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How great a burden can even an unrivaled superpower carry before it buckles and breaks? We may be about to find out.

Rome was the superpower of its time, ruling for centuries almost the entirety of what was then called the civilized world.

Great Britain was a superpower of its day, but she bled, bankrupted and broke herself in the Thirty Years War of the West from 1914-1945.

By Winston Churchill’s death in 1965, the empire had vanished, and Britain was being invaded by a stream of migrants from its former colonies.

America was the real superpower of the 20th century and became sole claimant to that title with the collapse of the Soviet Union between 1989 and 1991, an event Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.”

Has America’s turn come? Is America breaking under the burdens it has lately assumed and is attempting to carry?

Today, at the presidential library of Richard Nixon, who ushered Mao’s China onto the world stage, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out a strategy of containment and confrontation of a China that is far more the equal of the USA than was the USSR.

Writes Hudson’s Institute’s Arthur Herman:

“In the 1960s, manufacturing made up 25% of U.S. gross domestic product. It’s barely 11% today. More than five million American manufacturing jobs have been lost since 2000.”

China controls the production of 97% of the antibiotics upon which the lives of millions of Americans depend. She provides critical components in the production chains of U.S. weapons systems.

Beijing commands more warships than the U.S. Navy and holds a trillion dollars in U.S. debt. Moscow never had this kind of hold on us.

Writes Herman: “Since 2000, America’s defense industry has shed more than 20,000 U.S.-based manufacturing companies. As the work those companies once did domestically has shifted overseas, much of it has gone to China. From rare-earth metals and permanent magnets to high-end electronic components and printed circuit boards, the Pentagon has slowly become dependent on Chinese industrial output. Asia produces 90% of the world’s circuit boards — more than half of them in China. The U.S. share of global circuit-board production has fallen to 5%.”

Decoupling from China and re-industrializing America would be an immense undertaking. But unless and until we do it, we remain vulnerable.

Another decades-long struggle, this time with China, like the Cold War that consumed so much of our attention and wealth from the 1940s to 1991, is not the only challenge America faces.

Through NATO, the U.S. is still the principal protector of almost 30 European nations. And despite Donald Trump’s promise to end our forever wars, 8,500 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, 5,000 in Iraq, hundreds in Syria, thousands more in Kuwait and Bahrain.

There are other huge new claims on America’s time, attention and resources. Some 145,000 Americans have perished in five months of the coronavirus pandemic, more U.S. dead than all the Americans soldiers lost in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

A thousand Americans are dying every day, a higher daily death toll than in World War II and the Civil War combined.

The U.S. economy has been thrust into something approaching a second Depression. The 2020 deficit runs into the trillions of dollars. Our national debt is now far larger than our GDP and soaring. Tens of millions are unemployed. And the shutdowns are beginning anew.

ORDER IT NOW

From the protests, riots, rampages and statue-smashing of the last two months, it is apparent that millions of Americans detest our history and heroes. Though nowhere in recorded time have 42 million people of African descent achieved the measures of freedom and prosperity they have in the USA, we are daily admonished that ours is a rotten and sick society whose every institution is shot through with “systemic racism.”

The racial divisions are almost as ugly as during the riots of the 1960s in Harlem, Watts, Newark and 100 cities that exploded after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

In the numbers of citizens now shot and killed every week, great American cities such as Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit and Chicago are looking more like Baghdad.

The Democratic Party is promising to take up the issue of racial reparations for our original sin of slavery. The first order of business, we are told, is ending inequality — of income, wealth, educational attainment and health care. The racial disparity in police arrests, prosecutions, incarcerations and school expulsions, must end.

But if the trillions we have spent to address these inequalities since the Great Society days have failed to make greater progress, why should we believe that we even know how to succeed, absent the imposition of a rigid socialist egalitarianism of results?

The Old Republic is facing a stress test unlike any it has known since the Union was threatened with dissolution in the Civil War.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. USA1943 says:

    Are we heading towards Balkanization? Secession? Or even Civil war, it seems far fetched, but it is getting so crazy, I mean Riots after the elections look probable, They are talking about confiscating guns, Packing the Supreme Court, Ending the Filibuster, open borders, defunding/abolishing the police. It is so bizarre, but doing something about it, would require fighting, are there even enough people in the USA up for a Fight? If China did something the equivalent to pearl Harbor, would there belong lines at Military recruiting stations the next day just like 1941? I doubt it, certainly the people tearing down Historical Statues, Refusing to stand for the flag and burning would not want to fight for the Good Ole USA.

  2. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    OK, for his dwindling fans, who want to believe that Mr. Buchanan is against Uncle Sam trying to run the world, why’s this

    Decoupling from China and re-industrializing America would be an immense undertaking. But unless and until we do it, we remain vulnerable.

    followed by this?

    Another decades-long struggle, this time with China, like the Cold War that consumed so much of our attention and wealth from the 1940s to 1991, is not the only challenge America faces.

    Which is it to be, improving our country, or another global bout with Eastasia instead of Eurasia? Maybe that’s why the column then jumps over to Establishment scare talk about a virus, and Team Red meat about race riots and “The Old Republic.”

    Standard Beltway cluck-clucking to ensure no meaningful change. “Mr. Paleoconservative”? No, Mr. Buchanan is Stagehand Right in the puppet show.

    • Thanks: Bill Jones
    • Replies: @John Achterhof
  3. But if the trillions we have spent to address these inequalities since the Great Society days have failed to make greater progress,….

    The Opposition exists to harrangue the government of the day into doing things the government itself would never get away with. The continual raising of new taxes for “needful causes” is an integral part of the disposession of the masses. That does not ever mean those monies are to be applied to the ‘problem’ used to justify those new taxes. It just means more taxes.
    Charity is another beast altogether and even more evil than direct taxation. That’s why the Yanks are so charitable towards countries none of them can find on a map.

    • Agree: Alternate History
  4. @USA1943

    There is no reason for Working Class White Boys to volunteer to fight and die for the dying country either. Why do they do it anyway? Money, Adventure, Travel, Education Benefits. But they’d be fools to do it out of Patriotism for a country that hates them.

    • Agree: anonymous1963
  5. The only way you could characterize the last 6 months as a “stress test” is if the overall system could come out of this with an evaluation of it’s fitness and still be able to confront real challenges of a similar scale. I hardly think we could do that. It’s like if your wife maxes out all of your credit cards, signs over the title of your car to her new boyfriend, gives your kids up for adoption, and moves to another state and then calls up 6 months later and calls the whole experience a stress test of your marriage. Well, at that point I really wouldn’t care at all if she thinks we have a good marriage.

    These are the death throes of the now completely defunct Republican party, which is offering nothing to the American public in the face of these existential crises other than maybe tweaking the capital gains tax next year. If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan don’t get gay married and open an S&M club in San Francisco because they are so pro-business it’s sassy, I will totally amazed. “Bake me a cake you filthy losers” is about all I have to say to them now.

    Cucked doesn’t even begin to describe how lame the Never Trump/Republican leadership has become. They have been thoroughly robbed of their manhood by a few thousand stoned anarchists in New York, Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle. It is truly hard to believe that this is the same country that once sent thousands upon thousands of young men to their deaths storming beaches in Normandy and the Pacific.

  6. The greatest challenge for the US is avoiding war with China. “Decoupling” and “re-industrializing America” are, as Pat Buchanan says, not easy. Furthermore, both countries need to create jobs and wealth for their peoples – but also export markets. The aims of national prosperity have them on course for war. This is not a new cold war: it’s worse. Today’s China “is far more the equal of the USA than was the USSR”. It is unwilling to abandon the strides it has made in the last forty years. Russia is weaker than its Soviet predecessor, yet has a massive nuclear arsenal. What it does not have today is a buffer zone, without which faces an existential threat in a war with NATO. History warns that when the core interests of nations (commercial or security) clash the outcome is war, in this case world war, unless those interests can be accommodated.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  7. @peter mcloughlin

    I think you have that backwards. The greatest challenge for CHINA is avoiding war with the bellicose USA.

    Where is the evidence that China wants a shooting war with the USA? There is none. China is beating our ass on the economic and trade front and the devious Trump Admin. can’t take it.

    So, SOS Pompeo plays the Big Bad Wolf, threatening to huff and puff and blow China’s house down. It is a sad, empty idle threat, and I think Pompeo knows it. He should have been fired at the same time that Trump jettisoned Bolton. How can one think that Trump is serious about ending the wars with this clown as his international spokesman?

  8. Realist says:

    How great a burden can even an unrivaled superpower carry before it buckles and breaks?

    The Deep State is about to destroy a once great civilization.

    • Agree: SeekerofthePresence
    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  9. Rurik says:
    @American Citizen 2.0

    It is truly hard to believe that this is the same country that once sent thousands upon thousands of young men to their deaths storming beaches in Normandy…

    “The Thirty Years War of the West from 1914-1945”, is what set this all in motion.

    Once they controlled the money (the Fed), they had the West by the balls, and then simply crushed those balls in a zio-vice, and ordered their respective vassal states to wage fratricidal wars of civilizational slaughter. Every French and German and British young man who perished in the trenches of the Somme, and every German and Russian man, women and child, who died in the fire-bombing campaigns and gulags, were *all* a great victory for the tribe.

    Amalek slaughtering Amelek!

    Such a deal!

    By Winston Churchill’s death in 1965, the empire had vanished, and Britain was being invaded by a stream of migrants from its former colonies.

    If you know how to read Pat Buchanan, he’s laying it all out for everyone to see.

    Rotherham was the inevitable result of Churchill’s epic treasons and unspeakable, civilizational betrayal (so his lard ass could get besotted on the best Scotch whisky every night).

    BLM was set in motion by Woodrow Wilson, when he handed the keys to the US Treasury, (and thereby our collective destiny) to Rothschild’s minions.

    America is only a couple of centuries old, but those people have been honing hatred, duplicity, treachery and tribal hegemony for thousands of years.

    Ben Franklin and others tried to warn us, but we were too stupid to listen. Now we’re reaping what the venal scum, (the Mitts and Ryans), have sown, and doomed this nation to depraved dissolution. Once they had the Fed, and controlled the money supply, it was all she wrote. Finding the Mitts and Marcos and Ryans to lick it off of Sheldon Adelson’$ floor, is the easy part.

    • Agree: follyofwar
    • Replies: @Amerimutt Golems
  10. GeeBee says:

    Through NATO, the U.S. is still the principal exploiter of almost 30 European nations.

    There you go Pat, I’ve fixed it for you…

    • Replies: @American Citizen 2.0
  11. GeeBee says:

    It is truly hard to believe that this is the same country that once sent thousands upon thousands of young men to their deaths storming beaches in Normandy and the Pacific.

    It’s extremely easy to imagine it is the same country. The only difference is that since Vietnam, it’s vile ‘regime change’ wars on behalf of the Financial International are more often carried out by proxy groups than by actual US military personnel (I don’t count American naval personnel sitting safely in their carrier groups launching missiles at civilians in Baghdad etc). It’s earlier ‘regime change’ wars (notably WWI and WWII) were different in their operation, but were deliberately started by the USA to the same ends.

    In either case, the wars create untold misery and deliberately cause the total re-structuring of both the USA itself and its benighted ‘allies’.

  12. Who cares? I don’t. I’m a white guy, it’s not like this is my country anyway. Why should I want to preserve it? So blacks can keep getting paid to destroy cities? So invading Latinos can have an intact country to inherit and then transform into a giant barrio? So transgenderqueerfagbaits can keep grooming little boys for their cult? So corrupt Anglo politicians and captains of industry can keep looting a gullible American public, while diddling underage girls with their Semitic pals like Epstein on the weekend?

    The US is a force of evil in the world and has been since the Zionists took over. I would love for this country to get curbstomped by China to be quite honest.

    • Agree: Neo-Socratic
  13. SafeNow says:


    Regarding how the U.S. is doing on the stress test, I couldn’t resist the metaphor. (That is Dr. Fauci, doing the MLB first pitch….about 25 feet outside)

    • Replies: @gsjackson
  14. Emslander says:
    @American Citizen 2.0

    These are the death throes of the now completely defunct Republican party, which is offering nothing to the American public in the face of these existential crises other than maybe tweaking the capital gains tax next year.

    Yes, the so called conservative answer to everything is some variation of a payoff. When European nationalists in the twenties saw that Bolshevism was undermining every norm an orderly society needs for existence, cultural nationalists rose up. Franco emphasized the Catholic nature of Spain. Hitler acted in favor of the German people. Neither of them gave a crap about economic ideology. Franco’s economic theories resembled the Mercantilists of the nineteenth century in the US and he never insisted on his theories being put into effect.

    Man does not live by bread alone. Bread alone won’t save this nation. Those who only want “theirs” can’t be counted on to risk their lives for “ours”.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @Curmudgeon
  15. @GeeBee

    Through NATO, U.S. soldiers have been enjoying camping trips in the Black Forest and Bavarian Alps for almost 30 years.

    There ya go GeeBee, I’ve fixed it for you too.

    • Replies: @anonymous1963
  16. @anonymous

    I read the second part as a critical comment on entrenched reality. I suppose that Pat is indeed a party loyalist, a cog within the two-party system. But I’m inclined to read him with some good will: while motives of ideology or loyalty are worth noting, whether or not a writer has interesting things to say – and comment on – is a better determinant as to whether a writer is worth reading. And Pat, especially in his wheelhouse of international relations, is often insightful.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  17. ruralguy says:

    Without an educated, civilized, and homogeneous population, there is no order to sustain this country. Like a Hurricane over land, it can only dissipate.

  18. @Rurik

    Rotherham was the inevitable result of Churchill’s epic treasons and unspeakable, civilizational betrayal (so his lard ass could get besotted on the best Scotch whisky every night).

    That’s too simplistic. France also imported third world immigrants but has never had Rotherham-scale scandals.

    British girls were and continue to be sacrificed because Pakistani and non-white votes are crucial in such places where the Labour Party has parliamintary seats. This kind of political corruption isn’t new in British politics. See rotten and pocket boroughs.

    Democrats in the United States do more or less the same thing because of minority votes as highlighted by P Buchanan above.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  19. @USA1943

    In the sense of implementing the right of secession, the Confederation successfully seceding, I wouldn’t call that Balkanization. PCR in his last few articles here has been writing historical revisionism on the Civil War, that it was not about slavery, A. Lincoln was the Stalin of his day, autocratic, and a fraudster as Stalin was not. (That’s not PCR’s comparison. I don’t think he mentions Stalin.)

    But why not go for trade isolationism? Adam Smith said international trade was essential for his country. He was right. But with the huge increases in population since his time, is that right today? His Britain of today has a larger population today than the total of Europe and America. Why is domestic trade not enough?

    If the USA put trade boycotts on every other country its manufacturing industry would recover in a flash, wouldn’t it?

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  20. Rurik says:
    @Emslander

    Those who only want “theirs” can’t be counted on to risk their lives for “ours”.

    but they can be counted on to risk our (and our children’s) lives for their$

  21. Rurik says:
    @Amerimutt Golems

    That’s too simplistic. France also imported third world immigrants but has never had Rotherham-scale scandals.

    So Muslim and African immigration isn’t a problem in France, just because it hasn’t reached the scale of Rotherham, *yet*?

    From everything I read, France is coming apart at the seams over immigration. Their society is being ripped apart, entire sections of Paris are shitholes of crime, but because their school girls aren’t being systematically gang raped by ‘refugees’ yet? It’s nothing to worry about?

    British girls were and continue to be sacrificed because Pakistani and non-white votes are crucial in such places where the Labour Party has parliamintary seats.

    bullshit

    that’s the same erroneous argument that Republicans always betray their white constituents because they’re courting the Hispanic and black vote.

    All bullshit. They’re not courting votes from the brown and black masses. No. What they’re courting is shekels and favorable media treatment from their ((masters)). Paul Ryan always knew the Hispanics weren’t going to become Republicans because Ryan betrayed his white constituents to court Hispanics and keep the borders open. He was licking shekels off of Adelson’s floor. That’s why he betrayed his constituents and this nations, because he was guaranteed a wealthy future by serving his Jewish masters. And those masters ALWAYS demand massive immigration into all white nations. Wherever they are, always. Jewish supremacists always demand massive and transformational non-white immigration into white nations, in order to destroy those nations. Duh! And just like with their wars and bankster bailouts and cultural sewage and fealty to Israel in all things, they always get what they want from corrupt, scumbag politicians.

    Did France destroy Libya out of French patriotism or their love of human rights? Or to serve as a murderous dog of Zion?

    And all of that was a direct consequence of France fighting on the wrong side of WWII.

    Paris under the Vichy administration was still French, and more or less safe and pleasant. Now entire sections of Paris (and I’ve seen it) and other French cities are shitholes of crime and immigrants and “refugees”. The rapes will come, that is a certainty. And they’re already happening, but largely unreported. In fact no one even knew about Rotherham, because the entire power structure carefully covered it all up. How many little towns in France are suffering the exact same problem, we don’t know. Do you think the “French” (((media))) or Macron would make a stink if there were thousands of French girls being systematically raped?

    It wasn’t just England who lost that war, it was Western civilization itself. Burned to the ground so that Israel could rise from the ashes of Christendom.

    And reign over the defeated West as its undisputed master.

    Didn’t France protect that murderous monster Ira Einhorn from justice?

    Isn’t France protecting now, even as I write this, another monster and child rapist Roman Polanski?

    A more slavishly subservient nation it’s hard to imagine.

    Democrats in the United States do more or less the same thing because of minority votes …

    Yes, the Democrats want more immigrants, because they always vote Democrat. But the Republicans all know the immigrants won’t vote Republican, but they vote for more immigrants anyways, because their Jewish masters order them to. And they know their masters will take care of them, when their own constituents finally

    realize they’re just another rotten traitorous shitball, and vote them out. Paul Ryan is doing very, very well for himself these days.

    Betraying your countrymen and your country over to their enemies, can be very lucrative indeed!

    • Thanks: Buck Ransom
  22. AWM says:

    We are in the midst of a Marxist revolution class war originally disguised as a race war set up by an international elite that has been supporting Communist infiltration for a century with every form of illegal activity known or unknown to man.
    Yet it’s all because of the Joos or White Supremacy or Donald J Trump or Conservatives or Xenophobia (take your pick, Trans Homo Islamo …) or Christianity or Aliens or some other such stupidity when everybody knows it is EVIL, which yes my dear atheists, does exist.

    Criminality never pays so well and without consequences as when it is accompanied by Communism.

  23. TG says:

    “But if the trillions we have spent to address these inequalities since the Great Society days have failed to make greater progress…”

    Um, yes and no.

    Let’s back up a bit. It’s the late 1960’s, and blacks are finally starting to be able to unionize and get decent pay. Almost immediately, they specifically were fired en masse and replaced with Mexican nationals because there ich didn’t want to lose that lovely cheap labor. And these recently immigrated Mexican nationals quickly hoovered up the lions share of the affirmative action subsidies that were intended for US blacks!

    https://www.nber.org/papers/w12518

    Single 1965, third world immigration has increased the population of the United States by about 100 million over what it would have been if the American people had been left alone (you have to count their US born descendants as well, of course). This created a vast competition for jobs, and soaked up all the money spent on anti-poverty programs like an infinite sponge.

    And then we shipped most of our manufacturing jobs overseas, and prevented non-billionaires from getting our from under a life of debt slavery by declaring bankruptcy, and invented fun things like “surprise medical billing,” and started spending trillions of endless pointless wars and sucking the life out of the domestic economy, and then there are the trillions spend on Wall Street bailouts and subsidies…

    So really, what we did to the black working class was cut their legs off at the knees with a chain saw, give them a bandaid, and then denigrate them when they fail to walk. Hey, all that money spent on bandaids, and it doesn’t work! The solution is to get rid of bandaids. Legs cut off at the knees? Not relevant.

    Oh sure, there are some upper middle class blacks that get some nice goodies – their kids get admitted to schools they are not qualified to enter, they get tuition breaks and special funding programs etc., but these are a tiny minority of a minority, paid to guard the left flank of the oligarchy. In exchange for refusing to talk about what’s really keeping the black (and increasingly, the white) working class down, upper middle class blacks get a nice office and free tuition for their kids at Yale. But the average blue-collar black? Not so much.

    • Agree: Marshal Marlow
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  24. What The US REALLY Wants From China

    • Thanks: follyofwar, Marshal Marlow
    • Replies: @follyofwar
  25. @Emslander

    Franco emphasized the Catholic nature of Spain. Hitler acted in favor of the German people. Neither of them gave a crap about economic ideology.

    The basis of the NSDAP philosophy was an economic system that meets the needs of the people, not the people meeting the needs of an economic system. Wherever it could, Germany traded commodity for commodity. The worker advisor committees in both Spain and Germany had teeth. Employers were not happy with the governments forcing them to listen and act on worker complaints. Both understood that it was international finance that was the problem, as did Mussolini in Italy. I’d say that is an economic ideology within a social policy.

  26. Anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Is USA the most racist country on earth?…the only one? NO black-s-population anywhere can NOT rival the level of success richness that blacks have achieved in America-the white west-…Ask any black that has visited asian countries the racism that they have experienced in countries like China,Japan and others outside the United States..China has remained a relatively close nation, without the historical experience Western democracies for openness, libertarian freedoms within culturally diverse societies. In fact China has sought iron rule over its ethnic minorities to emphasize Chinas security at the expense human rights. In spite of its …racist history BMWs – Black Middle Class Workers enjoyed economic status unprecedented in any other country during any other period. As well as many other racial-national-ethnic minorities that trough out time had become this amalgamation under the norm of American identity- which continous to be undermined by the absurdities of multiculturalism..and its poisonous effects evident upon the USA that has degenerated into chaos, anarchism, etc. I Can NOT conceive imagine a New Global Order without AMERICA at the TOP of the pyramid. For all its natural defects and because of all its historical virtues AMERICA is the best qualify power to rule over the world benightly. Europe had its chance already, and after colonialism, ost colonialism, fascism, bolshevim, socialism, nazism, two WWars, Europe is already exhausted. Asian societies remained close authoritarian regimes albeit economicaly rich. Latin America barely evolving into workable constitutional democracies so far stable. Muslismcountries reamined backward theocracies …the big enigma is Africa so rich with vast natural resources has chosen to hate its anglosaxon past. England left a legacy of industry, learning, goverment, within ENGLISH speaking common wealth ofnations. which Africa should embrace with mature pragmatism…this would benefit Africa competitivenes in the world instead of causing conficts. Russia never rivaled the USA culturally, eonomicaly, technology, et…that leaves AMERICA is the indispensable nation, to run the world as Rome once did. Rome tolerated different ethnicities, religions, languages, customs, aslong as they didnot encroach into others traditionsand specially if they did not challenge roman rule…the Latin Roman Empire …the wisdom of Greece and the dicipline of Rome….but todays BLM ANTIFA blue dem racial infernos remind me of the lines recited by Marlon Brando in the Waterfront…WE…AMERICA COULD BEEN A COTENDUM…the fitful republic.

  27. @Ann Nonny Mouse

    Adam Smith originally taught logic at the University of Glasgow, then obtained a professorship in moral philosophy, which also touched on the related fields of natural theology, ethics, jurisprudence and political economy. While he is called the father of economics, political economy is not purely economics. It recognizes that government decisions affect the economy, and there are ethics that need to be applied.
    Smith witnessed the end of the craft guilds, which were dismantled by the political class, in favour to the trade/merchant guilds. The craft guilds were primarily the backbone of the local economy, like small businesses were more recently. The trade/merchant guilds were the globalists of their day, primarily interested in foreign trade. Smith was friendly with many of these people. Also at play, during Smith’s life, were the Inclosure Acts which prevented the common people from using common/public spaces for their livelihood. These Acts caused self sustaining rural people to be driven to populated areas giving aid to the industrial revolution which required manpower to operate the mills. Finally, the Bank of England was only starting to exercise its influence by the time Smith was born, and throughout most of his life. I suspect he would not have been totally up to speed on its effect on the economy.
    It seems to me, what Smith faced and wrote about would not be applicable today. Importing cheap foreign labour would never have been in the cards, and the technological advances that have been made would, I suspect alter his view.

    • Thanks: Ann Nonny Mouse
  28. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Achterhof

    If he ever had an international wheelhouse, it was trade. Now, he drums up Team Red votes for the next Most Important Election Ever and whitewashes the Empire.

    Haven’t you noticed that his opposition to the Pompeo types is tactical, not principled? Mr. Buchanan serves the Establishment by first demonizing Uncle Sam’s targets as dictatorships, autocracies, etc., that push around the innocent NATO lambs and, somehow, threaten the American people.* Only then does he question the efficacy and costs — not the morality — of Washington’s warmongering and imperialism, while still parroting Beltway talking points. He’s the Right sash of the Overton window, through which “we” can only see bad guys, and never reflect on the death and destruction committed with our money and young people gullible enough to “serve.”

    —-

    * This faux dissident remains on the record endorsing the bipartisan narrative that “Putin’s Russia” hacked the 2016 election. Please tell me if I need to retrieve that yet again from this website’s archives.

  29. @Realist

    The question is no longer, “Who is John Galt?” but, “Who are the Deep State?”

    • Replies: @Realist
  30. @Priss Factor

    Kim Iverson, in addition to being pretty, is one sharp cookie. She saw through the corona scam early, advocating herd immunity instead of the nationwide lockdowns, which have played a large part bringing about the riots.

    As regards her excellent video on our China problem, all I can say is that it’s probably too late to save ourselves. Pompeo and Trump, or whoever the deep state democrats put forth if senile Biden wins, are clearly outmatched by the Chinese leadership, which doesn’t have to deal with silly and self-destructive national elections. In other words, just my opinion, we are royally PHUCKED by the Banksters.

    • Replies: @Marshal Marlow
  31. @follyofwar

    Chinese leadership is really interesting. Up until the early 2000’s it was dominated by people from engineering and scientific backgrounds. The last couple of generations of leadership have included more managerial and finance types though.

    Luckily there are few lawyers, so they’ve got that going for them.

  32. gsjackson says:
    @SafeNow

    Got to be the most pathetic first pitch in history, male or female. But it was more accurate than his epidemiological “analysis.” The catcher, Sean Doolittle, is a pain-in-the-ass outspoken lefty, who I’m sure lobbied for the privilege. Hope he, Fauci, and the Democrat Party partisan team owner were suitably embarrassed.

  33. BLM are a stalking horse for communist revolution.

    Interesting how they are so keen to traduce Christianity and the nuclear family. Christianity, because the communist utopia is atheist. Family, because communism wants to remold the individual in the image of the state.

    It will be a sad day when the ((Christian)) supporters of BLM find they are required to give up the Christian faith. What choice will they make?

    P.S. Only one player refused to kneel at the start of the ballgame. He said it was because he, as Christian, could only kneel or bow before God; and because BLM knock the Christian faith and family. He had the guts to stand up for Christian principle. The others folded like wet daisies. New Babylon, your credo is cowardice.

  34. My favorite example of American decline and hypocrisy was in 2011 when our government paid the communist Chinese to build a statute of Martin Luther King in Washington DC. I guess no black folks or even whites could build one. Let’s give Obama a salute for this one!

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8715823/Martin-Luther-King-memorial-made-in-China.html

  35. Mr Buchanan means of course the war on Russia (better yet, Eurasia), 1914-, where Britain bankrupted herself during just the first half, and the US is about to do so during the second half.

    But this is the problem – Buchanan pleads for sabotage of China, as the left pleads for sabotage of Russia – both being unfair competition, or cancerous capitalism.

    Honestly, who cares about China? Can’t 9 million square kilometers of land, with 330m (whatever IQ) people, not work only for their nation, and build something strong out of it, even in autarky mode?!

    This is the main problem with capitalists that I see – fair competition is all great, but most people, when pushed against the wall choose not to raise themselves, but lower others, as it seems the easier option.

    And going from the former to the latter requires reform – the kind an alcoholic goes through when they quit booze. America will need a big mental reset to build for itself, without forcing the expense on others, and it won’t get this reset from either the current right, or the current left.

  36. Realist says:
    @SeekerofthePresence

    The Deep State consists of the very wealthy who are greedy for more wealth and power. There are 607 billionaires in the US. There is no reason for the Deep State members to formally collude…they all know what needs to be done and how to do it. They use a relatively small amount of their money to place their minions in positions of power…heads of the movie industry, the media, the federal government, academia. From then on if the lessers in these groups want to keep their jobs/lives they will toe the line. It becomes self sustaining from tax money and the Deep State glories in more wealth and power. Here is an excellent example of the Deep State in action: The SCOTUS has passed down egregious decisions that abridge the First Amendment and show contempt for the concept of a 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 almost total influence in elections. By gaining control of the SCOTUS the Deep State is able to further their goals.

    Another take on the Deep State:
    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/11/14/understanding-the-deep-states-propaganda/

    • Thanks: SeekerofthePresence
  37. KenH says:

    Great Britain was a superpower of its day, but she bled, bankrupted and broke herself in the Thirty Years War of the West from 1914-1945.

    The real lesson is that had we supported Germany in WWII none of this would be happening. The Soviet Union would have been smashed and with it the foul Judeo-Marxist ideology and thinking which now has mutated into a virulent anti-white strain, infiltrated all of our major institutions and has the West by the nape of its neck.

    A German victory would have seriously weakened the Comintern and enabled American rightists and patriots like Joseph McCarthy to successfully wage war against Jewish communist infiltrators and traitors in America.

    The rioting, looting, lawlessness, hatred and iconoclasm that we’ve been treated to since the end of May is the same communist terror and savagery that ordinary Germans had to endure and which the brownshirts arose to combat. But too many ignorant Americans and white people cling to the false historical narrative that the brownshirts arose in a vacuum to terrorize Jews and ordinary Germans who didn’t support National Socialism.

    You’re never going to defeat the Jewish led radical left with tax cuts, job, jobs, jobs, cucking, low black unemployment or acceding to the iconoclasm of great Western men and confederate generals. You have to fight terror with terror and the left needs to be destroyed root and branch since that is what they are seeking for our side.

  38. anon[241] • Disclaimer says:

    Rome was the superpower of its time, ruling for centuries almost the entirety of what was then called the civilized world.

    What was then called the civilized world by the Romans themselves. Persia and China, for example, had highly developed civilizations at the time of the Roman Empire

  39. ”The test is plain – we will sink or swim together. The new global Chinese order will follow the rules the Americans drew up for themselves. What counts is that the “golden billion” of the world’s population alone will prosper; the remaining 4 billion are expendable. Unlike the United States, to say nothing of the Russians or Jews, China has this billion already. All of us are expendable in this wicked colonial system of distribution of resources.”

    ”Proposals:

    1. All efforts, including from the elite of international finance, should be made to stop the war.

    2. Russia should become the real leader of the new process. (It has already become it but not yet aware of the fact.) The West and Israel need a strategic alliance with the Muslim world more than anything else, and this alliance is possible only through Russia. Only Russia in an alliance with the Muslim world can keep China in check without conflicts, helping it find its new place in the world as another super-power.

    3. Leaders of Russia, America, Israel, Europe, Iran, India, and international financial capitals must initiate a dialogue over leaving this crisis behind and preventing events like those which swept America on September 11.

    A time of change is upon us, and it’s futile to wish we were living in some other era. We have to change ourselves and change the world…”

    {emphasis is mine}

    (Translated by A. Ignatkin)
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    #14
    Novaya Gazeta
    No. 75
    October 2001
    THE THIRD FORCE OF WORLD WAR III
    Is China behind all that has been happening?
    Author: Viktor Minin

    http://www.russialist.org/archives/5497-14.php

  40. @American Citizen 2.0

    Why do you think it’s the responsibility of Republican politicians to use magic to take over cities that elected Democrats. The riots and extra crime occur in Democrat cities only and that’s because Democrat politicians enjoy them. When graffiti appears on their homes, they think that triviality is a riot and do take action.

    Because they’re weakening police protection, they will eventually feel political pressure form black crime victims but that’s something that takes time. It’s nothing urgent. [email protected]

    • Replies: @American Citizen 2.0
  41. Miro23 says:

    The Old Republic is facing a stress test unlike any it has known since the Union was threatened with dissolution in the Civil War.

    Except that no one really cares enough to do anything. So it’s not really a stress test to find weakness and fix the problems. It’s more a continuum of decline experienced by an apathetic and atomized population. They had a momentary idea in 2016 that voting for Donald Trump was all the effort required to Make America Great Again – but that didn’t work out.

    So if there’s no organization or will to change, the ZioGlob MSM power structure continues on course. Whites are further demonized and excluded, riots are sanctioned and every last dollar is looted by the elite until the average Anglo is destitute.

    Elites live extremely well even in the poorest countries.

  42. American Citizen 2.0 [AKA "American Citizen 3.0"] says:
    @Donald A Thomson

    Most cities don’t even charge bail anymore. People get arrested 100 times or more with no consequences.

  43. Anonymous[242] • Disclaimer says:
    @TG

    refusing to talk about what’s really keeping the black (and increasingly, the white) working class down

    When I saw all of those White 20-somethings and White 30-somethings join in with Blacks not only in the protests but in the mass arson and looting, I knew, right then and there, that this was something different from the past.

    Here’s what stood out for me: the Whites and Blacks were completely intermingled, in a way not usually seen in normal circumstances. You would expect there would be some informal self-segregation in the marches and riots.

    As in, groups of mostly Black working class, with few white faces, and vice versa. Instead, what we saw was just masses of people going around chanting, screaming, and yes looting, smashing and burning and not even conscious of the race of whoever was beside them.

    If memory serves, I saw footage of a department store in a strip mall being ransacked. The sequence was: Couple of black dudes, one smashes in the glass with a lead pipe. They go in, two white dudes dive right in, followed by a young white couple, then 3 black men and a black female, two black men and their white buddy, two white males and white female, more blacks . . . . it just went on and on, a godawful mess. I’d bet most people reading this saw similar scenes in the news.

    There were at least as many whites as blacks in that turmoil, and the whites did not look like all Antifa either. IMHO, it all looked like a revolt of the “Bottom 80%” of society.

    My impression was that they all, White and Black, had this unspoken agreement that the enemy was the “the Establishment” and “the Rich”, and race, while not forgotten, would be firmly set aside.

    Basically, as clear a declaration of Class Warfare as you could have in the United States.

    That it has finally and irreversibly come to this – should make everyone shudder.

    • Replies: @Marshal Marlow
  44. Bill H says:

    “the U.S. is still the principal protector of almost 30 European nations.” Protecting them from what?

    • Replies: @anonymous1963
  45. TGD says:

    Joe Biden has just put forth a $700 billion “buy American” campaign gimmick.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/09/joe-biden-buy-american-proposal-economic-platform

    But how can we “buy American” when the USA doesn’t make a lot of stuff anymore?

  46. Goddard says:

    … for our original sin of slavery.

    Slavery isn’t America’s original sin. It’s our Achilles’ heel.

    • Replies: @anonymous1963
  47. @American Citizen 2.0

    I Had a second cousin in the US army. He was stationed in Germany “defending” it. He often talks of the wonderful times he had there. Skiing in the mountains, attractive women, great beer. He clearly had the time of his life there. He has often said so himself. Just about the only thing he didn’t do in Germany was defend it.

    There are still about 43,000 US military personnel there. Even the British dissolved the BAOR.

  48. @Goddard

    I would say it was a terrible mistake. Motivated by profits for a few and no long term thinking of consequences.

  49. @Bill H

    Certainly not protecting them from the only TRUE threat they face. The Tsunami of black and brown invaders from the south and the camp of the saints.

  50. @Anonymous

    My impression was that they all, White and Black, had this unspoken agreement that the enemy was the “the Establishment” and “the Rich”, and race, while not forgotten, would be firmly set aside.

    I agree. All that’s needed is for someone to come along who can enunciate a political and economic theory that unites them. That person won’t be from either of the two parties (which are just two sides of the same coin).

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