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September 26, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-074

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Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on September 26, 2021 at 13:33 UTC | Permalink

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No comments on elections in Germany and the danger that Europe will be overrun with evil that may ooze from evil pipes in few months from now?

In Germany, the prospect of defending Europe from evil pipes look a bit grim after last polls that implied a razor-thin majority for CDU/CSU+SPD, both pro-evil pipes. Alternatively, there may be SPD+Left+Green coalition of left-wing parties with different types of phoniness. Watching from afar, hard to tell if they are compatible. Similarly, I have no idea what moves German voters at this time.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 26 2021 13:48 utc | 1

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 26 2021 13:48 utc | 1

The key seems to be that nobody else really wants Merkel's job. Sort of like why Biden is President here. The late Roman empire had similar problems with quality at the top. And the British too, Churchill was sort of a cross between Fauci and Trump, a vociferous war criminal, a disaster at all he attempted, and yet they make much of him.

Have to agree, no idea what moves German elections, but they look at least as phony as ours.

Posted by: Bemildred | Sep 26 2021 14:11 utc | 2

Overall a decent week.
Let's just wait until next week with the German election results and Japan's LDP new successor (I'm thinking Taro Kono might be it).

And of course, Tokyo Game Show 2021!

Posted by: Smith | Sep 26 2021 14:15 utc | 3

Interesting article on Strategic Culture

As will be documented below, the EU was created by the U.S. and UK Governments after World War II in order to carry out the plan that Cecil Rhodes had conceived of in 1877 for the UK, first, to retake (by means of U.S.-based agents) the U.S., and, then, for the joint UK-U.S. empire to take over the entire world, starting with Europe. Ultimately, Russia, which was and is, by far, the world’s largest country, was the largest and main target.

After WWII, the Rhodesists’ plan to take over the world was to produce both the NATO military alliance and the EU diplomatic alliance, in order to cement Rhodesist control over Europe, so that then the Soviet Union (originally Russia) could ultimately become conquered. But it needed to start with that UK/U.S., Rhodesist, “Special Relationship” bonding between UK and U.S. (which was never publicly even so much as just mentioned until Churchill finally announced the “Special Relationship” in a speech in the approving presence of U.S. President Truman on 5 March 1946) aimed at conquering the Soviet Union. (All of this will be documented by means of the links that are provided here.)

What Should Replace the EU

Posted by: Down South | Sep 26 2021 14:18 utc | 4

Merkel's legacy and influence will not fade away

Save for a "surprise" Green victory, I agree that there won't be any substantial change in Germany's foreign policy.

However, Angela Merkel has nothing to do with this. The inertia arises from Germany's difficult geopolitical situation, not from some kind of "Merkelite Doctrine".


The Kremlin called the demand for more gas pumping through Ukraine propaganda with a minus sign

Very worth the reading. Peskov demolishes the US State Department narrative that Russia is besieging the European Peninsula.

He also gave a lesson of why the free market is not always the most rational way of allocating resources, and why capitalism has its limits on investment.

But, funnily enough, he doesn't mention the German Green Party parroting the US State Department's narrative by name. He surely already considers it as an asset of the USG/CIA/USSD.

Nevertheless, the narrative is bizarre. It doesn't make any sense, even to the ignorant masses, to claim the solution to rising gas prices is to abandon the NS-2 and pump more gas through Ukraine. My guess is the Americans and the pro-USA Germans simply didn't see it coming: they legitimately thought that using free market ideology in the gas market would lower the price of the gas and not rise it. They were blindsided, hence such vulgar improvisation.


Manifest Destiny messianism:

‘US didn’t want to face the truth that it’s no longer the global hegemon,’ Russian spy chief tells RT after Afghanistan debacle

The End of History is one hell of a drug. Worse than the opioids that are killing white trash like flies around the Deep South, the Rust Belt and liberal paradise California.


Speaking of vulgar narratives:

Wonking Out: This Might Be China’s ‘Babaru’ Moment by Paul Krugman

I know Paul Krugman is old, and has already wrapped up a very successful career. He's an old millionaire who treats his columns at NYT more like a pastime than a serious endeavor. He doesn't care about theory anymore, he doesn't care about presenting even some hint of scientific argument.

But this is too much. To claim Japan would be alright and still booming if Japanese women simply continued to reproduce like rabbits is of the most vulgar pseudoscience.

Can Xi end China’s 'Gilded Age'? by Yuen Yuen Ang

See, China also has its fair share of (fake?) Western Marxists. They are all over the place.

In abstraction, everything can happen. When Annia Galeria died in 140, the Roman Empire was at its apex. In her deathbed, I bet she imagined her husband would continue to successfully administer the Empire, that her nephew would smoothly take his place thereafter, and that Roma would last for all eternity as a kingdom of gold. Far from her mind she would glimpse her beloved Empire would collapse in a little bit more than 40 years.

So sure, Xi Jinping could be, at the same time, the apex and the beginning of the end of Communist China. Nobody has the proverbial crystal ball. But we have to discuss such things scientifically - this is not Antiquity or the Middle Ages anymore. If you think Xi is the last of the great Chinese leaders, you have to list the factors involved, how it will be, and when it will be. If you don't do that, you're not talking in scientific terms, you're guessing or propagandizing.


Vladmir Putin as the ideal transitional leader and the failure of the Russian Federation experiment:

Poverty in Russia needs to be brought down to minimum - Putin

If you're from a capitalist country, you know the drill: when your leader publicly talks about eliminating or diminishing poverty, it means it is already too late.

Like I said here many times: Putin's running out of time. Either he recognizes the failure of the capitalist experiment in Russia and tries to restore the most of the old Soviet system (with the due market reforms that were successful in China), or Russia will collapse again in a middle income trap type of economic crisis.

Posted by: vk | Sep 26 2021 14:42 utc | 5

Down South @ 4
Nice to see the Strategic Culture article linc to MOA (Fallout from the AUKUS Deal) article.
Well done b

Posted by: ld | Sep 26 2021 14:55 utc | 6

Here's a little gem from the cognitive dissonance folks at The Misses Institute.
"My Time with the FBI"
09/25/2021James Bovard

Sure I know who they are. But you gotta love this:

"” To nail Rudolph, the feds had pulled out all their tricks, including “bloodhounds, electronic motion detectors, and heat-sensing helicopters.”

Instead of a triumphal “perp walk” and press conference, the FBI spurred the local sale of bumper stickers proclaiming,

“Eric Rudolph: 1998 Hide and Seek Champion.”

Lol. It's an essay on why you don't want the people to hate you. Like say Afghanistan for example.

More of the anatomy of the state.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 26 2021 15:11 utc | 7

About that whole distasteful Misses link?
In my capacity as project manager why I had to help every ideology.

But I got to pick which specific single group. Introducing a huge left bias to the selection. Deliberately.

Well you will often hear me ranting about fascism. What to do...

So I not only joined the hated fascist ANTIFA group I appointed myself the leader of ANTIFA US. I had a running commentary on The Intercept. I used to lecture my troops there.

Why? Why not?

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 26 2021 15:20 utc | 8

Japan's next hopeful PM, Taro Kono wants nuke subs for Japan, Fumio Kishida, the 2nd hopeful, doesn't.

Let's hope Kishida win but chance isn't good.

Posted by: Smith | Sep 26 2021 15:26 utc | 9

What Should Replace the EU

Posted by: Down South | Sep 26 2021 14:18 utc | 4

More narcissistic fantasies about how America runs the world. US the innocent bystander in the AUKUS deal. Who's going to believe that stuff? but two commenters have already brought it up.

Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 26 2021 15:33 utc | 10

More on the Pfizer pill...

Pfizer's treatment is a combination of protease inhibitors, a type of medicine long used to battle HIV. The idea is to block an enzyme that the coronavirus needs to replicate, helping the body combat the intruder. The combination includes ritonavir, a 25-year-old drug sold under the brand name Norvir by AbbVie.

The company in July also began studying the combination in non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients who are at increased risk of severe disease. Pfizer told investors it's hoping to seek emergency approval of the therapy in the fourth quarter.

Pfizer, Merck launch large new trials of oral COVID-19 drugs

They are in stage 3 trials now. Emergency use by year end. Are they basing this on Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine in part? It appears to be the case.

Results: Ivermectin was found as a blocker of viral replicase, protease and human TMPRSS2, which could be the biophysical basis behind its antiviral efficiency. The antiviral action and ADMET profile of ivermectin was on par with the currently used anticorona drugs such as hydroxychloroquine and remdesivir. Conclusion: Our study enlightens the candidature of ivermectin as an effective drug for treating COVID-19.

Exploring the binding efficacy of ivermectin against the key proteins of SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis: an in silico approach

Why were drugs like this not allowed for off label use if known to be somewhat effective? Why the massive campaign of ridicule? Why the massive censorship? Why let so many people die untreated with the exception of the ventilators and later some applied O2? Why use police powers to punish doctors who tried to treat their patients in this fashion?

Obviously these questions will never be answered by the powers. Thanks for letting me vent the steam a little.

Posted by: circumspect | Sep 26 2021 15:34 utc | 11

Nevertheless, the narrative is bizarre. It doesn't make any sense, even to the ignorant masses, to claim the solution to rising gas prices is to abandon the NS-2 and pump more gas through Ukraine.

Posted by: vk | Sep 26 2021 14:42 utc | 5

Theoretically, it is a solution. Similarly, problems with water in Crimea could be easily solved if Ukraine would remove a dam they constructed on Dnepr-Crimea canal. In January, there was a lot of glee in Ukraine, Bloomberg News etc. that a subsequent year of draught will devastate Crimea where reservoirs were running dry. Subsequently, Crimea was affected this year by floods and reservoirs got full, so the glee was timely: laugh today because you are not sure if you can laugh tomorrow.

In short, if the relationships are good, solutions are not hard to find. But if there are bad, not so much. But ignorant masses and beneficiaries of education by think tanks and other fountains of wisdom do not see it that way.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 26 2021 15:41 utc | 12

"Worse than the opioids that are killing white trash like flies around the Deep South, the Rust Belt and liberal paradise California."
Sigh... If you got to know these people vk you would find it is more nuanced than that. Enough said.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 26 2021 15:48 utc | 13

@ 10
. . .from Strategic Culture:
"The EU, like NATO, is a crucial tool of (UK/)U.S. power."
The allusion to feeble, failed NATO is interesting.
Meanwhile there is a whole corporate interest that will control Europe just like it controls the US.
. . .recent news:
China-Europe freight train trips hit 10,000 by end-August
China-Europe freight train trips have taken a robust growth momentum since the start of 2021, with the total number surging 32 percent year on year to reach 10,030 by the end of August, data from the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. showed Thursday.
During the period, the freight trains carried approximately 964,000 20-foot equivalent unit containers of goods, growing 40 percent from the same period in 2020.
This was the sixteenth straight month that trips made by China-Europe freight trains had exceeded 1,000, said the company, adding that the total number of train trips has surpassed 10,000 two months earlier than last year. . . here
So much for "crucial tool."

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 26 2021 15:52 utc | 14

America’s ability to engage in serious diplomacy is tremendously hobbled.

The Biden administration doesn’t have a diplomatic team filled out and in place at the country level. The ambassadors to NATO, China, Germany, France, Britain, ... haven’t been confirmed? None of the countries in the Quad have an American ambassador (Australia, Japan & India). Who will drive the initiatives in the diplomatic arena?

What happened to America’s soft power? No trust or credibility...?

Posted by: Max | Sep 26 2021 16:00 utc | 15

"But this is too much. To claim Japan would be alright and still booming if Japanese women simply continued to reproduce like rabbits is of the most vulgar pseudoscience."
vk | Sep 26 2021 14:42 utc | 5
If you do the analysis regardless what is the junk answer you get?

You're a historian. What was that 19th century theory accounting for cycles of population growth and famine? Supposedly inevitable.

So crudely speaking I would predict a decline in Japanese standard of living. Would a Marxist predict this?

We drifted into my cross-domain/biological thesis to answer such questions. It is more than an issue of learned ideology in play here.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 26 2021 16:00 utc | 16

@ Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 26 2021 15:41 utc | 11

It's one thing to destroy a dam in order to return the natural flux of the river. But a gas pipeline can only handle so much pressure of gas at any given unit of time. You can't just "rise the flow of gas through the Ukraine", no matter how much you rise the pressure of the gas, it will never compensate for the extra gas an extra gas pipeline can give you. An extra gas pipeline gives you extra gas, it's that simple.

Read Peskov's explanation. Russia continues to deliver the usual amount of gas to the European Peninsula. That's not the reason the gas prices are rising.

Posted by: vk | Sep 26 2021 16:14 utc | 17

@ Max 16
The Biden administration doesn’t have a diplomatic team filled out and in place at the country level.

Well Biden has promised to put U.S. diplomacy back in the hands of genuine professionals so we can (snarkily) say that that's what Biden is doing, i.e. not appointing fat-cat fund-raisers and relying on the professional chargé d'affaires in allied capitals.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 26 2021 16:20 utc | 18

@ Don Bacon (#21), Biden isn’t doing the right thing. He is appointing a fundraiser and a banker to Japan as an ambassador. Does Rahm Emanuel speak Japanese? Bad choice.

Posted by: Max | Sep 26 2021 16:35 utc | 19


Posted by: norb | Sep 26 2021 16:47 utc | 20

@ Max 22
The appointment to US-occupied Japan of a failed politician, not a fat-cat fund-raiser, and not relying upon a pro in Tokyo, is a shrewd way for Biden to let the Japanese know that their country doesn't matter and they should just do what they're told to do, as in Australia.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 26 2021 16:51 utc | 21

thanks for all your work b.. thank you to the posters here too for trying to act considerate of others..

enjoying peachland at the moment..

Posted by: james | Sep 26 2021 16:57 utc | 22

David G Horsman 17 "We drifted into my cross-domain/biological thesis to answer such questions. It is more than an issue of learned ideology in play here.

You said something about running bots also as part of this thesis. Quite a human character experiment you are doing. I take you are running one or two bots here...

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 26 2021 17:03 utc | 23

"What happened to America’s soft power? No trust or credibility...?
Max | Sep 26 2021 16:00 utc | 16
Trump hollowed out the US diplomacy machine and my impression is that it has not been restored since.

You're not "back" if you don't have a functioning diplomatic core.
Diplomatic corpse?
Corps? I forget the word.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 26 2021 17:03 utc | 24

Haha Greens are getting ALOT of votes in the German vote today apparently,

German Green Party leader Habeck wants to arm Ukraine against Russia

Germany: Greens' Annalena Baerbock urges hard line on Russia, China

World are gonna miss Merkel with these warmongering greens-lunatics in power.

Posted by: Zanon | Sep 26 2021 17:05 utc | 25

the German elections are done.
CDU and SPD have both aprox 25% and both claim baselesly that they have "a solid mandate" to lead the new government

a shitshow

its now obvious that the next government will include the neoliberal FDP as well as the neoliberal Greens

of course there is the possibility of another grand coalition... but somehow the zeitgeist isn't favorably

IMHO this will lead to more confrontation with Russia and more transatlanticism
more privatization, higher Energie prices for consumer, deregulation, tax cuts

let's see how the new green democryphie will mend into neolieberal Endzeit kaputtalism without longterm plans

there is still a lot of wealth to suck

Posted by: kartoschka | Sep 26 2021 17:12 utc | 26

German elections - exit polls just released

The exit polls show that the Greens received 15% of the vote, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) 11%, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) 11% and the Left party 5%.

SPD 25%
Greens 15%
AFD 11%
FDP 11%
Left 5%
Other parties 8%

It is a mystery to me why the CDU/CSU should have received a boost in popularity in the last few days. Allegedly just because Der Führer Merkel officially backed her candidate Laschet. But Laschet is so incompetent he couldn't even manage to vote for himself without casting an invalid vote (folded wrongly, caught on camera, shows how he voted contrary to rules). If he can't manage that what idiot would think he could manage a country?

Is the official exit poll showing a slight recovery of CDU/CSU (not much but enough to make a CDU/CSU/SDU/Greens coalition theoretically possible) indicating the intention to vote-stuff in favour of the preferred party? Can't see how else they could win.

Posted by: BM | Sep 26 2021 17:14 utc | 27

Compared with 2017 elections and even though the votes are not 100% counted yet, the winner in German election seems to be

Greens +6%
SPD +5%

Losers seems to be the Leftist party-5 and AFD -1%

Posted by: Zanon | Sep 26 2021 17:28 utc | 28

this man has some facts suggest we ask him to post here..

Posted by: snake | Sep 26 2021 17:36 utc | 29

I have not seen any MOA comments on the two fantastic Strategic Culture articles by Cynthia Chung from a few days ago, with what I find to be huge, paradigm shattering implications for me at least.

They seem to confirm that FUKUS is following the reincarnation of Trotsky's "Permanent Revolution" as what we now see as "Permanent Warfare", whose blueprint is layed out in neocon daddy James Burnham's "The Managerial Revolution". Burnham's history as a Trotskite and his deep ties with the OSS/CIA are indisputable and drive home the implication that we are well on our way along the path to his totalitarian distopia.

and the previous part 1

This book, IMHO is critical to understanding the last 80 years of Deep State history. Antonio Gramsci was just a piker compared to Burnham. The power structure he puts forth is happening - a dictatorship of the managerial technocracy with its full spectrum domination of "The Narrative" is not even
being hidden anymore, and it shows up with its own memes and slogans such as the "Great Reset", or "Build Back Better" with the demonic Soros, Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab cackling away as the sheep look on in dull bewilderment.

Trotsky's "Permanent Revolution" is now replaced with the US Empire's "Permanent Warfare", a self financing way of achieving the same ends with lots of now much richer MIC stakeholders promoting the outcome.

What blew my mind is that George Orwell saw through this and "Nineteen Eighty Four" is a specific warning about Burnham, not just in "1984" as a cautionary tale but also specifically about "The Managerial Revolution".

Here I always thought it was just ironic that 1984 (and Brave New World) seemed to be an instruction manual on how to bring about a Dystopia that was unfolding before our eyes. Now it seems it *really is*.

The memes in 1984 track Burnham's belief that the world would be split up in three factions forever at war (although at the time Burnham wrote his book he was convinced that it would be Germany vs Japan vs the Anglo world). The actual Burnham book even makes a cameo appearance in 1984 as "The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism". The fact that Burnham was a Trotskite but quickly changed sides after WWII when he saw which way the wind was blowing shows that ideology isn't the critical thing, gaining power is and any ideology will do: Fidel Castro for example is supposed to have practiced his oratory skill giving Mussolini speeches in front of the mirror...

If you haven't read the two Chung articles it will be a sobering eye opener.

Posted by: Simplicius | Sep 26 2021 17:37 utc | 30

Vk re the manifest destiny RT link,

"The spy chief said the blame for how the situation unfolded should be shared by the whole US intelligence community, including the CIA, as well as the State Department and the White House’s office of the national security advisor."

I am in complete agreement. The US media has kept the focus entirely on Biden which is very telling.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 26 2021 17:38 utc | 31

I have not seen any MOA comments on the two fantastic Strategic Culture articles by Cynthia Chung from a few days ago, with what I find to be huge, paradigm shattering implications for me at least.
Posted by: Simplicius | Sep 26 2021 17:37 utc | 33

I linked the more recent of the two in the last open thread #239 and marked it as an allegory to the Covid Saga. The other article is of course cross-linked from that one.

Posted by: BM | Sep 26 2021 17:50 utc | 32

well yes the left lost alot to the green

let's see if three transatlantic neoliberal parties or three neoliberal transatlantic parties are going to rule

Posted by: kartoschka | Sep 26 2021 17:50 utc | 33

experiment 127:
@circumspect time for a test. words that are censored by this site:
ivermectin (drug that starts with Ive)
hydroxychloroquine (the other drug that starts with hydro)
vaccine deaths (what happens when injection is fatal)
plandemic (play on words)

Posted by: fbomb | Sep 26 2021 17:58 utc | 34

well yes the left lost alot to the green
Posted by: kartoschka | Sep 26 2021 17:50 utc | 36

Relative to 2017, yes. But relative to poll ratings since some months ago the Greens have lost it BIG TIME. They blew it. (Phew, thank god for that!) USA puppy Nr. 1, doesn't know her left hand from her right hand unless told by her master.

Posted by: BM | Sep 26 2021 17:59 utc | 35


“White trash” is the sort of appellation Marx wouldn’t use, while Tsarist aristocracy would.

Posted by: Zakukommander | Sep 26 2021 18:04 utc | 36

fbomb @ 34

Not so sure its the site. It might be the links and not the words. It might be the man in the middle. It might be a spell check thing. Just trying to post. It is not rocket science. Been doing it for years.

Obviously I was wrong. B fixed it. It might just be a coding issue. Seen it happen before.

Thanks, B I hate to waste your time. I know running a site is very, very time consuming. Need to send you some dinero and you should be asking for donations.

Now let me take my size 10 boot out of my mouth.

Posted by: circumspect | Sep 26 2021 18:06 utc | 37

Posted by: BM | Sep 26 2021 17:59 utc | 35

Presumably the exit polls take no account of the postal vote, which apparently was huge* this year. So potentially the full result could be rather different.

DW says over 40%.

Posted by: BM | Sep 26 2021 18:10 utc | 38

Re: "White trash" and the opioid epidemic: ...growing racial disparity in opioid overdose death rates. Deaths among African Americans are growing faster than among whites across the country.

Well, that data will require some massaging to make it woke-compliant.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 26 2021 18:12 utc | 39

I can only speak to conditions here in the U$A, but, I regret to inform all posters here, that the war against the anti-democratic forces is long over.

The anti-democratic oligarchs have captured the entire system. From 99% of the MSM, to both sides of our 2 political parties, through unlimited dark money, approved as "free speech" by the SCOTUS.

The "working classes", through their willful ignorance, and almost total disinterest in anything but their pursuit of self-interest, and personal comfort.

The empire has won here, I wish the rest of humanity all the best.....

Posted by: vetinLA | Sep 26 2021 18:13 utc | 40

What matters, is the "working classes" can blame no one but themselves for the state of the U$A today.

Posted by: vetinLA | Sep 26 2021 18:16 utc | 41

Twitter of Gharibabadi, Iranian ambassador to the UN, about the AUKUS deal:

Countries who blame Iran, politically of course, for enriching uranium up to 60%, which is for humanitarian and peaceful purposes, now closed their eyes and decided to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia using above 90% HEU fuel.
Iran has been consistent in stating that every member of the [International Atomic Energy] Agency has the right to pursue its peaceful nuclear program, regardless of the level of enrichment, based on exclusively its needs and in accordance with the Agency's Safeguards.
For Australia, reaching safeguards arrangement with the Agency is of essence. The Agency should have access to the HEU there at agreed and reasonable time and no excuse is accepted in this regard. The Agency should keep the BoG informed on this important regularly.
For the US and UK, they should stop such a vulgar façade of double standard and hypocrisy and avoid compromising their obligations under Article III of the NPT under the pretext of the fabricated so-called "strategic concerns".

Posted by: passerby | Sep 26 2021 18:35 utc | 42

“Private Imperialist Global Oligarchy” ~ PIGO = Please Go!

@ snake (#98), responding to your earlier comment from this week. Good points. A good way to learn history is by connecting dots from various sources. Every nation is a socioeconomic system (values-value) with various epochs like any organization. History without monetary/financial understanding & events is fiction. To gain knowledge one needs to learn about internal forces, external forces, key challenges, leadership, outcomes, epochs and key metrics (money, debt, capital/credit/metal movements, population, growth rate,...). Numbers don’t lie! Humanity’s real history is coming!

Robert Burgelman has developed a great framework to understand the strategic evolution of organizations through the multiple stages/epochs of growth and development including the critical role of strategic choices as well as main actors. This enables one to analyze and understand the full depth of the complex organization’s history.

Over the past many centuries “Private Imperialist Global Oligarchs” (PIGOs) have controlled the economic and political power. They have defined the governance structure, laws, societal development,... working in tandem with monarchs, administrative heads, financiers, merchants... Thanks to the Internet, humanity is connecting dots and waking up! Also, God is watching US! “In God We Trust”

Please read David Abernethy’s work “the dynamics of global dominance”, Carroll Quigley’s books, “The World of Private Banking” by Philip Cottrell, “The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History” by Richard Grossman and Catherine Schenk, Damon Vrabel’s video series,... to come closer to reality! Please share your favorite work to understand reality.

What is your strategic framework to understand a nation?

PIGO has rarely let a nation create its sovereign money or credit. They have pushed nations to borrow from their financial entities and go into debt. There is no sovereignty without monetary sovereignty. Most global regions have been their private plantation (vassals), including the U$A. Who were the financiers of the American revolution? Who were the European PIGOs then?

Which nations & over what time period have issued sovereign money?

Posted by: Max | Sep 26 2021 18:39 utc | 43

German elections show how the Greens were boosted by media and the German people didn't buy it. They got 14%. That was what I said here , they won't to get more than 14...

Two days ago the media said they were around 19% LOL. 3 months ago Annalena Baerbock was 32% LOL..


The media also boosted the AFD.. BLah they got around 9%.. Blah. If they wanted polarize Germany with extremists they failed ..

Posted by: Nick | Sep 26 2021 18:52 utc | 44

@ Posted by: Simplicius | Sep 26 2021 17:37 utc | 30

We should be very careful with our interpretation of post-war sources in the West. Otherwise, we'll imagine Trotsky was behind everything.

The post-war period was an era of high intellectual confusion in the West. The rise and fall of the Nazis was a devastating blow to classical liberal thought. The USSR was at the apex of its fame and prestige around the world, and capitalism was at the highest of the alerts.

It was also a period of capitalist boom due to the reconstruction with the new revolutionary technologies of electronics and physics.

In this period, it was impossible to pretend Marxist-Leninist theory didn't exist. The West had to distort it in order to make it digestible to a capitalist audience, but it could not throw it away. It was then that the CIA decided that the way to go on the propaganda warfare front against the USSR was by forging a "Non-Communist Left" (NCL). This was an umbrella terms that basically designated the entire spectrum of the center-left. This is the embryo of what we nowadays call the "Woke Left" - it is an alt-right myth that the "woke left" was born by a rehabilitation of Marxism; the woke left is in fact the degeneration of the NCL.

But why did the future NCL decided to become the NCL? The key is to understand that the end of WWII put Soviet Marxism at the top of the world. The Western Marxists were at rock bottom: they were the impotent losers who couldn't do the revolution in their own countries in the 1920s and couldn't stop nazi-fascism in the 1930s and 1940s. The Western Marxists had to create a political narrative to legitimize their existence to their followers and sympathizers in the post-war period. Hence the theory of totalitarianism; hence the idealization of pluralism; hence its heavily messianic content; hence its idealism disguised with materialist rhetoric. James Burham was an extreme case because he freaked out in 1941. He was already ready for a Nazi victory by the time he published his "Managerial Revolution".

Posted by: vk | Sep 26 2021 18:52 utc | 45

VK ur comment told me who the real "white trash" is, that is you.
I find more honor and worth in a junkie at Oslo S then i find in you🤷‍♂️

Posted by: Per/Norway | Sep 26 2021 18:53 utc | 46

If we are lucky. Mutti will still be here for 300 days more!
The beauty of PR and having to form a stable government. Took her 5 months last time don’t forget. She may even see Macron the Banker SunKing EU disassembler deposed yet!

The NeoLibCon merchants better put the champagne on ice.

Posted by: D.G. | Sep 26 2021 19:08 utc | 47

vetinLA @40: "The anti-democratic oligarchs have captured the entire system. From 99% of the MSM, to both sides of our 2 political parties..."

So, party operatives, Mockingbird mass media editors and producers, and the recipients and origins of "unlimited dark money", those are all working class people, huh?

Of course not. Those are middle class scumbags. You are basically saying it is the working class people's fault for allowing themselves to be gaslit and brain-fucked by the middle class scum who enthusiastically polish the oligarchs' apples.

The middle class scum who serve the oligarchy have no responsibility in all of this? Even though they are the ones producing and echoing and amplifying the false narratives and propaganda that protects the oligarchy?

But when the working class tries to shake things up and throws their sabot into the machinery and does the impossible by electing the theatric foil candidate, the middle class totally loses their shit and spends the next four years in absolutely mindless hysteria. A theatric foil candidate, by the way, that was offered only to make their intended candidate seem passable in comparison.

Sure, it's all the working class people's fault.

But just the white ones, right?

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 26 2021 19:10 utc | 48

Well said and 100% true Mr Gruff

Posted by: ld | Sep 26 2021 19:28 utc | 49

vetinLA@#40, #41:

The "working classes", through their willful ignorance, and almost total disinterest in anything but their pursuit of self-interest, and personal comfort.

Willful implies a conscious choice was made. This may or may not be so. It could simply be stupidity that they were born with.

I agree that they can blame no one but themselves for the state that U$A is in today. And I count myself as one one the 'working class' entity you spoke of.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Sep 26 2021 19:36 utc | 50


Back in the 1920's and 1930's the working class of China faced the same predicament as we do in the U$ today. They said hell no! They put their will into deeds. They went through extreme hardship and faced down huge obstacles. They prevailed in 1949. They are much happier today.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Sep 26 2021 19:43 utc | 51

Manuela Schwesig SPD, a strong supporter of Nord Stream 2 won the elections for first minister in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with 40% of votes..she can govern without needing coalitions in the state parliament..

Posted by: Nick | Sep 26 2021 20:06 utc | 52

@ 51
China has committees at various levels working toward a common goal. My understanding of it is limited, but apparently the committees at the lowest level are elected. The national leaders come up through this system.
The US on the other hand has (expensive) elections at all levels, putting people into office who are beholden to the corporate parties who paid the election expenses.
Of the two systems, the China one seems to produce better results while the US system hardly produces any results at all, except for huge Pentagon budgets, world-wide military presence and endless wars. The system could be improved to give the citizens some ability to affect government activities, but there is no mechanism to do so. Other countries ave referendums and initiative votes, and twenty-six US states have them, but can anyone imagine a national referendum in the US to decide an important issue, say war, military bases, abortion, vaccinations etc ? . . .I can't even imagine it.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 26 2021 20:12 utc | 53

Posted by: vk | Sep 26 2021 14:42 utc | 5

"Like I said here many times: Putin's running out of time. Either he recognizes the failure of the capitalist experiment in Russia and tries to restore the most of the old Soviet system (with the due market reforms that were successful in China), or Russia will collapse again in a middle income trap type of economic crisis."

The halo from his stabilization of the economy, helped by the oil rising price post 2000, is getting dimmer and dimmer. He can't play the triangulation game between the oligarchs, siloviki and his own group forever. He either starts forcing more change or he will lose legitimacy as Chinese living standards leave Russia in the dust and the resource trap starts closing shut.

Posted by: Roger | Sep 26 2021 20:12 utc | 54

I see a link to Lavorv's UNGA speech transcript has yet to be provided: in Russian. That it was presented yesterday but not reported on much anywhere is troubling, IMO. Full machine translation follows:

Dear Mr. Chairman,

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am glad to have the opportunity to speak from the rostrum of the UN General Assembly. The fact that we are meeting again in this room symbolizes a collective determination to restore normal communication, interrupted after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By and large, we have no other choice: broad cooperation among the United Nations is particularly needed at a time when the number of issues on the global agenda continues to grow. The range of cross-border threats is expanding. Numerous regional hotbeds of tension are a serious destabilizing charge. The right of the strong is increasingly being tried to be used against the force of law. There is no agreement among the leading powers on the principles of the world order.

It is obvious for Russia that it is possible to effectively counter challenges and threats only through joint efforts in strict accordance with the universally recognized norms of international law, primarily the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. The World Organization must play a central coordinating role in global politics, fully unleashing its unique potential for universal multilateralism and legitimacy.

Recently, we have seen persistent attempts to belittle the role of the UN in solving the key problems of our time, to "push" it into the background or to turn it into an obedient tool for promoting someone's selfish interests. Such attempts are clearly manifested in the concept of the so-called "rules-based order", which the West persistently introduces into political circulation in opposition to international law.

No one, of course, opposes the rules as such. After all, the UN Charter is a set of rules. But rules approved by all countries of the world. Similarly, any new rules governing interstate communication should be agreed on universal platforms, primarily here. When they are installed in private, bypassing the World Organization, they cannot have all-encompassing legitimacy.

By translating discussions on key issues into formats convenient for itself, the West would like to exclude from the process of developing global solutions those who have their own, different point of view. Not so long ago, in this logic, Germany and France announced the creation of an "alliance of multilateralists", although it would seem, what other structure could be more multilateral than the UN? However, Berlin and Paris felt that there were many "conservatives" in the UN who restrained the efforts of the "advanced vanguard". They proclaimed the European Union as the ideal of "effective multilateralism", and all others were invited to look up to it.

A recent example is the idea put forward by the US Administration of convening a "summit of democracies". Participants, of course, Washington will determine itself, arrogating to itself the right to determine the degree of compliance of a country with democratic standards. In fact, this initiative – quite in the spirit of the Cold War – proclaims a new ideological "crusade" against all dissenters. Moreover, this line is carried out against the background of the words voiced in President Joe Biden's speech that the United States does not want to divide the world into opposing blocs. In fact, the "summit of democracies" will be a step towards splitting the world community into "friends" and "others".

It is also significant that, declaring the priority of democracy in its relations with any partners, Washington is concerned exclusively with the state of affairs within the countries concerned. As soon as it comes to the establishment of democracy in the sphere of international relations, the United States, and all its allies, lose interest in the conversation:no one, they say, can encroach on the authority of NATO and the EU. Those are the rules.

Recently, President Biden announced his refusal to use military methods in order to, as he put it, "remake other countries." We expect that the United States will take the next step and abandon not only force, but also any other methods of imposing its model of development.

The "rules-based order" is based on double standards. When it is beneficial to the West, the right of peoples to self-determination is elevated to an absolute. And then, in violation of the Security Council resolution and without any referendums, they recognize as an independent state the artificially created entity of Kosovo, previously forcibly detached from the European state – Serbia. No one is confused that the Malvinas are 12 thousand km from Great Britain, and under the control of Paris and the same London still, contrary to the decisions of the UN and the International Court of Justice, there are former colonial possessions that no one is going to liberate. When the right to self-determination contradicts the geopolitical interests of the West – as in the case of the free expression of the will of the inhabitants of Crimea in the referendum on reunification with Russia in 2014 – it is forgotten, and illegal sanctions are imposed for the implementation of this right. The reason is simple: the Crimeans were fleeing from the ultra-radicals who committed a coup in Ukraine, which was supported by the West. That is, "their own" came to power in Kiev, and they - according to Western rules - should be taken under protection and fenced out.

In line with the same "rules-based order," the United States maintains an archaic trade embargo against Cuba and seeks to dictate its will to the peoples of Venezuela and Nicaragua – in flagrant violation of the charter principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states. The use of unilateral restrictive measures undermines the prerogatives of the Security Council and runs counter to the recent call by the UN Secretary-General for their suspension at least for the duration of the pandemic.

The efforts of a number of countries to rewrite the history of the Second World War are also aimed at eluciting the UNocentric world order. Members of the EU and NATO refuse to support the resolutions of the General Assembly on the inadmissibility of the glorification of Nazism, reject proposals to condemn the practice of destroying monuments to the liberators of Europe from the "brown plague".

The imposition of a "rules-based order" instead of unconditional compliance with international law is fraught with dangerous relapses of bloc policy, the creation of dividing lines between a group of Western countries and other states. However, recent events have shown that voluntarist rules can be applied within the Western camp, if someone there becomes too independent. At least many of the world's media regarded the epic with the supply of submarines to Australia as a reaction to the talk of "strategic autonomy" of Europe, which intensified after the hasty withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan. The situation of chaos around this exit is also an illustration of the rules on which the West would like to build its world order.

We are convinced that it is time to learn from the dangerous consequences of the policy of undermining the UN-centric architecture, which was formed following the Second World War and has repeatedly served as a reliable insurance against catastrophic scenarios. In the face of global challenges, the world community needs unity, not a new split. Russia firmly stands for the rejection of any confrontation and stereotypes, for joining forces to solve the key tasks of development and survival of mankind. We have enough tools for that. First of all, it is the UN and its Security Council, which must be adapted to the realities of a polycentric world order, expanding its composition at the expense of the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The permanent members of the UN Security Council, who have a special responsibility to the Organization in accordance with the Charter, can and should stimulate the establishment of genuine collective action. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to convene a summit of the "big five" for an honest conversation on the problems of global stability.

They also associate high expectations with the prospects for the Russian-American dialogue on the future of arms control, the beginning of which was agreed at the Russian-American summit in Geneva. With good will, access to mutually acceptable solutions is quite real. The whole world was encouraged by the new US Administration's agreement to our proposal to extend the START Treaty without any conditions. Of great importance was the reaffirmation in the joint statement of the presidents of Russia and the United States of their commitment to the principle that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be unleashed.

A responsible approach is also in demand in other areas of strategic stability. After Washington's withdrawal from the INF Treaty, Russia made a unilateral commitment not to deploy such land-based missiles – both nuclear- and non-nuclear–based – in regions where similar American-made systems would not be deployed. We continue to expect the reaction of NATO members to our proposal to declare a similar moratorium, supported – I emphasize this in particular – by mutual verification measures.

Among the new global challenges and threats is the intention of individual states to militarize the Internet and unleash a race of cyberarmaments. Russia is in favour of agreeing on ways to ensure international information security at the UN. Here, too, the criterion should not be someone's "special rules", but universal agreements that allow for transparent, facts-based, consideration of any concerns. This is the aim of our initiatives to develop common norms for responsible behavior of States in the use of ICTs and to prepare a universal convention against cybercrime.

Along with the digital space, some countries see space as a sphere of confrontation. We consider this a dangerous trend and propose to prohibit the deployment of any types of weapons in outer space, as well as the use of force or the threat of force there. The Russian-Chinese draft of the relevant treaty remains on the negotiating table of the Conference on Disarmament.

Russia has consistently taken initiatives on other issues that require joint action.

Today, twenty years after the horrific terrorist attacks in New York, Russian President Vladimir Putin's call to form a broad anti-terrorist coalition – without "double standards" on the basis of international law – is more relevant than ever. We also expect a reaction to the Russian initiative to elaborate a Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Chemical and Biological Terrorism.

Only on the basis of international law, by involving all stakeholders and taking into account their interests, can progress be made in the settlement of regional conflicts. In Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen and other "hot spots", all external players are required to understand the cultural and civilizational specifics of society, refuse to politicize humanitarian aid, and assist in the formation of broadly representative authorities that include all the main ethno-confessional and political forces of the respective countries. Guided by this approach, Russia is constructively participating in promoting the Afghan settlement through the "extended troika" and the "Moscow format", contributes to the stabilization of the situation in Syria within the framework of the "Astana process", works with all Libyan parties in order to implement political reforms.

The processes taking place in the Middle East region should not overshadow the task of achieving a sustainable Palestinian-Israeli settlement on a universally recognized international legal framework that envisages the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian State coexisting in peace with Israel. We support the restart of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and the intensification of the role of the Quartet of international mediators in coordination with the League of Arab States.

Russia will continue to contribute to the normalization of relations between Iran and its Arab neighbors. Together with our partners, we are working to resume as soon as possible the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to resolve the situation around the Iranian nuclear program. A comprehensive approach is required for the long-term stabilization of the entire region. This is the aim of the updated Russian Concept for Ensuring Collective Security in the Persian Gulf, recently circulated as a document of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly.

In the context of the search for ways to overcome regional crises, we are ready to share Russia's unique experience of peaceful coexistence of different civilizations, religions and cultures. We expect significant practical results from the World Conference on Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue, which will be held in St. Petersburg on May 16-18, 2022, its holding was supported by UN Secretary-General A. Guterres and the leadership of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Today, the importance of the humanitarian socio-economic and environmental dimensions of the UN's activities is increasing many times. It is important to avoid the temptation to make these areas the subject of geopolitical games and unfair competition.

COVID-19 is our common enemy. We support the mutual recognition of vaccines approved by national supervisory authorities in the interest of lifting restrictions on international travel of citizens as soon as possible.

It is crucial not to weaken efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We hope that the decisions of the UN Summit on Food Systems held the other day will help to achieve the SDGs.

We support the strengthening of the central role of the UN in shaping the environmental agenda on the basis of equality and respect for each other's interests, including taking into account socio-economic realities. Otherwise, it will be difficult to mobilize all states to achieve global climate goals.

To find a balance of interests, it is necessary to adjust the work of all structures that affect the effectiveness of global governance, to make maximum use of the potential of such an inclusive association as the Group of Twenty, which includes both "old" and "new" dynamically developing world centers - such as BRICS and their like-minded people. We took with interest the Global Development Initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping, which is consonant with our approaches.

Russia and its allies and partners support the strengthening of complementary network alliances through the development of integration processes within the CIS, EAEU, CSTO, SCO. A significant positive charge is the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin to form a Greater Eurasian Partnership with the involvement of ASEAN, which plays a central role in determining the norms of behavior in the Asia-Pacific region.

In general, the regional dimension of the development of the world is becoming increasingly decisive. Much depends on whether we can constructively translate the growing rivalry between the regions. Who is more important: Europe or Asia? Pacific or Indian Ocean? Will a "Latin American European Union" be created? Why make Africa an arena of confrontation?

The UN Charter has Chapter VIII on relations with regional organizations. On this basis, the Secretary-General meets such organizations annually to exchange views on global politics. We consider it useful to take the next step in this format and use it to prepare proposals for harmonizing regional aspirations in order to respond as effectively as possible globally to the challenges of the time.

We are all "in the same boat." It is in our common interest that it firmly hold itself on the waves of world politics. We are different, but this should not prevent us from working for the benefit of our peoples and all mankind. Only in this way can we fulfill the lofty mission of the United Nations – to save the present and future generation from war, disease and hunger, to build a more peaceful, stable and democratic future for all.

In conclusion, I offer the hashtag: "OurRussorUNU."

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 26 2021 20:32 utc | 55

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 26 2021 20:32 utc | 55

Lavrov has been quite active during the UNGA, a press conference following his speech, as meaty as his speech before the assembly.

He met with Borrell on the 23d and part of that conversation comes up, with the clown Borrell telling him that Russia should not get involved with anybody in the Sahel since that is their territory, shameless colonialist reflexes.

The suggested hashtag is translated with noise, the real one is:


As contrast to the "rules based order" that Lavrov constantly unmasks.

Posted by: Paco | Sep 26 2021 20:58 utc | 56

karlof1 | Sep 26 2021 20:32 utc | 55

Thanks very much for the post.
Off the podium Lavrov also said that Idlib must be removed as a threat in Syria. (see below)

Only one mention of the CIS, EAEU, CSTO, SCO. At the rate they are going they will be more influential than the UN very shortly.

The EU; Borell told Lavrov to keep out of "our" Africa. He was not amused. I don't quite know who Borell is identifying with. "Le Roi Soleil" perhaps? Could he secretly want to wear silken hose and pee in a bucket held by the "chamberlain"? ("De Chambrier", is a real name and "honour")


Now that Daraa has been taken, the other towns in the vicinity are rapidly joining Syria - as Syrians. Now the SAA will probabaly turn to Idlib, as it will have extra troops available. Turkey has also sent thousands of troops/military vehicles into it - what for, a picnic? The US has taken 60 ISIS members from prison camps (Hasaka area) and is retraining them as "Free Tribes" even though they probably originally came from other countries. Venezuela and Iran have made a new agreement over Oil exchanges.
Note that the Syrians held negotiations with the other towns immediately after the main group of militants had left Daraa. (Israel and US, UK supported). Who apparently seem quite happy with the change. Assad has learnt from Putin, that negotiations from a position of force are one of the best ways to bring peace. (Note that all the oil into Lebanon was carried by Syrian truck drivers. => my suggestion is that he offers to rent them out to the UK who is now "in need",)

La Palma hasn't gone away. The tremors have caused small landslides in the southern part and cracks (small) are appearing in several roads. The longer it goes on the more it will appear dangerous, as the weight of the lava flows and the tremors increase the possibility of a major disaster. The main magma underneath has yet to make an appearance. It may or may not.


I am becoming sadly aware that the "world knowledge about what's going" on is totally absent in those that regularly watch television. (ie. a relative of mine.) The violence in Australia and the practice run for a totalitarian police state do not appear in "the news". So he had never heard about it.

Posted by: Stonebird | Sep 26 2021 21:21 utc | 57

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 26 2021 15:48 utc | 13

opioids n white trash

Thanks David for your comment to VK re: White trash. I'm assuming it's a socio/economic putdown but there are a hell of a lot of us now that have had our industries wiped recently and I'm pleased as punch for this little Paki bastard to cancel me as a human for not making more than minimum wage.

Posted by: FiveGunsWest | Sep 26 2021 21:21 utc | 58

Paco @56--

Thanks for your reply and correction! I'd read that bit about Africa belonging to European Colonialists, but had yet to read the entire presser. I see Putin's been bust with post-election business, which is why Lavrov was at UNGA. TASS has an important report on Putin's address to the winners:

"'We all have numerous common challenges and common tasks. It is necessary to bring the poverty level in the country down to a minimum and to help a considerable amount of people out of it. It is necessary to improve the conditions of life, development and education, and simply the nutrition of children in low-income families, to raise for everyone the level and accessibility of quality modern education, healthcare and to continue transformations in the structure of the economy for cutting-edge high-tech industries,' Putin said on Saturday in a video conference with leaders of the parties that have won seats in the lower house of Russia’s parliament (State Duma).

"As the president noted, it is 'extremely difficult, but an absolute priority.'

"'It is necessary, of course, to boost the economic growth. Those are not simply general, but uniting us goals. I am convinced that the experienced traditional parliamentary parties and the new political forces, which will be represented in Duma, will be aware of their responsibility to Russia and will do their utmost to justify the confidence - high confidence - shown by voters to them,' the president added."

Note how Putin presumes bipartisanship on behalf of Russia and its people by all Duma members. And he expects them all to be at work on Monday! Here's the Kremlin's transcript of that meeting.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 26 2021 21:23 utc | 59

Interesting news...

Posted by: David | Sep 26 2021 21:34 utc | 60

Massive thanks to the Australians in the streets currently, especially the unionists calling out their boss for selling them down the river.

Here is a rather heart-churning video of an interaction between a protester and foot soldier of the empire. The gentleman filming it says everything that needs to be said. And the policeman who takes the time to listen gets his whole being-from-employment destroyed where his buddy finally pulls him back into the role of bodyguard for the empire.

It is a damn shame that b can not make the correlation between the mandates, big pharma, tptb, and the MIC. It seems a task too upsetting for his centralist viewpoint of world-arrangement.

Damn, b. It truly is tough to see your heroes fall away.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Sep 26 2021 21:51 utc | 61

I'm surprised that Lavrov didn't even mention global warming, which some say will have a devastating effect on Russia as here.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 26 2021 21:57 utc | 62

David G Horsman 17 "We drifted into my cross-domain/biological thesis to answer such questions. It is more than an issue of learned ideology in play here. - "You said something about running bots also as part of this thesis. Quite a human character experiment you are doing. I take you are running one or two bots here..." Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 26 2021 17:03 utc | 23

I know Peter(AU1) has it's place in life but it seems to me the world was much more civil before his "arrival".

David, he reminds me of a great old musical chestnut, "Horse Cock Phepner" by Sun City Girls.

Don't hold back and don't fight the urge.

Posted by: FiveGunsWest | Sep 26 2021 22:06 utc | 63

Anybody remember this? Posted here on Sep 7.

And now?

Steve Coogan to play Jimmy Savile in ‘sensitive’ BBC drama

Alan Partridge star will take on ‘complex’ character of notorious paedophile in The Reckoning

If interested in the connection between Savile and various Windsors see this:

I have my own personal theory about the ties. Savile is in the same category as Archer - someone who has performed an enormous personal service for the Windsors. And who, as a result, became entirely invulnerable.

Posted by: John Cleary | Sep 26 2021 22:08 utc | 64

@Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 26 2021 21:23 utc | 59

He remains stating the same one election after the other, one adressing after the other...

Yet the other day the deputy head of the Central Bank stated people should be able to pay for their own be disclaimed by, who else, Nabiulina!
If it is Nabiulina who has to pass her deputy by the left, the Russian people are fro a rude awakening...

It is said the KPRF was winning the election at exit polls, but then United Russia wins once of the electronic vote counted...

The Communist Party has won municipal elections in the second largest city in Austria...If the Communists are winning in Austria, such conservative place, eventhough theirs is the oldest Communist Party in Europe, why would not it win in Russia, where most people, increasingly, are missing the URSS?

Leader of the Communist Youth, Komsomol, Daria Bagina, was detained in a demonstration to protest the election results in Moscow along other Duma representatives, aldo Udaltsov of the Left Front was detained for 10 days...

Posted by: Hannelore G. | Sep 26 2021 22:19 utc | 65

Re: Meng Wanzhou

So what did they trade for her release? Letting Boeing off the hook, perhaps?

Sept 23rd:
vs earlier this year:

Posted by: ptb | Sep 26 2021 22:22 utc | 66

@Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 26 2021 21:57 utc | 62

Really? I wonder why the Russians go along the UN 2030 Agenda...and the pandemic...

Aitor Jáuregui, BlackRock CEO for Spain, Portugal and Andorra:"Climate change is an opportunity for historical investment"

They, simply, have invented this to save their system and rate of profit...

Posted by: Hannelore G. | Sep 26 2021 22:28 utc | 67


From your link
"In fact, arable land shrank by more than half to just 120,000 acres in 2017"

A little hard to take the piece seriously when they write that sort of thing. Most of it looks similar to any other anti Russia, anti China piece prophesying doom and gloom for those countries.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 26 2021 22:31 utc | 68

@ vk

A few clarifications please:

1. When you say 'Western Marxism' are you talking about the Frankfurt School? or Gramsci? These people were victims of Fascism and we should honour their commitment. They were not losers.
2. 'Messianism': are you referring to Benjamin's Theses on the Concept of History? Nevertheless, a remarkable work which tells us how we ought to be doing history.
3. 'Theory of Totalitarianism': is this a dig at Arendt? She too makes an extraordinary contribution.

I get that you see yourself as a bootstrap communist, an empiricist Leninist etc, and that you have little time for critique, but if your definition of 'impotent loser' means being unable to resist reactionary backlash, then doesn't the Marx of 1848 and 1871 also risk becoming such a loser in your estimation?

In short, you're being a grossly unfair. All critical theory from Marx on contributes to the arsenal of thought. If those ideas have been subverted by bad faith actors or cowardice, that can hardly be laid at their door.

Posted by: Patroklos | Sep 26 2021 22:48 utc | 69

Addendum @69

And I don't read about the revolution in Brazil resisting Bolsonaro. Too much time blogging and not enough time on the barricades, eh comrade?

Posted by: Patroklos | Sep 26 2021 22:51 utc | 70

This is a good piece from tinkzorg:

Posted by: Patroklos | Sep 26 2021 22:53 utc | 71


The social media experiment is a common theme in David G's posts.When it comes to what is happening in geo-politics. For me now it is the anglosphere and its deep state vs the emerging multipolar world. Others believe the big thing in geo-politics is the money.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 26 2021 22:59 utc | 72

CSIS is better at juggling than editing.

"In fact, arable land shrank by more than half to just 120,000 acres in 2017. In June of this year, regional officials in Stravopol, one of Russia’s major wheat regions, projected a remarkable 40 percent decline in wheat crop in 2020 as a result of droughts. ,"

The steppe areas of Russia had highly variable crops since the agriculture was introduced. This year, wheat crop is projected 12% lower than 2020. As the article is about Russia, a country-wide projection is skipped to make alarmist local anecdotes. One could also hope some conclusions for Americans. For example, "As Russia is doomed to burn to crisp as the climate is changing, our country should cut on arms spending that are a total waste as Russia will collapse anyway" (this article is from the Center for Strategic something).

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Sep 26 2021 23:02 utc | 73

Mr. middle class Willie the gruff wrote:
"But when the working class tries to shake things up and throws their sabot into the machinery and does the impossible by electing the theatric foil candidate, the middle class totally loses their shit and spends the next four years in absolutely mindless hysteria."

Yeah, that is the fantasy story that most of the population of the US wants to believe because that is the story that the TPTB want them to believe. But the facts are that it was both the middle class and the working class that lost their shit over Trump. Trump was a huge befuddlement for both the middle class and the working class. Many fools could not see Trump worked hard against the interests of both the middle class and the working class. And he did that by pitting both against each other, which was nothing new, but he was successful at making it look new.

Trump did absolutely nothing for either the middle class or the working class. In other words, Trump screwed both the working class and the middle class. Its only morons that believe Trump was working on behalf of the working class that swallow that BS. Now sure, to a moron the idea of promoting the interests of the working class sounds awfully good. It sounds good to both morons in the working class but it also sounds good to morons, like Gruff, who are members of the middle class. But other than sounding good other than his gift of sounding good to morons what did Trump accomplish?

Posted by: jinn | Sep 26 2021 23:11 utc | 74

Don Bacon @62--

IMO, Lavrov lumped the several globe-wide crises into one and the requirement for humanity to solve them as one using the UN as the central coordinating tool. He did mention the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals which include the Climate Crisis.

Hannelore G. @65--

And how else do you think people's pensions get paid? Who provides the funds to make the checks credible? Those that work--The People. IMO, Communism isn't at all radical, although it's presented as such. It's merely one way of collectively organizing society that's actually the human go-to system for most of its existence. Putin, a Collective-Conservative, is deemed a radical authoritarian for his people/society-centric system of political-economy because he doesn't put banks and oligarchs above all others; Biden and others in the West do and are called democrats.

Here's the seminal point at issue written by Glenn Diesen:

"The West has been adamant there cannot be a return to business as usual with Russia, and the sentiment is similar on the Russian side as the Western-centric foreign policy that prevailed for three centuries has come to an abrupt end. The West’s support for the 2014 coup in Ukraine ended the remaining illusions in Russia about a gradual integration with the West to construct a Greater Europe. Furthermore, the West’s anti-Russian sanctions have exposed the hazards of excessive economic reliance on a single state or region.
Russia’s pivot to the East to diversify its economic connectivity is not a temporary remedy to overcome sanctions from the West, rather it represents a fundamentally different strategy to engage with the world. Russia has abandoned its Greater Europe Initiative, which guided Russian foreign policy in various formats since Gorbachev’s aspirations for a 'Common European Home.' A consensus has emerged that Russia’s future belongs in a geoeconomic conception of a Greater Eurasia."

The reality missed by almost every analyst is the fact that the Cold War didn't end when the Berlin Wall fell or the USSR dissolved, for it was then escalated against Russia and followed by Hot War unleashed on Yugoslavia then Serbia. But it is now most certainly over and the Outlaw US Empire admitted its loss as it fled Afghanistan. It lost the arms race. And it lost the ideological battle as Neoliberalism saps its industrial strength and destroys the underpinnings of its society. The Escalation featured the declaration to achieve Full Spectrum Domination of the planet and its people, which was vigorously pursued beginning with the Afghan invasion. But the goal was never achieved for a variety of reasons, but primarily because Neoliberal Parasitism hollowed out its vital innards until only a Paper Tiger remained after the massive financial fraud of 2008 that revealed to all closely watching who was really running the Outlaw US Empire. Hubris to the nth degree caused the failure of the 2014 Ukraine Coup as the primary goal was captured by Russia--Crimea--and the crying has yet to stop. The Syrian intervention caused the crying to escalate as the world witnessed the Outlaw US Empire's overt use of its Terrorist Foreign Legion and the attempts to portray extreme zealots as moderates.

As with Yamamoto's understanding that Japan had already lost WW2 to the USA prior to its Pearl Harbor attack because of the USA's vast industrial and resource dominance, the Eurasian Bloc has already neutered the Outlaw US Empire's attempt to restart the Cold War as it simply lacks what it takes on several crucial levels, Human Capital being the most important. Certainly, more battles will be fought just as Hitler continued after Stalingrad, but the outcome is already known unless some spectacular mistakes are made by the Eurasianists.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 26 2021 23:16 utc | 75

Thanks to b and everyone else for all the links. Really surprised b didn't mention the Chinese cryptocurrency doesn't bode well for those of us who have invested in them long-term.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Sep 26 2021 23:19 utc | 76

@ Posted by: Patroklos | Sep 26 2021 22:48 utc | 69

All of the above excluding Gramsci (who was a genuine Marxist) are part of the NCL.

The NCL, for obvious reasons, was a loose confederation of everything the CIA could gather around the West. Anti-Communism was the only factor that unified all of them.

Posted by: vk | Sep 26 2021 23:26 utc | 77

@ Posted by: Patroklos | Sep 26 2021 22:51 utc | 70

Do you want to talk about Brazil? Why?

Posted by: vk | Sep 26 2021 23:27 utc | 78

Your sketchy critiques on Russia are. . .sketchy.
...from The Arctic Institute

The Arctic makes up 65 percent of the Russian landmass and the region drives the country’s economy: about 10 percent of the Russian GDP comes from the Arctic, where only 1.5 percent of the population lives. The recent environmental disaster in Norilsk, where a major fuel leak painted the nearby rivers blood-red, caused significant damage to the local ecosystem. According to scientists, it will take many years before the surrounding environment will recover. The Norilsk disaster uncovered Russia’s kryptonite – the Arctic is both the country’s most powerful asset and the most dangerous and fragile region. Permafrost thaw, accelerated by our warming climate, is threatening vital infrastructure in the area and may cause unprecedented environmental devastation. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Sep 26 2021 23:28 utc | 79

@Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 26 2021 23:16 utc | 75

"And how else do you think people's pensions get paid? Who provides the funds to make the checks credible?"

I fear that was not the conept he had in mind Nabiulina´s deputy when he stated that..He was thinking of the people being left to their own once elders, of course, ater having been plundered by taxes through their whole life...

Posted by: Hannelore G. | Sep 26 2021 23:29 utc | 80

Gruff says:

But when the working class tries to shake things up and throws their sabot into the machinery and does the impossible by electing the theatric foil candidate, the middle class totally loses their shit and spends the next four years in absolutely mindless hysteria.

There's an element of truth to this, but I think you go too far in what seems to be your definition of the middle class. Trump won the middle class as you call us (yourself ostensibly included*) in 2016. We're talking the same people who had previously voted for Obama here. Trump also won the UPPER middle class that year. I don't know about 2020 because I tuned out of the bullshit election and post-election news cycle.

I also think you go too far in your very definition of this "middle class" that you blame for being suckers to the same propaganda that the working class (and the two overlap) do. You're trying to extend this definition to include people that I live by and know voted for Trump. To that point, could you please define your use of this "middle class" term b/c it's clearly not the traditional definition. If I missed a previous post in a different thread, could you link me there?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Sep 26 2021 23:32 utc | 81

It seems Merkel will stay for another three months and if there is no coalition by Christmas she and the parliament will call for another elections in 6 months from now. LOL ..

Posted by: Nick | Sep 26 2021 23:39 utc | 82

Posted by: vk | Sep 26 2021 23:26 utc | 77

The NCL, for obvious reasons, was a loose confederation of everything the CIA could gather around the West. Anti-Communism was the only factor that unified all of them.

This kind of conspiracy nonsense is beneath you. It's because of this self-loathing in the Left that Franco won in Spain: you'd rather shoot a so-called NCL than find common cause.

My point about Brazil is that, by your measure, the place is full of impotent NCL losers who've let the place be run by compradors and Fascists. Does that include you too, more prepared to wage war against Marxists who don't match up to your definition than the real enemy?

Posted by: Patroklos | Sep 26 2021 23:49 utc | 83

@ Posted by: Patroklos | Sep 26 2021 23:49 utc | 83

Sure, it wasn't a CIA plot. The most precise narrative is that Marxism in the West collapsed and was shattered in many pieces. Many of them were used by the CIA, many of them don't. All of them hated Soviet socialism, even though most respected Lenin (Stalin served as the proverbial lightning rod).

If we take the phenomenon of the rise of the NCL in the West as historical and sociological, then we can consider the CIA as part of the NCL itself, at least partially. Reversely, we could say the NCL is some kind of Post-Marxism, in the sense that it was (still is) an amalgamation of the remnants of Marxism in the West with non-Marxist elements (e.g. Hannah Arendt, Neokantism).

So, my take is this: the NCL would rise in the West with or without the CIA. But the CIA boosted its rise, both in scale and in duration. The quote I like the most that sums the NCL perfectly (and its historical mission) is by one CIA agent, who said: "You can't beat Marx with Coca-Cola" (i.e. the Left can only be beaten by the Center-Left). The huge success of the welfare state made revolution not feasible in the West, and there was a large amount of hysteria among the NCL at that time because of that, in a frenesi that would foreshadow the End of History of the 1990s.

Brazil is part of the West. Almost the entire Brazilian Left is NCL. There's no question about it.

Forgot to mention that Walter Benjamin wasn't NCL. I thought you mentioned his name as a synonym for the Frankfurt School (which became the NCL in the post-war period). He couldn't, as he died before the NCL could rise (trying to flee the Nazis in Spain).

The anarchists let Franco win in Spain. Let's not forget that. There's a reason nobody sees anarchists roaming around the face of the Earth nowadays: the atrocities and self-destructive mistakes they committed in the Spanish Republic shocked the world. The anarchists are not part of the NCL; they're something else entirely.

Posted by: vk | Sep 27 2021 0:07 utc | 84

"white trash" is exactly the sort of insulting reference to the humans they claimed to be assisting that a chekist would use. VK's continual deprecations of his/her fellow humans are identical to those of the heartless cunts who destroyed the revolution.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Sep 27 2021 0:40 utc | 85

jinn @74 <-- obviously someone who suffered from, and still suffers from, "Trump Derangement Syndrome". It is a reassuring narrative that everyone else freaked out and lost their minds over Trump's win just as much as he did so that is what he will believe no matter what.

How often do I have to repeat it before it starts to sink into what serves as a consciousness for these hysterical dim bulbs? Many people voted for Trump because it was OBVIOUS that the establishment intended for them to vote against him. Working people voted for Trump to SABOTAGE the system; to be disobedient, not because they really thought Trump would do anything for them. People's vote for Trump was a symbolic Molotov cocktail thrown into the offices of the New York Langley Times and the CIA Nonsense Network (CNN). And guess what? It worked precisely as intended. The middle class lost their minds and shit their panties just as intended. jinn lost his mind and shit his panties. If everyone had lost their minds and shit their panties then jinn wouldn't have to be so ashamed, but sadly for jinn that is not what happened in the real world. In the real world the people who voted for Trump cracked a brew or two and had a good laugh over the shrill screeching emanating from their television sets.

Whether Trump ever intended to do anything for American working people is entirely irrelevant. Had he actually done anything for working Americans (other then canning the TPP; that was cool) that would have just been icing on the cake. Nothing more was necessary to satisfy the Trump voters than to watch the establishment collapse into mindless hysterical seizures for four years.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 27 2021 1:22 utc | 86

China's extraofficial take on the German elections:

Germans vote in crucial poll for Merkel's successor

Who's this anonymous source?

Posted by: vk | Sep 27 2021 1:47 utc | 87

@81 tom and gruff

I think gruff needs to break down the term middle-class into a more precise manner.

I would think Trump's support in the middle-income bracket could be divided up into two better categories: public sector and private sector.

It is not a perfect compartmentilization of what Gruff is alluding to - laborers in the public sector probably went to Trump, at least 50/50.

However, impressionable, college-bound youth and middle-manager and educational public sector workers put Biden in to smite the working class revolt.

And how were they able to do this? The fed being able to manipulate the public sector to such a degree? Why, printing untold trillions of course. Go check out your local public school system if you want to see how the fed now dominates policy and public relations of local civil entities. They are awash in cash, currently.

Too bad laborers and conservatives are leaving their ranks enmasse.

But the printing of these untold trillions are undermining the lower incomes' purchasing power through rampant inflation.

The fed is the biggest terrorist organization operating in the world right now, bar none. It's what having a printing press will do you.

But Trump printed money throughout his presidency, too, giving credence to Jackrabbit's theory that Trump was never truly about reigning in the fed.

Oh well, what does it matter? The fed is running out of time because they have exhausted their tools to slow inflation while keeping interest rates down.

It's 5 to midnight. And I couldn't be happier.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Sep 27 2021 1:49 utc | 88

Vk is perfectly in his right to call out white trash.

They exist. How do I know this? Because if I didn't believe in God-given choice to identity your situation and choose to turn it around, I would be what is called a nihilist.

Understandably, any Christian worth their salt will immediately identity choice as the supreme work of love from the creator.

It follows then that we can identify how shopping at wal-mart, beating your kids, and falling into the web the elites have laid out for us and forsaking fellowship with those of us trying to wake them up erodes the cause of laborers and Christians around the world.

They are an obstacle to us until they climb aboard our train of wrath.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Sep 27 2021 1:56 utc | 89

Now hear this:

Posted by: blues | Sep 27 2021 2:05 utc | 90

Gruff wrote:

jinn @74 <-- obviously someone who suffered from, and still suffers from, "Trump Derangement Syndrome".
You talking about Me? I like Trump. I wouldn't mind having him as a neighbor.

Many people voted for Trump because it was OBVIOUS that the establishment intended for them to vote against him.
Ha HA ha. yes, that is exactly how they got you to vote for Trump. And ye can't get any dumber than that.
The morons also voted for Reagan because they thought the establishment was again him.

The middle class lost their minds and shit their panties just as intended.
yes indeed, you certainly did... and by the sounds of it you still are shitting your panties.

Posted by: jinn | Sep 27 2021 2:07 utc | 91

Simplicius | Sep 26 2021 17:37 utc | 30

Chung's article has much interesting historical data and a faltering narrative.

I was disappointed.

Posted by: pogohere | Sep 27 2021 2:08 utc | 92

Patroklos @ 71 The only – way for a nation or an empire or a corporation to really ”get rich quick” is to find a way to source new wealth either from the market or from someone else's pocket. meaning innovation powered economic growth is rare, and when it happens, it disrupts the PICO to no end.

in a negative-sum world, PIGOs (private imperial global Oligarchs ) find it necessary to extract their wealth from others.In a postive-sum world, the wealth is extracted from the status quo (that is the buggy whip manufactures are not happy to see the automobile). PIGOs own the nation state system. The PIGO control the nation state system. The PIGOs use lawmaking part of the nation state system to create wealth extracting monopoly powers they can use to retain their oligarch status.

Blizzard got in the way. it success was innovation powered, its founders were nobodies, worse Blizzard successfully developed not only a significant place in a PICO market place, it used the PICOs own secrets, copyright and patent monopolies to won all of the properties in the market place). Blizzard's sinned, established PICOs do not welcome new-bees. So the established PiGOs decided to break the leg of the upstart.

Much like the CIA takes over a nation state.. (after all there is little difference between a nation state and monopoly powered global enterprise).. The agents of the PICOs move in, establish dissenting management, use the new management to hire dissenting personnel and arrange the company to generate from within, turmoil and chaos. Externally propaganda is used to increase the Chaos, which makes it more and more difficult for legitimate management to hire suitable persons and even to operate efficiently.

When management of the enterprise becomes impossible, the PIGO invaders go public, invite lawsuits, arrange regulatory actions, anything to create financial drain and management crisis.. presto the PIGOs own the company and all of its valuable copyrights and patents and those valuable tool sets and technologies now belong to a wall street promoted enterprise. Warning if you are not a PIGO now, don't try to become one.. The old guys don't like non conforming disruptive or upstart competition. The PIGOs own the marketplace.

Indifferent to nation state or corporation, the PIGOs have their act together, competition is not allowed.

Posted by: snake | Sep 27 2021 2:18 utc | 93

Posted by: vk | Sep 27 2021 0:07 utc | 84

But just because some Marxists in the West were appalled by Stalinism, especially after 1953, and therefore felt disillusioned about what the USSR represented, did not necessarily make them stooges for the CIA. Arendt particularly made important contributions as did Adorno and Marcuse.

I didn't mention Benjamin as a synonym for the Frankfurt School but you did deride him by sneering at 'messianism' and idealism. But the Frankfurt School never lost faith with Marx or communism as a way forward——only with Soviet Communism which need not be the only form it takes. In fact the idea of communism is still the one that 'dare not speak its name' but remains a dream.

I prefer to take your advice and stick with the horse's mouth and read Marx directly. But NCL is not a particularly helpful label; we should instead continue the critique and show how selective manipulation of left ideas (wokeism, identity politics, ecofeminism, etc) subverts us from the revolutionary path.

Posted by: Patroklos | Sep 27 2021 2:27 utc | 94

Do you know how I can tell there is no big-money behind the grassroots revolt in the streets from mandate-refusekniks?

Because none of their signs are in American.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Sep 27 2021 2:41 utc | 95

Ever heard of a mob boss demanding ransom in the open ?

Well the potus had no qualm doing just that...

If I think it’s good for what will certainly be the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary

Such brazenness from the 'rule based' regime,. !

I heard the rubes are already missing their great white hope !

Dunno whether to laugh or cry....


Posted by: denk | Sep 27 2021 2:47 utc | 96

The chung articles are interesting in that its all laid out and names are named but there is too much subject matter to sift through. Each paragraph contains a wealth of background info to connect dots. The articles seem more summaries.
It's the same with ehret. It's like WOW and then I go make a sandwich and forget i read it.

Posted by: PleaseBeleafMe | Sep 27 2021 2:54 utc | 97


Posted by: Wtf | Sep 27 2021 3:18 utc | 98

WG @ 48 asked;; "Sure, it's all the working class people's fault."

But just the white ones, right?

If you believe that, you might be a moron. Workers, as you know, exist in all flavors.

Posted by: vetinLA | Sep 27 2021 3:55 utc | 99

vk | Sep 26 2021 14:42 utc | 5

Roger | Sep 26 2021 20:12 utc | 54

Shades of Spengler: Russia-- megalopolis or "a socio-spatial strategy" that enables a reconnection to the soil

The following was recently posted here on MOA. My thanks to the poster:

Some excerpts:

Shoigu's advisor Andrei Ilnitsky published a long programmatic article on how the RF Ministry of Defense sees the issues of ideological construction, taking into account the fact that the country needs an ideology and the current "quasi-ideological model" and the system of inertial development have been exhausted.

In fact, this is a continuation of ideological research that has been going on in the country for several years now, in an attempt to move away from the ideology of consumption and neoliberalism towards progressive development within the framework of "improving capitalism" to the state cap.

Time for big decisions


There is something stronger than all the troops in the world - this is an idea whose time has come

Victor Hugo

Russia has exhausted the time and social resources of inertial development. The time is coming for Big Decisions and Big Projects. What are they?

Russia as an idea - what is it? I will give my vision.

. . .

Here I will briefly list only some of the vulnerabilities and threats of the megalopolis territorial concept:

megalopolises are extremely vulnerable to epidemics and various man-made disasters;

sociologists testify: a metropolis is comfortable for life only in conditions of public consent, otherwise it turns into a "stone jungle";

all the mass protests of recent decades - "color" revolutions, national liberation movements, bloodless and bloody coups - all of them had their central stage in the capital cities and megalopolises;

megacities "produce loneliness", alienate people from each other. This reduces trust and solidarity in society, which is critical for Russia;

now Moscow and St. Petersburg account for a third of Russia's GDP. More people live in these two mega-regions than beyond the Urals;

the Moscow region alone, which occupies no more than one percent of the territory of the Russian Federation, has absorbed practically one fifth of the entire Russian population;

Forced to accumulate in narrow limited point zones, the inhabitants of our megacities lose their creative creative energy, existing in superdensity: today, possessing 1/7 of the world's land mass, we live 7-10 times more crowded, closer and more storey than the same British and Germans.

"Overcrowding" and concentration of the population in megalopolises is a trend in different directions with the Russian civilization code.

In this concept imposed on us by the West, Russia loses its main geopolitical and geostrategic advantage - the colossal spaces collected and preserved with blood by our ancestors for hundreds of years.

The conclusion is this: the main lesson of the coronavirus crisis and the “resource curse” of the economy should be the spatial and territorial redevelopment of the country, because a balanced distribution of growth points of the economy and population is a key element of Russia's national security.

The solution of these issues is extremely important, because the absence of a socio-spatial strategy in Russian politics has already led to the depopulation of territories, the formation of social wastelands and the creation of “exclusion zones” - satellite cities and suburbs inhabited by paupers, often ethnically colored.

It is necessary to move from enlargement and concentration to reasonable dispersal, to the formation of a single standard of management and quality of life throughout Russia.

. . .

Big project of Russia

Russia has always "pulled itself out of the swamp by its hair" with Big Projects - from Yermak's campaign and the conquest of Siberia to the Trans-Siberian Railway, outer space, the nuclear project, the Russian Arctic and reunification with the Crimea.

. . .

Big story - Transsib

The great sage Goethe wrote approximately the following: “Bold thoughts play the role of advanced checkers in the game; they often die from misunderstanding, but ensure the final victory ... "

Russia has a successful track record of implementing large projects. Let us recall here, perhaps, the main one - the Transsib: how and why it was born, how the Big Decision was made on it.

On March 17, 1891, Emperor Alexander III signed the rescript. "I command now to begin the construction of a continuous railway across the whole of Siberia, which has to connect the abundant gifts of nature of the Siberian regions with a network of internal communications," the sovereign ordered. A month earlier, the Committee of Ministers of the Russian Empire also recognized the possibility of starting work on the construction of the Great Siberian Way simultaneously from both sides. It was decided that "The Siberian Railway, this is a great national cause, should be carried out by Russian people and from Russian materials."

. . .

That is, the most important priority of the Transsib was not the development of the riches of Siberia, but precisely the provision of the connectivity of the giant empire.

Life has fully confirmed the correctness of this strategy!

It is extremely important to understand this today, when part of the elites perceive Siberia only as a resource center for the extraction and transfer of wealth.

Any change or correction of the course is a violation of the status quo prevailing in the elites, it is tension and the need for action. Now, alas, a large part of our economy is the economy of export of raw materials and financial and foreign exchange flows. The "Siberian turn" dramatically changes everything. There is a political will to move to a mobilization development format.

. . .

Big ideology

Ideology is needed when it becomes a motive for real action; ideology is not needed for inaction. Today, the ideology of an active offensive movement is in demand.

What is the ideology of the Big Project?


State power is the center of the crystallization of Russia. It has no right to be weak, cut off from the people and not confident in the country's prospects for decades to come, it must be able to make big decisions!

The great Russian philosopher Vasily Rozanov wrote: “The only vice of the Russian state is its weakness. A weak state is not already a state, but it simply does not exist. "

The essence of the proposed Large Project is the preservation and augmentation of the land and people of Russia. This strategy was put forward by President V.V. Putin in the Messages and enshrined in amendments to the Constitution.

Yes, this is a difficult and even risky business. But this is the historical mission of the Russian government during the third decade of the 21st century. To fulfill this mission is a duty to the generations coming to replace us.

The time for Big Decisions has come!

© Acting State Councilor of the 3rd class

Andrey Ilnitsky

Posted by: pogohere | Sep 27 2021 4:44 utc | 100

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