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The Iron Curtain of the 1940s and ‘50s was ostensibly designed to isolate Russia from Western Europe – to keep out Communist ideology and military penetration. Today’s sanctions regime is aimed inward, to prevent America’s NATO and other Western allies from opening up more trade and investment with Russia and China. The aim is not so much to isolate Russia and China as to hold these allies firmly within America’s own economic orbit. Allies are to forego the benefits of importing Russian gas and Chinese products, buying much higher-priced U.S. LNG and other exports, capped by more U.S. arms.

The sanctions that U.S. diplomats are insisting that their allies impose against trade with Russia and China are aimed ostensibly at deterring a military buildup. But such a buildup cannot really be the main Russian and Chinese concern. They have much more to gain by offering mutual economic benefits to the West. So the underlying question is whether Europe will find its advantage in replacing U.S. exports with Russian and Chinese supplies and the associated mutual economic linkages.

What worries American diplomats is that Germany, other NATO nations and countries along the Belt and Road route understand the gains that can be made by opening up peaceful trade and investment. If there is no Russian or Chinese plan to invade or bomb them, what is the need for NATO? What is the need for such heavy purchases of U.S. military hardware by America’s affluent allies? And if there is no inherently adversarial relationship, why do foreign countries need to sacrifice their own trade and financial interests by relying exclusively on U.S. exporters and investors?

These are the concerns that have prompted French President Macron to call forth the ghost of Charles de Gaulle and urge Europe to turn away from what he calls NATO’s “brain-dead” Cold War and break with the pro-U.S. trade arrangements that are imposing rising costs on Europe while denying it potential gains from trade with Eurasia. Even Germany is balking at demands that it freeze by this coming March by going without Russian gas.

Instead of a real military threat from Russia and China, the problem for American strategists is the absence of such a threat. All countries have come to realize that the world has reached a point at which no industrial economy has the manpower and political ability to mobilize a standing army of the size that would be needed to invade or even wage a major battle with a significant adversary. That political cost makes it uneconomic for Russia to retaliate against NATO adventurism prodding at its western border trying to incite a military response. It’s just not worth taking over Ukraine.

America’s rising pressure on its allies threatens to drive them out of the U.S. orbit. For over 75 years they had little practical alternative to U.S. hegemony. But that is now changing. America no longer has the monetary power and seemingly chronic trade and balance-of-payments surplus that enabled it to draw up the world’s trade and investment rules in 1944-45. The threat to U.S. dominance is that China, Russia and Mackinder’s Eurasian World Island heartland are offering better trade and investment opportunities than are available from the United States with its increasingly desperate demand for sacrifices from its NATO and other allies.

The most glaring example is the U.S. drive to block Germany from authorizing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to obtain Russian gas for the coming cold weather. Angela Merkel agreed with Donald Trump to spend \$1 billion building a new LNG port to become more dependent on highly priced U.S. LNG. (The plan was cancelled after the U.S. and German elections changed both leaders.) But Germany has no other way of heating many of its houses and office buildings (or supplying its fertilizer companies) than with Russian gas.

The only way left for U.S. diplomats to block European purchases is to goad Russia into a military response and then claim that avenging this response outweighs any purely national economic interest. As hawkish Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, explained in a State Department press briefing on January 27: “If Russia invades Ukraine one way or another Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.”[1]https://www.state.gov/briefings/department-press-bri...-2022/ . Dismissing reporters’ comments that “what the Germans have said publicly doesn’t match with what you’re saying exactly,” she explained the U.S. tactics to stall Nord Stream 2. Countering a reporter’s point that “all they have to do is turn it on,” she said: “As Senator Cruz likes to say … it is currently a hunk of metal at the bottom of the ocean. It needs to be tested. It needs to be certified. It needs to have regulatory approval.” For a recent review of the increasingly tense geopolitics at work, see John Foster, “Pipeline Politics hits Multipolar Realities: Nord Stream 2 and the Ukraine Crisis,” Counterpunch, February 3, 2022. The problem is to create a suitably offensive incident and depict Russia as the aggressor.

Nuland expressed who was dictating the policies of NATO members succinctly in 2014: “Fuck the EU.” That was said as she told the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine that the State Department was backing the puppet Arseniy Yatsenyuk as Ukrainian prime minister (removed after two years in a corruption scandal), and U.S. political agencies backed the bloody Maidan massacre that ushered in what are now eight years of civil war. The result devastated Ukraine much as U.S. violence had done in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This is not a policy of world peace or democracy that European voters endorse.

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U.S. trade sanctions imposed on its NATO allies extend across the trade spectrum. Austerity-ridden Lithuania gave up its cheese and agricultural market in Russia, and is blocking its state-owned railroad from carrying Belarus potash to the Baltic port of Klaipeda. The port’s majority owner complained that “Lithuania will lose hundreds of millions of dollars from halting Belarus exports through Klaipeda,” and “could face legal claims of \$15 billion over broken contracts.”[2]Andrew Higgins, “Fueling a Geopolitical Tussle in Eastern Europe: Fertilizer,” The New York Times, January 31, 2022. The owner plans to sue Lithuania’s government for hefty damages. Lithuania has even agreed to U.S. prompting to recognize Taiwan, resulting in China refusing to import German or other products that include Lithuanian-made components.

Europe is to impose sanctions at the cost of rising energy and agricultural prices by giving priority to imports from the United States and foregoing Russian, Belarusian and other linkages outside of the Dollar Area. As Sergey Lavrov put matters: “When the United States thinks that something suits its interests, it can betray those with whom it was friendly, with whom it cooperated and who catered to its positions around the world.”[3]Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry, “Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to questions from Channel One’s Voskresnoye Vremya programme,” Moscow, January 30, 2022. Johnson’s Russia List, January 31, 2022, #9.

America’s sanctions on its allies hurt their economies, not those of Russia and China

What seems ironic is that such sanctions against Russia and China have ended up helping rather than hurting them. But the primary aim was not to hurt nor to help the Russian and Chinese economies. After all, it is axiomatic that sanctions force the targeted countries to become more self-reliant. Deprived of Lithuanian cheese, Russian producers have produced their own, and no longer need to import it from the Baltic states. America’s underlying economic rivalry is aimed at keeping European and its allied Asian countries in its own increasingly protected economic orbit. Germany, Lithuania and other allies are told to impose sanctions directed against their own economic welfare by not trading with countries outside the U.S. dollar-area orbit.

Quite apart from the threat of actual war resulting from U.S. bellicosity, the cost to America’s allies of surrendering to U.S. trade and investment demands is becoming so high as to be politically unaffordable. For nearly a century there has been little alternative but to agree to trade and investment rules favoring the U.S. economy as the price of receiving U.S. financial and trade support and even military security. But an alternative is now threatening to emerge – one offering benefits from China’s Belt and Road initiative, and from Russia’s desire for foreign investment to help modernize its industrial organization, as seemed to be promised thirty years ago in 1991.

Ever since the closing years of World War II, U.S. diplomacy has aimed at locking Britain, France, and especially defeated Germany and Japan, into becoming U.S. economic and military dependencies. As I documented in Super Imperialism, American diplomats broke up the British Empire and absorbed its Sterling Area by the onerous terms imposed first by Lend-Lease and then the Anglo-American Loan Agreement of 1946. The latter’s terms obliged Britain to give up its Imperial Preference policy and unblock the sterling balances that India and other colonies had accumulated for their raw-materials exports during the war, thus opening the British Commonwealth to U.S. exports.

Britain committed itself not to recover its prewar markets by devaluing sterling. U.S. diplomats then created the IMF and World Bank on terms that promoted U.S. export markets and deterred competition from Britain and other former rivals. Debates in the House of Lords and the House of Commons showed that British politicians recognized that they were being consigned to a subservient economic position, but felt that they had no alternative. And once they gave up, U.S. diplomats had a free hand in confronting the rest of Europe.

Financial power has enabled America to continue dominating Western diplomacy despite being forced off gold in 1971 as a result of the balance-of-payments costs of its overseas military spending. For the past half-century, foreign countries have kept their international monetary reserves in U.S. dollars – mainly in U.S. Treasury securities, U.S. bank accounts and other financial investments in the U.S. economy. The Treasury-bill standard obliges foreign central banks to finance America’s military-based balance-of-payments deficit – and in the process, the domestic government budget deficit.

The United States does not need this recycling to create money. The government can simply print money, as MMT has demonstrated. But the United States does need this foreign central bank dollar recycling to balance its international payments and support the dollar’s exchange rate. If the dollar were to decline, foreign countries would find it much easier to pay international dollar-debts in their own currencies. U.S. import prices would rise, and it would be more costly for U.S. investors to buy foreign assets. And foreigners would lose money on U.S. stocks and bonds as denominated in their own currencies, and would drop them. Central banks in particular would take a loss on the Treasury’s dollar bonds that they hold in their monetary reserves – and would find their interest to lie in moving out of the dollar. So the U.S. balance of payments and exchange rate are both threatened by U.S. belligerency and military spending throughout the world – yet its diplomats are trying to stabilize matters by ramping up the military threat to crisis levels.

U.S. drives to keep its European and East Asian protectorates locked into its own sphere of influence is threatened by the emergence of China and Russia independently of the United States while the U.S. economy is de-industrializing as a result of its own deliberate policy choices. The industrial dynamic that made the United States so dominant from the late 19th century up to the 1970s has given way to an evangelistic neoliberal financialization. That is why U.S. diplomats need to arm-twist their allies to block their economic relations with post-Soviet Russia and socialist China, whose growth is outstripping that of the United States and whose trade arrangements offer more opportunities for mutual gain.

At issue is how long the United States can block its allies from taking advantage of China’s economic growth. Will Germany, France and other NATO countries seek prosperity for themselves instead of letting the U.S. dollar standard and trade preferences siphon off their economic surplus?

Oil diplomacy and America’s dream for post-Soviet Russia

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The expectation of Gorbachev and other Russian officials in 1991 was that their economy would turn to the West for reorganization along the lines that had made the U.S., German and other economies so prosperous. The mutual expectation in Russia and Western Europe was for German, French and other investors to restructure the post-Soviet economy along more efficient lines.

That was not the U.S. plan. When Senator John McCain called Russia “a gas station with atom bombs,” that was America’s dream for what they wanted Russia to be – with Russia’s gas companies passing into control by U.S. stockholders, starting with the planned buyout of Yukos as arranged with Mikhail Khordokovsky. The last thing that U.S. strategists wanted to see was a thriving revived Russia. U.S. advisors sought to privatize Russia’s natural resources and other non-industrial assets, by turning them over to kleptocrats who could “cash out” on the value of what they had privatized only by selling to U.S. and other foreign investors for hard currency. The result was a neoliberal economic and demographic collapse throughout the post-Soviet states.

In some ways, America has been turning itself into its own version of a gas station with atom bombs (and arms exports). U.S. oil diplomacy aims to control the world’s oil trade so that its enormous profits will accrue to the major U.S. oil companies. It was to keep Iranian oil in the hands of British Petroleum that the CIA’s Kermit Roosevelt worked with British Petroleum’s Anglo-Persian Oil Company to overthrow Iran’s elected leader Mohammed Mossadegh in 1954 when he sought to nationalize the company after it refused decade after decade to perform its promised contributions to the economy. After installing the Shah whose democracy was based on a vicious police state, Iran threatened once again to act as the master of its own oil resources. So it was once again confronted with U.S.-sponsored sanctions, which remain in effect today. The aim of such sanctions is to keep the world oil trade firmly under U.S. control, because oil is energy and energy is the key to productivity and real GDP.

In cases where foreign governments such as Saudi Arabia and neighboring Arab petrostates have taken control, the export earnings of their oil are to be deposited in U.S. financial markets to support the dollar’s exchange rate and U.S. financial domination. When they quadrupled their oil prices in 1973-74 (in response to the U.S. quadrupling of its grain-export prices), the U.S. State Department laid down the law and told Saudi Arabia that it could charge as much as it wanted for its oil (thereby raising the price umbrella for U.S. oil producers), but it had to recycle its oil-export earnings to the United States in dollar-denominated securities – mainly in U.S. Treasury securities and U.S. bank accounts, along with some minority holdings of U.S. stocks and bonds (but only as passive investors, not using this financial power to control corporate policy).

The second mode of recycling oil-export earnings was to buy U.S. arms exports, with Saudi Arabia becoming one of the military-industrial complex’s largest customers. U.S. arms production actually is not primarily military in character. As the world is now seeing in the kerfuffle over Ukraine, America does not have a fighting army. What it has is what used to be called an “eating army.” U.S. arms production employs labor and produces weaponry as a kind of prestige good for governments to show off, not for actual fighting. Like most luxury goods, the markup is very high. That is the essence of high fashion and style, after all. The MIC uses its profits to subsidize U.S. civilian production in a way that does not violate the letter of international trade laws against government subsidy.

Sometimes, of course, military force is indeed used. In Iraq, first George W. Bush and then Barack Obama used the military to seize the country’ oil reserves, along with those of Syria and Libya. Control of world oil has been the buttress of America’s balance of payments. Despite the global drive to slow the planet’s warming, U.S. officials continue to view oil as the key to America’s economic supremacy. That is why the U.S. military is still refusing to obey Iraq’s orders to leave their country, keeping its troops in control of Iraqi oil, and why it agreed with the French to destroy Libya and still has troops in the oilfields of Syria. Closer to home, President Biden has approved offshore drilling and supports Canada’s expansion of its Athabasca tar sands, environmentally the dirtiest oil in the world.

Along with oil and food exports, arms exports support the Treasury-bill standard’s financing of America’s overseas military spending on its 750 bases abroad. But without a standing enemy constantly threatening at the gates, NATO’s existence falls apart. What would be the need for countries to buy submarines, aircraft carriers, airplanes, tanks, missiles and other arms?

As the United States has de-industrialized, its trade and balance-of-payments deficit is becoming more problematic. It needs arms export sales to help reduce its widening trade deficit and also to subsidize its commercial aircraft and related civilian sectors. The challenge is how to maintain its prosperity and world dominance as it de-industrializes while economic growth is surging ahead in China and now even Russia.

America has lost its industrial cost advantage by the sharp rise in its cost of living and doing business in its financialized post-industrial rentier economy. Additionally, as Seymour Melman explained in the 1970s, Pentagon capitalism is based on cost-plus contracts: The higher military hardware costs, the more profit its manufacturers receive. So U.S. arms are over-engineered – hence, the \$500 toilet seats instead of a \$50 model. The main attractiveness of luxury goods after all, including military hardware, is their high price.

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This is the background for U.S. fury at its failure to seize Russia’s oil resources – and at seeing Russia also break free militarily to create its own arms exports, which now are typically better and much less costly than those of the U.S. Today Russia is in the position of Iran in 1954 and again in 1979. Not only do its oil sales rival those of U.S. LNG, but Russia keeps its oil-export earnings at home to finance its re-industrialization, so as to rebuild the economy that was destroyed by the U.S.-sponsored shock “therapy” of the 1990s.

The line of least resistance for U.S. strategy seeking to maintain control of the world’s oil supply while maintaining its luxury-arms export market via NATO is to Cry Wolf and insist that Russia is on the verge of invading Ukraine – as if Russia had anything to gain by quagmire warfare over Europe’s poorest and least productive economy. The winter of 2021-22 has seen a long attempt at U.S. prodding of NATO and Russia to fight – without success.

U.S. dreams of a neoliberalized China as a U.S. corporate affiliate

America has de-industrialized as a deliberate policy of slashing production costs as its manufacturing companies have sought low-wage labor abroad, most notably in China. This shift was not a rivalry with China, but was viewed as mutual gain. American banks and investors were expected to secure control and the profits of Chinese industry as it was marketized. The rivalry was between U.S. employers and U.S. labor, and the class-war weapon was offshoring and, in the process, cutting back government social spending.

Similar to the Russian pursuit of oil, arms and agricultural trade independent of U.S. control, China’s offense is keeping the profits of its industrialization at home, retaining state ownership of significant corporations and, most of all, keeping money creation and the Bank of China as a public utility to fund its own capital formation instead of letting U.S. banks and brokerage houses provide its financing and siphon off its surplus in the form of interest, dividends and management fees. The one saving grace to U.S. corporate planners has been China’s role in deterring U.S. wages from rising by providing a source of low-priced labor to enable American manufacturers to offshore and outsource their production.

The Democratic Party’s class war against unionized labor started in the Carter Administration and greatly accelerated when Bill Clinton opened the southern border with NAFTA. A string of maquiladoras were established along the border to supply low-priced handicraft labor. This became so successful a corporate profit center that Clinton pressed to admit China into the World Trade Organization in December 2001, in the closing month of his administration. The dream was for it to become a profit center for U.S. investors, producing for U.S. companies and financing its capital investment (and housing and government spending too, it was hoped) by borrowing U.S. dollars and organizing its industry in a stock market that, like that of Russia in 1994-96, would become a leading provider of finance-capital gains for U.S. and other foreign investors.

Walmart, Apple and many other U.S. companies organized production facilities in China, which necessarily involved technology transfers and creation of an efficient infrastructure for export trade. Goldman Sachs led the financial incursion, and helped China’s stock market soar. All this was what America had been urging.

Where did America’s neoliberal Cold War dream go wrong? For starters, China did not follow the World Bank’s policy of steering governments to borrow in dollars to hire U.S. engineering firms to provide export infrastructure. It industrialized in much the same way that the United States and Germany did in the late 19th century: By heavy public investment in infrastructure to provide basic needs at subsidized prices or freely, from health care and education to transportation and communications, in order to minimize the cost of living that employers and exporters had to pay. Most important, China avoided foreign debt service by creating its own money and keeping the most important production facilities in its own hands.

U.S. demands are driving its allies out of the dollar-NATO trade and monetary orbit

As in a classical Greek tragedy, U.S. foreign policy is bringing about precisely the outcome that it most fears. Overplaying their hand with their own NATO allies, U.S. diplomats are bringing about Kissinger’s nightmare scenario, driving Russia and China together. While America’s allies are told to bear the costs of U.S. sanctions, Russia and China are benefiting by being obliged to diversify and make their own economies independent of reliance on U.S. suppliers of food and other basic needs. Above all, these two countries are creating their own de-dollarized credit and bank-clearing systems, and holding their international monetary reserves in the form of gold, euros and each other’s currencies to conduct their mutual trade and investment.

This de-dollarization provides an alternative to the unipolar U.S. ability to gain free foreign credit via the U.S. Treasury-bill standard for world monetary reserves. As foreign countries and their central banks de-dollarize, what will support the dollar? Without the free line of credit provided by central banks automatically recycling America’s foreign military and other overseas spending back to the U.S. economy (with only a minimal return), how can the United States balance its international payments in the face of its de-industrialization?

The United States cannot simply reverse its de-industrialization and dependence on Chinese and other Asian labor by bringing production back home. It has built too high a rentier overhead into its economy for its labor to be able to compete internationally, given the U.S. wage-earner’s budgetary demands to pay high and rising housing and education costs, debt service and health insurance, and for privatized infrastructure services.

The only way for the United States to sustain its international financial balance is by monopoly pricing of its arms, patented pharmaceutical and information-technology exports, and by buying control of the most lucrative production and potentially rent-extracting sectors abroad – in other words, by spreading neoliberal economic policy throughout the world in a way that obliges other countries to depend on U.S. loans and investment.

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That is not a way for national economies to grow. The alternative to neoliberal doctrine is China’s growth policies that follow the same basic industrial logic by which Britain, the United States, Germany and France rose to industrial power during their own industrial takeoffs with strong government support and social spending programs.

The United States has abandoned this traditional industrial policy since the 1980s. It is imposing on its own economy the neoliberal policies that de-industrialized Pinochetista Chile, Thatcherite Britain and the post-industrial former Soviet republics, the Baltics and Ukraine since 1991. Its highly polarized and debt-leveraged prosperity is based on inflating real estate and securities prices and privatizing infrastructure.

This neoliberalism has been a path to becoming a failed economy and indeed, a failed state, obliged to suffer debt deflation, rising housing prices and rents as owner-occupancy rates decline, as well as exorbitant medical and other costs resulting from privatizing what other countries provide freely or at subsidized prices as human rights – health care, education, medical insurance and pensions.

The success of China’s industrial policy with a mixed economy and state control of the monetary and credit system has led U.S. strategists to fear that Western European and Asian economies may find their advantage to lie in integrating more closely with China and Russia. The U.S. seems to have no response to such a global rapprochement with China and Russia except economic sanctions and military belligerence. That New Cold War stance is expensive, and other countries are balking at bearing the cost of a conflict that has no benefit for themselves and indeed, threatens to destabilize their own economic growth and political independence.

Without subsidy from these countries, especially as China, Russia and their neighbors de-dollarize their economies, how can the United States maintain the balance-of-payments costs of its overseas military spending? Cutting back that spending, and indeed recovering industrial self-reliance and competitive economic power, would require a transformation of American politics. Such a change seems unlikely, but without it, how long can America’s post-industrial rentier economy manage to force other countries to provide it with the economic affluence (literally a flowing-in) that it is no longer producing at home?

Notes

[1] https://www.state.gov/briefings/department-press-briefing-january-27-2022/ . Dismissing reporters’ comments that “what the Germans have said publicly doesn’t match with what you’re saying exactly,” she explained the U.S. tactics to stall Nord Stream 2. Countering a reporter’s point that “all they have to do is turn it on,” she said: “As Senator Cruz likes to say … it is currently a hunk of metal at the bottom of the ocean. It needs to be tested. It needs to be certified. It needs to have regulatory approval.” For a recent review of the increasingly tense geopolitics at work, see John Foster, “Pipeline Politics hits Multipolar Realities: Nord Stream 2 and the Ukraine Crisis,” Counterpunch, February 3, 2022.

[2] Andrew Higgins, “Fueling a Geopolitical Tussle in Eastern Europe: Fertilizer,” The New York Times, January 31, 2022. The owner plans to sue Lithuania’s government for hefty damages.

[3] Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry, “Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to questions from Channel One’s Voskresnoye Vremya programme,” Moscow, January 30, 2022. Johnson’s Russia List, January 31, 2022, #9.

 
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  1. Way better M. Hudson as to explaining real power, power relationships. Still there are no rational rules and book-keeping, as you insist to posit. Could we say your explanations and references to fluxes and reductions and hard(industry) to soft(financializing) are as obsolete as war is? Conventional yard-sticks of economics being as dysfunctional as what you admit to: regarding war as an anchor to conquer significant swats of resources. As i might add economics as exist being as obsolete as the former. In the long term, this indeed is my affirmative suggestion.

    Let me explain myself and i hope you address this hanging issue, as a major subject in one of your next efforts. The references and suggestions and outcomes you suggest, are short-sighted: as other historical examples of dominance by growth, they butt on a armored steel bumper: Russia and China bring nothing new to the table, the policies of growth will be globbed up by a new round of consumption, create excess derivatives to utility, polarize the populace and the happy few, …and then? Alas US all over?

    There should be a “globalist” effort, the times are ripe for this. Thinking “global” is neither good nor bad, it is all about who are entitled to such, and what is the goal-setting. Instead of dogs fighting for the same bone: real economics theories, and not religious zeal, means factoring real parameters, themselves defined by little but needs, not wealth or growth.

    Money can only be justified on the planetary scale as a yardstick of the sum of all planetary resources. That would mean dumping the primitive fiat, gold and digital money(in the sense of being factored out of energy expenditure). Keeping separate ledgers(as Russia and China now are obliged to do due to having been led by the nose and i wonder why it took them so long) is doomed to repeat cycles.

    What would reset alchemy to science(the real one) is planetary accountability, leave Space for Bezos. If for one thing, all “branches” of elite administrations have better statistical and analytical data and methods, then this is the moment in time where “end of history” means, not “branching” but “merging” knowledge into the ‘economic theory of it all’. The goals and vocabulary of economic theory are to be redefined. The players of the moment, in all transparency(there is really nothing much to hide any longer) M-U-S-T, there is as you suggest no other option, define a detailed planetary charter, inventory, and define global standards. Written, committed, hashed. The individuals at it’s fingers(charter) should be publicly owned and occasionally hanged.

    The major flaw in factoring resources as each and every player does now, is not recognizing and quantify-ing populations, the total global population, population fluxes(migrations, natality, mortality), regardless of checks and balances per territory(obsolete since conventional border wars, economical borders are now three dimensional). That is a first to address. According to totals, density and dynamics, human individuals can be assets, as well as liabilities.

    There can be no economical theory that holds in the long term if there is no serious transparent book-keeping evidenced. Technology(drones, phones, routers, gpu processing power, semanticized(being able to be read by machines as well as humans data, vast numbers of unproductive middle classes, playing clarions to the king) give us the means as a first, in the history of mankind We are in a phase in history of defining what “we” want, need and act on this accordingly. Follows then only economic theory and apply to it rigor and morals.

    I hope M. Hudson stops retracting into technical terminology that in itself is obsoleted by the primitive goal-settings behind it. After all anything is functional as long as the global context on a finite smallish planet is ignored.

    Done from the top of my head, please feel free to abuse the above suggestions, before some well respected hack takes credit for it. 07/01/22

    • Troll: IronForge
  2. Oh, America’s “real” adversaries are the people who essentially built most of America. Who would have suspected it!! lol I have no connection to anything I have created.

    • LOL: Ann Nonny Mouse
  3. SafeNow says:

    Regarding China having constructed an infrastructure for taking-over US manufacturing, the educational infrastructure is an impressive component to me. China established undergraduate and even masters degree programs in simultaneous translation, focusing on the industrial sector. Tens of thousands of graduates, mostly women, all very smart and motivated, emerged. They advertised online. They specialized in various industries; locating sources and vendors, factory tours, etc. The language barrier was thus removed. All for \$200 a day. Meet you at the airport, lunch at the best Chinese restaurant, and then let’s get to work. Talk about Chinese weapons systems!

  4. America’s real adversaries are the Zionists who occupy Washington D.C.

    Zionist
    Occupied
    Government

    • Agree: JR Foley
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  5. @PetrOldSack

    Shouldn’t U R require some basic coherence of posted comments ?

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    , @RoatanBill
  6. – Thanks to Mr. Hudson for another thought-provoking piece
    (as usual my conclusions differ).

    Jeffrey E. Garten (“The Cold Peace”) predicted already 1992 the US would fear
    Germany and Japan more than Russia (clearly their national economic systems –
    and now China´s – are far superior).
    – The US ascended to world domination because all the competition was bombed
    flat, pure and simple (and a repeat is unlikely).
    What is interesting is the differential recovery between Britain and Germany …
    the Keynesian explanation is the total destruction gave Germany and Japan
    a Head Start by enabling them to build modern factories – which begs the
    question why intelligent peoples do not bomb themselves from time to time,
    further what the point of Winning a War ™ (rah,rah) is.
    And Win the War ™ (rah,rah) Little Britain did; had you told them that
    Volkswagen would buy Rolls-Royce yours would have been a padded cell
    in less time than it takes a Jaguar floorplate to rust through.
    Good, the Mighty US took away their reserve currency and the colonies grew
    restless, but Germany never had either. May I therefore assume the
    Empire had become flabby, its machinery subpar, its workforce pampered and
    dumb? That it already was hollow, just too stiff-upper-lippy to topple
    over, while Germany and Japan were tonicized by half a century of being forced
    at gunpoint to be better through industrialization, trade war, World War,
    arms race (reparations in the case of Germany), Next War … ?

    If this is the case and the US are about to lose reserve currency status –
    Little Britain was never near as indebted nor as deindustrialized –
    goodnight, Marie.

  7. Wokechoke says:

    This is the big thing. At some point Germany and Russia are going to trade raw materials for advanced technology and vice versa. Wasn’t that the point of winning the Cold War by reunifying for Germany and conceding the cold war by the Russians?

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  8. Anon[159] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s simpler than all that.

    Jews Rule the USA.

    The USA (((Jews))) Rule the EU.

    Jews Hate Russia.

    Jews Rule Ukraine.

    Jews want to Rule Russia, again (((1917))).

    It’s the Jews, Stupid.

  9. Chris Moore says: • Website

    There are some errors by omission in your text. I’ll FIX them for you:

    The only way left for U.S. diplomats to block European purchases is to goad Russia into a military response and then claim that avenging this response outweighs any purely national economic interest. As hawkish Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, (((Victoria Nuland))), explained in a State Department press briefing on January 27: “If Russia invades Ukraine one way or another Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.”[1] The problem is to create a suitably offensive incident and depict Russia as the aggressor.

    Nuland expressed who was dictating the policies of NATO members succinctly in 2014: “Fuck the EU.” That was said as she told the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine that the State Department was backing the puppet (((Arseniy Yatsenyuk))) as Ukrainian prime minister (removed after two years in a corruption scandal and replaced with President (((Volodoymyr Zelensky))), and U.S. political agencies backed the bloody Maidan massacre that ushered in what are now eight years of civil war. The result devastated Ukraine much as (((neocon/Israel lobby/liberal Zionist))) U.S. violence had done in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This is not a policy of world peace or democracy that European voters endorse.

    I realize that most of the establishment already knows who and what is behind “American” violence because they’re being funded by them or ARE them, as does much of the USA, but some unknown portion of the population remains clueless.

    I hope this clarification helps inform them.

  10. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s the other way around, I guess? The whole world, including but not limited to jewmerica’s “allies”, are the ones who are being exploited and destroyed by jewmerican-imposed war, feminism, homosexuality, multiculturalism, globalism, etc. Oh yeah, it’s the jews, right, but it’s the jewmerican military, the jews’ most loyal slave, who actually forced such things to the world.

    >It’s because you’re weak, loser!
    Yes, and the same thing can be said to the jews and so-called “Americans”. It’s just because jews are strong, and whites are weak, loser! right?

    All of these don’t matter anyway, because jewmerica is going to collapse and cease to exist as a single political entity within 10 years or so. I’m glad that I was born late enough to see the destruction of jewmerica, the greatest evil ever existed in history.

    • Replies: @Chris Moore
  11. Sean says:

    The mutual expectation in Russia and Western Europe was for German, French and other investors to restructure the post-Soviet economy along more efficient lines.

    According to Michael Stuermer’s book on Putin, the Russian strategists had thought that Europe would quickly develop a rivalry with America, and so Russia would have an independent Europe as an ally, and the Russian military are particularly annoyed at how this misjudgment stayed their hand at the critical juncture; now their county’s position is too weak they think. Russians now look at Nato as the military wing of Europe: an unfriendly bloc now. That is where the tension comes from.

    All countries have come to realize that the world has reached a point at which no industrial economy has the manpower and political ability to mobilize a standing army of the size that would be needed to invade or even wage a major battle with a significant adversary. That political cost makes it uneconomic for Russia to retaliate against NATO adventurism prodding at its western border trying to incite a military response. It’s just not worth taking over Ukraine

    Lots of experts thought Russia would get bogged down in Syria but they didn’t. I would question whether Ukraine would be be able to fight effectively against given that the Russian way is to use mass effect, and they have the numbers and can attack from multiple sides. The ground in February will support the heaviest equipment’s mobility too. It would be a steamroller of heavy artillery. There might be a feint against Kiev, but the real objective is going to be a drive to the Dnieper, cutting the country in half, surrounding the Ukrainian army facing the separatist enclave and forcing the Ukrainians to fight on a reversed front while still being pressured from the opposite direction. The bulk of the Ukrainian army will be forced to surrender. having taken Russian speaking areas and being in possession of providing a formidable defensive riverine obstacle to any Ukrainian counter offensive. In economic terms the cost would be prohibitive, but leaving Ukraine in more or less intact may have an have an incredibly high geopolitical cost in Russian eyes. Moreover they have more or less written Europe off as partners anyway. I think Putin is going to strike.

  12. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    The whole world, including but not limited to jewmerica’s “allies”, are the ones who are being exploited and destroyed by jewmerican-imposed war, feminism, homosexuality, multiculturalism, globalism, etc. Oh yeah, it’s the jews, right, but it’s the jewmerican military, the jews’ most loyal slave, who actually forced such things to the world.

    The “English disease” (homosexuality) got the ball rolling on all of those other abominations. But where did the English pick up the English disease? From the (((Cousinhood))), which saw itself as “chosen” quasi Royalty and entitled to all manner of vice and debauchery, just like the Chosen-Elect globalists see themselves as entitled to all manner of vice and debauchery. Perversion is also innate to the “Chosen’s” cultural characteristics.

    This is why wealthy, decadent internationalists who gain their fortunes through title, nepotism, banksterism, racketeering, warmongering, treason, vice-peddling, etc. are complete poison to the civilizations that “tolerate” them, and then start worshiping them.

    Moses understood why those kinds of ((Jews)) had to be put to death — because they putrefy everything they touch.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  13. atp says:
    @john cronk

    Thank you for cogently expressing what I was thinking with a minimum of words!

  14. Cookie says:

    I don’t understand these Nord Stream 2 threats that Biden is making?

    If the U.S are just another member of Nato and have only as much power than any other member then how can they stop the gas pipeline cold if Russia invades Ukraine when other members have an equal say? And why would these other members stop the pipeline when it would be detrimental to their economic future?

    Do you think shipping gas from as far away as Australia is a solution?

    The only conclusion I can have is either Biden is bluffing or the U.S is Nato! And if the U.S is Nato then Russian concerns are real.

    Europe has some serious thinking to do, either they “hang on” grimly to a sinking ship or they recognize that their future is to embrace white Russia as European and learn to live with them.

    Its time Europe stopped been the spear tip of Jewish hate of Russia.

    • Agree: RobinG
  15. Yee says:

    Yes, what the US doing in Europe isn’t about Russia, but Western Europe.

    There’re 3 industrial centers in the world – North America, West Europe and East Asia. These 3 are real competitors, because an industrial power is/will be a world power. Western Europe is an industrial power on par with the US. If they somehow become militarily and politically independent of the US, it’d be the end of US hegemony.

    In the long run, Russia would be integrated into Europe economy, Japan and Korea into Chinese economy, just as the Latin Americas into US economy.

    The US government is just trying to obstruct or delay the inevitable.

  16. Yee says:

    In the even longer run, we’ll see who industrialize Africa and India. These 2 places certainly have enough people to build industrial centers.

  17. The Big Club: the CEOs all sit on each others boards and attend the same meetings (and pizza parties) at Davos and Bilderberg. What you’re witnessing with the world falling into ruin is their global reset plan in action.

    https://tritorch.com/NWO

    • Agree: SS-The Independent
  18. @Wokechoke

    Germany and Russia have a great deal to gain by mutual cooperation.

  19. “America” is a predator, a murderer, a thief, a rapist, a cheat, a sucker par excellence and by now hated, absolutely hated all around the world.

    All America has given and is giving to the world is violence, greed, viruses (digital and biological) and lies.

    The US-Army should not leave Germany, not leave Italy and not leave Europe (alive).

    There ought to be a time when some humans will wonder, speculate and research a mysterious disappeared continent named “America”.

    May the Jews’ lies all come true and “the world will be a better place” without that “America” & Jews per se.

  20. @Yee

    Long before India and Africa ‘industrialise’, human life on Earth will be extinct thanks to runaway ecological collapse.

  21. @Sean

    That settles it. Putin will not ‘strike’. He never intended to, unless the Ukronazi orc regime tried an ‘Operation Storm’ as the Croats, with full US support, did in that other ‘borderland’, Krajina. This whole farrago is designed to excite the morons (that’s where you come in), and the MSM complicity has been so craven, stupid, repetitive and vacuous that those vermin have exceeded even their low life precedents.
    When it is obvious that there will be no ‘strike’ and never was going to be, the MSM slime will simply switch to, ‘The glorious West ‘faced down’ the brutal dictator’, or some other filthy tripe from their repertoire. Can the Anglosphere and its NATO stooges get ANY lower? Of course they can.

  22. This was a very nice essay, no doubt about it. I’m at a terrific disadvantage in fully understanding it, especially since I haven’t had time to start reading my new copy of Mr. Hudson’s 3rd Edition of “Super-Imperialism”.

    But that said, I feel Mr. Hudson has too tight a focus here. The US has a huge interest in maintaining control of Europe to the greatest possible degree. But there is at least one other player there, and its interest in the US remaining flush with money is related to the role of Parasite/Bloodsucker it plays with the US Treasury. Besides that, it wants Russia crippled for other reasons.

    (essay at Reminiscence of the Future…)
    https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2022/02/andrei-raevsky-does-unpacking.html

    The stakes are very high, and the author believes that the gloves will come off in the coming hardball game.

    Leonkov’s conclusion that we need to expect a major false flag from the UK-US tandem in Ukraine trying to blame it on Russia is correct. What will be this false-flag? As he correctly states, it must be something so horrible, so immense as to beat down spineless EU into utter submission. Rostislav Ischenko doesn’t exclude even a detonation of a small nuclear device in Kiev, while we may also expect something on the order of rounding up and execution of a whole village or two with all women and children in Ukraine, granted Associated Press, Reuters and DW “journalists” will be conveniently there, and then blaming it on Russians.

    The Empire has already used Chemical Weapons in Syria. Those are surely a possibility in Ukraine as well.

    So memorize this chant: “{whatever horrible happened} was done by the Russians. They must pay!”

    No more Nord2 pipeline. Monster Sanctions. Maybe major “defensive” weapons into new NATO “special associate” or new member Ukraine.

  23. Anon[427] • Disclaimer says:

    What mayour political realigment happened without war ?

    once an elite is well stablished and ten of thousands of their mionions guarding every momevents and directing the selection process of the local elites with hundred of military bases in their territory like they do in most of europe since the ww2 is not usually a peacefull task to reverse the process .

  24. As the linchpin for a successful economic policy, which will not occur because of the Eptstein-Maxwell/Wexner nexus on behalf of the Mossad and due to the CIA control over the entire U\$ regime in the Di\$trict of Corruption; along with the WarDefense industry’s high cost of doing business by means of grease and grifting; a real American government would promptly disrobe the “Federal” Reserve bank and disallow all public indebtedness to that Bank\$ter cabal…that just for starters.

    Then the second phase would come into play. Over the period of a very few years American military forces would remove themselves from almost all of those foreign bases, perhaps retaining control over Guam and other Pacific Islands as well as an outpost in uninhabitable northern Greenland. That would be enough for defense.

    WarDefense production along with the size of the military then could be reduced to reasonable proportions and the plants currently engaged in that greasy system of cost-plus contracts would be redirected into producing high-speed passenger rail equipment and systems, in many cases established along already extant Interstate Highway corridors.

    Early discharged military personnel, beginning at the bloated officer ranks, particularly in the Airfarce, would receive subsidized re-training to work in restoration of the national infrastructure grid, including our overburdened electrical networks, cleaning up polluted waterways by adequate conservation policies, along with remediation of the chemical-warfare created destruction of our best farmlands.

    A national savings bank would replace the “Fed” and would not only serve to provide financial underpinnings for a carefully conceptualized industrial and infrastructural renaissance, while also as a savings institution, would offer interest rates to savers, replacing the parasitical classes which use their capital resources to gamble via the totally controlled stock-market.

    Renters would be able to redirect their payments into buy-outs of their current moneymakers on a graduated basis, from the rentier money grubbers, who would be encouraged to invest their energies in more productive areas of need.

    Pharmaceutical corporations would be nationalized, should they be found guilty of inflating the costs of their often-publicly financed monopolistic patent systems.

    Single payer medical care would be under the aegis of the government, strictly on a simplified basis, in order to thwart bureaucratic metastasization, but would provide needed services for those in need of medical attention. Recipients of single-payer would be financially encouraged and perhaps educated by nutritionists to make healthy food choices, and with the assistance of robotization, would be able to work their choice of five six hour shifts or three tens. Unemployment would fall to a near zero point under such a system. Creative energies in the arts and in architectural and landscaping remediation of their communities could be redirective goals.

    People require meaning in life. You ever wonder why such a huge percentage of the population is all strung out on drugs? It’s mainly because various policies implemented over the past five generations have deliberately dumbed-down the American people, placing them into situations where their lives become essentially meaningless and without hope. America is in a sick state of affairs. We need to clean up our act. First step is to kick the Bank\$ters in the ass and take over our own powers of financial realism.

    • Agree: Badger Down
  25. The US isn’t really controlled by Americans. The elites of all stripes are internationalists and do not care in the least what happens to the US. Kurt Vonnegut opined on this 40 years ago. The rich have abandoned the country. It’s only purpose is for siphoning off whatever wealth is left over from its salad days.

    • Agree: Bro43rd
    • Replies: @Rubicon
  26. @Chris Moore

    Have you given serious thought to mental rehabilitation? Or perhaps you merely need to oil the hinges on your closet door.

    • Replies: @dimples
  27. @Anon

    Thank you for this comment Anon, it truly is “simple as”. All this magical handwaving and speculating across massive paragraphs of text boil down to the one thing you related. These people have a major bone to pick with Slavs and want to erase the Whiteness out of Europe. What better way to get that then to grind Europeans and Slavs in some more bloody wars? It worked to great effect last century. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is likely there motto here for why they are pushing this absurd narrative.

  28. @Cookie

    It is indeed about the partitioning of Europe, the Atlantic coasts to the Russian borders will be bartered for on a global scale, including chips as Taiwan, Syria, Lybia, the Greater Middle Oil, swats of South America, hang-outs and hang-overs included. The French Fries Palace is up for a make-over. Europe will be openly spanked, as our Euro “leaders” deserve, and who knows, seen their attitudes and character, they might even delight in it. A new era in book-keeping.

  29. @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Europeans who stayed in Europe didn’t build America, the ones who migrated to America during the 19th century did, there was very few whites before then, slaves did the labor before then and obviously it didn’t lead to industrialization AKA blacks didn’t build modern America.

    Today the most productive people continue to be the immigrants since they don’t have capital they have to work. Too large a number of Americans became capitalists, AKA part of the renteer/bourgeois class and so labor from born and raised American is simply subpar maybe even non-existent(welfare is parasitism too). Plus the deliberate dumbing down of America, I suppose the oligarchs just didn’t think they would ever need productive labor in America ever again because of Asia, too bad things didn’t go their way with China. They wanted America to be a massive consumption economy of morons and they accomplished it.

    • Replies: @SS-The Independent
  30. IronForge says:

    Great Article.

    For Germany and Japan, China have become their Largest Trade Partners; and Russia are Germany’s Largest Energy Partner.

    Japanese Independents-Nationalists are being suppressed by Muricans and their Taiwanese, Korean, and Filipino Vassals. The Author-Politician Ex-Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (“A Japan that can say, ‘No!’” – with Sony FounderCEO Akio Morita) Passed On this February01. Murican-Vassal_LDP and Lefties Voted Him and his Party Out of the Diet – forcing his retirement about a Decade Ago.

    IMHO, German Independents-Nationalists, featuring AfD and those Center-Right Types, get Disdained often on DW and other MSM.

    RUS, CHN, JPN, and DEU need to protect their Ethnicity and Culture, since they became prosperous (recently) mostly by Internal Development rather than by Plunder and Immigration utilized heavily by GBR+USA, and their Hegemony.

    Replacing US_Military/NATO with NordStreams1+2 and SilkRoad should fare well for Germany.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  31. In Poland, Putin is shown by media as a new Hitler and we always end up with buying arms from US, instead od designing and manufacturing our own “because there is no time!” as Russia is going to invade, enslave and kill us “tomorrow morning”.

    • Replies: @dimples
    , @Fred777
  32. @Yee

    In the long run, Russia would be integrated into Europe economy, Japan and Korea into Chinese economy, just as the Latin Americas into US economy.

    Merges and buy-outs. Horizontal exchanges of shares and bonds. In the name of efficiency. The arcane dialectic of economics finds itself a charming host. Little fellow(Europe), big head, too big to sustain(not fail). Macron and Scholtz(Scholz) demoted to middle-management.

  33. @Yee

    That´s the medium term – the dollah and the military are desperately
    trying to prop each other up, with nothing else left of the Evil Empire.

    However I cannot for the life of me see Africa take off; India – I won´t rule it out
    but would be surprised if I live to see it, they have what – 15%? – halfway educated
    and can´t keep up with population growth. Numbers alone don´t hack it.

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  34. Anon[223] • Disclaimer says:
    @nokangaroos

    Agreed – ever since the Cold War ended it’s been Washington’s grand strategy to formenr instability in Europe.

    It’s finally dawned on Paris and Berlin that Washington isn’t their friend. Macron and Scholz challenge is how to elegantly disassociate the Euros from Washington without getting color revolutioned themselves.

  35. @Cookie

    Other than USrael “NATO” is just a captive market for second-rate weaponry
    (M-47, F-104, F-35, etc.) and a dandy collateral for money printing –
    and the proposed New-Jerusalem-on-the-Dniepr is going to require
    protection.
    Fighting to the last European has always been the Plan.

  36. and beak with the pro-U.S. trade arrangements

    break

  37. Petermx says:

    “If there is no Russian or Chinese plan to invade or bomb them, what is the need for NATO?” There is no longer a need for NATO. In fact, under its current leadership it’s dangerous to Europe. The US was not dominant from the late 19th century going forward. It did have great factories that churned out more than the other countries but European countries also produced a lot but in addition to manufacturing, Europe led the world in science and ingenuity. The US was what how some Americans view China as today. Great at manufacturing and copying. The US began to be a leader in science when some leading scientists left Europe shortly before the war either because they were Jewish or for other reasons and then after WW II the US gained much additional scientific know how from Germany. Europe dominated the world from the late 19th century onward and then blew each others brains out so the US, safely protected by two oceans, could step in when the others were broken or dead.

    Inflation has taken off around the world but I think it is especially high in the US. It is commonly claimed by some people that the US dollar is “the cleanest shirt in the hamper” compared to other currencies but others see US debt and and the overinflated US stock market as what will crash or at least greatly reduce the dollars value against other currencies. I think it’s the latter and it will happen soon, starting this year or next. Then Europe will have to look out for its own interests. Germany is not an independent country. It is a puppet state to the WW II victors now represented by the US. The collapse of the USSR freed the other half of Europe and allowed Germany to unify. Now Germany’s other former foe has serious economic problems and this could free the rest of Europe from US clutches. But Europe will still have the problem of low birth rates and leaders intent on destroying the ethnic and racial makeup of their countries thru immigration. Maybe that can be dealt with then too.

    There are still countries in Europe that greatly admire the US. The little Baltic countries (at least Estonia and Latvia) still view Russia with suspicion and are strong supporters of the US but I think some other countries see things differently.

  38. Malla says:
    @nokangaroos

    May I therefore assume the Empire had become flabby, its machinery subpar, its workforce pampered and dumb?

    The British Empire was about controlling global trade and commerce, basically controlling it so that it does not fall under the control of its rivals like the French the Dutch etc… That is why they controlled places like Gibralter, Cyprus, Suez Canal, Singapore and most importantly India. Control of India allied to the Royal navy means it controls Indian Ocean trade and most importantly the French or the Dutch or some other power does not control it. That is why they were ready to fund such an expensive Empire, the British in 1890s were some of the taxed people on Earth, money to fund that Empire. Colonial Empires were driven a lot by inter European competition, earlier the fears of losing trade and later losing control of some resource or some strategic location. The British possessions means it improved London’s power and prestige w.r.t Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, Washington, Lisbon etc… The French Imperial possessions increased its power and prestige w.r.t London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Moscow etc… Japanese Empire was driven by fears of Russian expansion for ports as well as other European powers. The Japanese Imperial possessions increased Tokyo’s power and prestige w.r.t Moscow, London, Washington etc… Also the Empires would be useful in case of an economic or military confrontation with other great powers. Control of India means, the British Empire could use India’s strategic location, unlimited manpower and agricultural resources in case of some economic or military confrontation. Examples: WW1 and 2 as well as Imperial Preference System directed against the USA just before WW2. In return these Empires would bring better governance and modern education, healthcare etc…for their Empire’s peoples. That was the deal. India was a major pillar of this British Empires, a mini Empire in itself. Indeed the British acquired East Africa for the security of its connection to India and also to abolish slavery there. Even after India became independent, during the Suez canal incident, the British old colonial guard, out of old habits were talking about the security of India. LOL. Old habits die hard.

    When a dominant power faces a rising power, in most cases it led to war. Britain Vs Germany is a good example. However it is the USA which ended up as the post British dominant power. USA went in smooth. Sure there were pro-USA elements in Britain, they spoke of common language, democracy, maybe the stiff Brits were made to feel inferior to the more cool Americans. Britons talk about special relations with the USA, but that is all bullshit, but there is just one special relations for the USA and that is with Israel.

    After WW2, when the European powers and Japan was weakened, the USA was still weary of these powers may rise again. After all these countries like Britain, France, Japan, Germany have high IQ innovative people with great soldier material. Now CIA funded Marxist crackpots were teaching fart bullshit about Empires “wuz about lootings of resources” and all that bullshit lapped up with glee by low IQ Third Worlders and leftist nuts but they knew what those Empires was really all about. They were driven by inter power fears and competitions in trade. So USA assured them Western Europeans and Japan that the US navy would maintain Freedom of the Seas, so these countries need not have expensive Empires out of fears and insecurities w.r.t each other, the US navy will take care of that. This way the USA could smooth their way into global power. Western European countries and Japan did not have to fund expensive Empires anymore and their economies boomed. But this was actually a disaster for the Third World who were run by nutcases brainwashed by marxist and local reactionary fartings. They all took idiotic steps and torpedoed their own economies into and blamed everything on “evul colonialism”. There were exceptions like Singapore or South Korea. The gap in per capita income in between Western Europe + Japan and the rest of the Third World widened enormously as more parts of the world were de-colonised. The problem is these idiotic countries of Western Europe did not have the power and prestige of Empires anymore but stupidly in suicidal fashion decided to take the liabilities of Empires via foreign aid and mass immigration. What idiots!!!

    • Thanks: nokangaroos
    • Replies: @nokangaroos
  39. Malla says:
    @Yee

    In the long run, Russia would be integrated into Europe economy

    Fall of the USSR and Warsaw pact gave Western Europe the chance to ditch the USA and integrate Eastern Europe all the way to Russia into its system. Uniting the economic and military resources of Western Europe with those of Eastern Europe including Russia, would have helped Europe as whole to emerge as a independent pole. But the USA along with some old guard Europeans never did that happen and they took part in the looting of Eastern Europe which was a short term gain but a long term loss for Europe. And this idiotic West Vs Russia rivalry, which does not make any sense. There is no British India Vs Russian Central Asia great game or Capitalism Vs Communism Cold War, so, this West vs Russia does not make any sense.

    Japan and Korea into Chinese economy

    Japan has the ability to be an independent pole in itself but good relations in between the countries of East Asia is beneficial to all. Vietnam may soon rise as an industrial power in the coming decades as it becomes the next China.

    we’ll see who industrialize Africa and India.

    China could play a big role. At least Africa and some parts of the Indian subcontinent such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and maybe even Bhutan. As China moves up the value chain, maybe they could out source some low level manufacturing to these places for a start. This is exactly what happened in the British Empire, as Britain itself went up the value chain, British India saw a huge growth in low-level fabric manufacturing and with time British Indian mills was out competing more expensive British clothing in the China market by the 1940s.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  40. dimples says:
    @emerging majority

    “Moses understood why those kinds of ((Jews)) had to be put to death — because they putrefy everything they touch.”

    I thought this bit sounded quite sane and relevant to the current situation.

  41. dimples says:
    @Wojciech Garbacz

    I always thought that the “Poles are not very bright” meme was a myth, but recent events prove that it is actually true. It’s bizarre to see this sort of revelation happen in real time.

  42. Anon[173] • Disclaimer says:

    All or nothing remember ? but beautifull capitulation song nonetheless .

    • Replies: @Malla
  43. @Malla

    You almost make the Pax Americana likeable. Almost 😛

    • Replies: @Malla
  44. GMC says:
    @Cookie

    Good point – I don’t think that everyone understands just how much extra money { dollars and Euros} are being printed up in order to buy everything off. From the UN and all its agencies to the entire European Union to Nato and it’s proxy armies. Possibly, over a hundred countries are being bought off , extorted, threatened, infiltrated or just Hi Jacked like Ukraine was. Not to mention all the Drug, Arms and other mafia style scenarios and theft that bring in the ” Unaccounted for” capital. I’ll assume we are looking at over 20+ trillion in dirty money that has no books tied to it. This is partly why Russia and China need to get rid of the Dollar and balance the worlds currencies.

  45. @dimples

    I always thought that the “Poles are not very bright” meme
    was a myth, but recent events prove that it is actually true. It’s
    bizarre to see this sort of revelation happen in real time.

    We are quite smart alright.
    https://factsmaps.com/pisa-2018-worldwide-ranking-average-score-of-mathematics-science-reading/
    https://www.oecd.org/pisa/publications/pisa-2018-results.htm

    However, later on, intellectual potential of our teenagers is quenched
    by American pop culture, which lowers man’s intellect and subsequently
    sensitizes people to propaganda.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
    • Replies: @Avery
    , @erzberger
    , @Ned Kelly
  46. Malla says:
    @nokangaroos

    Hehe. But here comes the problem, the World has become more chaotic with pax Americana. And also America suddenly puts sanctions at will and American Congressmen are corrupt and can be bought. And there are many lobbies. Oil lobby, Israel lobby. Does not look good. After the USSR fell, the USA went wild, and maybe itself will fall. Maybe by just collapsing, the Soviets (ghost of the USSR) will destroy the USA after all.

  47. Sean says:
    @Cookie

    If the U.S are just another member of Nato and have only as much power than any other member then how can they stop the gas pipeline cold if Russia invades Ukraine when other members have an equal say?

    Germany is a defence freeloader on American taxpayers that is cocooned within Nato (friendly countries on all of Germany’s borders for the first time in its history). The Euro makes German goods far cheaper in America than they would be if Germany had its own currency. Germany is being clever, but America can decide if Germany is not willing to spend to defend itself then Americans are under no obligation to pay to protect Germans and allow them to get away with their subtle mercantilist exporting to America, especially as the Germans are raking it in doing profitable business with Russia and China).

  48. antibeast says:

    Walmart, Apple and many other U.S. companies organized production facilities in China, which involved technology transfers and creation of an efficient infrastructure for export trade.

    This is incorrect.

    Most US multinationals who ‘outsource’ the manufacturing of their US goods to Asian countries hire Asian CEMs — Contract Equipment Manufacturers — who own, manage and operate their factories and warehouses located in industrial parks built specifically for export industries located in EPZs or Export Processing Zones, all across East and Southeast Asia.

    In the 1990s, East Asians were the first and biggest investors to setup shop in China, such as Taiwan-based Foxconn, HK-based Li&Fung and Singapore-based Flex, with hardly any ‘technology transfer’ involving US industrial technology because their East Asian industrial technology came from Japan which became an industrial export powerhouse as early as the 1970s!

    Furthermore, the USA had imposed sanctions on China after Tiananmen in 1989. So how can ‘Walmart, Apple and many other U.S. companies organize production facilities in China’? Answer: they did NOT. Walmart, Apple and many other US companies simply ‘outsourced’ the manufacturing of their US products to Asian CEMs like Foxconn, Li&Fung, Flex, etc. who had invested in China after Deng’s market reforms in the 1990s.

    So who was responsible for the ‘creation of an efficient infrastructure for export trade’? Walmart, Apple and other US multinationals? NO! It was the Chinese State which built those ‘efficient infrastructure for export trade’. And they were called ‘ETDZs’. Here’s its Wikipedia entry:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Economic_and_Technological_Development_Zones

    By the way, Steve Jobs hired Tim Cook who signed Apple’s contract with Foxconn ‘outsourcing’ the manufacturing of its iProducts in 1998. Tim Cook came from Compaq which had already outsourced the manufacturing of its PCs to Foxconn in the 1990s. Apple did NOT have to ‘organize production facilities in China’ because Foxconn had already done so a decade prior.

    Remember, the USA had imposed sanctions on China after Tiananmen in 1989. So it was NOT Walmart, Apple, and other US multinationals who had invested in China in the 1990s but East Asians — 80% of whom are ‘Overseas Chinese’ — who had invested in China during the 1990s, with the Chinese State building the ETDZs to accommodate their factories and warehouses.

    This article is a disappointment. For an acclaimed economist to assert misleading claims which are factually incorrect only serves to detract from his views. This is lousy research which could have been rectified by verifying certain facts online.

  49. @john cronk

    The other day on another article, @PetrOldSack replied to one of my comments and after reading it twice, I couldn’t find any intelligible content in it. I replied that either he’s a non native English speaker or comes from a non STEM background that leads him to sound like professor Irwin Corey.

    It’s good to know that others are equally perplexed by his prose.

  50. Renoman says:

    It’s just the Rats leaving the sinking ship. The internet has made it very difficult to lie. No one likes or trusts the Americans, I mean why would they? They’re just weapon selling pirates and war mongers. they owe a ton of money and need a War to pay their bills. We’re all done with you, pedal your lies on some other planet.

    • Replies: @Parbes
  51. Michael Hudson

    What you wrote is true. But some things needed to be added to your analysis.

    1)‘America’s White Liberal Greedy Class are to the culprits

    2)The White Liberal Greedy Cheating is waging a two-front economic war and war of racial extermination against Slavic Russia and The Historic Native Born White American Working Class Majority..

    3)Your enthusiasm….along with Tulsa Gabbard…..for the H-1B-L-1B Visa Program(mass Hindu Legal Immigration into America)

    Michael

    Would you like to have a discussion here in the comments with me about your views on mass nonwhite LEGAL immigration into America and the consequences of this for the Native White American Working Class…?

    • Thanks: RadicalCenter
  52. @antibeast

    If as you write the US Corporations are outsourcing by proxy…it wouldn’t make a difference to Michael Hudson’s main point. It’s would be a Mafia Don outsourcing it’s hits on American Working Class People by hiring the Yakuza…Your comments don’t have any merit…

    • Replies: @antibeast
  53. Most important, China avoided foreign debt service by creating its own money and keeping the most important production facilities in its own hands.

    In the 1980s and early 1990s, China industrialized with minimal borrowing by using prison labor.

    • Disagree: antibeast
  54. @Sean

    You have it exactly backwards.

    NATO is a bullshit organization that extorts money from its members. Those that give it the least are the smartest. NATO is a retirement program for has been politicians and armchair warriors that would soil themselves should a real adversary arise. NATO is there to sell shit US weapons at an incredible mark up to member nations.

    Countries are NATO members for historic reasons that may have been valid decades ago but have long since become irrelevant. Inertia is what has kept countries as members, but that may start to change now that the current political class in any country seriously needs to consider how effective the NATO claim is versus reality when the adversary is Russia.

    The current crop of political scum aren’t the ones that got paid off to join NATO; most of them are dead or retired. All of Europe is deep in debt and spending on the nonsense “protection” that NATO claims is sure to get a revue. Macron is pushing hard for a European military and without dissing NATO overtly is clearly signaling that he thinks it’s past its prime.

    Now that the US military includes freaks and pregnant women, that also damages the image of the primary fighting force in NATO.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @atp
  55. The United States cannot simply reverse its de-industrialization and dependence on Chinese and other Asian labor by bringing production back home. It has built too high a rentier overhead into its economy for its labor to be able to compete internationally …

    It is possible to reduce the rentier overhead. A period of inflation would reduce the real value of debts. The important thing is changes in regulation during this period to prevent the re-emergence of the rentier economy.

    However such changes are unlikely because both political parties have their bills paid by Wall Street, defense contractors, and Big Oil. Appropriate changes would also require the authorities to have the knowledge to identify the problems and solve them. Neither of the recent anti-establishment presidential candidates – Trump nor Sanders – was gifted in that regard.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  56. Avery says:
    @Wojciech Garbacz

    Agree with poster [Wojciech Garbacz]: Polish people are quite smart.
    For example, it is not widely known that it was the brilliant work of 3 Polish mathematicians which led to the British breaking the Enigma code. (……can’t remember their names just now).

    But there are 2 kinds of smarts (maybe more): technical smart (STEM), and life/world-wise smart.

    Smart STEMs are generally lousy in politics, human-affairs, and such: they are not world-wise.
    I think what the previous poster was referring to was Poles not being world-wise: their hatred of their Slavic cousins — Russians — rooted no doubt on valid historical grievances, has clouded their minds*. Poland has allowed the GloboSorosistas to establish themselves in Poland (EU/NATO), and threaten its long-term existence as a Christian/Polish Nationalist nation. Why?

    [Tucker is joined by Polish president for ‘bombshell’ exclusive interview]

    ______________________________________
    *
    Poles remember the Katyn Massacre: fine, they should: about 20,000 Polish military men were murdered by the NKVD/KGB.

    But for some strange reason they have memory-holed Nazi Operation Intelligenzaktion, in which about 100,000 Polish civilian intellectuals were murdered or “disappeared”.

    Polish hatred of Russians is so irrational that when their Presidential airplane crashed going to Katyn commemoration, they accused the Russians of causing it. (….later investigation showed it was Polish pilot error).

  57. HT says:

    America’s real adversaries are the Tribe from within. Without their influence and control and their desire to destroy traditional America and the white race, America would have the world at her finger tips, a superpower that no one would dare challenge.

  58. Americas real adversaries are Israel and the zionists in control of the ZUS government and they have been in control since the zionist bankers saddled America with their privately owned central bank aka a zionist privately owned ATM that never goes empty courtesy of the American taxpayers who slave away on the zionist plantation aka the ZUS.

    Like every parasite, the zionists are destroying their host, of course this was the plan all along, as zionists are destroyers and wreckers of nations and humanity, it is in their DNA.

  59. Anonymous[395] • Disclaimer says:

    Don’t know who is screwing whom but somebody for sure is getting screwed and we aren’t going to find out anytime soon so just sit back and watch the circus.

  60. antibeast says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    The author of this article claims that US multinationals like Walmart, Apple, etc. invested in China by establishing Chinese factories and transferring US industrial technology to the Chinese. That is simple not true at all. Walmart is a retailer while Apple is a marketer. Both hardly manufacture anything anywhere.

    When Deng opened up China to Asian investors, the effect on US multinationals like Apple was that they couldn’t compete anymore against Asian manufacturers in China. Steve Jobs was the lone holdout who wanted to manufacture Apple’s PCs in the USA until Apple nearly went bankrupt in late 1990s which forced him to hire Tim Cook to handle the outsourced manufacturing of Apple’s iProducts to Asia. That decision saved Apple and turned it into the most valuable US company by market valuation.

    For Apple, the decision was simple: outsource to China or go out of business.

    • Thanks: dogbumbreath
  61. haha says:
    @Sean

    “I think Putin is going to strike (Russia).”

    I think you need to think through this assumption. First of all, Russia is not Putin. It is a very comic-book style of thinking that personifies all issues, geopolitics, and complexities into a single man who can be declared the “bad guy”.

    Countries seek to expand territory when there are compulsions to acquire more land or resources. Russia does not need more land, it already has problems managing a massive land mass with a small population. Ukraine has no attractive industrial infrastructure that can be attractive to anyone. And to take over a hostile and embittered population would be a stupid move – something that the US learnt recently in Afghanistan after 20 years of delusional thinking.

    So the only reason for Russia to “invade” Ukraine would be if Ukraine was to “invade” Eastern Ukraine which is heavily Russian-ethnic. The purpose of such Russian “invasion” would be to halt the attacks on native Russians in the Eastern Ukraine. Since the purpose of such “invasion” would be to stop further killing of ethnic Russians, it would be best accomplished by missile strikes to cripple Ukrainian war-making capability.

    So here is the comical situation of today: The US and its NATO have been screaming “The Russians are invading” since the past two months while the Ukrainian Government is now telling them “Take it easy, we see no invasion coming”. Funny, no? Even funnier is the US telling Ukraine “You and the Russians go fight, I’ll cheerlead from the side but I won’t actively fight”.

    So while there is almost no risk of a gratuitous Russian “invasion”, the longer time threat to world peace is very serious as the US continues to place more weapons and missiles in Ukraine. Now what would you do if someone was placing projectiles and nuclear-capable missiles on your front lawn? At some stage the Russian “invasion” may take the form of elimination of such threats by targeted and precision strikes. That would be the end of the “invasion” unless the US/NATO decided to counter-attack, in which case the world would have some merry nuclear fireworks. I hope reason and sanity prevail and we do not get to see such fireworks.

  62. @Reality Reporter

    I don’t know where you live, in what Country, but you are right. As an immigrant, I can tell you that we have to work very hard ( twice as hard, compared with a born American ), in order to keep the job/business. There is an other important aspect: we are very, very motivated people, because working hard, we can accomplish what we never had a chance in the countries from where we came from ( in my case, Eastern-Europe ). A house, cars, maybe some land ( some have buildings for rent ), etc. Frank Zappa was right: ‘ the Communism will never work, because people like to have/own things ‘ ( from my memory ). The mistake of the commies regimes in E-E was that they forgot the ‘ bread and circuses ( panem and circenses ) ‘ for the masses ( at least, the Ceausescu Regime in Romania ). The commies tried hard to indoctrinate the people ( ‘ omul the tip nou ‘ in Romania, or ‘ human/people of new type ‘, in translation ), but they didn’t succeed…They did here, in USA ( ‘ Idiocracy ‘ – the movie, is here, today, not in 2505 ). For those offended, no apologies…just watch the movie starring Luke Wilson, please…

    • Replies: @haha
  63. bert33 says:

    Troops home, make europe figure out their own future. As for asia, you have several billion people most of whom do not speak english and are not keen on foreign governance imposing itself on them.

    Let’s keep working on the US public school system instead of trying to govern the entire planet, apparently.

    • Agree: Decoy
  64. @PetrOldSack

    Mister/Madame, no offense, but your long ‘ dissertation ‘ reminds me of those speeches of the leaders of the Communist Party, in Eastern-Europe. Or some of my teachers in college, which never worked a day in the field. We had a joke back there, under commies regime; ” theory like theory, but the practice is what ‘ killing ‘ us “. Regarding Michael Hudson and his books/work, just happened that I have read some of his books and I consider him to be not only one of the best economists in the World, but one of the most sincere economists. He is right when he say that ALL the World economies are controlled/influenced, etc., the only question is in who’s favor ?! The Oligarchy/ Establishment/Kleptocracy, OR the working People ?!. The ‘ free market ‘ is a myth, part of the ‘ American dream ‘ ( see George Carlin ), to keep the sheeple in line. And Hudson is right when he is talking about parasitism ( ‘ killing the host ‘ ), the rent/usury. Prove me wrong, please, in plain English, not in what we used to call ‘ limbaj de lemn ‘ ( wooden language, in aprox. translation from Romanian ).

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  65. @haha

    Hey, please pay attention how close the pesky Russians put their Country to the American?NATO military bases 🙂 And how ‘ intelligent ‘ some sheeple. I mean people, noticed and cares about the Ukrainian borders, while the US southern border is Schweitzer ( most of them having no clue where Ukraine is on the map, some even not be able to locate their own Country, USA )…

    • Replies: @haha
  66. Parbes says:
    @Renoman

    “We’re all done with you, pedal your lies on some other planet.”

    It’s not “pedal” – it’s “peddle”. Learn the difference between the two words (completely unrelated meanings).

    The rest of your post does make sense, though. 😊

  67. Sean says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    Any attack by Ukraine on the breakaway regions would be obliterated by rear area rockets and big guns during the delay while Ukrainians tried to clear minefields. You don’t move heavy artillery and huge stores of ammunition forward in the way Putin is doing unless you have serious intentions to use them. In actual fighting it’s all done with artillery, and the logistics of feeding the greedy tube artillery is what needs to be got right for any successful offensive. The ground will be frozen enough to support the mongo Russian equipment and supply train for an advance after another fortnight.

    Putin might not do anything, but that would make all the preparations an elaborate practical joke, for in the case of a de-escalation what has he gained by the build up? Putin is going to be hit with serious sanctions and technology withholding, plus Nato aid to Ukraine increasing by an order of magnitude even if he were to back down now. He must have had an objective beyond deterring an attack by Ukraine or getting a meeting with Macron to predictably incur such a girding of Nato against Russia. My bet is his endgame anticipates territorial aggrandizement up to the Dnieper which will be a handy defensive barrier.Putin knows those who come after him won’t have the guts so it is now or never.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  68. Fred777 says:
    @Wojciech Garbacz

    Don’t worry your president will have a very comfortable retirement thanks to Raytheon et al.

    If Duda wasn’t on the MIC pension plan Poland would purchase their fighter jets from Russia and put some of the money saved towards additional pilot training.

    Don’t be too hard on Duda. If he didn’t play along he would be replaced with someone who did.

    • Replies: @Wojciech Garbacz
  69. PJ London says:
    @Sean

    PJ London
    14 days ago

    “The one time that CNN told the truth (That the Biden – Zelensky call was not ‘cordial’) and the Administration goes berserk.
    Zelensky told Biden to STFU and stop instigating a war as it was the Ukies who were going to get killed.
    Zelensky then went on national TV and spoke for 2 hours saying that there would be no war, no invasion, that nothing was happening and that everyone should just calm the fuck down.
    Same message as Putin.

    [MORE]

    Zelensky said they were not joining NATO, had not asked to join and had no plans to join.
    European NATO said that is good because we didn’t ask you, we won’t let you and we also wish those idiots in Washington would just STFU.
    Every dog within 20 miles of the Pentagon went into hiding as the generals were looking for something to kick now their weeks of planning had just gone to shit.”
    ….
    Putin’s one and only objective, as laid on him by a dying Yeltsin, is “Protect Russia”.
    Just as Hitler wanted to protect the Germanic people who had been taken into other states as a result of the Versailles Treaty, Putin will as far as possible protect the Russian people who are now residing in Ukraine, Lithuania, Chechnya, Georgia etc. as a result of Perestroika.
    He counts Russian speakers as Russians. He has allowed millions of Ukrainian residents to register as Russian Citizens.
    America has bribed all the countries around Russia to discriminate against their Russian speaking nationals.
    Why did Putin support the Donbass and Crimea?

    Bogdan Boutkevitch: Ok, you ask me “How can this be happening?” Well, it happens because Donbass, in general, is not simply a region in a very depressed condition, it has got a whole number of problems, the biggest of which is that it is severely overpopulated with people nobody has any use for. Trust me I know perfectly well what I am saying.
    If we take, for example, just the Donetsk oblast, there are approximately 4 million inhabitants, at least 1.5 million of which are superfluous. That’s what I mean: we don’t need to [try to] “understand” Donbass, we need to understand Ukrainian national interests.
    Donbass must be exploited as a resource, which it is. I don’t claim to have a quick solution recipe, but the most important thing that must be done – no matter how cruel it may sound – is that there is a certain category of people that must be exterminated.”
    “Transcript: “It’s perfectly simple. You need to kill 1.5 million people in Donbass”
    Translated from Ukrainian by Valentina Lisitsa

    That category was the Russian speaking population.
    Putin would not take Ukraine as a gift, and nor would Germany or any other country. Although if a real possibility of Genocide existed he would advance to the Dnieper (and probably all Kiev within the ring road) and declare East Ukraine as another Kosovo.
    Xi (and a hundred other countries) would support him and the hell with the rest of the world.

    Before the US and London starts thumping their chests and doing really stupid things, ask ; can Putin harm the USA?
    The answer is Oh boy and how.
    Putin can destroy the EU economically by closing off gas supply. (A few raids and ME gas is gone too.)
    He can do it and say “Until the US and EU realise my demands are reasonable and necessary, all our output goes to the east.”
    His big mate in China can withhold, or delay the export of critical goods, specifically all micro-chips. China can do this simply by stopping the production in Taiwan, or insisting to Taiwan that all production is routed via China.
    It would take two telephone calls.
    The Europeans and the Taiwanese know who wields power in this world.
    The move towards freedom from the hegemony is growing stronger each day.

    As a postscript, approx 13 million of the 16 million Jews in this world live in the US or Israel. I can only ascribe to Hubris, the actions of the jews. They are clearly and more and more identifiably in control and the resentment, not just on UNZ, is growing. They can make laws and punish the Irvings of this world but not control the rest of the world for much longer.
    “THERE WILL COME A DAY WHEN ALL THE LIES WILL COLLAPSE UNDER THEIR OWN WEIGHT, AND THE TRUTH WILL TRIUMPH AGAIN”
    JOSEPH GOEBBELS
    With the breaking away from US and the war crimes of Israel, that day is coming closer.

  70. haha says:
    @SS-The Independent

    Yeah, those pesky Russians putting their country closer and closer to US/NATO military bases!
    I fear this might blow up big time while the sheeple keep their heads down. Ain’t gonna be any winner, neither the pesky Rooshians, nor the noble US. All it will take is one mistake, one miscalculation, one aggressive bluff too many, or one Dr. Strangelove. So sad – because so avoidable.

    • Agree: SS-The Independent
  71. @dimples

    Dimples, I don’t think you should blame the average Polish, but their Government. Bought/sold out to the international financial cabal/cartel. Like my first Country ( Romania ) and my adoptive Country ( US ). And most of the Countries of the World, where the Rothschild’s have a ‘ Central Bank ‘…“Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.”- Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild. By hook, or by crook, the financial coterie/gang got control of most of the Nations of the World.

  72. Agent76 says:

    This is all about the U.S. Petrodollar!

    January 29, 2022 Bipartisanship: US House Races Massive Ukraine Weapons Transfer to the Floor!

    In Washington the global US military empire is a bipartisan affair. With a trillion dollar yearly military budget, there are plenty of opportunities for both the position and the opposition parties to thrust snouts deeply into the trough.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/bipartisanship-us-house-races-massive-ukraine-weapons-transfer/5768558

    September 7, 2021 Gazprom Neft Switches to Yuan Payments in China

    Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russian gas giant Gazprom, is starting to settle payments for the jet fuel it supplies in China in yuan, instead of in U.S. dollars, the company’s Alexander Dyukov has said.

    https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Gazprom-Neft-Switches-To-Yuan-Payments-In-China.html

  73. Sean says:
    @RoatanBill

    I note that Germany is willing to defy America by building a pipeline that bypasses Ukraine and Poland (thus enabling Russia to turn off gas supplies to those countries and only those countries at any time) and Germany, which has a gold plated heath care system of a kind Americans can only dream of, is not willing to build a few extra divisions of tanks as America keeps asking them to. Moreover, the Euro currency enables German goods to destroy the US industrial competition in their home market.

    It is in Michael Stuermer’s book on Putin that post Soviet Russians strategic thinking was Europe would increasingly see the US as a rival or enemy of Europe. Well that has not happened and so one might suspect the Germans see Nato as a benefit to them because they get more out of the American led Nato than they put in. German is defending itself in any meaningful way, although it’s wealthy country. The German leadership tried to argue that them importing a million refugees from Syria ECT ought to be counted as part of their Nato defence contribution (rather than the attack on the rising cost of labor in a country with a low birthrate it is).

  74. haha says:
    @SS-The Independent

    Forgive me, off topic, but what is your take on why Romanians and other East Europeans see the world in such childish, black-and-white terms, namely, Russia/Communism bad, US/free market good? Would love to read your thoughts on this.

    My personal take can be summed-up in two imageries: (a) A hungry man looks through the glass front of a fancy gourmet restaurant and thinks “If only I could be inside this fancy place eating to my fill”; and (b) A small town man visits a big city, sees all the glitter, the razzle-dazzle, and makes up his mind “This is the kind of place I want to live in”. Nothing wrong with these human aspirations except that to enjoy abundance and razzle-dazzle societies have to go through long, long periods of transition, for there are no “Instant Prosperity and Grand Success Programs” in the real world.

    But your take? Thx.

    • Replies: @SS-The Independent
  75. antibeast says:
    @Malla

    Fall of the USSR and Warsaw pact gave Western Europe the chance to ditch the USA and integrate Eastern Europe all the way to Russia into its system. Uniting the economic and military resources of Western Europe with those of Eastern Europe including Russia, would have helped Europe as whole to emerge as a independent pole. But the USA along with some old guard Europeans never did that happen and they took part in the looting of Eastern Europe which was a short term gain but a long term loss for Europe. And this idiotic West Vs Russia rivalry, which does not make any sense. There is no British India Vs Russian Central Asia great game or Capitalism Vs Communism Cold War, so, this West vs Russia does not make any sense.

    You forgot the Biggest Elephant in Europe —the US-led NATO — which had expanded to the borders of Russia while bombing Serbia. That act of Imperialist Aggression would continue in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, etc. Now, their target is Ukraine.

    The EU should have led the unification of Western Europe with Eastern Europe including Russia into one Euro-Zone which would have marginalized the US-led NATO in the affairs of Europe. Then the EU should have created the EDF —European Defense Force — to replace NATO. To see just how dangerous things have become, one only needs to look at the trail of death and destruction left behind by the US-led NATO. Now it’s too late for Europeans to kick out the US-led NATO from Europe.

    • Replies: @SS-The Independent
  76. If the EU suddenly becomes pragmatic, it immediately casts a retroactive shadow over its past since World War Two (and perhaps earlier). When WWII broke out, Hitler posed no threat to either England or France. But after war was declared that changed and there was no turning back. So, the US had to enter to “save” Europe. If the EU now says: OK, let’s apease Putin, he is no threat to us, then they implicitly admit that declaring war to Germany in WWII was an error, and what does this say to the US, who entered the war to help them? In the case of Germany it’s even worse, because among the “saved” ones it lies at the very center.
    Thus, if the EU chooses Putin over the US, they will live in shame for all eternity. Putin, on the other hand, can do whatever he wishes and Russia’s self-image is not tarnished beyond the fact that they were never a democracy to begin with. They fought Hitler too, and that seems to be sufficient to sustain their self-image. This is very plain to see, and I am not being partisan, simply stating the facts. I live in Brazil, and as far as I’m concerned you guys may blow yourselves to pieces.
    Michael Hudson prefers to frame the issue as Economy related, that is his specialty, and of course *all* issues have an Economic dimension, but erasing History comes at a cost, too.

  77. Agent76 says:

    FEBRUARY 7, 2022 The Argentine, Pakistani, And Russian Leaders’ Trips To China Strengthened Multipolarity

    This analysis will highlight the top takeaways from each leader’s meeting with President Xi and explain their impact on the emerging Multipolar World Order.

    https://oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=2465

  78. @SS-The Independent

    I endorse fully all of your points(and Michael’s), you might not have read fully my short notice, …within the restricted time-frame and environments of today. When one expands this scope, and extends the time-lines applied, then denouncements will lead us nowhere. There is a bag-full of other tricks and maneuvers(most made up as we go) that can be pulled out to replace the rentier economy and equally get nowhere(as to the quality of life and stable living of the common men). Finance is magicians doing magic, and the public applauding. It sees no further as tomorrow at dawn, lining their own control and individual power-games.

    Theory of economics should be a different thing. And i suspect Michael(Hudson) to be fully aware of this(i called it the absurdities within the financial world in another comment). I do understand his retinue as to open up. He, as all others, must keep the message simple, or be scorned by the public, and all and every “economist” seems paralyzed by physical fear of revenge by their own accomplices. None of his equals does better, take a Nicolas Nasim Taleb(books about ponds and swans, but no tasty bits of jerked chicken, or succulent pork ribs on the artifacts of the trading rooms). All keep the tasty morsels of what happens inside the Temples of Deceit to themselves. Nothing leaks to the outside, their is no equivalent for Trumps or Bidens, to insult and feast on. The financial world is tighter and by far better under control then the Pentagon, the “omerta” is efficient. The aura of serious, when considering the essentials of finance and theoretical economics is preposterous. That in itself makes the vocabulary used at best apt for preaching, not for expressing concisely any pathway to a solution.

    As to my “long spun” comment, it is actually a short and dense statement, other “jerks” spin books out of that.

  79. @Sean

    If Germans don’t see the need for what we would consider a serious, adequate military defense, it never was any of our business.

    Sean, nobody asked for your precious thugs to be stationed on their soil.

    I assume that you’d support and respect the results of public referenda in all countries on the continued presence of US military forces on their soil. Right? Because the people of Germany and the other US-occupied countries would vote to consent to continuing the occupation, isn’t that right?

    Come on, earn that GS-10.

    • Replies: @Sean
  80. @nokangaroos

    And Win the War ™ (rah,rah) Little Britain did; had you told them that
    Volkswagen would buy Rolls-Royce yours would have been a padded cell
    in less time than it takes a Jaguar floorplate to rust through

    BMW, not Volkswagen, bought the Rolls Royce motor car marque. VW bought Bentley. You may be confused because the historic Rolls factory at Crewe went to VW when they bought Bentley, and parts for historic Rolls Royce automobiles are supplied through Bentley at Crewe.

    Neither automobile represented the most significant business asset of Rolls Royce, which continues in operation as a manufacturer of aircraft engines, quite independent of BMW or VW.

    • Agree: showmethereal
  81. @James N. Kennett

    Yes. Add Big Banks and corporate owners who rape tenants of residential property, and you have well described who controls us and profits off keeping us on the debt/rent/overpriced-medical-care treadmill forever.

  82. @Sean

    The Europeans pretend to believe in NATO so they don’t have to spend so much on defense. They pretend because they don’t actually see any enemies on the horizon, including Russia.

    Deep down they know that NATO is a paper tiger and the proof of that is their reaction when Russia starts snarling. They know that the US isn’t going to take on Russia since Russia has nukes that could obliterate US cities, European cities, etc. So, in the final analysis what good is NATO since without the US soldiers, resupplied weapons, etc, it can function but only in a degraded way?

    If the Europeans had any sense and their politicians weren’t as corrupt as their US variants, they would shut down NATO declare neutrality like Austria and Switzerland and spend a fraction of what they spend even now on security where there really is no credible threat EXCEPT from the US.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  83. @Sean

    (friendly countries on all of Germany’s borders for the first time in its history). 

    congrats to your sense of humour.

    The last thing the US wants is a properly armed Germany.

  84. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” – Frank Zappa “The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.” We are there, people…A combination of ‘1984’, ‘ Brave New World ‘ and ‘ Idiocracy ‘ …

  85. @antibeast

    ‘ You forgot the Biggest Elephant in Europe —the US-led NATO…’…And you forgot the Mammoth in the World: the fact that the entire Europe is a ZOG land, and North America, and…most of it/World…NATO is the enforcer of the ZOG, reason for which wasn’t dismantled after the collapse of USSR/Communism. More than that, it is extending, like a tumor…The entire Eastern-Europe ( where I was born and spent first 29 years of my life ) changed one occupation ( USSR ), with another one ( UE ). The power behind the throne of both ‘ unions ‘ is the same…the money changers…’ Until you change how money works, you change nothing ‘ – Michael Ruppert ( RIP ).

    • Agree: Malla
    • Replies: @antibeast
    , @anet.
  86. @Anon

    There is a book ( a rare and expensive one ), by Ratibor Jurjevich, named ‘ The F.O.J Syndrome in America ‘…F for fear, O for of and J…take a guess 🙂 Voltaire said that “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize”. Most of my ( now ) fellow Americans knows very well who they are NOT allowed to criticize ( unless you want to be labeled as antisemite, racist, white supremacist, conspiracy theorist and so on, and lose your job/business ). Got ( the kosher ) democracy ?!…

  87. @Sean

    Scenario quite doubtful. Some serious goading would be necessary to impel a Russian move, the most usual suspects: The mostly American Blackrock/Academi mercenaries and the fascist Azov Brigade could go on a massacre binge against the Russian citizens in the Donbas.

    IF Russian re-trained Donetsk and/or Luhansk forces cannot successfully smash those bass-turds, then and then only, would a Russian counter thrust loom in the realm of probability. Regular Ukrainian forces would prefer to not get involved.

    • Replies: @Sean
  88. Sean says:
    @haha

    In my opinion Putin is by no means bad as a leader of Russia, given it wishes to remain a superpower in the correlation of forces currently extant. If I was a Russian I would say “Yes, grab half of Ukraine now”. In terms of the financial influence in the West that comes with Western investments and fostering of
    economic growth Russia has declined under Putin. But Russia does have less of a national debt, and the Russian exchange rate is floating. The West has less leverage in his inner council now. Indeed, they haven’t a clue what his intentions are.

    With the price of oil going up for Putin (as it so often has when he needed it to) he (Russia) has a relatively opportune moment to strengthen him geopolitical position. China does not want to go frighten the West with territorial aggrandizement, still less mount a campaign of resource area conquest involving fighting in Siberia, so they are just going to buy at good prices all the energy Russia can sell. Quite possibly, Putin intends the the coming conventional war with Ukraine as a grand strategic pivot in order to get turn Russians to turn from the West. So what if they will call you mad Vlad. Do it.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  89. Malla says:
    @Anon

    Deutsch, the most awesome language to sing, with a bunch of buddies and bros.

  90. Malla says:
    @Avery

    Poles remember the Katyn Massacre: fine, they should: about 20,000 Polish military men were murdered by the NKVD/KGB.

    No they should not. It was blamed on the Germans for a long period of time. They should keep blaming the Germans for the Katlyn Massacre.

    • Disagree: Avery
    • Replies: @RobinG
  91. Sean says:
    @emerging majority

    The elite units of the Ukrainian armed forces will be have to be held back to defend Kiev, and the country’s western bank of the Dnieper coastline, which might be Ukraine’s only access to the sea left. I expect a Russian thrust in the capital’s direction, but not a serious attempt to take it. Questionable whether Russia will go along the coastline west of the Dnieper in a committed fashion. I suspect that a crossing of that body of water would be where the heaviest fighting occurred. Putin has not yet decided about making Ukraine landlocked, it will likely depend on the resistance encountered. The Russian Navy (nary a victory) will want to get in on the act by doing something though.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  92. @nokangaroos

    Numbers alone don´t hack it.

    Placed my bet on the following: smaller quality populations will make the difference in the future. From Cromwell, over colonialism, today’s tight Jewish elite collective effort to dominate and destroy the majority White populations(the only ones they fear deep down, trauma like), they all proof, and progress in technology and bio-genetics will accelerate the outcome, that one single thing: a single well armed cluster of a dozen of knights beats a thousand peasants. Ask king Henry.

    • Replies: @nokangaroos
    , @atp
  93. darius says:

    What has happened to Professor Richard Falk’s piece , “The Problematics of Middle Eastern Diplomacy..”? It was buried and hidden from the audience at this site. Even I had difficulty to find it. This piece was buried on February 2, 2022, while Michael Hudson and PG’s pieces posted without delay as the MAIN FEATURE when arrived, same day, on February 8.

    Michael Hudson is a longtime contributor to unz, it does not require many brain cells to know that why these people’s pieces, including PG, are visited by many people. Every one at this site know them. This does not mean that other pieces cannot be equally if not more educating the public.
    Only lazy people want the same rhetoric over and over so it does not require to THINK. It would be interesting to watch people reading other pieces as an alternative to the same rhetoric presented by the same contributors to add little bit of spices to the discussion.

    https://gowans.blog/2021/06/26/why-washington-rejects-a-liberal-democratic-solution-to-the-problem-of-palestine/

    [Theodore Herzl, an Austrian journalist, pioneered political Zionism, the movement to enlist the help of a European power to build a Jewish state in Palestine. In return, Herzl proposed the Jewish state would look after the interests of its sponsor in the Arab world. Israel’s attack on Egypt in an effort to recover the Suez Canal for Britain and France, was precisely the kind of role Herzl envisaged for the Jewish state.]

  94. @haha

    Depends of what each of us understand/define ‘ prosperity ‘…Most of Romanians ( and Eastern-Europeans ) understand as a materialistic prosperity ( from a nice/big villa, to a fancy car(s) and lots of money ). Somehow, it’s excusable, because we were living Klaus Schwab’s dream ( ‘ you will own nothing and be happy ‘ ), except that we didn’t smoke what Klaus did/do…The Russians invaded what is called now Romania 23 times through history, and the worst one was the Soviet invasion ( to be fair, Russia was the first victim of Bolshevism/Communism, and the rest of countries in E-E next on line ). Because of that, most of the Romanians ( Poles, Hungarians, etc. ) have a ressentiment against Russia/Russians. At the same time, the Western propaganda succeeded ( more or less ) to brainwash the audience ( via crime/cocaine inc., through ‘ free Europe/radio liberty ‘ and/or ‘ voice of America ‘ ), making the people from former Communist bloc, to envy and desire to live like the people from Western ( ‘ free ‘ – what a joke ) Countries. They do ( live the ‘ American dream ‘ ) now, more or less, and start to wake up that ‘ there is a big club and you ain’t in it ‘, like George Carlin said 🙂 Regarding that ‘ instant ( or not ) prosperity, let’s not forget what one of the Chicago Economic School promoters said: ‘ there is not such a thing, like free lunch ‘ ( Milton Friedman, who declared the Pinochet Dictatorship a success ). There is only an illusory/temporary prosperity and an infinite/permanent usury/debt.

    • Replies: @haha
  95. @Anon

    “Democracy is now currently defined in Europe as a ‘country run by Jews,’” ~ Ezra Pound
    Unfortunately, his recognition that it was in the US as well, due to the banking system, caused him to be declared insane and locked away..

    • Agree: SS-The Independent
  96. This is a good article and it is mostly correct. It does seem to me that there is an underlying idea that the U.S. elite don’t understand where they are heading with their current policies. I believe that is an incorrect assumption by the author. They do understand where this is taking the U.S. We are a difficult nation to subdue. In spite of the control of the media to spew out constant propaganda we still value freedom. The globalists in the U.S. do not care in the least what happens to this country. The success of Russia and China will fill them with glee as their own country deteriorates into a third world hell hole. Our current empty suit in the oval office being one of the worst of these. As long as they get their payoffs, they are happy. The destruction of the U.S. was planned in advance. What we see happening now is merely the execution of these plans.

  97. Alrenous says: • Website

    America’s real adversary is Americans. Everything significantly wrong with America is self-inflicted.

    Vaccines are topical and a great example. How many Americans are ncov vaccinated? 70%? 80%?
    It was obvious it was a scam: they had to pre-emptively ask for liability to be waived. This isn’t exactly rocket science. The result has been widespread harm and no noticeable benefits whatsoever.

    Yet that sub-20% is there to show you: it was optional. Could have just…not consented. But Americans did. Americans did.

    If Americans accepted that Biden showed that democracy does not exist in America, you wouldn’t have had to actually do anything. They would have had to backtrack and eventually even replace some of the appearance with substance. Instead Americans coped hard or repressed the memory, and as a result they don’t have to actually do anything. Turns out they can just steal elections whenever they want, and Americans will only say, “Yes massa can I have another massa.”

    God help you should you start thinking seriously about what public school is. Read your Lovecraft to prepare, because it’s no exaggeration to say it’s an eldritch horror.

  98. @PetrOldSack

    Lynn & Vanhanen (“IQ and the Wealth of Nations”) found by far the best correlation between per capita income and percentage with IQ>160 (!)
    i.e. we are talking tiny minorities;
    however a minimum of infrastructure must be there.
    (Arthur Koestler famously estimated the judicious killing of 40,000 Brits
    would be enough to send the Isles back to the Middle Ages –
    probably fewer now 😛 )

  99. antibeast says:
    @SS-The Independent

    As early as the 1950s, the Europeans had started talking about forming a European Defense Community which later evolved into the European Defense Force but was sabotaged by the British acting as the Trojan Horse of the Americans. That’s the reason why the US-led NATO remained in Europe and expanded all the way to the borders of Russia after the Fall of the USSR.

    The USA does seek to pursue its own strategic interests in Europe against the national interests of Europeans. That was something Charles de Gaulle understood quite well. And that’s why he kicked out the US military from France which he withdrew from the integrated command structure of NATO. He also twice vetoed the British application for membership in the European Economic Community, the predecessor to the EU, because he thought that the British would work against the European project. And he was right. The British voted for BREXIT and left the EU, and are now conspiring with the Americans to destabilize Ukraine in order to provoke Russia.

    • Replies: @Malla
  100. Once Russia and China break up Jewish owned monopolies on trade and banking, you can say goodbye to the ADL, SPLC, JDL, NAACP and most every alphabet originating from US, UK, EU, NZ, AUS, Israel, and CN.
    They will collapse into their own orifice. That day is coming sooner than later.

    • Agree: SS-The Independent
  101. @Avery

    You are well informed on Polish history.

    Polish hatred of Russians is so irrational

    It is irrational now. It was rational in XVIII, XIX and XX centuries.
    But today, anti-Russian propaganda in Poland feeds on difficult
    historical background only.

    • Agree: Miro23
    • Thanks: Avery
    • Replies: @Robert Konrad
  102. anet. says:
    @SS-The Independent

    The only country in the eu were a sizeable minority of the ultrarich are jewish is france in germany, austria , holland, italy , spain, scandinavia , the balcans … the mayority of wealth is in the hands of the natives at least much more than in russia where putin is surrounded by a clicke of jewish billionaires and even in this situation he have managued to stand for the autonomy of his country , so there is something else

    – the war spiritually castrated europeans and ultraindividualism and boring coservatism became a save heaven for the clasical right

    – since the end of the war hundred of military bases and foreign agents with help of jewmerican secret agencies and atlanticist think thank model the public and private organization that select the few that will ocupy the position of power in germany and other european countries, we are completely infiltrated .

    – usa is an enlightened project that europe wanted to became since the reinassance united under one languague one territory and one people but couldnt so trying to distanciate from the ideal as grotesque as it have became now its hard

    – europe feel confy and proud of everything it achieved they think that they have nothing else to proof , and they think that is time for his american childrens to shine .

    -the middle and upper classes detest the iliberal autocratic regimes of russia and china maybe if japon or corea were the alternatives in the east it could gain more traction

    Etc etc etc etc

  103. @Fred777

    Don’t worry your president will have a very comfortable retirement thanks to Raytheon et al.

    Don’t be too hard on Duda. If he didn’t play along he would be replaced with someone who did.

    It is not corruption or money that drives Polish goverment’s decision to side with US against Russia. It is actually an ideology they truly believe in, which tells them that Russians are agressors and Americans are saviors. We are rulled by people who still have this cold war mindset.

    • Replies: @Sean
  104. anonymous[589] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Meantime in DCMetro the DOD/AG/DOJ are declaring WHITE Supremacists the main enemies of the USA globally. Now the state security apparatus will persecute/prosecute soccer moms protesting same toilet laws/ CRT in schools/force transgender surgeries…BUT at the same time the DOD wants these MAGA deplorables/recists/homophobes/xenphobic/gun/bible fanatics red necks to rise the American flag go o war/bleed/ and pay to fight Russia. So who is the real enemy the USA populations (Jan6th) or Russia?? The DEMOPUBLICANS had managed to alienate all our allies in Europe/Asia/Latin America with sanctions that kill their economies, and blames them for seeking their own survival elsewhere. At the same time the DEMOPUBLICANS in congress are throwing the American nation into internal racial warfare, lockdowns bankrupcies, unpayable debts, endless wars, decaying infraestructure, open borders ( DRUG/financing\$\$), illeterate labor force. I can NOT believe that American/Corporate Industrial Commercial Manufacturing that made USA (CHINA?) the first world power can NOT out perform/compete/ RUSSIAN economic trade for/with Europe. Are you telling me that Exxon, Texaco, BP, Unocal, Shell, can NOT compete with Russian Oil Companies??? Compete/BUY OUT Nordstream pipeline to Germany..??? A UK/USA/Saudi Consortium could had guarantee cheap OIL/Gas to Germany (Europe) at least for the next 10yrs, time enough to bankrupt Russian Nordstream prices\$\$. …PD…whats next Russian/China exploiting and selling/exporting the OIL resources of VENEZUELA/Brazil/and the oil rich Caribbean island states in the Americas??? The Neocons want to make friends by insulting/spitting/humiliating/bankrupting with sanctions…will any country become your friend/ally after you beat them up..???

    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  105. Malla says:
    @antibeast

    The EU in the current form run by Globalists is harmful to Europeans. Europeans need a union, but a different kind of union. That is why there was Brexit but Brexit backfired.

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
    • Replies: @nokangaroos
    , @antibeast
  106. @RoatanBill

    Agree with your excellent comment except that it’s painfully naive to say that Europeans face no external military threats. Turkey could already thrash Germany and Austria militarily without US intervention, and the MAJORITY of “Viennese” under 18 are not Europeans already

    It’s unwise to assume that borders will forever stay the way they are now. It’s especially unwise when some peoples (Turks) still reproduce and grow their numbers while maintaining some identity and pride and cohesion, while others (Germans and Austrians) don’t.

    Any people who fail to reproduce, hate their own culture, are ashamed of their own ancestors and history, care little for their traditions, are signalling weakness and inviting enroachment at the least. Austrians’ median age is approaching 43 (!) and still rising, while the Turks’ median age in Turkey is 31.5 and in Austria is likely under 30.

    The Turks and other relatively more vigorous and normal people can see that many Germans and Austrians welcome their own cultural, political, and then physical dispossession — or are too cowardly and demoralized to do anything about it.

    An increasingly Muslim and increasingly non-European Bulgaria, Austria, and later Greece can be incorporated into a Turkish-dominated civilization within the lifetime of younger readers here. The Austrians and other EU countries need a real military to deter and when necessary fight Turkey, possibly in the not-too-distant future.

    Get the US troops out and leave NATO, to be sure, but don’t have the illusion of security and peace without being ready and able to fight Turkey or some other aggressive confident power … and win.

    • Agree: Avery
    • Disagree: Corvinus
  107. haha says:
    @SS-The Independent

    Thanks for your considered response. By and large I think along similar lines. Yes, Russian-East European history is littered with injustices, tragic mistakes, and accidents of history. With respect to Romania, to be fair, it should be kept in mind that Romania was allied with Germany and took a heavy part in attacking Russia during WW2. The Russian-Polish historical matter is longer and more complicated. It should also be kept in mind that Russia-East European relations were often complicated by war schemes hatched and implemented by and in the ‘West’. But the pressing need now is for Eastern Europe to step from history into the present and keep an eye on the future.

    The Communist cruelties and stupidities of Soviet era no doubt played a large part in turning people towards worshipping the West, forgetting that what the West enjoys and eats is not going to be shared with others beyond scraps of leftovers thrown from the western banquet table from time to time. In any case, if ghosts from the past are not buried they will continue to haunt the world for long.

    Thx and all best

  108. Mr. Hudson, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is right: you are the best, or one of the best economists in the World. I have /read some of your books, and you are 100% on the target: the parasite is killing the host. That’s why the parasite comes with this bs pandemic ( changing even the definition of the pandemic – eliminating the high mortality, which make it an epidemic, or the definition of immunity, eliminating the natural immunity, leaving only the one gotten through…you guessed…vaccines ). The debt it is at its peak and there is no way to get out from this ( keeping the interest rates at zero will doom the World economies, rising them will doom the Ponzi scheme/World economies ). An international financial/economic/social system based on debt/usury never has a future; will end up in a huge collapse, and/or major war. ‘ They ‘ ( rentiers/money changers/banksters ) got out from the mess they created twice ( 1914 and 1939 ) and what is their escape this time ( since the SCAM/Plandemic narrative is collapsing ), a third WW ?!…It’s what Craig Roberts, Stephen Lendman, Gerald Celente and others like them believes that will be the last resort…

  109. Sean says:
    @Wojciech Garbacz

    Russia wants to control the front door to their land, and it is Poland who does not want to be controlled even by who their gas comes from; why on earth would either country act differently to the way they are doing. International law is not a suicide pact, so someone’s got to lose.

    Don’t annoy the bear.

  110. @RadicalCenter

    In some other thread I commented that whatever military the Europeans have now should be kept since they feel comfortable with that level of commitment to security. Each should evaluate their position and act accordingly. What I would not have is a standing military comprised or murderers and malingerers like the US. The Swiss model is probably the best where people know how to handle weapons, but still work for a living instead of mooching off their populations while expecting early retirement and high praise for wearing a costume while killing civilians in some far off place. Yes, there are some specialties that require a dedicated full time set of experts to handle complex systems, but they are the exception, and shouldn’t be the rule.

    I think modern weapons systems, primarily missiles, drones and laser weapons makes the more traditional weapons obsolete. The US could, for example, junk their military aircraft, the entire surface navy, fire 95% of the soldiers and they would be secure in knowing that no one is going to touch the US as long as they have nuclear missiles and a robust retaliatory capability. It’s the offensive stuff that can be eliminated entirely and the US population would be less likely to be attacked than they are now when there are fewer foreigners that have suffered under US aggression. The US is hated for their offense, not their defense.

    I’m also a proponent of everyone having nukes and the delivery systems to make them a credible threat. If any one country has nukes, then every country should have nukes. Nukes are what keep North Korea from being invaded. Yes, Kim is a lunatic, but so far he’s all hat and no cattle as the Texas saying goes. Bluster hurts no one.

    I don’t see Turkey as a threat to Europe, but if they actually are, then the Europeans need nuclear missiles to telegraph a ‘don’t fuck with me’ message. Tanks, planes, grunts, etc are so yesterday. By having those lesser weapons systems and conventional troops sends the message that retaliation in kind is the operating principle. When only nukes on missiles are available, any attacker should consider that the only possible response is turning his cities and infrastructure into a glass sheet. This realization is the most important preventative for any incursions.

    BTW – I would have no prisons if I had my way. All violent criminals would be killed on their first offense and non violent criminals would work toward restitution paid to the victim. No need for prisons and the entire system required to support them. In any conflict, I would take no prisoners.

    • Replies: @Sean
  111. atp says:
    @RoatanBill

    Oh, the irony in your last paragraph!

  112. All things in nature operate in cycles of birth, growth, maturity and decline, like a bubble.

    America is waning, and the first great sign was the post baby boom doldrums. When native births trailed off after the 1960’s, the infinite-growth financial speculators invited mass immigration to fill the trough.

    Those surplus people of foreign nationalities are going to be one side of a problem, the other being worthless national currency: there will be too much of both in circulation.

  113. Excellent article! It has helped me understand things that I could never put in words myself. Thank you.

  114. atp says:
    @PetrOldSack

    More specific, please, which King Henry? There were 8 in England, altogether…

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  115. RobinG says:
    @anonymouseperson

    Yes, and that must be why Biden just threatened to blow up/sabotage the Nord Stream pipeline, should Germany opt to activate it at a time deemed inappropriate by the Empire.

  116. @atp

    “The apprentice”, rings a bell?

  117. RobinG says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    Well said. A little encouraging news:

    Slovaks protest defense treaty with US as lawmakers debate
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/slovaks-protest-defense-treaty-with-us-as-lawmakers-debate/ar-AATCPmQ?ocid=msedgntp

    Waving national flags and banners such as “Stop USA Army,” the protesters gathered in Bratislava in front of Parliament, where lawmakers were debating the Defense Cooperation Agreement. Police prevented some protesters from entering the building.

    The parliamentary debate was obstructed by opposition lawmakers, who used whistles to prevent others from speaking. They also seized an Ukrainian flag unveiled by the coalition lawmakers, after pouring water on it and a lawmaker who was holding it.

    The protest united the Slovak opposition, including the far-right People’s Party Our Slovakia and the leftist Smer-Social Democracy of former populist Prime Minister Robert Fico. Fico supported the treaty when he started the negotiations on it with the U.S. in 2018 but has since turned into a vocal opponent.

  118. @Malla

    – The EU was from the beginning an instrument to hold Germany down
    (ZATO had the purported side purpose to contain Russia). Keynes already
    warned against making the Germans pay too much (after WWI) but
    Brexit was a mistake … unless it is already positioning for the Next War.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  119. @RadicalCenter

    I´m not too sure … I distinctly remember an old Kurdish bar owner in Vienna
    (oh the irony) proudly dropping that now three of his family – one son, two nephews –
    were in the army guarding the border (reverse Yeni Ceri if you will 😀 ).
    Either way the US, as the Jew´s enforcer, is at the root of the rot … goeth the US
    goeth the Jew and actual defense can be embarked upon, and the protection
    money now going to USrael will be enough for ten Euro armies.
    Of course borders are not forever (toilet paper consumption in “Poland” is
    already through the roof).

  120. Rubicon says:
    @obwandiyag

    We agree with “Obwandiyag” and its something Dr. Hudson doesn’t include here. These “internationalists” are after big \$\$\$s. It’s become a sickness – because it feeds their souls, and their minds. And let’s please include Boeing, Rathyeon military defense bohemoths.

    This is just as true in the US financial markets as well as European/UK markets. It’s *these* cohorts that are constricting Germany and other EU nations who want to be freed from the clutches of the US hegemony.

  121. Ned Kelly says:

    Great article, top notch, educational… But you forgot: They’re crazy! There may be some method to their madness but they’re still stark raving mad… Where does one start? Vicky Nuland? Who in their right mind would bring her back? “F-ck the EU.” should have been the end of that yenta’s career… Just so they can put that bitch back in Putin’s face… Nuts! In the History of the country, there has never been anything comparable to the Putin hysteria.
    McCarthyism was set in time when Communism was a mortal threat… and the US/UN was in bloody war they losing. Soviets had stolen the plans for the atom bomb… Cut off Berlin… Trying to spread revolution around the globe. Stalin was insane and unpredictable the last five years of his life… The Chinese were fanatical.
    So what has Putin done and what threat does he pose that would warrant 20 years of rabbid hysteria and paranoia.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  122. RobinG says:
    @Malla

    They should keep blaming the Germans for the Katlyn Massacre.

    What is this, tribe over truth? The Russians have admitted and apologized. What’s your game?

    • Agree: Petermx
  123. antibeast says:
    @Malla

    I don’t know what you mean by ‘Globalists’ but ever since BREXIT, the EU is now being run by Europeans, without the Anglo-Saxons who are hostile to the EU. Unlike the Anglo-Saxon Globalists in Londonistan, the EU has stood for pan-Europeanism since its founding and is working towards pan-European integration including the establishment of the first EU defense fund in 2020, which would finance the creation of a pan-European Army. In the tradition of Charles de Gaulle, Macron openly supports the idea of a pan-European Army, independent of the US-led NATO which he has publicly called ‘braindead’, to the chagrin of Trump who felt insulted by Macron’s remarks.

    The EU led by the Europeans and the ‘Five-Eyes’ led by the Anglo-Saxons don’t necessarily see eye to eye while pursuing their own strategic interests. Take the case of the US invasion of Iraq which was supported by the UK but opposed by both Germany and France. Another example is the Ukraine Crisis which has seen both Germany and France oppose the attempts by the USA and UK to provoke a war against Russia.

    Lastly, the Euro is the only alternative currency that has succeeded in displacing the USD as the Euro now accounts for 30% of international foreign currency reserves while the share of the USD has now fallen to below 60% of international foreign currency reserves. The Germans — not the Americans — now dominate the EU economy including its Euro-based banking/financial system while the French led by Macron now seeks to control its foreign policy, independent of the Anglo-Saxons.

    One more thing, BREXIT was driven by anti-EU English nationalists who were hostile to the massive influx of EU migrants in the UK. That’s why anti-EU England voted for BREXIT which was opposed by pro-EU Scotland. Now the Scottish nationalists want Scotland to exit the UK and rejoin the EU which would mean the end of the UK as we know it today.

    • Agree: showmethereal
    • Thanks: dogbumbreath
  124. A very clear and insightful article. Thank you, Mr. Hudson.

  125. antibeast says:
    @nokangaroos

    The EU was from the beginning an instrument to hold Germany down.

    That’s a lot of misinformation you’re smoking there.

    The EU has allowed the Germans to rebuild their Third Reich without firing a single shot. Now the Germans dominate the EU economy while controlling its Euro-based banking/financial system, starting with the ECB.

    The US-led NATO was designed from the beginning to keep Europeans dependent on the US military while keeping Russians out of Europe. And BREXIT is actually good for the Europeans as the Anglo-Saxons are finally out of the EU.

    …unless it is already positioning for the Next War.

    The only thing I agree with is your last sentence because that’s exactly what the US/UK has planned for Europe — destabilize Ukraine in order to provoke a war with Russia.

  126. Athena says:

    A sad ending for the US reminescent of the spiritual death of Britain during WWII when all resources were drained by the war machine. E.g., :

    • Thanks: Miro23
  127. Athena says:

    Can’t MACRON and his European friends remember how crusades to ”protect Solomon’s temple” ended?

    • Replies: @Athena
  128. It’s the Jews. Jews prevent Americans from trading with Iran and Russia. If Jews can tell us whom we can and can’t trade with, why not with Europeans as well?

    Jewish Demand is the Goy Command.

  129. Ned Kelly says:
    @antibeast

    Vicky Nuland put it most eloquently when she said: “F-ck the EU!”
    God damned, nabby-pamby, Euro peacenik, sissies!

  130. denk says:

    Lockheed Martin to UKraine

    YOu furnish the war and I’ll furnish the missiles

    https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/01/27/is-lockheed-martin-dictating-politicos-war-propaganda-articles-in-secret-hell-no-theyre-doing-it-right-out-in-the-open/#comments

    GUess who’r making a killing amidst all these manufactured conflicts and pandemic ?

    Thats right…
    The MIC/BIG PHARMA/WAR STREET !

  131. @antibeast

    … what I was saying; bleeding the Germans only makes them stronger and
    the leeches ever sicklier. John Maynard Keynes foresaw precisely that a
    hundred years ago.
    Sooner or later the Germans are going to demand an actual say –
    the idea that certain decisions should be left to the net payers
    (read: Germany, Austria and Finland; sound familiar?) has already been
    aired and will prove hard to dispute (without giving the game away, that is).

    • Replies: @antibeast
    , @Ned Kelly
  132. Well, EU and USA are “allies” and compete at the same time. But EU is at a huge disadvantage with a collar around the neck.

    Gadaffi wanted to use gold for oil, he wanted to ditch euro and dollar. that was why he got killed off super, super fast by the EU n USA combo. Saddam wanted to use euro only, ditch the dollar. That was why EU was against the Iraq invasion and USA wanted to take him out. EU couldn’t save saddam, hence the collar.

    Now China and Russia want to do the same thing taht gadaffi n saddam tried to do. ASEAN countries is doing trades in their own currencies. USA tried to woo the ASEAN with asian pivot n tpp. But non of them wanted to be the next Argentina or Greece.

    USA just tried to kill the Chinese economy with covid. It backfired spectacularly.

    Yes, it is 1000% all about the ability to print money. China just officially launched their CBDC with the winter olympics. China will not have that ability, it is just taking away that ability from everyone. That is what it aims to do.

    Let the coming crash of 2022 begin. I am as prepared as I can be, are you? lol. This is gonna be fucking messy as fuck and fun.

    • Agree: dogbumbreath
  133. antibeast says:
    @nokangaroos

    The Germans are not a Sovereign nation today as Germany is still under US military occupation since its defeat in WWII. There is no way for the Germans to ask the US military to leave Germany unlike, say, the French who did ask the US military to leave France under Charles de Gaulle.

    Germany has prospered under the EU, firstly by opening its European common market to German industry and secondly by creating its Euro common currency which effectively excluded the USD from the Eurozone. The EU had the salutary effect of excluding US and Japanese imports from the European common market while the low exchange-rate value of the Euro vis-a-vis the USD underwrote Germany’s exports to non-EU markets all over the world.

    The Soviet Red Army left East Germany three decades ago but the US military is still occupying a reunified Germany today. Despite its industrial prowess which dominates the EU’s economy today, Germany lacks the military power and political influence of France due to the former’s post-war status as a vanquished nation still under US military occupation.

    The only way to ‘liberate’ Germany from US military occupation is to dissolve the US-led NATO to be replaced by an pan-European Army under EU control. Then and only then could the Europeans — including the Germans — regain their national sovereignty from the Americans.

    • Agree: dogbumbreath
  134. Ned Kelly says:
    @nokangaroos

    I’m wondering if your moniker isn’t directed at me? You seem to know who the twisted and queer John Maynard Keynes was. But your jumbled and cryptic text makes me think your smoking hooch.

  135. Sean says:
    @RoatanBill

    Tanks, planes, grunts, etc are so yesterday. By having those lesser weapons systems and conventional troops sends the message that retaliation in kind is the operating principle. When only nuke missiles are available, any attacker should consider that the only possible response is turning his cities and infrastructure into a glass sheet. This realization is the most important preventative for any incursions.

    The threat of an incredible action is not a credible deterrent. Nuclear weapons deter nuclear first use against one, but have no actual military purpose; wars cannot be fought with them.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  136. @Sean

    ‘The elite units of the Ukrainian armed forces…’??!! What a hoot! Do you mean the Azov Battalion, or some other death-squad? The Russian Navy has ‘nary a victory’, you fascist troll, because it doesn’t attack defenceless States, like the USA.

  137. @Sean

    Not only are you a troll, but you are a stupid one. What a typical Western buffoon you are.

  138. @Sean

    Pity those Euro untermenschen don’t follow orders from Thanatopolis DC all the time. The USA is the enemy of ALL humanity, even its Five Eyes stooges, as we learned in 1975 when our ONE decent, independent, Government, that of Whitlam, was destroyed by the CIA and its ‘asset’ John Kerr.

    • Replies: @SS-The Independent
  139. @Sean

    Once you have missiles you can mount nukes or conventional explosives. It’s the idea of sending men into battle that is rapidly dying. They are being replaced with standoff weapons so the controllers can do their killing without needing even volunteers that are expensive and the quality is definitely going down.

    Look at all the money being poured into autonomous drones without pilots. It’s the humans the military is trying to get rid of. They already have autonomous subs that can stay at sea for years because there’s no need for food and air when there are no weak link people involved. Think it through. What they want is the ability to murder on command and have only machines carrying out the order. It’s the perfect gov’t program, at least in the controllers eyes.

  140. @Avery

    This, is why they hate this guy. He shakes people up by comparison, which is the only way we can judge any thing, unlike most would have you believe. It’s distasteful We like to believe we are always right. Here the subject is the leaders of a country visa vie how much they care about their citizens. This administration is obviously abominable by this standard..

    • Agree: Avery
  141. @anonymous

    Excellent summation and very accurate, at least from my point of view.

  142. I’ve been to Europe many times. I don’t know about the European elite but it’s simply not true that Europeans, in general, are adversarial towards Americans. They almost seem to love them!! The problem is, many European states have the same kind of crazy, f’ed up leaders that America does at present.

  143. @mulga mumblebrain

    Thanks, today I have learned something new. I don’t know too much about Australia, but I know about the crime/cocaine inc. involvement in Coup D’etat all over the World. In my opinion, is the number one terrorist organization in the World, EVER ! If the Americans are dreaming to have a free society, they should start dismantling not only the ‘ war machine ‘ ( MIC/Pentagram ), but ALL of those 17-18, if not more, so-called ‘ federal agencies ‘. Doing an immense service to the entire Humanity. IF…

    • Agree: mulga mumblebrain
  144. @antibeast

    Now that´s much better 😀
    Of course as long as USrael meddles nothing much will change.

    (À propos: When the Austro-Hungarian censor said of Karl Kraus´satire
    Der Feldherrnhügel” “As long as this Empire stands this filth will not be put on stage” Kraus replied “Good, we´ll wait the few weeks”.)

    The French left of their own accord – btw theirs were the only bases the Germans didn´t have to pay for. Hearing some on these pages demand the Germans “pay their fair share”
    (which would be roughly a fifth of what it is now) for things they not only have no control over but are liable to be used against them puts me in a too-classic conflict reaction between laughing and puking.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  145. Athena says:
    @Athena

    10:00 min. : ”Throughout their existence, the Templars remained an independent body answerable only to the Pope. But it was their affairs away from the Holy Land that brought them to pre-eminence as international bankers ironic it was that the pure Knights had created the financial banking system so integral to the economic structure throughout Christendom and which ultimately brought them to their downfall.”

    • Replies: @Sean
  146. Athena says:

    Anglo-saxon bankers and friends in Crimea:

    Crimean war (1853-56): ”Having provided a number of various service projects for the British government, when asked by the government to advise on the production of chemical weapons for use in the Crimean War (1853–1856), Faraday refused to participate citing ethical reasons.”

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

  147. antibeast says:
    @nokangaroos

    Trump: “The Europeans are not paying their fair for NATO!”
    Macron: “Hold my beer. We want our own European Army and not pay for NATO.”
    Trump: “But that’s not fair! We want our money back for supporting NATO!”
    Macron: “NATO is brain dead.”
    Trump: “I agree. NATO is obsolete!”
    Macron: “Cheers, mate! Let’s grab some beer!”

  148. Athena says:

    Walmart, Apple and many other U.S. companies organized production facilities in China, which necessarily involved technology transfers and creation of an efficient infrastructure for export trade. Goldman Sachs led the financial incursion, and helped China’s stock market soar. All this was what America had been urging.

  149. erzberger says:
    @Wojciech Garbacz

    I would certainly disagree with dumb theories about Poles being dumber than other people.

    You blame American pop culture for the dumbing down of Poles but this affects a great many other peoples as well, as you know.

    I think one major problem other countries don’t generally have is the “Christ among the Nations” complex invented by Polish Romantic poets. Not only is it a blasphemy unworthy of a Catholic country – about as bad as Joe Biden claiming Putin has no soul – such views clearly destroy the soul and tend to make you look stupid and difficult to deal with.

    • Replies: @Wojciech Garbacz
  150. @erzberger

    I think one major problem other countries don’t generally
    have is the “Christ among the Nations” complex invented by Polish
    Romantic poets.

    Yes, you’re perfectly right, Polish messianism is revolutionary movement.
    I believe it is a twisted Catholicism. It is inevitable that in Catholic
    nation you would have some pseudo “Catholic” bastardised movements,
    which are illegitimate children of Catholicism, like: Polish
    messianism, socialism, or Liberation theology.

    • Thanks: erzberger
  151. Sean says:
    @Athena

    The downfall of the Templars was losing their castles in the Holy Land. The geopolitical value of territory with natural defensive barriers is being greatly underestimated in considerations of what Putin will do next. The price of oil is rising, that is the main financial consideration for him. He can anchor his position in the secure boundaries with the West and concentrate on deepening his relationship with China. Just look at what Putin could win.

  152. @nokangaroos

    In Britain, many people told me that the government was at war with the people. We see the same now in the US. But in postwar Germany and Japan, government and people were on the same team. Putin and Xi both seem to have this idea of doing what is best for the people.

  153. @anonymouseperson

    And China. Asia drifting together in peaceful, productive cooperation is the US’s worst nightmare.

    • Agree: Mary Marianne
    • Replies: @Mary Marianne
  154. @haha

    Yes, really. Every TV news has “Russia invade Ukraine” story, and video shows tank smashing a house, weapons driving through snow, and shooting! It sure looks like a war. But they are lying: the Russian troops are in Russia, they are shooting for practice, it is fake news.

  155. Yee says:
    @antibeast

    The only way to ‘liberate’ Germany from US military occupation is to dissolve the US-led NATO to be replaced by an pan-European Army under EU control.

    Or, Germany could ally with Russia against the US if war breaks out in Europe. Should be an easy job to wipe out whatever number of US troops in Europe…

  156. Petermx says:
    @antibeast

    No. Germany already had the biggest economy in Europe by the late 1950’s already, bigger than France and Great Britain. If Germany had the power of the Third Reich it would be less tolerant of those that continue to smear and insult the Germans every day, more than 75 years after the war and Germany would dominate science and technology the way it did 80 years ago. A powerful Germany would have sent some U Boats to patrol the east coast of the US when an impudent President Trump said Germany could not buy natural gas from Russia. On the contrary, Germany and Europe have been in deep decline since WW II and even earlier when Europe was weakened by WW I. Europe led the world for centuries or longer until WW II destroyed Europe and Germany was its most advanced country until being destroyed. Now Europe isn’t just number 2, behind the US but also behind China, Japan and other east Asian countries.

    Also contributing to Germany’s decline has been its deliberate policy of soft genocide, replacing the German people with a new racially mixed people imported from other parts the world. Germany is probably the only country in Europe that does not allow Germans to return to Germany and claim citizenship in Germany. Both my parents were German and became Americans in the 1950’s and myself and my two younger siblings do not qualify for claiming German citizenship based on heredity. Other countries in Europe let people claim citizenship for people whose ancestors had left centuries earlier.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  157. Ned Kelly says:
    @Wojciech Garbacz

    Guess who came up with Polack jokes? When poor Motel Kamzoil got of the boat, this is what greeted him: “Hey you dumb Polack Kike, you lookin’ for some employment? What nice lookin’ daughter you got there…” German Jews looked down (to say the least) on Ostjuden. Kike comes from ski/sky common surname endings. It’s like dumb Israeli Polacks making fun of and calling Arab Jews (Mizrahi Jews) Ars (Arsim, plural) derived from the Arabic word for pimp.

    An ars is typically crude, uses vulgar language, hangs out with criminal types and wears flashy clothing and jewelry.[3][4][5]

  158. Sean says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Germans do see the need for a serious, adequate military defense, they just don’t want to pay for it.

    • Replies: @HdC
  159. antibeast says:
    @Petermx

    Northern Europe which includes Germany has done well while Southern and Eastern Europe has lagged behind their Nordic neighbors. The history of Europe is littered with incessant warfare which makes WWI and WWII not so much a disaster but a feature of European history. No doubt Germany would have become a world power had it not been for WWI and WWII, a tragic fate which it shares with Japan, both vanquished nations still under US military occupation 75 years after their defeat in WWII.

    The Germans are a highly disciplined, highly intelligent and highly organized people, probably the most competitive in all of Europe. The worst thing that ever happened to them is not their wartime defeat but their spiritual death, the one thing that the Japanese refuse to accept even after two atomic bombs and 75 years of US military occupation.

    Germany has a much bigger problem than Japan because Germany is intertwined with the geopolitics of Europe. The presence of the US military in Europe and the existence of NATO is desired by many European countries such as the Baltic States as a form of military protection against Russia. Unfortunately for Germany, the Americans view Europe as their ancestral homeland which they can never leave behind.

    Japan does not have that problem because nobody wants the US military in Asia. Moreover, most Americans view Asia as an alien landscape which has nothing to do with them. The Japanese will eventually have to ally themselves with China and Russia which are the only two World Powers that could guarantee Japan’s national security while respecting its national sovereignty. As a nation of warriors, the Japanese are not going to allow the US military to remain in Japan forever, as their mere presence is a humiliating insult to their national honor.

  160. HdC says:
    @Sean

    No, they want to make it themselves.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but Germany is not permitted to design and build its own aircraft and jet engines, to say nothing about missiles and nuclear weapons.

    No, they are compelled to buy crappy engines from Britain and put them in the joint European airliners.

    Remember, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Now that Germany’s self-avowed arch enemy Britain is no longer part of the EU, I’d arm Germany with the latest and greatest in weaponry.

    Nuclear armed nations do not get attacked.

    • Replies: @Sean
  161. Sean says:

    What worries American diplomats is that Germany, other NATO nations and countries along the Belt and Road route understand the gains that can be made by opening up peaceful trade and investment

    I think Germany wants to make profitable investments in Russia and sell capital goods to China while protected by Nato. German is looking to take care of Germany.

    If there is no Russian or Chinese plan to invade or bomb them, what is the need for NATO?

    Relative to the county’s wealth. Germany spends a pittance on defence because there is Nato. If Nato ceased to exist, Germany would have to build very powerful conventional forces, and Russia would have to spend more on their own armed forces, and so on.

  162. @Athena

    It’s beyond debate by now. How right you are.

  163. Sean says:
    @HdC

    Nuclear armed nations do not get attacked.

    US forces were attacked in Korea by non nuclear armed Chinese. Neither the USSR or USA acted as if they thought having nuclear weapons made them immune to a conventional attack. After the early sixties neither the USA or USSR acted as if they thought nukes could stop a conventional attack across the North German plain without initiating an unstoppable nuclear escalation to the taking out of cities in the respective homelands. Tanks are expensive, the Germans have decided they don’t need to build them. or nuclear weapons because of Nato forces defending Germany. Also the use of initial sted on the nuke escalation ladder would begin at the with thermonuclear battlefield weapon level. Germany would be the battlefield . The Superpowers might agree to a ceasefire after Germany was a smoking ruin That is the reason Germany is anti nuclear.

    • Replies: @HdC
  164. @Sean

    I think you are right. We have to go back to the second Chancellor of post WW 2 Germany, the plastic tipped cigarette holder smoking, Ludwig Erhard. He was Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s economic minister from 1949 to 1963 and called the man responsible for Germany’s “economic miracle,”, after WW 2.” It is true that he was more of a statesman than a politician. He was said to have stated that no longer would Germany seek power and influence through guns, planes and tanks, but through economic strength instead.

    • Replies: @Sean
  165. Anonymous[917] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ned Kelly

    So what has Putin done and what threat does he pose that would warrant 20 years of rabbid hysteria and paranoia.

    I think the people feeling a threat coming from Putin are those financiers who want to control Asia’s natural resources, their workforce and their markets. They want Russia and China to adopt the US legal system and to use US money. They use the politicians, the US DOD, DOJ and the State Department many affiliates as their tools.

    The US has a long history of medling in other countries internal affairs to help US based companies. The elites use the euphemism “American interests” to hide the name of the actual entities that benefit from the US interventions. Smedley Butler has described the pattern long ago in his book “War is a racket.”

    • Agree: HdC, Kolya Krassotkin
  166. @Anon

    Isn’t that anti-Semitism, 159?

    Oh, that’s right, the Jews are not Semites, are busy exterminating the Semites. Okay, you win.

  167. @mulga mumblebrain

    Sean, morons, that’s where you come in.

    LOL!

  168. @Badger Down

    Indeed. If the western center manages to work together with the eastern center, with Russia acting as the conduit facilitating the interaction between the two, there will be no stopping the rise of the entire Eurasian continent. The Anglo-American world order will be game over.

  169. Sean says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Bismarck’s successor as Chancellor, Leo von Caprivi, tried a commercial policy and made agreements with the other powers over spheres of interest. Curiously, an agreement Caprivi made with Britain gave Germany Helgoland, which made the development of a powerful German Navy possible as it is at the western entrance of the Kiel Ship Canal As I have mentioned a few times Admiral Fisher predicted years before the event, WW1 started within a few weeks of the Kiel Ship Canal widening being completed so that German battleships could use it .

    Germany alienated Russia by moves to co existence with Britain and away from agrarian reaction The more one finds out, the less avoidable Germany getting into a war seems. Caprivi genuinely tried to trade his way out of the geopolitical quandary and failed.

    The idea of trying to conquer Russia and her vassal states was in order to give Germans a a standard of living comparable to America with its continental economy. The alterntive of commercial policy was canvassed by Hitler in his writings, but dismissed because according to him it would inevitably entail progressively greater limitation of the birthrate even if it stopped emigration of Germany’s best people to America.

    • Replies: @erzberger
  170. How easy would it be for France to leave NATO? Is there a treaty or agreement that Macron could simply renounce? Or what?

  171. erzberger says:
    @Sean

    At no point was there a German plan to conquer Russia. It would still have been the largest country on earth had Hitler achieved maximum expansion to the Urals

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

  172. Athena says:

    NATO and the special relationship between the US and UK

    UK Spends Over £80M On Media In 20 Countries Around Russia

    https://declassifieduk.org/uk-spends-over-80m-on-media-in-20-countries-around-russia/

    • Replies: @Sean
  173. HdC says:
    @Sean

    Methinks Germany would be a nuclear battleground in any NATO-Russia conflict with nuclear weapons.
    If Germany were armed with a few dozen ballistic, nuclear tipped missiles, it could take a lesson from Israel, its BFF (according to German politicians), and let it be known that it would strike any nation that seriously threatened it.

    There is a big difference between dropping nukes on Russia or the USA, both are huge countries and the international nuclear fallout quite minimal, as compare to dropping nukes on a small European country (physical size-wise) and having all that fall-out impacting surrounding friendlies (to the potential bomb droppers).

    I’m simply following the adage that if a fight is unavoidable, I’m going to get my licks in first.

    Historically speaking, Britain unchecked and in cahoots with the USA, are a very serious threat to world peace. It’s best to be prepared.

    Agreed that Germany rearming would have major international repercussions. But if her major trading partners were China, Iran, Japan, Indochina, South America, etc., the real effect might be minimised. Agreed there are many ifs, ands, and buts…

    • Replies: @JamesinNM
  174. Sean says:
    @Athena

    One of Hitler’s greatest mistakes was thinking that economic interest and commercial rivalries would prevent a repeat of the WW1 US Britain alliance. The early post Soviet strategists of Russia also thought that Western Europe would become estranged from the US. I think after the Suez crisis all Western Europe ceased to have any idea of military self assertion no matter what economic motives there were. Without the US, European powers would have to spend a ridiculous amount on conventional forces for defense. Russia is always going to be militarily formidable because it must worry about places other than Europe, but those Russian forces could be moved from Siberia to the West.

    I think the main ones pushing the idea of America supplying Europe with LNG is Poland and Ukraine too perhaps, but they want it at a subsidised price. The Soviet Union did subsidise the price of energy to Warsaw Pact countries. In 2005 Ukraine (in a minus 30 degree winter stole gas fro, the pipelines crossing its territory and suppling Western Europe as well as Ukraine In early 2006, Russia cut off all gas supplies passing through Ukrainian territory. From 2007 when new disputes began over Ukraine denying they owed gas debts. In 2010 Stockholm court of arbitration ruled Naftohaz of Ukraine must return 12.1 billion cubic metres of gas to RosUkrEnergo. Russia does not want any more of that. In my book asking for the market price for energy is not ‘weaponising’ it.

    • Agree: mulga mumblebrain
    • Replies: @Athena
  175. Athena says:
    @Sean

    Unfortunately, the West (NATO and its bankers) EXPLOITS conflicts such as the gas dispute in Ukraine, and peoples who have probably been traumatized (freezing in the dark at -30C) to sell high- tech weapons and occupy Europe.

    For example:

    Exiled Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky said bolstering Ukraine defences was the most important way that London could show solidarity with Kyiv in the face of Russian aggression on the border.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/mikhail-khodorkovsky-vladimir-putin-boris-johnson-ukraine-conservatives-b2008804.html

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  176. erzberger says:
    @Sean

    Really tired of the endless repetition of the canard that Germany spends a pittance on defense bec protection by Nato. Total bull, you have no idea what you are talking about

  177. JamesinNM says:

    Russia will run through Ukraine like crap through a goose, hold elections, restore Ukraine for the people, and then leave Ukraine a sovereign free ally.

    • Replies: @Sean
  178. JamesinNM says:
    @HdC

    Russia could make Israel uninhabitable for eternity in a single day.

  179. anon[165] • Disclaimer says:
    @Athena

    US government has absconded years ago from the actual workspace long ago. Media,Fed Res, Military and Corporations make life and death decisions and everything thats important in between the two.
    Coup started with creation of CIA and Korean war.Now its complete .

    Edward Luttwak
    (American military strategist, NYT columnist,Israeli supporter, avid Middle East war promoter and a guy with background in Italian renaissance ) wrote a book :Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook.
    Without mounting Sudan or Egyptian ,Chilean ,Pakistani or Maynammar type coups one can realize same goal by having implants and occupants in the different positions or nodes of the levers of the power . Steady rellacement has taken many years . System is in place .Wolfowitz goes ,Richard Perle disappears but Sullivan come and Blinken shows up . Bolton skewers Trump from behind .NK tanks break down . The shitshow will be ended by foreign adversaries and they will be first to leave the country . Think of mass emigration out of Russia in 80s and Argentina in 1990s . They all headed to USA. Where will these guys-tribe and honorary members will go?

  180. Sean says:
    @JamesinNM

    Almost a third of 20-year-old Ukrainian men die before they reach 60 years old. Villages are wiped of the map every all the time because no one lives there any more and that comedian President campaigned on a promise to hold a census but has delayed it. There true population of Ukraine is probably about thirty-something million. The baby bust/ emigration depopulation infection of Western orientated Ukraine is something Russia probably would reap great benefits by sealing itself off from.

    https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/220113_Jones_UkraineRussia_Map1_0.png?H1fDIaI.53VWWzKuClx_zR0OelBPHrVo

    The Dnieper River will be the division-line between Europe and Russia. The division of Ukraine is not necessarily in conflict with geographical and historical perspectives.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  181. @Sean

    Leaving Kiev or Odessa to the Ukronazi orcs would be a travesty.

    • Replies: @Sean
  182. @Athena

    Exile Jewish thief Khodorkovksy, please.

    • Replies: @Athena
  183. @Yee

    Yeah but with the level of automation accelerating – the industrialization of India and Africa won’t require the masses of workers that it did before…. So it won’t happen the same way. Cheap labor isn’t as much of a determining factor going forward.

  184. Athena says:

    It should also be remembered that Canada has signed an “energy partnership” with Germany for gas to be transported through a new pipeline that will run through Quebec to a liquefaction plant in Nova Scotia. The \$13 billion Goldboro LNG project is comparable to the Saguenay LNG project, with both carrying a similar amount of natural gas.

    Ukraine : La pétro-guerre de Chrystia Freeland

    https://vigile.quebec/articles/ukraine-la-petro-guerre-de-chrystia-freeland

    (excerpts, with emphasis)

    ”Il est intéressant de noter que les trois pays les plus bellicistes sont trois pays de l’anglosphère – les États-Unis, la Grande-Bretagne et le Canada – qui ne s’approvisionnent pas en hydrocarbures russes. Au contraire, dans le cas des États-Unis et du Canada, ils veulent ouvrir le marché européen au gaz liquéfié nord-américain. Il existe déjà un projet, Three Seas Initiative, de modernisation des infrastructures pour accueillir du gaz naturel liquéfié américain dans douze pays de l’Est européen.”’

    Au Canada, le projet GNL Québec d’exportation de gaz naturel de l’Alberta, liquéfié à Saguenay, avait comme marché cible l’Allemagne. Une entente non contraignante avait d’ailleurs été signée avec l’entreprise belge Fluxys pour la construction d’un terminal à Hambourg. Le projet a été mis sur la touche à cause de la faiblesse du prix du gaz naturel. Mais, aujourd’hui, le prix est en forte hausse et l’abandon de Nord Stream II pourrait très bien réunir les conditions pour sa renaissance.

    Il ne faudrait pas oublier non plus que le Canada a signé un « partenariat énergétique » avec l’Allemagne pour le gaz qui sera transporté par un nouveau gazoduc qui traversera le Québec pour se rendre à une usine de liquéfaction en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le projet GNL Goldboro, d’une valeur de 13 milliards \$, est comparable au projet GNL Saguenay, les deux transportant une quantité similaire de gaz naturel.’

  185. @IronForge

    Filipino elections are coming up shortly. one of the main candidate is from the Marcos clan. He is advocating to continue Duterte’s policy of being more Asian (and Chinese centric)…. This is disheartening to the US and Europe especially since the original Marcos was a US client (which is why he got to take all his stolen loot and retire to Hawaii)…. The MSM is already trying to boost other candidates

  186. Athena says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    NATO and UK friends to put pressure on Putin and Russia by seizing assets of Ukrainian-Israeli mafia in London?

  187. Athena says:

    Ukraine changes its mind on culprit behind cyberattack

    https://www.rt.com/russia/546209-ukraine-cyberattack-hybrid-war/

    EU banks get Russia warning
    https://www.rt.com/russia/546209-ukraine-cyberattack-hybrid-war/

    US braces for wave of cyberattacks – media
    https://www.rt.com/russia/549200-us-braces-for-possible-russian/

    Global insurance companies to stop insuring aircraft for Ukrainian airspace flights – airliner
    https://www.rt.com/russia/549213-insurance-companies-stop-ukraine-flights/

  188. Athena says:

    FOR KLAUS SCHWAB A CYBER ATTACK COULD BE THE NEXT PANDEMIC

    https://www.marcotosatti.com/2021/02/20/nobile-next-pandemic-could-be-a-cyberattack-says-schwab/

    (excerpts)

    ”’On 8 July 2020, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab spoke of a likely global cyber attack that would make Covid-19 look like a “minor disturbance”.

    ”There are two things, either Schwab is a catastrophist or a psychic. But this could be an already established program to speed up what they call the Great Reset. Why the suspicion? Why the suspicion? First of all, to carry out, as Schawb says, a global cyber attack requires groups of malicious persons on all continents. Do they use satellites from space that can be operated by simple smartphones? https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/16/ast-science-going-public-through-spac-at-1point8-billion-valuation.html Sure, they exist, and we hope that those responsible have taken steps to protect them. If not, it means we are done for, since the Great Reset programme is supported by the major powers on the planet.”

    ”How can we take seriously the rulers, the WHO and Schwab’s friends, who have shut the mouths of thousands of doctors who have treated Covid-19 with existing drugs? We cannot give credit to governments who have hidden the number of suicides and the increase in the number of depressed people caused by their mediatic terrorism. We cannot give credence to those who have systematically ruined thousands of small and large companies and, incredibly, forced hospitals not to accept non-Covid patients. They have made the elderly die alone without the comfort of family members, kept our children locked up at home to attend school. A sequence of crimes sufficient to create a Nuremberg-type trial.”

  189. Athena says:

    Re: Global insurance companies to stop insuring aircraft for Ukrainian airspace flights – airliner
    http://www.rt.com

    Youtube video (from Ukraine) pretending to show the “truth” was created before the plane crash and uploaded a few hours after.

  190. Sean says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    Dobby the house elf (ie Putin who tried to sue over the resemblance to the Harry Potter film character) is not going to go into cities; his army is organized into Battalion Tactical Groups may have massive amounts of artillery a la the traditional Russian mass effect philosophy, but lack the required infantry

    https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/12/russian-battalion-groups-are-assembling-around-ukraine-what-is-putin-up-to/
    Both types of BTGs are reinforced by two or three batteries of mobile rocket artillery and/or self-propelled howitzers (122- and 152-millimeter caliber), for a total 12-18 artillery systems—an enormous amount of fire support for a battalion-sized unit. […] A U.S. Army study sought to identify the strengths and weaknesses of BTGs. In general, BTG are effective at rapidly concentrating combat power at a specific point on the frontline, clobbering local opposition at arm’s length with their outsized downrange firepower, and exploiting the rupture with maneuver units. A BTG’s surveillance assets can effectively monitor a distant point to direct lethal artillery strikes, but don’t provide broader defensive surveillance capacity.

    However, BTGs lack the mass to defend broader areas or engage in a prolonged battle of attrition or assaults, particularly in urban operations which tend to be personnel intensive, and rely on lower-quality allied forces (proxies, irregulars, conscripts, reservists, etc.) to defend flanks, screen against attackers, and secure newly captured areas.

    What Vladimir (“World Owner”) Putin’s specialist in operational art will be charged with coming up with is a plan that lets the Russian forces seize and maintain the initiative, so it will be as I said, there will be a feint towards Kiev, which the Ukrainians will be have to defend with powerful forces and as a result take their best units out of the actual battle east of the Dnieper. There is nothing in Ukrainian cities for Russians, and in even if their army was not in those BTGs, urban fighting would rob Russia of the initiative.

    https://www.martin-van-creveld.com/the-master-and-kiev/
    First, to overpower the defenders the attacker must first of all concentrate his forces. However, urban terrain, covered as it is by all kinds of buildings that cover the approaches to them and streets between them, makes doing so much harder than it would be in open terrain.

    Second, complex terrain will reduce the attacker’s advantages in terms of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, the utility of aerial assets, and his ability to engage at a distance.

    Third the profusion of buildings, perhaps including some quite tall ones, means that much of the fighting will take place at close quarters. To make things even more difficult for the attacker, often it will be necessary to engage simultaneously over the ground, on the ground, and under the ground.

    Fourth, the attacker must move and, by doing so, expose himself. Not so the defender, who can remain in his prepared positions. Should those positions be targeted by artillery or from the air the defender, provided he keeps his flexibility and does not wait too long, can always abandon them and retreat to others further back.

    Fifth, the kind of massive firepower that reduces buildings and even entire neighborhoods to rubble will not necessarily deprive the defender of cover. Often, indeed, the rubble will provide the defender with as much, if not more, concealment and cover than intact neighborhoods can; just think of Stalingrad. The larger the city, the more true this is.

    Occupying the cities in question will not solve these problems; to the contrary, doing so may well aggravate them. Briefly, urban warfare tends to act as a meat grinder. The outcome is likely to be attrition and stalemate. But stalemate will demand from the attacker exactly that of which, unlike the defender, he only has a limited supply: time

  191. True. Sensible logic. But will it overcome the enormous US and UK war mongering propaganda that has been so successful in the past in creating a context for the enrichment of the US and UK ruling classes at the expense of not only theirs but European blloda and treasure apart from genocides in small helpless non nuclear country after country? Please read: ? Please read: https://www.quora.com/In-my-memory-it-seems-that-European-perception-of-the-US-in-the-80s-90s-was-mostly-positive-This-seems-to-have-started-to-change-during-Clinton-but-even-more-during-Bush-Jr-Is-that-a-correct-perception-If-so-what/answer/Suchindranath-Aiyer

  192. Gordo says:

    The Iron Curtain of the 1940s and ‘50s was ostensibly designed to isolate Russia from Western Europe – to keep out Communist ideology and military penetration.

    Nonsense, and that was line 1.

  193. @Wojciech Garbacz

    “[Polish russophobia] was rational in XVIII, XIX and XX centuries.”

    Panie Garbacz, co Pan wygaduje? Was Pilsudski’s pathological, furious russophobia rational? Was it rational for a new-born Poland to immediately attack Russia after the end of World War 1? And then be nearly annihilated by the Russian counteroffensive?

    Was Józef Beck’s russophobia rational? (Beck was a big fan of Pilsudski and Poland’s Foreign Minister.) Here’s what historian Overy has to say about Poland run by these and other extreme Polish russophobes:

    Poland was almost certainly the most disliked and her Foreign Minister the most distrusted. Poland’s pursuit of an independent line left her bereft of any close friends by the end of 1938…. The Western powers saw Poland as a greedy revisionist power, illiberal, anti-Semitic, pro-German; Beck was a ‘menace’, arrogant and treacherous.

    Old sins, Mr. Garbacz, have long shadows. Russians are not likely to forget them. (Not that Russians cannot be accused of their own old sins.) But Russia today is a military superpower, which would overrun Poland in a few days, regardless of what NATO (or even USA) could do. Fortunately, Russia is completely uninterested in Poland any more. Still, Poland would be well-advised to be diplomatic in their relations with Russia.

    • Replies: @Avery
    , @HdC
  194. Avery says:
    @Robert Konrad

    Interesting historical background: I didn’t know; thanks for sharing.

    Aside from that history, the behaviour of Polish leadership is completely baffling to me as a non-Pole.

    It is abundantly obvious by now that the GloboWest (e.g. EU/Brussels) is bent on destroying Poland (….and Hungary) as independent, Christian, patriotic-Polish (….patriotic-Hungarian) nations. The GloboGhouls in Brussels are Hell bent on turning East Europe into the same cesspool that West Europe has become.

    I somewhat understand Poland joining EU for economic reasons, but why go under the Jackboot of NATO? Who in Poland is hallucinating that Russia would be remotely interested in attacking her? (….unless Poland has some ideas of her own of attacking something under the protective umbrella of NATO……)

    All NATO-membership does for Poland now is paint a large bullseye on it: in even a limited (nuclear) war Poland would be one of the first countries to be stricken by tactical nukes. UK and US are too far away*. Are Polish leaders too full of hate or too blind to see that?

    ___________________________
    * assuming the “limited” war does not spin out of control and go Global Thermonuclear.

  195. My enemies are anti-whites of all colors destroying my race with forced diversity. The white traitors are the worst.

  196. HdC says:
    @Robert Konrad

    “…pro German…”
    Judging by the Poles’ actions, and Polish newspaper headlines, I’d say this was a lie.
    Falsehood in one… Falsehood in all.

    “Fortunately Russia is completely uninterested in Poland…”.
    You think so? What with American nuclear tipped missiles on its borders???

  197. @RadicalCenter

    When reading your comments, I feel I am living inside a bubble or a utopian dreamer ,, Could you please enlighten me to why you believe that Turkey has in its future agenda even the remote idea of attacking you? And why are you making it all about RACE and RELIGION I really don’t get it? Now im 45yo and once upon a time in the days of inquisition and colonizers my country was under the Ottoman occupation “Egypt” but this does not mean that the expansionist days are coming back, we already found better ways to prosper without conquering other nations, Except the US of course didn’t yet reach any better understanding of civility. I do agree with most what you said about the need for a euro army and most other things but I cant get my head around the racism and islamophobia, I mean I am a Muslim, my wife and in laws are European Christians, I live in Europe i working in a rather sensitive arms manufacturing facility to make Europe a better place, why they hired me you ask? simple cuz there is very few in the world with my experience, if I embraces your destructive ideas I would not be here. So, am I a fool? Or are you just “Radical”

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