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The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun

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By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun

 

This supporter of the Ukraine joining the EU has received her reward: a 50% cut in her pension.

This supporter of the Ukraine joining the EU has received her reward: a 50% cut in her pension.

 

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.

Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.

The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF austerity plan.

The austerity plan will cut social services, funds for education, layoff government workers, devalue the currency, thus raising the prices of imports which include Russian gas, thus electricity, and open Ukrainian assets to takeover by Western corporations.

Ukraine’s agriculture lands will pass into the hands of American agribusiness.

One part of the Washington/EU plan for Ukraine, or that part of Ukraine that doesn’t defect to Russia, has succeeded. What remains of the country will be thoroughly looted by the West.

The other part hasn’t worked as well. Washington’s Ukrainian stooges lost control of the protests to organized and armed ultra-nationalists. These groups, whose roots go back to those who fought for Hitler during World War 2, engaged in words and deeds that sent southern and eastern Ukraine clamoring to be returned to Russia where they resided prior to the 1950s when the Soviet communist party stuck them into Ukraine.

At this time of writing it looks like Crimea has seceded from Ukraine. Washington and its NATO puppets can do nothing but bluster and threaten sanctions. The White House Fool has demonstrated the impotence of the “US sole superpower” by issuing sanctions against unknown persons, whoever they are, responsible for returning Crimea to Russia, where it existed for about 200 years before, according to Solzhenitsyn, a drunk Khrushchev of Ukrainian ethnicity moved southern and eastern Russian provinces into Ukraine. Having observed the events in western Ukraine, those Russian provinces want to go back home where they belong, just as South Ossetia wanted nothing to do with Georgia.

Washington’s stooges in Kiev can do nothing about Crimea except bluster. Under the Russian-Ukraine agreement, Russia is permitted 25,000 troops in Crimea. The US/EU media’s deploring of a “Russian invasion of 16,000 troops” is either total ignorance or complicity in Washington’s lies. Obviously, the US/EU media is corrupt. Only a fool would rely on their reports. Any media that would believe anything Washington says after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney sent Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN to peddle the regime’s lies about “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,” which the weapons inspectors had told the White House did not exist, is clearly a collection of bought-and-paid for whores.

In the former Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, Putin’s low-key approach to the strategic threat that Washington has brought to Russia has given Washington a chance to hold on to a major industrial complex that serves the Russian economy and military. The people themselves in eastern Ukraine are in the streets demanding separation from the unelected government that Washington’s coup has imposed in Kiev. Washington, realizing that its incompetence has lost Crimea, had its Kiev stooges appoint Ukrainian oligarchs, against whom the Maiden protests were partly directed, to governing positions in eastern Ukraine cities. These oligarchs have their own private militias in addition to the police and any Ukrainian military units that are still functioning. The leaders of the protesting Russians are being arrested and disappeared. Washington and its EU puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore, Washington is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.

This is a dilemma for Putin. His low-key approach has allowed Washington to seize the initiative in eastern Ukraine. The oligarchs Taruta and Kolomoyskiy have been put in power in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk, and are carrying out arrests of Russians and committing unspeakable crimes, but you will never hear of it from the US presstitutes. Washington’s strategy is to arrest and deep-six the leaders of the secessionists so that there no authorities to request Putin’s intervention.

If Putin has drones, he has the option of taking out Taruta and Kolomoyskiy. If Putin lets Washington retain the Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, he will have demonstrated a weakness that Washington will exploit. Washington will exploit the weakness to the point that Washington forces Putin to war.

The war will be nuclear.

Reprinted with permission from www.paulcraigroberts.org

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About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.
 

Ron Paul Rewind: Questions US Meddling in Ukraine…in 2004!

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Ron Paul Rewind: Questions US Meddling in Ukraine…in 2004!

 

Ron Paul questions US Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft on US meddling in Ukraine back in December 7, 2004. Rep. Paul presents the Ambassador with evidence at the time that the US was deeply involved in internal Ukrainian affairs by openly funding NGOs affiliated with certain presidential candidates. He suggests that an audit be made of all US aid to Ukraine.

 

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Achilles Heel?

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Achilles Heel?

 

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WASHINGTON DC | President Obama’s pledge to forge huge free trade deals may conflict with his party loyalties. Furthermore, the way these trade deals work virtually guarantees that the president will negotiate them without Congressional oversight. The Constitution gives Congress the authority to properly regulate trade with foreign nations. But several Congress members have complained they’re being kept in the dark.

The New York Times reports that Obama wants to finalize the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in greater Asia. But that’s not all. The president also is pursuing a U.S.-European Union trade agreement supported by NATO, the Brookings Institution, Bilderberg Group members and other globalist jet-setters.

These two trade pacts cover an enormous part of the world’s population and GDP. Together, they make NAFTA look like chump change. But, like NAFTA, they threaten to further pillage national economies and create more poverty while the world’s top elite reap most of the rewards.

But beyond negotiating these deals without Congress, the president is getting his pants caught on a nail regarding party politics. It seems these trade deals conflict with Obama’s more immediate political goal of maintaining unity among fellow Democrats. Many Democrats believe that these free trade agreements will harm the economy and destroy Democratic Party efforts to enhance income equality.

Furthermore, Democrats fear a backlash from these trade deals in midterm House and Senate elections.

Free trade agreements typically are put into force with strong Republican backing. Democrats have the honor of saying their party is less to blame for inflicting these trade deals on the nation. After over 10 years of NAFTA, the hand writing is on the wall that these trade deals spell bad news for the manufacturing sector and the middle class.

If the president wants to save face with his party and the American people, he’s in a tough position. Given high employment and several other problems during the Great Recession, this is one case in which party politics and constitutional considerations could combine to slow down the pace of these trade deals.

That would buy precious time for Congress and the American people to lay the groundwork for the possible defeat of these and other trade deals.

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US put China-made parts in F-35 fighter program? (Yep)

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US put China-made parts in F-35 fighter program? (Yep)

 

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This seems, unwise.

I wonder if the the folks who gave the waiver to the defense contractors to keep the F-35 program close(er) to on schedule have ever perused Unrestricted Warfare, a book written in the late 1990s by a couple of mid-level officers in the Chinese Army.  In it the authors argue for the use of a myriad of unconventional warfare forms, one of which, if I remember correctly, was implanting components in enemy technologies which could be “turned on” when needed.*

Putting Chinese components in the American fighter and weapons platform created in large part to counter the Chinese doesn’t make much sense to me.

(From CNBC.com)
 
“It was a pretty big deal and an unusual situation because there’s a prohibition on doing defense work in China, even if it’s inadvertent,” said Frank Kenlon, who recently retired as a senior Pentagon procurement official and now teaches at American University. “I’d never seen this happen before.”
 
The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, is examining three such cases involving the F-35, the U.S. military’s next generation fighter, the documents show.

Click here for the article.

*The components of concern are said to have no programmable features. They are magnets.

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Nick Sorrentino
About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.
 
 

Their Propaganda….Our Propaganda

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Source: http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com

By Chris Rossini

Their Propaganda….Our Propaganda

 

The Guardian was able to get a hold of some paintings that were made by a North Korean propaganda artist, for the North Korean people. The paintings depict their “glorious neighbor” China.

Keep in mind, when you see these, that most North Koreans have never been to China:

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What a glorious place…a Heaven on Earth mixed with The Land of Oz.
 
Fortunately, here in the United States, we have freedom of the press, and it takes hard effort for that press to pull the wool over our eyes!
 
Americans are not so easily fooled:
 

 

Roupakiotis: Action Against Golden Dawn “On instructions from US & European Commission”

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By on 4.10.13

Roupakiotis: Action Against Golden Dawn “On instructions from US & European Commission”

 

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The case against the Golden Dawn party is becoming into a soap opera, and everyday we are discovering more and more puzzling information. One more hit came on Friday, and it is a MEGA Bomb! Speaking on SKAI television, former Minister of Justice A. Roupakiotis, and DIMAR MP (surprise, surprise), argued that the government received a command to take action against the Golden Dawn party from US officials and members at the European Commission! -He said this ON AIR – And he went a step further adding that there was even an attempt by the government to intervene in the work of the Greek justice system (in this particular case)! A shocking statement, but this also explains why the President of Judges and Prosecutors sent out a warning one day earlier to all concerned noting that the Greek justice system should be left alone to conduct its work, without the influence of the government and/or media.

     “Jewish American and Greek-American organizations were coming to Greece and pressuring (the government) about the Golden Dawn party. Clearly, this played a major role (in the action against them). Obviously the Prime Minister had to say something to them,” said Mr. Roupakiotis, referring to the statements of the Greek premier earlier in the week which reassured these organizations that he would crackdown on GD.
“On January 1, 2014 Greece assumes the presidency of the EU, and there was mounting pressure from the European Commission against the Golden Dawn party,” added Roupakiotis.

Some reports on Friday claimed that specific advisers to the government, and those who permitted Evangelos -The Large- Venizelos to hammer down on this party, is based on his own personal strategy. And if true, then can we safely assume that these forces have promised something to Venizelos? Because it is clear that the case against the Golden Dawn party (guilty or not) is poor and lacks the evidence needed.

Is this just a smokescreen? Is it another game by Venizelos to begin eliminating his political opponents in a ploy to save his own party -which incidentally is bankrupt? Or is it because the Golden Dawn party filed a lawsuit a day before the arrests calling on the Supreme Court to investigate PASOK?

Who knows? One thing is certain, Venizelos is the eyes and ears of the Troika in Greece, and a favorite in Brussels, and for the European Commission to come out and make such a demand, then surely they have promised him something because he materialized on it.

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DC is hurt by the government “shutdown.” The United States is better off.

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DC is hurt by the government “shutdown.” The United States is better off.

 

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Well, the sun came up again today in Charlottesville Virginia. Quite a lovely morning. The last warm rays of summer are shining down. The leaves are just beginning to change color. The goldenrod is in full bloom as we await the first frost of the Fall season. It’s nice.

But 90 miles to the north we are told the world is ending. The government has shut down. Didn’t we notice? Aren’t we concerned. How will life go on?

Apparently the American people can’t walk on the National Mall without government employees helping them. This is just as our founders envisioned.

Apparently the American people can’t walk on the National Mall without government employees helping them. This is just as our founders envisioned.

I barely noticed. I am not concerned. Life will go on just fine.

First the government hasn’t “shut down.” The Navy didn’t just pull over the USS Eisenhower and give everyone leave. The government is still “open,” it’s just working at a reduced capacity. And I am just fine with that. Much of America is just fine with that.

Only “essential” federal workers are reporting to work, less than 10% of the governmental workforce. This begs the question, why do we pay for the other 90%? Is the US government really 90% fat?

That’s probably about right.

Since World War I, and it should also be noted the advent of the Federal Reserve system, the government has grown ever larger. In 1900 the government constituted less than 7% of the US economy (perhaps the tail end of most productive period ever for this country) now it is at around 40%. The government is an ever growing blob of red tape and waste. It takes from the productive part of the economy and feeds its insatiable appetite. Leviathan is never satisfied. It will eat until it consumes everything.

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This is why I, and many other Americans shrug when we hear that the government has “shut down.”

Here’s a compromise, keep things going at the current “shutdown” levels and let everyone else go. Imagine a 90% reduction in the size of government. It would do wonders for our economy and would get us primed for the new and much more dynamic world ahead of us.

But what of the laid off federal workers? Wouldn’t that be a shock to the economic system?

Of course, but we could let them all go over the next 5 years in stages. Give them a nice severance and then send them out into the big wide world.

There is no doubt that life would get much harder for many government workers. But there are a lot of smart people working in government who would be more efficiently utilized in the private sector. Instead of doing the “meeting circuit” which any federal worker will tell you is often a big part of how they pass the time, these people could be out starting businesses and making the world a better place. Some of the best software people in the world work for the US government. Turn them loose on the marketplace. Amazing things will happen.

Many of these workers are relatively wealthy already. The average total compensation for a federal worker is over $120,000. They should have saved some. With a bit of severance there are worse employment situations to find oneself in.

But it is a harsher world outside the bosom of the Beltway than most government workers are used to. The mere thought that they could lose their job at all, under any circumstance is bewildering to many who exist within the federal worker bubble.

If you think I’m kidding I am not. I’ve known plenty of folks in government agencies, many of them fine upstanding people, who think they are entitled to a job courtesy of the taxpayer – for life. The whole bureaucratic part of the city (that is most of the city) operates under this assumption.

And that’s why there has been so much wailing this week. The bureaucracy, Leviathan, can not believe that it is being denied in any way. “How dare they “shut down” the government. I’ve got a BMW payment to make!”

That’s what all this nonsense is about. That and that most government workers know they have a good thing going and they can’t (really would just prefer not to) conceive of a world in which the cold winds of the marketplace ever buffit their federally fattened behinds. The wealthiest city in the US is Washington DC largely because of federal workers and federal contractors. These folks don’t want government reduced ever.  Heck they don’t even want Americans thinking about ending federal programs.

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The reason government workers don’t want America even thinking about Leviathan, about the writhing pulsing, growing, blob of red tape is because they know that America might just wake up and realize that for the most part she is much better off without Leviathan.

If America ever figures this out on a wide scale the Beltway party might be up. And no one ever wants a party to end.

Except the people paying for the party.

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Nick Sorrentino
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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

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My applause to Nick, well stated.  Enjoyed the same beautiful morning here in east TN.  I do find humor in the “shutdown”  catastrophe while others are crying.  With all of the people, working tirelessly as individuals or in groups, try to dismantle or at least downsize the beast, the beast has, even temporarily, accomplished this.  Amazing is the power of greed and ego in action when feasting on itself.  Now if we could just replace the “non-essential” 90% with nothing.

Dozens Killed By Freakishly Huge Hornets In China – And Now They Are Attacking People In The U.S. Too

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By Michael Snyder

 

Dozens Killed By Freakishly Huge Hornets In China – And Now They Are Attacking People In The U.S. Too

 

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The photo of an Asian giant hornet posted above was taken by blogger Kurt Bell, and as you can see, these Asian giant hornets are freakishly huge.  They are also extremely aggressive and they are not afraid to attack people at all.  And as you will read about below, getting stung by one of them is exceedingly painful.  If they only attacked humans once in a while, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.  Unfortunately, Asian giant hornets appear to be multiplying rapidly and they have killed dozens of people in China in recent months.  But most Americans are not going to get too concerned about a plague of giant hornets on the other side of the planet.  Well, what if I told you that Asian giant hornets are now spreading like wildfire in this country and attacking people all over the United States?  Would I have your attention then?  Because that is precisely what is happening.

The recent giant hornet attacks in China have made headlines all over the globe.  For example, the following is an excerpt from a recent article in the Guardian

Twenty-eight people have died and hundreds have been injured in a wave of attacks by giant hornets in central China, according to reports.

Victims described being chased for hundreds of meters by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times.

How would you like to be stung 200 times?
 
And when you get stung by one of these giant hornets, it is immensely painful and it can dissolve your skin

Being stung feels “like a hot nail through my leg,” as one entomologist put it, and their venom can dissolve skin. They’re fast, too, flying up to 25 miles per hour (41 kilometers an hour). They’re also the largest hornets on the planet, reaching 5.5 centimeters (2.2 inches).

You can’t outrun these hornets and they are unbelievably vicious.  Just check out what they do to other bees

The Asian giant hornet is the world’s largest hornet, and is a voracious predator that dines on mantises, bees and other large insects. It has a deservedly evil reputation for wiping out entire hives containing thousands of honeybees by biting off the bees’ heads and then stealing their honey and bee larvae. The hornets are capable of flying up to 62 miles (100 kilometers) in a single day at speeds of 25 mph (40 km/h).

Asian giant hornets are five times larger than regular honey bees, and they have absolutely huge jaws.  They work incredibly quickly and they can kill up to 40 honey bees in a single minute.

Perhaps this is one of the factors that is contributing to the massive decline in the honey bee population around the globe.

But much more frightening is what these giant hornets are now doing to humans.  Just check out the following example from a recent Quartz article

Here’s a chilling scene that Chen Changlin, an Ankang farmer, witnessed one evening a few days ago. As he harvested rice on evening, hornets swarmed a woman and child working nearby. When they reached Chen, they stung him for three minutes straight. Chen made it; the other two died. “The more you run, the more they want to chase you,” said another victim, whose kidneys were ravaged by the venom. When he was admitted to the hospital, his urine was the color of soy sauce.

Of course these giant predators no longer reside just in Asia.  Thanks to “free trade”, they are now also in Europe

That’s why bee populations in France, where Chinese hornets arrived via a Chinese pottery shipment in 2005, have already taken a hit. Since then, Chinese hornets have spread at a pace of up to 100 km (62 miles) a year. Within the last three years, they’ve invaded Spain, Portugal and Belgium; soon they’ll arrive in Italy and the UK, says the European Environment Agency.

And even though most Americans don’t realize this, they are also spreading all over the United States as well.

According to one very disturbing news report, there have been recent sightings of Asian giant hornets all over the United States…

A forum on DSLReports.com Need to kill Asian Hornets and comments on a BadSpiderBites.com Giant Hornet article includes reports of Asian Giant Hornets in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. One of the pictures from a contributor from Tennessee shows a European Hornet. Last Fall posters reported aggressive infestations in recent years. In Georgia a poster reports he doesn’t go a day without seeing one of the giant hornets. One poster reports the insects flying into lights at night, and an infestation in a chimney with about 200 hornets getting inside the house. Many posters scoff at the comments that the insects aren’t aggressive. Some posters report that the large hornets are not affected by wasp/hornet spray.

Over time, Asian giant hornets will greatly multiply in this country and will be found almost everywhere.

So not only are millions of Americans losing their good paying jobs to “free trade”, we are also getting the added bonus of an endless plague of human-killing giant hornets.

These giant hornets don’t just attack little kids and elderly people.  They will even attack full grown men.  For example, just check out what happened to one man in Virginia

I live in Richmond Virginia, & my parents live in King William Virginia. One day while visiting my folks, I was standing in their yard, talking to my mother with my arms crossed, when I heard what sounded like a rc airplane in a full on nosedive. I looked up just in time to see a humming bird sized hornet, identical to the picture of the Asian giant hornet, coming straight at me. It stung me on top of my ear & I have NEVER experienced such pain in my life, before, or since. The pain lasted for hours.
 
I am pierced & tattood all over, none of them hurt. This hurt. I cursed & cried like a little baby right in front of my mother. I am not allergic to bee or wasp stings, yet my entire face swelled up to extremely scary proportions. I have seen European hornets & cicada killers before. Nope, not it. Plus this thing was huge, & quite obviously, extremely aggressive, since I was doing NOTHING. Standing in the yard with my arms crossed. Not messing with a nest, not cutting grass, not doing jack. I have easily seen a dozen since that incident, & NO ONE will convince me they are not here. Yes it gets hot in VA, but NEVER over 100-105 degrees, so try again with the “It gets too hot here” B.S.. They ARE here.

Yes, they are here and now there is even a Facebook group dedicated to sharing spottings of Asian giant hornets in the United States.

What will you do when these vicious predators decide to take up residence in your neighborhood?

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth. His new thriller entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

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Are the Producers (in society) Losing to the Predators?

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Are the Producers (in society) Losing to the Predators?

 

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This is an article which should be read by anyone who understands the mission of Against Crony Capitalism.

What is a society to do as the population keeps getting older, when the economically “productive” people number fewer than the people who are retiring? This is the great question which is confronting this country and Europe right now. How can the 20th Century welfare state survive in the face of such an important demographic shift?

The answer is that it can not. We will go through hell coming to this understanding however.

(From Real Clear Markets)
 
Most Americans seem indifferent as to how they get ahead, whether by wealth creation or redistribution. The choice seems abstract. Fair enough. But for the country, the choice matters enormously. The appeal of the affluent society was that one group’s gains didn’t have to come at the expense of others’. The promise of economic growth was oversold, but it had the healthy effect of encouraging an expansive and inclusive vision of America.
 
What’s emerging today is more self-interested and self-destructive. The dilemma of a rich society is that its prospects can be undermined by its very abundance. Countries preoccupied with distributional wars are distracted from production.

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Nick Sorrentino
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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

US and Russia Reach Agreement on Syria Weapons — Can The US Stop Arming the Jihadists Now?

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Source: http://ronpaulinstitute.org

Written by Daniel McAdams

 

US and Russia Reach Agreement on Syria Weapons — Can The US Stop Arming the Jihadists Now?

 

Kerry-LavrovThe US and Russia yesterday reached what looks to be a solid agreement on how to proceed with the dismantling of the chemical weapons stores of the Syrian government as well as destruction of Syria’s production capabilities. Syria agreed to the Russian-proposed deal (with a little inspiration from US Secretary of State John Kerry) with the understanding that giving up its chemical weapons would avert a US military attack.

The agreement seems full enough of ambiguities regarding the consequences of less than full Syrian compliance to allow the US government some face-saving saber rattling about retaining the option to strike unilaterally, while being vague enough in defining what exactly constitutes non-compliance to make difficult a clear cut case for a UN Chapter 7 use of force resolution. In other words, seemingly win-win.

The process of identifying and destroying the Syrian cache of chemical weapons is supposed to be completed by next year, but adhering to such a timeline can be difficult. In 1997, the US promised to destroy its vast stores of chemical and biological weapons in ten years. Thirteen years later, the US retains some 2,611 tons of mustard gas and 524 tons of other chemical weapons, including sarin gas.

The US and Russian side have both indicated a new determination to bring the Syrian government and the insurgents fighting to overthrow it to a new round of talks in Geneva, optimistically by October. This is unlikely, however, as although the Russian side had managed to secure agreement to attend on the part of the Syrian government, with which it maintains cordial relations, the US has been completely unable to secure any agreement with the various insurgent factions it is supporting.

Western media and governments claimed that the armed Syrian rebellion started because the Syrian government fired on peaceful demonstrators. That has been proven false many times over, as it became clear that the Islamist extremist struggle against the secular Assad regime had been planned well in advance by forces outside Syria and had been armed from the start.

That Assad retains a level of popularity among the Syrian population — particularly the Christian minority that has come under attack by the insurgents — has been confirmed by polls and by the simple fact that two years into an insurgency heavily supported by outside powers he has managed to retain his position. If his government were as unpopular as was claimed, it would have been impossible to withstand the internal and external pressure.

The US/Russia agreement takes the WMD issue off the table for the US and its regime change allies in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and elsewhere. US action is required, it has been claimed, because the Syrian government’s chemical weapons stores are a threat to the region and beyond. Those are to be secured by the UN.

So by what justification does the United States continue to arm and train, in violation of international law, the insurgents that seek to overthrow the Syrian government?

The answer is that there is no justification, as should be obvious at this point. Will the media begin asking these questions? Don’t hold your breath, but there is a sense that a profound shift in the “unipolar moment” that has categorized the post-Cold War period has taken place. There is a sense that the tectonic plates of the existing world order have shifted slightly. History shows us that when a shift occurs, in plate tectonics and in world balance of power, the resulting earthquake can be sudden and profound.

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