Chained by Lies,
Here is the new introduction to a much-easier to-comprehend version of American history. War and Empire, The American Way of Life
Secretary of State Dean Acheson: “Thank God Korea came along.”
Though Acheson himself had declared that Korea was outside of America’s “defensive perimeter,” warhawks in Washington and on Wall Street declared that the civil war between Korean factions on the other side of the planet imperiled the “free world.” What actually was at risk was the new militarized superstate, and the tax guaranteed profits to the corporations embedded in the war economy. The war that followed left 3 million Koreans and 37,000 US soldiers dead, threatened China with nuclear destruction, leading the Chinese to deploy their own nukes in short order.
American Democracy, a Dead Man Walking, by Paul Craig Roberts, has an unusually frank quote from Vladimir Putin. Thanks Eleni.
"In the West, voters cannot change policies through elections, because the ruling elites control whoever is elected. Elections give the appearance of democracy, but voting does not change the policies that favor war and the elites. Therefore, the will of the people is impotent. People are experiencing that they and their votes have no influence on the conduct of affairs of the country. This makes them afraid, frusrated, and angry, a combination of emotions that is dangerous to the ruling elite, who in response organize the powers of the state against the people, while urging them with propaganda to support more wars."
Why a new Afghan Surge is a terrible idea (but not bad if you make war-money and control global resources, like heroin...)
We have low oil prices, since global workers are also the global market, and their wages have been getting cut in real terms for the past 15 years. The top 10% can't buy enough, and credit cards are maxed out.
An inevitable crisis of confidence will topple this global financial regime.
The Great Climate Silence: We are on the Edge of the Abyss, but we ignore it...
"Good luck, Mr. Macron, you will need it", Editorial from The Guardian UK
[My editorial is that this youngest ever French President was the architect in charge of the neoliberal austerity measures the French hated so much, yet is nearly impossible to personally hate. He speaks in gently glowing circles of platitude. He is a Rothschild banking scion, with all the right credentials, so presents a Rothschild-veto in anything the House of Rothschild finds to be against their interests. He beat French-Nationalist, Marine LePen 65% to 35%, though a clear majority of the French electorate support nationalist policies. The left-nationalists were cut out of the 2-way election, and the highest ever proportion of French voters (12%) responded by giving blank or damaged ballots. This was also the lowest turnout since 1974. Macron has no party, so no parliamentarians. Parliamentary voting in about 6 weeks will be fractious. No national consensus is expected to emerge, but to whatever degree it does, Rothschild has the veto, and a sweet young spokesman for their interests.]
Greece can never pay it's debts, so why not admit it? (The reason presented here is that banking deals extracted huge profits from Greece, and from the first bail-out, then transferred the inevitable losses onto European taxpayers, "while banks-were-saved", which makes politicians to blame, and they cannot accept the blame until their personal futures are as secure as their partners in finance.)