposits to pay its bondholders. At the direction of the U.S. Government Chase refused to do so. U.S. courts then declared Iran to be in default, and froze all its assets in the United States and anywhere else they were able.

This showed that international finance was an arm of the U.S. State Department and Pentagon. But that was a generation ago, and only recently did foreign countries begin to feel queasy about leaving their gold holdings in the United States, where they might be grabbed at will to punish any country that might act in ways that U.S. diplomacy found offensive. So last year, Germany finally got up the courage to ask that some of its gold be flown back to Germany. U.S. officials pretended to feel shocked at the insult that it might do to a civilized Christian country what it had done to Iran, and Germany agreed to slow down the transfer.

But then came Venezuela. Desperate to spend its gold reserves to provide imports for its economy devastated by U.S. sanctions – a crisis that U.S. diplomats blame on “socialism,” not on U.S. political attempts to “make the economy scream” (as Nixon officials said of Chile under Salvador Allende) – Venezuela directed the Bank of England to transfer some of its $11 billion in gold held in its vaults and those of other central banks in December 2018. This was just like a bank depositor would expect a bank to pay a check that the depositor had written.

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England refused to honor the official request, following the direction of Bolton and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. As Bloomberg reported: “The U.S. officials are trying to steer Venezuela’s overseas assets to [Chicago Boy Juan] Guaido to help bolster his chances of effectively taking control of the government. The $1.2 billion of gold is a big chunk of the $8 billion in foreign reserves held by the Venezuelan central bank.”[2]Patricia Laya, Ethan Bronner and Tim Ross, “Maduro Stymied in Bid to Pull $1.2 Billion of Gold From U.K.,” Bloomberg, January 25, 2019. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-25/u...f-gold . Anticipating just such a double-cross, President Chavez acted already in 2011 to repatriate 160 tons of gold to Caracas from the United States and Europe.

Turkey seemed to be a likely destination, prompting Bolton and Pompeo to warn it to desist from helping Venezuela, threatening sanctions against it or any other country helping Venezuela cope with its economic crisis. As for the Bank of England and other European countries, the Bloomberg report concluded: “Central bank officials in Caracas have been ordered to no longer try contacting the Bank of England. These central bankers have been told that Bank of England staffers will not respond to them.”

This led to rumors that Venezuela was selling 20 tons of gold via a Russian Boeing 777 – some $840 million. The money probably would have ended up paying Russian and Chinese bondholders as well as buying food to relieve the local famine.[3]Patricia Laya, Ethan Bronner and Tim Ross, “Maduro Stymied in Bid to Pull $1.2 Billion of Gold From U.K.,” Bloomberg, January 25, 2019,. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-25/u...f-gold Russia denied this report, but Reuters has confirmed is that Venezuela has sold 3 tons of a planned 29 tones of gold to the United Arab Emirates, with another 15 tones are to be shipped on Friday, February 1.[4]Corina Pons, Mayela Armas, “Exclusive: Venezuela plans to fly central bank gold reserves to UAE – source,” Reuters, January 31, 2019. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politic...1PP2QR The U.S. Senate’s Batista-Cuban hardliner Rubio accused this of being “theft,” as if feeding the people to alleviate the U.S.-sponsored crisis was a crime against U.S. diplomatic leverage.

If there is any country that U.S. diplomats hate more than a recalcitrant Latin American country, it is Iran. President Trump’s breaking of the 2015 nuclear agreements negotiated by European and Obama Administration diplomats has escalated to the point of threatening Germany and other European countries with punitive sanctions if they do not also break the agreements they have signed. Coming on top of U.S. opposition to German and other European importing of Russian gas, the U.S. threat finally prompted Europe to find a way to defend itself.

Imperial threats are no longer military. No country (including Russia or China) can mount a military invasion of another major country. Since the Vietnam Era, the only kind of war a democratically elected country can wage is atomic, or at least heavy bombing such as the United States has inflicted on Iraq, Libya and Syria. But now, cyber warfare has become a way of pulling out the connections of any economy. And the major cyber connections are financial money-transfer ones, headed by SWIFT, the acronym for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, which is centered in Belgium.

Russia and China have already moved to create a shadow bank-transfer system in case the United States unplugs them from SWIFT. But now, European countries have come to realize that threats by Bolton and Pompeo may lead to heavy fines and asset grabs if they seek to continue trading with Iran as called for in the treaties they have negotiated.

On January 31 the dam broke with the announcement that Europe had created its own bypass payments system for use with Iran and other countries targeted by U.S. diplomats. Germany, France and even the U.S. poodle Britain joined to create INSTEX — Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges. The promise is that this will be used only for “humanitarian” aid to save Iran from a U.S.-sponsored Venezuela-type devastation. But in view of increasingly passionate U.S. opposition to the Nord Stream pipeline to carry Russian gas, this alternative bank clearing system will be ready and able to become operative if the United States tries to direct a sanctions attack on Europe.

I have just returned from Germany and seen a remarkable split between that nation’s industrialists and their political leadership. For years, major companies have seen Russia as a natural market, a complementary economy needing to modernize its manufacturing and able to supply Europe with natural gas and other raw materials. America’s New Cold War stance is trying to block this commercial complementarity. Warning Europe against “dependence” on low-price Russian gas, it has offered to sell high-priced LNG from the United States (via port facilities that do not yet exist in anywhere near the volume required). President Trump also is insisting that NATO members spend a full 2 percent of their GDP on arms – preferably bought from the United States, not from German or French merchants of death.

U.S. overplaying its position is leading to the Mackinder-Kissinger-Brzezinski Eurasian nightmare that I mentioned above. In addition to driving Russia and China together, U.S. diplomacy is adding Europe to the heartland, independent of U.S. ability to bully into the state of dependency toward which American diplomacy has aimed to achieve since 1945.

The World Bank, for instance, traditionally has been headed by a U.S. Secretary of Defense. Its steady policy since its inception is to provide loans for countries to devote their land to export crops instead of giving priority to feeding themselves. That is why its loans are only in foreign currency, not in the domestic currency needed to provide price supports and agricultural extension services such as have made U.S. agriculture so productive. By following U.S. advice, countries have left themselves open to food blackmail – sanctions against providing them with grain and other food, in case they step out of line with U.S. diplomatic demands.

It is worthwhile to note that our global imposition of the mythical “efficiencies” of forcing Latin American countries to become plantations for export crops like coffee and bananas rather than growing their own wheat and corn has failed catastrophically to deliver better lives, especially for those living in Central America. The “spread” between the export crops and cheaper food imports from the U.S. that was supposed to materialize for countries following our playbook failed miserably – witness the caravans and refugees across Mexico. Of course, our backing of the most brutal military dictators and crime lords has not helped either.

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Likewise, the IMF has been forced to admit that its basic guidelines were fictitious from the beginning. A central core has been to enforce payment of official inter-government debt by withholding IMF credit from countries under default. This rule was instituted at a time when most official inter-government debt was owed to the United States. But a few years ago Ukraine defaulted on $3 billion owed to Russia. The IMF said, in effect, that Ukraine and other countries did not have to pay Russia or any other country deemed to be acting too independently of the United States. The IMF has been extending credit to the bottomless it of Ukrainian corruption to encourage its anti-Russian policy rather than standing up for the principle that inter-government debts must be paid.

It is as if the IMF now operates out of a small room in the basement of the Pentagon in Washington. Europe has taken notice that its own international monetary trade and financial linkages are in danger of attracting U.S. anger. This became clear last autumn at the funeral for George H. W. Bush, when the EU’s diplomat found himself downgraded to the end of the list to be called to his seat. He was told that the U.S. no longer considers the EU an entity in good standing. In December, “Mike Pompeo gave a speech on Europe in Brussels — his first, and eagerly awaited — in which he extolled the virtues of nationalism, criticised multilateralism and the EU, and said that “international bodies” which constrain national sovereignty “must be reformed or eliminated.”[5]Constanze Stelzenmüller, “America’s policy on Europe takes a nationalist turn,” Financial Times, January 31, 2019.

Most of the above events have made the news in just one day, January 31, 2019. The conjunction of U.S. moves on so many fronts, against Venezuela, Iran and Europe (not to mention China and the trade threats and moves against Huawei also erupting today) looks like this will be a year of global fracture.

It is not all President Trump’s doing, of course. We see the Democratic Party showing the same colors. Instead of applauding democracy when foreign countries do not elect a leader approved by U.S. diplomats (whether it is Allende or Maduro), they’ve let the mask fall and shown themselves to be the leading New Cold War imperialists. It’s now out in the open. They would make Venezuela the new Pinochet-era Chile. Trump is not alone in supporting Saudi Arabia and its Wahabi terrorists acting, as Lyndon Johnson put it, “Bastards, but they’re our bastards.”

Where is the left in all this? That is the question with which I opened this article. How remarkable it is that it is only right-wing parties, Alternative for Deutschland (AFD), or Marine le Pen’s French nationalists and those of other countries that are opposing NATO militarization and seeking to revive trade and economic links with the rest of Eurasia.

The end of our monetary imperialism, about which I first wrote in 1972 in Super Imperialism, stuns even an informed observer like me. It took a colossal level of arrogance, short-sightedness and lawlessness to hasten its decline — something that only crazed Neocons like John Bolton, Eliot Abrams and Mike Pompeo could deliver for Donald Trump.

 

Michael Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. His most recent books are Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy and J Is for Junk Economics – A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception .

Notes

[1] Alexander Rubenstein, “It Can’t be Fixed: Senior ICC Judge Quits in Protest of US, Turkish Meddling,” January 31, 2019. https://www.mintpressnews.com/icc-judge-quits-turkish-meddling/254443/

[2] Patricia Laya, Ethan Bronner and Tim Ross, “Maduro Stymied in Bid to Pull $1.2 Billion of Gold From U.K.,” Bloomberg, January 25, 2019. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-25/u-k-said-to-deny-maduro-s-bid-to-pull-1-2-billion-of-gold . Anticipating just such a double-cross, President Chavez acted already in 2011 to repatriate 160 tons of gold to Caracas from the United States and Europe.

[3] Patricia Laya, Ethan Bronner and Tim Ross, “Maduro Stymied in Bid to Pull $1.2 Billion of Gold From U.K.,” Bloomberg, January 25, 2019,. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-25/u-k-said-to-deny-maduro-s-bid-to-pull-1-2-billion-of-gold

[4] Corina Pons, Mayela Armas, “Exclusive: Venezuela plans to fly central bank gold reserves to UAE – source,” Reuters, January 31, 2019. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-gold-exclusive/exclusive-venezuela-prepares-to-fly-tonnes-of-central-bank-gold-to-uae-source-idUSKCN1PP2QR

[5] Constanze Stelzenmüller, “America’s policy on Europe takes a nationalist turn,” Financial Times, January 31, 2019.

 
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  1. The criminal irresponsible Imperialism of the US is “now out in the open”. Sure. To those who have some contact with reality or truth. But, the MSM has NO such contact. Watch/listen/read ANY of the msm & you would have NO idea about the contents of this article — beyond vague Trump-blame which is, within limits, OK.
    Here in Australia, real anti-US rhetoric in the msm would be treated like ancient Greek: incomprehensible. Should it continue, the well worn responses to anti-US attitudes, developed in the anti-Vietnam War days would be deployed: smile-wink-wink, idiot hippy, blind commie, US/Aust bonds written in granite, forged in war, la-la-la.
    Of course, as this article admirably demonstrates it becomes ever harder to ignore the evidence of one’s own eyes: the emperor really does have NO clothes….

  2. Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp. He certainly did and sent the creatures to Venezuela to breed.
    Robertmagill.wordpress.com

  3. Excellent piece.

    • Agree: renfro
    • Replies: @Sowhat
  4. Anonymous[295] • Disclaimer says:

    I can’t find “quo bono” in the dictionary, so I am going to assume that Hudson means cui bono (for whose benefit).

    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
  5. Biff says:

    But now, cyber warfare has become a way of pulling out the connections of any economy. And the major cyber connections are financial money-transfer ones, headed by SWIFT, the acronym for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, which is centered in Belgium.

    My guess is SWIFT was created/centered in Belgium just to give it an aire of international credibility, but it seems to be just a subsidiary of Wall Street since all the transactions are run through Wall Street offices.
    Consider how French, and German banks are often sanctioned and fined by Wall Street. Who’s really in control?

  6. Imperial threats are no longer military. No country (including Russia or China) can mount a military invasion of another major country. Since the Vietnam Era, the only kind of war a democratically elected country can wage is atomic, or at least heavy bombing such as the United States has inflicted on Iraq, Libya and Syria.

    That is the only part with which I have some disagreement in otherwise superbly written piece. Nothing less is expected from Michael Hudson a true, real deal economist.

    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
  7. Trump is indeed killing the Anglo/Zio Empire with a lot of help from Congress. This makes me very happy. I have hoped to live to see Imperial Washington forced to repatriate it’s legions. But is Trump doing this intentionally? If so he is truly a genius.

    The Senate rebukes Trump’s plan to pull out of Syria and Afghanistan? Fine. Destroy the Dollar and withdrawal will be the only option. How else to explain Trump’s hiring of the worst people he can find? He is either a genius or an idiot. Either way the result is the same. The U.S. becomes just another big country in the Americas.

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  8. The name “Yemen” should have read at least once in this article, shouldn’t it?

  9. @Biff

    That’s a common device when it comes to “international bodies”.
    Someone guessing like you do is going to be right many more tikes than in error.

  10. AWM says:

    “The United States always has resisted letting any other country have any voice in U.S. domestic policies, law-making or diplomacy.”

    Did you actually type that with a straight face?

  11. Franz says:
    @WorkingClass

    He is either a genius or an idiot. Either way the result is the same. The U.S. becomes just another big country in the Americas.

    Maybe better yet: Trump is the pig-on-roller-skates who brings down the regime.

    A fractured and splintered USA without the doller hegenomy will be a basket case. The fragmentation following that will make all of Jefferson Davis’ dreams come true: We’ll be territories waiting to be real nations again.

    Even the “maga hats” riots are starting to make sense: With the demise of the centralized police that enforce PC, real citizens in all regions will know who their enemies and traitors really are. Many days of many ropes will follow; federal troops without money will not be able to protect their beloved Antifa, queer nations and all the rest.

    Maybe Trump was just the figurehead for the end of the age. Either way his precious Wall is now redundant: In a few years, refugees from the USA will clog the nations of the world.

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  12. An excellent article Professor Hudson, thank you.

    @AWM

    Yes, that made me smile too. Of course one of the things making the U.S. “exceptional” as a nation is that it’s law-making and diplomacy, at least as far as the Middle East is concerned, is pretty much entirely formulated according to the interests of a foreign country.

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    , @Lawrence ORr
  13. Germany, France and even the U.S. poodle Britain joined to create INSTEX . . .

    I would say, “Beware perfidious Albion.” But really, anyone one of these countries would sell the others out for fist full dollars.

    A good read though, as usual for Professor Hudson.

  14. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:
    @Barbara Ann

    But that ME reaches other parts of the globe . Venezuela to Somalia to Sudan to Argentina – the Zionist touches and destroys what it doesn’t like

  15. TheJester says:

    Well written …

    Friends, associates, and relatives think I’m crazy for being deplorable. However, they do not understand that I support Trump because of his scurrilous efforts to destroy the dollar-based Empire of the United States. Trump is doing an excellent job. What a cracker!

    I know I need to show a snippet of concern about the impact on the United States and my wife and my retirement accounts when the dollar collapses. However, there is no other option. We are heading for ruin one way of the other. Perhaps, as a positive outcome of imperial implosion, we will rediscover ourselves as a federal republic governed by the founding principles in the Constitution. We might even recover basic liberties such as the Right to Free Association with our neighbors and other citizens.

    • Replies: @SHAFAR NULLIFIDIAN
  16. @TheJester

    A Right of Free Disassociation would be a nice touch, n’est-ce pas?

  17. Kirt says:

    The thought has struck me in the last few weeks that Trump may be the Gorbachev of the US. Gorbachev and his conflict with the Soviet deep state destroyed the Soviet Union, though both sides in that conflict wanted to strengthen it. Trump and the US deep state may be doing the same thing to the American world empire. Dare we hope?

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    , @Sowhat
  18. @AWM

    “The United States always has resisted letting any other country have any voice in U.S. domestic policies, law-making or diplomacy.”

    Did you actually type that with a straight face?

    I had to read that several times myself, and I still don’t believe that he could believe that.

    Hint to MH: Unanimous standing ovations.

    • Replies: @Amber Dekstris
  19. @redmudhooch

    That host is one veritable beauty.

  20. @Kirt

    Although a minority of it, there’s a slice of those in the backstage that plays on the same team as Trump. He would have been ousted already, if not.

  21. Sowhat says:

    The Old War Criminal, Henry Kissinger, nailed it when he said that if you control the money, you control the Government. There is NOTHING…NOTHING…that I would like more than to see him disband the FED and banish the World Bank. I’ve read of this, elsewhere, and, if he can do it, I’ll be behind him with guns drawn.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCnOUt5JxHb7M1EGHUwDGdw/search?query=The+FED

  22. Tim too says:

    “Of all areas of global power politics today, international finance and foreign investment have become the key flashpoint. ”

    He does mention Germany and Nordstream. The resource/energy flows issue for Germany, Turkey, and others may be just as important as the finance issues, or even more so. US wants blockade power. Germany and Turkey et al want security, and have a natural opposition to blockade power. Thus the internal contradiction in the US sphere, that threatens fracturing the US empire and NATO. Germany Turkey and others have a natural drive to join the Eurasian heartland both for resources and markets for finished goods.

    The US empire has always been on thin ice because of these kinds of things.

    No external power can effectively apply blockade power into Eurasia, for long. It becomes too expensive.

  23. Anon[248] • Disclaimer says:

    The US has been taken over by greedy, vicious, vengeful, treasonous neocon Jews and their evil idiotic puppets like W, Rumsfeld, Chaney, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo, Graham, Haley. They are busy imposing the Jew World Order on the rest of the world. Trump is the ultimate neocon stooge. As long as Trump is in office, neocons will be running amok trying to set the world on fire.

    Russia, China, Iran, Syria and the EU will eventually form a block and isolate Jew run US, UK, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

  24. Exactly. The backstage as a whole works on behalf of the moneyed elite, and while some on the more “liberal” side may not like Trump’s style and may disagree publicly with his “anti” rhetoric (immigrant, gay, black, whatever), they’re certainly not complaining about what his economic policies are doing for their bottom lines.

    A perfect case in point is multi-billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. He’s mulling a run for president because apparently he is concerned about how divided the country is. He’s thrown a few jabs at Trump’s coarseness but has said nothing negative about his economic policies. Instead, Schultz has reserved most of his commentary for the “radical left” which wants to tax individuals such as himself in order to pay for social policies that would benefit the vast majority of Americans, i.e. universal healthcare, free college, etc.

    Schultz has said that “we need to do something about entitlements,” meaning he wants to dismantle and privatize Social Security and Medicare. This is representative of the “liberal” billionaire class. You don’t hear much about Trump’s economic policies from Billy Gates or Warren Buffett either.

    Schultz’ Starbucks corporation offers employees “free” college through an agreement with Arizona State University and it offers even part-time employees full health benefits. Much like their family “philanthropic” foundations, this is all part of the elite plan to re-engineer society by drastically reducing taxes on themselves and their entities, which in turn has led to a complete hollowing out of the public sector. They then step in to replace what used to be achieved through progressive taxation on themselves. Taxes that went to public coffers and thus were controlled by the people.

    So, in essence, their policies not only reduce their own public commitments but also serve as a form of social control. All of the myriad nonprofits and NGO’s are a part of this scheme as well. Now, instead of quality public schools, we can beg Bill Gates for a few crumbs in order to start a charter school that will have to constantly measure up to impossible standards in order to continue to receive funds. And instead of free higher education at the local community college or state university you can work at Starbucks. You can get your healthcare through them too, because you’re sure not going to get it through universal health insurance funded by progressive taxes on the uber-wealthy. Not if Howard Schultz et al have their way.

    Schultz fancies himself a “centrist” but he fails to mention that under centrist moderate Republican Dwight Eisenhower he would have been taxed heavily and that was the norm. The country was arguably at its best then too, at least so far as schooling, infrastructure, and other public entities were concerned. Eisenhower also warned about the military industrial complex, the nightmare we are living in now. He, like Kennedy after him, foresaw the consequences of devoting so much money to the military in lieu of social programs. But not a peep out of any of the “liberal” elite about reducing and redirecting military spending. Their personal portfolios depend on it, as do their businesses. Where else is Starbucks going to get all that cheap coffee to sell at great markups than from an export-dependent country as outlined by Hudson above. And while the IMF instigates the financial warfare, there are nevertheless “boots on the ground” in the traditional sense as well. It’s all part of the system of exploitation that benefits the elite.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @jacques sheete
  25. Anon[248] • Disclaimer says:
    @unclevername

    Schultz is also the biggest open borders advocate. At a Starbucks shareholder meeting, he said that the only way for Starbucks to grow is through mass immigration to the US. He wants total and complete amnesty for DACA, and has committed to hiring 10,000 refugees to work at Starbucks. The only thing that greedy bastard cares about is his bottomline, more customers and more cheap labor. Apparently $3B isn’t enough, he needs to get richer to catch up to his neighbors Gates ($87B) and Bezos($137B), who are themselves trying to get richer still. All 3 are big advocates of open borders and unlimited importation of cheap Indian labor to replace US workers. Who cares if the Seattle area is now experiencing unprecedented environmental degradation with out-of-control high density development and traffic jams everywhere? What matters is these treasonous rat billionaires keep getting richer.

    I despise the left but I won’t shed a tear if a socialist democrat gets elected and imposes a hefty 70% income tax and an annual 2% wealth tax on these treasonous, hypocritical assholes.

    • Agree: Sowhat
    • Replies: @nsa
  26. Deplorable Trump voters were all for reducing the American military’s global footprint, knowing that most of that debt-financed militarism—in a nation staggering under historic loads of consumer, corporate and government debt—is just a means to safeguard the global investments of US elites who do not want to invest in creating jobs in their own underemployed country. Foreigners like to paint the USA as a singular villain, but what are the other global military powers doing in Venezuela? Are they there for purposes of an innocuous cultural exchange, learning to do the tango or to play the Spanish guitar? Oil is a practical necessity for modern economies, and despite the mockery of state-owned enterprises in Latin America and elsewhere, America’s shale-oil boom is a profitless, government-subsidized industry. It is debt-financed by infusions of billions of Fed-printed dollars. An end to foreign meddling has financial benefits for the USA. A peace dividend could be put to some good uses in the USA, including paying down the mammoth debt to secure fiscal solvency. Maybe then, our financial leaders could afford to stop blowing financial bubbles, and our currency would not become as degraded as the Venezuelan currency, leading to the misery of hyperinflation.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  27. Sowhat says:
    @Kirt

    Oh, yes! I hope. This may cause suffering amongst the Proles within the dissolving American Empire- those that receive their monthly pay checks from it but, we’ll hopefully then be free of the chains of the MIIC and the FED/ World Bank and DEEP STATE mechanisms, hopefully.

  28. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:
    @Biff

    SWIFT is incorporated under Belgian law, but it is owned by a bunch of major banks from several countries. Shareholders include Standard Bank, Chase, Standard Chartered, &c. No secrets there.

  29. m___ says:
    @Biff

    On SWIFT, “created, centered, stationed” in Belgium

    Does a database, and a service of encrypted mail messages have a home? The home is where the server is. Since the server is replicated onto other hardware machines, since there is to be controlled routing involved, …since the sloppiness of comprehension for most is limited to the “software” protocols who run up and down the beacons of routers… since accounting principles are as flawed from one side of the globe to the other, Belgium has no meaning in the script.

    Belgium …is where some high paid salaried SWIFT jobbers are plugged into the financial lifeline, for tax reasons and public deceit. SWIFT is no different from Western Union at scale, Fecesbook, or Google, serfs of the powers that be, playing out their minimal comprehension of things digital, admittedly so far ahead of our politicians that they can monetize on ignorance in the short term.

    Now since the US dollar becomes a “local” affair. Russia and China, and the ones that see an alternative there, being it a polar world again, do provide a plug into their hard and soft and accounting alternative. Thus SWIFT might return to “small business” status (less transaction volume meaning less need for tools to assist perverting reality. For what it is worth, a happy affair, submissiveness to the mafia overlords will pay less. Not that Russia, or China, will do a better job of fair accounting, but it cannot get worse, and it has lasted in public terms “a very long time”.

    Any warrior, that seeks to unplug can play pirate and Ruble or Renminbi, or anything exotic called “financial tools”. And they should, and some will, we’d be amazed that speculating the short term does not include Russia or China, or Bitcoin, or Switzerland. Impossible to ignore for any bankster institution, meat of politician, or greedy business man.

    Where Hudson is not helpful is in going that next step. Before …and afer Trump, see the nihilistic misery spec. of the “while” in between the two, the accounting of assets and liabilities, at the very base and core of human interaction was always flawed. It had a good reason, the ledger was unable to grasp the magnitude of what represents the planet, the dynamics, the volume, any angle one prefers to give to it. Theoretical economics is alchemy, not physics, nor engineering.

    The problem today in making better assessments is smaller, assets and liabilities do not have to be condensed in primitive tokens as Dollar, or Gold or Bitcoin for the matter. AI, to be understood as operating on massive data sets, can give an idea, better then any Stock Exchange, real-time to “all” (as in all that have an interest and the minimal comprehension) what the state of the world is to be. The stock exchanges, came to similar conclusions, of course to convert and divert to the riches of a few. The idea is not new, the goal to which it applies can be baked into another definition of ethical “liberalism”.

    That kind of liberalism, concern and solubility on a planetary scale and the long term, of course, is wasted on human nature, Hudson included. Seems Hudson likes as change of skeleton to hang his coat on, and have the mary-go-round revolve for another spin. The good guys and the bad ones. As for poor Trump, in the ledger of the planet, the longer run, his bucket has no meaning.

    • Replies: @m___
    , @renfro
  30. m___ says:
    @m___

    By the way, our sincere compliments to magnanimous Ron for his impeccable formatting in the narrow sense. The blue-es, the black-es, the grey-es, there is a beauty and sophistication in the html and css as posted here, the correlated functionality.

    See, to draw it once more into the open, less can be better. A world by design, rather then an accumulation of debris. Now let’s match the content to our beautiful environment as interacted upon by the poly-genic Ron.

    Left, how to plug into the misery text boxes, an external editor of choice. Or is that a browser issue?

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  31. Alistair says:

    When Mr. Trump declared “America First”, he actually put end on the US’s ability to issue FIAT money which has been the driving force behind the American global supremacy since 1945.

    The value of the US dollar depends on the international consensus on the American political system and its intentions to ensuring continuity and stability of the international order; and yet, Trump Administration has been assaulting the international order every step of the way with virtual impunity; as such, if America no longer wants to assume its role as the global leader – only focusing on “America First” will cost the US heavily in term of loss of purchasing power, because the rest of the world will certainly dump the US Dollar as the “Reserve and Transactional Currency”.

    Mr. Trump’s “America First” policy will result in a significant devaluation of the US dollar, rise of interest rate and inflation, hence, loss of Americans purchasing power in the long term.

    • Replies: @Biff
  32. Biff says:
    @Alistair

    You may be on to something.
    From another article:

    As economist Jeffrey Sachs told Business Week, “Europe and China have banks. One of these days, the US is going to talk the dollar right out of its international role.” Already, 87 countries, including many traditional US allies, have joined the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which operates independently of the US dollar-based financial system.

  33. renfro says:

    Mike Pompeo gave a speech on Europe in Brussels — his first, and eagerly awaited — in which he extolled the virtues of nationalism, criticised multilateralism and the EU, and said that “international bodies” which constrain national sovereignty “must be reformed or eliminated.”[5]

    As we go about violating the sovereignty of other countries.

    What is actually ironic is we aren’t even a sovereign nation any more…..the US is now a international shopping bazaar where anyone with 30 pieces of silver can buy the White House, congress, a law, even a war.

  34. nsa says:
    @Anon

    Shifty Schultzy is a typical lying self-serving jew and especially hated by Seattle blacks…..for good reason beyond poisoning everyone with his disgusting overpriced pesticide laden yuppie concoctions. Schultzy owned the Seattle Supersonics basketball team. He couldn’t convince the Seattle City Council to build him a new stadium with taxpayer money, even though they built a new Pleasure Dome for the Seattle Seahawks owned by the pauper, Paul Allen. So in a fit of pique, he put the team up for sale……..promising the Sonics would remain in Seattle even after the sale to appease the local morons who just adored their beloved Sonics. Instead, Shifty Schultzy sold the Sonics to some white trash oil and gas creeps from Oklahoma, who promptly moved the Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. Sonics fans went into mourning. Shifty recently justified his perfidy in a Seattle Times mea culpa editorial…….justifying his treachery by stating he only made $200M on the deal (bought for $150M and sold for $350M) whereas if he had held onto the team and kept it in Seattle, he could have made at least $850M as the team is now valued at well over $1B. You see, Shifty Schultzy is actually the greatest victim of his own treachery….so he should be forgiven for being a filthy duplicitous lying POS. Yup…..jew logic at its finest. He’ll make a great pol….lies with an ease that would embarass even a Clinton.

  35. renfro says:
    @m___

    AI, to be understood as operating on massive data sets, can give an idea, better then any

    I am not aware of any Artificial Intelligence that can totally replicate human nature.
    Therefore its predictive abilities will not always be accurate.

  36. @AWM

    This is one of those “evils of antisemitism” Super Bowl winner and thus exemplary American Robert Kraft was talking about. Don’t you understand what we owe to the 51st state and its inhabitants?

  37. Alfred says:
    @animalogic

    I am also in Australia. The media here is blaming the Russians for the USA breaking the INF treaty. I have yet to see any criticism of Israel ever in our media.

    Trump suspends arms treaty ‘to focus on China, Russia threats’

    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/us-suspends-compliance-on-landmark-weapons-treaty-with-russia-20190202-p50v84.html

  38. @animalogic

    Actually the USA is not and cannot be criminal..The USA, like an named object, is an inanimate object.. the elected employees, 527 of them to be exact, animate the object.. give it function and work for the same people that own and control the MSM. Neither gives a damn what the 350,000,000 Americans they govern think. The 527 operate the USA as instructed. When is the last time, or the first time they followed your instructions? Trump is one of them, a hired hand, he might work for a different branch of the private wealthy few, but still he is a hired hand.

    The MSM is 90% owned by just 6 entities http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/, and 26 people have personal wealth equivalent to the remainder 7 billion people in the world.

    Private but tight control over the government and the MSM:, one operating without regards to, and in deep secret from the prying eyes of the American people, and the other in inventing and presenting false flag as factual news has made this possible. The reason they get away with it is because the 527 puppets will not write laws to protect the Americans the elected are supposed to beneficially represent; in fact, they write laws that make it possible for the private few to spy on all of the masses in the world and that make it possible for a few to make all of the money and to have monopolies that inhibit competition.
    It is necessary to make clear that the entire world has been divided into convenient terror-i-tories and the people inside are subjected to the rule of law they have no part in writing, and to the threat of terror by the use of force by the armed structure.
    Rule of law and force directed humanity in one form or another is happening as a consequence of the armed structure in nearly every place in the world, because the same 26 and those in that class are in control of the news and the armed structures ( nation states) and the armed structures are in control of the masses.

    The people of the world seem to be tiring of it?
    but the armed structures which adhere to the voice of the people they govern seem to be targets?
    Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Ukraine, and now Venezuela are …

    • Replies: @TKK
  39. eah says:

    The end of our monetary imperialism, about which I first wrote in 1972 in Super Imperialism…

    So you wrote about, perhaps even prognosticated the imminent ‘end of US monetary imperialism’ way back in 1972? — and in the meantime? — but now you think it’s really about to happen?

    joined to create INSTEX — Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges

    OK — but what does that have to do with USD hegemony? — I don’t see where you’ve really made the case for the end of USD hegemony — ?

    The problem with proclaiming the ‘end of US monetary imperialism’ (USD hegemony, “world’s reserve currency”, etc) is that there is no alternative at the moment: no one trusts Russia or China, the British economy is too small (even if there was no Brexit turmoil), Japanese debt is 250% of GDP, and few believe the euro will survive in its current form.

    The problem with predicting the ‘end of US monetary imperialism’ is that there is no alternative to the USD on the horizon — and people just don’t take chances with money, regardless of all the hot air.

    And I say that as someone who despises US policy and those responsible for it as much as anyone — as much as you.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Biff
    , @Dave O
    , @Josep
  40. Tom Welsh says:
    @Anonymous

    Always remember that Michael Hudson is 80 years old – give or take – yet conducts himself with more vigour than most 30-somethings.

    Moreover he gets through an astonishing amount of work: books, papers, articles, interviews, flights around the world to explain matters to the Chinese and all sorts of others.

    I too have noticed a certain amount of slapdash writing in his occasional pieces (such as this). As an editor, I would love to go through and tidy up those little imperfections – but I guess the online alternative media can’t afford the expense (or delay) of editing.

    Don’t sweat it. Focus on the important truths that he supplies – you won’t hear them from (almost) any other economist or “political scientist”.

  41. Tom Welsh says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Andrei, I think Dr Hudson is thinking of actual full-dress invasions (like Afghanistan and Iraq). Those didn’t go too well, and may in the long run prove to have done almost as much harm to the attacker as to the victims.

    Now the Washington creatures have resorted to funding despicable terrorists (and pretending they haven’t), but that may not be the kind of “military” action Dr Hudson was referring to.

  42. Tom Welsh says:
    @WorkingClass

    “But is Trump doing this intentionally? If so he is truly a genius”.

    That’s a conclusion I tentatively reached a year ago (or so). It just didn’t seem possible that everything he did could so consistently harm the US empire without meaning to.

    Needless to say I am delighted to find myself in agreement with such luminaries as Dr Hudson and Dmitry Orlov!

    One should always remember Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity”.

    On the other hand, as Slashdot commenter Pig Hogger superbly retorted, “Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice”.

  43. In practice, all of this is a very elaborate way of promoting the interests of Vladimir Putin and , in fact, Mr Hudson is simply repeating his classic pro-Putin line. There’s no doubt that the US is in decline. That’s a natural process that occurs at regular intervals in history. There’s also no doubt that the next dominant power in the world will be China. By the time that comes to full fruition, roughly at mid-century, Putin will be long gone and the Russian Federation (if it still exists) will be a very different place. Mackinder’s half-baked theory, put forward in 1904, that whoever dominates Northern Siberia dominates the world, is manifest nonsense. That had never been true at any time before Mackinder formulated his theory, it wasn’t true when he formulated it and it has never been true at any time since. As a matter of elementary geographical logic, Russia is too far to the east to dominate Europe and too far to the north to dominate Asia. The Chinese certainly seem to want to trade with the rest of the Big Island, not just the European and Asian parts but Africa as well, but that the Russian Federation might somehow dominate such an arrangement is just ridiculous.
    As for Trump’s “war on the EU”, I see it as part of the classic neocon strategy to restore US global hegemony, to which they see the EU as a dangerous rival. Trying to destroy the EU strikes me as a last desperate throw of the dice on their part. Given that US global domination is essential to Israel’s survival, it’s hardly surprising that some Israelis should see things the same way. Of course, whether Trumps’s bull in a china shop rampage undermines the EU or drives the Member States closer together, as the see ever more clearly that the US is an unreliable ally and is dictating to them how to exercise their sovereignty, remains to be seen. In any event, Europe has been coming together in fits and starts ever since the Congress of Vienna in 1814 and that seems to me to be a natural process. At worst, the US can slow it down but I doubt if they can stop it.

    • Replies: @annamaria
    , @ploni almoni
  44. @Franz

    In a few years, refugees from the USA will clog the nations of the world.

    Unlikely. Thanks to fracking the US has the most autarky of any present large nation (except possibly the Russian Federation, which has the PRC on its border and a good chance of running into a “we also need the money” scenario.
    It is true that some factions in the US might be forced out; that’s standard in GOTH (everything GOToHell) scenarios. Which factions? Remains to be seen.

    But that shouldn’t be worrying the rest of the world. Revenge is a dish best served, not cold, but while you yourself are in good shape. The rest of the world will not be in good shape if the US doesn’t protect the seaways and (to an extent) maintain the monetary system. Trade will break down. _Everybody_ (except maybe the Russian Federation) outside the US will suddenly have severe resource or food shortages. Governments will sway, and quite a few of them will tell their base population that the missing resources will be obtained through military force. Othes will simply sway and fall, leaving unpredictable successors.

    Not a good scenario for the rest of the world. Some thought should be given _by the rest of the world_, individually or collectively, about how to ameliorate that situation. As it is, we get wonderful (I wonder, at least) policies like the EU’s “Back to you kennel, curs!” policy towards its base population.

    Just a friendly warning. “Mind the volcano” and all that.

    Counterinsurgency

  45. @m___

    OK. I’ll try to be polite.
    The US can’t sustain its support for the global order. That is why Trump is taking it down. The Neocons are “so smart and so stupid”. That is part of why Trump is using them as tools, the other part being that he’s fully committed to the border affair, and can’t win anything else for the time being.
    Trump’s strength is that he understands the big things, and competently acts on the understanding. In real estate, that’s why his bets paid off. On the border affair, Trump will use executive rule to seal the border, but only if no other alternative can be found. Trump, at least, realizes that when he uses executive rule, he won’t be able to stop. That will be the end of US Federal legitimacy for a very large chunk of the US resident population. And end to Federal legitimacy is a bad thing, but not as bad as continued immigration. Continued immigration would do the same thing plus start an ethnic civil war among the various immigrant groups. You can see starting now with the Democratic Presidential contenders — not a one of which commands support outside she/he/it’s (sheheit’s, for short) ethnic/sexual/religions groups.
    So: if you want the US to tear itself apart any further by playing (albeit ineffectively) nanny to the world, I politely suggest that you want something else (as your wants are a waste of your time), and that you prepare, for once in your life, to be on your own rather than ragging your parents.

    Counterinsurgency

  46. Biff says:
    @eah

    The problem with proclaiming the ‘end of US monetary imperialism’ (USD hegemony, “world’s reserve currency”, etc) is that there is no alternative at the moment:

    If you ever learned how to comprehend what you are reading, you would’ve understood the part about how the alternatives are being constructed and have been under construction for a while.

  47. Biff says:
    @eah

    no one trusts Russia or China,

    I guess nobody except billions of people.

    Already, 87 countries, including many traditional US allies, have joined the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which operates independently of the US dollar-based financial system.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  48. The list of regime change by the Zionist controlled U.S. gov is so long that it would take an article in itself to list them, and not just the few listed in this article and as for the loss of dollar hegemony, it is about damn time, the Zionists have controlled the U.S. money supply since 1913 and have given us nothing but wars and terrorism and blood shed, all for the Zionist NWO!

    • Agree: Z-man
  49. @unclevername

    It’s all part of the system of exploitation that benefits the elite.

    There you have it. The rest is merely details, and why that basic concept is so hard to grasp is beyond my comprehension.

    • Agree: renfro
  50. @Endgame Napoleon

    Maybe then, our financial leaders could afford to stop blowing financial bubbles…

    If they did that, then how would they manage to confiscate what they want? Wars and bubbles have the effect of transferring wealth and power into the hands of fewer and fewer.

  51. @Biff

    China and Russia definitely don’t trust one another.

    • Replies: @Mike P
    , @renfro
    , @Biff
  52. Absolutely totally Brilliant article. A true eye opener. (But it looks like here are still blind people.)
    So here it is to you morons:

    For a bank to refuse credit to the country in the amount less than is covered by collateral in gold
    is a CRIMINAL ACT.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  53. Trump validates the long-held theory that only a fine line separates idiots from geniuses.

  54. It’s almost as if it was planned this way don’t cha’ think?

  55. Anon[694] • Disclaimer says:

    France, Sweden and Spain announced today they recognize Guaido as new president of Venezuela, I guess we know which European countries are under the thumbs of the Ziocons.

    I think the biggest rub to the Ziocon Pence Administration was when the UN voted to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 108 to 9, and the 7 countries that voted with the US and Israel were:

    1. Guatemala
    2. Honduras
    3. Marshall Islands
    4. Micronesia
    5. Nauru
    6. Palau
    7. Togo

    These 7 countries are our only allies now. We can count on them to protect us when anything goes wrong. It’s absolutely hilarious.

    • Replies: @Anon
  56. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    So here it is to you morons:

    For a bank to refuse credit to the country in the amount less than is covered by collateral in gold
    is a CRIMINAL ACT.

    Moronus Maximus checking in here. Please condescend to humor me by explaining why such collateral is the only, or even the main, consideration, and any info on why it’s a criminal act would be appreciated.

    Please remember that I’m a dumb, ignorant, bumpkin (hence my name) so keep it veeeery simple.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  57. Mike P says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    They trust each other to be rational actors – and that is good enough for most things. The U.S. has even lost that basic level of trust.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  58. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    The President of Spain has never been elected by the Spanish people . Pedro Sanchez arrived at the Presidency of Spain with parlamentary maneuvers last fall . Spanish people does not see him as a true President . People wants to have Presidential elections called , but Pedro Sanchez and his socialist party seem to be quite reluctant to call elections .

    • Replies: @Anon
  59. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    1945 , most of the civilised world was in ruins . The USA was intact and had 50% of the world GNP .

    Orgasms dont last forever , one minute of glory , 60 seconds , 60 imperial years , and down , everything that goes up goes down , that`s life ,that`s history . Nothing new under the sun .

  60. annamaria says:

    “It took a colossal level of arrogance, short-sightedness and lawlessness to hasten its decline…”

    In shorter terms, the US has been irreparably damaged by incompetence. The latter was spawned by opportunism.

    The US governing body is comprised of moral and mental midgets. The US “intelligence” services have proved to be unintelligent (see Avan affair and the ongoing Steele-Mueller affair), and the US army exists not for the protection of the US citizenry but for the pleasure of international cabal of banksters, oilmen and Jewish mythologists.

    The business-oriented model of the US has corrupted the idea of patriotism, particularly at the highest echelons of power.

    • Replies: @renfro
    , @Amon
  61. @Mike P

    The US never had that level of trust with either country. It went from Cold War with one to trade war with the other.

  62. Z-man says:

    Trump’s irrational hatred of Iran is got to be because of money flowing in from Adelson and the rest of the Zionist Billionaires Boys Club. This is proved by the fact that last year when, in passing, he mentioned that he would talk to the Iranians, the MSM and the NEOCON gang all went into a panic. He quickly backed off those words.
    With Russia, Trump knows that Russia is a natural ally but Russia is demonized in the MSM and in the halls of the Deep State because the Jooz hate Putin. They hate him because he has reigned in some of their landsmen oligarchs in Russia and more importantly because he has reintroduced Christian Orthodoxy in mother Russia, something those Satanists really hate.
    The one thing going for Trump and all us Russophiles is that they really dont like the Chinese, so even though the Zionist war machine is pushing Russia closer to China there will always be push back from the Russians when it comes to this.
    Putin-Trump DA!!

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
  63. annamaria says:
    @Michael Kenny

    “Mr Hudson is simply repeating his classic pro-Putin line…”
    — Only a rabid Jewish Russophobe would see in everything — even in the highly patriotic writing by the highly intelligent and competent Hadson — the hand of Moscow.

    “Given that US global domination is essential to Israel’s survival, it’s hardly surprising that some Israelis should see things the same way.”
    — Sure, the rapacious parasite wants its juicy host to survive as long as possible in order to support the parasite.

  64. @Counterinsurgency

    Here’s why I’m taking this more personally than you might expect:
    Barbara Star.
    “US Special Ops suicides triple in 2018, as military confronts the issue”.
    _CNN_, 2019/01/02.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/02/politics/socom-military-suicide-spike-2018/index.html

    “Confronts the issue” my foot. The issue is strategic: the US is burning up troops in an attrition war that is waged in order to buy time, in the hopes that the overall situation will improve. There is ample evidence that the situation will not improve. The basic problem is competition between industrial and non-industrial economies.
    There are, right now, perhaps three solutions being pursued:
    1) Make the non-industrialized countries industrialized. Dead end. This policy has been pursued since WW II. Where it can succeed (Far East), it has. Where it hasn’t succeeded, it won’t succeed.
    2) Empty the non-industrialized countries of their young men by encouraging emigration, in the apparent hope that these young men will learn how to live in an industrial society. Fail. The young men are de-industrializing their surroundings.
    3) Occupy the non-industrial society and blow the Hell out of anybody who wants to fight. Fail. This amounts to an attrition war against a vastly larger population than the West has. The butchery never ends, and after a decade of failure it obviously has no point. That’s the cause of the suicides, IMHO, but see [1].

    This has to end soon, because the industrialized nations are spending so much capital and labor on this (and supporting an increasing number of unproductive citizens) that their industrial plants are wearing out and they have not the capital to locate the new resources (and techniques) they need to remain industrialized. Further, the deception required to maintain the illusion that any of the three approaches above will eventually succeed has grossly distorted the West’s political system by replacing a functional elite with “masters of illusion”, whose sole purpose is to maintain the above three point strategy.

    This sort of thing has happened many times before. I’ll cite the Peloponnesean War, the 30 Years War, and (of course) WW I. The war between Heraclitus and Kushrow, AD 600s [2], would be another example. After a while the game just isn’t worth the candle, but quite often the game continues to be played until everybody who wanted to play it is dead, and somebody else picks up the pieces. Trump appears to be trying to stop the current game before it gets that far, and he might succeed if he succeeds soon.

    Troop burnout on the scale described (up 300%, including many who have no combat exposure) shows that the situation is critical (as such things go). Morale is so low that troops are dying just from exposure to the bad morale and general disintegration. During the Vietnam conflict, the US Army pulled out of Vietnam before the situation had gotten as bad as it apparently is now, and it took over a decade for the US Army to become an effective fighting force gain. Time to save what we have, both in the military and in the civil economy.

    Counterinsurgency

    1] Jonathan Shay.
    _Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character_.
    Scribner, 2010/05/08
    This is a fairly old book. There are doubtless similar books that ae more currrent, but I’ve read none. The important thing is that warfare eats people, even those who survive, it it lasts long enough, and that it always has.

    2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine%E2%80%93Sasanian_War_of_602%E2%80%93628

    • Replies: @Ross32
  65. @Counterinsurgency

    m_

    I’m very s0rry. My apology: This reply was not meant for your message. It was supposed to be a general comment on the root article for all our comments.

    Counterinsurgency

  66. Agent76 says:

    Oct 1, 2016 RISE OF CHINA – China’s Yuan / RMB

    Joins Elite Global Reserve Currency Club Currency’s entry into IMF basket a milestone in long march to international acceptance Renminbi joins U.S. dollar, euro, yen, and British pound in SDR basket Change represents important milestone for IMF, SDR, and China Move recognizes and reinforces China’s continuing reform progress.

  67. Agent76 says:

    This is the process for controlling and the masses.

    The Hegelian Dialectic- Problem, reaction, solution

    The first step (thesis) is to create a problem. The second step (antithesis) is to generate opposition to the problem (fear, panic and hysteria). The third step (synthesis) is to offer the solution to the problem created by step one: A change which would have been impossible to impose upon the people without the proper psychological conditioning achieved in stages one and two.

  68. “Trump’s agenda may really be to break up the American Empire, using the old Uncle Sucker isolationist rhetoric of half a century ago.”

    Even if orange clown wanted to do that, he’s neither smart enough nor morally competent enough to do it, so we should conclude that he has no such “agenda”, IMO; rather, his agenda seems to be to do whatever his handlers tell him to do, consequences be damned.

    In a sense the orange clown “presidency” is an example of what happens when, after years of chasing, the dog finally catches up to the bus – thereby putting an end to years of speculation and debate about what the dog will actually do if it does happen to catch up to the bus. Yes, orange clown’s predecessors came close…but hesitated. Now comes orange clown (who’s uniquely uninhibited by common sense, moral compunction, law, political opposition, patriotism, a sense of physical self-preservation, etc.), and shows the world in a dramatic way exactly what does happen.

    So here we are, watching helplessly in horror as the dog sinks its teeth into the rapidly rotating rear tire (and refuses to let go), with all the attendant consequences.

    “He certainly is going for the Empire’s most vital organs. But it he a witting anti-American agent? He might as well be – but it would be a false mental leap to use “cui bono” to assume that he is a witting agent.”

    The thing is, empires generally fall because they are generally run by evil people, and evil – being “insatiable” – generally destroys itself. So the project was doomed before it even started. Generally speaking, the fundamental problem the evil doers have is that their inherent evil (demon-possession) always gets in the way of their calculated evil (devil worship), thus no matter how “brilliant” the calculations, the ultimate result is failure.

    As I’ve opined here many times, I believe that the political ascendancy of orange clown is a sign of his handlers’ (the elders) desperation. I believe he was their candidate of choice in the 2016 election, thus he may be and probably is the instrument of their ultimate destruction.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  69. @jacques sheete

    No it is not the only!!!!!!!!
    But it is the last resort!!!!!!!!!
    And it was done by bank of England.
    Read the article again!!!!!!!!

    • Replies: @DESERT FOX
  70. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Nathan Rothschild infamously said > I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England for the man who controls the money supply of the British Empire controls the British Empire and I am that man!

    The zionists control every central bank in the world and the central bank of central banks the BIS and so the zionists control the world and have given us wars and terrorism and bloodshed all thanks to our zionist SATANIC masters!

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  71. @Harold Smith

    Trump did not lead the US into Iraq. Bush did.

    The economy is better, slightly.

    Some president had to deal with China. Obama did not want to and Bush was too stupid.

    There have been some tax cuts.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  72. niceland says:

    Great summary from Mr. Hudson.
    He writes:

    The world of international diplomacy is being turned inside-out. A world where there is no longer even a pretense that we might adhere to international norms, let alone laws or treaties.

    In the eyes of the elites, this is possibly Trumps biggest crime. His approach to “diplomacy”, or lack there of, is exposing in plain view what U.S. foreign policy is all about and how it works. The pretense was fundamental part of the show and necessary for the official narratives pushed by the government via the MSM. Without it, even the worst informed pro-U.S. governments and citizens of U.S. vassal states must see it for what it really is.

    Even the most stubborn right wingers who have never questioned U.S. foreign policy are in deep trouble defending it now without the narrative and the party line from Washington. I am even seeing signs of doubt in some faces where there never was any.

    Fantastic.

  73. renfro says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    China and Russia definitely don’t trust one another.

    Is that so? Since Russia and China recently celebrated the signing of the below treaty I am pretty sure they are renewing it.

    Russia and China signed The Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation Between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation, a twenty-year strategic treaty that was signed on July 16, 2001.

    The treaty outlines the broad strokes which are to serve as a basis for peaceful relations, economic cooperation, as well as diplomatic and geopolitical reliance. Article 9 of the treaty can be seen as an defense pact, and other articles (A7 and A16) point at increasing military cooperation, including the sharing of “military know-how” (A16), namely, Chinese access to Russian military technology.

    The treaty also encompasses a mutual, cooperative approach to environmental technology regulations and energy conservation; and toward international finance and trade. The document affirms Russia’s stand on Taiwan as “an inalienable part of China” (A5), and highlights the commitment to ensure the “national unity and territorial integrity” in the two countries

    Text of Treaty here:

    https://constitutii.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/treaty-of-good.pdf

    * Article 9
    When a situation arises in which one of the contracting parties deems that peace is being threatened and undermined or its security interests are involved or when it is confronted with the threat of aggression, the contracting parties shall immediately hold contacts and consultations in order to eliminate such threats.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  74. Anon[253] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @WorkingClass

    He is totally controlled by the zionists, he is not a free agent.
    Think of him as a fifth grader whose team is selected by his superior.

    • Replies: @2stateshmustate
  75. @Jeff Stryker

    “Trump did not lead the US into Iraq. Bush did.”

    Yes but that’s irrelevant to my point. Of course each president has a duty to advance the empire in an incremental way, but now that all the low-hanging-fruit has been picked, the risks of further advancement have become much, much higher.

    Apparently the elders are in a desperate now or never situation, so they need an especially brazen puppet ruler uninhibited by such things as the thoughts of his own children/grandchildren being immolated in a nuclear holocaust. They need someone willing to risk planetary extinction to advance their agenda for complete world domination and control; they need someone to present ultimata to Russia, China, et al., and to take personal responsibility for the consequences. Enter deus ex machina the evil orange clown.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  76. Anonymous[253] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    America’s biggest defense are it’s two oceans.
    It is and was a world unto itself.
    It floundered and lost it’s way because it’s infested by dual nationals that owe allegiance to Israel.
    All that’s needed is to make dual citizenship illegal.
    Along with this, if all contenders should be allowed only private donations and corporations should be banned,
    Only then we would have a true democracy.

    • Replies: @Wally
  77. @DESERT FOX

    Yes!
    You are absolutely correct.
    But that applies mostly in internal markets.
    Both US and England currencies decline in value. They both have negative trade, and that influences value of their currencies. That means that year by year you buy less and less slices of bread.
    There is continuous devaluation of these currencies.
    When this process is going on countries love to borrow from these countries because they need less and less products to sell to pay back the loan. So actually the borrower in this case is the winner.

    • Replies: @DESERT FOX
  78. renfro says:
    @annamaria

    Regarding your comment to me re Tulsi Gabbard . There was a problem on the web page so I couldnt reply there.
    Your claim that she hates the Zionist shows you dont do your research. So add to the list of America’s problems low information voters.

    Gabbard received a “Champion of Freedom” award at the Jewish Values Gala — an awards ceremony held by the World Values Network, which was founded by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, an enthusiastic Trump supporter
    A photo from the event shows Gabbard posing with Rabbi Shmuley and Miriam Adelson, the wife of Sheldon Adelson (Adelson himself is a major Trump supporter, and happens to believe Palestinians are “a made-up people”). As her Democratic primary opponent pointed out, Gabbard has introduced Adelson-backed legislation to Congress before.

    She is not bty anti war….she’s just for a different kind, mainly the use of droning to blow up people, despite the fact it has been shown to kill innocent civilians in droves. She also voted against the Iran treaty,

    • Replies: @annamaria
    , @Agent76
    , @RobinG
  79. Generally speaking, you’d think that whoever is on the top perch wouldn’t try to upset the existing order. But that’s if those on the top perch have any brains. The US is consistently undermining itself and every aspect of its dominance for the last ~20 years, which shows that American elites degenerated to the point of being medically certifiable.

    Somewhere on this site I saw a great pic: “FBI uncovered new Al Qaida plot: sit back and watch America destroy itself”.

    • Agree: niceland
    • Replies: @m___
    , @Harold Smith
  80. @renfro

    Well, diplomacy and reality are two different things. Each treaty signed (unless it’s a treaty with the US – then it’s worthless, as the US won’t abide by it) is only one piece of the jigsaw puzzle. Both Putin and Xi promote good relations between Russia and China, but Putin continuously makes sure that Russia does not have all its eggs in one basket. He pushes good relations with South Korea, India, and even Japan (despite the fact that it’s still occupied by the US >70 years after the war), ensuring counter-balance, so that Russia does not become a junior partner to the Chinese behemoth.

    BTW, this Article 9 sounds like Article V of the NATO treaty some irrelevant countries like to mention: the signatories will talk the talk, but not necessarily walk the walk.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  81. annamaria says:
    @renfro

    “Your claim that she hates the Zionist…”

    — Please, show where exactly I have written these words. Honestly.

    By the way, your post was in response to this my post: “In shorter terms, the US has been irreparably damaged by incompetence. The latter was spawned by opportunism…”

    Why have you inserted Gabbard into this thread?

    • Replies: @renfro
  82. joe webb says:

    Left wing filthy rhetoric, like. ‘… not from German or French merchants of death.” That would be German and French armaments manufacturers.

    When you read this kind of revealing and sentimental junk, you might choose to go elsewhere.

    This article is full of half-lies and propaganda in general.

    The Left is dead, except for whining yo-yos like Hudson.

    Venezuela , like Cuba, which proved itself a wreck decades ago, but which has thousands (?) of Cuban advisors and so on, even with its oil natural gift, is cursed with little brown people, two-thirds or so of its population. You cannot make an economy out of stupid people.

    I remember when Hugo came to power…a story in jewyorktimes…little Indian gal says, Hugo is going to build me a house. That about sums it up

    The US invading Venezuela would be another joke. Best to let Venezuela twist in the wind.

    Or alternatively, let China invade V. and get a dividend like Afghanistan/USSR a few decades back.

    The single best epitaph for communism/People’s Paradise…They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work.

    On a personal note, I joined the California National Guard in 1961 to beat the draft. I was pro Fidel, at the time, and told my Guard unit that I would not fight against Cuba. I changed my mind after Fidel bragged that he was a commie. Well I was young.

    Joe Webb

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  83. Sean says:

    The Neocons who Trump has appointed are accomplishing what seemed unthinkable not long ago: Driving China and Russia together – the great nightmrare of Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. They also are driving Germany and other European countries into the Eurasian orbit, the “Heartland” nightmare of Halford Mackinder a century ago.

    There is a economic cooperation but it certainly can never be a military alliance because these countries (Germany-Russia and especially Russia-China) are too close together to be anything but natural enemies. The modern key to economic power in the Chinese workforce not Eurasian resources, and Russia is in the business of selling Siberian resources by building a massive energy pipeline to Germany and an even bigger one to China. Were he writing to day Mackinder would stress control of the sea around China not Eastern Europe as the key. America does not appear to think Ukraine is worth fighting for.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  84. m___ says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Generally speaking, you’d think that whoever is on the top perch wouldn’t try to upset the existing order. But that’s if those on the top perch have any brains. The US is consistently undermining itself and every aspect of its dominance for the last ~20 years, which shows that American elites degenerated to the point of being medically certifiable.

    The commoners, always a substance of meat merry on, but some opportunistic insiders and even some outliers can see it. Loyalty within the elites is breaking down, meaning the few real counselors and allowed strategists are sided. No Brzezinski no Kissinger, individuals regardless of their ideas, but having some consequence and substance, with the intellectual stamina to drive the herd of dykes that are visible on the media scene, they cannot streamline the plot. The other so called “experts” are just confused and opportunistic. The theater and it’s actors doubt their picks, cannot judge, even the quality of their “souffleurs”. That is why the scenario changes constantly. There is no sustainable scenario left.

    Notice, there is more coherence, stability, synchronous, and lasting “palabrar” in Russia and China. That is how biodiversity creeps in. The elites should mentalize their backbone, they are going to need it. The war is not on the crowds, that one is long won. It is in the chambers of the palace. By level of importance, the potty boy, the courtisan, the officer of the guard, they are preying. The middle class, the submissive class, the confidentes of the parlours of power play the day to day.

    Sit back and enjoy, why should life be petty and pretty when it can be brutal and short-lived. Stumps and screeches from the top, call it tweets. As the tools define the message. The sitcom is becoming less and lees boring.

  85. Anon[189] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    I guess that explains why he supports Guaido. We already know Macron is a Rothschild stooge, and Sweden has not single spine left, completely under the thumb of Jewess Barbara Lerner Spectre.

    Italy is keeping the EU from going with Guaido. Leave it up to the Italians to defy the Jew World Order!

  86. Anon[694] • Disclaimer says:
    @AWM

    The United States always has resisted letting any other country have any voice in U.S. domestic policies, law-making or diplomacy.

    The infiltration is so deep, it’s almost invisible:
    https://prepareforchange.net/2018/06/22/89-of-our-senators-and-congress-hold-dual-citizenship-citizenship-with-israel/

    • Replies: @annamaria
  87. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    The zionist banking kabal that controls the FED and the other central banks is always the winner as they create money out of thin air and add this to our debt, and of course we goyim/proles are always the looser in this zionist game of currency debt creation.

  88. Ross32 says:
    @Counterinsurgency

    “US Special Ops suicides triple in 2018, as military confronts the issue”.

    Makes you wonder what they were involved in, its morality? or whether it was indeed suicide or just stopping people going public?

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  89. Sean says:

    Didn’t the U.S. freeze all the Iranian funds in American banks after the U.S. embassy staff in Tehran were taken hostage by minion of the Islamic Regime? Reagan gave arms for nostages and Obama appeared to pay a ransom of hundreds of millions for the release of prisoners too. Iran killed hundreds of US silfiers in Eastern Iraq through its cat’s paw Shia militia there (according to General Michael Flynn who served in Iraq and as head of the Defence Intelligence Agency). Really, Iran has often played as dirty and given as good as it got as America. They perhaps are begining to realise that they have bitten of more than they can chew, but it was their decision.

    The Neocons who Trump has appointed are accomplishing what seemed unthinkable not long ago: Driving China and Russia together – the great nightmrare of Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. They also are driving Germany and other European countries into the Eurasian orbit, the “Heartland” nightmare of Halford Mackinder a century ago.

    There is a economic cooperation but it certainly can never be a military alliance because these countries (Germany-Russia and especially Russia-China) are too close together to be anything but natural enemies. The modern key to economic power in the Chinese workforce not Eurasian resources, and Russia is in the business of selling Siberian resources by building a massive energy pipeline to Germany and an even bigger one to China. Were he writing to day Mackinder would stress control of the sea around China not Eastern Europe as the key. America does not appear to think Ukraine is worth fighting for. If Germany persists then US taxpayers may conclude that Germany is responsible for itself and the company it keeps.

  90. @renfro

    Replication is not necessary to predicting and controlling human nature. Humanity is a socially adaptable learning machine equipped with a sensory and reasoning system that evolves in accord to the information made available in the environment. Establishing and maintaining the environment provides ample control.

    • Replies: @renfro
  91. I wish if somebody would explain why NATO countries do not consider it necessary to arm themselves to the teeth.
    Could be that they are not interested in war with Russia?
    And why Russia would be interested war with Europe?
    Europe is paying god money for gas and oil. Why would be Russia be interested to destroy this sweet deal.
    It was Bush 2 to place the missile shield in Europe.
    Now US is canceling the treaty of intermediate missile treaty with Russia.
    Logical conclusion is that US want to place offensive intermediate nuclear tipped missiles in Europe.
    We will see what countries will be willing to host these missiles.
    Poland, and Romania for certain will be willing to host these missiles.
    Any other?
    These are definitely indications that US wants to place nuclear confrontation in the theater of Europe.
    Will it work this obvious trick.
    I do not know!

  92. Amon says:
    @annamaria

    I don’t find it surprise that the US secret services fails so often when one remembers that post WWII the US government turned to former enemies of the US to build up the CIA and turn it into a weapon against the USSR.

    Don’t act surprised when the CIA supports enemies of the US and jumps into bed with socialists when its founding members recruited members from a foreign political party called “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei”(National Socialist German Workers’ Party) to help the US win the Cold War.

    Like asking the fox to not only guard the hen house but also giving it the keys to the front door.

  93. annamaria says:
    @Sean

    “America does not appear to think Ukraine is worth fighting for.”
    — Hear! Hear!

  94. The author’s use of the term “Devil’s Dictionary” is incorrect. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce is the opposite of doublethink. A few entries:

    INFLUENCE, n. In politics, a visionary quo given in exchange for a substantial quid.

    OPPOSITION, n. In politics the party that prevents the Government from running amuck by hamstringing it.

    POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

    POLITICIAN, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.

    ALIEN, n. An American sovereign in his probationary state.

  95. annamaria says:
    @Anon

    It looks as American people are finally coming out from hibernation.

    “US Politicians who Hold Dual US/Israel Citizenship,” 2017, https://www.opdeepstate.com/2017/08/07/us-politicians-who-hold-dual-usisrael-citizenship

    “US Policies: Made In Israel:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwdtBZEuie0

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
    • Replies: @Anon
  96. renfro says:
    @annamaria

    As I said couldn’t reply on other page due to web page problem.
    You don’t remember what you say?
    You said that Gabbard was hated by the zionist , implying she opposes them.
    She does not.
    Get your facts straight and don’t mislead people.

    •annamaria says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:41 pm GMT • 100 Words
    @renfro

    Who else among the wide-chested men and big-mouth women in the US Congress dared to stand up to the immoral midget state of talmudic deceptionists? https://www.rt.com/usa/374263-tulsi-gabbard-syria-trip/

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has stirred up the US foreign policy establishment by going on a private fact-finding mission to Syria. Gabbard has opposed the US policy of regime change in Syria and championed a bill to stop arming terrorists there.

    No wonder she is hated, hated by the AIPAC crowd of foreign-interest agents and by the congressional whores on Jewish payroll.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  97. renfro says:
    @Macon messages and cons

    Replication is not necessary to predicting and controlling human nature.

    It is if you expect Artificial Intelligence to predict it.

  98. Agent76 says:
    @renfro

    I never believe any politician more than 15% of the time since by their very nature in fundraising. However is right on target here in this clip.

    Dec 8, 2016 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill to Stop Arming Terrorists

    December 30, 2016 U.S. Is Selling Weapons That Kill A Child Every 10 Minutes

    While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy — a hidden one — has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition, diarrhea, or respiratory-tract infections, UNICEF reports. And without immediate medical attention, over 400,000 kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition could die, too. Why are so many of Yemen’s children going hungry and dying?

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46132.htm

  99. @Ross32

    Ross

    Virtue signaling? If so, in poor taste.

    Combat eats people, no matter what. Look at my reference in the post you comment on. If you’re going to vote to send people to combat, you should know what you’re doing to them.

    Counterinsurgency

  100. HiHo says:

    Pure unadulterated propaganda that fails to mention the elephant in the room: Rothschild. This bank runs the west, period.

    Everyone hates the US, hates US politicians and the US armed forces. Rothschild makes certain you are the fall guys and you gladly prostrate yourself in front of the Rothschild dictators, for some unfathomable reason…cowardice I suspect.

    Mackinder has nothing whatsoever to do with any hell. Basically world power belongs to whoever controls a triangle that is roughly defined by the triangle of Bejing, Tehran and Moscow. It is a simple geopolitical fact.
    Oceanic powers like Britain and the US are sea powers operating at the periphery and can only maintain their authority by the abuse of power through violence.
    Trump is only following Rothschild orders. The idea is to abandon both Britain and the USA to make the Yuan what the dollar was. Rothschild’s Jews were part of the Marxist revolution led by Mao and Deng and are busily marrying themselves in to high ranking Chinese families.
    When the new Silk Road (One Belt, One Road) is complete the US will be left to devolve in to a real third world hell hole. Britain is already a third world hell hole and we have the fascist politicians to prove it!

  101. anastasia says:

    The author asks, “where is the left?” Is the author kidding? There is no left and there is no right in government. There are profiteers and oligarchs making piles of money.

    You will only find a left and a right on websites like this and lo and behold, on all the essential matters, it appears we are in agreement.

  102. anastasia says:
    @animalogic

    The government and media believe their own lies. No one else does, but they do.

  103. Ahmed498 says:

    Excellent article indeed! The only thing that I want to add is that the populists in Europe aren’t doing what they do on their own. They are all created to wreck the European Union which scares the neoliberals and the neocons. Brexit was one attempt to destroy the EU, but it is backfiring, thankfully. The war in Ukraine is another. The secessionist drive in Spain is another one. Bankers and media moguls are scared that the EU’s peace, open borders and shared prosperity may spread to the whole world, and send the war mongers and the bankers out of business. If you doubt this, observe where Netanyahu goes when he goes to Europe, he goes to Hungary and Poland, the lapdogs of the neocon and neoliberals.

  104. @AnonFromTN

    “Generally speaking, you’d think that whoever is on the top perch wouldn’t try to upset the existing order. But that’s if those on the top perch have any brains. The US is consistently undermining itself and every aspect of its dominance for the last ~20 years, which shows that American elites degenerated to the point of being medically certifiable.”

    It’s not a matter of “[lack of] brains” or “insanity”; rather, they do what they do because they’re evil; it’s very simple.

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  105. annamaria says:
    @renfro

    And what does the word “implying” mean, renfro?

    Why are you so vigorously unfriendly towards Gabbard? Because of this quote in my post?

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has stirred up the US foreign policy establishment by going on a private fact-finding mission to Syria. Gabbard has opposed the US policy of regime change in Syria and championed a bill to stop arming terrorists there.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/374263-tulsi-gabbard-syria-trip/

    And what has been so intolerable (and “misleading”) for you in this my commentary for the above quote? – “No wonder she is hated, hated by the AIPAC crowd of foreign-interest agents and by the congressional whores on Jewish payroll.”

    Read the opinions of Gabbard by the highly respected men and women. They do not imply — they base their opinions on facts. Tulsi is not a saint, but she is a decent human being.

    “Tulsi Gabbard vs. ‘Regime Change’ Wars:” https://consortiumnews.com/2017/02/16/tulsi-gabbard-vs-regime-change-wars/

    “Why Tulsi Gabbard is hated by AIPAC members?”

    “Tulsi Gabbard Grabs The Khazarian Mafia By The Balls:” https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/07/21/tulsi-gabbard-grabs-the-khazarian-mafia-by-the-balls/

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
  106. Good piece overall — though it tiptoes around the elephant in the room, resolutely averting its gaze…

    In a long piece about neocon foreign policy, central banking, and the international financial system in general, Hudson does his best to give the impression that neocon foreign policy is motivated by concern for the interests of… the historic American nation, of course. He mentions Israel only twice, implying that it acts only as a US puppet, and mentions the Tribe not at all.

    This was a excellent point about the World Bank, though:

    Its steady policy since its inception is to provide loans for countries to devote their land to export crops instead of giving priority to feeding themselves.

    And:

    It is worthwhile to note that our global imposition of the mythical “efficiencies” of forcing Latin American countries to become plantations for export crops like coffee and bananas rather than growing their own wheat and corn has failed catastrophically to deliver better lives, especially for those living in Central America.

    Just to explicitly close the loop — this is the flip side of the point that Hudson made a little earlier in the piece, that “Imperial threats are no longer military.” This same emphasis on export promotion/ greater integration into the global supply chain serves to make these countries more vulnerable to economic sanctions when and if they are imposed… making sanctions an even more useful weapon.

    And it’s hard to argue with this one:

    The Neocons who Trump has appointed are accomplishing what seemed unthinkable not long ago: Driving China and Russia together…

  107. @AnonFromTN

    Diplomatically Putin is doing all right. The problem is that to keep things up and Russia needs high quality population, educated, healthy, motivated by higher ideals and patriotic. I do not think he is doing that well on this front. I believe that population quality went down few notches since 1991 and younger generation is especially influenced and it is Russia future. Basically Russian elites priorities are not there.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  108. Walt says:

    Hi all,
    Interesting article, but it misses half of the story. Frederic PIERUCCI’s just released latest book: “The American Trap” describes the other side. It is in French, but hopefully shall be soon translated into English.
    It is brilliantly introduced on Thierry Meyssan’s Voltairenet.org by André CHAMY in a French piece titled: “The USA : a rogue State servicing it’s own business” (Les USA : un État voyou, au service de son économie)
    https://www.voltairenet.org/article205016.html

    Here is the introductory note:
    The French possessing class suddenly becomes aware of the economic use that the United States makes of its judicial system. Since 1993, the Trade Secretariat has created a Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee and an Advocacy Center, directly linked to intelligence agencies. More recently, the Justice Secretariat has interpreted the laws of his country to extend his power abroad and to exercise it with the other administrations in the interest of his large corporations. De facto, the lawsuits against European companies have nothing to do with crimes committed. They are actually designed either to push them into bankruptcy or to allow their repurchase by US companies.

  109. Skeptikal says:

    “the EU, and said that “international bodies” which constrain national sovereignty “must be reformed or eliminated.””

    I don’t get this.
    If the Eu is an entity that was encouraged and created by the USA to control Europe, then why would Pompeo want to see id destroyed?
    Doesn’t he, too, see that so-called “populists” rebelling agsint the neoliberal policies of the EU are basically the enemies of the USA agenda?
    Or am I getting this backward?
    Does Hudson see the EU as a bulwark against the USA?

    But hten what about the EU’s undemocratic makeup and its disastrous neoliberal policies?

    Shouldn’t progressives be cheering the EU coming apart at the seams?
    Or should htey be tearing their hair because independent states will be less able to stand up to the USA?
    Somehow it seems that the USA is maneuvering itself out of relevance regardless of whether the EU breaks up or not. Except for that big problem, NATO.
    . .

  110. Skeptikal says:
    @animalogic

    This certainly seem to be reinforced by the former ambassador Tony Kevin in discussing why the Aus. govt. does zero for Assange. Totally bending over to the Yankees. Terrified of making them mad by acting like a sovereign state with citizens, and refusing to defend the c rights of one of their own citizens to the protections of citizenship in a sovereign state.

  111. Skeptikal says:
    @Tom Welsh

    Hooray for Michael Hudson.
    One of our great thinkers on money, economics, and related issues.
    There must be something in the water out there in Missouri!
    William Black is also at the U of Missouri.

  112. @Harold Smith

    Russia is run by a syndicate of Jewish oligarchs who more or less control every aspect of the country already. My understanding is that they are all dual-citizens and several of them live in the Promised Land. They already control Russia.

    China beats the US with trade agreements. And Trump is already in a war with them. He’s not doing to badly but neither are the Chinese.

    As for conventional war, the US has been all but bankrupted by twenty years of wars with Afghanistan and Iraq. Compare the US today to 1999. Look at the deficit today.

    Clinton did not lead us into war. Neither did Obama. Bush did. And every problem the US has today can be traced back to this decision.

    Go outside if you live in the US and look at the number of homeless. Look at the number of grown men who live at home when they are 30 years old, unable even to afford renting an apartment. Look at the infrastructure. Trump himself mentioned potholes in the airport runway of Detroit.

    By the way, who is Trump going to get support from for such a war. Not the Democrats, that is for sure.

  113. @animalogic

    THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES

    It is Americans who immigrate to Australia and not the other way around.

    Australia has the higher standard of living and better wages.

    As for Vietnam, the country that really paid the toll was Australia when Vietnamese war-torn refugees changed its demographic.

    • Replies: @Wally
  114. @Barbara Ann

    This subject is beyond critisicm, anybody that tries to make themselves aware of politics. Knows that Europe, Japan, Taiwan ,Canada Australia, dare not sneeze without permission from the white.house.Anybody reading a book in the last fifty years realises just what an ignorant bunch hails from that part of the world, l could go On to become grossly overbearing, so l will stop.

  115. annamaria says:

    A silver sword against ziocon/neocon vampires: https://consortiumnews.com/2019/02/04/pepe-escobar-maga-misses-the-eurasia-train/

    Putin: Eurasia s “not a chessboard or a geopolitical playground, but our peaceful and prosperous home.”

    … China is upgrading highways, building dams, railways and bridges that are useful not only for its own economic expansion but also for its neighbors’ development. Compare it to U.S. wars – as in Iraq and Libya – where dams, railways and bridges are destroyed. …

    The advance of the Belt and Road Initiative is linked to Russian security and energy exports, including the Northern Sea Route, as an alternative future transportation corridor to Central Asia. …

    Russia and China are developing the ultimate nightmare for those former shamans of U.S. foreign policy, Henry Kissinger and the late Zbigniew “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski. …

    The “policy” to counteract such “threats” is sanctions, sanctions, and more unilateral sanctions, coupled with inflation of absurd notions peddled across the Beltway – such as that Russia is aiding and abetting the re-conquest of the Arab world by Persia.

    Sigh.

  116. @jacques sheete

    Hint to MH: Unanimous standing ovations.

    I think MH took it as read that Israel and the US are synonymous.

  117. @Jeff Stryker

    The Zionists have pushed America into every war starting with WWI and right down to the wars in the Mideast where Israel attacked the WTC on 911 and blamed it on the muslims to get the excuse to force America into the Mideast wars and every thinking American knows the Zionist Israel did 911.

    Zionists are going to destroy America just as a parasite destroys its host!

  118. Biff says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    China and Russia definitely don’t trust one another.

    You keep making an idiot out of yourself by posting made up fantasy bullshit from the dream world you live in.

    Russia and China have sign up together for some of the biggest energy deals in human history.

    https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/sino-russian-gas-deal-shows-center-of-gravity-has-shifted-from-west/

    https://www.rt.com/business/445140-rosneft-china-energy-cooperation/

    https://www.energy-reporters.com/production/russia-and-china-energy-deals-defy-trump/

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  119. @joe webb

    JOE

    Left on their own, these countries do not so much twist as hang themselves.

    They are essentially white supremacist dictatorships where some son of Spanish buccaneers like Castro or Pinochet or Guevara proclaims himself captain of the mad ship of fools.

    Hugo fared especially badly because he was an Indian and Venezuela’s white landowning class did not want their wealth redistributed.

    War means more of the “2/3” Indians or blacks will simply try and escape to the US. It is victory by demographic.

    Mexicans in Southwest US are a bunch of wagon-burning Amerindian primitives. I am sure your average Ricky Martin-type white elite Criollo of Spanish aristocratic descent was glad to see them leave.

    • Replies: @joe webb
  120. Wally says:
    @Anonymous

    “America’s biggest defense are it’s two oceans.”

    That claim is irrelevant and in the past.

    It’s biggest weaknesses are it’s two borders, the southern one in particular.

  121. @DESERT FOX

    Funny that most Jews then voted for Al Gore who would never have invaded Iraq and that Clinton kept the US out of wars in the Middle East.

    It was Bush who managed to get elected and manipulate the GOP base into supporting the Iraq war and suspiciously his lobbies were not Jews but oil interests, a business Jews are not in.

    The degree to which the GOP can manipulate its demographic is pitiful. You cannot convince bubble-city Jews or WASP liberals that Arabs will parachute into Iowa swinging scimitars if the US does not invade some obscure desert wasteland but the proles can be made to believe anything.

    Exactly how the gradual decline of the US helps Israel I don’t know. More people are unemployed, less fiscal budget can be devoted to supporting it. When more white sheep cannot pay their taxes, less goes to Israel.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Johnny Walker Read
  122. Wally says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Heretofore, Australia is going down like the rest of ‘The West’.

    ‘Who benefits?’

    recommended:

    Human Rights, the “Holocaust-Shoah” and Historical Truth, An Australian perspective: https://codoh.com/library/document/6460/?lang=en

  123. @Biff

    US and Canada did not have a war in 1969 over border disputes like Russia and China that went on for seven months and was not resolved until 1991.

    In point of economics the Northeast of China on the Russian border is one of the poorest parts of the country when it should be a thriving trade zone.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Ilyana_Rozumova
  124. TKK says:
    @Macon messages and cons

    Agree! Well put.

    But Maduro needed no coaxing from the Swamp to steal billions from his Citizens- just as Putin does not. My sister is a zoologist . Three years ago, a Venezuelan zoo keeper sent out a mass email begging American zoos to take their apex predators- the zoo’s funding was snatched and they could not afford meat. Terrible choices were all that was left.

    Maduro is a repellent obese homicidal robber megalomanic. He needs to swing.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  125. @DESERT FOX

    They can not abandon the US without destroying it.

    It’s the same as why banana republics can never allow a change of regime. The new regime will go after the old regime and usually with good reason.

    Same applies to the Israeli traitors who run the US now. The only way they can walk away from the US is if it is a total basket case with no means of being able to get justice for all the crimes the Israelis and their 5th column have committed.

    I hope they don’t get away with it. But the Americans I know are such fools and cowards when it comes to Israel, they just might. Maybe a future generation with have the guts to do it.

  126. RobinG says:
    @renfro

    As her Democratic primary opponent pointed out, Gabbard has introduced Adelson-backed legislation to Congress before.

    Which primary opponent?
    Which legislation?
    At least share your sources. I’ll take it up with her myself.

    • Replies: @renfro
  127. Anon[694] • Disclaimer says:
    @annamaria

    I had no idea John Bolton is a dual citizen of Israel. It all makes sense now.

  128. Pft says:

    Hudson. “Trump’s agenda may really be to break up the American Empire……But is he a witting anti-American agent? He might as well be…”. He them goes on to suggest Trump is an unwitting agent. I disagree.

    As I have suggested before perhaps this is by design. Trump, Deep State, MSM, Dems, Global Elite all working together while pretending to be fighting as in Fake Wrestling. Why? The Globalists wish to create a New New World Order. To do this they must first destroy the Old New World Order. After subsequent turmoil of the resulting wars and chaos conditions are ripe for a New Order.

    I believe that the New Order is a Global Republic with a Green Economy. A central bank for the Republic made up of 12-13 of Worlds Major Regions will issue the Carbon Dollar/Credits and collect taxes, and thus replace the USD and other international reserve currencies. The amounts subject to agreement and conditions

    Trumps role in this is to discredit the US, Democracy and Capitalism so the world will welcome a New Order without any of those three elements playing a major role. Perhaps to be modeled on Chinas Authoritarian Technocratic System with social credits , and soon 5G/Smart meters tracking and controlling everyone .

    It may also be required to break up the US, perhaps after a Civil War, manufactured by Trump himself with help from the Deep State , Democrats and MSM. The country is already so polarized its ripe for an organized uprising that will lead to martial law and a subsequent break up into 12-13 regions already existing under FEMA/COGS regions. This will alleviate fears the US will take over the New Order , although in truth the same global elites pulling the strings for the Old Order will pull the strings in the New Order.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  129. @animalogic

    When I have show my friends at work , picture from Facebook ,showing US marines in field with the caption “US geologists looking for oil, they laughed s saying so true. But there is only 2 of them that I would show something like that. The rest of the group of 20 people would not understand the humor . I would not even try to show them as I know, they would not understand. The rest just do not know or would not care. And that is a selection of people with a university degree. What about the rest of population ? Footy watching, and channel 10 or 9 viewers ? They are probably cheering US in it’s doings as the MS press and TV make them doing.

  130. Z-man says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Al Gore who would never have invaded Iraq

    Hmm, that’s a good question.
    Al Gore, who is far more unbalanced than Donald Trump and who had an ultra Zionist running mate?
    The jury is still out on that one. I would call Gore and Bush II ‘Dumb & Dumber’.

  131. Biff says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    That is a non sequitur straight from the far corner of your Mama’s basement. A lot has happened since 1969, and it’s past time you move out.

  132. anonymous[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @TKK

    I can think of plenty of whitey scum who should be swinging too… and I don’t mean that in the sexual context, the term is used sometimes (won’t those degenerates love that).

    Everybody understands that the plight of Venezuela is entirely due to the evil of the greedy psychopathic whiteys (Christians/Joos/Godless, all them mofers), who wish to plunder it.

    Every time some CNN scumbag mentions democracy, in reference to whitey lickspittle Guaido, I have this desire to rip his/her throat out.

    I wish Maduro prevails against whitey evil. If he doesn’t… sigh! well, it is not the first time Pure Evil has triumphed over Much Lesser Evil, yeah?

    Perhaps next time, it will be different.

  133. @Pft

    I think you’ve summed things up very well there although I do think that there also is a battle for supremacy going on right now between the nationalist deep staters and the globalist deep staters.

    • Agree: Mike P
  134. @Jeff Stryker

    Any man who will take a politician at his word is a fool. Please show me one example in the 100 years of an American president who has kept his word on anything once he elected.

    “Exactly how the gradual decline of the US helps Israel I don’t know. More people are unemployed, less fiscal budget can be devoted to supporting it. When more white sheep cannot pay their taxes, less goes to Israel.”

    To answer the above question please study the Jewish Talmud.
    http://www.come-and-hear.com/dilling/dcontents.html

  135. ”Where is the left in all this?”

    Supporting globalisation and the disciplining of the American and European working classes via mass immigration because ”internationalism”…

    That’s why so many ordinary people turned to the populist Right. They promise to limit surplus foreign labour and defend your culture, heritage and identity. The American and European Left despises your culture, heritage and identity.

    I’m waiting for Hudson to extol the virtues of Jeremy Corbyn. Does he know that the Labour party facilitated then covered up the mass rape of over 100,000 English working class girls by Labour’s new core vote (Muslims)?

    All these people looking at Britain from the outside have no idea what goes on within.

  136. @Harold Smith

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa let him be! He is struggling little Jew catching at straws.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  137. @Jeff Stryker

    He He He, You are such a clown.
    There were no border disputes.
    Lena River in one year did split in two and created an Island. Soviets and Chinese did claim it.
    Eventually Putin went to China and said “Its yours.
    It was more a matter of prestige.

  138. anon[123] • Disclaimer says:

    @ 92 Sean

    No USA asked Chase to freeze all accounts when Iran tried to pay off the debts . US’s reasoning is late in the game , an effort to justify money grabbing . Even if hostage taking were related to it, the freeze and asset impounding couldn’t be justified because hostage was released after negotiations.

    Killing of US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan by Iran in Iran’s neighborhood ??? , even of it were true and supported by sources other than Joe Liberman is not a valid argument . Iran is not killing American soldiers in Mexico or Honduras or Nigeria.

    US was supplying arms and gas to Iraq and is still nurturing MEK . Does Iran even brother to support MS-13 or supply arms to Al Quiada or FARC of Columbia or Puerto Rican resistance ?

  139. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    [Too many rambling, content-free personal comments. Write fewer comments or better ones if you want them published.]

    You’d think there would be stronger trade ties and that they would function as a political bloc.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
    , @RobinG
  140. @Sergey Krieger

    It is only natural that fostering intelligent and informed population is against elites’ best interests. To preserve their ability to rule by deception (and that’s the only way they can preserve their rule, as they are nothing but thieves, to put it in plain English), they need the population to be as dumb and uninformed as possible. That’s why Russian elites pushed for the Americanization of the educational system: nobody succeeded in dumbing down and misinforming the populace as much as the US elites. Simple rule of thumb: everything that’s anathema to the “liberal” elites in Russia must be good for the country, whereas everything Russian libtards support must be ruinous.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  141. @jeff stryker

    Bismark did it and voila it did work.

  142. joe webb says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Jeff, right. It will probably turn out that Fidel was a jew…converso.

    Btw, who is Ricky Martin?

    a few years ago at an anti-immigration demo, I big guy with a cowboy hat strides up to me and says, “I am a Mexican”…I looked at him, and said, No you’re not, you got blue eyes, you are a Spaniard. He laughs and says, yeah, we are shipping you all of our shit people.

    thanks , Joe

  143. renfro says:
    @RobinG

    At least share your sources. I’ll take it up with her myself.

    I don’t have time to educate you on how to research candidates and this isn’t the thread for it, but will give you a starting point.

    Thomas.gov and https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hres599/summary

    [MORE]

    H.Res. 599 (115th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes.
    NAY
    H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
    May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
    The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of
    Gabbard NAY
    https://www.govtrack.us/H.Res.
    1071: Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens. NAY

    HR 1638 Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act Bill Passed – House
    (289 – 135) NAY

    H Res 411 – Finding that the President Has Not Complied with Section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 – National Key Vote
    Alleges that the President has not transmitted the text of the nuclear agreement and all related materials and annexes to the appropriate Congressional committees.
    NAY

    HR 3009 Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act Bill Passed – House
    (241 – 179) NAY

    HR 1698 Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act Bill Passed – House
    (423 – 2) YAY

    HR 3364 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act Bill Passed – House
    (419 – 3) YAY

    H Amdt 917 Prohibits United States from Providing Weapons in Syria Amendment Rejected – House
    (167 – 244) NAY

    S 2040 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act Veto Override Passed – House
    (348 – 77) YAY
    (Specifies that the federal government can seek court action on a foreign nation that knowingly or recklessly contributes directly or indirectly to persons or organizations that pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism (Sec. 2).
    Establishes the broadest possible basis for civil litigation against foreign governments and those suspected of directly or indirectly engaging in terrorist activities against the United States )
    PRESENT

    HR 1911 – Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2018 – YAY

    HR 3460 To Suspend Until January 21, 2017, the Authority of the President to Waive, Suspend, Reduce, Provide Relief from, or Otherwise Limit the Application of Sanctions Pursuant to an Agreement Related to the Nuclear Program of Iran Bill Passed – House
    (247 – 186) NAY

    http://time.com/3695948/sheldon-adelson-online-gambling/
    Reps. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, and Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat, reintroduced an Adelson-backed bill Wednesday, provoking another battle within the deep-pocketed gaming community pitting Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands against MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, which hope to make money online.
    If passed, the bill would overturn a 2011 Department of Justice ruling on the Interstate Wire Act that effectively allowed the states to decide on whether or not to legalize online gambling. With still-unrealized dreams of tax revenues, Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey became the first to do so in 2013

    https://www.newsweek.com/tulsi-gabbard-david-duke-endorse-bds-israel-ilhan-omar-west-bank-boycott-1318365

    Gabbard is a chameleon, she ‘adjusts’ what she says according to who she is appealing to. The fact she is endorsed by both Duke and Pro Israel groups should clue you in to the ‘Zig zags’ in her professed polices. She thinks her stint in the army gives her foreign policy creds—it doesnt.
    She has some good policies but she is driven by ambition and will be like most when it comes to Israel…..complaint about some acts, support others and in the end do nothing about the Zionist.

    Now ‘take it up with her’…..tell her if she will stop all $$$ aid to Israel and others in the ME and have Putin to agree also…and …have a international peace keeping force between Palestine and Israel, as Palestine has requested for 20 years…..and….support the UN and ICC rulings on illegal settlements ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL LAW……and move all illegal settlers back into the THE LEGAL BORDERS OF ISRAEL SET IN UN RES 181…..then she might get my vote and some others. IOW follow international law and the policies of the US toward Israel and the ME prior to rise of the Israeli Fifth Column and Christian Zionist in the US.
    Christians United for Israel (CUFI)
    July 14, 2015 ·

    At CUFI Summit, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), noting failed North Korea nuke deal, says that sanctions relief without verifiable compliance invites cheating, and says Iran must “come clean” on PMD

    https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/11737890_10153462646244814_1016504528966865581_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&oh=2eb7155c271e480fb5119d46cfc87f0d&oe=5CB54291

    • Replies: @RobinG
  144. RobinG says:
    @jeff stryker

    To Ron Unz –

    Is this a real Moderator Statement?

    [Too many rambling, content-free personal comments. Write fewer comments or better ones if you want them published.]

    If so, very odd that it’s applied here, and not to the self congratulatory and ever so rambling no-value-added piners for the return of Sam Shama..

  145. RobinG says:
    @renfro

    …..tell her if she will stop all $$$ aid to Israel and others in the ME and have Putin to agree also…and …have a international peace keeping force between Palestine and Israel, as Palestine has requested for 20 years…..and….support the UN and ICC rulings on illegal settlements ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL LAW……and move all illegal settlers back into the THE LEGAL BORDERS OF ISRAEL SET IN UN RES 181…..then she might get my vote and some others. IOW follow international law and the policies of the US toward Israel and the ME prior to rise of the Israeli Fifth Column and Christian Zionist in the US.
    Christians United for Israel (CUFI)
    July 14, 2015 ·

    At CUFI Summit, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), noting failed North Korea nuke deal, says that sanctions relief without verifiable compliance invites cheating, and says Iran must “come clean” on PMD

    Good points, thanks. Just on the basis of Israel having nuclear weapons, it’s against US law to provide military aid. What is PMD?

    • Replies: @renfro
    , @Commentator Mike
  146. James41 says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Excellent Points! Why is this Harold smith so upset?
    Your points are reasonably tame, though generally accurate.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  147. renfro says:
    @RobinG

    I don’t know what that PDM is …..I have seen ”project matrix design” referred to as PDM but don’t know what she was referring to there……maybe to inspections of Iran to see if they have any project designs on nukes?

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  148. @renfro

    Humans are not good at predicting when there is insufficient good data available. If they were, they could get the right answer with no data at all, just like a prophet lies he can do. That is not a problem that can be solved with any level of intelligence; you always need the data. [email protected]

  149. renfro says:
    @Commentator Mike

    possible military dimensions (PMD)…….thanks very much….cant keep up with all the abbreviations theses days

    • Replies: @RobinG
  150. RobinG says:
    @renfro

    Two tweets from @LucyKomisar (Winner of Gerald Loeb Award, the major US prize for financial journalism) journalist investigating offshore bank & corporate secrecy, its abuses by corporations & Wall St., & the Browder/Magnitsky hoax. https://www.thekomisarscoop.com/

    CFR has 2 sides. Members join to go to meetings, hear & question govt & foreign officials, experts. Staff & fellows are paid, do research, reports, often w/neocon slant I dislike, to influence foreign policy. May attend meetings, but otherwise no crossover. Tulsi & I are members.

    Founded 1921 by scholars, others, later funded by Ford, Rockefeller foundations. See wikipedia. Now gets lot of $ from corporations. Many meeting transcripts/videos on website http://cfr.org Of course, very narrow range of opinion – you don’t find the Left on panels!

  151. Kim says:

    The cost of the Vietnam War may have been the proximal cause of the US going off the gold standard but the fundamental reason was that US oil production peaked in 1970.

    Energy. It matters.

    • Replies: @Wally
  152. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    I am not Jewish and the fact that six of the seven oligarchs in your plutocracy are Jewish says something about the incompetence of Russians.

    At lease in the US Jews get fairly stiff competition from other business-savvy groups like the Italians, Irish, Cubans and Asians.

    In Russia the gen. pop has been reduced to a bunch of serfs.

    • Replies: @renfro
    , @Anon
  153. Wally says:
    @Kim

    Except that the US is now the no. 1 producer of oil.

    Peak oil?

    LOL

  154. renfro says:
    @jeff stryker

    Russians went thru bloody revolution and two wars. That Russia still stands is a testament to their resilience.
    The oligarchs were low level thugs and mafia types, that’s how they got to be oligarchs.
    Read some history books and learn.

    .

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  155. @renfro

    Abramovich was an army mechanic who made his money selling rubber ducks and then trading oil on the commodity exchange.

    And why would Russia need to employ Jews, not known for their physical toughness or aggression, as low-level thugs? And if they did, where would these Jewish oligarchs find the time to make fortunes on the stock exchange selling commodities?

    Russia went through two world wars like the rest of the world. That’s why they are referred to as “World Wars”.

    • Replies: @ploni almoni
    , @Skeptikal
  156. @AnonFromTN

    Exactly. And only under Soviet power it was different. Despite some issues it was the only time that population was taken care of in every respect including excellent education and complete world view which was free. Got too smart for our own good though or imho elites stopped being adequate for the highly educated and knowledgeable population. Educated people tend to see into the root causes and see discrepancies in what one is doing and talking.
    Modern elites be it Russia or USA are simply parasites who do exactly what you wrote.
    Where there is swamp there is mosquitoes. No use to kill one bunch cause another will reappear. The swamp must be drained. However, this sort of population is a mob that can be led to do things that are against their core interests, like what happened in Ukraine or other countries where so called Orange revolutions took place. For that there absolutely must be a leading force similar to what Bolsheviks were. I see no such force now.

  157. @James41

    “Excellent Points! Why is this Harold smith so upset?”

    I merely don’t take him seriously. The question is, why are you so “upset” over it?

    “Your points are reasonably tame, though generally accurate.”

    First, his statements are mostly irrelevant to the point I was trying to make, and to the extent they are relevant, they are not “generally accurate.”

    For example, he said: “Clinton did not lead us into war.”

    The people of Yugoslavia would disagree (as would people of conscience anywhere). Clinton bombed Yugoslavia for 78 days. IIRC, Milosevic bent over backwards to appease the empire, so team Clinton crafted the infamous “appendix B” (of the Rambouillet accords) which violated Yugoslavia’s sovereignty in such provocative a manner that Milosevic could not possibly agree to it; whereupon Clinton denounced Milosevic as unreasonable and perpetrated an heinous war crime, using NATO as a multilateral fig leaf for lawless U.S. aggression.

    He also said: “Neither did Obama.”

    The people of Libya and Syria (among others) would disagree. Libya and Syria didn’t destroy themselves, right?

    Obviously, both Clinton and Obama advanced the cause of the empire, as per their obligation to the elders.

    • Agree: annamaria
    • Replies: @annamaria
  158. Anon[189] • Disclaimer says:
    @jeff stryker

    I am not Jewish and the fact that six of the seven oligarchs in your plutocracy are Jewish says something about the incompetence of Russians.

    Not if you understand how Judaism works. Only a Jew or Jew lover would hold such an opinion. What it actually speaks to is the inappropriateness of allowing Jews into any other nation but their own.

  159. annamaria says:
    @Harold Smith

    Both Clinton and Obama are war criminals and successful profiteers.

    On a related topic, it seems that Russiagate has begun morphing into Muellergate:
    “Senate Investigating Mueller FBI’s Prosecution Of “Orgy Island Billionaire” Jeffrey Epstein:” https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-06/senate-investigating-mueller-fbis-prosecution-orgy-island-billionaire-jeffrey

    Samples from the comment section:

    … The FBI, DOJ, and Mueller conspiring to cover up child rape by Epstein and his elite associates? It’s fascinating to see stories like this emerging in the press, after many months of being dismissed as unthinkable.

    … Why would anyone think the FBI would decide to prosecute Epstein to the full extent of the law instead of flipping him to get his films (past and future) of half of the power brokers in the world dipping their wicks into 12-year-olds? Those who believe they would be on the up and up probably believe there weren’t any cameras in the Playboy Mansion all those years. Why do you think our supposed public service routinely decides to do crazy things and the vote is nearly unanimous? Think of TARP and the taxpayer rebates that came half a year before it. Think of some of the recent votes on Russia. Why did politicians just vote to stay in Afghanistan? They do what they are told when it really counts for THEM. Epstein is one of the reasons.

  160. Herald says:
    @WorkingClass

    “But is Trump doing this intentionally” now that really is an interesting point. A reality check tells us that Trump only cares where the next shag is coming from, just like any other true genius.

  161. @Michael Kenny

    Clear headed and simple. Why, you could be bound in a nutshell and call it infinite space. Why can’t everybody be like you?

  162. @jeff stryker

    The US has yet to see a “World War”.

  163. RedEye says:
    @AWM

    Hudson and progressives in general will occasionally utter such ridiculous howlers that it makes me seriously question whether I can trust anything they say. They still can’t see whats right in front of their noses

  164. To Donald Trump, prove America is exceptional, write off the $22 Trillions owed to the Fed, and forgive all credit card debt, mortgages etcetera, and let’s start over. Yes, tell the Fed to f … off is a good way to prove our exceptional ism. Immortalize your self. Dare to be brave.

  165. Vojkan says:
    @AWM

    Since I believe that all who frowned at that statement had in mind the same “other country”, I will just observe that that country’s voices in US domestic policies, law-making, and diplomacy are domestic voices of American citizens, not foreigners coercing the USA the way Americans coerce foreign countries.
    I will also observe that American imperialism predates the creation of that other country by more than a century, cf. the Monroe doctrine or the annexation of Hawaii or the invasion of the Philippines.
    With regards to the usage of agricultural land in Central and South America, neither founder of United Fruit Company, Andrew Preston nor Minor Keith, was Jewish.
    Israel is a problem in the Middle-East. The USA is a problem for the whole world.

    • Replies: @gammaray
  166. gammaray says:
    @Vojkan

    absolutely this. Altrighters love to claim that the US would be inherently good if it wasnt for the jews but the truth is, the US can and has done bad all by itself with or without the jews, the jews merely influence the US in a way that the US most likely would have acted on anyways. I get the feeling that when altrighters condemn “war mongering” jews, they conveniently like to forget about the hundreds of thousands (millions?) of white, gentile war mongerers who carried out all of the wests colonization and imperialization efforts for multiple centuries. Additionally what kind of person do they think makes up the white, gentile component of the US armed forces? Very frequently (although not all of the time), its these very same kind of white guys who are itching for a fight (somewhere). The point is, its silly and disingenuous for altrighters to non-ironically act like jews are unique for being war mongerers when its clear that white gentiles are equally if not much more capable of it.

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  167. @gammaray

    Interesting, if cliched, post (how’s that for being incongruous?).

    It essentially says that Jews and Whites (I’m reducing its terminology that of the contemporary Left) have acted in similar or identical ways (depending on degree of abstraction applied).
    _Because_ the two groups have acted in similar or identical ways, Whites should be condemned and Jews should not be. The post establishes this by saying:
    a) the two groups have acted in a similar way.
    b) Therefore, this way should not be considered in group moral culpability.
    c) However, Whites say that Jews are bad (and if you listen, Jewish leadership says that Whites are bad, although this is not mentioned).
    d) Therefore, Whites are bad.
    e) Nothing is concluded about the culpability of Jews.

    The invalid argument becomes valid only if one adds another assumption, assumption zero:

    zero) Whites are bad.

    Snuck into the argument is yet another assumption, one from Mosaic Law: trivial offenses against the Mosaic Law (which law is referred to as “morality”) are just as serious as major offenses. That is, there are no trivial or major offenses, just offenses.
    I should point out that this is an assumption of Mosaic Law, not of Christianity, so the assumption is that Mosaic Law here applies. Christian law emphasizes forgiveness rather than eternal damnation for trivial offense. In common practice, so does Mosaic law, doing this by hedging Law violations with conditions that cannot be met.
    There is no obvious reason why the Mosaic, Christian, or any other law applies in comparison of cultures (especially in naive form). If you want to apply a law, try applying a variant of Islamic law, to the effect that any warrior against another religion is automatically absolved of all sins and bound for Paradise. The old Templars, a Christian group, believed something very similar, and so has Judaism at various times in its millennia long history. Thus, this “warrior salvation” rule seems a better one than a naive application of Mosaic law, if any law at all applies.

    Multiculturalism and Postmodernism can be used by anybody, amigo. As society becomes more disordered, anybody will use it.

    Personal note: I’d say “everybody should get along”, but the result would be “I already have along, a long club, what’s your problem? Maybe you want to see how I use it?”. At least that’s what they’ve said so far.

    For quick brief on uses of Postmodernism, see:
    S. Hicks

    Or: search Youtube.com with string “Hicks Postmodernism 2019”.

    Counterinsurgency

    • Replies: @Gammaray
  168. Skeptikal says:
    @jeff stryker

    “Russia went through two world wars like the rest of the world. That’s why they are referred to as “World Wars”.”

    This comment alone pretty much suffices to invalidate anything you say!

    • Agree: Biff
  169. Gammaray says:
    @Counterinsurgency

    Youre not as clever as you think you are. You spent all your time writing that out while the original point flew completely over your head. This is what I wrote:

    The point is, its silly and disingenuous for altrighters to non-ironically act like jews are unique for being war mongerers when its clear that white gentiles are equally if not much more capable of it.

    Its quite clear I was addressing the hypocrisy of the alt-right itself with regards to this issue. Nowhere was I making a blanket statement about whites being warmongerers and jews being completely innocent of this. I was making a very specific argument and in your rush to debunk it you actually missed the point and tried to debunk an argument which I wasnt making in the first place. Moreover, contrary to what you are saying I implied that jews can be warmongers in the above quote as well as acknowledging that jews do play some role in warmongering as seen here:

    Altrighters love to claim that the US would be inherently good if it wasnt for the jews but the truth is, the US can and has done bad all by itself with or without the jews, the jews merely influence the US in a way that the US most likely would have acted on anyways.

    More tellingly is the fact that you not only misunderstood the entire point and went off on some tangent about mosaic law (which I didnt read lol) and post-modernism, but you also were unable to refute my original logic; which is that in the context of the alt-right, its extremely rich that they call jews warmongers while completely ignoring the fact that whites are much more of warmongers than jews. As the old saying goes, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

    If you were able to effectively tangle with my original point then you would have done so, but its clear that you werent so you resorted to trying to argue through abstractions instead.

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  170. Deschutes says:

    I dunno….I sure hope Mr. Hudson is right about the collapse of the US hegemon-monstrosity that is laying waste to country after country, leaving them reduced to depleted uranium rubble heaps. But I just don’t think the USA is going to lose its dollar dominance so quickly. I think the USA will dominate the rest of the world for a very long time, maybe into the next century. 🙁

  171. @animalogic

    I always wonder that no one writes about dimension/size, it mostly a trip down the rabbit hole.

    Neocons sell because they touch the mad desire of Americans for a cause: most foolish as they never count the cost, at least not to others.

    Quit believing such and the problems will go away.

  172. The German – Russian – China alliance will confine Jewish Wallstreet banksters to America.

    • Replies: @Biff
  173. Biff says:
    @Max Havelaar

    The German – Russian – China alliance will confine Jewish Wallstreet banksters to America

    I have a dream.

    • Replies: @Max Havelaar
  174. @Gammaray

    Nope. I think I was right on.

    the US can and has done bad all by itself with or without the jews, the jews merely influence the US in a way that the US most likely would have acted on anyways.

    Unless you have some way of observing alternate time tracks (should such tracks actually be observable), your argument is as I stated it. Whites (alt-right) are condemned, non-Whites are not, although your argument states that the two groups have acted in similar ways:

    The point is, its silly and disingenuous for altrighters to non-ironically act like jews are unique for being war mongerers when its clear that white gentiles are equally if not much more capable of it

    .

    Your revised argument, which includes a step based on a non-obsevable (hypothetical history), is actually weaker than your original argument.

    Take a look at the Hicks video [1]. Hicks does a pretty good job of explaining whence came the school of thought that has so strongly influenced you. It includes some recent history that you might not know. I lived through a fair amount of it, including the East Village during the Summer of Love, and Hicks gets it about right. Hick’s account of the part I didn’t get through agrees with my readings and academic work.

    Counterinsurgency

    1]

    • Replies: @Gammaray
  175. Gammaray says:
    @Counterinsurgency

    the US can and has done bad all by itself with or without the jews, the jews merely influence the US in a way that the US most likely would have acted on anyways.

    Unless you have some way of observing alternate time tracks (should such tracks actually be observable), your argument is as I stated it. Whites (alt-right) are condemned, non-Whites are not, although your argument states that the two groups have acted in similar ways:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_the_United_States

    This list includes plenty of examples of US perfidy, its quite clear that the US is capable of bad, aggressive behavior even without being egged on by the jews.

    My argument is only “as you stated it” because you have an ideological axe to grind. You want to shoehorn in your grievances against post-modernism and your white victimhood spiel whether or not its actually relevant to the argument at hand.

    Just FYI, the alt-right != whites. The alt-right does not represent the entire white race, they only represent themselves. Why are you purposely trying to conflate these two? You’re trying to say that im condemning all whites while letting non-whites off the hook but its clear that im specifically condemning the alt-right (or rather their hypocrisy) and not white people overall. Anybody is free to read this for themselves:

    absolutely this. Altrighters love to claim that the US would be inherently good if it wasnt for the jews but the truth is, the US can and has done bad all by itself with or without the jews, the jews merely influence the US in a way that the US most likely would have acted on anyways. I get the feeling that when altrighters condemn “war mongering” jews, they conveniently like to forget about the hundreds of thousands (millions?) of white, gentile war mongerers who carried out all of the wests colonization and imperialization efforts for multiple centuries. Additionally what kind of person do they think makes up the white, gentile component of the US armed forces? Very frequently (although not all of the time), its these very same kind of white guys who are itching for a fight (somewhere). The point is, its silly and disingenuous for altrighters to non-ironically act like jews are unique for being war mongerers when its clear that white gentiles are equally if not much more capable of it.

    ——————————————————————————————————————-

    The point is, its silly and disingenuous for altrighters to non-ironically act like jews are unique for being war mongerers when its clear that white gentiles are equally if not much more capable of it

    Your revised argument, which includes a step based on a non-obsevable (hypothetical history), is actually weaker than your original argument.

    Whats based on hypothetical history? White gentiles conquered the entire world. Is this hypothetical history to you? Does colonizing the entire world not count as warmongering to you?

    Take a look at the Hicks video [1]. Hicks does a pretty good job of explaining whence came the school of thought that has so strongly influenced you. It includes some recent history that you might not know. I lived through a fair amount of it, including the East Village during the Summer of Love, and Hicks gets it about right. Hick’s account of the part I didn’t get through agrees with my readings and academic work.

    Counterinsurgency

    stop spamming your video

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  176. @Gammaray

    Or, you could simply watch the video. I think you might be surprised at how much of your approach is well established in human history, and how well or poorly they worked. Up to you.
    In the meantime, no more replies.

    Counterinsurgency

  177. Sorry — Kissinger and Zbnewski worked for the destruction of the USA – for a New World ORder with globalists bankers and corporations controlling the world through trade deals that destroy sovereightny and corrupt courts that will support it and I am sure (an international army) that will enforce it. This is the globalists goal and we are starting to see some of this come to true. The US will collapse unders it debt (debt created by money which is made from NOTHING and lent to the US with interest, absolutely ridiculous). The entire banking system is FULL OF FRAUD. I think the only thing that will save the world are cryptocurrencies and the spreading of information through the internet. The world is waking up, one by one — people are realizing that their bribed officials have sold them down the river. The likes of Clinton, Obama, ect are being shown for who they really are – TRAITORS.

  178. @Biff

    It’s the Russian, Chinese and German dream – a better future for Eurasia + ME.

    No more wars for Jewish Wallstreet banksters.

    End the FRS/FED.
    State issues money debt- and interestfree.

    A dream is the initial phase…

  179. Dave O says:
    @eah

    I agree, and I say that as someone who despises US policy and those responsible for it as much as anyone — as much as you.

  180. Dave O says:

    It looks to me that Rothschilds’ new generation is ready to switch from the fiat currency regime back to their first invention, the gold standard, and that Trump is their man to do it. They abandoned the gold standards because there was not enough gold in the world to finance their three world wars. The fiat Dollar is now no longer paying them any interest, it just creates an unrepayable debt which will eventually have to be Jubileeed, so it’s back to the gold backed Dollar, before China and Russia beat them to it.

  181. Sowhat says:
    @Serge Krieger

    I also agree but, I vacillate between my desktop and tablet and always miss the threshold needed to just click the agree button. 😀

  182. @Harold Smith

    It’s not a matter of “[lack of] brains” or “insanity”; rather, they do what they do because they’re evil; it’s very simple.

    {Please take the following as hyperbole.}

    All this talk of evil. Not necessary.

    Look, the Yankees [1] had a problem: they had to sacrifice their youth to the studying needed to be good stewards to the world, as their religion told them to do. That was very difficult.

    So, like intelligent people, they tried to think of alternatives. Perhaps the requirement was more for sacrifice than stewardship! Right, that’s it. If that’s the case, then the _details_ of sacrifice wouldn’t matter, so long as the general outline was preserved. Well, they were sacrificing their own youth (and a good deal of adulthood), so it was obviously _human_ sacrifice (as long as it dien’t involve actual death, just abnegating the things of this world) that was required.

    Solution. Get _0ther_ people to abnegate the things of this world, to _sacrifice themselves_. Then the Yankees would get credit for that, and wouln’t have to sacrifice themselves (which was getting pretty old by the third or fourth generation).

    Test case; Pres. VanBuren. Flat failure.
    Second test case: Civil War. Qualified success, goals met but many Yankees killed.
    Third test case: World Wars. Qualified success: more people to rule, but many Yankees killed.
    Fourth test case: 1960s political revolution, USA. Full success thus far.

    So: not evil at all, unless of course human sacrifice of those who trust you for your own spiritual merit is somehow evil. But who could believe that?

    Counterinsurgency

  183. C’mon, My Dudes.

    After “Master Negotiator” Trump was flanked and hog-tied by the globalists in his own poisonous admin, giving us a “deal” that will see the entirety of South America raiding our Southern border, do you really think he’s “clever” in any way?

    He’s a broken man, bribed, blackmailed or simply not interested.

    Whoever the hell ran for office 2015-2016 is long gone.

  184. @Tom Welsh

    If your post is any indication, you’re a crappy editor.

  185. Josep says:
    @eah

    When deciding on one of these alternative currencies, one of the factors I think of is the longevity of the denominations in terms of legal tender status. If that’s your thing, then the British pound and the renminbi would be out of the question.
    Not sure if all this is relevant, but just a little warning from what I’ve learned, so take it for what it’s worth. Feel free to confirm or dispute any points I’ve made.

    Some years after Britain decimalized the pound in 1971, pre-decimal coins such as the sixpence (2½p) would lose their legal tender status. During the 1990s, the 5p, 10p and 50p coins were shrunken down, making the older, larger coins no longer legal tender and any devices that supported them obsolete. In 2017, the older, gold-colored £1 coin was replaced with a bimetallic one and is now no longer legal tender.
    Additionally, older series of pound notes have lost their legal tender status. So if you’ve got old coins (with exceptions) and notes from the 1970s and ’80s, let alone before decimalization, lying around, they can’t be spent anymore.

    The Bank of China often recalls older series of denominations, stripping them of their legal tender status. The current series in circulation is the 5th, having started in 1999. With some exceptions, coins and banknotes of the 4th series (launched 1987) were recalled (made no longer legal tender) on April 30, 2018 and can be exchanged in banks for a whole year’s time.

    Meanwhile, older issues of the US, Canadian and Australian dollars and the Japanese yen continue to be legal tender even when they are no longer in circulation. Whether this is to also apply to the euro and ruble in the future is unknown; the ruble in its current form was introduced in 1998 (replacing the older ruble at a rate of 1000 to 1), and physical euro coins and notes were released in 2002.

    • Replies: @republic
  186. Yakub says:

    What this article leaves out is the central banks of all these nations have one owner, the BIS and its banking families. Its not breaking US hegemony its simply discarding the US for more direct control, which was always its plan. In the process turning the US into a 3rd world which it has almost done.

  187. republic says:
    @Josep

    re:

    Meanwhile, older issues of the US, Canadian and Australian dollars and the Japanese yen continue to be legal tender even when they are no longer in circulation.

    I do not know the status of those other two currencies, but it is true that all US dollars ever issued are still valid in the US, but not abroad. It is impossible to exchange US bank notes of any domination older than a few years and many places will not accept slightly torn notes.

  188. “US imperialism” is resented worldwide as if it granted some kind of privilege for the majority of Americans, but in truth, a fragment of the US population has benefited. With so much imperialistic might to wield, you would think that wages for full-time employees in the USA would have risen more than $4 per week over two decades, not to mention the fact that the average employed person in America is not even employed full-time.

    https://dailyreckoning.com/pie-shrinking-99/

  189. Isabella says:

    As the mostly very flawed philosopher/ fiction writer Ayn Rand so correctly said :
    ” by the nature of reality, contradictions cannot exist;
    if you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises,
    You will find one of them to be wrong”.
    So – lets see.
    premise 1. Donald Trump is a right wing corporatocratic who wants to continue the Obama Regime.
    premise 2. Donald Trumps’ every action serves to destroy the American Corporate Regime.
    Contradiction.
    Lets try this.
    Premise 1. Donald Trump is really a John Galt, bent on destroying America in order to save it.
    Premise 2. Donald Trumps’ every action serves to destroy American monetary system and Hegemony.

    there, reads better, doesn’t it?

  190. Wow, quite an article on the subject of American imperialism and the dollar’s role.

    “U.S. refusal to adhere to the rules and international laws that it itself sponsored seventy years ago”

    The rule of law – a really central point in the organization of all societies – is just day-in, day-out ignored anymore by the United States.

    I would not even think of crediting Trump with a plan for anything.

    His role as noisy mouthpiece for America’s establishment is just the result of his desperation to keep a job that was very much endangered by them. They simply didn’t like him, and still don’t, but they’ll let him work away if they think it serves their goals.

    The efforts to replace international institutions and order has been underway for a considerable time, since much before Trump became a political figure.

    The Neocon philosophy, now the dominant thinking of Washington, of using military strength to get what you want, is what has been embraced in the hopes of securing America’s central place and authority in the world following its inevitable relative decline from the postwar glory days.

    Old competitors, flattened in the war, have regained their place, and a host of important new competitors has emerged.

    MAGA is as silly as the old advertising slogan, the American Dream,. You cannot return to 1954.

    The establishment knows that. They are depending on the military and financial muscle still there to get what they want, by twisting concessions and advantages from others, almost Mafia style.

    But I think that too is destined ultimately to fail for a variety of reasons, unless you really are ready to behave more like the USSR in the world.

    It is a very dangerous time.

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