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Vltchek writes: "The world is in turmoil. Like in the early 1940's, something tremendous is gaining shape, something irreversible."

Andre Vltchek. (photo: The Greanville Post)
Andre Vltchek. (photo: The Greanville Post)


The Empire Is Crumbling. That Is Why It Needs War

By Andre Vltchek, CounterPunch

27 December 14

 

ast night, in Beijing, I sat in a historic Szechuan restaurant with a friend who happens to be a Chinese diplomat. We exchanged some stories, ordered food, and then, suddenly, my throat felt dry and my eyes got misty.

I bowed and thanked her for the heartfelt offer China made to rescue Russia.

Just before leaving my hotel, I read the news on the RT:

“China’s foreign minister has pledged support to Russia as it faces an economic downturn due to sanctions and a drop in oil prices. Boosting trade in Yuan is a solution proposed by Beijing’s commerce minister.

‘Russia has the capability and the wisdom to overcome the existing hardship in the economic situation,’ Foreign Minister Wang Yi told journalists. China Daily reported Monday: ‘If the Russian side needs it, we will provide necessary assistance within our capacity.’”

By no means was I representing the Russian Federation here, in Beijing, nor was my friend representing China that night, at the dining table. It was an informal meeting attended by just a few friends, nothing more.

Not to mention that I am not really, ‘technically’ a Russian. Yes, I was born in Leningrad but almost my entire life I spent elsewhere… all over the world, to be precise. And in my veins, not that it really matters; it is also all confused… there circulates an explosive mixture of Russian, Chinese and European blood.

But lately, to be Russian, to me and to many others, is much more than just about blood. ‘I am a rebel; therefore I am Russian’, to paraphrase Albert Camus. Or: ‘I am Russian because I refuse to abandon the struggle.’

‘Ya Russkii!’ or ‘Cubano soy!’ It simply feels good, and makes one proud, and stronger.

The world is in turmoil. Like in the early 1940’s, something tremendous is gaining shape, something irreversible.

Almost all of us who have been analyzing the Empire fighting against the propaganda and nihilism it spreads, and its venomous tentacles extending to every corner of the globe, know that ‘appeasing’ Western imperialism is clearly impossible, as it is impractical, and even immoral.

Just as George W. Bush (clearly borrowing from fundamentalist Christian rhetoric), liked to say: “You are either with us or against us”. Countries are now evidently put on the spot: ‘they either accept the Western neo-colonialist doctrine’, or they get destroyed, one after another, as were Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.

No logic can help, no negotiations, no international mediation from the United Nations. The willingness to compromise is mocked. Appeals for simple human compassion do not move the rulers of the Empire even an inch.

It is clear that the Empire is preparing for the final assault. It will not back down. It will attack, destroy and annihilate. No idea when, but it will. And it will happen sooner rather than later, and with tremendous force.

Some would ask, why now? Why is there suddenly such a rush to fight the final battle for the total control over the planet?

The answer is very clear: for the first time disgust with the Empire is widespread, and worldwide. Many people are getting cured from blindness.

The mask of benevolence and rationality has been torn off by powerful media outlets based in the countries of Latin America, in Russia, China, Iran, but also in North America where the independent media is playing an increasingly important role. It is not even a matter of some elaborate ‘objectivity’, anymore. To get things right, it is enough to call fascism by its real name, as it is sufficient to identify mass murder perpetrated by the Empire on all continents!

The mask has fallen and what is now exposed is horrifying: the face of a monster, with blood and pus, a greedy grin and merciless fangs. It is a monster that is still in love with itself, unable to see its dreadfulness. It remains proud of its fundamental religious dogma, which it often doesn’t even see as ‘religious’. It dwells on self-righteousness, and at the same time, on its twisted market-fundamentalist faith that everything and everybody are for sale. It is a monster full of complexes – both those of superiority and inferiority.

It is not a happy monster and the people it produces are mostly miserable, lonely and scared. But it cannot change, it cannot back-up, it cannot let go. It would rather destroy its children and the world, than to admit that it went totally wrong, for years, decades and centuries.

Now many people have had enough, and some have even forgotten how to be scared! And the monster knows it, and it is actually scared itself, of those who are not scared of it.

The voices of the voiceless are now resonating louder and louder – we make sure that they are!

Except in the countries where the intellectuals and ‘elites’ have totally sold out, like in Indonesia or Malaysia, the horrendous deeds of the colonialism and neo-colonialism of Europe and North America, are finally being discussed, analyzed, and understood.

And the monster, the Empire, knows that it is the beginning of the end.

It cannot live as an equal. Therefore, it will fight its final battle. It will try to win. Or, it will try to destroy the world. Because life is not worth living for it, if it is not in full control; if its God is not in control, if it is not perceived as the enforcer of the divine manifesto.

When I visit a barbershop in Beirut or Amman, and am asked ‘where are you from?’ (It used to be a painfully confusing and complex question to answer, just a few years ago), I now simply reply: “Russia,” and people come and hug me and say, “Thank you.”

It is not because Russia is perfect. It is not perfect – as no country on Earth could or should be. But it is because it is standing once more against the Empire, and the Empire has brought so many horrors, so much humiliation, to so many people; to billions of people around the world… and to them, to so many of them, anyone who is standing against the Empire, is a hero. This I heard recently, first hand, from people in Eritrea, China, Russia, Palestine, Ecuador, Cuba, Venezuela, and South Africa, to name just a few places.

And that is why the Empire is now ‘in such a hurry’, unwilling to wait any longer, trying to provoke Russia, to bring it, metaphorically speaking, into yet another open epic battle, like the one that was fought in ancient times, on the thick ice, by Alexander Nevski.

The Empire is in too much of a rush, it is too scared to think, to understand, to remember, what every invader had to learned the hard way: Russia can be attacked and Russian people can be murdered by millions. There can be devastation and fire; there can be ruins, tears and graves, graves, graves… Mothers burying their sons, and sons returning back home, to only encounter ashes. But Russia cannot be defeated. When the survival of the world is at stake, Russia stands up, enormous, powerful and frightening. And it fights as no other nation can; it fights for humanity, not only for itself. And it wins.

When such a moment comes, there is only one possible way how to defeat Russia: it is to destroy the entire world.

Are you ready for that, Mr. Obama? Are you ready for it, corporate America and Europe? Are you ready for it, Pentecostal Christians, Televangelists and other morally defunct beings?

Think twice. One more step, and you will find yourself facing two enormous nations, and dozens of smaller ones, ready to fight for the survival of a mankind.

Your only strength is in your weapons of mass destruction, and therefore in spreading fear. And most of your arguments have no foundations in truth, only in deception and lies.

This year, I witnessed your deeds in Iraq, in Eritrea, China, Ukraine, all over Africa and the Middle East.

This year, somehow, it appears that you went too far, that the proverbial drop has had fallen on Earth.

Stop! And stop torturing this Earth. Do not provoke, do not trigger yet another world war!

Stop, or there will be a fight. And you will lose, or we will all lose, but you will lose no matter what, because this time, Russia and China, Venezuela and Cuba, and others and many others, will not back down, anymore, while others will join.

Despite all of its terror, propaganda and brainwashing called ‘education’, the Empire is well aware that it is losing its grip on global power. And it is horrified, because it does not know how else to live, except with a whip in its hand. Planet Earth realizes that the ruler is sinister, ruthless and degenerate – some people realize it clearly using logic, others just sense it, intuitively. If there was really a global democracy, the people of our planet would throw the existing power structure straight to the dogs. But there isn’t, there still isn’t! Just look at the toothless, constantly humiliated United Nations. Almost everywhere, voting has become nothing more than an act of sticking a piece of paper into a box, and not much more.

The year 2015 is approaching. During that year, it will become clear who is fighting for the survival of our human race, and who is on the side of oppression, of imperialism, and of the Empire.

Next year, more and more countries will get destabilized or attacked. Perhaps millions of people will get killed, as they get killed every year, but most likely, this time, many more will. The ‘opposition movements’ manufactured by the West, as well as various Christian groups and other right-wing religious factions, will continue standing firmly on the side of imperialist oppression and market fundamentalism. Conservative petite bourgeoisie in the West and in almost all ‘client states’ will be battling to uphold their privileges. Fascist family structures will continue intimidating children and young people, preventing them from thinking, from rebelling and from living.

The Empire has many allies, all over the world, but most of them are of an extremely sinister nature. But their closest allies are always ignorance, servility and fear.

While our revolutions, the true ones, as well as the resistance and battles for a better world, are always based on knowledge, and in summary are nothing else other than an act of love.

The fight ahead of us will be extremely tough; it will be an epic struggle, involving great nation states, as well as groups and movements.

As the grungy Russian bear is being battered and provoked into a military conflict, great Chinese dragons are determined to form a protective circle, and this time, are declaring indirectly but clearly that they will come to the rescue of weaker nations attacked by the West. As even The New York Times reported:

“Mr. Xi did not mention the United States by name but took an unmistakable jab at Washington, saying, ‘The growing trend toward a multi-polar world will not change’, a reference to the Chinese view that America’s post-Cold War role as the sole superpower is drawing to a close.”

The goal is to never allow Western imperialism and colonialism to take control over the planet again, as it mercilessly did at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th, at the cost of tens of millions of human lives.

After the centuries of plunder, rape and occupations, the West has no mandate to govern the world.

After constantly justifying and glorifying its terrible deeds, brainwashing our planet into believing that it actually brings progress and rationality to the savages (the rest of the planet), it cannot be trusted with ‘informing’ and ‘educating’ the people.

That is why we now have independent media, as well as powerful state-controlled media outlets based in the countries that are not willing to succumb to European and North American propaganda and indoctrination.

This media and education institutions should and will redraw the entire historical and contemporary narrative.

Some examples?

Instead of glorifying the wisdom of Founding Fathers of the United States, we should recall that North America was created on the unimaginable suffering of the indigenous people, on Christian bigotry and forced conversions, on genocide, and on theft of the land. And that it was not done by some new and extraterrestrial breed or race called ‘Americans’, but by the same European puritans and religious hordes that had already murdered for centuries, all over Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

‘New America’, both North and South, was predictably created on fear, violence and on theft.

We should recall the slaves who were brought in shackles from Africa. Most of them died when traversing the Ocean, women raped and humiliated, children raped and marked forever, men with their dignity taken away from them.

Women and young girls were then chained in the fields, becoming sexual toys for those ‘puritan’ white farmers. Men and children, at least those who survived, were made to work days and nights, until falling dead from exhaustion.

All this done under the shadow of the cross, progress, and ‘democracy’!

This is how America was built. This is the true story, the true narrative, of those ‘great beginnings of the land of free’!

And those theatres of Europe, cathedrals and churches, palaces and parks – all created from loot and genocides, colonialism and the Crusades, ‘military adventures’.

This is how the regime, how the Western establishment always functioned. Rape is love. Indoctrination is education and information. Fear is belief. Slavery is freedom!

Do we want this kind of world for several more decades, even centuries?

I am not asking Parisians, Londoners or New Yorkers. I am not asking corrupt businessmen in Jakarta or deranged preachers in Kinshasa, top military brass in Kigali or the murderous feudal lords in Guatemala.

No humanist, no compassionate human being wants this sort of shit!

And for the first time, people are not afraid to say it, or at least to hear it, or read it!

I am not afraid to write this. Are you scared to read it? I don’t think so.

The ‘peace’, we were told about again and again, is something that has to be achieved and upheld by all means.

But what kind of peace are we aiming at, and peace for whom?

The Empire want a ‘peace’ arrangement, in which countries like Cuba and Russia, Venezuela and China, just back down, give up, and surrender. That is not peace!

We are asked, ordered, to live peacefully in a world ruled by European and North American masters, as some slaves crawling in filth.

Are we expected to succumb to the one and only religious dogma on which this entire racist, imperialist and capitalist system is built?

What a prospect, what a peace!

To them, to the imperialist West, peace means only one thing: unopposed rule over the planet.

If one fights for his people, he is a terrorist, a bandit. Then, it is a war!

The Nazis called resistance fighters in Ukraine or France, ‘terrorists’.

The Israeli military calls Palestinian resistance by the same name.

The West calls any legitimate rebellion, ‘terrorist’. Even MRTA in Peru was a ‘terrorist group’; MIR resistance against Pinochet was ‘terrorist’. The mainly social movement in Lebanon – Hezbollah – is defined as ‘terrorist’, and so is the entire proud Eritrean state.

Shia Muslims are ‘terrorists’, because the West is supporting Sunni monsters in the Gulf.

Che Guevara was a terrorist, and so were Fidel and sub-commandant Marcos. So was Lumumba.

To the West, to its lackey regimes and NGO’s, true peace will come only if all natural resources were offered to the multi-national companies. All left-wing, Communist and socialist movements would be butchered, if Russia were to return to that humiliated and shapeless shit it was converted into, for a short time, under the sneaky and brutal alcoholic Boris Yeltsin, if China turned back to the Deng Xiaoping days of only providing cheap products, labor and almost no global fight against imperialism! If Venezuela was to supply crude and fuck its own people, as it used to, before the heroic revolution of Hugo Chavez, if Cuba sold its women and booze and cigars for a pittance, before its most dignified revolution took place!

‘Peace’ would be, if billions of miserably poor people were quietly and un-confrontationally dying in their slums, while the capitalists, preachers and landowners several neighborhoods further were enjoying their private clinics and private schools!

But such peace will never again be accepted!

To fight for a better world, and for the oppressed, is like writing a poem.

War is when you plunder and rape, when you murder in order to oppress, and to control others!

Peace can only be based on justice, on social justice especially; otherwise it is not peace.

Russia and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics fought for its survival on many occasions. Germans attacked it, then after the Revolution in 1917, the West Europeans and North Americans attacked, and then the Germans again. Tens of millions vanished defending the Motherland. Not one apology ever came from Washington or London!

China was forced open, humiliated, ransacked, including its capital city Beijing. Those who did it, the Brits and French, are now lecturing China about ‘human rights’ and ‘freedom’. It is truly grotesque!

Look at the other nations that are now standing up against Western imperialism!

Iran, colonized, destroyed when it took a socialist path, and then infected by a Suharto-style maniac, the Shah, later attacked by Iraq, after the West had armed Baghdad.

Latin America – was ruined by colonial and neo-colonial expeditions, for centuries, reduced to nothing by the ‘Monroe Doctrine’, with death squads trained in the US; trained how to kidnap and torture, and how to rape children in front of their parents.

Should we go on? Korea: tens of thousands of civilians were burned alive by US troops in tunnels. It was one of the most brutal wars in the history of mankind, aptly described by the most brilliant investigative journalist of the 20th century – Wilfred Burchett.

Indochina – 7 million were killed, bombed to death, or burned alive. Will we ever know how many? Vietnam is now an ally!

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Eritrea…

Yes, this is our alliance. Some 2 billion people who are living in the countries that were terrorized, brutalized, reduced to ashes, but that stood again and decided to fight, rather to live like slaves.

These are all imperfect countries, but countries peaceful to the core, countries that exist mainly in order to improve the lives of their men, women and children… and those all over the world.

And look at the other nations that are resisting Western attacks – Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea – ostracized, surviving countless terrorist attacks, subversions, propaganda, and destabilizing campaigns. And then, when they mobilize, ready to protect themselves, they are designated, and defined as ‘hermit states’ or ‘beastly dictatorships’!

Who forced them into a corner?

It is all twisted. Never again! Enough!

Do you hear that silence, after the US decided to ‘normalize’ its relationship with Cuba? We all know why there is such a terrible silence, don’t we? Because we realize that, based on the centuries of US involvement in Latin America, this will be part of a new destructive tactic, a new attack: that Cuba may now actually be facing the greatest danger in decades! We don’t know exactly what will happen, but we are somehow certain, that something very terrible will.

Is the West going to manufacture a ‘Cigar Opposition Movement’ in Cuba? Or is it going to be yet another color?

2015 will see many battles.

But the most important first step has just been made.

China made a great symbolic gesture: calmly, respectfully, but decisively. The message is clear: “You shall not be allowed to destroy others!” Not anymore.

The Empire is decomposing; it is sick, unsustainable.

But it is also toxic, and its illness is contagious. Its propaganda is mighty and its dogmas are violent.

Let us make sure that it goes away, crumbles, step by step, without destroying the world, without dragging it into WWIII.

Let us unite, individuals and nations, movements and parties. At least until the most dangerous period passes.

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+116 # Activista 2014-12-27 13:43
The tragedy is that USA totalitarianism is getting closer to China ... one party rule.
USA economy is based on militarism - to have markets/demand we have to make wars. We need American Spring here to save the World
 
 
+40 # chapdrum 2014-12-27 14:14
Right you are.
 
 
+38 # RLF 2014-12-27 16:35
Problem here is that the country will either fall right or left and now it is looking like the right wing fascists will win because of the ignorance of the general population. Not so sure I see many of the countries named above as heroes, though! Putin? Really!
 
 
+8 # Walter J Smith 2014-12-28 10:11
Well, expand your political horizons a little! The problem is, as you say, the country will fall.

It has been falling to the right since 1963. Since then, both US parties have been in a contest to see which one can continue getting elected while going farther to the right than the other.

As for those 'heroic' countries, well, the writer is plenty naive about them and their heroics.
 
 
+21 # sfintersect 2014-12-27 17:35
America does have a lot of work to do in order to become our best selves, but Andre Vltchek has greatly fictionalized what he sees as our villainous behavior by finger pointing and blame, without offering any constructive or cohesive solutions, or being able to differentiate the wild differences among differing groups in America by painting us all with one brush. He neglects to acknowledge anything that we have done right, while painting Russia and several other despotic countries as all spanking clean! Also, it’s easy for Vltchek to praise the Arab spring because he is ignorant about what has happened to freedom of speech, freedom of the press and far worse repression of women going on in Egypt and many other of his praised countries, including some of the ones his newly embraced Russia represses.
 
 
-6 # Caliban 2014-12-30 12:50
To sfintersect: Well said and entirely accurate. A writer who presents a complex world as a Manichean dualism between an evil (and crumbling?) US and European "Empire" and a noble rebel Russia and friends doesn't belong in serious discussions of world affairs.

Send Andre Vltchek back to drink more of his [Counter] "Punch"--or better--to quit slurping it down it and try studying reality for a while .
 
 
+14 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2014-12-27 18:04
One forgotten item. The rise of the dollar vs. other currencies. The dollar with brief interruptions, is on it's way for a steady rise and appears to be the case for quite some time. Remember the last time you filled up? A smile? Russia's income dependence on oil exports. Since the price of many commodities are internationally expressed in the dollar, particularly oil, Russia is having some severe budget problems. One way the capitalists have to fight Russia without boots on the ground at this time. Dropping commodity prices could lead to a war. Time will tell.
Regarding torture. I visited a local sandwich shop this afternoon. Asked a lady I know if she was aware of news reporting on those who tortured. Her reply,"I don't watch the news." I asked, "you are aware of reports of the U.S. torturing?" She, "Yes." I asked, "what is your opinion?" She, "I'm a military wife." Me, "torture is against the Constitution and international law." She, "we do a lot of things that are against the constitution." Me, "Washington and Eisenhauer did not use torture." She just smiled and walked away. My conclusion after speaking with several people in my neighborhood. Most are for torture and most others don't seem to care. American integrity. Hmmm?
 
 
+5 # Activista 2014-12-27 20:34
Last week, the national debt surpassed $18 trillion. That’s $124,000 for each American household or $56,378 per individual. It took the country 205 years to accumulate its first trillion dollars of debt in 1981, but has only taken us 403 days to accumulate our most recent trillion...
informationstation.org/
China holds like 8% of US debt ... and dumping dollar as soon as it can ... think that this is more manipulation of banks than real value ...
 
 
+7 # MidwesTom 2014-12-27 22:18
China is exactly dumping their dollars; they are using them to buy natural resources all over the world, and to buy major pieces of American companies. The Chinese own 25+% of many major 'nameplate' US companies. In Nigeria they bought ALL of the unleased acreage available, which is about 60% of the surface. The Chinese do spot develop a country, they rape it.
 
 
+13 # Activista 2014-12-27 23:34
The Chinese do spot develop a country, they rape it....
The same USA ... minus development ... Iraq, Libya ...
 
 
+6 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2014-12-27 22:24
An article appeared in WSJ sometime ago. Think it was called "Fifty Factors That Cause The dollar To Rise." One of the biggest factors in the mix is that the U.S.has not ever defaulted on its debt repayment. Those who buy our bonds, of course, know this. This fact certainly does not hurt the dollar's rise and encourages the buying of our debt instruments. .
 
 
+8 # Activista 2014-12-27 23:32
www.pogo.org/our-work/straus-military-reform-project/defense-budget/2014/americas-one-trillion-national-security-budget.html
Pentagon costs, taken together with other known national security expenses for 2015, will exceed $1 Trillion ...
....
Gadhafi's Gold-money Plan Would Have Devastated Dollar
www.thenewamerican.com/.../4630-gadhafi-s-gold-money-plan-would-h...
Nov 11, 2011 - According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi's plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed ... and the cost of war "protecting" dollar ... this is another bubble .. and crash is imminent .. why China is selling dollar?
 
 
+4 # Walter J Smith 2014-12-28 10:16
I remember fondly a wonderful lyric line: What goes up must come down....

The inflation of the Dollar and the whole US economy is but the latest Washington, DC -- Wall Street Cabal's economic bubble.

As with previous official economic bubbles, this one,too, shall pop.

China is showing an alarming newfound confidence. Only those not paying attention will ignore that.

Their purported mach 8 military aircraft may or may not be involved in that confidence boost.
 
 
+27 # Barbara K 2014-12-27 14:13
I just don't understand how destroying our country, its cities, infrastructure, buildings and work places and restaurants, and shopping centers, our homes, bridges, roads, etc., etc., would be good for us. It would be devastating for us, just look at the countries where they already had the Arab Spring, they are destroyed physically, and are definitely not better off. Just exchanged one tyrant for another tyrant.

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+50 # indian weaver 2014-12-27 14:45
You'll understand the world differently when you are tortured, and your family is dismembered and burned beyond recognition. When you are homeless and dying of freezing / exposure, starvation, violence and diseases and infections with no medical care ever again. That is what is happening. Face it. You have never yet experienced torture or extreme violence like billions have. No one wants this. This is how it goes. No reason. Never mind (literally). The "human condition" and why we are concomitantly destroying the entire planet - just the way it went this time around - a failure of the Gods' imaginations - an experiment in the universe that has spun out of anyone's or anything's control.
 
 
+8 # Barbara K 2014-12-27 16:48
So far, that isn't happening here unless someone causes it to happen here. We need to preserve this country for our future generations, not destroy it for political reasons.

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+18 # Activista 2014-12-27 20:53
... homeless and dying of freezing / exposure, starvation, violence and diseases and infections with no medical care ever again...
Where do you live Barbara? I see this all the time - now we have here solution - putting homeless people in prison -
U.S. Has World's Highest Incarceration Rate
www.prb.org/Articles/.../us-incarceration.as...
Population Reference Bureau
Clarification, Oct. 28, 2014: Imprisonment rate is the number of prisoners in state or federal custody sentenced to more than 1 year per 100,000 U.S. residents.... USA is VERY sick society ...
 
 
+2 # Cassandra2012 2014-12-28 15:48
You mean. like what the Nazis, Stalin, Pol Pot and Pinochet actually did.... to Jews. dissidents, opposing parties, women looking for their sons and daughters, et al.
You mean like the disgusting perverts of so-called ISIS, and Boko Haram actually have recently done , primarily to young girls, including those in Nigeria, but to young boys as well?
 
 
+8 # Activista 2014-12-27 20:46
I experienced Prague Spring - 1968 - first time I could travel to Vienna (1 hour trip), first time I could read samizdat without risking police arrest. Prague Spring was destroyed by Soviet Union military invasion (and USA did not lie "socialism with human face" either
Then there was velvet revolution - 1989 - with many negative economic issues, but peaceful.
Can no understand how anybody can think that this USA militaristic regime is sustainable - with the national debt $18 trillion ...
 
 
+33 # indian weaver 2014-12-27 14:35
Send copies to your congress people, local governments, friends. Send copies to the torturers and assassins themselves: Obama and his administration. Send copies to the GOP and Democratic National Committee and tell them this is why you can no longer vote for them or support them in any way (I did this several years ago, knowing the implosion / collapse of our country is near). I can understand why We The People would want to arm ourselves to the max. And I understand why the regime is arming local police with weapons of mass destruction. Violence is evitable, domestically and internationally , against the regime. Obama is setting the stage for revolution incrementally, daily, insidiously, purposely. I think Obama / dubya / Clinton / Reagan / bush sr. have alienated almost all countries and struck deep fear into the citizens of Europe (probably Australia and Canada too - We The People are the same worldwide). Some: Australia, Canada, Europe, still kiss Obama's ass. Not for long.
 
 
+2 # tedrey 2014-12-27 15:57
OOPS
 
 
+35 # tedrey 2014-12-27 15:57
Send copies out, anyway. It can't hurt if more people know how much of the rest of the world perceives America. And Vitchek gives a pretty accurate account of that.

I wish a lot of countries would get a statement out that says something like:

America, enough is enough! You already have the lion's share of the world's wealth, and are ceaselessly slurping up more. You are threatening every nation that doesn't fall in line, though not one of them is actually threatening you. You are insisting that every other nation change its politics and economics and cultural ways to suit yours.

Wake up, take a deep breath, and join in a world of equals that all have similar problems. Or your greedy and selfish insanity may precipitate a close to what hard-won civilization as man has so far managed to achieve.

Or something like that.
 
 
+53 # Floe 2014-12-27 14:49
What a brilliant essay! Thank you Andre Vltchek! Actually we need to do something totally "out of the box", something unexpected and that has never been done before. We wrong-foot them. We know they are skittish right now. They will huddle first before knowing what dastardly response to make, that's what they always do, because they need time to figure out how to exploit the situation. That time will be precious to us. We must sink their hubris to the floor, make them look impotent that they won't know what to do! Yes! We have got them by the short and curlies but we can have them by the balls.

Here are two simple suggestions that will knock their socks off.

1. Instead of protesting in the streets, a skirmish we cannot win, and putting peaceful people at risk, we simply get together and stop paying the banks and the government. We stop buying new stuff (we can still buy used and get along just fine). Yes we simply stop paying our mortgages, student loans, car loans, credit cards, the works! Imagine the fun that would be! Why must we suffer more? We make it good for ourselves but bad for "them".
 
 
+23 # tedrey 2014-12-27 15:36
If we all did that, it could have a wonderful effect. However I have my doubts about whether many of us will do so. I myself have never bought on credit, but not paying taxes scares me (or at least my wife, which comes to the same thing.)

What is your second simple suggestion? I really want their socks in the gutter.
 
 
+42 # Walter J Smith 2014-12-27 14:54
That is correct. The US may have already switched channels until there are no channels left for switching to.

The rhetoric that raped patriots, Vietnamese and US, in the Vietnam (and Laotian and Cambodian and Thai and Phillipine) war is spent. Only those so desperately poor and ill-educated they will become mercenaries will now go to battle.

Notice how many contract warriors are now in Iraq. There are even more spread around Africa.

He is also correct that the world is growing native resistance movements all around the planet. Notice the US Left didn't see much wrong in the Israeli-Palesti nian apartheid until the world rose up and yelled at the Israelinazis and the US nazis for funding them.

Both major parties in the US are still dominated by Israeli & Wall Street lobbyists. Those lobbyists are even writing our legislation, because we elect almost no one with enough intelligence to write anything.
 
 
+12 # anarchteacher 2014-12-27 14:57
"War is the health of the State" - Randolph Bourne

The State was born in aggression and imperial conquest and needs it to survive. The concept of the State is the greatest criminal conspiracy ever perpetuated upon humanity. All States originate in conquest and exploitation, and as elite oligarchies, continue to exercise this monopoly of crime over their subject peoples through war, taxation, conscription of people and resources, and indoctrination and propaganda.

A careful and reflective study of our hidden history can teach us much. In particular, it can teach us the enduring importance of freedom. Freedom has always been the genius of American civilization, indeed, of all civilization. It is time for each of us, as Americans and, more importantly, as human beings, to solemnly renew our civic religious legacy, and swear in our hearts with Thomas Jefferson, "eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

It is time for each of us to be in the vanguard of this worldwide renascence of human liberty in the second decade of the 21th Century, joining in solidarity with our brothers and sisters abroad in declaring war upon the State, all governments, as destroyers of rights and plunderers of the common heritage of humanity.
 
 
+9 # tedrey 2014-12-27 15:18
You deal well with the evils of the state, but ignore the concurrent necessity of some state. We are faced with a really, really bad state, and may have to work with some relatively inadequate states to contain it.
 
 
+4 # futhark 2014-12-27 22:52
Yet, strangely, many people who consider themselves progressives seem to put their faith for bettering the human condition in "The State".

Also, careful with the use of the word "liberty" on these boards. I used it a few days ago when I suggested The State may have recently perpetrated a hoax (incident at Sandy Hook Elementary) and was roundly condemned with a -25 rating and had my sanity questioned. Also interesting, when the concept that the Sandy Hook shootings was a hoax was raised on either Common Dreams or Nation of Change recently, the commenters generally expressed relief that no children had actually been killed. Not so here. RSN commenters seemed to have full faith that the government version of the Sandy Hook incident represents the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Anyone who wishes to explore the machinations of State and compliant media may wish to view this video on the crisis actors appearing as "witnesses" at Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon bombing under different names and different roles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mjh6UpOBKps

Or just Google "Adriana Victoria Muñoz" and find out what she has been up to.

Note: I am a retired public school teacher who has been outspoken on the subject of having schools be prepared for intrusions of armed gunmen. The only firearm I own is a .22 bolt action single shot rifle, last used 23 years ago to kill a rabid fox in my yard.
 
 
+1 # anarchteacher 2014-12-28 13:55
http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/12/21/boston-bombing-primer/

Boston Marathon Bombing: A Primer

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/11/04/monday-morning-skeptic-in-boston-bombing-fbi-fights-for-publics-right-to-know-nothing/

Monday Morning Skeptic: In Boston Bombing, FBI Fights for Public’s Right to Know . . . Nothing
 
 
+6 # bbaldwin2001 2014-12-27 15:07
This is all very depressing as I read it. It is frustrating to know that I can't do a darn thing about it.
 
 
-17 # indian weaver 2014-12-27 15:45
Everyone can do simple things for example: assassinate your congress person, for starters... It's that simple. Simple? Ready to die? You will be, and so will all of us when we are pushed far enough into poverty and suffering. When you are facing death, that is when you are ready to kill your attacker. That is the time to die, or fight. Time has come today for millions, but not just yet for you, or me.
 
 
+19 # RLF 2014-12-27 16:39
The government knows better than push people to the point of waking up! That's why we had a bank bailout. Imagine if everyone lost everything they had in the bank and their retirement and their SS. People would sure as hell wake up!
 
 
+2 # anarchteacher 2014-12-28 14:30
Which is precisely what happened in Weimar Germany in the 1920s during the hyper-inflation generated by the State's central bank. The impoverished German masses woke up and began supporting an Austrian rabble-rouser and his National Socialist German Workers Party who promised them hope, a return to national greatness, full employment, and cradle-to-grave health care.

These seminal elements of the National Socialist "People's Welfare" agenda are discussed in Michael Burleigh's authoritative study, The Third Reich: A New History, particularly in the chapter, "Faith, Hope, and Even a Little Charity Too."
 
 
+28 # Vardoz 2014-12-27 15:29
I email Obama everyday about the murders of innocent unarmed black citizens, how corporate rule will destroy the Earth, The horrible TPP, the outrageous cost of our military industrial complex and the destruction of the Earth. Left unchecked, industry, Wall St and corporations will destroy the planet because they don't care about people or the Earth. The 99% are considered useless trash. The protests about the murders by police are just the beginning. My husband was saying that is was the feeling that people had just before WW2- People have had enough abuse on all levels.
 
 
+4 # indian weaver 2014-12-27 15:47
No, people have not "yet" had enough abuse on all levels. When that "had enough" is reality, then the revolution is violently, obviously started.
 
 
+1 # fenox 2014-12-28 04:31
Quoting indian weaver:
No, people have not "yet" had enough abuse on all levels. When that "had enough" is reality, then the revolution is violently, obviously started.


And in no time they will answer with a military attack to avoid "chaos" and a nice epidemic illness to distract you. WMD stocks are huge in the US. Aids or Ebola on a large scale, imagine how quickly you all would ramp again!
 
 
+20 # Torvus 2014-12-27 15:40
PART 1. I'll try to keep this brief: Russia was once a country that by force stretched itself, as part of the USSR, from Vladivostok to East Germany. It murdered its Tsar and family. It took into its maw 'Stans who wanted freedom of religion, movement and speech: not allowed. It uprooted whole villages and peoples and moved them elsewhere. It murdered a whole class of people. It encouraged Russian 'settlers' in place of those it displaced, eg the Baltic nations, where this still causes problems. It allowed - with scarce a peep out of its people - the deliberate intended starvation of over 8 million Ukranians, the well-fed oligarchy passing through the starving country in opulent splendour on their way to their luxurious holidays in the Crimea. Show trials, where people were tried on trumped-up charges and immediately after the required verdict were killed. Those who were not tortured to death were sometimes allowed to live in psychiatric hospitals and given unnecessary 'treatments' until they went mad. Etc etc. Russians were victims, yes, but many more Russians were party to all this. Russia fought in Afghanistan . . . Russia has recently snatched back the Crimea and is trying to do the same with the Ukraine. Russia's present 'ruler' is ex-KGB, a very nasty background to say the least.
 
 
+9 # brux 2014-12-27 16:08
Not really right to call Russia an "it", as if all the people of the USSR murdered the Czar or did anything together. Russia is a pretty bad system of government. So is China. So are the Islamic Republics. I read today that there is a man in Iran on trial for his life for making a post on Facebook that some a-hole cleric read as anti-Mohammed.

The US flawed and imperfect as it may be is still the best place to be, while other countries in the West can skip out on their security and military costs the US must bear that, and when I say must, read below or my last article at Godot to qualify that.

Americans do not appreciate what they have, they do not understand what they have ... which is not entirely their fault, and which certainly is not perfect and has been corruptible and getting worse. If we want it to get better we need to create a new culture that most of us can subscribe to and benefit from - as well as contribute to.
 
 
+6 # Activista 2014-12-27 21:12
"Show trials, where people were tried on trumped-up charges and immediately after the required verdict were killed"
Russia has not executed anyone since 1996, and the regulations of the Council of Europe prohibit it from doing so at any time in the future....
USA execution since 1976 (including 2014): 1394
www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/executions-year
not counting police shooting -
Killed by Police had listed more than 1,450 deaths caused by law-enforcement officers since its launch, on May 1, 2013, through Sunday. That works out to about three per day, or 1,100 a year....
 
 
0 # Philothustra 2014-12-27 22:07
Vltchek proclaims that China is the hope of the world, Russia is entirely innocent on all counts, and Brux promises us "the regulations of the Council of Europe prohibit from doing so at any time in the future..."

Admittedly the Russians have different ways of murdering millions of people but in the end it is murder. For Russia and China alike, the totals are well over 30 million OF THEIR
OWN PEOPLE.

PS I note that Vltchek's semi-permanent residence is in New York, the capital of capitalism, and that he is a confirmed citizen of the United States. However, he is in the pay of RT and Mr Putin and does not conceal the fact.


http://www.phaseloop.com/foreignprisoners/prison-russia.html
 
 
+6 # indian weaver 2014-12-28 07:16
America caused the genocide of 15 million Native Americans (massacres and small pox: mostly smallpox caused these millions of deaths), domestically. Internationally , hard to say how many billions.
 
 
+2 # polfrosch 2014-12-28 18:27
Yes, that happened between 60 and 100 years ago. And it happened in the USSR. Russia today is much better. The living conditions have increased in the thousand percent range for ordinary russians. That´s why Putin is so popular, more than 75% of the Russians agree with his politics.

And honestly: what would you do if the Warsaw pact had expanded to Canada and Mexico -after you had dismantled NATO- and the KGB had started a war in southern Canada, where your main navy base is (just imagine)

The USA of today is not the USA of 60 to 100 years ago. It is much worse. Arguably the most dangerous and warmongering country on earth.

I am afraid for the lives of my children and mine in Germany. I don´t fear Russia. I fear the USA. Russia doesn´t have a history of starting wars or dropping a-bombs on civilians, even when it was USSR.

Russia spends about the same amount for it´s military in total as the USA spends for its intelligence apparatus only: 80 billion.

Because USA wants peace?

The USA is currently fighting with special forces in 134 countries on planet earth.

US wars are killing people worldwide, turning countries into hell on earth - like Libya. It´s desperate refugees drown by the thousands in the mediterranian. After a US led "humanitarian intervention".

Just as a remark: former US president Bush was the boss of the the extremly nasty CIA.

The USA became the plague for which it once pretended to be the cure. This is reality - present tense.
 
 
0 # Activista 2014-12-28 21:00
Great comment Polfrosh - unfortunately most Americans believe in their electronic war games - aka war is a solution -
www.pogo.org/our-work/straus-military-reform-project/defense-budget/2014/americas-one-trillion-national-security-budget.html
Pentagon costs, taken together with other known national security expenses for 2015, will EXCEED $1 Trillion ..
 
 
+34 # Torvus 2014-12-27 15:41
PART 2. Quite a few Russians have made a fortune, presumably Western(or 'Empire')-style - since the 1990s, and I question the origin of some of those fortunes. China has caused and is causing the most terrible suffering in Tibet in its efforts to destroy its people, and is trying to squash its Muslim peoples in China. So while I sympathise and in part agree with what Vitchek has to say, it makes strange, even petulant, reading. Yes, corporations are ruling the world and many of them are ruining it for filthy lucre. So are the private lives of various rulers, who only want the best wealth (our taxes) has to offer and wish to parade this wealth as a background to their power, whilst the ordinary person in the street suffers; this is a global issue, not one of any particular nation. African peoples have killed each other in genocidal wars. North Korea? the most vile government in existence I would suggest. Yes, the US is in dire straits as concerns Joe Public; the US 'System' knows there are stirrings presumably, otherwise why militarise its police? But I would suggest that Russia, China (freedom of the internet anyone?) and many other countries in sync with them are in no way to be emulated nor entitled to any humanist label. This Vitchek article is the pot calling the kettle black.
 
 
+24 # harleysch 2014-12-27 16:51
Torvus -- you have chosen to defend the Empire Vitchek is describing. The way he describes it is the way an increasing majority around the world see us.

After eight years of Bush and six of Obama, we have become the bad guys. We have been at war repeatedly, in the name of "democracy". It is not democracy that the Empire is defending, it is a global banking cartel which is controlling governments. As it collapses, instead of admitting its policies --free trade, unrestricted speculative gambling, de4regulation and privatization -- are wrong, it launches financial warfare against nations in the form of sanctions, while deploying armed forces to surround them.

And it deploys a national security state, complete with non-stop media lies, to terrify dissenters, and to justify its war drive.

The Russia of Putin is not the Russia of Stalin. But it will defend itself against imperial aggression. Your bitterness toward Russia leads you to defend what Vitchek accurately describes as a dying empire, which will not allow any nations, especially Russia, to opt out of its looting system.
 
 
+2 # m s 57 2014-12-28 10:52
No that is incorrect. You don't have to be a defender in order to be an accuser. They do not cancel themselves out. Rather, if you are an attacker of Western Imperialism and war-making, on principle you must also attack Imperialism and war-making wherever it appears.
 
 
+1 # indian weaver 2014-12-28 07:20
For an excellent informative detailed book describing Chinese invasion of Tibet and torture of Tibetans, read: Sorrow Mountain: The Journey of a Tibetan Warrior Nun" by Ani Pachen and Adelaide Donnelley. This book does not deal with the present self-immolation s of Tibetan citizens, a most graphic expression of Tibetans' hopelessness under Chinese rule.
 
 
0 # polfrosch 2014-12-28 18:35
Freedom and USA - these two words don´t fit together any more after NSA, Guantanamo, the total disrespect for international law, wars of aggression based on lies, torture, drone killings -which is state murder without trial-= disrespect for law in general.

USA is getting worse every year. China is improving every year. It doesn´t attack other states. It acts reasonably. I am not at all afraid of China starting a war. Bullying? May be. I would be glad to say that about the USA, my ally in NATO. I would like to end that alliance next minute.

1984 and USA - that fits.
 
 
-16 # brux 2014-12-27 15:50
Every state, group. country or empire is always crumbling - unless it moves forward.

That is something the think tanks in America recognized after seeing what was going on in the world in scientific terms after both WWI & WWII.

So, without asking America's citizens, for the sake of security and integrity we started to move towards a military technological state. The benefits of which are enhanced military power, enhanced technology, enhanced computer technology, and finally enhanced consumer products.

It is the military that keeps our economy going in the world, and it is our military that drives that and also keeps us safe and secure in the world

The way we test and exercise our military to keep it the strongest in the world is to go up against smaller powers that "need their asses kicked" thus killing about 3 birds with one stone.

It all works together in a positive feedback loop to keep us on top.

All America's problems basically stem form the misunderstandin g, avoidance and unacceptance of this status quo.

As I've said in my last article, if we accepted this, and lived with it as something that we all know is not going to change, then we have a chance to push a more citizen-based social agenda on the domestic front. As it is, the military-based segment of the economy fears and fights an ongoing "virtual mind control" tepid war against the people because they do not trust them to get it and accept it.
 
 
+15 # Activista 2014-12-27 21:19
"It is the military that keeps our debt and war in the world, and it is our military that drives that and also keeps us corrupt and bankrupt ...
Learn why militarism destroyed Soviet Union and is destroying USA ..
 
 
-17 # brux 2014-12-27 22:32
I'd put my understanding of history and current events above yours any day, because I am not limited by having to support a political dogma. The thing that is confusing you about the US is something you may not be smart enough to understand or see the rammifications of ... pragmatism.

To blindly follow rules or let your enemies know your boundaries is a bad strategy and will get your killed. The US is where it is because it understood how the world works and is not based on words and rules, it is based on force and power - first.

Just like our society is more based on economics than morality.

Would that it were different, but it has never been different, never, so don't pretend it is now because you think your life is easy.

We move close to a democracy in some ways, but in our country, survival, and strength ultimately come before democracy, that is just the way it is.

The Left does do bad because they are just as dogmatic and uncompromising as the right, and probably less intelligent because they are all over the board.
 
 
+8 # Activista 2014-12-27 23:45
www.pogo.org/our-work/straus-military-reform-project/defense-budget/2014/americas-one-trillion-national-security-budget.html
Pentagon costs, taken together with other known national security expenses for 2015, will exceed $1 Trillion ...
We live in the age of propaganda ... not information ...
"Just like our society is more based on economics than morality .." our society is based on greed - maximizing profit, destruction of environment .. is this sustainable?
p.s what political dogma do I have? Check Stiglitz - his view on economics ...
 
 
+6 # Activista 2014-12-27 23:48
The US Can Never Reduce Its Military Or Its Empire.. like the drug addict cannot quit ..
 
 
-2 # brux 2014-12-29 18:32
Did you read the article and think about it? Prove it? Your knee-jerk thoughtless comment may appeal to lots of people here because it denigrates the military, but you have no logic, facts or content to most of your comments.
 
 
0 # polfrosch 2014-12-28 19:31
Quoting brux:

It all works together in a positive feedback loop to keep us on top.


Very interesting. May I call you "Voice of America?"

What I as a German don´t understand: Why do you teach your children -and mine- USA had to fight WW2 to save the world from nazi rule?

So you could promote nazi ideology (nihilism + social darwinism + racism) to the true masters of planet earth?

Chomeini always called the USA "the great satan". I am beginning to understand what he meant.
 
 
-2 # brux 2014-12-30 12:53
I don't think the Nazis would have had a black president, excuse me - fuerher, under any circumstances. Funny that a German would not have put that together himself?
 
 
+38 # Blackjack 2014-12-27 16:05
Part of the reason that we have become the bully of the world is that we have never had an international skirmish, much less a war, on our home turf. The only war we have experienced is the one we perpetrated on ourselves. Almost all other countries have endured international battles on several occasions. They know what it's like to have everything destroyed and then have to begin again. We don't, so we are reckless and foolish. We have finally pushed the envelope too far with other countries and they are beginning to quietly rebel. We have brought this empiricism on ourselves. We can put a stop to it, but not with our current bunch of "leaders." They are rotten to the core and with the exception of a few like Warren and Sanders, will continue down the path they have led us on to self destruction. We need our own revolution, which could perhaps be peaceful if we have that kind of courage. If we don't put our own house in order, some other country is bound to do it for us. It is truly shameful that we have allowed things to deteriorate to this point.
 
 
+7 # anarchteacher 2014-12-27 16:14
Perhaps the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Mexican-America n War doesn't count in your estimation but burning the White House and the nation's capital seem pretty serious in my book.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/1970/01/murray-n-rothbard/whats-a-just-war/
 
 
+8 # Activista 2014-12-27 21:24
But USA was never bombed as Europe during the World War II (Dresden) or Gaza few month back
search gaza destruction images
https://www.google.com/search?q=gaza+destruction+2014&espv=2&biw=1440&bih=815&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VnefVNWEK4qqyQSqyYGoAw&ved=0CCYQsAQ
 
 
+3 # Cassandra2012 2014-12-28 15:54
Pearl Harbor does come to mind, however...
 
 
+2 # polfrosch 2014-12-28 19:52
The 911 of WW2...
 
 
+3 # Frankie44 2014-12-27 16:31
What a great article. Finally it's time for the workers to arise and smite the evil capitalists! I have been waiting so long, and now it's here. I thought we had it when the farms in Ukriane were collectivized in the thirties. Then I thought we had it with the Great Leap Forward. I was SURE we had it with the Cultural Revolution. It's great to know that the real revolution is just around the corner.
 
 
+5 # Activista 2014-12-27 21:44
Quoting Frankie44:
What a great article. Finally it's time for the workers to arise and smite the evil capitalists! I have been waiting so long, and now it's here. I thought we had it when the farms in Ukriane were collectivized in the thirties. Then I thought we had it with the Great Leap Forward. I was SURE we had it with the Cultural Revolution. It's great to know that the real revolution is just around the corner.

thanks - great satire
 
 
-23 # RLF 2014-12-27 16:44
War may be needed to get rid of the planets over population. Sorry but I don't want to eat algae and shit like that!
 
 
0 # Latinoman 2014-12-27 16:49
This extremist manifesto is obviously a product of ignorance, bigotry and the typical bullyish attitude of whom perceives himself as fighting for social justice and thus, in that purpose, everything is justified. You forgot to mention Osama Bin Laden, who died for his people, trying to right centuries of wrongs against the nomadic tribes of his ancestors; and oh, well, he was called terrorist by the empire, therefore, he must have been a good guy. As for the heroic Hugo Chavez, perhaps you need to do some research and find out what is left of Venezuela after the populist chavista oligarchy has been in power for almost two decades. And what about the heroics Fidel and Raul Castro, serial killers who consolidated their tyranny over the killings of thousands of political opponents in the infamous paredon. You also forgot to mention the terrorist organization farc in Colombia who, while saying that they fight for social justice, brutalize the people, recruit children,kidnap farmers and blow the businesses of those who dare not to pay their extorsion. We must be on guard against tyrants who oppress and brutalize their people in the name of freedom and social justice. While we enjoy the freedom that USA offers, we must be ready to confront tyranny and defend our values by any necessary means. Tyranny must not be tolerated.
 
 
+2 # Floe 2014-12-27 17:05
2. Russia and China or even the BRICS, announce that they are going to peg their currencies to carbon dioxide sequestration. For example, one ruple = 100 cubic centimeters of CO2 (or grams or whatever is the proper volume measuring unit). The same with the yuan. A time can be announced when this goes live, but it must be soon, perhaps by April 1st to gear ourselves to go environmental! Or it can be implemented in stages but it would give a signal to the markets to gear themselves accordingly. Under such a system, people will get more money for doing what we need done, getting the CO2 out of the atmosphere. So growing plants, using renewable energies and other such behaviors will be incentivized. Of course this policy needs to be expanded but it's the concept of pegging currencies to something stable and so avoiding booms and busts and making sense by incentivizing behaviors we want. It will also be a system that is not dictated or manipulated by one or two organizations.

We know the types we are dealing with now so we know where to aim and that we must not cave in any way. If it means the entire civilization goes up in smoke because we couldn't get our act together, that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for the rest of the cosmos.

But I'm banking on checkmating them this time.
 
 
+3 # WestWinds 2014-12-27 19:52
Quoting Floe:
2. Russia and China or even the BRICS, announce that they are going to peg their currencies to carbon dioxide sequestration. ... Under such a system, people will get more money for doing what we need done, getting the CO2 out of the atmosphere. ... If it means the entire civilization goes up in smoke because we couldn't get our act together, that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for the rest of the cosmos.

But I'm banking on checkmating them this time.


--- It may be too late already to get our act together; we may already be in checkmate by Mother Nature. What are the signs and symptoms of an ice age approaching (rapidly)? On Christmas day it snowed in Hawaii and it was 84 degrees in Central Florida (usual temps run low 60's during the day and 40's during the night.) The Arctic is melting and the oceans are rising.

I heard that countries around the world have finally acknowledged what the scientists have been telling us, re a climate crisis, and committed to a carbon reduction agreement but the levels they have agreed to reduce to aren't enough.

We may have already hit debarkation but have our heads stuck so far deep in the sand we don't realize our goose is cooked already. (We may not have to worry about imperialism if an ice age has begun.)
 
 
+14 # Rationalist 2014-12-27 17:06
I think Torvus has it right: like him, I am a progressive concerned about the excesses of capitalism and militarism; but greed and quest for power infect all nations. Even if some are worse than others, there’s plenty of guilt to go around. Mr. Vitchek’s tirade does contain some “inconvenient truths” that we should heed, but the language he uses is right out of the playbook of twentieth-centu ry Marxism (as Frankie44 satirically notes) and must be taken with a large grain of salt. Let’s not be naïve; every country has to stand up for its own interests, both economic and military; but at the same time, many of us want to see a kinder, gentler, and more sustainable world. Thus we must do everything within our power to elect leaders who will act in our own national interests as well as responsibly toward the rest of the world, uncorrupted by the money from both domestic and global corporations. If we fail to do so, we will rightly bear much of the blame; but let’s not beat ourselves up too much: there are, as Torvus cites, many examples of Third-World countries behaving just as badly, if not worse, than us in the West. Our overwhelming power gives us the wherewithal to wreak more havoc than most; but as soon as another civilization gains dominance, it will behave in the same way--not that we can use that as an excuse for bad behavior on our own part today.
 
 
+15 # dyannne 2014-12-27 17:14
About the only countries that I think are benevolent and rational are Denmark and Iceland. neither of which is a major "player"in the world. I sure don't think Russia or China are benevolent and rational, nor of course is the USA. Far, far, far from it. The only cure for this craziness as I see it is an alien invasion - so i think we're all screwed.
 
 
+4 # Activista 2014-12-27 23:52
I would put Finland in front ...
Economy of Finland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Finland
Wikipedia
Finland has a highly industrialised, mixed economy with a per capita output equal to that of other western economies such as France, Germany, Sweden or the ..
 
 
+4 # indian weaver 2014-12-28 07:29
I would put Bhutan on top. Their "Happiness Quotient" is a sign they are trying hard to be a place to enjoy life. And that their rulers are also their citizens - one and the same, no separation between government and We The People as in America. Other countries have their "economic indicators" of the state of the nation's health. Not so Bhutan.
 
 
+17 # ctcarole 2014-12-27 17:34
I guess Vltchek didn't get Congress' message about American "Exceptionalism ."
 
 
+8 # PABLO DIABLO 2014-12-27 18:42
Wake up America. Take back "our" government.
 
 
+1 # Depressionborn 2014-12-27 19:38
Quoting PABLO DIABLO:
Wake up America. Take back "our" government.

Yes, PABLO, a new start is needed.

Could you replace the word "government" with country? The people are the country. And who do we have to take it back from? I would like to know who.
 
 
+4 # WestWinds 2014-12-27 19:27
Dear RSN: Your software must have a bug because it is telling me I have already voted for things under this article when I have not. I'm at a loss to understand how simple a thing as a counter can have so many problems all the time. This is the first time I have opened this article, the first time I have read it, and the very first time I have voted on any of the comments. You REALLY need to get it together over your counter.
 
 
+2 # cordleycoit 2014-12-27 19:38
As an empire we Are faltering and entering a dangerous time. The fix that the corporate state has is in. Simply if we can tighten the rations for the rest of the world there will be endless war along with endless population growth. Billions will starve; if we falter. Yet we must evolve our governance into a more fascistic state or the death toll might well trigger our extinction. There will be a crushing of all opposition to the armored state our rulers are evolving. We are driving people with alternative answers underground, dumbing the education system and giving the schools hyenaism as a way of life. The police are asking to worshiped for the iron fist that discipline us with in the corrupt judicial system. The Democrats have the bad deal of the Democrats led by Hillery and the Republicans have No Deal. Any one opposing this rise of the the perfect system of subjecting us will ne regretfully eliminated. I remember when the Godless Russians were the enemy of the righteous American Christians. Now It is the Christian Russians against the Godless Clintonites. The world is a playground for the Singapore Bankers.
 
 
-6 # brux 2014-12-27 19:57
>> China was forced open, humiliated, ransacked, including its capital city Beijing.

You cannot explain the whole of this era in history containing millions of people between two cultures.

The saving grace of the West is it "market square and open forum" if you will.

You have to go back to look at how corrupt China was at this time. Sentences like you wrote imply because the action verb points back to those who supposedly did the humiliation, ransacking, etc ...

.... but look at China today ... it is only its association with the West that can help crack its corruption and open it to the world, for comparison and criticism, and the freedom of its own people to talk.

Chinese cannot go out here on RSN ... this and other cultures, Russian and Islamic have major problems, that are simply dismissed when sentences like they are bullied or invaded or exploited ... yes, but these are not the main points, the main thrusts of history.

The problem with the Left is that, or what passed for it in many forums like this is that there is no broad perspective across history, the West is judged against itself, not against the reality of these countries you, the author, are defending.
 
 
+6 # A_Har 2014-12-27 21:44
Quoting brux:
You cannot explain the whole of this era in history containing millions of people between two cultures.

The saving grace of the West is it "market square and open forum" if you will.


Perhaps it was at one time, but this is no longer true. At this point everything in the markets is rigged, and the banks are spring loaded to steal depositors money. They just gutted the last shreds of protections for ordinary people.

Quoting brux:
You have to go back to look at how corrupt China was at this time. Sentences like you wrote imply because the action verb points back to those who supposedly did the humiliation, ransacking, etc ...


It seems that you forgot the history yourself. China had a serious trade deficit with the UK over the British love of TEA. So to create a "ballance" they introduced opium and opium ADDICTION to China to even out that deficit. The Opium wars were fought over that.
 
 
0 # brux 2014-12-27 22:27
Tell me sincerely that you do not see a difference between we here in the West being able to read and post here on RSN and the guy in Iran who is being tried for his life for posting an anti-Islamic sentiment on Facebook. Tell me how it is you think about that ... because I am sincerely curious?
 
 
-3 # Activista 2014-12-28 13:07
Tell me sincerely that you do not see a difference between computer war games - war of empire and reality ... because I am sincerely curious?
 
 
+9 # A_Har 2014-12-27 21:56
Quoting brux:
Chinese cannot go out here on RSN ... this and other cultures, Russian and Islamic have major problems, that are simply dismissed when sentences like they are bullied or invaded or exploited ... yes, but these are not the main points, the main thrusts of history.


Sounds like American exceptionalism to me. Gee tell all that to Chelsea Manning. She spoke up too and look at where she ended up. Or the fact that Whisleblowers are being regularly prosecuted. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/obama-has-prosecuted-more-whistleblowers-than-all-other-presidents-combined.html

Hey....the USA is not so "special" anymore...and how about all that surveillance? Doesn't that make you feel all warm and cozy inside??

Quoting brux:
The problem with the Left is that, or what passed for it in many forums like this is that there is no broad perspective across history, the West is judged against itself, not against the reality of these countries you, the author, are defending.


The West (and specifically the USA) is being judged against the total lies, delusions, and hypocracy it bullhorns to other nations about how wonderful it is even while it invades other countries, murders innocents, and throws its own citizens under the bus in favor of enriching global multinational entities and too big to fail. It is no longer the "beacon of light" KStreet propagandists fancy it to be. It is very troubling when people start to believe their own Bullsh*t.
 
 
-11 # brux 2014-12-27 22:20
Yeah, there is an exception to the exceptionalism, we all know that, but that is not the point. It is also a meaningless exercise to bring up one exception and think it proves your point ... maybe you are just lazy.

But the whole "exceptional" discussion is for chumps. You really think you are saying something to express your whining about stuff aimlessly?
 
 
+6 # A_Har 2014-12-27 23:53
I gave a lot of examples with links, and it took some time to do it: that is hardly lazy.

As to the thing about exceptionalism. ....actually it is very central to the discussion since the POTUS himself has used that very word in speeches to justify American actions and policy and often in the context of when Americans--the exceptional people--do such and such, it is OK.

Actually it is just a load of BS.
 
 
+9 # reiverpacific 2014-12-27 21:13
"Indeed the Idols I have loved so long
Have done my credit in Men's eyes much wrong;
Have drowned my honor in a shallow Cup,
And sold my reputation for a song".
A wise Persian.
 
 
-2 # BKnowswhitt 2014-12-27 21:28
Let's take it in pieces: "Countries are now evidently put on the spot: ‘they either accept the Western neo-colonialist doctrine’, or they get destroyed, one after another, as were Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria." Sadam Hussein was a big 'colonialist' who was a vicious dictator and gamed a society at the end of a vicious sword. Afghan where the Taliban evolved and carried out a vicious attack on American soil .. Libya - where one of the most sick and vicious dictator sick fucks in history ruled .. and Syria still today so corrupt with it's 'colonialism' and slaughter to those who object .. like ISSIS today in Iraq .. and Putin in the Ukraine .. another dictator former KGB who benefited directly to the tune of billions .. like all the aforementioned fucks and now is in trouble in his country because the entire western world has put sanctions on them which also effect our economies ...
 
 
-5 # brux 2014-12-27 22:21
Given the current state of the world, and past history, I got no problem with that ... at least none I can think of any solution to or easy improved state to get to.
 
 
+8 # A_Har 2014-12-27 22:45
Quoting BKnowswhitt:
Let's take it in pieces: Sadam Hussein was a big 'colonialist' who was a vicious dictator and gamed a society at the end of a vicious sword.


Short memory. Remember when he was an ally to the US of A? http://thedailybanter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/rummy-saddam.jpg

Such a nice handshake from Rummy to Saddam. It was all OK when he was "our bastard." The USA provided him with helicopters to bomb his own people--the Shias of south Iraq even though it was known he would do it. Look it up.

Quoting BKnowswhitt:
Afghan where the Taliban evolved and carried out a vicious attack on American soil ..

Libya - where one of the most sick and vicious dictator sick fucks in history ruled


Not a wonderful dude, but the BIG oil companies hated his guts. It was ALL about the oil. Therefore he had to be eliminated.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-truth-about-the-situation-in-libya-cutting-through-government-propaganda-and-media-lies/26150

You seem to have adopted the same attitude yourself:

"One of the first acts of the 1969 revolution was to eliminate the vestiges of colonialism and foreign control. Not only were oil fields nationalized but Gaddafi eliminated foreign military bases inside the country."

The humanitarian thing was a head fake. The USA used DU weapons on the civilian population then.

http://www.robedwards.com/2011/04/growing-alarm-over-the-use-of-du-in-libya.html
 
 
+6 # A_Har 2014-12-27 23:14
Quoting BKnowswhitt:
and Syria still today so corrupt with it's 'colonialism' and slaughter to those who object .. like ISSIS today in Iraq


Well, the USA supported Islamic extremists against the Assad regime, and then they morphed into ISIS. I think I see a pattern here of "our bastard" getting uppity and floating a different agenda than the USA.

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/19/how-the-us-helped-create-al-qaeda-and-isis/

Quoting BKnowswhitt:
.. and Putin in the Ukraine .. another dictator former KGB who benefited directly to the tune of billions .. like all the aforementioned fucks and now is in trouble in his country because the entire western world has put sanctions on them which also effect our economies ...


I guess you also believe that Russia INVADED the Ukraine? Nope. They had an active treaty to station their troops in the Crimea where they have their only warm water port on the Black Sea.

And then there is the admission of Victoria "F*ck the EU" Nuland that they had been funding NGOs to the tune of $3billion to destabilize the Ukraine since the 90's. They supported NeoNazis to overthrow the elected government. Then once the nazis got in, they attacked ethnic Russians in the east. Crimea which is heavily ethnic Russian got the memo and voted overwhelmingly to JOIN Russia. Look it up. You need to as it seems you have gulped the misinformation from the MSM.
 
 
+1 # polfrosch 2014-12-28 19:43
Yes. but it was 5 billion.
 
 
-1 # brux 2014-12-30 12:51
Yeah, Saddam Hussein and others were in the pockets of the US. It was the geopolitical strategy that we had to use in a day and age when there was nothing else available. You are living in the 19th century.

The US has never used depleted uranium on children.

Any projectile weapons is going to need to be made from something dense and strong, like lead, uranium, tungsten, etc ... and all of them are toxic because they are heavy metals.

You do not understand the magic realities of war, which is one prerequisite for understanding any history at all, since war and conflict has been the foremost factor in human history over all recorded time.

Let people are affected by it today than in the past, and the US is getting better at it. Used to be genocide was the only way to change a population. If you truly understood history would not other about 1 or two lives or photos in magazines, but the broad sweep and trends in world conflicts.
 
 
-6 # BKnowswhitt 2014-12-27 21:31
My point being the author needs to get his 'colonial dictators' and histories we've all watched for the past quarter century carry on .. and some how it's the West's doings? Come on .. get a fucking life or at least stop throwing around terms you don't understand so you can mis apply them to your angst against the West Comrade?!!!!
 
 
+6 # A_Har 2014-12-27 23:16
Quoting BKnowswhitt:
My point being the author needs to get his 'colonial dictators' and histories we've all watched for the past quarter century carry on .. and some how it's the West's doings? Come on .. get a fucking life or at least stop throwing around terms you don't understand so you can mis apply them to your angst against the West Comrade?!!!!


It sounds like you need to take your own advice.
 
 
-1 # BKnowswhitt2 2014-12-29 21:56
You must be a Red chinese hack with your ideas comrade! O.K. you must be right you and the author. the usa is crumbling so it needs war .. let's see .. Russia is going down under mafioso Putin .. china's economy on the edge .. syria and that part of the world - actions and behaviour that is of Biblical times of backwards views beliefs and practices .. and yeah the sick mentality of ISSI set free via one thing i do acknowledge a wrongful invasion of Iraq .. but we can't condone the behaviour .. so to your 'views' and weak rebuttals .. i offer a good .. A Har Dy Har Har!!!!
 
 
+4 # Capn Canard 2014-12-28 06:34
You are going to lecture a Russian on his opinions? How generous of you to offer your bucket of solutions that have proven ineffective for the last 1,000 years. Not like they haven't heard it all before.
 
 
+9 # m... 2014-12-27 21:47
This article may contain truths, but it's also a superb case of the pot calling the kettle black.
One big, overlooked reality of mankind in this article-persona l commentary, is that if you're not 'on top' someone or something else is, or will be after the bloody chaos subsides.
As much as I think The 'West' has indeed pushed hard up against Russia with NATO Expansion and the broken promise of stopping where it was in 'West Germany' years ago, Putin is no 'David' standing up to Goliath. He's maybe a clever Dictator and a bit of a Narcissistic Megalomaniac who has a legitimate point about it all.
And China is no Saint out to save the world.
And Castro is no Gandhi.
No matter how you look at it, much of the global 'Fear' comes from VERY BIG mistakes and now a changing world order that could lead to something more akin to an eventual Fall of the current version of a 'Corporatized Rome'.., brought down from the inside by super-greed and gluttony and from the outside by angry, grinding 'Huns' followed then, perhaps, by another 1000 years of Dark Ages filled with very few Heroes and Saviors and mostly by Thugs thugging it out with EVERYONE else caught in the muddy, bloody middle.
In a world where SOMEONE or SOMETHING always eventually dominates the World Order- when weighed against the current Players- WHO or WHAT do you want as the overarching power? And most of all, what are you going to do to be a force in it to make that Big Power an HONEST and ETHICAL BROKER?
 
 
-7 # brux 2014-12-27 22:25
I couldn't have said it better ... or then again, maybe I could have ... or at least differently! ;-) The nail has been hit on the head. I'd like to hear your reaction to my last article posted on godot.com ...

http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/84-84/27577-the-us-can-never-reduce-its-military-or-its-empire

Once we see the reason we are where we are things fall into some kind of order. Not a nice pleasant order, but at least there is a comfort of understanding why we have the equilibrium we do.
 
 
+5 # elkingo 2014-12-27 22:23
Right on re the Western Imperialist Monstrosity, with it's corrupt religious underpinnings and its fundamentalist capitalist/slav e "market economy" - its racist genocidal policies and on and on. The Empire must indeed perish. But Russia and China as the saviors of culture? Even of the planet? Nah! C'mon Andre: they are both capitalist (even if crypto-capitali st)imperialist warfare mega-states too. They have imitated every western degenerate madness, and enhanced it. Look at China's human rights agenda,and its air pollution profile, It's not as bad as you think Vitaley, it's worse. Complete revision of the global cultural structure is the only answer I can see. A big "make-over". Your heart's in the right place Andre, but watch our for the whacko shrill in your thinking. The nation state at all is a lethal anachronism. And watch out for your own crypto-national ism.
 
 
+2 # m s 57 2014-12-27 22:25
Not another misty-eyed misrepresentati on of Russia, please. 'I am a rebel; therefore I am Russian’. Really? Russia is governed by thugs and mafiosi. Putin speaks openly of establishing a new pan-asian empire. "The mask of benevolence and rationality has been torn off by powerful media outlets based in...Russia, China, Iran"? What? Those are all media outlets run by the State. Independent journalists are shot down in the hallways of their apts. The Poles are sending troops west to defend themselves. Estonia, Lithuania say very clearly they are worried about being invaded themselves. The Swedish navy was chasing subs through their waters for weeks. Russian air force jets are turning off their transponders and probing western countries all over the place. Putin: "the greatest catastrophe of the 20th century was the collapse of the USSR." Vltchek: "Remember, what every invader had to learn the hard way: Russia can be attacked and Russian people can be murdered by millions. There can be devastation and fire; there can be ruins, tears and graves, graves, graves… Mothers burying their sons, and sons returning back home, to only encounter ashes. But Russia cannot be defeated. When the survival of the world is at stake, Russia stands up, enormous, powerful and frightening. And it fights as no other nation can; it fights for humanity, not only for itself. And it wins." This is nationalistic chauvinism. "The West has no mandate to govern the world." KGB thugs in Russia do?
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2014-12-27 22:59
1] thanks for the words, author and commentators

2) to prevent miscarriage or justice - a frame-up - produce the MP3 of the 3:41 p.m. EST phone call from 313 / 570 - 0538 to 313 / 928 - 9110, help! please!
 
 
+7 # kandotom 2014-12-27 23:03
I am a lefty liberal, but this analysis is wrong: There is no “Empire.” America is a country, not an empire. Different countries develop with varying degrees of success.
Russia has a tragic history. A talented people, but always making wrong decisions. I don’t know why Russia is so unsuccessful. Maybe it’s their location.

There is no “Empire.” There is a world order. Recently, the West has been more successful than others. This too shall pass. Soon China will overtake the West. In the future, maybe all the great research universities and the world financial centers will be in Africa..

There has been Western imperialism - much more European than American. Now there is globalization. This is the imperialism of the global plutocracy ripping off the global proletariat. The richest man in the world is Mexican. There are starving Americans, and there are as many plutocrats in Russia and in the Middle East as in the US. In this system the West still plays a preponderant role because it still has great wealth and power. But national boundaries are becoming meaningless.

The world order is a unjust. It must change. But neither Putin’s Russia nor ISIS has the answers. The answer lies in international collaboration between the West and the rest of the world.
If we follow the violent and nihilistic solutions proposed by those who describe the US and the rest of the West as an “Empire,” we jump from the frying pan into the fire.
 
 
+7 # A_Har 2014-12-27 23:35
Quoting kandotom:
I am a lefty liberal, but this analysis is wrong: There is no “Empire.” America is a country, not an empire.


I suppose you wish it was "a country" but the evidence against that is that the USA has troops stationed in over a 1000 military bases around the world. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/339184

And, the costs to maintain all that is staggering: "Estimates of maintaining U.S. bases abroad since the start of the war on terror in 2001 range from $1.8 trillion to $2.1 trillion." The US spends more on defense than all other countries COMBINED. Gotta protect Big Oil, the United Fruit Company....and on and on.

And, this has been going on for *a long time*:

Smedly Butler War is a Racket.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=F3_EXqJ8f-0#t=15
 
 
0 # BKnowswhitt2 2014-12-31 22:52
Stationed because of the hack imperialist commie doctrine dictator run anarchy's that the assholes embodied!!! You dumb fuck!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!1
 
 
+6 # Activista 2014-12-27 23:59
I don’t know why Russia is so unsuccessful...
GDP is not measure of success - there are nations where money culture is not the goal .. culture, family, nature ... Americans are pretty neurotic ... not really free ... all is here on leashes ..
 
 
+9 # Draco 2014-12-28 00:13
Capitalist in the USA and other countries are the main problem. The problem is people fail to see how our economic system, plays a major role in how the world is run.

Capitalism doesn't get better with time, it gets worst. We need a new economic system, but capitalist society, crushes any attempts to disrupt their power.

Look how horrible it has become in the USA, capitalist owns the Obama administration . Obama didn't create any radical changes, in fact he would of made a great Republican since he is so pro wall street and all his advisors are from wall street...

The the end result is workers suffer the most, and social programs are cut off to provide more corporate welfare to corporations... .wages are going down and job creation is a absolute joke due to new jobs being low wage jobs.

We actually need change not more of the same..people need to understand this.
 
 
+6 # Capn Canard 2014-12-28 06:28
We need to hear more from writers of Russian, Chinese or South American experience. The USA has had a free pass for far too long. Time to STFU, pay attention and listen. We might actually learn. Thanks Andre Vltchek, it is much appreciated... let's hope that the BRIC's can do the right thing.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2014-12-28 08:19
1] thanks for the words, author and commentators

2) to prevent miscarriage or justice - a frame-up - please produce the MP3 of the 3:41 p.m. EST 9/19/14 phone call from 313 / 570 - 0538 to 313 / 928 - 9110, help! please!
 
 
0 # elkingo 2014-12-28 12:57
Andre's article is as brilliant, caring, loving and visionary as it is whacko in terms of realpolitik. But what a huge service as a lightning rod to evoke significant debate. That far: Bravo Andre!
 
 
0 # tedrey 2014-12-28 18:16
Whacko in terms of realpolitik sometimes translates as sanity in terms of common sense survival.
 
 
+1 # NAVYVET 2014-12-28 20:39
Yes, this article is exaggerated, and so was Howard Zinn's far more documented writing--but if we are to attain any wisdom we must read the criticisms (correct ones and exaggerated ones and those without any sense at all). It may help Americans see nationalist or internationalis t back-patting as an equally exaggerated and wrongheaded mythology. The hysterical tone itself reveals an almost religious fury. And as usual, those who are ignorant or relatively innocent will take the brunt of the first round of destruction while the rich sit in their bunkers. Of course even the bunkers won't be safe after a few short years.

As for destroying the world, the oligarchs are already dedicated to doing it. All they need to do is keep on denying the rising tide of global scorching, methane release, CO2 degradation of air, the frackers' ruin of potable water, and all other critical environmental issues. No invasions are needed (except for propaganda) and they could throw their bombs and bribes away. Simple DELAY OF ACTION is already killing the world. Apparently they're willing to play dice with their own grandchildren, and they've covered their rear ends by convincing the ignorant that Armageddon is on its way. It is, but they are the ones forcing the world to the end of its ability to support life, i.e., the end of the world--not God, not the Devil. Just the world oligarchs' sins of omission. I don't even think it's a death wish--just ignorant arrogance.
 
 
+3 # GusCairns 2014-12-29 04:15
For me, however appalling and blind to its own effects it may be, this piece tells me that the western capitalism I live under may actually be the lesser of the two evils, compared with the future this writer would seem to want, and the likely torture and bloodshed it would exact, especially on people like me. [I am an openly gay HIV activist: my colleagues in Russia live in fear, and many have had to leave.]
He builds his savage anger on the foundations of utter contradiction. He says that a specifically evangelical Christianity is fundamental to the depredations of American capitalism. Yet one of the things that currently energises Russia is a particularly nasty and corrupt version of nationalistic Christianity. He has to include Europe in this, despite Europe's secularism and the fact that its opposition to Russia rests on humanistic, rather than religious, values. He has to praise China despite the fact that China is at present suffering - especially environmentally - from the worst effects of a particularly out-of-control version of state capitalism. He has to ignore secular, liberal strains of thought within the countries he praises.
He doesn't believe that the political struggles within democratic countries are anything but window dressing. And the problem with the West is that an overwhelming populist cynicism about politics also seems to think this, leaving them open to influence from Fascists who cry 'Fascist!' to us.
 
 
+1 # brux 2014-12-29 09:55
Criticism of the West and America is fine with me, but this ongoing unqualified negative judgement of it without comparison of what is going on in the rest of the world is braindead idiocy to me.

Journalists are murdered in Russia, jailed in China, non-existent in the Muslim block ... but what do folks like this author do, they spend their days endlessly railing on the fact that the US is not perfect.
 
 
0 # scumbag 2014-12-29 23:21
Dear folks!What the fuck is wrong with me?Obviously,I' m throwing my pearls in front of the pigs.Old german idiom,like pissin in the wind.You're an exceptional disappointment. I keep on mumbleling and don't even harvest several dozens of decent red thumbs.I've seen better than this for less quantity.But,ju st go ahead,you're exceptionally fine with yourself.In your splendid isolation.Today ,decay is on its way.
Some words conc.the cosmopolitans article.Short before his unfortunately far too late discharge,Joe Stalin found a piece of comfort by one true fact:My monument in the hall of shame will be taller than Hitler's.Coz I've killed more Russians.Some thoughts on your f..g fake freedom:FREEDOM is also the freedom to relinquish freedom.Springs directly from the human right of stupidity.Let's face it,Homo Erectus is the dud shot of evolution.The utmost stupid predator of all times.And it's about time,we get wiped out.For all the evil we do to nature,for our perverted way we treat animals,who are actually a hell of a lot smarter,but miss the sufficient fire power.And last but not least for all those hundreds of millions traumatized children we produce.One for the road,the old,tired joke on how two planets meet:A= High mate.How are you doin?B= Fuckin lousy.I've got Homo Sapiens.Worse than Herpes.A= Don't worry,you'll get over it.Lucky guys you;on your judgement day you may tell the jury:As an RSN community member,I was in the RESISTANCE.Good night,sleep tight and good luck.
 
 
+1 # C-SIK 2014-12-30 01:23
BRAVO ! ANDRE !
THIS IS PURE PEACEFUL REVOLUTION !
THIS IS THE KIND OF THINKING THE WORLD NEEDS --
PLEASE READERS DO NOT BE ALARMED -
ALTHOUGH THIS IS VITRIOL - SURE
IT IS HEALTHY VITRIOL -
ANDRE IS NOT CRYING FOR BLOOD OR REVENGE -
HE NOT CLAIMING LOYALTY TO ANY COUNTRY -
HE IS CLAIMING TO LOYALTY TO THE PLANET AND TH HUMAN RACE-
THE REVOLUTION IS ROLLING -
AND IT'S GOING TO BE AS PEACEFUL AS GLASTNOST WAS IN THE END --
DON'T BE ALARMED PEOPLE -
RIGHT THINKING IS COMING !
THANK YOU ANDRE -
KEEP WRITING -
PEACE IS COMING --
THANK YOU ANDRE
 
 
0 # tadperry 2014-12-30 04:11
The United States of America -- Babylon the Great Whore? (Part I)

As I read this article, I found myself agreeing with everything. Having said that, Putin is an Oligarch. He's plenty happy to sit in total luxury while he and the other rulers of Russia continue to rule Russia with a (mostly) iron fist, and keep most of the wealth and luxury for themselves. They have reworked the entire economic system of Russia into an exact replica of the American model, and so have the Chinese.

I told a Russian friend of mine that I wish Russia would return to communism, but to really mean it this time, and commit to sharing equitably.

If Russia and China did not modeling themselves after America, I would be much more sympathetic to the idea Russia and China stand for righteousness in this fight.

Right now, Obama is in a house on a beach in Hawaii. The daily rent is $9000. You will never experience. I will never experience it. Putin also lives in luxury that I will never experience and you will never experience.

I've always said that if a fight is worth fighting for then those that vote for it and ask for it should be on the front line. That man's own life should be at stake if it's so important to fight. If it's not important enough for that person to put their own life on the line, then it shouldn't be that important to any of us either. What if Putin and Obama declared war and no one showed up to fight it?
 
 
0 # tadperry 2014-12-30 04:19
The United States of America -- Babylon the Great Whore? (Part II)

Russia and China need not worry. Many Americans are ashamed of what America has become. No one wants to die for this cause anymore.

The idea that we are the greatest and best nation of all time is repeated by those that will not die in such a war, and the rest of us are tired of killing and dying on their behalf.

Let those that hoard the world's wealth fight among themselves, while the rest of us stay home.

The USA temporarily earned the right to claim a certain degree of noble status after WWII. It's true that the USA has been Mother Russia's adversary through much of this century, but it is also true that we came to her aid in WWII. We helped SAVE Russia, and that's a fact. Hitler was far too evil for even us to accept. America missed a chance to win a noble and valuable ally in Russia after the war, and I truly regret it. Russia is a great nation, and I love Russia.

Putin is not all good or all bad. He wants what's best for Russia and Russian people. He is only blinded when he fails to understand that he should not have the right to live in more luxury and opulence than his comrades.

So the USA is a big lie? Russia and China will become even worse hypocrites if they defeat the USA and then continue with all the same capitalist practices.

They would merely be taking that very same Empire away from those that currently control it, and taking it for yourselves.

How is that righteous?
 
 
0 # FJoseph 2014-12-30 08:07
I can agree with 99% of this history of Western (American) Imperialist Empire building and rape of humanity and the planet, there are a few minor mistakes in fact that the author ignores or does not realize?
He writes: "Russia and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics fought for its survival on many occasions. Germans attacked it, then after the Revolution in 1917, the West Europeans and North Americans attacked, and then the Germans again. Tens of millions vanished defending the Motherland. Not one apology ever came from Washington or London!"

Wrong. In WWII, London, Moscow and Washington were allies against the NAZI's. Russia (and Great Britain), received, gratis, billions of $$ worth of military equipment, weapons, and other supplies from the USA, then called the "arsenal of Democracy."

Next, he wrote: "China was forced open, humiliated, ransacked, including its capital city Beijing. Those who did it, the Brits and French, are now lecturing China about ‘human rights’ and ‘freedom’. It is truly grotesque!"


Not exactly so. Yes, the British were bastards in the opium for tea trade that they enforced upon the Chinese in the 19th Century. The French were involved in colonizing Indo-China, SE Asia.
But, it was the Japanese Empire, ruling China from the 1930's through 1945, that grotesquely raped, ransacked, and humiliated China. "The Rape of Nanking" being one of the more notorious episodes of this occupation by Japan.
 
 
0 # domdanc 2014-12-30 10:52
Russia "peace-loving"? China "peace-loving"? Chale! They are no better than the U.S.; they just aren't in a position to exert their own muscle right now. The divide is truly between the "haves" & the "have-nots"...t hey exist in every country & each country's leaders are certainly "haves". They care only about themselves & the money & power they can acquire. Por favor, "empire" exists in EVERY country; get real Mr. Vltchek
 
 
+3 # Edwina 2014-12-30 10:54
Nationalism is still a tool of the rulers. "It's us or them." The mythology of nations survives long after its truth or usefulness is exposed as questionable or false. Following the civil rights movement of the '50s & '60s, combined with the debacle of the Vietnam War, we had a more honest teaching of our history. But since the Reagan Revolution, we have regressed to a more mythological view of ourselves. Criminality in high places was forgiven, because it was for the right reasons. (Recall the Watergate Hearings a decade earlier, that removed a President from office.) Now power & money have even more thoroughly taken over. The hope is the young people and the most oppressed organizing against injustice, racism, and for civil liberties.
 

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