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The Crisis of Confidence in US Hegemony

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Submitted by Chen Jimin via The Diplomat,

The 21st century is still young, but it has already presented the United States with a series of internal and external challenges. In the very first year, the U.S. faced a major security threat from non-state actors manifest in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which completely changed Americans’ traditional view of their homeland as a safe haven.

Following the attacks, the Bush administration launched its global war on terrorism. Rather than achieve its stated objective, however, the war placed the U.S. under fiscal pressure and damaged its international standing. Meanwhile, America now faces a new challenge: the rise of non-Western countries, a development likely to have a much more far-reaching impact on U.S. hegemony.

When U.S. President Barack Obama took office, he found that global power had subtly but irreversibly shifted in a way that reflected the new features of the international system. Thus, in the U.S. National Security Strategy (2010), the administration acknowledged that the international system needed to adjust to accommodate the interests of new centers of power.

Even as the United States was trapped in two wars, the U.S. domestic economy was  facing its own crisis: the meltdown that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Out of the recession that followed, new political and social movements emerged. The rise of Tea Party in 2010 produced a rupture in domestic politics. Late in September 2011, Occupy Wall Street targeted injustices in American society. Political squabbles on domestic issues such as health care, immigration reform, and the debt ceiling have had repercussions for U.S. diplomacy. For instance, Obama was absent from the APEC summit last year largely because of the government shut-down.

In the name of fiscal austerity, the U.S. Department of Defense was required to cut military spending by $487 billion over the next decade. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was prompted to complain: “these cuts are too fast, too much, too abrupt, and too irresponsible,” asserting that they would seriously restrict America’s readiness and ability to respond to challenges.

Indeed, the limits of U.S. military strength are already evident. One example could be found in the so-called “leading from behind” strategy in the Libyan war, which reflected constraints on U.S. forces. Washington’s Ukraine policy today is another example. Obama has made it clear that “We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine.” At a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on March 27, he stressed that the U.S. would not make promises to Ukraine it could not keep.

In both cases, the embarrassment for the United States lay not only its “defensive” geostrategic posture, but also in the questions raised by its allies over its ability to fulfill the commitments. This distrust has implications for Washington’s ability to retain global leadership, given that the international order created and dominated by the United States depends heavily on the broad U.S. alliance and partner network. The elements that support this network are the comprehensive power of the U.S. and the confidence that it will provide protection at a critical moment.

How does the U.S. ask its allies and partners to retain confidence in those security commitments when it is in decline? There are two ways: one is to constantly stress that the U.S. has the ability and willingness to fulfill its obligations. This is what Washington is currently doing. For example, on March 20, 2014, Obama stressed that “America’s support for our NATO allies is unwavering” when delivering a speech on the Ukraine crisis. On March 26, he reiterated this point during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Before visiting Japan, Chuck Hagel told a press briefing that “another reason I’m here is to reassure our allies of our commitments to their security.”

Obama is currently visiting four Asia countries, including its major allies in the region, Japan and South Korea. One of the main aims of the trip is to tell the allies and partners that the U.S. is and will be a Pacific power whatever the international situation. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said on April 18: “The President’s trip to Asia is an important opportunity to underscore our continued focus on the Asia Pacific region…The President will reaffirm as well our steadfast commitment to our allies and partners, which allow us to deter threats and respond to disasters.”

The other approach is to demonstrate the effectiveness of U.S. security commitments through action. For example, the United States may take practical steps to support the interests demands of its allies or partners in international disputes, such as providing weapons to some countries, deploying advanced weapons systems to relevant areas, and conducting military exercises with its allies.

However, this latter approach is not without risk. First, the United States could find itself drawn into international disputes and forced to make clear its position on the issues. In the past, the United States has adopted a strategic ambiguity towards international disputes that did not involve its core interests. Second, the United States could face real strategic risks, such as conflict with another major power.

History tells us that when one hegemon is in decline, international relations become more complex and uncertainties increase the risks. We may be in such a period today. But if the declining hegemon is careful in its strategic choices, and if other powers take into account its real interests and need for prestige, history need not necessarily repeat.

 

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Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:06 | 4698071 Kirk2NCC1701
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HUBRIS:  We're #1!  We're #1!  We're #1!

Pride goeth before the fall.  Like a declining Rome, at this point we're the #1 bully, not the #1 leader (whom others want to follow).

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:29 | 4698118 asdasmos
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Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:19 | 4698174 Oh regional Indian
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Hegemony to Hedgie Money in 100 short years.

Quite the fall.

ori

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:07 | 4698510 Vampyroteuthis ...
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The real problem with our foreign policy comes from overreach. If we would have restricted military activities to defending true US intrests and true allies, we would not be in this mess. Invading 3rd world countries to enrich the MIC does not fit into a genuine US interest.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:37 | 4698558 Lost My Shorts
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You could state it even more strongly.  US hegemony is maintained by Washington elites on borrowed money, isolated from the will and even the knowledge of the people.  US hegemony was never even intended to serve US interests.  It serves big-money special interests -- Israel, the MIC, Wall Street, the oil industry, and other major corporations.  US hegemony will end when they can't borrow money anymore.  Ironically, China is the key enabler of American hegemony by buying the debt.  The American people have already been irreparably harmed by having all that debt piled on their backs.  The end of US hegemony will be a net benefit to the American people, but not a salvation by any means.

The American elites are at least smart and experienced, and have done a marvelous job of stringing out their debt-based games longer than anyone would have thought possible.  The Chinese, in contrast, are sophomoric.  They should be very worried that the Washington elites will seek a war with China as a pretext to cancel the debt held by the Chinese and confiscate property in the US owned by Chinese nationals.  That would preserve US hegemony for at least another generation.  The Chinese probably are worried, and that constrains their actions.  Chinese hegemony is not coming any time soon.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:00 | 4698904 Tengri Temujin
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The Chinese were buying the US debt because they were facilitating the continuing transfer of manufacturing and production lines from the USA to China, they basically facilitated the gutting of the USA by the greedy corporations who could not resist the slave labor wages and profits from that.

China played a great game, it used it people as it has in the past when it used them as cannon fodder in mass wave attacks like in Korea.  But now it is more subtle, those same waves of people were thrown onto American production lines brought to China, they got the machines and the know how.  I would love to see any USA company even try to take its equipment out of China to take it to another east asian country.  Its not going to happen unless they build one from scratch and that takes a lot of money, that is why they originally moved the equipment from the USA to China. 

This war was lost a long time ago.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:17 | 4699168 Offthebeach
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Rehypothecated defense.

Just like bank reserves, fine if hardly anyone makes calls on it.

Real defense, warriors, leadership by example from the families of the elite is....is...SO BARBARIC!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:49 | 4699112 Squiddly Diddly
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Interesting site.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:34 | 4698125 Oldwood
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America has become a victim of its own success. Great effort and sacrifices purchased America its first world standing and subsequent generations have done the best they can to burn it to the ground. There is something strange about it, but to be blessed is to be damned. I have noticed how those who receive charity tend to resent the source of the charity more than persons who would do them deliberate harm. Like spoiled children who take the gifts of their parents and treat them with indifference at best and deliberately destroy them for fun. One's possessions and gifts are seldom appreciated unless they are knowingly earned. We see this in relation to liberty and freedom, but it is in everything in our lives. What you have sacrificed for, what you sincerely believe you have earned will always have much greater value to us than anything given to us or enherited. Freedom and liberty will require sacrifice before they recover value.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:12 | 4698168 Anusocracy
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America has already been trampled to death by the marching morons that occupy it.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:15 | 4698230 james.connolly
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A failed penal colony that allowed the worst sociopaths on earth take the bridle of power.

Tocqueville 150 years ago, spelled it out in Black&White exactly what the USA is/was, ... and now its even worse than what Tocqueville.

Malcolm X in 1960 the "USA Democracy is Hypocrisy"

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 07:35 | 4698480 onthesquare
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You can see that in the faces of the zqueegy kids.  Not really doing a good job but you can pay them to go away.  The reward for going away and not touching the windshield as they will make it worse seems to be evident in many professions these days.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:32 | 4698215 IridiumRebel
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Yes, this article belongs in the toilet alongside Captain's log. By the fourth Hurrah! it should be fully pinched off.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:32 | 4698252 TheReplacement
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Yeah so anyway, back to Putin.  It dawned on me in reading this that Putin's biggest rival isn't the US or EU or NATO.  His biggest competitor is China.  Europe is without power, literally and figuratively.   The US is in decline... to be supplanted by whom?

China would seem to be the answer except for the massive debt bubble, money printing, misallocations of everything, pollution, overcrowding, corrupt government, and dependence on foreign imports for everything but bouyant swine.  Now Putin has, at least, agreements to supply energy to Europe, India, and China.  The BRICS may be ascendant or maybe they will collapse.  If they are to rise then there will be a contest for leadership and it kind of looks like Putin is trying to be the strong horse as well as taking advantage of a certain buffoon that absolutely does not represent those of us here on ZH...  Except for the paid trolls of course.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 07:08 | 4698459 Wahooo
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Well reasoned. The big question is whether Russia can supplant the US as the leading global power without a war, and how Putin gets from our static US global leadership framework to one less suffocating to the rest of the world. Putin seems to understand his own nation's vulnerabilities and how to balance them against the shifting global landscape. He has expressed a more open and optimistic view about how the world's politics and economies are changing than the ossified leadership in the US. Which allows him to be more agile and also more patient as the case may be. That should bode well in his relations with China.  Despiite their mountaintop view, Obama and his US supporters still see the world as the big gamecock in an oppressive, top-down pecking order, even as the chickens keep coming home to roost. We'll do everything we can to impede a peaceful Russia/China future. Hopefully, Putin will be able to maneuver around us and arrive at a the top without firing a shot.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 07:46 | 4698488 onthesquare
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Lavrof and Putin understand each other and they are the only 2 voices and minds that speak for Russia.  The US has many mouths flapping at the same time and in different directions.  Contradictions abound.  Between Obama, Carrey, CIA, NSA, Joe B, Hillary, then a couple of retired generals and don't forget NATO and all those European leaders the position on Ukraine is not clear.  Throw in the lying and false photos.  Not to mention those stupid ignorant white house talking heads and "I think I have answered your question" bullshit. 

I would much rather listen to Lavrof.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 07:48 | 4698489 Sean7k
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Why would you wish to supplant one tyrant with another? Russia is nothing more than a bully, like the US, they only pick on small fish- except they are incapable of global projection of forces. Where does this Putin worship come from?

Why not work towards the elimination of all tyranny and the tyrants that become the face of oppression? 

An isolationist US, that refuses to be the reserve currency would favor the economy and people of America. No more creating debt to fund the world's need for currency. No more excessive military spending. No more bases in every country. 

Eliminate government in every fathomable way until it is rid of its' ability to enrich the oligarchs and threaten the slave class. Return to honest money and the vanquishing of fractional reserve debt creation, as well as dollar inflation to effect huge wealth transfers. Wouldn't you like to keep the value of your labor and capital?

Why should we seek the answer to who will be our slavemaster, when we could seek to eliminate slavery? Russia and China are pathetic economic disasters. They are not a threat to anybody but their own people. Just as the US is a threat to the world. 

Now, who is running all these slave colonies? Why are the methods so similar? The chains of the pentagram are woven with debt and worthless paper. They use law to mesmerize and justify the greatest tyranny. Puppet political leaders are not an answer- they are a plague. Lady liberty is whom I want to ask to the dance of life...

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:57 | 4698786 mccvilb
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The chains of the pentagram? You mean hexagram. Therein lies the basis of worldwide tyranny.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:47 | 4699530 Sean7k
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Sorry, both of them. Don't forget the Illuminati.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:12 | 4698928 Anusocracy
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If Tyrant A has a 75% probability of being able to establish a world government and Tyrant R has a 10% chance, you would be crazy to support Tyrant A, and rational to support Tyrant R.

When Tyrants A and R are equally probable to rule the world, you would be rational to oppose them both.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:49 | 4699541 Sean7k
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You mean choosing the lesser of two evils? Like we choose politicians? How is that working out?

Anything less than liberty is intolerable and irrational.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 07:49 | 4698490 UselessEater
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I hope our solution is not Putin -the KGB is not the cuddly version of the CIA. History is living, alphabets morph into modern times.

So far no great solution is apparent; barracking for the leader you do not have without regard to TPTB he is aligned to is simplistic.

So Putin opens his mouth - these are words of a seasoned agent, power broker and long term power holder - these are not the words of an angel.

Your choice is not Obama or Putin. Thats the game.

Seriously research before you desire Putin at the the top.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:29 | 4699072 TheMerryPrankster
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It matters not what we desire. Our desires do not influence the sphere of power.

We can comment as we wish our thoughts are tears that can't wear down the mountain except through centuries.

Do not impinge on free discussion by fearing our thoughts might come true. Putin is no worse than Obama and in fact is at least more honest - Putin gave Snowden asylum, Snowden offered a window into Obama's world, the NSA serves the president, and Obama doesn't want transparency or an informed populace, he is a worse tyrant than Putin, for he pretends to be a poor black man from America, and he is instead a corporate tool of the oligarchy bought and paid for with nice vacations and basketball with celebrities.

His price was quite low for selling us all out.

When you cannot breathe, it matters not who wears the shoe thats standing on your windpipe, but a smaller foot would be a godsend.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 07:18 | 4698469 Notsobadwlad
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The US is in decline to ultimately be replaced by a global technocratic government of parasites (just like the unelected government in Brussels) who are willing to murder innocent people to take and maintain their power.

They will enslave with a global fiat currency that only they can create and distribute.

So much for the future of humanity ...

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 02:02 | 4698283 ebworthen
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Yes, the fall is all that is left.

Hell, the U.S. leadership in D.C. and Wall Street sold out the entire populace for short-term gains back in the early 70's.

Then, they sold us out for the banksters, insurers, the corporatocracy.

We are the flea-bitten tapeworm infested hogs for sausage.

This is just the dying gasps of the faithful.

What do people not get?

LEAVE.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:14 | 4698633 Raging Debate
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dupe - read comment below

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:11 | 4698659 Raging Debate
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Ebworthwen - Go where? The Counciil of Nine, the Rothschild's rule the globe. Took a few hundred years but they did it.

I prefer to be like the Romans that moved to the outskirts of the cities and try to add value at a local level, educate a bit online for those with an ear so they don't get overtaxed or used as cannon fodder for corporate profits be it banking, food, energy or health monopolies.

I don't feel like learning Chinese and living there. Nothing against them personally. Where are the wealthiest investing now. Here. In America. Labor compared to output is a steal now. The Chinese leadership know they must go through a depression while America is at the tail end of ours. assets are due for correction, but I don't think this will shake out until about 2016. Maybe sooner but I am in no hurry to be stocks. There is more opportunity here in America for at least the next decade then China in my opinion.

The IMF stated clearly what I have for years about China becoming the reserve currency peg. ZH posted this article from the IMF. They said China is defacto the peg and converting therr currency into the Yuan because they can.

As for me, I knew that because I follow the money. I need not be a genius to have figured it out. The trade imbalancing needed to start in 2005. It didn't. Those at the top make the most profit from imbalance and then by forcing taxes higher to subsidize losses and meeping gains. That is not capitalism. Risk and reward or risk and chance of failure is capitalism. Then in 2008 was the great looting of the treasury and bailouts. Laws that say government can kill you if you push reform to hard outside of what they permit. They got the dough while the dollar still has some value and dropped it into hard assets.

Those that have the peg are in charge of policing global trade. No, we are not going to just print anymore. Hyperinflation means certain revolution and the end of the private Federal Reserve franchise in America. It is still a $12 T economy which is huge. China seems about the same real GDP now. I do not think Rothschild's want dead customers. However, if the people revolt here I wouldn't be surprised to see Russia be a willing instrument of destruction to bring the proles in line.

The $500 B in military cuts will happen. So are healthcare cuts now along with social benefits. Ask some Medicare folks what happens if they need painkillers for example at a hospital.

The only thing I agree with on this article is that shifting the baton to China creates international security risks. Not everybody gets the memo.
Then there are betrayels of those that suppose themselves gods or those that play along while plotting revenge, to serve it up cold or try and take a bigger slice of power than assigned to them.

The problem with bankers owning the world is that they make loans, they don't like to make plans for organic growth. When they bought governments and got there way globally technically conquering the globe they doomed themselves because governments have to relearn how to basically get out of the way for the people to restart that organic growth and the corrupt dont want to hand the reigns off to anybody else in the population. Installing laws of further control is the opposite of supporting organic growth. There is a time for growth in lending, the money multiplier says when to go and when to stop. They are mostly sociopaths, the puppets in governments.

Mexican stand-offs at the top will happen. The little guy has nothing left to be looted, the big go after each other.

I don't the exact details as to how all this will unfold, just a macro outline. I just hedge and try to have a little fun, help a few when I can and for those with an ear. Teach a man to fish type philosophy.

Evolution will do the rest and the Rothschild's are at the end of the day investors. Investors even clever ones often in history don't realize that "this time is different". If I were them (I am a reformed sociopath took me my entire life to fight it) I would build Sim City for the global population and let them do all the work and distribute power more widely, a four dimensional model. More customers but less skim. Same profits. Models are tools no different than a hammer. Tools reflect our minds - where we are in evolution (near the end). Attempting to continue a monarchy, a pyramid is pissing against evolution and will force change unto them as opposed as a choice to flow with it. Hubris tends to blind such. Anyways, this commentary is getting long in the tooth. Perhaps I provided food for thought.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:07 | 4698076 williambanzai7
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I said Hegemoron not hegemon!

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:11 | 4698081 Ralph Spoilsport
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Cardinal Richelieu probably didn't have culinary hegemony in mind when he helped invent the modern dinner knife in 1637.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:42 | 4698139 jeff montanye
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War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.

Cardinal Richelieu

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:07 | 4698163 CrashisOptimistic
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This is that worthless diplomat blog again that lives in the 20th century world of infinite oil.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:33 | 4698253 TheReplacement
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War is but a symptom of the scourge.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:09 | 4698078 Greenskeeper_Carl
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I wish we were doing literally NONE of the things this guy is talking about

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:48 | 4698147 jeff montanye
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or as grant williams notes, "I think the Achilles’ heel of the West is the politicians."

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:14 | 4698089 Aussiekiwi
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Its a real pity, once upon a time countries used to look up to the US for moral leadership,  that concept now seems hilarious.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:10 | 4698166 Anusocracy
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Judging by history, they were foolish in doing so.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:12 | 4698227 james.connolly
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When was that pray tell?

Another narrative bullshit mythology.

Prior to WW2 the USA was a plantation colony that had gone industrial, but still 4R's on the level of an African Colony, nobody ever respected the USA, it was once a RICH young country, like Canada, or Austrailia. But the USA was looted a long time of ago.

One only need study HL MENCKEN in the 1930's and understand how EUROPE really saw the US morons that ran the US government, hell even Tocqueville in 1860's laid it all out, and it was never contested, it was always a known-kwown that USA leadership was 100% bullshit.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:40 | 4698565 Keyser
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And just how would you rate the leadership of the EU these days? 

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:15 | 4698091 GeorgeHayduke
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"But if the declining hegemon is careful in its strategic choices..."

I'm not holding out much hope for this possibility from politicians of either party, or any new parties that might arise as the denizens of the US want their Morning in America to continue forever.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:52 | 4698151 jeff montanye
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my favorite: "and if other powers take into account its real interests and need for prestige"

well which is it?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:20 | 4698102 holdbuysell
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History. Repeat it will. Is the US military stretched too thin or is there a higher power orchestrating how countries behave? Maybe both.

Regardless, sometimes the managed decline of the US seems too contrived.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:21 | 4698103 nmewn
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lol...hey Obama!..."The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

Petard meet hoist ;-)

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:45 | 4698271 TheReplacement
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Are you kidding?  The man is brilliant.  He can say something as asinine as that and win the election.  This is even after the ridiculous "reset" fiasco and all the warning signs like assassinations, Georgia, not to mention some of the statements Putin has made about contesting with the west.  Even to this day Obama has the MSM cornered to the point that he simply isn't called on such an obvious and crucially important f-up.  Instead we find out about his eating habits and robot relationships. 

Brilliant!  People said Hitler had the Germans under his spell but he really didn't screw up for a long time - until he opened the 2nd front.  By that time he'd been in power for about 10 years and had conquered most of Europe.  Obama screws up almost hourly and is still getting away without even a question.  There are no black/brown shirts out in the streets enforcing his will either.  His control is much more subtle than Hitler's.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:23 | 4698623 TuPhat
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Obama is not in control of anything.  He is just a tool.  He's not the sharpest tool in the shed either.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:36 | 4698638 nmewn
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lol...no doubt.

Putins boys are firing off real live bullets inside europe and O'Barry & Co. are firing off strongly worded tweets in their general direction...from Japan, its a sort of, smart power-reset button-selfie-imagery thingy we've all come to know and love.

#BigFatMeaniePants...or sumpin ;-)

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:50 | 4698772 don in maine
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What would you do if your wife and daughters were held hostage?  A bit like Teresa Heinz having a mysterious seizure and Kerry becomes a war hawk.  Tools that are afraid to step out of line.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:38 | 4698131 I Write Code
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Obama's stated position has always been that the US should not be a hegemon, that it's evil and colonial to be a hegemon, that we should just be another country in the world, kumbaya.  I don't really have any principled objection to that.  The problem is the US became an accidental hegemon, even after WWII when we were (for a time) the only atomic power and then the greatest, Europe at least tried to contribute to the effort, once they rebuilt immediately after the war.  And Japan was at least a friend of sorts and didn't cause any trouble.  But since about the 1980s Europe has retired from the field, leaving the US all alone.  We don't have the resources to be world hegemon forever, especially when it is always going to be a thankless job, every other country telling us we're too harsh, we're not harsh enough, yada yada.

When U.S. President Barack Obama took office, he found that global power had subtly but irreversibly shifted in a way that reflected the new features of the international system.

Say what?  He didn't "find" anything that wasn't blatently obvious to all, see above.  He purposely pulled the US back from many military efforts.  This may be brilliant, or it may be a colossal mistake, or both.  But the external environment has been roughly the same for over twenty years.  Of course Obama may have closed his mind twenty-one years ago, judging from his sophomoric knowledge about pretty much everything.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:48 | 4698146 GeorgeHayduke
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Yeah, Obama also promised change and all we've really seen are W's 3rd and 4th terms when it comes to foreign policy, and most domestic ones for that matter.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:06 | 4698219 Things that go bump
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What that tells me is that neither Obama  nor Bush before him are the ones calling the shots - they're the toast masters, so to speak, a position that is suitable to their meager talents, so who is it really do you suppose, or is there a cabal? Having a clueless guy in the top spot must be awfully convenient. 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:16 | 4698233 El Vaquero
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IMO, it is a combination of the "deep state" along with corrupt-assed oligarchs, i.e. the top 0.01% who think a new Senator makes a great Christmas gift to themselves.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 02:13 | 4698290 I Write Code
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I don't go for the deep conspiracy theories.  It's a tough job, and the way we elect politicians doesn't necessarily put the best guys available into office.  Just because they're mediocre or worse doesn't make them corrupt, and it also doesn't exempt them from criticism.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 02:47 | 4698307 El Vaquero
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Yet you can look at who they (congress) have invested their wealth in, and you can see that there is some serious bullshit going on.  I don't buy all of the lock'n stock conspiracy theories, but there are conspiracies.  And I'm saying that as a person who wants names, dates, actions taken, etc... before I'll accept a conspiracy theory as a conspiracy fact.  I will assume some shit is a conspiracy without that if things smell bad enough in conjunction with historical fact of there being enough shit that is wrong, but I try to stay away from hard conclusions. 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:29 | 4698629 TuPhat
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A conspiracy is just an agreement between two or more people to take advantage of others.  Conspiracy is not a theory, it's a fact.  It happens all the time.  The only question is how big and how many people are involved in a particular conspiracy.  I think most of our politicians conspire all the time.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:19 | 4698819 mccvilb
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Who represents the real hegemon behind this? Watch George Galloway dismantle a few of them HERE. BTW take note of the dude with the big head sitting behind Norm Coleman and Carl Levin. Its well worth wading thru Coleman's opening statement.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:00 | 4698136 Typing Typer
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This reads like cheap Chinese propaganda. Who is this Chen Jimin? Pinko operator, it would seem.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:55 | 4698209 james.connolly
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The Diplomat seems to be a 'brand' of loyal
opposition FED by AIPAC to the ASIAN elite of
Hong-Kong that want to 'understand' western history of our times of course from the perspective of the
non-existent AIPAC RULERS in TEL-AVIV.

Fitting that ZH shares with us this version of
revisionism, even better is if Asians read this shit, and understand what the western people really think of
this dribble.

>>>

The Hegemony of HUBRIS has long been an albatross around teh neck of the USA, trouble is that the USA was never
'freed', there was no revolution, and the UK never released their colony, that just 'invented' history, a narrative, of what is the USA, ... be we all know that the USA is only a Mercenary Army, and a source of infinite FIAT, and it nothing else of consequence.

In summary may the Diplomat keep up the good narrative, and keep the troops believing in the ONE TRUE GOD, in the mean time we the patriots of Freedom will keep telling our truth, as well.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:00 | 4698503 Sean7k
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It is difficult for people to see past their cherished myths and see the reality behind the facade. +100

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:53 | 4698152 pashley1411
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The US's ability to directly apply force and influence are waning, rapdily.    Hence the grasping of financial straws by attempting to kick Russia out of the petrodollar system; truely a case of warming the house by burning the furniture.

Given these constraints, the US might settle for than less-than-perfect governments and alliances that stand on their own, without US dollars and troops.   A Russsian-oriented Ukaraine might have been one of those, but we kicked that one to pieces.   An east Asian periphery that is accomodating but not suppine to China another.   Authoriatarian Middle East governments that keep the lid on, like the latest Eygptian administration, beats all to hell the chaos in Libya (another one we kicked all to hell).     

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:44 | 4698572 Keyser
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We are rapidly approaching the point where no country will give a shit what the US says or does... IF the US imposes full sanctions on Russia, all they have to do is turn off the spiggot on gas to Ukraine and the EU, then watch the EU leadership back down as their fragile economies grind to a halt... 

 

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:57 | 4698154 Notsobadwlad
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In the very first year, the U.S. faced a major security threat from non-state actors manifest in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which completely changed Americans’ traditional view of their homeland as a safe haven.

Bullshit! If you want to know WHY there is a complete decay in confidence it is because of the government and useful idiots such as you spewing complete lies about what relly happened and what what behind look. Maybe you are afraid to address the REAL facts or maybe you are a complicit useful idiot. Do not have any illusions. You are not important.

Look in the mirror. You are the problem.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 23:59 | 4698156 williambanzai7
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There are three things you need to know about so called diplomats:

1. They drink their own Kool Aid and use lots of  convoluted verbage to say nothing,

2. They are glorified message deliverymen,

3. They lie through their teeth...

They would like us all to think of foreign affairs as an elite social science when all it is is a game.

They derive their power by virtue of authority delegated to them by their political and business sponsors who have no interest in learning the game and in the case of Amerika, apparently give them free reign to create global havoc.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:08 | 4698159 Yen Cross
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  Ambiguous is good Billy.

  When you're ready to talk let me know.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:07 | 4698224 james.connolly
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While both billy and yenny dance around, and admit that the 'Diplomat' is CHEAP puppetry, they still don't have the  balls neither of them to come clean and admit who holds and controls the string on the Team Diplomat Sock Puppets.

At least other's admit the essential truth that the "Diplomat" is 100% PURE Full-Retard Zio-CON / Neo-Con bullshit.

>>

Billy has admitted many a time he's in HONG-KONG, how telling, and so is DIPLOMAT there also spilling their BILE, and my two cents tells me that given Billy's historical right-wing rhetoric, that he may very well be involved with 'team Diplomat' himself.

Regarding Yenny, me thinks 100% troll-bot.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:34 | 4698256 Ralph Spoilsport
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The real James Connolly would be pissed that such a stupid get is using his name and talking shite.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 02:04 | 4698286 james.connolly
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Bundy the Rancher would tell you that in your case you would be better off sucking teet in the FreeShitArmy holding a Zio-Neo-Con banner sign over a freeway bypass.

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:05 | 4698916 Tengri Temujin
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I stand with James C.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 02:10 | 4698269 williambanzai7
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Congratulations Jimmy, you made the Banzai7 list of bloviating jackass trolls.

This was unanimously decided a few minutes ago by the cabal of Hong Kong foreign policy elites in a Mongkok karaoke room called Fuk Yu's.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 02:47 | 4698308 Yen Cross
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    (3) paragraphs and gmt +8 and you're still an A'Hole. You missed the prem.ise entirely<

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:42 | 4698856 Ralph Spoilsport
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You're the last person I would call a troll since you actually post about financial things. You're one of the members here that we learn from along with WB7 and many others.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:06 | 4698918 Tengri Temujin
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So like what have you ever brought to the table Ralph??????????????

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:55 | 4699259 Ralph Spoilsport
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More than you - Mr. 1 week 6 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:05 | 4698158 22winmag
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If this article was food, it would be off-brand cheese balls.

 

At least the Bitcoin stories have died down to a trickle lately.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:24 | 4698241 El Vaquero
Sat, 04/26/2014 - 05:00 | 4698369 matrix2012
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"At least the Bitcoin stories have died down to a trickle lately."

 

btw, it has been quite time to learn the price of bitcoin... so how much it's now??? :D

since the spark up of the fall of Ukraine, the bitcoin news just disappeared from ZH... weird coincidence!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:05 | 4698161 intric8
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America has soldiers, spies and military officials to keep productive and gainfully employed. That is largely what it boils down to. You cant have a huge male demographic sitting idly by with their testosterone festering and putrifying over domestic concerns like fucked up central banking, out of control statism and the destruction of the constitution. A friggin revolution will ensue. Hence, america runs around the world, starts shit up and looks for one racket after another to juice the pentagons budget. Keep our boys dumb, distracted and payed is the aim.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:34 | 4698257 El Vaquero
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Yet, the portion of the population that is in the military is relatively small.  Hence, we will see a revolution, most certainly in our lifetimes and probably a lot sooner than we think.  What do you want to bet if only a year or two ago, if you told people in Ukraine that there would be a US backed coup with fascists firebombing APCs in Kiev and Russia taking Crimea back without firing a shot would have thought you were insane? 

 

There is the standoff at the Bundy Ranch to consider.  A year ago, would you have believed that a bunch of armed citizens would have gotten the federal government to back off, even if only momentarily?  And I live near Albuquerque.  I watched the near-riots a few weeks ago over the shooting of James Boyd with my own eyes.  The whole thing was fucking surreal.  When the cops were rolling in to teargas the first crowd, it looked like rolling troops into a warzone.  And since Boyd was killed on March 16, TWO more people have been killed by APD, and the latest one I will not be surprised one bit to find out that the cops used a drop gun to justify the shooting of the 19 year old Mary Hawkes.  The chief is playing games when it comes to the so called facts.  They're wondering why the lapel cam on the cocksucker that shot her didn't record the event and are sending it back to the manufacturer to figure it out.  I'll tell you why.  The cocksucker had a history of not turning it on when he was supposed to, as well as a history of lying and being a bit too "forceful."  This shit will come to a head. 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 03:13 | 4698322 intric8
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Yet so many sheeple are too lazy, indifferent or just flat out programmed pro-u.s. to dig deeper and discover the true nature of the situation. Heres a working example, though reddit is now owned by a jew, so they moderate most comments into politically correct, whitewashed uselessness. Dont get too irked-

http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/23z8ef/putin_halts_all_talks_...

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 03:29 | 4698330 intric8
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Doppel

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:02 | 4698905 Cloud9.5
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The Bundy Ranch Standoff was a watershed event.  The Academics that opined that the Second Amendment was an archaic left over from another time that could never fulfill its intended purpose of restraining an out of control government have been proven wrong.  Even if the BLF comes in with gun ships and blows the Bundys to oblivion, the point has been made.  The federal government does not have the soul monopoly on force.

 

The same lesson will be learned by out of control police departments.  Some eighty thousand swat raids a year are gradually turning the public against militarized police forces. Every news story that tells another story of abuse drives another nail in the coffin of the warrior cop.

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:27 | 4698958 El Vaquero
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According to one of the few APD cops who actually did try to keep his unit under control, whenever SWAT is on the scene, they had to be kept on a tight leash, because all they wanted to do was smash things, regardless of the need for it.  I know this is a problem throughout the nation. 

 

It's the militarization of the police:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25H0ZwPi2N4

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:20 | 4698177 tony bonn
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another ziocon trying to stir the pot for more wars of imperial aggression....the usa should terminate its entanglements with foreign disputes which are of no concern to it - and that includes practically all of them....the usa has 2000+ military bases around the world. what kind of imbecilic, paranoid, imperial, reckless aggression, and financial drain is that?

"....In the very first year, the U.S. faced a major security threat from non-state actors manifest in the 9/11 terrorist attacks..."

i hope the fucktarded author was trying to imply the ziocon bush crime syndicate, in conjunction with israel, were the assailants....otherwise he is more fucktarded than i thought.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 05:04 | 4698374 intric8
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He's a bitch for all-judaan, what can he say

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:20 | 4698179 q99x2
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Please do not include me in your "US" term. The globalists have taken over the US as a nation decades ago. Define what you are talking about when you use the term US because some of us don't know what the hell the US is anymore. The globalists in Washington D.C. would just as soon attack the geographic United States of America as they would Pakistan. They are called globalists because they have combined all NATO nations economies and militaries into one organization. Anyhow I think the article was well written but itt is propaganda perpetuates a false concept. And it may well have been the globalists that took down the World Trade Centers. Is that the US you refer to in the article.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:23 | 4698184 q99x2
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PS. When do you expect to be hired by CNN so we can get a break from having to read these junk articles?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:31 | 4698192 Yen Cross
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  Never Quit/ Never give-up

  The unspoken strength of the United States of America,   I will die for my country !

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:18 | 4698526 Dr. Engali
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And you will be wasting your life.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:02 | 4698599 The Blank Stare
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It's time to turn off that war machine, and turn on our children.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:44 | 4698196 medium giraffe
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Zero Hegemony

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 06:24 | 4698424 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Zero Hegemony does not compute.

 

subtracting one Old Hegemony and adding one New Hegemony is still one Hegemony.

 

New Hegemony same as the Old Hegemony

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:46 | 4698199 nah
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everyone wants the big dog and you show them dogshit bitchez

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:57 | 4698213 Grimnir
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It appears that with the decline of the US as the world superpower, many Americans are developing a severe messiah complex.

"It's all been thanks to us that the world has survived until now and once we're gone, then all you parasites will wish we were still around to save you from the evil tyrant! We should pull our military out NOW and watch them all suffer!"

Unfortunately, they forget who put these tyrants into power in the first place. Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, Red China, even Imperialist Japan, not to mention all the smaller players like Saddam and Gaddaffi. If you trace the origin of their rises to power, you'll find US banker and CIA prints all over them. They build up the big bad enemies, and then make a fortune protecting their allies (usually with puppet governments) from them.

Ultimately, I say so be it. If this attitude of "the world is ungrateful so lets pull back" is what it takes to pry Washington's tentacles off the rest of the world, then I welcome it. Will anything change anyway? Probably not. The next manufactured hegemon will rise to take its place.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 03:59 | 4698344 williambanzai7
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The Vichy DC douche bags are seriously misreading what Americans think and this will lead to a serious domestic. No one can predict what the tipping point will be. but the day of reckoning will arrive.

No wonder they are on a bullet buying binge.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 05:11 | 4698382 intric8
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Youre in the general direction but a bit off the mark grimnir. Here's one brave soul who clarified it quite nicely, and take note this was written in 1920. Has anything changed since? Not at all. To wit:

All-Judaan is willing to entrust the government of various strips of the world to the nationalistic governments; it only asks to control the governments. Judaism is passionately in favor of perpetuating nationalistic divisions for the Gentile world. For themselves, Jews never become assimilated with any nation. They are a separate people, always were and always will be.

All-Judaan’s only quarrel with any nation occurs when that nation makes it impossible for All-Judaan to control that nation’s industrial and financial profits. It can make war, it can make peace; it can command anarchy in stubborn cases, it can restore order. It holds the sinews of world power in its hand and it apportions them among the nations in such ways as will best support All-Judaan’s plan.

Controlling the world’s sources of news, All-Judaan can always prepare the minds of the people for its next move. The greatest exposure yet to be made is the way that news is manufactured and the way in which the mind of whole nations is molded for a purpose. When the powerful Jew is at last traced and his hand revealed, then comes the ready cry of persecution and it echoes through the world press. The real causes of the persecution (which is the oppression of the people by the financial practices of the Jews) are never given publicity.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:44 | 4698735 Raging Debate
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Judaism based on the Torah (or read first few books of the bible which is the Torah) commands liberation of slaves after several years and prohibits usery. So to say Judaism is the cause for a global Monarchies model of debt slavery and no liberation after several years cannot be correct.

The seat of power of banking monarchy is the BIS. Notice Switzerland requires no real army, there citizens perpetualy for the last 100 years can remain neutral and unharmed, have freedom of speech and right to bear arms which are never contested, make $25 an hour with benefits etc etc.

You will never see a revolution in Switzerland. The Rothschild's do not ahit in there own back yard. They are not stupid.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 00:59 | 4698214 james.connolly
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The "Diplomat" and "Game of Thrones"

Anybody else here download all the GOT off piratebay? I have and watched them all, its amazing how all these eveil killers and bitches so well match our leaders in WASH-DC all back stabbing each other, and only seeing the 'little people' as a source of Army's.

The Diplomat is like Hillary Clinton ( the evil queen ) and she is pushing her own version of history upon us daily on ZH.

But Reid, Pelosi, Rand Paul (&papa), they're all in the GOT.

The only real product of anything is death, there is no noble cause and there is no 'good man', there is only a narrative of bold-face lies.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:42 | 4698268 hesk
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Is Rand Paul Rob Stark?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:52 | 4698278 james.connolly
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Rand Paul is that little 'blonde haired' pussy that call's himself the "KING".

A mom'a boy, but in the case of Rand Paul, here PAPA-PAUL, can be seen as male version of the EVIL-QUEEN, but let's be honest and all admit that RON-PAUL is every much a part of AIPAC as Hillary Clinton (Evil Bitch Queen).

So Rand Paul, is a "PAPA's Boy", and Ron Paul is the ulimate suck up EUNUCH, and liar & manipulator of everyone, e.g. he knows how tell everyone what they want to hear, from the Patriot, to the Dual-Passport god's.

Rand Paul, "CALL ME SENATOR". I'm a 'senator', and the AIPAC brown shit on my nose proves it.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 06:27 | 4698427 Singelguy
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The blond haired pussy boy king is dead. Someone poisoned the evil little brat. Pelosi, Reid, and Hilary should take note.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:42 | 4698571 james.connolly
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Poisoning is an easy death, let's revisit the GOT and talk about the worst possible way's a human being can be slowly deteriorate.

There are many a places in hell on earth for the likes of Peolosi, Feinstein, Reid, and anybody willing to FUCK the USA citizens for a nickel.

Long ago, there was a theme where you found for each individual their worst living hell, and you brought that too them for eternity, ... poisoning my GOYIM is not how this will end.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 01:27 | 4698245 Clueless1
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Guns vs. Butter.

 

Guns make you powerful (or make others less powerful).  Butter goes with everything and will make you content (if a little soft around the middle).

 

Normally a nation is forced to make compromises if they want lots of guns and butter, due to the limitations of scarcity.  However, thanks to the incredible innovation of fractional reserve currency, scarcity becomes a problem for tomorrow, allowing a nation to be fat and powerful today!

 

Uh oh, look out!  Bubba's getting hungry...

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 02:46 | 4698305 New Survivalist
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Water is wet.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 03:13 | 4698319 kurt
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Asshole Alert

Perk up that Sphincter

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 03:36 | 4698333 Incubus
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It's nice to see humble pie being served.  I loved the hubris of Fatassus Americanus leading up to the decline. 

 

 

Not so exceptional, now, are we?  

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 06:19 | 4698416 TPTB_r_TBTF
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An ass whoopin wonT change much.

 

The Germans got two ass whoopins, and they still think they are the Master Race.

 

to clarify, the Germans no longer claim to be "the best".  Nowadays, everyone else is worse, in their eyes.

 

We will project our failure onto a Scapegoat, sacrifice the Scapegoat, and yearn for our divine 'americanism'.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 06:24 | 4698425 james.connolly
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That's really not true, you obviously have never lived in Germany nor met a German and talked with them.

The USA has occupied MIL bases in GERMANY for 70 fucking years.

German's kids grow up hearing GI-JOE SING "America is BEST, FUCK THE REST".

German's aren't even legally allowed to talk about the NAZI's nor own artifacts. The ZIO-CONS have 100% Neutered the German people.

The NAZI's won WWII, the GERMANS lost and have since been castrated.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:32 | 4698634 TPTB_r_TBTF
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you have absolutely no idea where i live now, nor where i have lived for the last couple of decades,

you do not know who i have talked to,

nor do you know the nationality of the people i work with on a daily basis.

 

Therefore, what you consider to be "obvious" is actually totally false.

 

Yes, the Germans have been militarily castrated, but they still believe, that they are exceptional.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:04 | 4698689 The Blank Stare
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Well aren't they? Give me a German fucken toaster over our American/Chinese shit any day.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:37 | 4698737 TPTB_r_TBTF
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yes, of course, German Engineers are indeed the best.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 03:43 | 4698337 supermaxedout
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To reduce the armed forces and giving up military bases all around the world does not help the US economy.

To continue as it is now with so much funding going to the military is also not helping fundamentally the economy.

To continue to mudle through and hoping that the print orgy can still go on for a while is the choice of the day. But its not a solid foundation one can build a prosperous and stable society.

So the decline is going to continue till the sustem simply breaks down by its own weight. Then the decisions are taking place. Not earlier.  Hopefully its not a bloddy time then for the US but everything is in the cards then.

The choices are whether pest or cholera unfortunately and its going to take some time till a real recovery starts. Ten years at least.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 06:42 | 4698440 james.connolly
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FIAT is FREE

World occupation forces the world to trade in USD ( FREE FIAT TO INFINITE )

Withut OCCUPATION of the world the USD would not accepted

99% of the POWER of the USD comes from MURDER, by the US-MIL.

 

It costs the PTB NOTHING to pull USD, e.g. FREE FIAT out of its ass.

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 05:15 | 4698384 Ifigenia
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The 21st century is still young, but it has already presented Iraq with a series of external challenge. In the very third year, Iraq faced a major security threat from a super-state actor manifest in the WMD lie and attacks, which completely changed Humandkind traditional view of their safety against terrorists states and rule of law, international Law..

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 05:37 | 4698406 Setarcos
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"In the very first year, the U.S. faced a major security threat from non-state actors manifest in the 9/11 terrorist attacks"

Epic FAIL.

I did not bother to read the rest.  Anyone who does not, by now, know that 911 was an inside job is a slice short of a loaf, a sheep short of a paddock and as queer as a 50c note.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 06:06 | 4698414 TPTB_r_TBTF
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The arguments for 9/11 being an inside job are always the same:

 

"I am stupid if i donT accept your theory."

 

Now i am convinced!  You just convinced me with that argument!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 06:34 | 4698432 bunnyswanson
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911 was an act of war.  What good are you if you do not recognize the enemy?    911 was mission accomplished and the evidence wiped out is far to important to omit, but everyone does.  The lost lives, the explosions before the impacts. 

Canadian Patriots Against the NWO:
 
"And on 9/11 they covered up massive financial crimes by targeting all the law enforcement units. Office of Naval intel, El dorado task force in wtc6, backup files in wtc7, FBI offices in one of the twin towers. These units would have cracked the cabal wide open."

If this does not get turned around, you will be witness to a collapse of this country into mayhem and displays of force to reel it in that will make the strongest man with a heart regret the low road to hell was the path taken rather than the highway to heaven. 

 

There is a better life than this.  Debt slaves with no future and limited movement due to destitution is prison with bars.  Road blocks have been constructed in front of 300 million lives in the USA and every other 1st world nation.  We are being robbed and left for dead.  I plan on finding out what the hell is going on.  Following the money was a start.  There is far too much at stake for blind loyalty. 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:46 | 4698575 TPTB_r_TBTF
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.

"the evidence wiped out is far to important to omit, but everyone does."

"evidence wiped out" certainly cannot be submitted for my review.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 06:39 | 4698438 james.connolly
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Von Clauswitz two centurys ago DEFINED 'WAR' as "DIS-ARMING a people".

The US Government has been at war with the US public, since the civil war,

The NRA came out of the post civil war years to protect the 'right to bear arms'.

But never forget that the USA GOVERNMENT DECLARED War on the US citizenry, back in the CIVIL WAR Years.

The Little People of the USA have been at WAR with the BIG PEOPLE since day one in USA history.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:44 | 4698573 TPTB_r_TBTF
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The little monkies have been at the mercy of the big monkies for the last 50 million years.

 

which proves to us that primates were involved in 9/11.  but not "which primates?" are responsible.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:10 | 4698608 james.connolly
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F**K YOU 'IMP'

Von Clauswitz makes clear that "disarming an enemy' is the purpose of 'war', thus any time a 'government' want's to "DISARM" its people, they are at war with those people.

Big Monkey's are dumb, little monkey's are clever.

Support the "BUNDY MILITIA", the end game is near.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:58 | 4698678 TPTB_r_TBTF
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If the Bundy Militia is all you have, then your end is near!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:26 | 4698624 1stepcloser
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They can find Passports but the block boxes are yet somehow never recovered... hmmmm!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:56 | 4698675 TPTB_r_TBTF
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if no airplanes, then of course, no black boxes. /s

 

3. Cherry-picking the least damaged fragment of the plane or its contents and saying "how unlikely is that?" is just a variation on the Texas sharpshooter fallacy.

 

4. Conspiracy Theorists I suspect imagine that this passport was the only personal item recovered because they don't take the time to find out more. As a point of fact many small items that "should have been consumed by fire" were recovered on the streets below including; wallets, tickets, personal letters and even the flight itinerary for 11 which was just a piece of paper! Were those also "planted"?

 

5. Here is Wozniak's description of the scene where he found the passport. "I was standing in the middle of what were the remains of a passenger aircraft. There were seats and engine parts smashed through car windows everywhere. What seemed to be an engine was imbedded into a sidewalk and body parts were strewn all over the street. Then I looked down and picked up a passport. It was a Saudi passport."

 

Answers

 

In the middle of debris on the site of an airplane crash, a passport was found.  Wow, now that must be a conspiracy!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 07:49 | 4698491 over45
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seen any Romans lately ?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 07:56 | 4698497 Incubus
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i seen some i-talians though

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:11 | 4698512 BrigstockBoy
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Chen Jimin, Ph.D is an Assistant Research Fellow for the Institute for International and Strategic Studies at the Party School of Central Committee of C.P.C. The views presented here are the author’s own.

The Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, also known as the Central Party School, is the higher education institution which specifically trains officials for the Communist Party of China.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:19 | 4698527 Rogue Economist
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About the best you can say now is that we are in A World of Shit.

RE

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:53 | 4698587 kurt
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Hegemony is a Confidence Game

I Never Wanted it, Not a Crises

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 09:34 | 4698636 Element
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"Obama is currently visiting four Asia countries, including its major allies in the region, Japan and South Korea. One of the main aims of the trip is to tell the allies and partners that the U.S. is and will be a Pacific power whatever the international situation. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said on April 18: “The President’s trip to Asia is an important opportunity to underscore our continued focus on the Asia Pacific region…The President will reaffirm as well our steadfast commitment to our allies and partners, which allow us to deter threats and respond to disasters.” ..."

Nope, what's going on there is the US is not just trying to reassure Asia that the cavalry is coming, what they are trying to do (among other things) is to convince Asian States and the frontline Middle-Powers not to go nuclear. The US is saying,"hey, trust me, I have a nuclear umbrella big enough for everyone and I won't hang you out to dry and go home if it comes to a nuclear standoff with China".

And of course they can not take a risk that when push comes to shove, the US won't decide it doesn't actually want a nuclear war just to defend someone else's territorial rock in the water.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:08 | 4698692 headhunt
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This article is basically an excuse for the failings of 0bama and his administration.

Suck it 0

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:27 | 4698713 Ifigenia
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More honestly, this article is a leaf to cover the shits, Obama shits, because he failed to convinced Japan, the first  and most important leg of this tour, to fall in TPP ponzi sheme, even after he sacrifice US security to cover the Japan rocks, dispute by China..

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:49 | 4698767 Ifigenia
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Perhaps by controlling and jailing zio-jews yokes like this one would save America:

"AIPAC gambling boss may flee US

Yesterday, federal officials took into custody the reputed partner of gambling boss Sheldon Adelson, the chief financial backer for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and primary financier for America’s GOP or Republican Party.

Sources at the Department of Justice say Adelson is accused of laundering $364 million dollars, much of which went into the pockets of politicians in Washington “friendly” to Israel.

If Adelson is indicted, and sources in the Justice Department say this process is well underway, politicians around the US, all Republicans, will be required to return millions in what would then be not only illegal campaign contributions but clearly proof of ties between the GOP and organized crime.

Many of the politicians Adelson has supported on state government level have worked to suppress wages and workers’ rights, blocked regulations protecting consumers from mortgage and investment fraud and supported questionable gambling initiatives.

Adelson’s extremist politics have been a dark stain on the soul of America.

GRAND JURY
Sources direct to the investigation tell us that a special grand jury is preparing an indictment against Adelson for a long list of offenses, including but not limited to money laundering, mail and wire fraud and conspiracy.

Adelson, one of the world’s wealthiest men, with massive holdings in Las Vegas and Macao, never turns away from controversy. Adelson enraged the veterans community in the United States when he told an AIPAC audience that he was ashamed of having served in the American military when he felt loyalty only to Israel.

Critical is Adelson’s virtual control of America’s pro-Israel Republican Party. The GOP had hopes of using Adelson cash to gain control of the United States Senate. Analysts predict that were this to happen, America would not only move toward domestic collapse but there is a real possibility that regions of the US would seek to withdraw from the union, seeking an “autonomous zone.”

Adelson and his GOP “employees” have long stated the desire to use nuclear weapons in a preemptory attack on Iran and may well attack Russia and China as well. Though elected officials and, theoretically answerable for their positions, Adelson’s “gang” in Washington regularly promise to bring America to a full-scale war.

Our sources say that federal officials are presenting witness testimony to the grand jury that they believe ties Adelson directly to money laundering.

THE CASE AGAINST “SHELLY”
The accusations against Adelson are said to tie to a group of “shell companies” he has used to run online gambling around the world while publicly opposing online gambling. His partner in this endeavor is now in federal custody, said to be in witness protection, and prepared to testify at length to the grand jury that today was reported in an article in the Huffington Post.

Former CIA agent “Chip” Tatum spent many hours with a yet unnamed witness against Adelson. Stories include traveling the world in one of Adelson’s private jets on “business” that the government considers money laundering and racketeering.

We are currently in negotiations with the US Attorney and US Marshals to gain limited access for additional interviews.

WILL SHELLY FLEE?
Sources in the US Department of Justice are concerned that Adelson, who has vast holdings in Macao and around the world, will flee the United States rather than face arrest. Justice officials say that Adelson’s arrest is only a matter of time.

However, Adelson though aged and no longer well, has a history of standing up to critics. Adelson also has absolutely no respect for the US government, an organization he has spent millions “buying.”

Sources close to Adelson have told this reporter that he is driven by a profound hatred of President Obama that blinds him to the consequences of his actions. Adelson, unlike the extremist Koch Brothers and Richard Mellon Scaife, wealthy autocrats that finance America’s ultra-right wing GOP, is a real self-made man.

Adelson started with nothing and built a fortune estimated between $50 and $100 billion. Adelson is a strong backer of, not just Israel, but Israel’s most extremist elements. His money doesn’t just buy political favors in the US but influences politics inside Israel as well.

In fact, groups in Israel opposed to his extremist views are working to prevent him from gaining control of Israel’s media, a project Adelson has been working on for some time.

EXPOSING “GANGSTER AMERICA”
During the last election, consultants working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation brought documentation that showed the GOP candidate, Mitt Romney, to be involved in money laundering. Photographs of Romney in Cuba were supplied including one with his mistress, Maria Perez Andropov.

In hours of tape recorded meetings, a massive plot under investigation by the Department of Justice was outlined. Ties between major US corporations including one huge retailer and drug cartels were documented. Documents were presented showing Raoul Castro, current Cuban head of state, to provide safe haven for meetings between American officials involved in money laundering and their cartel counterparts.

Dates of visits, outlining flights from Toronto and Vera Cruz to Havana were listed. These interviews are all taped, all secure.

The Adelson case ties directly to the pattern. Those shown to be involved with the Mexican cartels are all prominent “friends of Israel.” All are members of the Republican Party.

What we saw then was a comprehensive case against Romney and other top GOP politicians. However, if what we now see plays out, it will be Adelson, 86 years old, self-made billionaire, that will be the only target.

It is true that Adelson is “the last man standing.” Adelson has virtually promised to spend “whatever it takes” to buy the next two America elections. Has this made Adelson the target? Has the extreme danger of war, which can be credited to extremist elements in the US tied to Adelson, men like Senators Ted Cruz and John McCain, put a “target on Shelly”?

It would take very little to imprison half of America’s government and certainly most of Wall Street. Their crimes are notorious. Most military contractors and oil companies engage in massive fraud as part of their daily business.

When we look at Adelson, Israel’s powerhouse in the US, when we look at the politicians who slavishly bow to his every whim, we wonder. Why does Obama only go after Adelson and never those who have sold their souls to him so openly?"  in http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/26/360110/aipac-gambling-boss-may-flee-us/

 

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:11 | 4699036 RabbitOne
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In times like these I do not shake my head in awe of what is happening but simply think on these two quotes:

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.” 

 

“Nations, like individuals, cannot become desperate gamblers with impunity. Punishment is sure to overtake them sooner or later.” 

 
? Charles MacKay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:38 | 4699505 D-Fens
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What did you guys think was going to happen to a multicultural empire of banking, corporate, and welfare cheats run by the tribe?

Did you think it was going to hold together, dominate the world forever, and we would all become rich and live on endlessly consuming an infinite assortment of Hollywood and TV remakes and sports replays?

 

Is that what you thought?  If you did, well you were wrong and you need to realize that for yourself, nobody else can do it for you, especially not anyone who still believes in the delusion.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 18:49 | 4699818 Savyindallas
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Crisis of confidence is inevitable when the only puppets the elites can put in are Bush, Clinton, Obama,etc.  - and then you have the likes of McCain and Biden - these guys are all idiots. A superpower should be able to have better mouthpieces.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 18:56 | 4699830 mumbo_jumbo
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"the meltdown that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers"

 

isn't that putting the cart in front of the horse? now it's hard to take anything in the article seriously.

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 02:46 | 4700550 polo007
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According to Tullett Prebon Group Limited:

http://www.tullettprebon.com/Documents/strategyinsights/TPSI_009_Perfect_Storm_009.pdf

perfect storm

energy, finance and the end of growth

Summary

The economy as we know it is facing a lethal confluence of four critical factors – the fall-out from the biggest debt bubble in history; a disastrous experiment with globalisation; the massaging of data to the point where economic trends are obscured; and, most important of all, the approach of an energy-returns cliff-edge.

Through technology, through culture and through economic and political change, society is more short-term in nature now than at any time in recorded history. Financial market participants can carry out transactions in milliseconds. With 24-hour news coverage, the media focus has shifted inexorably from the analytical to the immediate. The basis of politicians’ calculations has shortened to the point where it can seem that all that matters is the next sound-bite, the next headline and the next snapshot of public opinion. The corporate focus has moved all too often from strategic planning to immediate profitability as represented by the next quarter’s earnings.

This report explains that this acceleration towards ever-greater immediacy has blinded society to a series of fundamental economic trends which, if not anticipated and tackled well in advance, could have devastating effects. The relentless shortening of media, social and political horizons has resulted in the establishment of self-destructive economic patterns which now threaten to undermine economic viability.

We date the acceleration in short-termism to the early 1980s. Since then, there has been a relentless shift to immediate consumption as part of something that has been called a “cult of self-worship”. The pursuit of instant gratification has resulted in the accumulation of debt on an unprecedented scale. The financial crisis, which began in 2008 and has since segued into the deepest and most protracted economic slump for at least eighty years, did not result entirely from a short period of malfeasance by a tiny minority, comforting though this illusion may be. Rather, what began in 2008 was the denouement of a broadly-based process which had lasted for thirty years, and is described here as “the great credit super-cycle”.

The credit super-cycle process is exemplified by the relationship between GDP and aggregate credit market debt in the United States (see fig. 1.1). In 1945, and despite the huge costs involved in winning the Second World War, the aggregate indebtedness of American businesses, individuals and government equated to 159% of GDP. More than three decades later, in 1981, this ratio was little changed, at 168%. In real terms, total debt had increased by 214% since 1945, but the economy had grown by 197%, keeping the debt ratio remarkably static over an extended period which, incidentally, was far from shock-free (since it included two major oil crises).

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:07 | 4701077 AdvancingTime
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The crux of our economic woes lay in the fact that over the last several decades we have created entitlement societies on the back of the industrial revolution, technological advantages, capital accumulated from the colonial era, and the domination of global finances. Now reality has begun to come into focus and it is becoming apparent that this is unsustainable.

Promises were made on the assumption that those advantages would continue in both Europe and US, and that ever greater prosperity and entitlements would be sustained through debt financed consumption growth.In that eerie fantasy world, debt fueled consumption was to be the catalyst to bring about ever more growth.  The entitlements and promises that have piled up have become overwhelming. More on this subjecy in the article below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-crux-of-our-economic-woes.html

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