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History has been rewritten almost daily this week, almost immediately as it occurs. A Wall Street Journal editorial on November 4 spun its view of what is at issue for the Democratic Party: “Voters warn Democrats to walk away from the Sanders-Pelosi agenda.” The Democrats’ own leadership quickly agreed with this take, playing the blame game against the Progressive Caucus for insisting on economic reforms that opinion polls have reported are precisely what voters say they want.

But these are not the policies that the party’s major donors want. What really is at issue is just whom the Democratic Party (and their duopoly partners the Republicans too, of course) supports: corporate lobbyists and the Donor Class, or wage-earning voters seeking economic policies that benefit them as employees, consumers and debtors.

Can there really be doubt as to what is causing the apathy of voters to support the Clintonite Virginia candidate Terry McAuliffe? Was his loss really because voters opposed Sanders and the Congressional Progressive Caucus as radical extremists for supporting the policy platform that President Biden himself ran on and which got Democrats elected? Was it that Democrats are not sufficiently supporting their Wall Street and corporate donors and lobbyists, and that somehow voting for McAuliffe might empower Bernie Sanders, AOC and the Squad?

Democrats calling themselves “centrist” or “moderate” insist that the Progressives surrender to the Manchin-Sinema rewrite of the original version of the Build Back Better (BBB) act and make it into a grab-bag benefiting the Five Percent instead of the 95 Percent by replacing its most popular proposals with giveaways to the wealthy – as if this will win elections. Or at least, win campaign financing for the party.

One of the most popular proposals in the original BBB act was twelve weeks of paternity/maternity, sick and caregiving leave, child support and pre-schooling support. Such aid is provided by nearly every advanced nation for its citizens. But the Democrats assigned Senator Joe Manchin the task of opposing this as an anti-corporate move to subsidize employees getting paid without working. Nancy Pelosi and the House leadership obliged by removing it altogether, but then agreed to a rather stingy four-week support program. Even so, Joe Manchin will not commit himself to support the downsized BBB bill when it is sent over to the Senate, saying that he wants “to work with Republicans on paid leave in separate legislation.”[1]Alexander Duehren, Natalie Andrews and Richard Rubin,” Paid Leave Is Back in House Bill,” Wall Street Journal, November 4, 2021.

In today’s U.S. political duopoly the role of the Democratic Party is to protect the Republicans from attacks from the left. What the Republicans and centrists want is the “hard” business infrastructure program, not its pro-labor elements. The Progressives rightly warn that their only opportunity to get the pro-voter BBB version approved by Congress is to tie it to Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill. Their fear is that Manchin will make good on his preference to wait a half year (meaning “never” in political time) before submitting the BBB that was downsized first from \$6.5 billion to \$3.5 billion, and now to a reported \$1.8 billion.

Another popular element criticized as being too pro-labor to appeal to voters is dental and vision care for Medicare recipients, and payments for hearing aids and home health care. As medical and health insurance costs squeeze family budgets, most voters also back negotiating drug prices to stop the price gouging by the pharmaceutical companies. Governments throughout the world have long been doing this. But the “centrists” threatened to exclude it, and finally proposed some reduction in the most exorbitant monopoly prices by promising a give-back to their drug-company donors in the form of more patent protection (for research initially funded by the government itself). The aim is to prevent other drug companies from producing low-priced generic versions after the patents expire.

Student debt relief has been drastically cut back, along with plans two free years of community college. One after another, Biden’s campaign promises are being broken – with Biden himself disowning them and showing impatience at how long it is taking the Progressives to surrender to “reality”.

Already thrown overboard at the start of the Biden Administration was his promise to raise the minimum wage. The Senate parliamentarian pretended that this could not be submitted as a “reconciliation” agenda, on the ground that it did not affect federal revenue. That was nonsense, of course. Raising the minimum wage would reduce federal subsidies to families below the poverty level – a subsidy that has long saved Walmart and other minimum-wage employers dollar for dollar by enabling them to pay less than the actual living wage, as food stamps and other transfer payments make up the gap.

Joe Manchin sheds crocodile tears over the government paying for pro-labor policies, but shows no concern about giveaways to the wealthy, to the corporate interest or for military spending – or for tax cuts for the highest income brackets. It is as if only pro-voter policies add to the national debt.

Neoliberal Clintonite centrists vetoed Progressive proposals to pay for their program by passing one of the most popular taxes of all: a tax on financial trading gains, to be collected by closing the carried-interest tax loophole that frees financial speculators and money managers from having to pay income tax on their gains, lowering the rate to the capital-gains tax rate. The heavy hand of Wall Street campaign donors far outweighs what voters want – including reversing the Trump Administration’s income-tax cuts for the wealthiest classes.

ORDER IT NOW

While downsizing these early popular elements, Congress has increased its giveaway to the Donor Class in an attempt to win them over. Most egregious is cutting taxes for the wealthiest home owners, especially on the East Coast, by raising the income-tax deductibility of property taxes – the State and Local Tax (SALT) – from \$10,000 to \$72,500. As Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Bernie Sanders sounded exasperated on election-day Tuesday when he explained that this \$400 billion giveaway to the wealthiest 5 percent was so large, that “the top 1% would pay lower taxes after passage of the Build Back Better plan than they did after the Trump tax cut in 2017. This is beyond unacceptable.”

Sanders pointed out that “Democrats campaigned and won on an agenda that demands that the very wealthy finally pay their fair share, not one that gives them more tax breaks.”[2]Jordain Carney, “Sanders: Proposed five-year SALT cap repeal ‘beyond unacceptable,’” The Hill, November 2, 2021. The most recent report, as of Nov. 4, is that Sanders agreed to the tax giveaway for home owners making under \$400,000, which is now being put forth as the top of “middle-class” income. See Senators Sanders and Menendez Propose Eliminating SALT Cap for People Earning Under \$400K.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4984949/senators-sand...g-400k
But the Democratic leadership replied that without favoring the Donor Class, their campaign financing would shrink – a prospect that would lead Senate recipients of lobbying largesse to vote down the BBB.

The Democratic leadership argues that failure to increase subsidies and tax breaks for the economy’s wealthiest rentier layer, and to cute back social spending for wage-earners, will threaten their electoral prospects – by reducing their fundraising appeal to the Donor Class. The mainstream press chimes in with the view that pro-labor policies are so radical that they will frighten most middle-class voters as an attack on property and their own hopes to somehow join the ranks of the rich someday. President Biden is blaming Progressives for “blocking” the program by trying to preserve the policies that most voters actually want, and which he himself ran on in his presidential campaign a year ago.

But most voters are wage-earners, after all. And many need child support and other social welfare spending, and lower drug prices and other living costs. Voter polls in Virginia reported that economic issues were their most important concern, as they are in most of the United States.

The problem is that pro-labor social policies are not what the major lobbyists and campaign donors want for themselves and their clients. This raises the obvious question: Did Democrats lose on Tuesday because their leadership was supporting opposing what their campaign contributors want instead of the Progressive agenda that most voters say they want and what they voted for last November?

Is the U.S. political system a democracy, or oligarchy?

Put bluntly, is the Democratic Party an agent of democracy, or oligarchy? The past month’s Congressional debacle confirms Aristotle description of democracy: Many states have constitutions that are democratic in form, he wrote, but actually are oligarchies.

The reason, he explained, is that democracies tend to evolve into oligarchies as a result of the increasing concentration and polarization of wealth. That gives the leading families control of the political system. (In his schema, oligarchies aim at making themselves hereditary aristocracies.)

The translation of wealth into political control has been accelerating since the 1980s, and almost all increase in U.S. wealth and income in the year and a half since the Covid-19 outbreak struck in spring 2020 has accrued to the One Percent in the form of rising stock, bond and real estate prices. In the non-financial economy, prices charged by the oil, pharmaceutical and IT monopolies have also increased, while housing prices have risen nearly 20 percent in the last twelve months. These sectors are the largest lobbyists and political campaign contributors.

The Democratic leadership policy is to back the candidates who are able to raise the most money. For most candidates the lion’s share come from these lobbyists and special interests, for whom their donations are a business investment. Only a minority of progressive candidates have been able to raise enough in small sums from many individuals to become political players.

The situation is much like that of ancient Rome. Its constitution organized voting according to wealth cohorts, mainly measured by land ownership. The wealthiest Senatorial class, followed by the equite “Knights”, were assigned voting weight overshadowing that of the 99 Percent. In the United States, to be sure, all votes on election day are counted equally, but in practice the One Percent limit the range of policies that can be voted on and then implemented. The first problem is how to be nominated in the first place and vie with rivals in the political primaries. In America, success requires support from the Donor Class. Similarly in Rome, to succeed as a candidate running for office required heavy backing by the wealthy. (Crassus played this role, financing Caesar’s campaign, among others.) Leading politicians tended to be heavily in debt to their backers.

In the United States, the debt is not as crassly monetary. What is owed to donors is political support. The job description for a politician is to deliver voter support to one’s campaign contributors. That is how oligarchies suppress democracy, today as in the Roman Republic.

Centrists and moderates support existing oligarchic trends in economic polarization

Upon taking office, President Biden said that nothing would really change. This was the opposite of Barack Obama’s slogan of “hope and change,” but it was simply more honest. The Biden Administration not only has maintained Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy, it has increased them under the BBB’s SALT provision. Biden has extended offshore oil drilling rights, and policies benefiting the financial and corporate sectors.

This is called being a “centrist” or “moderate.” If the world is polarizing between the One Percent and the 99 Percent, between creditors and debtors, monopolists and consumers, where is the middle ground? The Chinese have a proverb: “He who comes to a fork in the road and tries to go two roads at once will get a broken hip joint.” Being a moderate means not interfering with the economic trends that are polarizing the U.S. economy between the rentier One Percent at the top and the increasingly indebted 99 Percent.

ORDER IT NOW

That is the situation confronting today’s economy. Refusing to take steps to change the dynamics that are enriching the oligarchy means not reversing or even slowing the trends that are polarizing the economy. The Democratic Party leadership has opposed the influence of the Progressive Congressional Caucus from the beginning. This is oligarchy, not democracy. It is not even the largely empty formalities of political democracy, to say nothing of substantive economic democracy.

What really is democracy, after all? It is the ability of voters to get legislated the policies that they want – and which presumably are in their economic and social interests. But the process is manipulated by the DNC’s reliance on the Donor Class. Its political program is simply a marketing vehicle, with no “truth in advertising” regulation.

The question is, can it be reformed? Can democracy succeed without replacing the Democratic Party leadership. Indeed, can it succeed without an altogether different political system from today’s Democratic-Republican duopoly with its common set of donors?

What I cannot understand is why the Progressive Caucus has not insisted on naming their own supporters to the DNC.

The current Democratic impasse shows that no progress can be made without changing the institutional structure of American politics. It seems that the only way to do this is to make sure that the Democratic Party loses so irrevocably in 2022 and 2024 that it is dissolved enough to enable the Progressives to revive the near corpse.

The Democrats’ identity politics – any identity except that of wage earners

The Democratic role is to protect the Republican party from challenges from the left. Its tactic for many decades now has been to use identity politics to replace the traditional economic concerns of voters as wage earners, consumers, debtors and, in a rising proportion of cases, as renters faced with losing their homes if they fall into arrears as rents and housing prices are soaring. Identity politics is a strategy to fragment the wage-earning majority of voters into separate ethnic, racial and gender identities. That distracts attention from their class consciousness whose interests do not match those of the Donor Class that has gained control of the Democrat-Republican duopoly. This control and divergence of interests explains the DNC’s refusal to back progressive candidates.

Instead of appealing to wage earners, the Democratic leadership since the 1960s has aimed at getting voters to think of themselves as hyphenated Americans. Half a century ago it was Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans and so forth, with patronage along ethnic lines in the big cities. Today the identity politics has broadened to aim at women, especially white suburban women, whose support they lost in Virginia, the Hispanic vote, which also faded this week; and support from black voters, whose support has most recently been mobilized by House Majority Whip James Clyburn and what has been called the Black Misleadership Council (though ethnic support for these misleaders finally is weakening as voters learn just who their campaign contributors are). The Democrats’ calculation has been something like, “OK, we’ve written off the working class. But maybe we can get some voters to think of themselves as some other identity.” They’ve pandered to black voters with cultural applause, but not economic benefits. They’ve sought Hispanic support, but that is falling away as the Democrats hesitate to give economic support to low-income workers with families, whom they readily write off when offered enough Donor Class money from corporate lobbyists. But cultural pandering to identity politics fails when voters see their economic condition as being the most important political issue.

Is America a failed state?

As of Friday morning, the BBB is still stymied as Congressional staff ponder over what has become a 2,135-page bill. Little trust is left regarding Manchin’s hint of support in the Senate. The fear is that the bipartisan \$1 trillion business-friendly infrastructure bill will be passed, leaving the BBB’s social programs abandoned.

The failure to solve this problem seems to be a duplicitous ploy of President Biden and the Democrats’ quasi-Republican Clintonite core. Why not simply remove Manchin from his committee memberships, and stop federal subsidy of his West Virginia constituency? Instead, they have put him in charge of the environment bill, which he has disfigured on behalf of the lobbying money he receives from the oil and coal sectors.

It is difficult to see what may replace today’s political quandary. The United States does not have a European-style parliamentary system that permits new parties to run and be represented in government. If they did, the Democratic Party would probably go the way of European Social-Democratic parties and shrink to a merely marginal has-been.

But real political and economic democracy is blocked by the existing Constitution and the Senate filibuster requiring a 60 percent majority to pass laws, backstopped by a Supreme Court imposing 18th-century solutions to 21st-century finance capitalism and its neo-rentier economies.

Notes

[1] Alexander Duehren, Natalie Andrews and Richard Rubin,” Paid Leave Is Back in House Bill,” Wall Street Journal, November 4, 2021.

[2] Jordain Carney, “Sanders: Proposed five-year SALT cap repeal ‘beyond unacceptable,’” The Hill, November 2, 2021. The most recent report, as of Nov. 4, is that Sanders agreed to the tax giveaway for home owners making under \$400,000, which is now being put forth as the top of “middle-class” income. See Senators Sanders and Menendez Propose Eliminating SALT Cap for People Earning Under \$400K.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4984949/senators-sanders-menendez-propose-eliminating-salt-cap-people-earning-400k

 
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  1. Notsofast says:

    is the u.s. political system a democracy, or oligarchy? actually it is the very definition of a kakistocracy.

  2. Stogumber says:

    “The United States does not have a European-style parliamentary system that permits new parties to run and be represented in government. If they did, the Democratic Party would probably go the way of European Social-Democratic parties and shrink to a merely marginal has-been.”

    Did Prof. Hudson ever take a look at European politics? It is correct that the Social-Democratic parties have shrunk, but its leftist rivals have shrunk as well. And the winner are new centrist parties which mostly appeal to the bourgeois-bohème milieu (the “bobos”) – with a preoccupation for LGBTQ questions, “green” solutions and identity poltics, including open borders.

    • Replies: @nokangaroos
    , @JM
  3. I am a total doomer in respect to the political future of the U.S.

    The political power of controlling the media is way underestimated. Advertising works, propaganda works, few are the number of those who can avoid being influenced by the media.

    Social atomization of individuals has made it impossible for people to organize politically in groups not sanctioned by the elites.

    I recommend everyone donate to and promote antiwar groups and causes. besides that nothing can be done, and vote third party and promote third parties. Also stop working for nefarious government agencies and also stop buying unnecessary items.

  4. BorisMay says:

    Democracy always devolves in to dictatorship. It is the nature of the beast that it always destroys itself. This is evident throughout history. The people are better off under a benevolent monarchy or a robber baron it actuality.

    The US is neither a democracy nor an oligarchy. The author should know better than to ask this obfuscating question.

    The US is a ‘Corporatist’ dictatorship where the politicians work hand in hand with corporations to promote corporate profits. Eg the military industrial complex, big pharma (with the Covid scam), the Green New Deal (which is bringing in central bank digital currencies and the total elimination of cash), Build Back Better that is exploiting child labour to mine cobalt in the Congo to build electric cars).

    Corporatism used to be called Fascism, which was defined by the arch fascist himself, Mussolini, as enforcing corporate behaviour in the people which includes telling them what to believe, how to live and that the only organisation fit to define their children’s future was the State.

    You thought you fought a world war to defeat this evil concept, and now you have adopted it through your political parties…both Democrats and Republicans are Corporatists, or more correctly Fascists.

    But then this is how you have behaved towards the rest of the world for the last 100 years, falsely calling it ‘freedom and democracy’, while fooling yourselves that you were the free city on the hill come to liberate the world, while all the time you were being run by a bunch of Fascist you called Republicans or Democrats.

    Democracy doesn’t work. It always ends up as Fascism. You need to start again. A good first step would be to ban political parties.

    You Americans are so f*cked you are unable to discern your arse from your tits.

  5. roonaldo says:

    Any party whose main factions are the Clintonites and the Woke Progs deserves a miserable death. Hmm….Hillary or AOC?…Hemlock or Arsenic? … Less filling!…Tastes great!

    • LOL: Robert Bruce
  6. Realist says:
    @Notsofast

    actually it is the very definition of a kakistocracy.

    Yes, the exact opposite of a meritocracy…which is the ideal.

    • Thanks: Sarah
  7. Realist says:
    @anyone with a brain

    I am a total doomer in respect to the political future of the U.S.

    I have a tendency to feel the same…maybe not a total doomer…but a doomer.

    I recommend everyone donate to and promote antiwar groups and causes.

    Agreed.

    besides that nothing can be done, and vote third party and promote third parties.

    We are way past the electoral process as a solution to our problem, a plutocratic oligarchy, the solution will be violent and painful.

    • Agree: Robert Bruce
    • Replies: @rgl
    , @anon
  8. The root problem in the US is widely known, and it is the weakness of the legal constraints on election spending.

    An election candidate on a shoestring budget can seldom beat his opponents, and so if he wants to win he must seek sponsorship. Both parties end up serving their sponsors, of which the largest are Wall Street, Big Oil, defense contractors, and the Israel lobby. The sums of money spent at a General Election are on the order of \$10 billion (rather more in 2020), and for the donors it is money well spent, because the right government decisions over a period of four years are worth on the order of a trillion dollars, a factor of 100 larger than the outlay. Election spending is by far the best investment that the rich and powerful can make to protect their interests. The strategy with the best return and the lowest risk is to finance both sides. None of these suggestions is either novel or particularly contentious, but the outcomes that they bake into the system might be unexpected.

    First, neither party will strongly defend the interests of the average or poor person.

    Second, neither party is conservative, in the sense of being fiscally responsible.

    Third, a new party cannot succeed without doing the same as the other two and seeking donors with deep pockets.

    Fourth, legislating tough restrictions on election spending is impossible, because it is against the interests of the donors who bankroll all legislators.

    Fifth, the spending for every vote cast in a battleground state is so high – at least hundreds of dollars – that it makes it financially tempting to commit electoral fraud. If a campaign gives in to temptation, it becomes highly cost-effective to pay people for their mail-in voting papers, or for ballot stuffing, impersonation of other voters, and so on.

    Calculation of spending per vote cast
    In the 2020 General Election, 160 million votes were cast and \$14 billion was spent – an amazing \$87 per vote cast. The number of battleground states was small – fewer than 10 – and so the amount spent for every vote cast in a battleground state was hundreds of dollars.

    • Thanks: Sarah
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Pindos
    , @Dystopian
  9. That’s all very interesting but neither Democratic Party nor GOP matters.

    Suppose both parties vanish into the thin air. The oligarchs will just create two more political fronts to create the illusion of ‘democracy’ and vet a new batch of puppet candidates like Macauliffe or Youngbungdongkin.

    • Thanks: Robert Bruce
    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    , @Gapeseed
  10. While I understand Hudson’s angle on things–it’s enlightening to hear about the “making of the sausage”–Michael does not give enough time and effort to deal with wokism and Trump Derangement.

    Wokism includes but is not limited to:
    –climate change hoax
    –green new deal hoax
    –vaccine hoax
    –white fragility/critical race theory hoax
    –1619 Project hoax

    The sheer number and strength of these wokisms cannot be explained as just only a cover for the rentier model of economy, keeping it in place.

    Perhaps the reason Michael did not adequately deal with this elephant in the room is that he–like Bernie Sanders–buys into at least some of the wokester idiocy/poison.

    This is a fatal flaw. Hudson has no credibility to make statements on the subject of his piece because he is only analyzing a partial picture, which the result of again–as per usual with Michael Hudson–leads to nowhere to go, no hope, no idea of any change that will actually change things.

    You can’t vote them out if you have to accept and embrace Drag Queen Story Hour for 3 year olds, Michael. Or if you think that the world will be too hot to inhabit in 10 years.

    Or if you do not vociferously and publicly oppose these poison ideas that go hand in hand with the part you described in your essay.

  11. Don’t you know? Sailer hates the minimum wage. And he’s a genius! Because he uses graphs!

    So I guess Michael Hudson, who taught Chase Manhattan how it’s done, isn’t as qualified as this Sailer guy to predict the outcome of raising the minimum wage. I mean, I don’t see any graphs!

  12. My lord, is it that hard to understand? The democratic party is figuratively using loudspeakers. It is not hiding a single thing. It’s intent, as comrade Obama said, is to “fundamentally change the U.S. Is it so hard for most people to understand what he meant? Just open your eyes and look around. He, Susan Rice and other communist at heart leftists are behind Biden. Not that I completely believe that Biden is the old grandpa who just gets confused once in a while. No. He still knows what he is allowing to be done, whether he does it himself with his million executive orders, or whether his enablers are in charge. Again, just look at what is transpiring and how these politicians just go along with the obvious crap this administration doles out to the average citizen. I regret having used non-concrete, that is, abstract words in writing this post but felt it necessary because to point out the concrete things that are being done, are known to most people anyway who are not in denial about this administration and how it just goes on its merry way uprooting the peace and sanity of the country.

    • Agree: The Real World
  13. Realist says:
    @James N. Kennett

    The root problem in the US is widely known, and it is the weakness of the legal constraints on election spending.

    Absolutely correct. As I have written numerous times on this blog.

    The SCOTUS has passed down egregious decisions that abridge the First Amendment and show contempt for the concept of representative democracy. Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1976 and exacerbated by continuing stupid SCOTUS decisions First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.
    These decisions have codified that money is free speech thereby giving entities of wealth and power total influence in elections.

    • Thanks: James N. Kennett
  14. Realist says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    The democratic party is figuratively using loudspeakers. It is not hiding a single thing. It’s intent, as comrade Obama said, is to “fundamentally change the U.S.

    And yet the Republican party does nothing…but capitulate…both are willing sycophants and obsequious to the Deep State.

    • Agree: Bro43rd
    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  15. @Stogumber

    (It may be argued government of, by and for moneyed interests is
    precisely what the Framers intended 😛 )

    – The demonrat electorate is a disparate ratatouille held together by vague promises of bleeding the White heteropatriarchy; they resemble nothing so much as the Committees of Village Poverty that the bolsheviks sicced on the kulaks.
    The repug equivalent consists of neoPuritan addicts of the Scofield abomination who would have felt right at home in Salem.
    Of course both “parties” are sock puppets of the 1%, and the US electoral system makes a third party impossible (once intended as protection of states´autonomy, it is time to do away with it; the Tenth is but dead letter anyway).
    Under European* conditions (with 5% threshold so as to not render it ungovernable or hostage to wackos like the Israeli mudderland) there would be an opening** wide enough to ride a battleship through for the Actual American Productive Workers´Party (AAPWP).
    A major problem is the parasites are already an absolute majority (welfare queens, public “servants” and the 1%), but a veto minority
    (1/3) is within reach; next, separate the 1% from their drones
    (here, a few identity eggs will have to be broken), and proceed as with salami.

    *European bobos are a thing, but they are glasshouse flowers – a mere symptom of being too well off; the backlash from the gas prices is already driving the Gretta zombies into frothing convulsions.

    **as Orange Man shewed but failed to deliver.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  16. @Realist

    I agree with you about both parties. However, we must deal with the possible. Which party is clearly causing mass mayhem in this country? We know which one, so we call them out and proceed from there. I have not yet seen or heard the conservatives do the toxic shit the democrats are involved in, none of whom seem to care about any of it. Sure, their are questionable conservatives. No doubt about it.

    • Agree: Rich
    • Replies: @schnellandine
    , @Bill Jones
  17. The author gives the average democrat party leader, way too much credit, in my opinion. None of them, virtually none, have commented on their parties clear and obvious lunacy. The things they have been approving, do not fit into any sane framework. I venture to guess, that there are enough democrat party voters who know this without a doubt. Now, it depends on them to prove it. And as one poster puts it often enough, this is true of enough Republican leaders as well. McConnell, is quite satisfied, to just sit there and take the abuse. Why?

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  18. @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Which party is clearly causing mass mayhem in this country?

    Uniparty.

    I have not yet seen or heard the conservatives do the toxic shit the democrats are involved in,

    Isn’t their role. You never saw The Washington Generals do tricks either. But the games went on, and everyone got paid to play.

    • Agree: Realist, nokangaroos
    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  19. @BorisMay

    “Democracy doesn’t work. It always ends up as Fascism. You need to start again. A good first step would be to ban political parties.”

    The wise among the original leaders of the Revolution recognized this; they knew it was a done deal, i.e. ‘kaput! finished! dead!’ as soon as it devolved into political parties. So just like G. Washington’s farewell address where he implored “Beware of foreign entanglements” what’s the first thing the corrupters did? Oh, shit like the Monroe Doctrine and such.
    Meanwhile, the schemers originally at The East India Company’s descendants have been trying (and succeeding generally) at keeping the Brutish Empire’s finger on the U.S. trigger using any and all means to keep the USA’s self-governance off-balance. ‘Our’ Rhodes Scholars know this better than anybody. Shoutout to Rrrrrachel MSDNC for her fine worm work. Susan Rice, Bill Clinton, etc, etc, the list is as long as their deeds are wrong.

  20. onebornfree says: • Website

    M. Hudson says: “What really is democracy, after all?”

    “Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.” H. L. Mencken

    “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” H. L. Mencken

    “Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.” H. L. Mencken

    “Free speech is too dangerous to a democracy to be permitted” H. L. Mencken

    “Regards” onebornfree

    • Agree: mocissepvis
    • Thanks: St-Germain, Rich
  21. JimDandy says:
    @Notsofast

    Corporatocracy I heard someone saying recently?

    • Thanks: Sarah
    • Replies: @Notsofast
  22. The minimum wage has not increased in 19 years and corporate democrats are good with that. Hence, no real effort to raise it. When the increase to \$15 proved difficult to pass, several Republicans offered to compromise at \$10 a hour, still a big increase. The Dems rejected this because they really didn’t want an increase. The plan is to flood the nation with several more million desperate foreign workers to fill these jobs.

    Student debt relief has been drastically cut back

    Cut back? Dems suggested a \$50,000 write off and Biden promised \$10,000, which he can do with the stroke of a pen. I suggest not writing off any principle (money loaned) but giving up to \$10,000 in credit for interest paid to be fair to all. Biden did nothing, except provide refunds for a few tiny scam colleges that helped less than 1% of borrowers.

    Jimmy Dore covers the other issues:

    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  23. Gapeseed says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Also, Obama no doubt has the goods on Old Joe and his son, and has people in place to insinuate as such.

  24. Simple Rule of History: People who weaken their own identities will end up serving people who strengthen their own identities.

    It’s only a matter of time. Look at whites and Jews. Deracinated whites serve ethnicized Jews.

    • Agree: Realist
  25. Governments throughout the world have long been doing this.

    By taxing their middle classes. Their rich have left for Monaco and pay nothing. This can’t work in America. Our middle class won’t pay, and our rich can’t leave.

    Raising the minimum wage would reduce federal subsidies to families below the poverty level

    Raising the minimum wage for immigrants to a million dollars an hour would accomplish this in no time, for the rest of us. But Hudson is too chicken to suggest this.

    Student debt relief has been drastically cut back

    The universities should be burned down, and Hudson knows this. Look at how they vote!

    along with plans two free years of community college.

    13th and 14th grades of high school. The last thing we need.

    One of the most popular proposals in the original BBB act was twelve weeks of paternity/maternity, sick and caregiving leave…

    My mother got almost 16 years of maternity leave, starting in the 1950s. Because my father was paid enough. The immigration restrictions of the 1920s-to-early-1960s are a major cause of this.

    Heard much praise for Harding and Coolidge of late?

    …child support and pre-schooling support.

    Remember when child support was called “fatherhood”? As for “pre-schooling”, this differs from the Canadian and Australian aboriginal boarding schools now roundly condemned in that…?

    They’ve pandered to black voters with cultural applause, but not economic benefits.

    Reparations are hardly an economic benefit to the rest of the working class, who will have to pay them.

    • Replies: @Montefrío
  26. anonymous[762] • Disclaimer says:
    @Notsofast

    BE careful BE very Careful…This VA victory may be much ado about NOTHING…still the GOP controls /is part of the POLITICAL Binary superstructure…BOTH parties need the Oligarchys Support\$\$\$\$…MAGA is not an independent organized PAC…and there is NO America (Middle Working Class) First party…The USA Congress House of rep just passed the \$2Trillions package with GOP support…and Biden still has 4yrs to complete REmake the political/legislative/electoral Laws and systems…..to favor deepblue tyranny…FEDERALIZED Elections (electronic) with NO states regulations…

    • Thanks: Sarah
  27. It is important to remind the economically ignorant that raising the minimum wage will not help wage earners. All it will do is accelerate automation of low-value-added jobs and result in firings of those holding them.

    Instead of appealing to wage earners, the Democratic leadership since the 1960s has…

    Buried amidst all the silliness in this essay, we find a nugget of truth. Dems are the tool of the Ruling Class. They have roughly zero interest in improving the lives of wage earners. If they cared about American wage earners:

    –They would shut off all immigration, legal or otherwise, and deport all those here illegally.
    –They would restart the Keystone XL pipeline and resume granting oil development leases on public lands and discard all the rest of the Green New Deal stupidity.
    –They would encourage (by subsidies and tax breaks) the transfer of American supply chains out of China and back to America.

    Dems will never support these initiatives even though they would greatly improve the lives and wealth of American wage earners because they do not care about them. Dems are the tools of the Ruling Class.

    There was a recent president who at least talked about doing these things and in some cases (particularly the last two) made actual progress. Who was he again?

    The author in his headline poses the question:

    Is this the end of the unreformable Democrat party?

    I don’t know if he ever got around to answering his own question, but I will. Of course not. As long as there is a Ruling Class and systematic vote fraud is allowed, there will be a Democrat party.

    • Agree: Old and Grumpy
    • Replies: @HbutnotG
  28. One can hope, but they survived civil war and Reconstruction, so I’m not holding my breath.

  29. Anonymous[318] • Disclaimer says:
    @Notsofast

    “Kakistocracy”

    The nearest member of the Kakistocracy to you at the moment is Ron Unz, the piece-of-shit Ashkenazi Jew that manages this site — he does not own or fund it, the Ashkenazi do.

    I’ve studied the Jew Unz for a while. While it’s natural that he’s replete with the Satanic arrogance that Ashkenazi Jews are renowned for, his blatant and childish utilization of doppelgängers on his own site marks him out as a low-end gopher Jew.

    There’s no doubt whatsoever that this site is controlled opposition. There’s absolutely also no doubt that all useful info or details which this website gleams from users is passed on to Israeli intelligence and the Ashkenazi overlords in New York.

    There have been many pointers that Unz works for his scumbag Satanic Ashkenazi peado brothers. The most recent of which is Unz’s relentless and quasi-subliminal promotion of the vaccines.

    What really nailed Unz, though, as a loyal and die-hard Ashkenazi was when a senior Israeli politician publically described him as “that kamikaze Jew in California”. Note that the subhuman Israeli politician didn’t describe Unz as “that kamikaze Jew in the United States”.

    If, as the Jews attempted to portray, the Israeli politician was simply ranting to his countrymen about Unz’s betrayal of Israeli, he’d have used the term “United States” instead of naming the locality of “California”.

    It would be expected that a politician in Israeli who was referring to a traitor that was abroad would mention the name of the country he was in, rather than naming a specific locality within the country he was residing in.

    The reason the Israeli politician said “that kamikaze Jew in California” rather than saying “that kamikaze Jew in the United States” is because he wanted to reach White patriots in America, rather than his countrymen in Israel. The Israeli politician was simply selling Unz to US patriots as being a Jewish traitor, and, therefore, someone they could trust.

    That the Jews got the wording wrong in their psyop is only one piece of evidence that outs Unz as an Israeli operative. What really gives Unz away as a loyal Soros-esque Jewish shill is that Mossad doesn’t engage in international name-calling with Jews that have committed treason against their homeland. They don’t waste time childishly shouting across the Atlantic to the traitor, calling him a kamikaze.

    Rather, they would go and fetch the traitor and drag him back to Israeli and execute him, or throw him in jail. All the falsely accused “Nazis” that Mossad kidnapped in various parts of the world would back this up. As would the 5 or 6 Jewish agents that clapped, cheered, sang and took pictures as the twin towers came down.

    Finally, if you told a donkey that the Ashkenazi Jew, Ron Unz, was a traitor to Israel whilst living and making money in Jew owned California, the donkey would kick you. See how quickly Epstein and Murdock were offed when they disrespected and impeded Israeli plans for world mastery. Anyone that thinks (((they))) let Ron Unz disrespect and impede Israeli because they are incapable of offing him or taking him back home for trial is a fool.

    Ron Unz takes you all for suckers and losers. And perhaps you are. But remember, all the details you’ve given the Unz Review is already in the data banks of various intelligence services. Especially Jewish ones.

  30. There exists in the West a Rich Shit Lib Class and everyone else.

    The Rich Shit Lib Class has its deepest roots in the US, UK and Israel. However, cultural wedge issues used by the richest and shittiest of the Rich Shit Libs allow them to rig the system in their favor to their own exclusive benefit.

    Government of, by and for Rich Shit Libs.

  31. Thomasina says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    “McConnell is quite satisfied to just sit there and take the abuse. Why?”

    To use your own words, exchanging the word “democratic” for “republican”, of course:

    “My lord, is it that hard to understand? The republican party is figuratively using loudspeakers. It is not hiding a single thing.”

    In their silence, the Republicans are broadcasting loud and clear. Follow the silence.

    As others have said, it’s a Uniparty run by corporations.

    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  32. I don’t think there was any mention of CRT in this piece at all. That pretty much negates the whole argument. It’s true that the Republican candidate came from the Carlyle Group and so the Democrats’ own tendency towards corporate corruption were important in balancing this out. But you can’t really have any grasp of this recent election away from education, drag-queen story hour, manufactured charges of white racism and such.

    • Replies: @One-off
  33. Nothing matters , jEWS control EVERYTHING in this shit hole United states for jEWs

    • Agree: Druid55
  34. @onebornfree

    Learn from the Canadian Model “Elect a clown –expect a circus !”

  35. “Can there really be doubt as to what is causing the apathy of voters to support the Clintonite Virginia candidate Terry McAuliffe? ….. Was it that Democrats are not sufficiently supporting their Wall Street and corporate donors and lobbyists, and that somehow voting for McAuliffe might empower Bernie Sanders, AOC and the Squad?”

    Micheal Hudson seems to have a grasp on everything but the obvious. Pushing anti-white CRT indoctrination, giving the finger to parents on behest of the corrupt school teacher unions, staging “white-nationalist” hate hoaxes better explains long-time Clinton bagman, McAuliffe’s crash-and-burn. Enough of Hillary’s deplorables and unredeemables woke up and realized what the Democrats (including kleptocrat, antique Bernie and the Bimbo Puerto Rican) would like to do to them.

    Unfortunately, this election, like the rest of them, is a carnival side-show. The worst is yet to come.

  36. “A Wall Street Journal editorial on November 4 spun its view of what is at issue for the Democratic Party: “Voters warn Democrats to walk away from the Sanders-Pelosi agenda.””

    Wall Street Journal was always a bit whorish but it has become an actual harlot under the ownership of the Jew in closet, Rupert Murdoch (mother was a dame named Dame Green)… what the voters in Virginia are saying is that this great Christian country is being turned upside down by the Johnnys come lately and they don’t like it a bit and they’ve fired a warning shot in the air to warn the interlopers to keep their dirty hands off the affairs of this great country or the next time there won’t be a warning but march to the gallows.

  37. Michael Hudson writes:

    Raising the minimum wage would reduce federal subsidies to families below the poverty level – a subsidy that has long saved Walmart and other minimum-wage employers dollar for dollar by enabling them to pay less than the actual living wage

    In fact, raising the minimum wage would do the OPPOSITE of what Hudson claims.
    It would in fact INCREASE Federal subsidies to families below the poverty level.

    PROOF: Let’s take the example of an increase in the minimum wage to say \$15/hour.

    Some workers who are presently getting \$13 or \$14/hour may well be bumped up to \$15.
    This wage increase could be offset by higher prices charged by the employer for his products or services.

    But MOST workers who only provide \$10-\$12/hour of productivity or less, will get a PINK SLIP.
    ie: They’ll be fired – thus increasing welfare payments and the burden on the taxpayer.

    Many of those workers will be replaced by automation, as has happened at fast food venues like McDonalds.

    One has to remember that VERY FEW workers get the minimum wage.
    (For most western countries, in excess of 95% of workers earn more than the minimum wage).
    The minimum wage is ENTRY LEVEL employment – it’s the FIRST RUNG ON THE LADDER.
    It’s not supposed to provide an actual ‘Living Wage’, as Trotskyists like Hudson suggest.

    It’s your FIRST JOB straight out of High school when you’re living at home with mum and dad.
    It’s not meant to support a family with kids.
    As your skill set and productivity improves, there will be a commensurate rise in your wages in the months and years to come.

    The most important takeaway from all of this is that:

    If unskilled workers straight out of high school never get the opportunity to get that minimum wage job, the first rung on the ladder, they NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO CLIMB THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY and end up stuck in a cycle of unemployment and welfare dependency.

    One has to remember that employers are COMPETING for the best employees.

    If a particular employee provides \$50/hour of productivity to his employer, but is being ripped of by an unscrupulous boss and only gets \$20/hour in wages, that employee will not be on the scene for very long.

    Another employer will bid \$30/hour for his services.
    Another will trump that with a \$40 or even a \$45/hour offer.

    IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF ALL EMPLOYERS TO PAY AT OR NEAR THE PRODUCTIVITY LEVEL OF THEIR STAFF or else, in the case of the employee paid \$20/hour but with \$50/hour of productivity, that employer will LOSE \$30/hour of profit when that staff member moves on to greener pastures.

    And, make no mistake, that employee will SOON BE GONE as he is made aware of his true worth on the market.

    At the end of the day, employees are not fools. They see what comparable people with a similar skill set earn in their industry and it won’t be long before they leave an employer that is not adequately remunerating him.

    There is NO minimum wage mandate in Singapore, yet the median wage is one of the highest in the world.
    I believe there was no minimum wage in Hong Kong or Switzerland either for a long time, until enacted a decade or so ago.
    When there was no minimum wage in HK, average wages for all categories of workers would power ahead year after year.

    Since the minimum wage laws were enacted in HK, wages have stagnated for the lower and middle classes.

    Gee, I wonder why ?

  38. Good grief, the Democrats lost to a Bush like Republican in VA governors’ race. It is hardly an indictment against the “unreformable” Democrats. Also could it be Obama’s people are now purging the Clintonistas from the party? Manchin is a link to the unions, but not a link to Bill and Hillary. Useful to the Obama Democrats, while not being a threat. Also all of a sudden the Dunham investigation is making headway. Coincidence? No clue on any of this, but all this goes into my theory that watch the timing of events because it tells a different story. .

  39. MGB says:
    @restless94110

    Hudson writes

    Identity politics is a strategy to fragment the wage-earning majority of voters into separate ethnic, racial and gender identities.

    He doesn’t have to explicitly object to ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ to make the point.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  40. Fr. John says:
    @BorisMay

    Our government is not Fascist, for that would be NATIONAL socialism.

    We are full-out JEWISH, ANTICHRIST BOLSHEVISM, which has ALWAYS been INTERNATIONAL socialism.

    We also have the Talmudic RELIGIOUS mindset- despise the Almighty, question everything, make MAN the measure (and savior) of himself… in short, the very thing that Jews said they were going to do, 100 years ago, as these quotes make clear:

    “Some call it Marxism – I call it Judaism.”
    Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, in the American Bulletin of May 15, 1935

    “The revolution in Russia is a Jewish revolution”
    The Maccabean (New York), Nov. 1905, p, 250

    “Jewry is the mother of Marxism.”
    Le Droit de Vivre, May 12, 1936

    “Judaism is Marxism, communism”
    Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 64

    “The communist soul is the soul of Judaism.”
    Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 143

    “We Jews cannot be called upon to denounce Communism.”
    The American Hebrew (New York), February 3, 1939, p. 11

    “The picture which the Soviet Union presents today is one that should bring rejoicing to world Jewry.” – The Youngstown Jewish Times, Sept. 18, 1936, page 51

    “It would be absurd to deny the intensity of the Jewish participation in the Russian revolutionary movement.” -Leon Dennen, in The Menorah Journal (New York) July-September 1932, p. 106

    “That achievement – the Russian-Jewish revolution – destined to figure in history as the overshadowing result of World War, was largely the outcome of Jewish thinking, of Jewish discontent, of Jewish effort to reconstruct.”- The American Hebrew, September 10, 1920

    “The Bolshevik Government of Russia is the key-stone of the arch of the proof of the Jewish conspiracy for radicalism and world-domination.” – William Hard, The Great Jewish Conspiracy (New York: American Jewish Book Company, 1920), p. 31

    “The Jewish elements provide the driving forces for communism” -Dr. Oscar Levy, in George Pitt-Rivers, The World Significance of the Russian Revolution (Oxford, 1920), p. ix

    “The Jews [have been] furnishing for the Bolsheviks the majority of their leaders”
    The Jewish World (London), April 16, 1919, p. 11

    “Russian Jews have taken a prominent part in the Bolshevist movement”
    The American Hebrew (New York), November 18, 1927, p. 20

    “Jewry has come to wield a considerable power in the Communist Party.”
    Dr. Avrahm Yarmolinsky, in The Menorah Journal (New York), July 1928, p. 37

    What is our solution? Only a FINAL ONE is needed, only an ULTIMATE EXPULSION is warranted.

    One race must perish, in order for the nation to survive. (A paraphrase of what (((they))) said of Christ, 2000 years ago. – John 11:50

  41. @restless94110

    Wokism includes but is not limited to:
    –climate change hoax
    –green new deal hoax
    –vaccine hoax
    –white fragility/critical race theory hoax
    –1619 Project hoax

    One of these things is not like the others. This is where the radical right goes off the road onto the opposite shoulder as the left. Anything that requires any degree of trust in authority gets lumped in with the stuff that can objectively or logically be argued against. At least they don’t cross into oncoming traffic, which the left does with its flagrant disregard of natural law and intentionally ignorant understanding of history

    • Replies: @restless94110
  42. Bro43rd says:

    Some thoughts of reformation of “democracy”;

    Outlaw lobbying & corporate donations to candidates. Individual donation should be given a reasonable limit & done via tax money.

    Legislators should have to earn their money by reviewing the entirety of the laws every 2 yrs. And new laws should require 90% vote to pass.

    No more career politicians, 1 term & out.

    Foreign policy shall be made by direct democracy & require 90% vote to enact new initiatives. The armed forces should be reformed into state militias & reservists.

    More state control & less federal control of everything creating competition between states to attract the best tax base possible.

    More local control giving voters the greatest opportunity to influence political outcome.

    I disagree with the author on most of his ideas except that if we’re going to have to tolerate a federal government it should serve the 99% not the 1%.

  43. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @restless94110

    Hudson won’t admit to himself that ((Jews)) like ((Sanders)) and ((AOC)) are hucksters and grifters feeding at the trough of ZOG, just like the neocons-neolibs he professes to have such contempt for.

    He seems to have a built-in blind spot for other ((Jews)) who occasionally agree with him because they see his economic theories as something that can be potentially co-opted by ZOG, the same way the ((Jews)) co-opted Marxism — which was inherently co-optable because it was authored by yet another ((Jew)) grifter.

    ((Jews)) just can’t help themselves. Pathological grifting and huckstering is part of their nature. No reform is possible if ((Jews)) are allowed a hand in the process.

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
    • Replies: @restless94110
  44. But Michael…what are your views on post-1965 Immigration Policy? Is it a Kill Whitey Policy…This is Noam Chomsky’s favorite Immigration Policy….

    Mike…Do you support the H1B-L1B Visa Programs? How many Hindus do you want to import LEGALLY into America?

    Do you think America has infinite resources?….Living and Breeding Space?

  45. @schnellandine

    I understand. However most people make decisions on everyday, on their judgement pertaining to what is right in front of them. It is the democratic party, who ANTIFA , BLM, Soros, etc. are associated with. So the reasonable thing to do is target them and blame them for the extreme violence that has gone on in the country. If some ones neighbor keeps targeting them, that person is not going to mull over who might be giving him guns or any other thing he is using to commit violence with on him. He is going to to assume this person is dangerous and act accordingly.

    Most people have seen that the groups connected with the left or far left democrats, are the groups that have no problem burning down businesses of innocent people, physically harming others, constantly using force against people rather than debate and other sane behavior. No democrats ever have seen fit to make statements that this violence is crazy unacceptable. So the reasonable person blames them first rather than conservatives who have not demonstrated such extreme violence. But people like Pelosi, keep up charades like “she saw cop cars in the night in Oregon, secretly taking away people. (criminals who have committed violence?). As corrupt as the Republicans are, they have for the most part disproved of and kept extreme right groups at bay. The same cannot be said for the liberals.

    I think most people see it. Violent conservatives will and should be dealt with, when they commit the level of criminality as those groups associated with the left do. For now, 90 percent of the lunacy comes from the political left and they should and must be dealt with first, IN MY OPINION.

    • Disagree: schnellandine
  46. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Unz promotes authors that are right about most things ((Jewish)) — the Zionist “War on Terror,” the 9/11 inside job, the LBJ treason against America and betrayal of the sailors of the USS Liberty, the Zionist hand in the Kennedy assassination, the Holocaust racket, the ((Jewish)) instigators of WW2, the truth about ((Bolshevism))… etc, etc.

    So he’s wrong about the Plandemic and has a soft spot for vaccines. Still, he promotes debate and regular features and even highlights dissent. But even this error may be calculated; a red herring to get ZOG off his ass.

    Frankly, I can’t think of any Jew who has done so much for truth and decency, certainly not in the modern era. I would rate him a model Jew in a world of failed and evil ((Jews)).

    • Agree: Avery
  47. @Truth Vigilante

    There is NO minimum wage mandate in Singapore, yet the median wage is one of the highest in the world.

    No, but the government twists the arms of companies to raise wages under the Progressive Wage Model. i.e. they will not let the wage structure ossify with a legislated minimum wage, but prefer to keep nimble and adjust according to prevailing economic conditions.
    The Singapore model has some serious socialist bent in it. They have a hybrid system that harnesses benefits of capitalist and socialist leanings. They are above all practical.

    It would be interesting to note that since the 80s, the Chinese have been sending planners, mayors, administrators etc to learn from the Singapore experience. How similar the two systems are, I leave it to the individual to discern for himself. But here are some salient points:
    Both are effectively one party states
    Both combine socialist and capitalist features
    Both stress meritocracy, and are very competently led
    Both are paternalistic in pursuing benefit for their societies
    Both are hard on corruption

    • Thanks: showmethereal
    • Replies: @Bert
    , @showmethereal
  48. In this highly-scripted democracy theater, all actors are handsomely paid, the villains who take the fall and the hero saviours who bow to applause. It’s all theater.

    Caitlin Johnstone writes, “It’s hilarious that people still think the Democratic Party cares about winning elections. That’s not its job, children. That’s not why the Democratic Party exists. The Democratic Party exists to kill leftward progress in the world’s most powerful nation. That’s all it cares about doing.”

    • Thanks: Thor Walhovd
  49. Terry McCauliff, as long time head of the DNC, the Democratic National Committee was a key operative in the “Get LaRouche” machine which worked to stop LaRouche’s American System Economics platform of the revival of the policies of FDR and Kennedy, of Hamiltonian commitment to promoting the general welfare, and to cease serving the welfare of finance capitalism, that puts money before humans and the fruits of labor.

    DNC hates Glass-Steagall because the DNC is the protector of Wall Street, and Wall Street wants your daughter’s raped by transexual robot bullies acting out in hell

    Progressives are dumb because they do not understand basic economics outside of the banks lend money bullshit of blaming capitalists, because the progressives are just net-libs who like ego adulation for giving out crumbs rather than making sure things are fair.

    If people want to smarten up, then you pay for things by paying those who produce wealth their fair share, which is the law, one that FDR enacted and war forced by World War II, to finally enact full Parity for Agriculture, as under law 7 USC Sec. 602 Parity for Agriculture

    Hamiltonian Sovereign Credit is issued to physical economy such that NAWAPA is built in the western states would be the basis for long term investment with great dividends for all.

  50. @Truth Vigilante

    Since the minimum wage laws were enacted in HK, wages have stagnated for the lower and middle classes.

    For a hundred years, HK was the gateway to China. HK thrived and grew rich on the entrepot trade. This was even more pronounced after Communist rule of China. When the world wanted to do business with China, they did it through Hongkong.

    After China’s opening up, HK started to lose its central importance. Now it is being overshadowed by its mirror image on the other side of the border Shenzhen.

    Hongkong’s failing fortunes are mostly due to its loss of relevance. I doubt the minimum wage had much to do with it.

  51. Reagan and Thatcher were neoliberal.
    Obama/Clinton were third way similar to Blair.
    Is Hudson an American?

  52. The demon-rat party at the top is a communist controlled party aka a bolshevik party and these zionists who are in control of the party are destroying America via the covid-19 scam and psyop, which is a communist spear aimed at the heart of America.

  53. Pindos says:
    @James N. Kennett

    Give me \$87 and I vote for whoever you want and drink the rest.

    • Replies: @James N. Kennett
  54. @Anonymous

    Nah.

    Who cares?

    If they want to track people they are going to do it one way or the other.

    Also, Ron Unz usually attacks organized jewry. Shapiro and Rubin and Prager are the more obvious shills.

    And I think the large number of dissidents make it too unwieldy to do anything about it. I bet there are 100 million Americans that roughly share the same ideas that we see here at Unz.com.

    I don’t think that Garland can knock on that many doors, and that is why you see such blustering overreach whenever he opens his mouth.

    In fact, the reason for covid communism and global warming communism (and all of the jewing) is because they CAN’T control a hundred million patriots so they are engineering creative ways to institute permanent police state controls.

    And the folks who comment here do not endorse or promote violence (with the exception of Corvanus)

    So, your attempt to scare people away isn’t going to work. But that’s some pretty good jewing on your part!

    • Thanks: Thor Walhovd
  55. @onebornfree

    Oh so you are posting feely-good quotes from H.L. Mencken again?

    Is this all libertarians have to offer these days? Just reposting the thoughts of someone else?

    “Free speech is too dangerous to a democracy to be permitted” H. L. Mencken

    That’s touching but his private diaries showed that he didn’t like Jews and supported the Nazis.

    So he clearly didn’t consider free speech or individual rights to be universal. Kind of like how Rand (Alisa Rosenbaum) didn’t think Palestinians had individual rights but if a third worlder comes to America we are supposed to grant him the same rights as someone born here. You see Israel gets different rules cause Rand said so.

    “Hang on lemme quote Rand or someone else because I don’t like talking about how my libertarian cult doesn’t make any sense”

    – Every libertarian

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  56. Dystopian says:
    @James N. Kennett

    I would say that our greatest problem is stupid immoral people. All the advertising in the world would not induce intelligent people to support poor policy. And before you say people with advanced degrees vote democrat, a PHD in law, poly-sci, or gender studies doesn’t make you intelligent, it makes you indoctrinated.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    , @Curle
  57. rgl says:
    @Realist

    We are way past the electoral process as a solution to our problem

    This is the only truth I’ve heard emanating from the USSA for a very, very long time.

    • Thanks: Realist
  58. Man oh man, the power of distraction! Our citizenry at large (western world) seem to be missing a most important point here. It’s not what political persuasion we happen to find ourselves in, examples are many, democrat or republican, democracy, feudalism, oligarchy, monarchy etcetera , but rather what are the underlying causes of financialization (making money from money) overtaking finished product production. The transfer of wealth upwards, the disemboweling of government oversight and ownership, peoples’ collective responsibility for roads, monuments, energy resources and even law enforcement policing have been handed over to corporate speculators invested in privatizing everything. But why? The answer is based on the concept of Technocracy (not to be confused with the strict definition of Technology) where all human, plant and animal activity is controlled by careful monitoring of consumption. Keeping a log on what exact amounts of energy (literally calculated in ergs) will be issued to each of us in some bizarre conformity to The Master Plan that globally controls all energy outputs. Today, what was once referred to technocracy in the 1930s has been repackaged into the more popular, perhaps more palatable movement, The Climate Crisis who’s current spokesperson is Greta Thunberg and her ilk. Through clever subterfuge has convinced us all that some fantastic algorithm and priestly class of authority will divvy out energy in a new way, having absolute control over national interests, individual patterns of consumption and adoption of credits for “good behavior” Now, on this point of good behavior we are witnessing the total control of what we say, where we go, if we can go. Dramatically dramatized by China’s incessant monitoring of their people, issuing social credits, one camera for every 2.2 Chinese hummmmmm 1.4 billion populace, how many monitoring camera’s is that? You see folks, the cameras feed real-time info it captures then sending the data to AI software designed platforms thus correlating, predicting, this effort, to engineer the efficiency of all movements, pedestrian, motor traffic, rail and air. And when I say efficiency, I mean energy efficiency again, (erg by erg) . Who or what authority, pray tell, will individual choice submit to? For example; If the Nigerians say, we’ve decided to burn coal anyway, will Moscow, NATO or Brussels or any one of our eight hundred U.S. foreign military bases, unleash drones or fighter aircraft to destroy Nigeria’s coal plants?

  59. @BorisMay

    Democracy doesn’t work. It always ends up as Fascism. You need to start again. A good first step would be to ban political parties.

    This wouldn’t change the system because of liberalism.

    Liberalism is a feel-good cult for Whites and they would just switch to implied association.

    Liberalism is an alliance of:
    1. Whites that believe race doesn’t exist and that society (mainstream Whites) needs to be fixed or eliminated
    2. Whites that know that race exists but choose to align against other Whites and promote lies in support of group #1
    3. Non-Whites

    If you banned political parties this alliance would still exist. The belief that race needs to be fixed is the driving factor and these Whites (primarily racially isolated suburban Whites) would just virtue signal their beliefs. They would go to debates and make statements like We really need to do something about racist police to let their allies know where they stand. They would be just as emotional and wouldn’t switch to carefully examining each issue in the context of whether or not it make sense for the constituency.

    Eliminating political parties would not bring in some glorious age of independent constituency serving. We have too many ideologues on both left and right that see themselves as being on some great political crusade. The same war would continue but with alliances discussed behind closed doors.

    • Replies: @Curle
  60. The real weakness in the American political system is that there is no effective way to veto the dumb decisions(laws) that the beltway morons make.

    This weakness, one must assume, is intentional.

  61. @Pindos

    Give me \$87 and I vote for whoever you want and drink the rest.

    Precisely!

    And the loss to the average person, from government policies that favor large corporations and the wealthy, is thousands of dollars a year. These policies have accumulated over the last 50 years, and the annual loss to the average person is now in the tens of thousands of dollars.

    • Replies: @Bert
  62. @Priss Factor

    The oligarchs will just create two more political fronts

    Wise words.

    I was a political science major in college. It took me a while, but eventually I figured out that _everything_ they taught me was _totally_ wrong.

    When I got older I managed to get “in the room” when some “decisions” were made in high places.

    It was all about the money and what the rich donors wanted.

    Policy was _never_ discussed.

    Policy debates are for fools.

    • Agree: Mevashir
    • Replies: @Mevashir
  63. HbutnotG says:
    @Wade Hampton

    Automation? Where?

    The computer (an outgrowth of the data processor which was in full use already before 1950) was designed to eliminate xs clerks – but today, why are there are 18 additional (paid) clerks for every one there was 50 years ago? That adds substantial cost to each and everything you buy, and is an invitation to both government and even private regulation – requiring another bunch of useless paper shufflers – not to mention the expensive legal fees that quickly get added in. The more modernized and available the computer became, the quicker its whole usefulness was eliminated.

    Oh those “clerks” (with all kinds of razzle dazzle cutesy job titles) have created an expensive bloated business “bureaucracy” something like going from an assembly line back to a piece by piece, one product at a time shop requiring 25 employees instead of 4 per product. Three steps forward, 5 steps back.

    Put another way, instead of producing things, we now produce useless (expensive) paperwork. And now they want to see a degree in what was once high school courses in typing and business machines.

    The worst part is that this has become an accepted way of doing business and nobody is questioning it. I’d like to know exactly how many toddlers have hung themselves from a vinyl venetian blind cord. Yet, school yards still have a tether ball. That blind will crash down if you hang a 5 lb bag of sugar from that cord. The tag that is on that device is one thing but the “engineering” employed (over 30 years now) to make damned sure it stays attached has approached rocket ship level technology. But, shit, who’s asking? OK. Get back to me after the game.

  64. There should be a constitutional amendment that stipulates, all government elected officials must complete a six month course in Economics 101 in order to run for office. And all unelected bureaucrats must pass a constitutional review and course on ethics and accountability to get hired as an at will employee.
    Government should never become a career job. Every elected and unelected position should have a term limit of 8 years.
    Spending trillions of dollars without fiscal accountability is insane and dangerous to the future of humanity.
    Unless that’s the plan is.

  65. @Dystopian

    All the advertising in the world would not induce intelligent people to support poor policy.

    Unfortunately, the advertising (and public relations folks) are very tricky.

    They use subliminal advertising and use of words and images to frame the debate so that certain ideas become unthinkable and unsayable.

    What remains are the choices you are allowed to consider.

    So–it is a mistake to think they tell you _exactly_ what policy to support–they simply eliminate policy options they do _not_ want you to support.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  66. @Truth Vigilante

    The minimum wage is an endless debate with fair points on both sides. However what is not debatable is that the following happens when wages go up for entry level workers due to supply and demand:

    1. Democrats use the increased demand for labor as a justification for bringing in third world immigrants. Even if this lowers wages they don’t care as their central aim is to bring in votes and undermine what they perceive as a White hegemony that undermines their social agenda.

    2. Libertarian leaning/free market Republicans use increased demand for labor as justification to bring in third world immigrants to lower wages.

    So even if you float the minimum wage on the market both parties will fight to lower it back down to support their own political goals.

    I really stopped believing in the “Free market” quite a while ago because it ultimately favors the left. Republicans bring in immigrants to support capital over workers and those immigrants are later used by the left in a political alliance against Whites. Conservatism is really a loser over the long term but the alternative of using price controls in favor of the country is unthinkable to them. The Nazis had figured this out and came up with the clever trick of economic socialism for the workers but without the servitude to globalism or anti-Western/anti-hierarchy aspects of Marxism. Our conservatives still don’t even understand this trick and scream socialism at the hint of any regulation.

    • Agree: Carlton Meyer
    • Replies: @Mefobills
    , @Brad Anbro
  67. Avery says:
    @Anonymous

    Every so often occasional posters appear then disappear @UNZ.com – usually ANON – who have a long laundry list of supposed “tells” that give away Ron Unz as, take your pick: ‘controlled opposition’, ‘crypto Zionist’ pretending to be (what?), government operative/CIA asset, ……… (…sentiments conveyed in so many words….)

    As the saying goes, “anything is possible”.
    Yeah, maybe Ron is all those things, and some others.

    HOWEVER, far more plausible is this: these ANON posters appearing out of nowhere, dumping their bile on Ron, and then disappearing are most certainly doing it on behalf of some unknown entity/entities, with the presumed goal being to sow doubt in the minds of UNZ.com readers and drive them away from this site. For obvious reasons.

    If that’s the case, then you guys are wasting your time.
    Anyone who has visited, commented @unz.com for any length of time would know that most UNZ.com readers/posters are so far beyond that level of attempted mind-bending, that, that sort of childish effort would register nothing more than as a poor attempt at humor.

    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  68. @Justvisiting

    In the current vaxx-land the thought you are not allowed to think is:

    Natural immunity.

    They don’t argue against it–they just censor it out of existence.

    • Agree: Mustapha Mond
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  69. anon[388] • Disclaimer says:
    @Realist

    The problem in the US/Canada/UK is that the people who must be out making revolution, taking over the countries and creating relevant forms of social organization to meet current needs or organizing the life in the interest of the people are all taking Covid 19 vaccinations and wearing masks.

    The Pandemic appears to be a fake Vaccinations builds up the spread of Covid and more, and masks protects no one from from Covid actually are deleterious to human health.

    If the working classes, prepared by a couple centuries of exploitation to be ready to take society forward in creative revolution, could fall for the elitist Covid hoax that washes away the revolutionary potential where does that leave us right now, currently?

    The western population now appears to be screwed by the vaccinations, a huge majority vaccinated as to leave all unable to function as we go. What will we have totally failed nations in a little while on their way to extinction…? will the Chinese turn out to be Zionist satrapies-in-waiting to replace the the Americans as Zionist hand maidens

    • Replies: @Realist
  70. Agent76 says:

    SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Capitalism Has Not Served the American Economy Well But Nancy Pelosi Has Done Little To Ameliorate Its Effects

    In a speech titled “State of American Democracy” at an event held at Chatham House, London on September 17, 2021, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that capitalism “has not served (the U.S.) economy as well as it should”.

    http://adeyinkamakinde.blogspot.com/2021/09/capitalism-has-not-served-american.html

  71. Mefobills says:
    @onebornfree

    I noticed a Michael Hudson article.

    Then I did a “Ctrl – F” for onebornfree.

    Then SURPISE!, your name came up as the 21’st comment.

    What do you do, camp out at UNZ, waiting for a Hudson article to show up?

    I’ve noticed Lolbertarians are often personality defectives, convinced that their worldview is correct, even in the face of contradictory evidence and data.

    Hudson’s classical economics approach is a threat to Lolbertarian world view, as it exposes the LoL’s as suffering from some sort of brain-lock, and inability to adjust and learn.

    • Troll: RoatanBill
    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  72. Each party promises half of what the people want; the trick is that when the people vote out one party for only enacting the unpopular part, the other party does the same. And so like rats on a wheel, we go from one to the other, without breaking out; perpetual motion is guaranteed.

    Dem: socialist economics, anti-traditional values
    Rep: Darwinist economics, traditional values.

    A candidate who stood for socialism + traditional values would not only get 50 states in the EC, he would get a popular vote majority of about 70-89%. He could ignore Congress if necessary, rule by decree (EO’s), perhaps abolish elections entirely.

    What would such a party, such a regime, be called? Socialism + Nationalism…. National, um, Socialism?

    Do the events of the 30s make more sense now?

    Interesting that the one thing both parties agree on is total support of Israel (see: Nancy Pelosi’s comments).

  73. Rich says:

    The democrat party is the black party. That’s it. Everyone in any position of power, every candidate, should have a black face. Otherwise they’re “racist’.

  74. @Agent76

    Kosher Kapitalism and Kosher Kommunism are merely two sides of the same scam to funnel shekels into the hands of the “Masters of the Universe” (their own term for themselves) and rule over the entire planet. The “left” and “right” factions in the west are merely two legs of the beast which eternally dances the Hegelian mambo. This dance goes in only one direction – slavery and hell.

    We need to walk away from such false dichotomies. The pix posted of Pelosi’s district are a good illustration of the the end results of both “left” and “right” systems.

    • Agree: nokangaroos, Druid55
  75. Mefobills says:
    @John Johnson

    I really stopped believing in the “Free market” quite a while ago because it ultimately favors the left. Republicans bring in immigrants to support capital over workers and those immigrants are later used by the left in a political alliance against Whites.

    Finance Capital took over the polity in the U.S. by 1912, and probably earlier. Teddy Roosevelt wanting a war and sailing the White Fleet around the world, signaled that Wall Street and its “Capital” wanted to extend dollar range into foreign lands.

    Hudson explains the effect of creditocracy here. And of course, this article was derailed by the usual Lolbertarians acting as disinfo agents.

    https://www.unz.com/mhudson/beyond-the-dollar/

    The core of all international power structures of the ‘capitalist mode of foreign relations’ (Van der Pijl 2014) lies in the international monetary system – what James Steuart called ‘the money of the world’ in 1767, referring to the means by which countries settle their trade or financial imbalances among one another. The domination the US sought to exert was no different. At its heart lay the dollar-denominated international financial system that we call the Dollar Creditocracy. It has undergirded the dollar’s world role since the early 1970s and its unravelling leads the denouement of US power.

    A creditocracy is an abrogation of one of the iron rules of economics: All national money must circulate only within a nation’s borders.

    Why? Because money’s true nature is law. A Lolbertarian will never agree to this truism, as they think money is metal, and “international.” Gold flows are fungible (they can move) anywhere in the world, and so can labor. This is why they are for unrestricted immigration and are apologists for predatory capital. A nation cannot extend its law internationally unless it is willing to go to war constantly, to then force its law on the world.

    Here is Hudson coming to grips with his own observations:

    The heavy hand of Wall Street campaign donors far outweighs what voters want – including reversing the Trump Administration’s income-tax cuts for the wealthiest classes.

    A creditocracy of capital uses democracy as a beard. The face behind the beard moves, and the face is string pulled by hidden capital.

    Hudson himself has noticed the first creditocracy democracy. It wasn’t Greece.

    https://michael-hudson.com/2011/12/democracy-and-debt/

    Matters changed with the Dutch democracy, seeking to win and secure its liberty from Habsburg Spain. The fact that their parliament was to contract permanent public debts on behalf of the state enabled the Low Countries to raise loans to employ mercenaries in an epoch when money and credit were the sinews of war. Access to credit “was accordingly their most powerful weapon in the struggle for their freedom,” notes Ehrenberg: “Anyone who gave credit to a prince knew that the repayment of the debt depended only on his debtor’s capacity and will to pay. The case was very different for the cities, which had power as overlords, but were also corporations, associations of individuals held in common bond. According to the generally accepted law each individual burgher was liable for the debts of the city both with his person and his property.”[2]

    The financial achievement of parliamentary government was thus to establish debts that were not merely the personal obligations of princes, but were truly public and binding regardless of who occupied the throne. This is why the first two democratic nations, the Netherlands and Britain after its 1688 revolution, developed the most active capital markets and proceeded to become leading military powers.

    (Sephardic Jews kicked out of Spain in 1492 started the ball rolling, which leads directly to today’s finance capitalism.”)

    The national socialists noticed the contradictions of the “democracies” and worked to fix these contradictions, which you have noticed also. The National Socialists also noticed the finance trickery of our (((friends))), which had started world wars, the Versailles treaty disaster, and then the hyperinflation.

    The Nazis had figured this out and came up with the clever trick of economic socialism for the workers but without the servitude to globalism or anti-Western/anti-hierarchy aspects of Marxism. Our conservatives still don’t even understand this trick and scream socialism at the hint of any regulation.

    It will probably be never, when Hudson takes note of the successes of National Socialist political economy, but he does support it tangentially; especially regards to China, which in turn has recapitulated elements of national socialism.

    China is not a free market economy, it is mixed economy, with the polity in charge of the commanding heights, not hidden finance string pullers making the beard move.

    • Replies: @Chris Moore
    , @John Johnson
  76. Gapeseed says:
    @Priss Factor

    Think what you will of the Democrats or Republicans, but both parties have over a century of brand equity, and collapsing one party without the other simultaneously will upset the careful balance of the uniparty, disenfranchising traditional supporters of the fallen party as they find a new port in which to take shelter while the other party consolidates its gains. Get a look at individual one party states such as Massachusetts or California to see what this might look like on a grand national scale.

  77. Abbybwood says:
    @Notsofast

    Just another globalist bait and switch in Virginia?

    Now it makes sense the way McCalliffe threw the campaigning:

    http://deliberatedumbingdown.com/ddd/2021/11/06/who-is-the-real-glenn-youngkin/

  78. @Avery

    Agree.

    Empty scare tactics.

    They can’t play whack a mole with 100 million people, and that is why we are seeing freakout hysteria coming from the Jleft with increasing levels of autocratic bullshit galore.

    They are totally fucking up when they have to resort to sending the FBI to school board meetings.

    This level of absurdity cannot be sustained.

  79. @Notsofast

    “is the u.s. political system a democracy, or oligarchy? actually it is the very definition of a kakistocracy.”

    Try, “Fecalocracy” and you’re much closer to the smelly, disgusting truth……

  80. sally says:
    @Anonymous

    It really would not matter if Ron were all the things you speak of.. What I have found is RON is willing to allow the opposition to comment and has a deep appreciation of commentary developed from referenced relevant facts. The facts are essential, the commentary is often not.. but sometimes the commentary helps to make sense of the facts.

    Everyone on the site might some day be executed by the Mossad, their current government or by some other rabbinical secret organization for participation here. But there are few sites remaining like this.. and if you are truly knowledgeable about the things you mention. I will bet Ron will allow you to post them.. so they can be considered.

    A bias of sort exist in most persons, . and for that one cannot fault Ron..Its the integrity embedded in the production of the commentary that counts, are these commentaries based in actual fact? Do participants spend half their time sorting out the facts from engineered content designed to hide the facts or to control the narrative? Most believe here believe most articles are not engineered to achieve a biased understanding in the reader, so the people return here for more.
    My only fault with the site, is that people with something to say, competing narratives, are not invited to write articles, to be edited for presentation on the site and a summary of the commentary for relevant comments are not compiled and made available.

    From my prospective your warning is well intended and welcome.. but now its your turn.. tell us more.

    I agree Ron’s dogma over the safety of the vaccine is truly out of character; but Ron is not a biologically trained person to my knowledge. Who knows his best friend may be Fauci .. even in the CDC there is often some error that reveals a hidden truth. Whatever the reason for the out of character behavior, in his favor, he has allowed the comments here to investigate his failures nearly point for point.

    • Agree: Robert Dolan
  81. @Justvisiting

    Yes. And my doctor tells me that a person with natural immunity not only doesn’t need a vaccine, he’s at more risk of harm if he gets the shot after already having antibodies.

  82. sally says:
    @Notsofast

    Has anyone reported on a study of why the government does not give those it governs a say in the affairs of the government?
    Has anyone reported on a study of why the government keeps its plans, and much of its activities secret from those it governs?
    Has anyone reported on a study that might show ratification (as defined in Article VII of the Constitution) to be a process that shows how any government can be changed?
    Does Article VII in the Constitution of the United States of America reveal a process that allows any government, at any time, to be changed.. ?

    [MORE]

    Article VII says “The Ratification of the Conventions of nine states shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same”. <=Very interesting.. the guys at the meeting in Philadelphia defined into their constitutional proposal a mechanism, to get it accepted? Don't believe that method included asking those who are to be the governed if they wanted that form of government or not?

    Gee is that all it all it takes ? The word Sufficient suggest it might be?

    So right there, in plain sight, founders of the third government to rule Americans (British, Articles and Constitutional), produced a document called “The Constitution of the United States of America” and included in it, ratification. Does this inform a process to explain how successive groups of people, can become founders in new designs of better government? Maybe the reason the existing constitution does not allow the governed people to propose and vote on amendments is because it is so easy to just change the entire government, the constitutional founders did not consider it necessary for the people to vote on adopting the constitutional government? The constitution completely changed the existing national government in America, but the name of both national governments remained the same.

    A new government without a name change; merely change the name of the proposal documents that explain the new government?

    The solution the constitutional founders adopted, when the existing government failed to satisfy their needs was to appoint a few representatives, send them to a meeting; tell the attendees to conjure up a new idea in government, reduce that new idea into document form, name the proposed government the same as the old government, and define within the new document, the means by which the proposed new form of government described within the new document (constitution) c/b ratified.

    When the appointed representatives returned home, the representatives asked those who appointed them to be representatives at Philadelphia, to ratify the government, the appointed representatives designed. Approval (ratification) was granted, and presto a new government began<=under the same name as the old government.

    Gee can changing the form of government be that easy?

    1. Founder documents. Proposals for new forms of government, with associated procedures and rules are produced into documents. Documents proposing new governments become founder documents after their contents are ratified?

    2. Ratification. The scissors, which cut, divide and separate different governments into governing periods. Three governments ruled America, but they are separated by periods. The British Colonial government (ended 1777), the Articles of Confederation Government (1776-1788), and the Constitutional Government( 1788 up to day).

    3. How does ratification come about? A group reduces its ideas for a new government. into a document which outlines how the proposal is to be ratified. (in the case of the constitution, that authority was the 9 (nine) ex British colonies, now states dividing the America people into parts; in the case of the Articles of Confederation the winner of the American revolution was the authority, but who granted the revolutionaries the right to wage war and to govern, was it the same group that ratified the constitution? ).

    4. (The Articles of Confederation) was thrown out and replaced by a document produced by a newer set of founders (The Constitution of the United States of America is that new document) . Ratification was enough.

    5. What happened in 1788? Am event of ratification as described in Article VII the document called the Constitution of the United States Of America, replaced the founder document called the Articles of Confederation of the United States of America.

    6. Who wanted this change to take place. The oligarch owners of the powerful corporations and slave staffed plantations?

    7. What are the requirements for ratification to be effective? Apparently to accomplish replacing one document with another, requires only that the proposal document say how replacement will be accomplished. Ratification then, is a fancy name for approval and authorization to proceed.

    8. If a new group were to appoint new representatives, and the representatives were to hold a meeting similar to the 1787 Philadelphia. PA, (constitutional hall experience), and as a consequence of the meeting the representatives produced their proposal, for a new government, including how it would be ratified, into a proposal document <=would then the ratification process and ratifying authority be "SUFFICIENT"as stated in the proposal document ? That's how the constitution got ratified?

    For example, suppose a group drafted a proposal for a new government, and named the proposal "A Democracy for the American People (DAP)", and presented it to the authority who appointed the group for approval (ratification) would that proposal become the new government? I don't think so.. ?

    Suppose the DAP proposed to rename the government to something like The Corporation that Protects the American Democracy (CPAD for short). Would renaming the USA to CPAD matter to the ratification process? Maybe?

    Hopefully all ratified proposals will prove to be complete enough to answer all questions?
    So governments are expressions of the documents that some one with claim to authority has ratified?

    Humm, if all proposals adopted were to keep the same name for the government, then the differences expressed in ratified documents would explain the different governments?

    Was not such an exchange of documents the result; when the Articles of Confederation [1776-1788] document was switched out after ratification by the Constitution document. in 1788?

    My question is does the meeting that makes the lawyers and representatives of the rich guys into famous founders, need to be in person, or could it have been conducted on line?

    Seems to me if you can get it ratified, the government can be whatever you design it to be? but none of the government types you mention have been ratified, the current ratified government is a republic.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  83. anon[566] • Disclaimer says:

    Omarova is being attacked by GOP as a communist for trying to rein in Wall Strret . She is a banker ‘s dream or more precisely the dream of the Fed and its 12 regional Fed.

    But she is for climate change stuff , for some kind of diversity ,and for justice in social spehres like LGBT rights or immigrants rights to dream America – things like that . So 60 porgressives including Bernie Sanders want her in the cabinet.

    https://wallstreetonparade.com/2021/11/bidens-nominee-omarova-called-the-banks-she-would-supervise-the-quintessential-ahole-industry-in-a-2019-feature-documentary/

    What a shitshow !
    It is like NYT readers are deploring Ms Zhang ‘s incarceration while waiting Assagne to face the Amercian music.

  84. Notsofast says:
    @JimDandy

    no reason it can’t be both but in order to have this many bad apples in one barrel, you would have to travel to a thousand orchards. they are hand picked to insure that only the most corrupt, narcissistic, sociopaths are given a chance to run for office. this is why we are always given the two worst imaginable candidates to choose from. we aren’t just lucky, this is all by design.

  85. Good comment, but I doubt that they will be able to assassinate millions of far right dissidents.

    Of course….they actually did slaughter millions of innocent people in Russia so I could be wrong.

    The thing that is so baffling is why they feel they have to control all of humanity and especially white Christian people. If they’d just leave us alone everything would be fine. But no…..they have to poke the bear and persecute white people which causes whites to naturally ask who is doing this shit to us and then they find out it’s the small hat tribe…..and the jews get called out yet again.

    The smarter (and more honorable) protocol for jewish/gentile relations would be to allow whites to have their God given human right to self determination and autonomy, as all other groups have. This stance would allow the nose to relax and let go of the relentless persecution of whites that consumes about 99% of jewish energy.

    I do not know of any whites that actually hate anybody…..whites don’t even hate the nation wrecking jews.

    Whites just want to be left alone.

    • Replies: @Bert
  86. Notsofast says:
    @sally

    you bring up many good points, unfortunately interpreting the constitution is left to the supreme court who can then rule that day is night and black is white if they so choose. seems we’re boned on that approach. all the hoopla about conservative vs. liberal justices is pure political theater, as they are all puppets of the deep state. if they don’t do what they are told, they may wake up dead with a pillow over their face.

  87. Bert says:
    @littlereddot

    Confucius created more wisdom than Adam Smith because he assumed that human cupidity and stupidity would continue forever and that they must be restrained.

    Both China and Singapore are closer to National Socialism than are any other existing regimes. Jews will never infect China or Singapore.

  88. Bert says:
    @Robert Dolan

    The smarter (and more honorable) protocol for jewish/gentile relations would be to allow whites to have their God given human right to self determination and autonomy, as all other groups have. This stance would allow the nose to relax and let go of the relentless persecution of whites that consumes about 99% of jewish energy.

    That will never happen because the Ashkenazim were naturally and sexually selected (check out Fisherian Runaway Selection) over 40 generations to be harsh to their host populations in Eastern Europe.

  89. Notsofast says:
    @Anonymous

    it amazes me how one simple word can set off an army of mossad troll/bots. it’s almost like i discovered rumpelstiltskin’s secret name, or perhaps kakistocracy is the secret name of your dark lord.

  90. Bert says:
    @James N. Kennett

    The critical change of slope for median male income occurred in the early 70’s when, coincidentally I’m sure, the Euro-Americans lost control of their country.

  91. SafeNow says:

    The Economist Magazine, about 8 months ago, came out with its democracy-index rankings. The US ranked 28th, as I recall. (International rankings for various things are amazingly consistent for the US. “Skill and competence medical staff,” PISA scores, everything seems to come out right around 28th.) Anyway, Norway was number 1 for democracy. So maybe the US should ask Norway: Tell us what to do, and we promise in advance that we will do whatever you say. If you say eat more herring, we will eat more herring. Whatever you say.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  92. Zorost says:

    What is this normie nonesense? As usual most of the Reps elected, including Youngkin, are cucks that will never successfully push back on anything the Left thinks is important. When will you normies learn? This is the same game they’ve been running at least as far back as FDR. The Left pushes and gains power until the masses squeal, then Republicans win who talk big but accomplish nothing. Once the pressure is released, the Left goes back to pushing and consolidating power.

  93. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @Mefobills

    How can Hudson square his earnest economics with support of grifters like ((Sanders)) and ((AOC))?

    He wrote:

    Can there really be doubt as to what is causing the apathy of voters to support the Clintonite Virginia candidate Terry McAuliffe? Was his loss really because voters opposed Sanders and the Congressional Progressive Caucus as radical extremists for supporting the policy platform that President Biden himself ran on and which got Democrats elected? Was it that Democrats are not sufficiently supporting their Wall Street and corporate donors and lobbyists, and that somehow voting for McAuliffe might empower Bernie Sanders, AOC and the Squad?

    The acid test of a grifter is whether or not they support Israel. Both ((Sanders)) and ((AOC)) are supporters. Add this with their identity politics and you have Bolsheviks.

    Why is Hudson declaring Bolsheviks to be earnest “progressives”? We know what kind of cut-throats Zionist Bolsheviks are. Hudson knows what kind of cut-throats Zionist Bolsheviks are. Yet he’s holding them up as key to salvation of the Democrat Party and the country. Why?

    In this area, he is absolutely no different than corrupt Republicans in bed with ((grifters)). Garbage in, garbage out. And ((Sanders)) and ((AOC)) are garbage.

    Once you set off down the road with ((Jewish)) grifters, you inevitably end up where they want to go, not where you think you might be able to manipulate them into going. ((Jewish)) grifters don’t change, but they will change you.

  94. @SafeNow

    , came out with its democracy-index rankings

    Did they, like most hacks, not define ‘democracy’ for this index of supposed awesomeness?

    Ever looked around? Last thing I want is to be ruled by a majority, if that’s what democracy is. So I won’t be appealing to Norway for instructions. Anyone pushing ‘democracy’ where I live can GFT.

    BTW, democracy was illegal under the US Constitution, though who knows anymore.

    • Replies: @SafeNow
  95. @MGB

    True, but my point is that he isn’t being pointed enough. It’s the linchpin of the ability to get away with the financial. And people–even Michael Hudson–are falling for it every time. He can talk non-stop (he does) about how the big bad rentiers did this or that, but it means nothing to no one.

    Buying the hoax, you water down your point making it insipid.

    • Replies: @MGB
  96. @Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper

    Which one of those things is not like the others? I’m not seeing it.

  97. @Chris Moore

    AOC is a Jew? Well, that’s news.

    Perhaps your theory explains Hudson’s curious impotence. If it does, the ” in” for that would be his acceding to the hoaxes I described. You might say it’s conscious; I might believe that it’s unconscious as it is an indirect way of suffocating the real the financial issues.

    But in the end it doesn’t matter if your theory is true or mine. Hudson needs to drop the woke shit and present a cohesive theory that encompasses the social and the financial.

    Otherwise, he is impotent and spinning his wheels.

  98. @Thomasina

    What you claim about corporations running both parties, is a good possibility. However, I must add that judging by the events of the last few years. they must have given the Democrats the role of being the bad cop!!

  99. @Gapeseed

    Here I absolutely agree with you. Someone definitely has the goods on Corn Pop and his son, because they are both protected from their corruption, big time. There must be dozens of articles in a hundred places that describe Biden as being anything but the long time dumb ass swamp politician. He has been quite busy in the past. Now he most likely needs cover.

    But, one has to wonder how many of the clowns at the swamp are in some way bought off by someone. China would be a good candidate for most of them. A radio host I was tuned into several nights ago, suggested that Mitch McConnell is used by his Asian Wifes families company to launder money. Who knows? Are Chinese companies really free entities or actually beholden to the communist state? In any case, all of these jokers should be audited, the same crap they pull on regular Americans,

  100. Generation after generation the same sordid puppet-play. The ‘democracy’ that only serves the rich owners of society and politics, the ‘donors’ (overwhelmingly Jewish in an act of true noblesse oblige, asking nothing for the hard-earned Bennies)and keeps driving the rabble deeper and deeper into the shit, while terrorising the world. How much longer can it go on? Not much at all.

  101. @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    US politicians may only be hired, by the hour, if their Zionazi OWNERS agree.

    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  102. @Bert

    There was more than one school of thought in China, which benefitted from the eclecticism, from Legalism, Daoism, Confucianism, Moism, Buddhism etc, right up to Marxism. And in the three thousand years where these philosophies contended and co-existed, they learned a thing or two. The USA may be heir to Western Civilization, Inc, but it has thrown over most of that patrimony for a narrow selection of ideas, mostly connected with greed and power.

  103. Mefobills says:
    @Chris Moore

    Bolsheviks were funded into existence by finance capital out of Wall Street and London.

    Hudson has landed squarely against finance capital, usury, rents and is also against various forms of grift and unearned income.

    So, I don’t think we can call him a Bolshevik, despite his up-bringing.

    From the article:

    Congress has increased its giveaway to the Donor Class in an attempt to win them over.

    The donor class is the Bolshevik class. All class societies emit hypnosis making the ruling class appear as if it is indispensable to the operation of the country. The only real question is if the ruling class gives a damn about the general welfare, or not. If it is composed of sociopaths, your country is screwed.

    The first thing the Bolsheviks did in Russia, was install a private Wall Street Bank. An echo of this occurred in Libya. Hillary’s insurgents had their private bank ready to go as soon as Ghaddafi fell.


    According to the International Monetary Fund, Libya’s Central Bank is 100 percent state-owned and estimates that the bank has nearly 144 tons of gold in its vaults. If Col. Gadhafi changed the purchasing terms of his oil and other Libyan commodities sold on the world market and only accepted gold as payment; a policy like that wouldn’t be welcomed by the power elites who control the world’s central banks.

    While I am against Gold systems within a country, the “Gold Trading Standard” worked very well. That would be flows external to a nations credit.

    Hudson called the international gold trading standard “the peaceful metal.”

    https://michael-hudson.com/2020/04/the-hard-fist-of-american-imperialism/

    I wish he would have said GOLD TRADING STANDARD, where any imbalance in GOODS TRADE, are consumated by gold flow, which in turn signals national money exchange rate adjustment.

    Now Herman Kahn and I on another occasion went to the Treasury Department, and we talked about what the world would look like on a gold standard. I said, “Gold is a peaceful metal. If you have to pay in gold, no country with a gold standard can afford to go to war anymore. Because a war would entail a foreign exchange payment, and you’d have to pay this foreign exchange in gold, not IOUs, and you would end up going broke pretty quickly.”

    None of what Hudson does or stands for meets a Bolshevik smell test to my estimation.

    Anybody who directly attacks the “creditocracy” of finance capital that the Jewish grifters have set up since Amsterdam, will find themselves under threat of death. Hudson does things indirectly, and it is up to us to decode his language. His language and analysis is actually a huge threat to Jewish power, and I hope my saying so does not alert the big Jews.

    AOC and the like are mere pawns in the system, where you cannot survive as a grifter unless you butt-smoochio for Jewish and Corporate money, to then pay your tithes. Here is Massie on why it is impossible to not become corrupted.

  104. Realist says:
    @anon

    will the Chinese turn out to be Zionist satrapies-in-waiting to replace the the Americans as Zionist hand maidens

    Most probably not.

  105. MGB says:
    @restless94110

    I like Hudson, despite his defects, but, yes, he is not pointed enough, and anyone who still hangs onto the Bernie myth needs to get their eyes checked.

    • Agree: restless94110
  106. @Gapeseed

    Also, Obama no doubt has the goods on Old Joe and his son, and has people in place to insinuate as such.

    Now that you mention it, perhaps that what Perkins Coui was up to when they scrubbed Obamas past. And I always thought he was just covering up how he benefited from affirmative action and other grifts and misdemeanors.

    That is what gave the Democrats fits with Trump. He was as clean as a boy scout. Sure, they dug up various sexual affairs with young beautiful women but that was a plus. The country wants an alpha as their leader.

    It was rumored that Ukraine was why Biden did not run in 2016 but that was when we still had a semi-free social media so he would have been toast. In 2020 the Democratic voters were so ignorant that they thought it was Trump who financially / politically benefitting from Ukraine and tried to impeach him over it.

    And then there is Hillary. Obama set her up taking bribes using Patrick Byrne as unwitting deal maker. Operation snow globe or whatever it was named.

    More than any other President, Obama was absolutely the worst President in history for protecting the Constitution and peoples civil liberties.

    • Agree: Gapeseed
  107. ariadna says:
    @anyone with a brain

    “Social atomization of individuals has made it impossible for people to organize politically in groups not sanctioned by the elites.”
    The groups sanctioned by the elites are not self-organized. The elites invented them based on false identities and continue to control them.

    • Replies: @JM
  108. Not that GOP is much better.

    Both parties or patsies are about ethno-idolatry or ‘ethnodolatry’ of Jews.

    Demmies look to Jews as prophets and Repubbies look to Jews as gods.

  109. SafeNow says:
    @schnellandine

    Thanks. I can’t argue with your “look around” point. But the process looked at several things, like civil liberties, political culture, pluralism, and the ability of civil servants to do their jobs. I think the idea is that if these various factors are strong, then sanity gets through to the “look around” people.

  110. Notsofast says:
    @Anonymous

    after additional thought, i now know what triggered you anonymous mossad troll/bots, apparently there is an error in you’re programming. when i wrote kakistocracy you saw it as kikistocracy and thought it was a jewish slur and launched into your preprogrammed diatribe completely unrelated to the subject at hand. the thing about a.i., garbage in garbage out.

  111. Ronald Reagan and his attorney general Ed Meese allowing black majority Congressional districts to be drawn had the effect of reducing the number of pro-labor congressmen. What they got are a bunch of blacks who push pro-crime agendas and call it “civil rights”. It also had the affect of causing anti-crime Republicans to gain seats. This came to fruition in 1994 when Gingrich retook the Congress for the GOP.

    If black gerrymandering were outlawed, the stranglehold that shit libs have on the political narrative would fade. Shit libs aren’t progressives. They aren’t populists. They are shallow hedonists and trolls.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  112. Pablo says:
    @Notsofast

    The US is ruled by a a hybrid of incompetents AND Uber Wealthy Billionaires combined with a group of Israel Firsters with no real loyalty to the USA and a small but very powerful group of Special Interests the most notable of which are Big Insurance, Big Pharma and the Military Industrial Complex. And last but not least are the Financial Pirates of Wall Street. And none of these groups has any concern for the welfare of the American People. The USA is ruled by a combo of kakistocracy and oligarchy.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
    , @littlewing
  113. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    I don’t know why but that comment struck me as very funny.

  114. Anonymous[907] • Disclaimer says:
    @Notsofast

    YES!!
    I have said repeatedly that all the political wars are about capturing the “Stealing Rights”.

    The guy that wrote the worst joke of all times, “The Green New Deal stated flatly that it had nothing to do with being Green, but was about redistributing the flow of money.

    The crucial issue is the source of unlimited debt based fiat currency, the Federal Reserve’s computer money printing machine. Hit the right key on the key board and money printer goes Brrrrrrrrrr.
    All the participants rightly and firmly believe that there is No limit to the money creation, and Mr. Powell has said that is the case publicly.

    Just imagine the necessity of raising taxes to pay for all the foreign wars and foreign aid.

    Like my pals wife, “Never overdrawn, only just under deposited”.

  115. anon[307] • Disclaimer says:

    political conflict, dissatisfaction, etc. is caused by…

    the bolshies: class interests.
    the nazis: genetic/biological interests and class interests.
    the idpol dems: poor wypipo.
    the GOP: the proles of all races.

  116. @RadicalCenter

    You’ve got an honest doctor who knows his shit!

    Lucky you; my Kaiser doctors are currently nothing but vaccine-pushing idiots. All of them.

    You should count your lucky stars. Great doctors are a real blessing, no doubt about that.

  117. anon[525] • Disclaimer says:

    the bolshies and the nazis agreed that the tyranny of the minority is a bad thing.

    the corporate idpol dems and the GOP agree that the a tyranny of the minority is a good thing.

  118. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    I’ve studied the Jew Unz for a while. While it’s natural that he’s replete with the Satanic arrogance that Ashkenazi Jews are renowned for…

    Well…uh…hmmm.

    I’m no friend of Israel or Zionists…but if Ron is the worst the Tribe can conjure to off Ofays, I don’t think we have much to fear per some coming Judenreich.

    What I DO worry about are overt loons like Netanyahoo; ACLU-SPLC-JDL-ADL-APAIC-Zuckbook-JewTube-etc.; and Hagee’s Rapture-seeking Xtian raptorgelists.

    Plus covert zionazis like Trump, Inc.; synagogues/temples flying Israel’s jolly-roger; and hasbara-spewing/IDF-funded “schtudents” lurking on college campuses.

  119. onebornfree says: • Website
    @John Johnson

    “The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.” Oscar Wilde

    “Regards” onebornfree

    • Replies: @barr
  120. @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    The role of the GOP is to act as the pawl on the ratchet of the Dem’s come-along. They exist solely to prevent any slipping back as the Dems prepare for the next lurch leftward.

    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  121. JM says:
    @Stogumber

    Did Prof. Hudson ever take a look at European politics? It is correct that the Social-Democratic parties have shrunk, but its leftist rivals have shrunk as well. And the winner are new centrist parties which mostly appeal to the bourgeois-bohème milieu (the “bobos”) – with a preoccupation for LGBTQ questions, “green” solutions and identity poltics, including open borders.

    The Social Democrats and Far Left BEFORE they “shrunk”, also adopted a program with “a preoccupation for LGBTQ questions, “green” solutions and identity politics, including open borders…” That’s why they declined. The earlier Left – particularly the successful left – had no such preoccupations. Parties of the Left declined in proportion to their surrender to these essentially Big Business sponsored, corporate media driven policies.

    • Agree: nokangaroos
  122. Notsofast says:
    @Pablo

    yes, the kakistocracy to cover the unseen oligarchy but the oligarchy is still the worst element of society as well.

    • Thanks: Sarah
  123. @BorisMay

    It depends on how good the propaganda is. If they can convince people their vote counts more than lobbyist dollars – then it is easier to control ppl in the long run. But any way you cut it – all human systems fail.

  124. @RadicalCenter

    You’re right. I ditched my corporate-practice doctor — who is not well informed about vaccine and mask issues and obviously has not read any of the MD and epidemiologist studies and columns that my wife and I have given her over the past year and a half. Each time I see her, she knows little more than the last time, has a closed mind, and goes along to get paid. Neither a true compassionate healer nor a good rational, inquisitive, deliberative scientist.

    Then I have to drive a looooong way to see this new doctor. It is worth it. No politics, no hysteria, willing and able to talk about and advise me intelligently on new evidence and developments. And we’re not harassed to wear face mufflers in the waiting room, yet amazingly his patients (many uninjected) haven’t died off en masse.

  125. @littlereddot

    Correct… It is hard for many westerners to understand that Singapore is a hybrid. Corporate taxes are low… But government housing dominates real estate. Sure you can vote… But political mud slinging is illegal. And you are absolutely correct.. Many on here tried to argue with me for stating that much of China’s urban policies are things they learned from Singapore – which the PRC started studying in the late 1970’s.

  126. Gapeseed says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    China, Israel, and Saudi Arabia would seem to be our government’s biggest foreign investors.

  127. One-off says:
    @Patrick McNally

    Spot on. There was a class element here and Mr. Hudson totally missed it. The Upper Middle Class White Karens, who would have had no problem abusing White working class people who decried the same abuse, discovered that their precious existence is not immune from being race-baited by the anti-Whites. Identity Politics now requires the Democrats and corporatists to go after the White Upper Middle Class Karens, too. The exempted White list has grown smaller.

  128. @Mefobills

    Readers, notice how Mofo-Bill can’t respond to the actual evisceration of Hudson’s juvenile statements about the effects of the minimum wage (and all manner of other issues that Hudson is out of touch on).

    Mofo-Bill always resorts to the default position of name-calling directed at the Libertarians.

    You’ll notice that it’s always the Libertarians that Mofo-Bill singles out, it’s never some other political philosophy.
    It REALLY irks him that Libertarians almost always get it right, call out the financial calamities well in advance, while Hudson and the Mofo languish with their failed prognostications.

    It especially irks Mofo that the face of Libertarianism, none other than Dr Ron Paul himself, is so loved and respected right across the political spectrum for his honesty and consistency.

    Michael Hudson’s recycled Trotskyist beliefs have no one to front up for them.
    No one prominent is willing to be the spokesperson for them – lest their reputation is severely tarnished by being associated with these failed policy prescriptions.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
    • Thanks: Mark G.
    • Replies: @Mefobills
  129. JM says:
    @ariadna

    The groups sanctioned by the elites are not self-organized. The elites invented them based on false identities and continue to control them.

    True. Then they recruit people into well funded bodies with politics conforming to elite agendas.

  130. Hudson showing his Cultural-Marxist side. Completely oblivious to the huge bipartisan negative reaction to McAuliffe saying parents should have no say in kids’ education. Tone deaf analysis.

  131. Curle says:
    @Dystopian

    “ a PHD in law, poly-sci, or gender studies doesn’t make you intelligent, it makes you indoctrinated.”

    It makes you think you are part of a class that doesn’t need to care what White working class people think. This isn’t all that different from the class system in the US and Europe pre Revolution. The don’t think blacks are righteous, they think you are shit.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  132. JM says:
    @restless94110

    Perhaps the reason Michael did not adequately deal with this elephant in the room is that he–like Bernie Sanders–buys into at least some of the wokester idiocy/poison.

    This is a fatal flaw. Hudson has no credibility to make statements on the subject of his piece because he is only analyzing a partial picture, which the result of again–as per usual with Michael Hudson–leads to nowhere to go, no hope, no idea of any change that will actually change things.

    You can’t vote them out if you have to accept and embrace Drag Queen Story Hour for 3 year olds, Michael. Or if you think that the world will be too hot to inhabit in 10 years.

    You have to go back to Marx himself or the Marxists whose world view developed before the Russian Revolution to get transparency on all matters. Even the old – genuinely – indigenous left would be disgusted by the likes of the phony Sanders or his “left” cover, Hudson.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  133. @Mefobills

    Q: What is Communism?

    A: Communism is anything “freedom lovers” don’t like.

    Correction: Communism is anything “freedom lovers” have been told to not like.

    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  134. Curle says:
    @John Johnson

    White Americans had a real solution in the 1970s and threw it away; racially integrated busing. The error of the ‘70s was failing to scale up.

    I never met a White who was bused to an inner city black school who didn’t become a race realist. I doubt such people exist. The good thing is it doesn’t take long, one year at most, to achieve the desired effect. Mandate school busing for all White, Asian and Hispanic kids for one year of their school lives to the area’s worst black inner city school and the race fantasy problem will come to an end.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  135. @Mefobills

    It will probably be never, when Hudson takes note of the successes of National Socialist political economy, but he does support it tangentially; especially regards to China, which in turn has recapitulated elements of national socialism.

    China is not a free market economy, it is mixed economy, with the polity in charge of the commanding heights, not hidden finance string pullers making the beard move.

    You know the funny thing about that is our conservatives and libertarians think there are some God’s Rules of Capitalism that all countries must follow even though China plays the market to their advantage.

    When Trump passed tariffs my wife said Shapiro freaked out because YOU CANT DO THAT. He never gave a real explanation other than tariffs are bad, mmmm kay?

    It’s hilarious that libertarians still believe in market purity when China has had stellar growth while making a mockery of the idea and “free market” Haiti is still dependent on UN Aid. Still waiting for an explanation on why Haiti hasn’t become a first world country since their government spending to GDP ratio is far below the US and global mean. Gee whiz it’s almost as if there is more to a country than getting on your knees for the market CUZ RAND SAID SO.

  136. @Curle

    It makes you think you are part of a class that doesn’t need to care what White working class people think. This isn’t all that different from the class system in the US and Europe pre Revolution. The don’t think blacks are righteous, they think you are shit.

    That is correct. Those degrees make White people feel like they are part of some special class that is above the workers and saves Blacks from the Bad Whites. There is an unspoken assumption that the Bad Whites are mostly blue collar workers that hold back Blacks through their crude and ignorant racism. You see race doesn’t exist but those deplorable workers are just ignorant and haven’t been through college.

    It all sounds fine to these middle class meddlers until you ask a simple question about race that requires critical thinking. Like why are some of the lowest test scores in DC where college educated White Democrats are in charge of the schools.

    • Replies: @littlewing
  137. Milla says:

    Why are you wasting time? I got a message, hold me Look at me. I’m drowning

  138. @Curle

    I used to live near a very liberal college and the professors and staff had their kids in an all White public school that was walkable to the nicer neighborhoods while the Black and Hispanic kids were bussed a few towns over.

    I still don’t know how they did it. I’m not talking one or two kids. They bussed out an entire apartment building that was only a few blocks from the school.

    These were White liberals that had “celebrate diversity” stickers on Volvos and Range Rovers.

    One parent told me that each teacher normally got around 10 thousand a year in Christmas gifts from the neighborhood.

    Mandate school busing for all White, Asian and Hispanic kids for one year of their school lives to the area’s worst black inner city school and the race fantasy problem will come to an end.

    That is the benefit of Teach For America. Gets indoctrinated White liberal women into Black areas.

  139. I put a sign in my business window after CA put me out of business in 2020. “Just wait for election day, you will be destroyed.” They were, they stole the election and put these unelected crazies in power. So yeah I was right.
    They are finished.

    Trump needs to pass the torch to DeSantis who is less talk and all action.
    He is the best canidate we have had in decades.
    I will give Trump he opened the door, but he also proved if you have no experience you get rolled.
    We got rolled too because of him.
    I had a sign on the back of my truck and was almost pushed off the San Francisco Bay bridge in the rain by a psycho leftist in 2016.
    I’m not the only one.

  140. As right-wing as I am — and I’m pretty right-wing — I agree with you on at least one thing. The identity politics BS is indeed a way to distract and divide the public while being robbed by multinational corporations.

  141. @John Johnson

    Haiti is struggling because it’s populated by Haitians.

  142. @John Johnson

    And we are the ones who didn’t take the poison death shot.
    So who is smart?
    Us or them?
    Working class whites AND blacks have refused the shot.
    Becuse we didn’t go to college.
    haha

  143. It beggars belief that Bernie Sanders has given in to the middle-of-the-road Democrats twice by giving up his presidential run, only to be betrayed with nothing gained at the end. He is an experienced politician and wouldn’t fall for the same betrayal twice unless he was in on the swindle.

  144. Always great to read anything by Prof. Hudson. Certainly the DP is what it is and will continue on its path and there is no chance it can change. Also there can be no chance that progressives can win any kind of significant election since their interests are stuck completely in identity politics and wokesterism which no thoughtful person can possibly support. The only thing citizens can do is to stop supporting the DP ND stop paying ANY attention to the mainstream Narrative. Any thing claimed by the mainstream media I assume is a lie other than local crimes, sports, traffic, and weather.

    Yes, the best solution is to let the DP die. The only possibility of a decent and not completely corrupt government is on the populist right which now the only place us actual leftists can ally with as the Democrats drift into a fanatical kind of totalitarianism. The social democracy many of us used to hope for is no longer even remotely possible–that door closed for good last election. Next year I will vote for a Republican for Congress and will encourage others to do the same.

  145. the democrats didn’t WIN on ANYTHING

    they won on “we are not trump” and media propaganda 95% negative toward the orange man bad

  146. @Pablo

    You left out the military industrial complesx

  147. @obwandiyag

    Communism is jewish internationalism.

    zionism is jewish nationalism.

  148. @Bert

    If only the heirs of the Athenian democracy listened to one of its sons. Socrates had dire warnings about problems with democracy…it always degenerates to populism where charlatans tell the people sweet lies so that they can get elected. It boggles my mind that after 2000 years, the Collective West has not heeded his words.

    In our current times, elections have simply become tools to lull the population into believing that have a say in determining their own futures. These populations have been taught to equate elections=democracy=freedom=legitimate=right.

    Their propaganda machine is super effective. The most beautiful lie it tells them is that their press is “free”, and therefore the truth gets to their ears. It is really quite amazing to behold.

    Even when some of them wake up and realise that their press tells them lies about their economy, government policy etc and they distrust it……somehow they still believe the entire narrative about Bad China and Bad Russia, propagated by the same propaganda machine.

    It is like someone who realises his used car salesman is an swindler and swears never to buy a used car from him. But when the same salesman shows them a new sofa, they buy a whole sitting room set from him.

    It is really very interesting to observe them.

  149. @Chris Moore

    You wrote:

    How can Hudson square his earnest economics with support of grifters like ((Sanders)) and ((AOC))?
    The acid test of a grifter is whether or not they support Israel. Both ((Sanders)) and ((AOC)) are supporters. Add this with their identity politics and you have Bolsheviks.

    and ….

    Why is Hudson declaring Bolsheviks to be earnest “progressives”? We know what kind of cut-throats Zionist Bolsheviks are. Hudson knows what kind of cut-throats Zionist Bolsheviks are. Yet he’s holding them up as key to salvation of the Democrat Party and the country.

    You’re absolutely right Chris.

    That sums up who Michael Hudson and groupies like Mofo-Bill really are.

    They’re nothing but extreme left-wing statists that advocate for even bigger Big Government and a return to Stalinist authoritarianism.

    That’s why they hate us Libertarians with a passion because we’re:

    Anti-State, Anti-War and Pro-Market.

    According to Mofo-Bill and the other Mofo called Hudson, the market cannot be left to decide what something is worth via the process of voluntary exchange.

    No – only a select group of apparatchiks can be entrusted with the decision as to what products and services need to delivered, in what quantities and at what price.

    The rubes will have no say in that process – just as they will have no input as to whether or not an experimental mRNA gene therapy should flow through their veins.

  150. @Mefobills

    Do my eyes deceive me ?

    You smear Libertarians day in and day out yet you feature a video of Congressman Thomas Massie (best of pals with Libertarians Ron and Rand Paul), and taken from Libertarian You Tube channel ReasonTV.

    Thomas Massie is the closest thing to Libertarianism in the GOP – assuming he’s not a crypto-Libertarian already.

    What’s happened to you Mofo-Bill ? Have you had an epiphany and seen the light ?

    Perhaps it can be explained by Ephesians 5:11 (slightly paraphrased):

    Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of Michael Hudson and his Zionist backers, but rather expose them.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  151. @John Johnson

    Johnson and Johnson writes:

    It’s hilarious that libertarians still believe in market purity when China has had stellar growth while making a mockery of the idea and “free market”

    China has made huge progress DESPITE not adopting completely free market policies.
    To the extent that they didn’t adopt free markets and adopted some degree of protectionism, this was done for political reasons to protect the inefficient and loss making State Owned Enterprises (SOE’s).
    Had China removed all protection, stopped subsidising them and let the SOE’s restructure and either become competitive or go bust (thus freeing up capital for use in the private sector), their growth would’ve been far better still.

    One should never forget that free markets go hand in hand with a minuscule Government spending to GDP ratio, minimal government regulatory burden and low taxes.
    These latter requirements China delivers in spades – hence the dynamism of the private sector.

    As for Haiti, after centuries of being raped and pillaged by the imperialists and a rumoured HAARP induced earthquake a decade or so ago, the country is on its knees.
    Haiti would be a basket case no matter what political philosophy it adopted.

    That said, if it indeed it has a low government spending to GDP ratio as you say J & J, then as bad as things are now, they’d be orders of magnitude worse if they adopted a policy of fiscal profligacy and increased government spending (with money they don’t have which would have to be borrowed – thus making them more beholden to the Zionist Usury Banking Cartel that would no doubt be financing them and further impoverishing them in the long run)..

    Johnson & Johnson, there’s a reason you’re a core constituent of the Axis of Disinformation.

    You embarrassed yourself in the threads relating to the Covid psyop with one flimsy claim after another that the UR readers easily refuted.
    Now you’re at it in a different thread. once again demonstrating you’re an ‘all rounder’ as far as being ignorant in a multiplicity of topics.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
    , @John Johnson
  152. Mefobills says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Massie is brave. I have eyes that see. I acknowledge when libertarians are right. I also notice when they are wrong.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  153. Mefobills says:
    @Mefobills

    Truth,

    Don’t allow yourself to be caught up in dialectics. My team right or wrong!

    Did you even notice that I was critical of Michael Hudson, even though I admire him also for his bravery?

  154. Mevashir says:

    But these are not the policies that the party’s major donors want. What really is at issue is just whom the Democratic Party (and their duopoly partners the Republicans too, of course) supports: corporate lobbyists and the Donor Class, or wage-earning voters seeking economic policies that benefit them as employees, consumers and debtors.

    Fabulous comment. Now I can throw away my voter registration card and focus on serenity amidst the insanity. America is the ultimate Madison Avenue ploy: glossy and seductive on the outside but rotten and vile inside:

    [MORE]

    I (do not) PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE
    TO THE FLAG
    OF THE
    UNCONSCIOUS STATES OF AWARENESS
    AND TO THE BANANA REPUBLIC
    FOR WHICH IT STANDS
    ONE PLANTATION
    UNDER GOLD
    INDIVIDUAL
    WITH TYRANNY AND INJUSTICE FOR ALL.

  155. @JM

    How vague. Transparency on all matters? What are you talking about?

    But why does it matter what Marxists who are not Bolsheviks (or even Leninists) or what Marx himself would have thought about anything?

    You don’t have to go back there, mate. You don’t have to go anywhere. It’s slapping you right across your face.

    The hoaxes are so easy to debunk, to see through.

    What isn’t so easy to see through is the underlying financial tyranny. Hudson is good at revealing that. But he’s been doing that same thing for 40 years now and once you get it, you are going to start to ask “now what?”

    I don’t ascribe anything to Michael Hudson other than bullheaded narrow mindedness.

  156. CSFurious says:

    The U.S. is a failed state and it will cease to exist within its current form within the next 10 years.

    • Agree: Mevashir
  157. Mefobills says:
    @John Johnson

    When Trump passed tariffs my wife said Shapiro freaked out because YOU CANT DO THAT. He never gave a real explanation other than tariffs are bad, mmmm kay?

    A lot of people, maybe most – have notions in their noggins that they have never bother to analyze.

    Tariffs can be good or bad, situationally dependent. Why is she listening to (((Shapiro)))?

    Tariffs are good when you are trying to industrialize. That way you protect your nascent industry so said industry can get on its feet.

    The U.S. used tariffs in the past, to then industrialize. It wasn’t free market.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10074353-america-s-protectionist-takeoff-1815-1914

    If you have an industry that is monopolizing, to then raise prices, to then take rents and unearned income. Well, that industry needs some competition, so tariffs should be lowered, or eliminated.

    Pettigrew, took note of how Washington operated, especially with certain industries trying to install tariffs to protect themselves, when they didn’t deserve protection.

    http://www.yamaguchy.com/library/pettigrew/petig_28.html

    In Trump’s case, the tariffs were legitimate, especially since Wall Street off shored the jobs, to then take wage arbitrage. The U.S. needs to re-industrialize, so both Tariffs and targeted spending are the solution.

    (Trump didn’t target spend into industry, and also gave a tax break to the wrong people.)

  158. Mefobills says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Had China removed all protection, stopped subsidising them and let the SOE’s restructure and either become competitive or go bust (thus freeing up capital for use in the private sector), their growth would’ve been far better still.

    You are engaging in wishful thinking.

    China routinely smashes non-SOE’s. Jack Ma anybody?

    The latest is Evergrande. China did not regulate property loans enough, and allowed a property bubble to develop. The property bubble was pure “free market” dynamics, where a middle tier of private banks borrowed block loans from State Banks, or went to dollar markets to get credit.

    Bubbles are positive feedback, which is unwanted. Property goes up in price, which makes people rush out to borrow (create new credit) to then buy more, pushing prices and on and on, till it crashes.

    The Evergrande bond holders are taking a hair-cut. In Lolbertarian Lol Lol land, the market is pure and never has unwanted positive feedback. We must wave our hands and wishful think it away, because unwanted positive feedback cannot exist… even though it does.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  159. Mevashir says:
    @Justvisiting

    When I was an undergraduate at Harvard, I once met a strange woman in the underground stacks of Widener Library. She was a poly-sci grad student and appeared to be undergoing a mental breakdown of some sort. She came up to me and said with a deranged look in her eyes: Everything here is about money. Nobody cares about ideas or insights. It’s only about money. Don’t trust anyone and don’t pursue advanced study here!

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  160. Michael Hudson is one of the smartest more experienced economic thinkers around, and yet he write tripe like the following statements.

    One of the most popular proposals in the original BBB act was twelve weeks of paternity/maternity, sick and caregiving leave, child support and pre-schooling support. Such aid is provided by nearly every advanced nation for its citizens.

    Great!! Let’s be like France. Ridiculous. Who pays? By the way, does it apply to EVERY business? What about the corner bakery? Do they have to provide it? Ironically, this is the sort of anti-competitive policy that a guy like Hudson SHOULD be against. Only the big companies could afford the loss in productivity that would ensue by having people check out for three months.

    As medical and health insurance costs squeeze family budgets, most voters also back negotiating drug prices to stop the price gouging by the pharmaceutical companies.

    Of course they do – are we shocked? Lower prices for me!! “Price gouging” – what the heck does THAT mean? “Negotiating?—what does THAT mean. More failure here to deal with the devil in the details. Look, Euro and third world countries have been free riding on the US pharmaceutical innovations for the last 35 years. Does anybody have ANY idea how much it costs to develop, test, and manufacture a new therapeutic? Who pays for that? These businesses have to have a return on capital, otherwise why bother? Or do we want to get some centralized pricing authority to decide? Sorry, forgot – Medicare IS out central pricing authority. Let’s have them fix prices for everybody, that will be the ticket.

    Student debt relief has been drastically cut back, along with plans two free years of community college. One after another, Biden’s campaign promises are being broken – with Biden himself disowning them and showing impatience at how long it is taking the Progressives to surrender to “reality”.

    Good. Nothing is more fitting than to have a student social justice warrior/feminist studies/sociology/film student carry the burden of the 100K worth of debt. When you are an idiot, you do idiotic things, and you should be punished for the idiot you have been.

    And talk about rentiers!! Hudson has spend a fair part of his career in academe — arguably the most subsidized class in the economy. Let’s start taxing endowments, and having universities own the debt of their feminist studies students. Watch how fast things change then.

    Look, I’m all fine with Hudson’s never ending loathing for the rentier class – but to trot out the Bernie Sanders stock phrasing of have them pay their “fair share” is like fingernails on the blackboard. Again, what does that MEAN? It’s a vapid locution that does not advance the discussion.

  161. Mefobills says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    It REALLY irks him that Libertarians almost always get it right, call out the financial calamities well in advance, while Hudson and the Mofo languish with their failed prognostications.

    I’ve already explained to you and given data, of those economists who predicted the crash – which includes Hudson.

    What I conclude is that you are an ideologue, who is incapable of learning. And instead of admitting when you are wrong, you double down.

    You seized on the opportunity when I pointed out Massie’s comments.

    It is possible, you know, to hold contradictory ideas in your head, an if you are a lazy brain, you never work on resolving those contradictions.

    Massie is right on how Congress is bought and paid for, and he explains it in the video I posted. If anything, this undermining of government explains how Libertarianism is a fantasy, where privateers string pull their puppets.

    Jack Ma, a wannabe Oligarch, got smashed by the Chinese.

    Hitler did not remove some of the former aristocrats from his government, and these were the types (hereditary wealth – the Junker land owners and industrialists), who became back stabbers.

    Libertarianism has no answers for in-group behavior, or rents, unearned income, usury, positive feedback. It also makes excuses for free movement of capital and labor, which undermines a nation’s people.

    It is privateering capital which is string pulling Washington, something that Massie notices, yet he remains a libertarian, despite his being intelligent.

    So, even smart people can engage in self-deception.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  162. @Mevashir

    Great story–sounds like she made it “in the room” at one point.

    I will tell one anecdote–without giving too much away.

    I was “in the room” with a senior .gov official on what I thought was a policy discussion.

    He was interrupted by a phone call and his side of the call went something like this:

    “Yeah, oh them again. Aren’t they _ever_ satisfied? Well, we don’t have any choice–they are our largest Florida donor–award them the contract.”

    Then the guy turned to me and said “You didn’t hear that” and continued on with our meeting.

    • Replies: @Mevashir
  163. @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Agree with you totally.

    Anyway just who the hell would ever come up with the idea that a political entity consisting entirely of lunatics, freaks and Dummkoepfe could ever become “reformable”.

    AJM

    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  164. Mevashir says:
    @Justvisiting

    My father is a leading recombinant DNA scientist. He told me once he was at a medical conference and was having dinner next to the CEO of a big Pharmaceutical company. The man told my father that 75% of what they sell is therapeutically worthless and when my father asked why they sell it, the CEO answered that it’s essential to their bottom line.

  165. @Mefobills

    ‘Libertarians’ are malignant xenophobes and misanthropes, a type that is ineducable.

  166. @John Johnson

    All the tariffs are doing is raising the costs of US consumers. Imports from the US to China have only kept rising. In fact the deficit has increased. Even covid lockdowns didnt stop it. It is nothing more than a tax on US consumers who bear the costs. No jobs returned to the US in large numbers. The ones that did leave China just went to Vietnam and Malaysia and Indonesia. Tariffs for an advanced country is actually embarassing.

    As to Haiti – well obviously it is competence. Though it is difficult to run a small country when the French and the US conspired to lock them out of the global economy for daring to fight for their freedom. Even in modern times any Haiti ruler who doesnt do what the US or French say end up toppled in a coup or murdered in an assassination. That is no way to run a country.

  167. @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    Please keep it up! The influence of malignant misanthropes like you, with your hatred of others and unbounded greed and egoism, is why the USA is a crumbling shit-hole. More power to your hate!

    • Agree: Mevashir
  168. @Mefobills

    The USA follows ‘Free Market’ dogma since at least Reagan. Result? A shit-hole of debt, inequality, crumbling infrastructure and insatiable elite greed. China follows its own course, a mix of economic models, with the popular weal the aim. Result? The greatest economic and human welfare leap in history. Yet the Free Market maniacs, like anthropogenic climate destabilisation denialists (groups that overlap to large degree)refuse to believe reality. They live in an hallucination.

  169. Mevashir says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    I’ve read that European subsidiaries of US corporations provide very generous paid leave and many other benefits to their workers that are completely denied back in the US homeland. The difference can only be attributed to better organized and more educated workers in Europe compared to the niggers who work for the American plantation economy. (For example, workers in France get 40 days paid leave every year. Americans less than seven.)

  170. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    The USA is anything but a free market bastion, but you’re not perceptive enough to see that Mulga.

    The U.S is a cesspool of Corporate Cronyism, an over-regulated Big Government Socialist stronghold – hence the shit-hole of debt, inequality and the rest.

    The fact that you Mulga (and Mofo-Bill) claim that the present situation is due to unrestrained Capitalism, it is implicit in that very statement that both of you want to add even more layers of parasitic bureaucracy, expand further the already bloated Big Government we already have in western countries, to rein in this Free Market capitalism run amok that you allege.

    This will put even further pressure on the small and medium sized businesses, the real entrepreneurs who actually pay the taxes (seeing as the corporate cronies that comprise the 0.1% don’t pay much taxes), and likely drive more of them into bankruptcy – which was always the plan from the get go.

    Meanwhile China, with a FAR lower proportion of parasitic government expenditure as a proportion of GDP, a far lower proportion of GDP wasted on manufacturing weapons of death that are squandered on foreign military misadventures in pursuit of Zionist hegemony, with much lower taxes and an infinitely lower regulatory burden on business, powers ahead.

    The recipe for success is obvious Mulga , yet it escapes your comprehension – such is your fanaticism and blind adherence to the Anthropogenic Global Warming fraud that was initiated by the same Zio cabal that brought us the Covid psyop and for the very SAME REASONS.

    ie: complete CONTROL over and IMPOVERISHMENT of the masses.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  171. Pathological Liar Jewish Rachel Maddow continues to work with the Zionist Media Network to peddle the Russia Collusion Hoax. These globalist Jews are utterly shameless and without scruples.



    Video Link

  172. @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    “Great!! Let’s be like France. Ridiculous. Who pays? By the way, does it apply to EVERY business? What about the corner bakery? Do they have to provide it? ”

    In many countries – it is through the government that such things are dealt with. Take for instance healthcare. When Japanese car companies were being strong armed to build their cars in the US one thing they noted was the burden of healthcare costs employers have to bear vs Japan. Costs are definitely one issue in the US – but also budget allocation. Imagine if the MIC only got \$500 billion rather than \$1 trillion every year (military plus intelligence and security agencies). Imagine how much better quality of life of the average American could be. They could have the quality of life of the average French or Japanese or German.

    “Look, Euro and third world countries have been free riding on the US pharmaceutical innovations for the last 35 years. Does anybody have ANY idea how much it costs to develop, test, and manufacture a new therapeutic? ”

    The first sentence is a vast oversimplification. Not all pharma or medical innovations are/were from the US… But even still – that doesn’t explain why the cost of an MRI in Houston is so much more comparatively than in Osaka – whether you measure nominally or in purchase power terms. Healthcare – like higher education – in the US is not really treated and seen as a public good.

  173. frankie p says:
    @Anonymous

    Ron Unz, our host, is the creator of the “American Pravda” Series, a long series of historical revisionism of the events of the last 100 years in American history and an in-depth analysis of some of the powers that have pushed narratives that are not merely clearly counterfactual, their very purpose was to propagandize and misinform the public. While not focusing only on Jews and Jewish interests, a good part of this series touches on topics in which organized Jewish groups and wealthy Jews have supported, pushed, and influenced untrue and misleading historical perspectives, mostly with the same hackneyed question foremost in their minds: “Is it good for the Jews?”. Mr. Ron Unz has not approached ANY of these topics with kid gloves on. He is direct, unrelenting, and willing to shine a light on Jewish malfeasance that NO OTHER MAINSTREAM INTELLECTUAL will touch. Make of that what you will; you seem to see it as some evidence that he is controlled opposition or run by Mossad. I can see Ron laughing at that accusation. I see it more as an individual who values the truth. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that he has attacked with his unsparing honesty and truth. Keep in mind that these issues cause even non-political and non-Zionist Jews, brainwashed as they are to see the antisemitism golem behind every criticism of any individual or organized Jewish group, break into a heavy sweat. Here is a partial list of these important issues; forgive me for not being meticulous in listing every one: 1. The cancelling of David Irving despite his huge importance and excellent work as a historian 2. The gradual cancelling of the work and ideas from a huge number of important American intellectuals, writers and influencers from the early to mid 20th Century who held views different from the vanguard of (((new thought))), whether it was thinkers who opposed US intervention in WWII, criticized the financial policies of the FED, or mentioned the growing influence of the European and Russian Jews in US society. 3. The JFK Assassination and the idea of the involvement of Johnson and the servers of Israel he was surrounded by. 4. The strange practices of the Jewish religion and the idea that what has been dismissed as dog whistles, canards, etc. are actually factual. 5. The huge role of Jews in the Bolshevik Revolution and its bloody anti-Russian aftermath. 6. Antisemitism and the idea that so-called “antisemitic canards” are based in fact and antisemitism as a whole is more reactionary than some genetic tic in every goy. 7. The ADL and its pernicious role and influence in US society and government 8. Holocaust “denial” and the need for true revisionism, because denial and minimization are closer to the truth than what is taught in US schools as history. 9. Mossad assassinations and the inaction of the world to call them to account, mostly because of big money politics 10. The Israeli attack on the Liberty and the fantasy story of it being some kind of “accidental attack”.

    This list is not comprehensive. Sorry Ron Unz, but I don’t have enough time to compile and describe it all. I implore the readers of Unz to read it all; it’s a good project for a year. Ron makes compelling arguments, based on factual research. Thank God for Ron Unz, one of the only men with a voice on the internet who insists of truth, even when it is intensely unpopular.

    Keep it up!

    Frankie P

  174. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    There are countless ways that the science eviscerates the bogus Global Warming narrative, but the sage Bill Bonner had a nice take on it in his recent article:

    The press delights whenever people get their feet wet…and has a field day when their houses burn down. But is the weather really more of a threat today than it was in the past?

    Apparently not.

    Scientists have tracked hurricanes in the Caribbean, heatwaves in the Midwest, and fires in California. They’ve found no evidence of worsening trends.

    In the case of California wildfires, for example, before the arrival of Europeans, fires routinely burnt off far more acreage than they do today.

    Nature still ‘acts up’ from time to time.

    But thanks to fossil fuels, humans are much less at risk. In the old days, an early frost or a dry summer could mean starvation. Now, it means you pay a little more for your peaches.

    Likewise, in a poor country, such as Haiti…a hurricane could mean thousands of deaths — both from drowning and subsequent disease. In Florida, a storm of the same strength might just take tin off roofs and topple porch plants.

    Why the difference? Each resident of Haiti uses about 394 kilograms of ‘oil equivalent’ per year, according to the World Bank.

    In the US, the total is 6,804 — 17 times as much.

    SAVING LIVES:

    The point is this: wealth — made possible by fossil fuels — helps humans survive nature’s hissy fits.

    Higher standards of living increased lifespans. Better sanitation…better nutrition…better access to medical care — all were made possible by stored-up solar energy, in the form of oil, gas, and coal.

    Millions of lives have been saved by the Industrial Revolution. How many lives will Saint Greta save?

    Of course that parting shot at the end was directed Greta Thunberg who, like you Mulga, is on the Asperger’s/Autism spectrum, and her histrionics at the recent COP26 conference*.

    (*OR, as I like to call it, the: COP-THIS-PLEBS-Higher-Energy-Bills-Heading-Your-Way as we, the Zio cabal will be pocketing the proceeds, with e few cents in every dollar going towards the bird-chopping Wind Turbine and solar panel industries which we also own and profit from).

  175. @Truth Vigilante

    As for Haiti, after centuries of being raped and pillaged by the imperialists and a rumoured HAARP induced earthquake a decade or so ago, the country is on its knees.
    Haiti would be a basket case no matter what political philosophy it adopted.

    Is that what Libertarians do for failed capitalist states? Pull a Howard Zinn excuse?

    WELL YOU SEE WAKANDA WOULD EXIST IF NOT FOR THAT VOLCANO BACK IN 1848. THERE WAS ALSO A SHARK ATTACK. FREE MARKET IS EVERYTHING U GUYS.

    Which imperial period are you blaming for the state of Haiti? The short occupation by the US where the marines built roads and schools?

    Haiti has been “free market” and they never achieved a standard of living equal to even one of the lower USSR states. That means they never beat even half-assed *stan Communist states but according to Randologists it must be imperialism or something. Hilarious. Maybe you should compare excuse notes with liberals.

    Your ridiculous race denial cult is going down. You guys spoiled the Trump election with your 1% vote but that was the peak of your destructive ideology.

    You missed post #143 by @Fidelios Automata which has more truth than all of Rand’s books combined:
    Haiti is struggling because it’s populated by Haitians.

    That means the “Free market” is not everything and that the Libertarian cult is a steaming pile of grad A bullshit.

  176. @Showmethereal

    All the tariffs are doing is raising the costs of US consumers. Imports from the US to China have only kept rising. In fact the deficit has increased. Even covid lockdowns didnt stop it. It is nothing more than a tax on US consumers who bear the costs.

    Well of course tariffs raise the cost of goods from the target country. That is half the point.

    You’re discouraging one source over another or trying to reduce an import to punish a country.

    China isn’t playing the “free market” game which is why this is all such a joke. Their currency is still fixed and our NYC libertarians flip out over Trump’s tariffs of all things. Well why are they not protesting their fixed currency on a daily basis?

    This is all so stupid. It’s like showing up to a poker game where you know the other player is cheating but stick to the rules out of principle.

    China not only fixes their currency but plays all kinds of sleight of hand games with their own goods. Since their industries are partially state owned they can artificially raise or lower prices.

    They can subsidize a product to crush a foreign market and then raise the price back up after the damage is done. That is what they did with steel and our libertarians again freaked out over (gasp) subsidizing a US industry. You can’t do that cuz capitalism or something.

    China cheats all the time and yet they have had some phenomenal growth rates. Trump passes a few tariffs and the free market worshippers tell us THAT WILL HURT THE ECONOMY. Hilarious. You gotta follow the rules if you want a good free market economy. China doesn’t but er um….

    This is exactly what the Germans did to the global markets in the 30s. They set their own rules and the market said OH BUT YOU CANT DO THAT cause the rules. They also had phenomenal growth until Hitler went on the warpath. Belief in the free market requires ignorance of history. There are no Free Market Gods that must be followed. China has been fixing their currency since 1994 and they don’t give two f-ks if some NYC libertarian doesn’t approve. Maybe you aren’t aware of that
    https://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/030616/why-chinese-yuan-pegged.asp

  177. @Truth Vigilante

    You make reasonable points. Leftists often neglect considering how businesses will respond to the policy they believe will help workers.

    However, I think a case can be made that minimum wage increases do not as a rule harm workers as severely as you think.

    There was a famous econ paper written decades ago (Card and Krueger) that came close to conducting a control group/test group analysis of the minimum wage. The authors looked at a select group of fast food restaurants along the NJ/PA border before and after the former had raised the min wage and latter had not. The idea was to look at geographically close and economically similar regions where the only difference was a legal change on one side. They found no statistically significant difference in employment changes and in fact the point estimate was in New Jersey’s favor.

    The paper suffered from data limitations due to the fact the authors obtained payroll stats thru phone interviews with store managers. A few years later another paper, Neumark and Washer, followed up with better, official payroll data. Their result was more believable, NJ employment growth suffered compared to PA. However, even their paper found an elasticity of labor demand of about -0.2. In other words, for every 10 pct rise in wages, worker hours fall by 2 pct. While some workers lose jobs/hours, in the aggregate worker income rises, because the price factor dominates the quantity factor. In short, the unemployment catastrophe that anti min wage people fear does not seem to play out.

    Keep in mind that of those working at min wage are not replaceable in the short run. They are doing service jobs that are not easily replaced with existing machinery and nontradable. So substitutes are minimal, explaining why demand is little responsive to moderate changes in wages.

    This might be getting a tad technical, but simple supply and demand analysis assumes that the marginal worker is paid his marginal revenue product, which is assumed to fall with the number of workers applied to a fixed capital stock. However, when workers are paid less than the marginal product, and there is a profit margin on the last worker it is less obvious that employment will fall as wages rise.

    Being less theoretical, it is reasonable to think that fast food joints are employing the minimum number of workers required to satisfy present demand. When wages rise there are few slack workers who the business can shed while servicing the same demand. Likely there is a small decline in some payroll as joints that are staying open 24 hours, servicing low demand hours decide to close earlier and let the grave yard shift go. But large scale employment losses are not to be expected.

  178. @Smashed Squash

    Ronald Reagan and his attorney general Ed Meese allowing black majority Congressional districts to be drawn had the effect of reducing the number of pro-labor congressmen.

    The whole point of gerrymandering is to pack as many of the other party into as few districts as possible. Which means opposition districts of 90%+. Democrats are color-coded, and that makes it even easier. You’ll never win those seats, but you’ll win the chamber, which is what counts.

    It was the Democrats who whined about these homogeneous black districts. Reagan and Meese knew exactly what they were doing.

  179. @John Johnson

    NYC libertarian

    There are libertarians in New York City? I thought all five of them were in DC trying to lobby SCOTUS to overturn the state’s gun law. (Which all you anti-libertarians support.)

    China cheats all the time and yet they have had some phenomenal growth rates. Trump passes a few tariffs

    What are wimpy little tariffs going to do? We need a full-scale embargo like we had from 1949 to 1971. Better yet, an ex post facto embargo, making all Chinese-origin products contraband. Feds will come to the door to empty your cabinets.

    Today’s Calhouns will whine, just as they did in the 19th century. Perhaps South Carolina will even pass a nullification statute again.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
    , @John Johnson
  180. Mefobills says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Your brain is a weird place full of fallacies, and unable to adjust. The process is called demoralization. Demoralized people will do anything to avoid changing their ideology, because to do so, would undermine who they are. They are unteachable.

    Below is you operating the NO TRUE SCOTTSMAN FALACY, while also morally preening.

    Meanwhile China, with a FAR lower proportion of parasitic government expenditure as a proportion of GDP, a far lower proportion of GDP wasted on manufacturing weapons of death that are squandered on foreign military misadventures in pursuit of Zionist hegemony, with much lower taxes and an infinitely lower regulatory burden on business, powers ahead.

    The recipe for success is obvious Mulga , yet it escapes your comprehension – such is your fanaticism and blind adherence to the Anthropogenic Global Warming fraud that was initiated by the same Zio cabal that brought us the Covid psyop and for the very SAME REASONS.

    It doesn’t escape Mulga’s comprehension, it escapes yours. Hudson even advises the Chinese government on economic policy, but somehow now China has elements of Lolbertarianism.

    This is why I think you should be banned, because you are not the grain of sand that makes an oyster, you are just plain crazy.

    A True Scottsman just changes the definition of things in order to win an argument; he is a legend in his own mind.

    https://www.gotquestions.org/No-True-Scotsman.html

    No True Scotsman (NTS) is a logical error committed when someone tries to change the definition of a word in order to ignore a valid counter-example. The name of this fallacy comes from the cliché most often used to illustrate the mistake. In this story, a man says, “No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.” Another man responds, saying, “I was born and raised in Scotland, and I put sugar on my porridge.” The first man replies, “Well, no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.”

    Specifically, the No True Scotsman error is an attempt to defend some universal claim—“all X are Y”—by “excusing away” a legitimate instance of the contrary—“here is an X that is not Y.” This deflection involves adding a new requirement, one never legitimately part of the original definition and usually aimed directly at that particular example. NTS is a specific example of an ad hoc (“to this”) fallacy. Determining if something is NTS requires carefully defining the terms and examining whether or not they’re being used consistently by all sides of the discussion.

    People that are demoralized and engage in logical fallacies cannot be reformed. No amount of debate, or real evidence can change their opinion.

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  181. Mefobills says:
    @John Johnson

    China not only fixes their currency but plays all kinds of sleight of hand games with their own goods. Since their industries are partially state owned they can artificially raise or lower prices.

    They can subsidize a product to crush a foreign market and then raise the price back up after the damage is done. That is what they did with steel and our libertarians again freaked out over (gasp) subsidizing a US industry. You can’t do that cuz capitalism or something.

    China has come to the understanding that economies have control levers. You can create credit and channel it for an effect. You can install quasi tariffs in the form of “requirements,” until your industry takes off.

    This “China strategy” is exactly what the U.S. used to industrialize, to protect itself, against Great Britain. It was called the American System of Economy. China studied economic history, and they DID NOT adopt Lolbertarianism.

    Here is Ha-Joon Chang explaining how Free Trade is a Canard that is pushed, so an already industrialized economy can kick away the ladder. Lolbertarianism is a dialectic of our (((Friends))), as they had already infiltrated London, and were pulling the control levers.

    ______________________

    http://www.personal.ceu.hu/corliss/CDST_Course_Site/Readings_old_2012_files/Ha-Joon%20Chang%20-%20Kicking%20Away%20the%20Ladder-The%20%E2%80%9CReal%E2%80%9D%20History%20of%20Free%20Trade.pdf

    Central to the neoliberal discourse on globalization is the conviction that free trade, more than free movements of capital or labor, is the key to global prosperity. Even many of those who are not enthusiastic about all aspects of globalization—ranging from the free-trade economist, Jagdish Bhagwati, advocating capital control to some nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) accusing the developed countries for not opening up their agricultural markets—seem to agree that free trade is the most benign, or at least a less problematic, element in the progress of globalization.

    Part of the conviction in free trade that the proponents of globalization possess comes from the belief that economic theory has irrefutably established the superiority of free trade, even though there are some formal models which show free trade may not be the best. However, even the builders of those models, such as Paul Krugman, argue that free trade is still the best policy because interventionist trade policies are almost certain to be politically abused. Even more powerful for the proponents of free trade, is their belief that history is on their side. After all,the defenders of free trade ask, isn’t free trade how all the world’s developed countries have become rich? What are some developing countries thinking, they wonder, when they refuse to adopt such a tried and tested recipe for economic development? A closer look at the history of capitalism, however, reveals a very different story (Chang, 2002). As we shall establish in some detail in this paper, when they were developing countries themselves, virtually all of today’s developed countries did not practice free trade (and lais sez-faire industrial policy as its domestic counterpart).

    Rather, they promoted their national industries through tariffs, subsidies, and other measures. Particularly notable is the fact that the gap between “real” and “imagined” histories of trade policy is the greatest in relation to Britain and the United States, which are conventionally believed to have reached the top of the world’s economic hierarchy by adopting free trade when other countries were stuck with outdated mercantilist policies. These two countries were, in fact, often the pioneers and frequently the most ardent users of interventionist trade and industrial policy measures in their early stages of development.

    Debunking the myth of free trade from the historical perspective demonstrates that there is an urgent need for thoroughly re-thinking some key conventional wisdom in the debate on trade policy, and more broadly on globalization

  182. Mefobills says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    What are wimpy little tariffs going to do? We need a full-scale embargo like we had from 1949 to 1971. Better yet, an ex post facto embargo, making all Chinese-origin products contraband. Feds will come to the door to empty your cabinets.

    No anti-lolbertarian is for gun grabbing. You are making crap up. 1949 to 1971?

    Lolbertarianism is a branch of liberalism, it is not conservative.

    You even cherry pick history to make a point. Lolbertarianism is full of cherry picking because the theory is a-priori.

    That means they make shit up, and then go around looking for evidence to their made up crap.

    Real economic theory looks at what happened, looks at the facts, and then POST FACTO, creates theory. Then they debate to refine the theory.

    Below is the hidden story on how the U.S. go rich, and it was behind tariff walls, and it was STATE CREDIT issued from Treasury (for the most part), not privateering stock owned banks.

    https://peofdev.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/americas-protectionist-takeoff/

    US industry was protected by tariffs for much of the 19th century and this helped establish it as the world’s leading economy. This is contrary to much reported history and to the current conventional wisdom regarding international trade and development.

    Even Hamilton’s report on manufacturers discusses how much American Credit (from the First Bank) was circulating in the economy. It was aimed at industry and had created economic sectors – this was definitely not free trade. The Colonials were against free trade, and had invented industrial capitalism.

    Lol’s are anti-americans, and are unwitting dupes of Zion. What is galling is that they morally preen and pretend they have some sort of inside information, some sort of unique insight, or they are more intelligent, or something – but instead it is pure sophomorism – very low IQ stuff.

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  183. @John Johnson

    Every country manipulates its currency in some form. That is all smoke and mirrors. In fact the US is a HUGE interventionist in its own currency. Forcing the world (through economic sanctions and military threat and intervention) to use the US dollar as global reserve currency is part of why the US has such large trade imbalances. And again the tariffs are not hurting China. The US has INCREASED its imports from China and the deficit has GROWN. All it is doing is hurting US consumers whose purchasing power in the middle and lower classes was already stagnant.

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  184. @Mefobills

    Mofo-Bill wrote:

    Hudson even advises the Chinese government on economic policy

    Oh pleeeease, give us a break. Just because you claim that Hudson speaks to some junior academic in Peking University (or so you claim), that doesn’t entail that said advice is even reaching those responsible for China’s economic policy.

    The Chinese are polite and will no doubt be humouring Hudson when they respond to his email with a bot-generated Thank You’ message (which Hudson interprets as an expression of interest from the Chinese hierarchy).
    But they’re not likely to pivot and reverse course and practise Hudson’s failed Soviet era policy prescriptions.

    Meanwhile, thanks for this last paragraph of yours – it describes you to a tee:

    People that are demoralised and engage in logical fallacies cannot be reformed. No amount of debate, or real evidence can change their opinion.

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  185. Mefobills says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Yet the Free Market maniacs, like anthropogenic climate destabilisation denialists (groups that overlap to large degree)refuse to believe reality. They live in an hallucination.

    I would say that most Americans and people of the west are walking around in a fugue state – they are living a hallucination.

    The narrative they have been fed since birth is breaking down, and their brain space is crumbling.

    For example, Hitler who was an authoritarian, made it easier to buy guns. Wait! What? Most Americans have brains that would implode if they knew this, so that is why (((narrative control))) is so high in the country (I’m American.)

    Reality is carefully curated so the ownership class can present themselves as unimpeachable, and beyond reproach.

    All class societies since the beginning of time, have had an elite class who emits hypnosis. If the elite give a damn about the general welfare – say have a mandate from heaven – then they will try to elevate the population, not tear it down to maintain their top status.

    Even if you don’t believe in global warming, then economic policy can still lean toward conservation. It can even be done in a way that is a net benefit.

    For example, China is leaning into electric car production by channeling state credit at the industry. Pretty soon the West will be swamped by well made electric cars at a low price. Western economists and Lolbertarians will be scratching their ass and will have no idea about the reality staring them in their face. They will not be able to confront the contradictions of their ideology, about how the free market didn’t work.

    Improving the grid so it can take an EMP pulse, or so that it is smart and has distributed power, is actually a strategic military policy, where a country becomes hardened.

    But, is the U.S. improving the grid to take a EMP hit? Are big diodes being installed? Is there any policy at all to build up an industry to make the diodes. Only Siemens makes them now.

    In other words, this worshipping on the alter of free trade, then invading and inviting, is a function of the ownership class and their desire to make sordid gain.

    They could give two shits about American general welfare, and to do so they emit hypnosis at variance with the founding of the country.

    The country was to have a defensive posture with coastal naval presence, along with rail to move goods about the interior. McKinley was assassinated for proposing this, and guess (((who))) was behind it?

    China is actually closer to the American System of Economy of the Founders, than the narrative being espoused by the owned media and ownership class.

  186. Mefobills says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Oh pleeeease, give us a break. Just because you claim that Hudson speaks to some junior academic in Peking University (or so you claim), that doesn’t entail that said advice is even reaching those responsible for China’s economic policy.

    That is you pulling more crap out of your rear, and being uninformed.

    He is speaking to Chinese leaders, usually six at a time with an interpreter. They come into a room and take notes, because they tend to do things in groups.

    It is being video-taped and converted to Chinese language, and then distributed among the junior leadership.

    The recent crack-down on Evergrande, which is the purposeful “popping” of the property bubble, can be traced to Classical Economic History, of which Hudson is teaching the Chinese.

    China made big mistakes post communism, where it allowed absentee ownership of housing, and allowed private banks to hypothecate new Yuan credit. They were TOO FREE MARKET, and went into unwanted positive feedback.

    Formerly debt free lands and housing were allowed to become tied to debt instruments, and debts grow exponentially, against nature.

    The knock on effect is now you have the “lay down” culture in China, where they don’t want to work, because property has been priced too high for life.

  187. @John Johnson

    See how the CCP is sucking the Tibetan economy dry. Fast forward to 5:51 to see people dying in the streets.

  188. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @Mefobills

    Hudson has landed squarely against finance capital, usury, rents and is also against various forms of grift and unearned income… None of what Hudson does or stands for meets a Bolshevik smell test to my estimation.

    Except basically endorsing grifters ((AOC)) and ((Sanders)) as the standard bearers of his economic platform. Which is absurd.

    I sympathize with your variation of fascism, because ((Jews)), neocons and leftists are all playing by Judeofascist rules. Even Rand Paul is playing by Judeofascist rules when he votes Israel billions. So what are dissidents supposed to do? Unilaterally disarm and let Judeofascist sociopaths murder them?

    Massie is trying to take the Constitutional high ground, but he’s fighting a losing battle. The Judeofascists have the full weight of government behind them. Which has historically engendered Nazism; which is currently engendering Islamofascism and Russian and Chinese polarization from the West.

    The Judeofascists don’t care. They’re All Or Nothing totalitarian fanatics and sociopaths.

    But do you really want to hitch your star to Hudson, who looks like he will betray out of ambition and expedience? This is why ((Jews)) and their stooges can’t be trusted. Betrayal is inherent in their character.

    I’m not saying Hudson is a traitor, but this is evidence of that inclination.

  189. Chris Moore says: • Website
    @Mefobills

    Lolbertarianism is full of cherry picking because the theory is a-priori. That means they make shit up, and then go around looking for evidence to their made up crap… Lol’s are anti-americans, and are unwitting dupes of Zion. What is galling is that they morally preen and pretend they have some sort of inside information, some sort of unique insight, or they are more intelligent, or something – but instead it is pure sophomorism – very low IQ stuff.

    To expose a “liberal” or a neocon, demand to know their position on Judeofascism. If they deny its existence or do a lot of hemming and hawing and Zionist dogma, you know you’re dealing with a grifter at best and possibly a murderous, deluded psychopath: a ((Jew))-man, a Jr ((Jew))-man, or an honorary ((Jew)).

  190. @Mario Partisan

    Keep in mind that of those working at min wage are not replaceable in the short run. They are doing service jobs that are not easily replaced with existing machinery and nontradable

    The main reason your argument may be valid is that it takes time to build the factories to create the machines to mechanize routine tasks.

    However, the effort by big corporations is well underway (regardless of what happens with the minimum wage), and the technology to replace human cashiers, janitorial services etc. is being cranked out by assembly lines as we speak.

    Within a few years almost all “service jobs that are not easily replaced” will turn into “service jobs that are easily replaced”. Whether these machines were built because of higher minimum wages, or in expectation of high minimum wages or not will probably be irrelevant. Those low wage jobs will be disappearing fast.

    On a routine shopping trip today in many areas you can see the supermarket aisle cleaning robot, the automated teller machine, the automated checkout machine, the automated photo processing machine. Those all used to be minimum wage jobs that went away…

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  191. @Agent76

    General boycott of both, politicians (refuse to vote at all), and their donor corporations (finished product)boycott seems to be the only answer. Without true campaign finance reform, our citizenry cannot use the ballot box to force the hacks out. The MSM’s “so-called “electable” choices and the very process of voting itself have been totally rigged, corrupted. Grassroots candidates running as a third-party option continues to be stifled by the Nancy Pelosi gang. Presidential nominees like Ralph Nader stand out as the best example of this political subterfuge. Further, ordinary citizens cannot launch open air protests for true campaign reform or demands to regulate election fraud irregularities without the presence of undercover agents, who supplant peaceful protests changing them into violent skirmishes.

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
  192. @Mario Partisan

    Thanks for that Mario and you make some interesting points.

    That said, there have been 1000’s of ‘studies’ done on the effect of the minimum wage and either one of us could no doubt cherry pick a few that align with our preconceptions.
    At the end of the day, more than a few of these studies were politically motivated and selective data was likely utilised in a manner that would yield predetermined conclusions.

    I suggest you read the following article from the prominent black academic Thomas Sowell and see for yourself the devastating effects the minimum wage has had on black youth – which necessarily resulted in the devastating societal impacts on the American landscape since LBJ set the ball rolling with his massive expansion of the welfare state:

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/09/thomas-sowell/the-minimum-wage-is-anti-black-youth/

    From the article:

    In 1948, the year I left home, the unemployment rate among black 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds was 9.4 percent, slightly LOWER than that for white kids the same ages, which was 10.2 percent.

    Over the decades since then, we have gotten used to unemployment rates among black teenagers being over 30 percent, 40 percent or in some years even 50 percent. Such is the price of political “compassion.”

    And …

    Whatever the good intentions behind minimum wage laws, what matters are the actual consequences. Many people have ideological, financial or political incentives to obfuscate the consequences.

    Labor unions are the biggest force behind attempts to raise the minimum wage, not only in the United States but in other countries around the world. That may seem strange, since most union members already earn more than the minimum wage. But the unions know what they are doing, even if too many gullible observers do not.

    Low-skill workers with correspondingly low wages compete in the labor market with higher skilled union members with correspondingly higher wages. Many kinds of work can be done by various mixtures of low-skilled workers and high-skilled workers.

    Minimum wage rates that are higher than what most low-skilled and inexperienced workers are worth simply price those workers out of the job markets, leaving more work for union members. All the unions have to do is camouflage what is happening by using rhetoric about “a living wage,” or “social justice” or whatever else will impress the gullible.

    Life was tough when all I could get were low-paying jobs. But it would have been a lot tougher if I couldn’t get any job at all. And a tough life made me go get some skills and knowledge

    .

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  193. @Reg Cæsar

    There are libertarians in New York City? I thought all five of them were in DC trying to lobby SCOTUS to overturn the state’s gun law. (Which all you anti-libertarians support.)

    Yes most of their think tanks are based in NYC and DC. They aren’t based in the heartland.

    Libertarian organizations live near swamp creatures and promote globalism.

    Maybe you should actually read about your own organizations like Cato, Chamber or Reason before commenting on us (ex) libertarians. Start with reading about how Reason is a fake magazine that is subsidized by the wealthy and doesn’t live on subscriptions.

    What are wimpy little tariffs going to do? We need a full-scale embargo like we had from 1949 to 1971. Better yet, an ex post facto embargo, making all Chinese-origin products contraband. Feds will come to the door to empty your cabinets.

    Going to some weird extreme to make what point?

    Saying tariffs are always bad is a religious belief. Milton Friedman is not a religious figure that we have to worship.

    Tariffs have been used successfully to not only protect industries but generate new ones through revenue raised from the tariff. That is not debatable.

    There is economic history and then there are the pseudo-religious beliefs of libertarians and free market conservatives that think some free market gods will get mad if we pass a tax or tariff on China. It’s really not much different than Indians believing that angering the gods will change the weather.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  194. @Showmethereal

    Every country manipulates its currency in some form.

    Do you even understand what fixing the currency means? We aren’t talking about lowering Fed rates or trying to keep inflation under control. Fixing the currency is nothing like what Western countries do to manage their currency.

    They are telling the market that this is the price even if the market says it isn’t. It’s like going to your grocery store and before you check out a mobster steps in and tells you that everything is actually 20% higher than what the market says.

    Most people would be pretty offended by such tactics and yet NYC libertarians like Kudlow flipped out when Trump actually (gasp) pushed back against them.

    And again the tariffs are not hurting China.

    Well China pushed back against Trump so they obviously weren’t harmless. But like I said that is only half the point. Tariffs are used to raise revenue for the source country and to boost or protect national industries. Other countries have used them successfully but our politicians have bought into “Free trade” evangelism while China laughs at us for being such suckers and bending over for their China First policies. Trump pushed through minimal America First policies with limited tariffs on China and both liberals and libertarians went after him. Liberals were offended by him putting America ahead of other countries and libertarians collectively had a meltdown from such blatant free market apostasy.

    China uses tariffs all the time against other countries but when Trump does it THATS BAD MMKAY.

    Libertarians decided that open borders are good and tariffs are bad. You can see in this thread that Rand/Freeman followers want you to believe in libertarian orthodoxy more than they want to explain it, especially in the context of what benefits our country.

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    , @Reg Cæsar
  195. As long as there are moneyed Jews and low-IQ mud people, the Demoncrap Party will endure. Does anyone here believe that bloviating piece of shit Steve Bannon when he says 50 percent of black bucks will be voting Recucklican going forth?

  196. @Justvisiting

    You are correct… In asia the robot replacement is even further along. Also of note though is that in developed nations fertility is below replacement… So there will be labor shortages for those jobs. In some cases that is already true – which is why there is migration. The biggest issue though is the changes in the social fabric as people become more and more detached from real life and the real world. Humans arent machines… It already isnt healthy mentally and emotionally for people and it will get more so if the trends continue.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  197. @John Johnson

    Yes I understand. And every country manipulates in one way or another. One action causes another reaction. Nobody is innocent so pointing fingers makes no difference.

    Name one industry in the US tbat has been protected since the Trump tariffs…. Just one. The US is a high wage country. Jobs were not going to return… And they didnt. In fact US farmers got hurt in the retaliation. So again name me ONE industry that has been protected. Made in Vietnam and made in Malaysia does not protect any US industry.

    As to what countries are allowed tariffs and not… Read the WTO rules. Developing countries are allowed higher average tariff rates than developed countries. You can disagree with the rule – but it was basically DC and London and Brussels that wrote all the rules.

  198. @Mevashir

    Ever try to start a business in France? I know people who have tried and gave up.

    The welfare state entry costs make it prohibitive to hire people, especially if your business has very tight margins. It’s a sclerotic approach.

  199. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    The USA is a crumbling shithole because it is run by raging corporate wokeists, diversity police, climate crazies, anti-white education bureaucrats, and closet socialist/communists totalitarians disguised as an enlightened ruling class. Or in the case of Bernie Sanders OUT of closet.

    The “rentier” who owns a couple of apartment buildings is NOT the problem.

    • Agree: Truth Vigilante
  200. @showmethereal

    Be careful about apples to oranges comparisons. The Japanese are a generally healthier homogenous population than that of the United States. Also, what levels of health care are available in Japan vs. the USA? You can have almost any procedure done or therapeutic taken here — what limitations are there? For example can you get CAR-T therapy in the Japan for refractory B-Cell Lymphoma? Or do you have to come to the USA?

    If governments run markets, and as a result fix prices, macroeconomic reality ensues: when you fix prices, shortages occur, as sure as night follows day. Part of the problem in the USA is consumers never SEE prices, and trying to find out prices is a gigantic chore. I had a CT scan done — I wanted to find out how much it cost, and what my insurance would cover, and it was a huge bureaucratic journey to find out where I could go and how much I would pay. Moreover, all the prices one DOES see for medical procedures here are pure distortion. Part of the problem is that Medicare sets prices for what it will pay, and then price distortions occur in the “private markets.” And insurance companies don’t serve as actual “insurers” — they are payments gatekeepers with all the inherent pricing friction THAT creates.

    In other words, comparing the price of one procedure in Osaka vs the same procedure in Houston is a vast oversimplification of what happens.

    Look, totally agree on the vast wasteful spending of the MIC. Assuming we can actually do that sort of cut, why not give the benefits to consumers and let them shop? But again, that would require pricing transparency.

    One final thought. You do NOT want to get sick in certain Euro countries. Even been to a hospital in France? I have, in a major city. The facilities, the people, the entire experience was very sub optimal and had things developed for the worse, it would have been back to the States.

    And you do not want to go to an emergency room, say, in Paris, in extremis, like Diana. It’s well know that had she had her accident in New York, Chicago, or LA, with world class EM, she probably would have survived.

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  201. @John Johnson

    Start with reading about how Reason is a fake magazine that is subsidized by the wealthy and doesn’t live on subscriptions.

    That is true of all politicaly-oriented magazines. Anyway, my subscription lapsed in the early ’80s, when it could still be taken seriously.

    Tariffs have been used successfully to not only protect industries but generate new ones through revenue raised from the tariff. That is not debatable.

    Then why were Southerners do dead-set against them? Debate them. Anyway, if a tariff is good, then an embargo can only be better. A blockade even more so, act-of-war or not. So why aren’t you proposing that? Afraid of nukes or something?

    Going to some weird extreme to make what point?

    It is anything but extreme, let alone “weird”. It was federal law for 22 years! Tear up the MFN treaty and treat them like the scumbucket Maoists they are. If buying from China is a crime, don’t tax it. Punish it.

    It would be so easy for an international coalition to blockade China– there is all sorts of territory blocking her from the open Pacific. She can burn Australian coal on the Silk Road instead.

    …that think some free market gods will get mad if we pass a tax or tariff on China.

    I didn’t propose a “tax or tariff” on the Chinx. I proposed a full-on embargo, which is more defensible than those. No product of slave labor should be permitted into the country. It should be seized and returned to the slave– on libertarian grounds. Just as abortion should be outlawed and punished, on libertarian grounds.

    It’s difficult to see what is constitutional about “constitutional carry.” But it is unquestionably libertarian. Go tell those voters and legislators why they’re wrong.

  202. @John Johnson

    They are telling the market that this is the price even if the market says it isn’t. It’s like going to your grocery store and before you check out a mobster steps in and tells you that everything is actually 20% higher than what the market says.

    That’s what William Jennings Bryan supported with his “bimetallism”. Silver and gold fluctuate like everything else; nothing in nature or culture guarantees 16:1.

    Wall Street shot him down.

    Trump pushed through minimal America First policies with limited tariffs on China…

    When a blockade would have worked much better. Of course, they could have retaliated with war. A Truman-era embargo would be a more moderate compromise. But that leaves the sticky question of whether all the Chinese goods on our shelves and in our homes will then be contraband.

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  203. @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    1) what does race and homogeny have to do with level of healthcare??? as to what is available – look and research… there are plenty of literature out there regarding the differences in healthcare. It is completely a myth that the US has the best healthcare system. That might be true for the richest people – but not for the overall majority.

    https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/chart-collection/quality-u-s-healthcare-system-compare-countries/#item-life-expectancy-september-2021-update-chart-1

    https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/newsletter-article/us-ranks-last-among-seven-countries-health-system-performance

    2) as to governments running healthcare… that all depends on the competence and the “heart” of the government. what you say about pricing is true – but whose fault is that??? that is my original point… Healthcare and higher education – and even the MIC are not for public good but are for profit. the healthcare costs in the US are VERY OVERINFLATED as you pointed out… The reason is to make health care companies rich. Nothing more or less. Many countries simply don’t allow that.

    3) Well I don’t know about France – but I have anecdotal evidence about Germany – UK and Canada in comparison to the US system. I have relatives in the UK and Canada and while the UK system is a shadow of itself – they prefer it to what they have seen in the US. Same with a cousin of mine in Canada who had to get surgery on his shoulder. Never paid a dollar out of his pocket. In terms of someone who doesn’t live in a country…. A relative of mine was working in Germany for 3 years… Got sick and got diagnosed and needed a bone marrow transplant. They got it – even though they weren’t even a permanent resident. Those are all anecdotes – but again you can measurably compare the systems and their outcomes. Americans believe a lot of myths and legends… Healthcare being one..

  204. @Bill Jones

    I can agree with that. How does McConnell and the Republicans help Americans? Where is the counter-balance to the lefts lunacy? Only a few Conservative politicians seem to care. The rest allow the administration to go on its merry way in destroying the country. No one wanted Biden even in the democrat primaries. Harris didn’t even stay in the running, so unpopular was she.

  205. A typically lying and stupid leftist forum, claimed that Tucker Carlson “railed” against a GOP Congressman, asking him why the U.S. should commit troops to Ukraine? He had him on the defensive but Carlson certainly did not “rail” against him. He stayed polite but asked the relevant questions the phony establishment media would never ask. Tucker was simply asking why the U.S> should get involved in another foreign war? He asked the Congressman, why don’t we put the troops on the southern border where they are needed. The “representative was embarrassed and hemmed and hawed some stupid answer which was not an answer at all. I finally thought that Carlson is serious about exposing these goons. It’s all up to the American public, no matter what party they belong to, to see how these two parties do nothing but get Americans killed. Useless in the extreme.

  206. @John Johnson

    John,

    I stopped “believing” in the “free market” b.s. right after I was laid off from a job as an industrial electrician, after being employed therefor 19+ years, with what I consider to be an exemplary work record. The last few years that I was there, I could “see the writing on the wall” and the lay-off was no surprise to me.

    Having worked in the Rockford, Illinois area my entire adult life and seeing that city turn into a veritable “industrial ghost town,” I knew that finding another comparable job would be difficult, which is what I did indeed experience after the lay-off. Rockford is STILL an industrial ghost town and no one there seems to give a damn about it. They are preoccupied with getting a (privately owned) casino in there, as if this will be an answer to all their problems, which it will NOT. I moved out of high-tax, crappy roads Illinois a few years ago and am now in northeast Tennessee. In three years time, I have saved over \$15,000 in real estate taxes alone.

    This entire “minimum wage argument” is a bunch of CRAP. Two of the most recent American industrial fatalities are Hershey’s Chocolate and Carrier Air Conditioning – both production facilities moved to Mexico. Their production facilities in the USA were very profitable but corporate figured that they could make MORE profit by shifting production to Mexico.

    Bottom line…there is more than enough money for a minimum wage increase and for paying living wages to ALL Americans. It’s just that the greedy bastards running these corporations want everything for themselves and their “stake-holders” and to Hell with the workers!

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  207. barr says:
    @onebornfree

    A lot of events affected by cancel culture would sure have survived had this adage taken into account .Now they kill the message in trying to kill the messengers and they throw the baby out with the bathwater .

  208. barr says:
    @Showmethereal

    “Even in modern times any Haiti ruler who doesn’t do what the US or French say end up toppled in a coup or murdered in an assassination” .Then they lament for the absence of great leaders and lecture them that Haiti or Congo Nigeria or Honduras doesn’t produce honest and capable leader. Americans buy it and blame it on the culture or IQ.

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  209. barr says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Wage should reflect the profit made by the company .It doesn’t . It has diverged widely since 1975. If market dictates the wage, the wages of the CEOs should also be dictated by the market . It doesn’t . Market is rigged .The business model of merger ,acquisition, hostile takeover and shedding of the jobs are built on rigging and using esoteric words about market efficiency ..
    Current capitalism is more like a feudalism . It is corrupt .Only blaming the minimum wage and leaving the entire edifice built on cronyism, insider trading,cheap and free money and government protection ,and tax cheating wont do any good .

  210. @barr

    You wrote:

    Wage should reflect the profit made by the company .It doesn’t .

    Why should that be ?

    I agree that any particular employee should be compensated in proportion to THEIR productivity but if you’re doing a set job at a set hourly rate and your INDIVIDUAL effort is no more and no less than what comparable workers in your field are producing, why should you get a higher wage just because your particular employer is more profitable than his competitors ?

    Has it occurred to you that said employer may be an outstanding entrepreneur that has pioneered a new technique or new technology (like Henry Ford did with his assembly line mass production of automobiles over 100 years ago), that has made his business wildly profitable ?

    If, for example, you’re a manufacturing company and you seek a skilled machinist and the prevailing wage for said skilled labour is \$50/hour then you must offer that rate of pay to attract that employee – whether you business is highly profitable or only marginally profitable.

    Of course, a business that is highly profitable will have more flexibility and may advertise for said machinist at \$60 per hour, thus hoping to attract a glut of applicants – that way it can choose the very best person for the job from perhaps a field of 100’s that my apply for it.

    Why would said extremely profitable business offer \$100/hour when only a few dollars per hour above the going rate would get them the best person ? That would be overkill.

    I don’t disagree with your comments about the remuneration of CEO’s which is way out of kilter with market forces. It’s not just their base wage which is too high but other performance based incentives like stock options that can see them pocket tens (and in some cases hundreds) of millions of dollars.
    It’s absolutely scandalous.

    As for this statement of yours:

    Current capitalism is more like a feudalism .

    … what we have now is NOT capitalism in many western countries but especially in the U.S.

    Some call it Crony Capitalism but it’s more accurate to call it Crony Corporatism – whereby the oligarchs that run the western financial system work in cahoots with government.
    Legislation is enacted that allows them to monopolise industries and/or tariffs and quotas are in place to protect them from foreign competitors and/or said industry is subsidised by the taxpayer and/or an enormous regulatory burden is imposed on new entrants to prevent them from getting any significant market share.

    This is NOT capitalism and is indeed a form of feudalism as you rightly point out.

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  211. @Truth Vigilante

    It’s not just their base wage which is too high but other performance based incentives like stock options that can see them pocket tens (and in some cases hundreds) of millions of dollars.

    The insanely high executive pay is a feature of any kleptocracy.

    A big company CEO must have zero conscience and must be able to (at least somewhat) con the public into believing they are a somewhat decent person. They must enthusiastically support bribing politicians. They must be ruthless at crushing internal corporate opposition and external corporate competitors. They must crush any resistance from workers and/or unions if they remain. They must be fanatical about offshoring facilities to minimize international taxes. They must be highly skilled at successfully blaming others for any mistakes they make.

    That means they need to be in the top one tenth of one percent of high performing sociopaths.

    The vast majority of capable people cannot live like that–they could not sleep at night.

    The “qualified” CEOs in the current evil environment are truly rare–supply and demand is what creates the crazy high price.

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  212. @Truth Vigilante

    Artificially increasing the wage does nothing positive in the long run. Prices rise to fund the salary increases and in short order the low end worker is right back where he was before. Everything he needs to survive goes up in price to eat up any increase he got. The gov’t likes this mechanism to fuel inflation to eat up all those freshly printed currency units and to get the votes from the low end of the market.

    That an economist can get this wrong is to be expected, since they are just people with fraudulent degrees. If you can’t prove it empirically, then it’s just an opinion and the opinion of an economist isn’t worth spit.

  213. @barr

    Speak of Honduras – Obama and Clinton backed a coup there and what happened??? floods of tens of thousands of Hondurans marching up through Mexico to cross the US border. The crazy thing is people are surprised. But that’s because most have no clue the role their government plays in the chaos in Honduras… That’s not even counting all the deported gang members from the US that literally turned Honduras (and El Salvador) in the highest murder rate in the world.

    But that’s for another time….

  214. @Justvisiting

    Free Market capitalism, gobbledegook for money power and the rule of the rich, selects for psychopaths, which is why, I would say, that Milton Friedman hissed that ‘Capitalism is good for the Jews’. Not ALL Jews, just the Jewish elites that he served. Israel is, after all, the second most unequal society in the OECD, even among the Jewish first-class citizens. The only worse state is the Zionazi colony, the USA.

  215. @barr

    It’s not just ‘like’ feudalism-it IS neo-feudalism.

  216. @Reg Cæsar

    Please, please, put an embargo on China, Reg. I’ll love watching the US Second Civil War break out as the serfs are robbed of all their cheap goods, and China happily finds other markets. Please, please-go ahead

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  217. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    I have seen different figures on how much of China’s exports go to the USA, ranging from 11% to 17%. That would mean maybe 4 to 7% of China’s GDP at the worst.

    So it looks like you are right. An embargo would cause far more pain to the US than to China.

  218. @Carlton Meyer

    True about the democrats, yet, they are in power.

  219. Anonymike says:

    Why is everyone talking about this or that segment of middle class or blue collar voters and how this or that candidate or party appeals the that segment or not.

    What we are talking about here is small shifts in the percentage within these demographics, which switch the outcome by two or three percent, though admittedly enough to switch a district or a state.

    Without the black block vote, always with pluralities in the high 80 percent, the Democratic Party wouldn’t exist as a force in national elections. When it was Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, or even the dud Walter Mondale, it all made sense. Some blacks are radical leftists. Most aren’t. Why are they voting for the party that is promoting the aims of the radical left?

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