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Tribalism the Future?

April 11, 2011

“Is Tribalism the Future?”

[by Pat Buchanan, Human Events Magazine, 04/08/11]

 

[p]rofessor Jerry Z. Muller wrote in Foreign Affairs that World Wars I and II were at root ethnonational wars of Europeans fighting to create nations where their own tribe ruled and their own culture was predominant.

Only when this was achieved in 1945, after immense bloodshed, did peace come to Europe.

The same goes for the rest of the world’s nations, many of whose borders were drawn up by one country (Great Britain) during the Colonial period of the last couple centuries. Africa has long been cited as “tribal” in social structure. The drawing of borders by the European powers did not always take this into consideration (to say the least). In many cases it was little more than arbitrary, or had to do with economic or political considerations in Europe.

Libya, for example, was a colony of, and brought into being as a state by, Italy (has this history contributed to its current instability?

Mordechai Kedar, Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam at Bar-Ilan University:

‘For a state to be considered legitimate by most of its citizens,” writes Kedar, “it must be the political embodiment of their national, communal, historical and, perhaps, religious desires.’

Dr. Kaminsky

April 10, 2011

(See also http://www.johnkaminski.info/pages/about.htm)

Probably won’t see this reprinted in the NY Times anytime soon…

April 7, 2011

http://www.globalwebpost.com/farooqm/study_res/einstein/nyt_letter.html

“Stewart Rhodes Explains Oath Keepers Mission”

March 26, 2011
Oath Keepers Founder Steward Rhodes on the mission and purpose of this very significant,
growing, grassroots movement of law enforcement, military and other personnel who've 
sworn an oath to uphold their duty to the United States Constitution.

US Betrays British Nuclear Secrets

February 11, 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8304654/WikiLeaks-cables-US-agrees-to-tell-Russia-Britains-nuclear-secrets.html

If this world wasn’t already turned on its head, we would take this as a declaration of War on Great Britain by…

Here’s the article. Funny we haven’t heard more about this?

5 February 2011 Daily UK Telegraph states that on 4 Feb., 9:25 GMT,

Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.

? Did  we  just read this?
For starters, the British are cowards for not responding to this promptly. And anyone who cares about world peace are likewise cowards.

THANK GOD FOR WIKILEAKS. Wikileaks may well save the world one day — soon. Avert World War III. And it was Great Britain that has WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange currently arrested? We do indeed live in 1984. I suppose if a country wants to sacrifice priority One security secrets that’s its choice…?

Peter Hitchens, UK Guardian columnist and author one decade of ago of The Abolition of Britain was certainly on to something. Self-immolation…Peter Hitchens

– d.g.w.

“How the Economy Was Lost”

January 1, 2011

(This, from an Amazon review of How the Economy Was Lost: The War of the Worlds), wherein Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan, describes in common sense detail the path to the dismantling of the United States economy.

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This book is an organized collection of his columns (Part 1) that deal with the American Economic Crisis we find ourselves in and how we got there. While some of his earlier columns (going back about 5 years) may appear slightly dated, it’s interesting to watch his predictions (particularly those about Unregulated Derivatives as a disaster just waiting to happen) come true.

And by the way Derivatives are STILL unregulated! Talk about corruption and malfeasances in high places. I don’t think they have even re-instituted the uptick rule on short sellers (this was a rule passed after the crash of 1929 to force traders to wait for the stock to go up a little before they could short it again)

Like many of the other post 1929 laws and regulations, quietly tossed aside as “antiquated and unnecessary”.

Later in the book, Part 2 is devoted to an explanation in ordinary language of why free trade doesn’t actually always create the win-win scenario that it’s boosters insist on. Also a very important explanation of why Outsourcing is not really free trade at all. And insourcing (replacing American workers with cheaper foreign workers) is not free trade by any stretch of the imagination.

– The outsourcing of manufacturing and good blue-collar jobs, among its other nasty effects, threatens to destroy the middle class. One chapter deals extensively with the soaring income disparity that is developing in America (one of the classic hallmarks of a Third World Nation)

– The death of American manufacturing and the outsourcing of Research & Development jobs to India and China and the insourcing of professional jobs here in America, are destroying the career opportunities in engineering and technical fields for our own children. Even before the current economic collapse many American engineering graduates could not find work.

As he says in one chapter – “the United States is the first country in history to destroy the prospects and living standards of its own working people”

On American firms openly advertising for foreign engineers on H-1b visas (or using slippery tricks to get around the few laws that protect American workers) he says;

– “What kind of country gives preference to foreigners over its own engineering graduates?….How much longer will parents shell out $100,000 for a college education for a son or a daughter who ends up employed as a bartender, waitress or temp?”

 

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December 31, 2010

The following is an excerpt from http://freeus.jsdev.org/wikileaks.ch/About.html:

Corporate corruption comes in many forms. The number of employees and turnover of some corporations exceeds the population and GDP of some nation states. When comparing countries, after observations of population size and GDP, it is usual to compare the system of government, the major power groupings and the civic freedoms available to their populations. Such comparisons can also be illuminating in the case of corporations.

Considering the largest corporations as analogous to a nation state reveals the following properties:

  1. The right to vote does not exist except for share holders (analogous to land owners) and even there voting power is in proportion to ownership.
  2. All power issues from a central committee.
  3. There is no balancing division of power. There is no fourth estate. There are no juries and innocence is not presumed.
  4. Failure to submit to any order may result in instant exile.
  5. There is no freedom of speech.
  6. There is no right of association. Even romance between men and women is often forbidden without approval.
  7. The economy is centrally planned.
  8. There is pervasive surveillance of movement and electronic communication.
  9. The society is heavily regulated, to the degree many employees are told when, where and how many times a day they can go to the toilet.
  10. There is little transparency and something like the Freedom of Information Act is unimaginable.
  11. Internal opposition groups, such as unions, are blackbanned, surveilled and/or marginalized whenever and wherever possible.

While having a GDP and population comparable to Belgium, Denmark or New Zealand, many of these multi-national corporations have nothing like their quality of civic freedoms and protections. This is even more striking when the regional civic laws the company operates under are weak (such as in West Papua, many African states or even South Korea); there, the character of these corporate tyrannies is unregulated by their civilizing surroundings.

Through governmental corruption, political influence, or manipulation of the judicial system, abusive corporations are able to gain control over the defining element of government the sole right to deploy coercive force.

Just like a country, a corrupt or unethical corporation is a menace to all inside and outside it. Corporations will behave more ethically if the world is watching closely. WikiLeaks has exposed unethical plans and behaviour in corporations and this as resulted in recompense or other forms of justice forms of justice for victims.