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Student protests, West Papua independence struggle, monstrous forest fires, an assassination attempt against Coordinating Minister, sinking capital city, earthquakes and a collapsing economy – the increasingly religiously fundamentalist Indonesia is suddenly facing too many disasters. It cannot cope with any of them.

Nothing seems to be going well for Indonesia, these days. People in West Papua are rebelling; an earthquake has devastated several communities in Ambon. The economy is slowing down, and is expected to grow only below 5%, while the population is skyrocketing, out of control.

Students are rebelling, protesting against a proposed law that could make sex outside marriage illegal and punishable by prison terms. Another piece of legislation could turn the recently re-elected President Joko Widodo (known by his nickname – Jokowi) into a demi-god (same as Thai monarchs), making it illegal to criticize him. People are also rebelling against the changes which Jokowi announced –curbing labor rights and “opening up” the economy for, virtually, unbridled foreign “investment”.

Some people have already lost their lives, in Papua, in Sulawesi, and elsewhere.

Man-made forest fires, the most vicious in the world, are now continuously ruining millions of lives, sending toxic smoke all over the entire Southeast Asia, as far as Thailand. Flames are also quickly finishing up all that is left of the Indonesian native forests. Entire species of fauna and flora are disappearing, while islands are becoming uninhabitable.


Things were not supposed to be so bad for the Indonesian President Jokowi.

Just recently, he bragged that he was not afraid of anything, and has nothing to lose, as he cannot run for a third term. He proclaimed that he will do precisely what he always wanted to do: to lift restrictions on foreign investment, to give multi-nationals ‘tax holidays’, and to reform labor laws.

Basically, Jokowi, once a furniture maker in a provincial city of Solo (in Central Java) has decided to implement brutal Thatcherite-style capitalism. Of course, Indonesia has already suffered from turbo-capitalism since the US-sponsored military coup in 1965, but for decades, the regime consisted of a sort of medley of extreme capitalism, cronyism and cheap, aggressive nationalism. It was not structured, or precisely defined.

When Jokowi met with the US President Donald Trump, pouring embarrassing and servile compliments at him, asking him “on behalf of millions of the Indonesia people” to come and visit his country, it became official where does Indonesian regime really stands.

Donald Trump promised to “do business with Indonesia”.

What kind of business would it be, everyone can imagine. One can only recall his “investment:” in Bali, a golf course resort in Tanah Lot, which ruined thousands of local lives. United States, as well as Europe and Australia, as well as their companies, have been ruining Indonesia since the 1965 military coup.

But Jokowi and the Indonesian elites are ruling with an iron fist, and with absolute control over the mass media. Indonesian public is blind to the reality. No left-wing dissent is allowed. Bizarre, pathetic statues of the yuppies, “entrepreneurs” are scarring Jakarta. Everywhere else on earth, people would be dying from laughter, spotting sculptures of businesspeople with attaché cases marching and flying forward; but not in Indonesia. Here capitalism is beloved and admired; taken damn seriously.

Before the latest elections, the former military general Prabowo was once again unleashed as an opposition candidate. Prabowo, backed by the Islamist hard-liners, was nothing else other than a bogeyman. His presence fooled many poor and the middle class into voting for Jokowi, who appeared to at least be a little bit more reasonable. This way, Indonesians put their own neck into a loop. From the moment Jokowi got elected, the regime could proclaim, cynically: “You see, you voted for this President yourself, twice”.

Jokowi’s cabinets have been consisting of various religious bigots, as well as mass murderers, including General Wiranto, who got recently attacked by a jihadi cadre. In the past, Wiranto, known as butcher of East Timor, had been involved in several brutal operations, including extermination campaign in the former Indonesian colony.


After the elections, things began moving extremely fast.

Jokowi ‘decided’ to move the nation’s capital, from Jakarta to the devastated island of Borneo (known in Indonesia as Kalimantan).

That was, just in case that the island brutally plundered by the elites and foreign companies, would one day dare to dream about gaining its independence. According to one of my contacts in Kalimantan (a local celebrated writer J. J. Kusni), the president and his entourage already have big investments on the island.

Abandoning Jakarta, a megapolis with an urban area of around 30 million people, is a tremendously cynical move. The over-populated city is sinking. It is hell on earth consisting of brutal slums (where the majority of people live), dotted with skyscrapers, luxury hotels and malls. The city is governed by a corrupt clique, with hardly any green areas left, and basically nothing public. Its air quality is the worst in the world.

According to the experts, by 2030, some 30% of Jakarta will be submerged, and the entire city will become uninhabitable.

Instead of defending the capital, and instead of improving the lives of the people, the government is planning to grab billions of dollars, flee and build some utopian paradise in the middle of the far-away jungle.

Of course, the paradises have never materialized in Indonesia. Money will disappear into private pockets, and what will be constructed in Borneo will be, like everywhere, an ensemble of sub-standard buildings.

The people in Jakarta do not understand. The propaganda is too colorful and convincing. People living in Kalimantan (Borneo Island) are too debilitated, while some have been out rightly bought. There is hardly anything left of their island. No one there is ready to fight for anything.


And Kalimantan, like Sumatra, is burning.

As written by Maria C. Lo Bue, from the United Nations University:

“Indonesia is currently in the throes of an environmental emergency. Thousands of hectares of forest are burning across the vast country, causing toxic smoke to be released into the atmosphere. This has led to eerie apocalyptic scenes of deep red skies, deserted streets and people with their faces covered with masks…”

“Carbon-rich peatland forests on the island of Sumatra and Kalimantan have been extensively cleared to create new plantations, often to produce palm oil…”

“So far, more than 35.000 fires have been detected in 2019…”

However, what follows is a litany, as all that is written in the report is an under-statement.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) has reached not just ‘hazardous’, but disastrous levels; up to 2,000 in Central Kalimantan (just for comparison, over 100 is already considered “unhealthy”.

When I was filming in Central Kalimantan, recently, the government did close to nothing to combat the fires. It was actually promoting palm oil, even threatening countries that were criticizing plantations, with retaliatory sanctions.

Ms. Nurhalimah, 31 years old, a farmer, who lives in Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan, explained her condition:

“I cannot work at the farm all day long as usual. The haze caused terrible headache. Even when we stay inside the house, I and my children still feel sick. We often have respiratory problem, headache, cough and flu. My children cannot go to school for weeks, since schools were ordered to close down due to haze”.

“Pray for rains,” was the suggestion from Jokowi’s (officially secular) government. As long as money is being made, rulers of Indonesia are stubbornly refusing to act to save the country, even if human lives are lost, entire species eradicated, and tropical forests ruined. Suffering of people means absolutely nothing to them – zero. Indonesian elites and government have reached point of no return. All shame, compassion and considerations for this planet and the people have been lost!


In the meantime, Jokowi is preparing his scarred country for more plunder.

As reported by Bloomberg:

“Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he’ll introduce sweeping changes to labor rules by the end of the year and open up more sectors of the economy to foreign investment…”

What follows is an account by Bloomberg, which does everything possible to suggest, but not to define the fact that Indonesian workers will lose countless benefits and will be easy to fire, precisely what is demanded by the multi-national corporations. It reads like this:

Businesses have long complained that generous severance packages, a complex minimum wage system and restrictions on hiring and firing workers make it difficult for them to expand operations…”

Jokowi sees the present, already brutal and inadequate labor laws as “handcuffs”. No one, not even the pro-Western ruthless right-wing dictator Suharto was known for using such inflammatory and treasonous language.

Instead of educating people, instead of providing them with better health, job security and housing, Jokowi is cutting their benefits.

Of course, he is hailed by Western mass media outlets, multi-nationals and individuals like Trump.

Bloomberg ‘explains’:

“Relative to the size of its economy and population, Indonesia attracts little foreign direct investment. In a recent World Bank document presented to Jokowi, none of the 33 Chinese companies that announced plans to set up or expand production abroad between June and August chose Indonesia. They preferred locations such as Vietnam and Cambodia.”

But why? Because of “labor laws”? Nonsense! Socialist Vietnam has much stronger legislation, protecting workers, than Indonesia. But it has an excellent and educated work-force. Many Vietnamese technicians and engineers were schooled in the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Poland. Even relatively rich Malaysia used to employ Vietnamese workers in the Proton automobile plants.


There are other reasons why countries fighting against Western imperialism are reluctant to get involved in Indonesia; country which murdered countless people belonging to the Chinese minority, after the 1965 coup. Chinese culture, even language, were banned for decades (until President Abdurrahman Wahid came to power). Pogroms against the Chinese minority were many and brutal. Racism in Indonesia is rampant.

China is also well aware of the “special relationship” between Indonesia and the West, particularly the United States. More precisely, the servility of Indonesian elites towards its former colonial masters, and the neo-colonialist clique in Washington.

This is not only about economy, but also about ideology, and principles.


For decades, the Indonesian elites have been getting away with murder, both metaphorically and in real terms.

But something got broken. This administration, the most appalling since Suharto’s reign, has clearly crossed the line.

West Papuans have already lost around 500,000 people since the beginning of occupation. They will not back down. They are fighting. The occupants from Java and elsewhere are fleeing. Western mass media tries to be silent, but cannot, anymore. What has been happening in West Papua is genocide.

The destruction of the environment all over the archipelago is so horrific that it has no ‘competition’ anywhere in the world. But while Brazil is constantly in the spotlight, Indonesia with much a worse record is not.

The Indonesian people live and die in misery. Grotesquely manipulated statistics are totally spiteful to the enormous downfall of the nation. Many more than half live in misery. Tens of millions are unaccounted for by corrupt local statisticians.

Air and water are heavily poisoned. Almost all public property has been stolen, by the “elites”, a long time ago.

And so, now, people are dying, dying terrible deaths. Fighting for independence in West Papua, poisoned by smoke in Kalimantan, killed by armed forces during the protests. They also die from earthquakes, because their dwellings are miserable, and because rescue crews are terribly trained and endlessly lazy. They die because the early tsunami warning sensors are stolen.

And, people have had enough. They had enough of this regime, and the administration. They had enough of the savage capitalism; of this miserable life.

The problem is that most of Indonesians have no idea what they want. Socialism, Communism, even words like “class” have been banned here, for decades, according to the leading historian Asvi Warman Adam. What kind of society? But they know that ‘not this’, not this one. Enough!

The streets are turning into battlegrounds. Papua is rising. Workers are outraged by the changes proposed by the government. What is left of the native nature and species is being robbed, converted into oil plantations, poisoned, killed. Jakarta, Bandung and other major cities are clogged with cars, garbage and pollution; uninhabitable. Yet, millions of people still live there.

It cannot go on like this. The elites, who have robbed everything, know it. They have golden parachutes – condominiums and villas in Australia, California, Gulf, Singapore and Hong Kong. As the country continues further collapsing, they will be laughing on the way to the airport.

Uprisings are erupting all over the archipelago. It is dangerous.

Uprising and revolutions are very important in places where the workers and peasants are educated; where they know what they want.

In Indonesia, it is all about anger, envy, and frustration. The last time this happened, Chinese women were dragged out from cars, and brutally gang raped. Churches went up in flames.

Indonesia, isolated from the world by a ruthless regime, for decades, is far from ready for a constructive, progressive revolution.

The entire archipelago is tense. It is ready to explode. It is exploding. But the blast will not convert Indonesia into a new China or Vietnam. No socialist, no communist leaders are at the frontline of the rebellion. Regressive forces may try to kidnap this uprising. This may be the most dangerous moment for the country, since the 1965 coup.


[First published by NEO – New Eastern Outlook – a journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences]

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

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  1. peterAUS says:

    No prob.

    Australia and New Zealand will accommodate all those fleeing from the shithole.
    On taxpayer money, of course.

    All good.

    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @anonymous1963
  2. But hasn’t Indonesia always been the land of natural and human-made disasters? People are used to it and can cope. That’s the way they live and die. After all it’s what makes their lives exciting.

    I wonder how they’ll implement those anti-adultery laws. So that’s what gets them out into the streets to protest. Just goes to show what’s more, or most, important to them, as they cut down on their already minimal minimum wages.

    You’re probably right that Indonesia would benefit in the long run from some kind or communist revolution but to make it work and discipline all those hundreds of millions of slackers they’ll need to kill more than were killed in the 1965 CIA sponsored counter-revolution, and then you’d never hear the end of it in some future UR about the mass murdering evil commies. Suharto may have been worse than Sukarno but even he ran things better than this democratic lot.

    Like a typical white man out there among the natives you’re getting all worked up over nothing. Sure it’s brutal out there. It wouldn’t be Indonesia if it were any different.

  3. United States, as well as Europe and Australia, as well as their companies, have been ruining Indonesia since the 1965 military coup.

    US has much blood on its hands in SE Asia, but Red China backed the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. What happened there?

    And since the late 70s, has China followed the American model of market economics or has US followed the Maoist model?

    I get it. US is half-psycho, and Indonesia is very corrupt, but you can’t bash all that’s wrong with Indonesia while blindly praising China as some model nation when it too is rife with corruption and crony economics.

    One thing for sure, if any nation is fake, it is Indonesia, the product of Dutch colonization. All those island peoples of various cultures decided they were One People simply because they were all ruled by the Dutch at some point.

    I’m sure the Chinese minority still controls much of the economy.

    But why? Because of “labor laws”? Nonsense! Socialist Vietnam has much stronger legislation, protecting workers, than Indonesia. But it has an excellent and educated work-force. Many Vietnamese technicians and engineers were schooled in the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Poland. Even relatively rich Malaysia used to employ Vietnamese workers in the Proton automobile plants.

    You’re ignoring HBD. Vietnamese are East Asians with higher IQ and Confucian culture.
    Indonits are rather childlike.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  4. Meh. The country sounds a lot like Gavin Newsom’s Kalifornia.

  5. JamesD says:

    This article sucks because it is all over the place. So which is it? The people live in slums, which is bad. Check. Efforts to grow industry is bad. Check. What do you want? For the government to call the magical socialist unicorn to sh!t skiddles for the people?

    And do you know why there is a huge demand for palm oil? Bio Diesel to “combat global warming”.

    As far as Cambodia and Vietnam, those were French IndoChina, which meant they had a heavy Western influence. Indonesia is moslem.

  6. Palm oil for bio-diesel fuel sounds like just a continuation of the energy conservation scam. Anyway Indonesia seems to be in trouble, but out of sight out of mind. Right? Remember the movie “Citizen Kane” starring Orson Wells as the newspaper magnate who proclaimed if “it” wasn’t in news print it didn’t happen, and the other way around too. If his paper said it happened, it happened, even if it didn’t. And that was 1941. Mark Twain and Thomas Jefferson before him said basically the same thing.

  7. Adrian says:

    One of the most obscene monuments in Jakarta is that of a Papuan breaking his chains. It is meant to commemorate the glorious liberation from colonialism of this region. Since that great day the Papuans have seen their compatriots tortured and murdered in great numbers, their lands stolen by Indonesian migrants, their rights trampled on and their chance to liberate themselves from this murderous kind of new colonialism by a plebiscite, “guaranteed” to them by the New York Agreement between Indonesia and the Dutch of August 1962 , snatched away in a charade rubber stamped by the UN.

    The Indonesians, this most mythomaniac of all peoples, still persist in referring to this land grab as the “pembebasan” (liberation ) of West Papua – a mythical event celebrated every year on the first of May.

    The most scholarly study of the shamefull proceedings connected with this is the 850 pages tome by the Dutch historian Dr. Pieter Drooglever, “An Act of Free Choice” , Oxford, 2009

  8. @JamesD

    I agree with your sentiments regarding this article (all over the place), and I doubt whether the author has ever spent time in Indonesia, and needless to say, neither has yourself.

    I live in Jakarta, and Indonesia is very complex, culturally, economically, politically and socially.

    • Replies: @UncommonGround
  9. @JamesD

    How about sorting out some corruption, rather than castrating the official Judicial organ as widodo intents?
    And it’s “shit skittles” you knee jerk right wing twat.

  10. @Priss Factor

    All those island peoples of various cultures decided they were One People simply because they were all ruled by the Dutch at some point.

    They did not decide that. The lack of unity is one reason the country is so dysfunctional. What actually happened is that the Javanese decided they were the natural heirs of the Dutch and that they needed to hold the archipelago together under Javanese rule. The idea of “Indonesia” and the introduction of Bahasa was camofla “Indonesia” is really a Javanese Empire, much like the USSR was really a continuation of the Russian Empire and “Yugoslavia” was in fact dominated by the Serbs.

  11. Adrian says:

    Indonesia uses the terms colonialism and neo-colonialism as Israel does anti-semitism: as defence strategy against foreign criticism.

    Its actions are and were against colonialism and therefore “on the right side of history” – an idea even now still supported by some Dutch politicians and commentators.

    But for an analysis of what really has been going on these terms seem to me completely useless. Gaining indepence meant for Indonesia that a foreign exploitative elite was replaced by a native one that, exactly because it was indigenous, could violate human rights with greater abandon than those foreign masters could. This latter group was subject to criticism from the metropolitan center and from outside agencies.

    The administration of the Netherlands Indies tried, in the last half century of its existence, to follow the guidelines of the so-called “ethical policy”. The present overlords wouldn’t know what an “ethical policy” was if they fell over it.

    Papua had, after the war, a benevolent “colonial” administration. I know that because I was part of it. After its “liberation” it fell into the hands of a ruthless and utterly corrupt army and equivalent administration.

    And that monument in Jakarta, of that Papuan breaking his chains, is still waiting for its justification.

  12. Anonymous[127] • Disclaimer says:

    You forgot to “blame the Brits” in this article, you’re slacking Andre!

  13. Andre Vitachek has been writing about Indonesia for quite a few years. He may be a communist but he reports truthfully.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  14. @Peter Harris

    I agree with your sentiments regarding this article (all over the place), and I doubt whether the author has ever spent time in Indonesia,

    How do you see the country then?

    • Replies: @Peter Harris
  15. @Rev. Spooner

    He’s good at describing from first hand experience what nasty corrupt shitholes a lot of places are. It’s just that he feels sorry for them when most of them don’t feel much sorry for each other, and gets worked up because it isn’t any different.

  16. @UncommonGround

    It’s difficult to say.
    Because if you look at the bigger picture, Indonesia, like other developing countries, would be adversely affected by the impending Global collapse, maybe more than Western industrialized countries.
    If it’s severe, we could see a repeat of 1998.
    But who really knows, the future of the world is so uncertain.

  17. Altai says:

    You allude to it but don’t acknowledge the ethnic Chinese presence and it’s role in producing the political outcomes (Middle men minorities love turbo-capitalism as you put it, they love breaking open society and looting it, for them it’s a thing to be parasitised and harvested, not nurtured) in Indonesia.

    Also while you mention the Javan colonisation of West Papua, you don’t really question if Indonesia is ultimately a Javan empire and that the large ethnic diverisity is also a component in turning it into a giant banana republic with a largely Javan/Chinese elite of total venality. The wealth and development gaps between Java and the rest of the other former Dutch colonies was too great to begin to address and the ethnic heterogeneity wouldn’t have helped in motivating redistribution.

    You also don’t consider the consequences of what will become of the 30m denizens of a city that is sinking. Will the Javan ‘transmigration’ programmes be restarted and cause ethnic displacement and consequent war like they did before.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  18. Jeff Stryker [AKA "GO"] says:

    We may see another 1997 “burnout”. They happen when the Chinese family merchant cartels run rampant for too long in SEA.

    They happened in Malaysia. They happened in Indonesia. They may happen in Philippines (Chinese are also drug dealers there).

    In Indonesia in particular the Chinese seem to support whichever unpopular dictator to such a degree that when he tanks they end up bearing the brunt of the plebe backlash.

    Its happened before in SEA. It will happen again.

    • Replies: @Altai
  19. Altai says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    It’s interesting to note that the last one was responsible for laying the foundation for Chinese emigration to New Zealand and to a lesser extent, Australia. (Just as the run up to the Hong Kong handover did for Canada, Australia, Britain and Ireland) The capital and education gap between the Malaysian Chinese obviously isn’t as great in New Zealand as it was in their previous abode but their concentration in a few very small cities and massive overachieving in education will have big implications and, of course, drives further immigration of Chinese of all kinds.

    Be interesting to see how large the exodus to Britain will be from the current Hong Kong crisis.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  20. Jeff Stryker [AKA "GO"] says:

    Australian and NZ are egalitarian middle-class countries and are more wide-open for exploitation by Chinese than a turbo-charged dog-eat-dog capitalist country like the US which already has market-dominant minorities (Jews, Irish-Catholics) deeply entrenched in the framework of the country.

    The same thing happened in Canada that happened in Philippines. Chinese raised housing prices so high that whites ended up homeless and parts of Vancouver became Chinese colonies.

    There is not a 30 point IQ difference between Chinese and whites in Australia or New Zealand so that cannot run completely rampant over these countries as they have parts of SEA. But the simmering tension that exists between Indians and Chinese in Singapore could result as Chinese colonies sprout up in NZ and Australia.

    US has Jews and Irish-Americans deeply entrenched in the power structure. They own banks, media, finance, judiciary system.

    This is much derided here, but might act as a buffer.

    • Replies: @Altai
  21. Altai says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Irish Americans are hardly a market dominant minority. If left without competition, I could see Jews retaining their position (Particularly since even 5 or 6 generations later and tiny in number, Jews still evince a 50% endogamy rate) in the US, but it has been 5 or 6 generations, most have comfortable amounts of capital, they’re not striving immigrants anymore and educational overachieving has declined substantially. Competition from East Asians could be significant in reducing their access to places at the major universities.

    By contrast the Chinese population is generally quite new to the US and still evinces the striving and educational overachievement. Most crucially though, they have vast potential numbers and could easily swamp out Jews as the dominant market minority in the US.

    Then you enter a strange situation where the other dominant power has a large and influential ethnic diaspora. Imagine what the Cold War would have been like if every Western country had a ‘Russia town’ and continual Russian immigration.

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  22. The CIA website estimate of Indonesian growth on a purchasing power parity basis has been consistently around 5% per year. At that rate they will get better off at a rate high enough to buy political peace. They can probably grow faster with less worker protection. The limits that poor education impose cut in at a higher economic level. If you’re competing on the basis of low wages for low level work, they’re not relevant. Workers in US factories in the 1960s had higher relevant education levels than 3rd world competitors then but they wouldn’t now. They weren’t any better competitively than Indonesians are now. A basic factory worker has never needed algebra or a second language. That doesn’t mean that Indonesians are going to do well in high technology industries in the future. We’ll have to wait to see what they’re capable of, just as we had to wait for South Korea. How quickly people have forgotten that most African countries used to be richer than South Korea. It’s been a longer time since authors or journalists casually referred to stupid Swedes, stupid Irish or Japanese who could only copy and who’d never invent anything. For the Irish and Swedish comments you have to go back to at least the early 20th century in the USA. For the Japanese, every Yank and European thought they knew that in the 1960s; it was as well known as the sun rising in the East although I could never work out the basis for the creed. [email protected]

  23. Jeff Stryker [AKA "GO"] says:

    Like the Slavic immigrants who hurtled garbage at Krushchev in Chicago, Chinese emigrants to SEA are generally opposed to Chi-Com mantras. Chinese-Filipinos, for example, expect Americans to fight and die protecting their billionaire class in Philippines.

    The Chinese students often return to China with their educations and commit industrial espionage or whatever.

    The Chinese who settle are the merchants-particularly from the Fujian Province but also Cantonese from Hong Kong.

    As for Jews being displaced by Chinese from the media and finance, I kind of doubt it. Especially the media. Chinese are left-brained Aspies who are not going to be seizing control of Hollywood and making whites believe what they want. Nor are Jews and Irish-Catholics on Wall Street going to quit their jobs so that the Chinese can seize control of the economy. Or the Cuban whites at the top of the Hispanic food chain down in South Florida or whoever.

    There is not much love between Chinese and Indians in Singapore and not much love between the Spanish Mestizo landowning class in the Philippines and Chinese family merchant cartels.

    To some degree Singapore and Malaysia did not end up Indonesia because Indians formed checks and balances which prevented the Chinese from running rampant like they did in Indonesia which eventually results in a fiery burnout/pogrom.

    Personally, I suspect NZ and Oz will get it worse from Chinese colonists than Americans because America is a dog-eat-dog turbo capitalist country anyhow. Australia and NZ are egalitarian middle-class social democracies that Chinese can seize control of easier…but that is only my opinion.

  24. Avianthro says:

    I’ve lived in Indoland now for about 14 years. Like Andre, I love the Indonesian people and their land.

    Andre’s points all look quite valid to me, though sometimes a little bit exaggerated perhaps, but the thing he and many others are overlooking is that Indonesia is now approaching an energy crisis and this crisis will be the trigger for the coming chaos that Andre foresees. This nation has less than a decade of its own domestic oil left to extract and is already importing a major share of its needs, largely by selling-off oil, coal, and gas that it still has. Its energy needs will continue to grow as its economy’s GDP and its citizens’ consumeristic expectations increase under turbo-capitalism. The clock is ticking…When Indonesia goes to 100% dependency on imported oil…

    Venezuela’s situation is a walk in the park comparatively and here, unlike Venezuela, there’s just not going to be any more oil to extract and sell.

    Its coal and gas reserves are also close to exhaustion, only 20 years or so, and that’s gonna go faster as China increases its demands and Indonesia gets desperate for cash to buy its oil.

    Indonesia’s efforts to build-up renewable energy are far too little and too late, actually quite pathetic.

    So, might as well write-off Indonesia as a modern economy and also probably as “united” country (all under Java).

    Well, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing at all. Indonesia will be headed back to simpler times, not to a socialistic modern “utopia”, but back to a way of life in harmony with the earth. The transition may be hellish for many, but then so is the current situation here.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  25. Ace says:

    The sky is falling! With turbo-capitalism to add insult to injury.

  26. Jeff Stryker [AKA "GO"] says:

    Why did the Indonesians have such a bad reaction to the Chinese? There is anti-Chinese sentiment all over SEA but especially in Indonesia. Why?

  27. anonymous1963 [AKA "anon19"] says:

    Sad, but probably true. It is the white countries that get screwed when these shithole places get out of control.

  28. anonymous1963 [AKA "anon19"] says:

    Agree. It reads like an Eric Margolis article where every problem in the world is duly noted and not one suggestion or solution is ever offered.

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