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Introduction: Wall Street and the Pentagon greeted the onset of 2016 as a ‘banner year’, a glorious turning point in the quest for malleable regimes willing to sell-off the most lucrative economic resources, to sign off on onerous new debt to Wall Street and to grant use of their strategic military bases to the Pentagon.

Brazil and Argentina, the most powerful and richest countries in South America and the Philippines, Washington’s most strategic military platform in Southeast Asia, were the objects of intense US political operations in the run-up to 2016.

In each instance, Wall Street and the Pentagon secured smashing successes leading to premature ejaculations over the ‘new golden era’ of financial pillage and unfettered military adventures. Unfortunately, the early ecstasy has turned to agony: Wall Street made easy entries and even faster departures once the ‘honeymoon’ gave way to reality. ; The political procurers persecuted center-left incumbents but, were soon to have their turn facing prosecution. The political prostitutes, who had decreed the sale of sovereignty, were replaced by nationalists who would turn the bordello back into a sovereign nation state.

This essay outlines the rapid rise and dramatic demise of these erstwhile ‘progeny’ of Wall Street and the Pentagon in Argentina and Brazil, and then reviews Washington’s shock and awe as the newly elected Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte embraced new ties with China while proclaiming, ‘We are no one’s ‘tuta’ (puppy dog)!’

Argentina and Brazil: Grandiose Schemes and Crapulous Outcomes

The international financial press was ecstatic over the election of President Mauricio Macri in Argentina and the appointment of former Wall Street bankers to his cabinet. They celebrated the ouster of the ‘evil populists’, accusing them of inflating economic results, reneging on debt obligations and discouraging foreign lenders and investors. Under the Macri regime all market obstacles were to be removed and all the bankers trembled with anticipation at the ‘good times’ to come.

After taking office in December 2015, President Macri unleashed the ‘animal instincts’ of the market and the carrion birds flocked in. US ‘vulture funds’ scooped up and demanded payment for on old Argentine debt ‘valued’ at $3.5 billion – constituting a 1,000% return on their initial investment. A devaluation of the peso of 50% tripled inflation and drove down wages by 20%.

Firing over 200,000 public sector employees, slapping 400% price increases on utilities and transport, driving small and medium size firms into bankruptcy and enraged consumers into the streets ended the honeymoon with the Argentine electorate quite abruptly. This initial massive dose of free enterprise ‘medicine’ was prescribed by the local and Wall Street bankers and investors who had promised a new golden era for capitalism!

Now that he had banished the ‘populists’, Macri was free to tap into the international financial markets. Argentina raised $16.5 billion from a bond sale taken up by the big bankers and speculators, mostly from Wall Street, who were eager to cash in on the high rates in the belief that there was no risk with their champion President Macri at the helm. Wall Street based its giddy predictions on a mere three-month experience with Mauricio!

But then… some of the hedge fund managers began to raise questions about the viability of Mauricio Macri’s presidency. Instead of reducing the fiscal deficit, Macri began to increase public spending to offset mass discontent over his triple digit increases in utility fees and transportation, the mass layoffs in the public sector and the slashing of pension funds.

The major banks had counted on the abrupt devaluation of the currency to invest in the export sector, but instead they were confronted with a sudden 11% appreciation of the peso and a skyrocketing inflation of 40% leading to high interest rates. As a result, the economy fell even deeper in recession exceeding minus 3% for the year.

While most Wall Street bankers still retain some faith in the Macri regime, they are not willing to fork-over the kind of cash that might allow this increasingly unpopular regime to survive. What keep Wall Street on board the sinking ship are the political and ideological commitments rather than any objective assessment of their protégée’s dismal economic performance. Wall Street counts on free market bankers appointed to the ministries, the massive purge of social services (health and education) personnel and the lucrative bond sales to cover the burgeoning deficit. They hope the vast increase in profits resulting from increased utility fees and the sharp cuts in salaries, pensions and subsidies will ultimately lead them into the promised land.

Wall Street has expressed dismay over Macri’s failure to stimulate growth – in fact GDP is falling. Furthermore, their ‘golden boy’ failed to attract productive investments. Instead thousands of Argentine small and medium businesses have ‘gone under’ as consumer spending tanked and extortionate tariffs were slapped on vital public utilities and transport – devastating profits. Inflation has undermined the purchasing power of the vast majority of households. Wall Street speculators, concentrating on fixed-rate peso denominated debt, are at risk of losing their shirts.

In other words, the administration’s ‘free enterprise’ regime is based largely on attracting foreign loans, plundering the national treasury, firing tens of thousands of public sector workers and slashing spending on social services and business-friendly subsidies. Macri has yet to generate any large-scale investment in new innovative productive sectors, which might sustain long-term growth.

Already facing growing discontent and a general strike of private and public sector workers, the ‘bankers’ regime’ lacks the political links with the trade unions to neutralize the growing opposition.

To hold back the growing tidal wave of discontent, President Macri had to betray his overseas investors by boosting fiscal spending, which has had little or no impact on the national economy.

Wall Street’s hopes that President Mauricio Macri would inaugurate a ‘golden era’ of free market capitalism lasted less than a year and is turning into a real fiasco. Rising foreign debt, economic depression and class warfare ensures Macri’s rapid demise.

Brazil: Wall Street’s Three Month ‘Whirl-Wind’ Honeymoon


Most of the current elected members of the Brazilian Congress, Senate and the recently-installed (rather than elected) President, as well as his cabinet, are in trouble: The hero, Michael Temer and his argonauts, chosen by Wall Street to privatize the Brazilian economy and usher in another ‘golden dawn’ for finance capital, now all face criminal changes, arrest and long prison sentences for money laundering, bribery, fraud, tax evasion and corruption.

In less than four months, the entire political edifice constructed to impeach the elected President Dilma Rousseff and then de-nationalize key sectors of the economy, is shaking. So much for the financial press’s proclamation of a new era of “business friendly” policies in Brazilia.

The pundits, politicians, journalists and editors, who prematurely celebrated the appointment of Michael Temer to the Presidency by legislative coup, now have to face a new reality. The key to understanding the rapid collapse of the New Right project in Brazil lies in the growing ‘rap sheets’ of the very same politicians who engineered the ouster of Rousseff.

Eduardo Cunha, the ex-president of the Congress in Brasilia, used his influence to ensure the super majority of Congressional votes for the impeachment. Cunha was godfather to ensuring the appointment of Michael Temer as interim president.

Cunha’s influence and control over the Congress was based on his wide network of bribes and corruption involving over a hundred members of congress, including the newly anointed President Temer.

Once Cunha secured the ouster of Rousseff, the Brazilian elite washed their collective hands of the ‘fixer’, overwhelmed by the stench of his corruption. In September 2016, Cunha was suspended from Congress and lost his immunity. One month later, he was arrested on over a dozen charges, including fraud and tax evasion. It was public knowledge that Cunha had squirreled away a ‘tidy nest’ of over $70 million in Swiss banks.

Cunha directed (extorted) public and private firms to finance the campaigns of many of his political colleagues. He had intervened to secure bribes for President Temer, his foreign minister and even the next presidential hopeful, Jose Serra. One of the most powerful representatives of the new regime, Moreira Franco, Grand Wizard of the Privatization Program, was ‘in hock’ to Cunha.

As all this has come to light, Cunha has been negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecutor and judges in return for his ’singing’ a few arias. He is facing over a hundred years in jail; his wife and daughter face trial; Eduardo Cunha is prepared to talk and finger political leaders to save his own neck. Most knowledgeable observers and judicial experts fully expect Cunha to bring down the Temer Administration with him and devastate the leadership of Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, as well as ex-president Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s Brazilian Social Democratic Party.

The Brazilian elite, Wall Street bankers and their mass media propagandists, who wrote and directed the impeachment plot scenario are now discredited and bereft of political front men. Their expectations of a new ‘golden era of free market capitalism’ in Brazil has turned into a political mad scramble with every politico and corporate leader desperate to save his own skin and illicit fortune by denouncing each other.

With the demise of the ‘Brazilian takeover’, Wall Street and Washington are bereft of key markets and allies in Latin America.

The Philippines: The Duterte turn from the US to China

In April 2014, Washington ’secured’ an agreement granting access to five strategic military bases in the Philippines critical to its ‘pivot to target’ China. Under the outgoing President ‘Noynoy’ Aquino, Jr. the Pentagon believed it had an ‘iron-clad’ agreement to organize the Philippines as its satrap and military springboard throughout Southeast Asia. Washington even prodded the Aquino government to bring its Spratly Island dispute with China before the obscure Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. Washington anticipated using the Court’s ‘favorable’ ruling as a pretext to confront the Chinese.

All this has changed with the June 2016 ascent to the Presidency of Rodrigo Duterte: In only four months, all Washington’s imperial designs had been swept off the table. By October 21, 2016 President Duterte announced he would end military exercises with Washington because they threatened Philippine sovereignty and made his country vulnerable to a military confrontation with China. He promised to end sea patrols of disputed waters that the US uses to harass China in the South China Sea.

In advance of the Philippines President’s meeting with China, he had already declared that he would not press the Dutch-based ruling over the South China Sea island dispute against Beijing but rely on diplomacy and compromise. During the China meeting President Duterte declared that the two countries would engage in a constructive dialogue to resolve the Spratly Islands as well as other outstanding issues. The ‘agreement’ over US access to bases in the Philippines was put in doubt as the President declared “a separation from the US” and promised long-term, large scale economic and investment ties with China. Undergirding the Philippines pivot to China were 13 trade and investment agreements worth more than $20 billion, covering financing of infrastructure, transport, social projects, tourism, industry and agriculture.

The military base agreement, signed by the notoriously servile ex-President Aquino without Congressional approval, was review by the Philippine Supreme Court and can be revoked by the new President Duterte by decree.

Inside of four months, the US strategy of armed encirclement and intervention against China has been dealt a major blow. The newly emerging China-Philippines linkage strikes a fatal blow to Washington’s overtly militarist ‘pivot’ against China.


2016 opened with great fanfare: The defeat of the two major center-left governments (Argentina and Brazil) and the advent of hard-right US-backed regimes would inaugurate a ‘golden era of free market capitalism’. This promised to usher in a prolonged period of profit and pillage by rolling back ‘populist’ reforms and creating a bankers paradise. In Southeast Asia, US officials and pundits would proclaim another ‘golden era’, this time of rampant militarism, encircling and provoking China on its vital sea lanes, and operating from five strategic military bases obtained through a Philippine Presidential decree by an unpopular and recently replaced puppet, ‘Noynoy’ Aquino, Jr.

These dreams of ‘golden eras’ lasted a few months before objective reality intruded.


By the autumn of 2016 the rightist regimes had been replaced in the Manila by a colorful ardent nationalist, while the ‘banker boys’ in Brasilia faced prison, and the ‘Golden Boys’ of Buenos Aires were mired in deep crisis. The notion of an easy Rightist restoration was based on several profound misunderstandings:

1) The belief that the reversal of social reforms and denial of popular demands would smoothly give way to an explosion of foreign financing and investment was shattered when private bond purchases profited the financial sector but did not bring in large-scale productive investment. Devaluation of the currency was followed by skyrocketing inflation, which led to fiscal deficits and the loss of business confidence.

2) Washington’s promotion of ‘corruption investigations’ started with prosecuting democratically elected center-left politicians and ended up with the arrest of Wall Street’s own protégés encompassing the entire right-wing political class and decimating the ‘Golden’ regimes.

3) The belief that long-term hegemonic relations, based on client regimes in Asia, could resist the attraction of signing trade and investment agreements with the rising Chinese mega-economy, while sacrificing vital economic development, and relegating their masses to more stagnation and unemployment, collapsed with the massive electoral of nationalist Rodrigo Duterte as President of the Philippines.

In fact, these and other political assessments among the decision makers in Washington and on Wall Street were proven wrong leading to a strategic retreat of the empire in both Latin America and Asia. The policy failures were not merely ‘mistakes’ but the inevitable results of changing structural conditions embedded in a declining empire.

These decisions were based on a calculus of power, rooted in class and national relations that may have held true two decades ago. At the dawn of the new millennium the US still dominated Asia and China was not yet an economic alternative for its neighbors eager for investment. Washington could and did dictate policy in Southeast Asia.

Twenty years ago, the US had the economic leverage to sustain the neoliberal policies of the Washington Consensus throughout Latin America.

Today the US continues to pursue policies based on anachronistic power relations, seeming to ignore the fact that China is now a world power and a viable economic trade and investment alternative successfully competing for markets and influence in Asia. Washington is failing to compete in that marketplace and, therefore, can no longer rely on docile client state.

Washington cannot effectively control and direct large-scale capital flows to shore-up its newly installed rightist regimes in Argentina and Brazil as they crumble under their own corruption and incompetence. Meanwhile the world is watching a domestic US economy, mired in stagnation with its own political elites torn by corruption and scandals at the highest level, and staging the most bizarre presidential campaign in its history. Corruption has become the mode of governing under conditions of deregulation and rule by political warlords. Political allegiance to the empire and open doors to foreign pillage do not attract capital when those making political decisions are facing prison and the business ‘doormen’ are busy stuffing their suitcases with cash and making a mad-dash for the airports!

For Wall Street and the Pentagon, Latin America and Asia are lost opportunities – betrayals to be mourned at the officers clubs and exclusive Manhattan restaurants. For the people in mass social movements these are emerging opportunities for struggle and change.

The strenuous US effort to rebuild its empire in Latin America and Southeast Asia has suffered a rapid succession of blows. Washington can still seize power but it lacks the talent and the favorable conditions to hold it.

The vision of a Brazilian state, build on the edifice of the privatized oil giant, Petrobras, and the political incarceration of its left adversaries, with foreign capital attracted and seduced by political procurers, pimps and prostitutes, has ended in a debacle.

In this vacuum, it will be up to the new governments and peoples’ movements to seize the opportunity to advance their struggles and explore political and economic alternatives. The aborted rightist power grab inadvertently has done the peoples’ movements a great favor by exposing and ousting the corrupt and compromised center-left regimes opening the door for a genuine anti-imperialist transformation.

(Republished from The James Petras Website by permission of author or representative)
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  1. eD says:

    I greatly appreciate Petras’ analysis, but I do have a question with it.

    Suppose what is going on in Argentina and Brazil are in reality mafia-style (‘bust out”) operations. In this case, does it matter to the people behind the new regimes that they are shaky and may not last that long? They just have to be in place long enough for those concerned to steal whatever is not nailed down.

    I do see parallels with how the Clintons have been operating in the US, but the Clintons have been doing their stuff at the national level for over two decades and may still get back into the White House. Be so brazen in the corruption that it actually surprises your opponents, only worry about the short term, and come up with one short term fix or trick after another to keep going. Its basically the John Gotti strategy but its amazing how successful that approach can be.

  2. Sounds a lot like what the Jews of Wall Street and Harvard did to Russia in the 90 ‘s. It took Putin to stop the looting of the Russian people. And the Jews will never forgive him. Hence, the desperate desire of the neo-cons to send White American military personnel to die in a war with Russia.

  3. 2Frothy4 says:

    Great article! Lots of spelling mistakes.
    Wish Mr. Petras would double-check his work
    before publishing. I would gladly point these
    mistakes out to him. Picky-picky I know, but
    I consider his work important.

  4. Sam J. says:

    The loss of the Philippines is seen as a great catastrophe for the US. Is it? It may be for the banker and military class but not for Americans. We gain nothing from Empire building.

    Even the supposedly great US dollar as a reserve currency is no long term advantage for the average American. It strengthens the dollar to the extent of making our exports noncompetitive. Why do you think the Asian countries spend so much effort to keep their currencies down? It would hurt to lose the dollar as a reserve currency for several years but eventually relieved of that burden business would start producing the US again.

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  5. Let me express it simply: Mr. P’s assessment of Argentina is nonsense. His analysis is flawed beyond redemption. The HRC of Latin America and her clownish minister of the economy left Macri a disastrous mess, huge even by Argentine standards. Mr P is a lifelong leftist academic, a fan of old school Latin commies and would probably have loved to have donned a beret with a star on it and emulated Lori Berenson save for the 15 years in prison she served as a result of her foolish posturing turned bad.

    Escuchá, che, la revolución ya se ha terminado.

  6. Ace says:

    ** For the people in mass social movements these are emerging opportunities for struggle and change **

    Talk of mass “social” movements of “the people,” “struggle,” and “change” is the usual vague leftist drivel.

    Apparently there is no such thing as a leftist power grab, aborted or otherwise, in Mr. Petras’s mind. The “rightist” one just aborted apparently has, as he says, “inadvertently … done the peoples’ movements a great favor by exposing and ousting the corrupt and compromised center-left regimes opening the door for a genuine anti-imperialist transformation.”

    Since “rightist” and “center-left” options are passe it seems that the comrades have only one option left to them – far-left, anti-imperialist “transformation.”

    Oops. Now Petras shows his colors. If you think “rightist” solutions are a problem you’ll just love murderous, revolutionary communist solutions.

    Excuse me. I meant people’s revolutionary solutions. No need for bankers and horse trading when that gets loose. Nope. 180-proof political purity.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  7. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Killary has been selected as the next ‘president’ where the rest is just a SHOW to create excitement for the dummies to engage them in a circus that is called ‘campaign’.
    The wall street like military and ‘educated crowd’ – the corrupt elite – want a war criminal and baby killer as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to invade and do ‘regime change’ for the benefit of the corrupt elite against – 1% of the population – where the majority are poor and ignorant. The dumb population of America do not know how pooooooooooooooooor they are compare to Europe and some countries in Asia, otherwise they would have poured into the street and demanded their fair share since they do most of the actual work.

    The reason that US ‘election’ a fraud, is that two days ago the WALL STREET raised its voice and loudly said: the wall street always has selected a republican for president, but this time the Zionist bankers want Killary as the next ‘president’. They warned the dummies that if you don’t vote for our candidae, a war criminal, your STOCKS WILL GO DOWN and the market will be crashed, like many times in the past to make themselves richer.

    The phony ‘left’ of US and the working class who have been robbed by the corrupt elite and their servants, like Killary, must vote for Trump to bring down capitalism and the market. Hillary is the Worst and no one can possibly do worse than her.

    By voting her down, you will kill the Zionist tribe and their economic system where has brought the world so many wars and destruction, killing millions of Muslims and made the rest as SLAVES to erect “world Government” where ‘greater Israel’ is embedded in it. Bring them down.

  8. Rehmat says:

    The WALL STREET and the PENTAGON are both Jewish and pro-Israel entities.

    Pentagon’s current head, Ashton Carter is a WHORE of ZIONISM.

    A 2011 study listed 51 senior executives of the major Wall Street banks, trade exchanges, and regulatory agencies, 37 are Jews or have Jewish spouses. This is a numerical representation of 72%. Jews are approximately 2% of the US population…..

  9. Miro23 says:

    In this vacuum, it will be up to the new governments and peoples’ movements to seize the opportunity to advance their struggles and explore political and economic alternatives.

    Good luck to them, the Philippines is horribly poor , Brazil is getting poorer and Argentina used to be rich, and they’ve all got traditionally bad corruption problems.

    For what it’s worth, they could try a complete separation of business and the state (also social contact), with a well paid administration acting for the public, promoting efficient state services and with very serious penalties for Pay for Play.

    It would make politicians and business very unhappy but in these places that’s a good sign.

  10. Rehmat says:

    I’m surprised Wall Street Jewish oligarchs are not happy with Netanyahu’s golden boy president Mauricio Marci. Netanyahu was the first head of state to congratulate Marci.

    Mayor Marci visited Israel in 2014 and held a meeting with Netanyahu. Now as president, Marci has appointed Pope Francis friend, Rabbi Sergio Bergman as minister of environment and sustainable development. The good rabbi is author of religious book, ‘A Gospel: According to Pope Francis’. Their friendship goes back to days when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Jorge Bergoglio was a frequent visitor to Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) that was targeted by Israel Mossad in 1994.

  11. Rehmat says:

    Brazilian are cursed by the Zionist rabbis – for rejecting Israeli ambassador and building Latin America’s first Palestinian embassy that is sort of duplicate of East Jerusalem’s Dome of Rock.

  12. @Sam J.

    Even the supposedly great US dollar as a reserve currency is no long term advantage for the average American. It strengthens the dollar to the extent of making our exports noncompetitive. Why do you think the Asian countries spend so much effort to keep their currencies down? It would hurt to lose the dollar as a reserve currency for several years but eventually relieved of that burden business would start producing the US again.

    I completely agree with the premise that having the dollar as the reserve currency has done damage to our nation, but I think you underestimate the potential consequences of ending that status.

    In the 72 years since Bretton Woods we have increased our population by (approx) 2.5 times and the increase has been disproportionally spread among the unproductive parts of the population and drawn from 3rd world immigrants. Small farms, manufacturers, and independent merchants have been liquidated and reduced to an insignificant role in our economy – to a great extent as a result of that reserve status. Our negative balance of payments (a direct result of that status) has made us the greatest debtor nation in history.

    If the economy slows we cannot pay our debts (or continue to roll them over which is what is actually happening). If we repudiate our debts worldwide economic chaos would quickly follow. Because our population consists of mostly urbanites who are wholly dependent on the wheels of the economy (such as it is) turning in order to have food on the table, any dislocation to that would bring chaos in the streets, resulting in the government declaring an emergency and taking direct control of commerce.

    I will eventually happen, but it will not be fun. (I do not mean the repudiation of debts, we’ll print enough to avoid that)

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  13. Miro23 says:
    @another fred

    It will eventually happen, but it will not be fun. (I do not mean the repudiation of debts, we’ll print enough to avoid that)

    I agree that it will happen, and perhaps in the same way as Great Britain that also had a long Imperial decline, a reserve currency and permanent deficits.

    In GB it came together with the Sterling Crisis of 1976.

    By the first 6 months of 1975 British inflation was running at 30% p.a. with economic dislocation and Sterling bondholders getting wiped out (along with the debt itself). From 1971 to 1979 British debt was reduced from 76% to 56% of national income despite record new issues, with bondholders essentially covering government deficits and losing their “investments”.

    Foreign investors were rejecting Sterling Bonds (logically taking account of the massive losses inflicted on existing bondholders). They questioned the role of Sterling as a reserve currency with OPEC balances migrating to the Dollar. They saw that the Socialist /Marxist British government supporting central planning with rising taxation and an ever growing PSBR and they decided to pull out.

    This Sterling Crisis really reflected UK economic performance in the early to mid 1970’s. Great Britain (1974-76) had the highest inflation in Europe, the lowest rise in GNP, the highest unemployment and the lowest output per man/hour in manufacturing – being seen to fail on all counts. Sterling plummeted in value as the country was unable to handle the big international rise in commodity prices from 1972 to 1974. Germany fought rising prices with higher interest rates and deflation but the British Socialist/Marxist planners supported their highly inefficient system in Keynesian style by protecting public spending.

    It’s not guaranteed that the US will go the same way but it may do. Inflation is a great way to get rid of unpayable debts.

  14. Rehmat says:

    There is no such animals as ‘Rightest’, ‘Leftists’ or ‘middle Rightest’ or ‘middle Leftists’ – just like their is no difference between ‘Communists’, ‘Socialists’ or ‘Democrats’ – they were all created by the 1% elites, mostly controlled by Zionist Jews.

    If you want to see the real ‘anti-imperialists’ you study Fidel Castro, Imam Khomeini and Hugo Chavez.

    Democracy, like the other slogans such as human rights, freedom, justce, gender equality, etc. – has been corrupted so much by the elites that they have all lost their original meanings. Interestingly, Muslims make the largest minority groups in the US, India and Israel – but they’re the most persecuted ones in those countries. American writer Stephen Lendman wrote: “Is it less true for America or in how Israel treats Muslims, many its own citizens yet denied virtually all rights afforded to Jews, and in Palestine none under military occupation.” Indian writer Arundhati Roy compared Hindu right wing (Hindutva) persecution of Muslims in India to Hitler’s persecution of Jews. She asks: “What kind of India they want? A limbless, headless, soulless torso bleeding under the butcher’s clever with a flag driven deep into her mutilated heart?”….

    • Replies: @Miro23
  15. Miro23 says:

    If you want to see the real ‘anti-imperialists’ you study Fidel Castro, Imam Khomeini and Hugo Chavez.

    I’m not sure you have to go that far, Britain had a majority of Brexit voters that the Establishment opposed in every way, and I can say with 100% certainty that these Brexit voters wouldn’t appreciate being compared with Fidel Castro, Khomeini or Chavez.

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