The Public Are All Alone: Understanding How The Enemy Of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend

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Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

In political matters, the public are taught to believe that some political Party is ‘good’, and that the others are “bad”; but the reality in recent times, at least in the United States, has instead been that both Parties are rotten to the core (as will be clear from the linked documentation provided here).

Belief in this myth (that the opposition between Parties is between ‘good’ ‘friend’ versus ‘bad’ ‘enemy’) is based upon the common adage that “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

One side is believed, and ones that contradict it are disbelieved - considered to be lying, distorting: bad. But, maybe, both (or all) Parties are deceiving; maybe all of them are enemies of the public, but just in different ways; maybe each of them is trying to control the country in the interests of (and so to obtain the most financial support from) the aristocracy, while all of them are actually against the public.

Can it really be false that “The enemy of my enemy is my friend?”

Not only can be, but often is. And no one is able to vote intelligently without recognizing this fundamental political fact.

It’s true between entire nations, too - not only within nations.

For example: Hitler and Stalin were enemies of each other, but neither of them was a friend of America (except that Stalin did more than anyone else to defeat Hitler, and thereby saved the world, though the U.S. — far less a factor than the U.S.S.R. was in defeating Hitler — still refuses to acknowledge the fact that Stalin did more than anyone else did to prevent the entire world’s becoming dictatorships; so, whatever democracy exists today, is a result of that dictator, Stalin, even more than it’s a result of either FDR or Churchill). 

What about internally, then?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump became enemies of each other, but neither of them had ever really been a friend of the American public: both of them were instead liars who would, and did, do everything they could to grab control (on the aristocracy’s behalf, who financed their respective campaigns) over what is supposed to be our Government, in a democracy. That’s just a sad fact about reality, which both of America’s political Parties deny (because they both need those voters, not merely those mega-donations; they need the public to believe that the Party cares about them).

Most of the American public have been successfully deceived by the ‘news’media, and by the ‘history’-books (likewise published by agents for the aristocracy), to believe that the U.S. Government serves the public-interest, and not the interest of the centi-millionaires and especially billionaires, who finance political campaigns. But it’s no truer than it’s true that the enemy of your enemy is necessarily your friend: both enemies of each other can be your enemies, too. The difference here is that the enmity between the aristocracy and the public is basically intrinsic, whereas the enmities between (Republican versus Democratic, or any other divisions between) aristocrats, are basically personal — these are matters of business, instead of matters of state. They are, in a sense, different business-plans — competing business-plans. But they are all assisting the aristocracy, to control the public, so as to advance the interests of the aristocracy. They’re all competing for the aristocracy’s support, and deceiving for the public’s support. Two blatant recent examples displaying this were America’s invasion in 2003 that destroyed Iraq, and America’s invasion in 2011 that destroyed Libya. Did either of those invasions advance the interests of the American public? But the owners of Lockheed Martin and other ‘defense’ contractors blossomed after 9/11. In fact: U.S. arms-exports are at record highs

The now-proven reality in America is that the U.S. Government really does represent those billionaires and centi-millionaires, and not the public. It’s a now-proven reality, that the U.S. isn’t a democracy but a dictatorship - albeit, a two-Party one, with a real competition between billionaire and centi-millionaire Republicans on the one hand, versus billionaire and centi-millionaire Democrats on the other. But all billionaires and centi-millionaires are takers (that’s how they came to be super-rich, even the ones who didn’t inherit it from their parents), who (notwithstanding any ‘charity’ they may establish to avoid taxes while extending their control) receive from the public far more than they give to the public; and, so, there is actually an intrinsic class-war — not at all like Karl Marx famously said, between the bourgeoisie (including small-business owners) versus the proletariat (including some centi-millionaires and billionaires who became super-wealthy from being movie-stars or athletic stars and who don’t necessarily actually control any business at all, and so they’re “proletariats”), but instead between the aristocracy versus the public: the ancient and permanent class-conflict. It’s the entire aristocracy-of-wealth (which is maybe half of the nation’s wealth) that’s arrayed against the public (the poorer 99+% of the people). (In fact, Marx — the promoter of the view that the bourgeoisie are the public’s enemies — had aristocratic sponsors, and he would have remained obscure and died poor, if he had instead blamed the aristocracy, not “the bourgeoisie” — which is mainly the middle class — as being the exploiting-class. Marx, too, was an agent of aristocracy. He succeeded and became famous because he had aristocratic sponsors. Otherwise, his name would have simply been forgotten.)

Anyway, the American public are now alone. No Government represents our interests. It’s now been proven that America’s Government doesn’t represent us; and it’s not even the business of any other Government in the world to represent us; so, no foreign government does, either. No Government represents us.

In order to understand any aristocracy, one must understand what gives rise to almost all wars, because almost all wars throughout history have been between contending aristocracies - between the aristocracies of different nations. Each aristocracy needs to be able to fool its national public, to believe that they’re fighting against the foreign public, when, in fact, they’re fighting against the foreign aristocracy, and they’re fighting for the home-nation’s aristocracy - they are, almost always, fighting for one aristocracy, against another aristocracy. Any public who would know that this is the reality, would just as soon commit a democratic revolution, against the local aristocracy, as go to war for the local one, against the foreign ones. This is the reason why, in every dictatorship, the local centi-millionaires and billionaires buy up all of the ‘news’media that inform, or (on essential matters) misinform, their audiences about international relations, and about who did what to whom and why. They hire only ‘reporters’ who comply with whatever deceptions the owners feel to be necessary, in order to be able to attract sponsorships from other aristocrats’ corporations and ‘charities’. But, the aristocrats themselves are actually all in this together, because their mutually shared enemy is the public. Without deceiving the public about essential matters, no national news-medium would be able to attract the sponsorships it needs in order to grow, or even to survive.

The public thinks it’s fighting an international war, when, in fact, they’re fighting for the local aristocracy (and its allied aristocracies), against foreign aristocracies (and their allied aristocracies). This has been true since the dawn of human civilization. Only the weapons are bigger now, and the alliances (in the World Wars) are now global. (But, of course, if there is another World War, then all of human civilization will immediately end, and not long thereafter, all human and most other forms of life will also end.)

An excellent example of the real class-war, and of its international nature, is James Bamford’s 3 April 2012 masterful and pioneering article in Wired, “Shady Companies With Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S. for the NSA”. He documented that even very high-up people in America’s NSA were kept out of the loop when joint U.S.-and-Israeli intelligence-agencies and private corporations were creating the present 1984-ish, “Big Brother” reality, in (at least) those countries (but, actually, the Sauds, and probably a few others, were also on the inside — the aristocracies not merely of those two countries, U.S. and Israel, are in the alliance).

The “Deep State” isn’t merely one nation’s aristocracy and its agents; it is basically a form of actually international gang-warfare. That’s what got us into invading and destroying Iraq 2003, Libya 2011, Syria 2012-, Ukraine (by coup 2014), and so many other nations. It wasn’t done in order to serve the America public’s interests. That’s just the standard lie — and it keeps going on, and on. Maybe until we invade Russia.

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Bigly's picture


Trust nobody.


Not sarc to say, this is why we are devolving as a society. People (in general) are not as trustworthy as they once were.

IH8OBAMA's picture

Eric, I guess we really do live in a dictatorship where they toss you in jail for speaking out against the government.

Bye, bye.

You still here?

TBT or not TBT's picture

A big part of the genius of the Constitution lies in its impetus for even the wrong people to choose to do the right things.

HillaryOdor's picture

The public are my enemy, always going begging for more government to solve every problem, real or imagined.  Too bad giant meteor didn't win in '16.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Pee-Ons are trained to grovel and lick the boots of the Crumb-Givers. Same as it always was.

Laowei Gweilo's picture

>>> re: "Understanding How The Enemy Of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend" <<<


article is taking "friend" in that proverb waaaay too literal o.0


SafelyGraze's picture

the enemy of your enemy is your self

this deep thought is brought to you by jack handy, a.k.a. al franken


NoDebt's picture

Everything since the Magna Carta has been downhill.  What people want is dictators.  But NICE dictators.  You know, the kind that do the right thing all the time and everybody is happy.  

So much better than liberty and self-determination.  You know, the scary stuff where you aren't guraranteed anything.


Fish Gone Bad's picture

The Enemy Of Your Enemy Is

probably an ass hole....

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Politicians compete for the job of serving the corporate neo aristocracy in administering their cattle - you, the serf. Politicians try to outcompete each other by the efficiency  with which they get to get your votes placing unrealistic promises used to wrap their main agenda, the one given to them by their real employers - the corporate neo lords.

skbull44's picture

Zuesse's argument sounds a lot like that of Murray Rothbard's in Anatomy of the State (

doctor10's picture

the GHWB-LBJ Uniparty is at the end of the line

house biscuit's picture

what a clever & unique post.....

GreatUncle's picture

Nice dictators ... UK government screws a large section of the population into the ground to give to the side that supports them.

US government is the same ... all those wanting a free meal of somebody elses suffering but kind of ignores the suffering their entitlement creates.

Benito_Camela's picture

Not sure if sarcasm. Handy was a real guy from Texas.

mojine's picture

Jack Handey (born February 25, 1949) is an American humorist. He is best known for his "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey", a large body of surrealistic one-liner jokes, as well as his "Fuzzy Memories" and "My Big Thick Novel" shorts, and for his deadpan delivery.[1] Although many people assume otherwise,[2][3] Handey is a real person, not a pen name or character.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Well exactly. Too much democracy is tyrannical. That’s why we were meant to have a Republic. Let’s get back to that.

HillaryOdor's picture

A republic won't save you.  We already had that, so did Rome.  All states are destined to devolve into tyranny and collapse.

Carpe Tutti Bastardi's picture

"The public are my enemy, always going begging for more government to solve every problem, real or imagined." True enough.

Your conclusionary statement is morosely asinine!

GreatUncle's picture

If you are paying through taxation for a large section of the public to have a better life than yourself ... they are the enemy.

True fight club is everybody has a right to survive and taking the money out of your pocket to buy food leaves no law.

Especially when a group gets an EBT free to buy food ...

Who was sacrificed?

Giant Meteor's picture

There are many kinds of prisons, systems of control. Probably the biggest of them all is centered right between the ears.

HillaryOdor's picture

I'm really pulling for you in 2020. 

JuliaS's picture

Consciousness is encased inside a sealed box called the skull, which is designed to shelter and protect it from the elements. However when something gets inside the brain, like a disease, drug or misinformation - that cage of meat and bone becomes a trap with no way out.

house biscuit's picture

"that cage of meat and bone becomes a trap with no way out"


Now there's a Hallmark moment

Guessing they let you out of glee club early, for that one


UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

All hail ZOG. Consume, buy, watch TV, OBEY!

jeff montanye's picture

while most of the inter party jousting of the reps and dems looks like professional wrestling, this time it seemed more serious.  trump has said he wanted a special prosecutor and to jail hillary clinton.  well mueller fills the first part . . . .


Freddie's picture

Blue eyed Christian Vlad Putin is more my friend than the Clintons, Bushes, Obola, Podestas pedos, Harvesy Weinsteins of Hollywood & NY, McCain, Feinstein, Nudelman, Soros, Jared Kushner, the MSM, NeoCons, $ee Eye A, N$A, and the Pentagram.

robobbob's picture

as of the moment, the threat posed by a hand full of critics who can easily be dismissed tin foilers, russian trolls, or chicken littles  is far less than the damage to the democracy contol grid charade than overtly rounding them up and jailing them.

for now, the soft option is on the table. shut down their internet outlets in the name of protecting the public from fake news or hate speech. just how much self-censorship is occuring today for the sake of saving some ones twitter account or avoid getting "de-friended"?

should silencing critics on the official social media platforms fail, watch for increasing direct opproaches. fines, jail time

start a serious debate on FB or the like about the accuracy of the history of the Holocaust, or the dangers posed by Islamic jihadists. In the USSA, see how long before your social media accounts gets shut down. In the EU or Canada, you can be arrested.

free speech? none so blind as those who will not see.

what exactly do you think "hate laws" are anyway?


GreatUncle's picture

Close the lot down ... it is not discriminatory neither.


HRClinton's picture

The saying is BS to begin with. Let me fix it for you (for the 5th time):

The enemy of your enemy may be your ALLY. If you both play it smart.

NOMO's picture

Here is a more detailed look atthe same scenario - a good read on the topic. It looks at the basic moral requirements of a civil society and the cause of the breakdown western culture is facing. It is worth the read.


--> Altered States of America

Cabreado's picture

Finally, now, take your "deep state" and shove it...

How 'bout a Focus on rule of law?

There's nothing new going on here... but once again a critical mass of ignorance and entitlement.

We've been through this before.

JimmyJones's picture

Welfare must end,  crony capitalism via regulation limiting competition must end,  a free market and return to common law (if you actually harm someone a crime is committed, not just because some one may get harmed) must be restored. 

Bigly's picture

Agree about rule of law, but do not agree that we've been here before.

So leveraged, so globally tied. So compromised in all branches of govt. Not to mention our constitution is, I do not think we've been here before.

Bigly's picture

Globally the same families are still pulling the strings and have been for way too long.  I know that.  They win no matter what and add to their Trillions with a T.

But the US is in uncharted territory, imho....the underpinnings are failing.

GreatUncle's picture

It only works if the economy we are told continues to exists ... that is the underpinning that is failing.

Hence the war, corruption, fraud etc. all to preserve it.

Once that underpinning collapses the power over people falls also.

The continual QE was proof the economic system did not function as they stated.

They so goosed themselves the only way for them to survive now is through a police state.

jaxville's picture

  You lost me at "Stalin did save the world".  The world was lost when National Socialist Germany fell.

shovelhead's picture

I guess if you throw 10 million lives away from stupidity it's called doing more.

JimmyJones's picture

How many died when the Commies killed the Zars? Who financed the Commies?  Who hated the Zars? Why? 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Utopians both. Fuckem all. Out of human flesh no straight thing can be made.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

One wonders if that is due to the preponderance of inbred, MUT-tated genes.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The progressive eugenicists and Nazis who followed them, utopians both, heartily agreed. Thankfully there’s Brawndo. It’s got electrolytes.