Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Intersectional imperialism

"Global Shipping Crisis Far Worse Than Imagined" (Engdahl). 

"Hedges: The Collective Suicide Machine":
"The death blow to the American empire will, as McCoy writes, be the loss of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This loss will plunge the United States into a crippling, and prolonged depression. It will force a massive contraction of the global military footprint.

The ugly, squalid face of empire, with the loss of the dollar as the reserve currency, will become familiar at home. The bleak economic landscape, with its decay and hopelessness, will accelerate an array of violent and self-destructive pathologies including mass shootings, hate crimes, opioid and heroin overdoses, morbid obesity, suicides, gambling, and alcoholism. The state will increasingly dispense with the fiction of the rule of law to rely exclusively on militarized police, essentially internal armies of occupation, and the prisons and jails, which already hold 25 percent of the world’s prisoners although the United States represents less than 5 percent of global population.

Our demise will probably come more swiftly than we imagine. When revenues shrink or collapse, McCoy points out, empires become “brittle.” An economy heavily dependent on massive government subsidies to produce primarily weapons and munitions, as well as fund military adventurism, will go into a tailspin with a heavily depreciated dollar, falling to perhaps a third of its former value. Prices will dramatically rise because of the steep increase in the cost of imports. Wages in real terms will decline. The devaluation of Treasury bonds will make paying for our massive deficits onerous, perhaps impossible. The unemployment level will climb to depression era levels. Social assistance programs, because of a contracting budget, will be sharply curtailed or eliminated. This dystopian world will fuel the rage and hyper nationalism that put Donald Trump in the White House. It will spawn an authoritarian state to keep order and, I expect, a Christianized fascism.

The tools of control on the outer reaches of empire, already part of our existence, will become ubiquitous. The wholesale surveillance, the abolition of basic civil liberties, militarized police authorized to use indiscriminate lethal force, the use of drones and satellites to keep us monitored and fearful, along with the censorship of the press and social media, familiar to Iraqis or Afghans, will define America. We are not the first empire to suffer this fate. It is a familiar ending. Imperialism and militarism are poisons that eradicate the separation of powers, designed to prevent tyranny, and extinguish democracy. If those who orchestrated these crimes are not held accountable, and this means organizing sustained mass resistance, we will pay the price, and we may pay it soon, for their hubris and greed."
So, send George Bush and his (((pals))) to jail, forever, or, The Apocalypse.  I guess it is The Apocalypse then.

Make the victims pay!  "Ancient Wisdom: Paradise and Hell Entwined in Pulsating War" (Crooke).  "Klaus Schwab the Humanist versus Klaus Schwab the Terrorist" (Flores).

"BRI vs New Quad for Afghanistan’s coming boom" (Escobar).  Geopolitics abhors a vacuum.

"Syrian insurgents guilty of ‘red line’ 2013 sarin chemical attack, study finds" (Maté).  This was the one where the Syrian government, winning without the use of chemical weapons, and in no need of them, decided to try a sarin attack just after the UN inspectors rolled up.  It never made the slightest sense to blame it on the Syrian government.

Practically an encyclopedia on the weaponization of rap against Cuba:  "Cuba’s cultural counter-revolution: US gov’t-backed rappers, artists gain fame as ‘catalyst for current unrest’" (Blumenthal). "Intersectional imperialism". 

"'Shadow State': Embracing corporate governance to escape constitutional limits" (Turley).  If you've got constitutional or political problems with installing the dictatorial controls you want, just have your very good friends the corporations do it.

"FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots" (Greenwald).  I was wondering if the US Marshall Service could take over for the FBI when the FBI is wound up.  The FBI smartly picked young Muslim males as their first victims, as who cares about those guys?  Now they can use the same abusive tactics against everybody.

All political dissent is now 'terrorism':  "In Radical Affront To Civil Liberties, The Government Is Branding Non-Violent Jan. 6 Defendants "Terrorists"" (Tracey).  It took a few years, but the 'war on terror' is now eating its own.

"Is the Tide Finally Turning?" (Giraldi).  It is almost impossible to conceive what life might be like outside the Khazarocracy.
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