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How the Nixon shock changed the world forever

Ideology, like religion; matters to people. So much so that it will make them throw away their lives in the hopes that their chosen doctrine will be empowered. No amount of money will convince a man to sacrifice his life in such a way. Clearly, ideology matters, with differing contents offering different levels of commitment …

Ideological Amnesia Read More »

The greatest failure of Democracy is in empowering the incapable and immoral. This brings these wretches into an unfair conflict with moral and just people over power. Armed with this evil, the immoral slash at righteous good, before good knows what hit it. Democracy breeds naïveté towards the human condition, leaving these good and upstanding …

Injustice and Moral Poverty by Mob Rule Read More »

The imposition of mob rule, the ultimate and end result of democracy, damages individual autonomy. It threatens and often eliminates your natural rights: life, limb, and property. We are at whatever mercy the mob grants us, if any they grant us any mercy. Every time a legislative body meets, everyone is on the butcher’s block, …

Social Collapse and Impoverishment by Mob Rule Read More »

 Man stands on a precipice. Before us lies a path ridden with unending obstacles; behind us are our progenitors: “old”, “obsolete”, and “incapable”. Remainders of their essence lay within us, enough hopefully to make a difference. Ahead of us lay our future, our progeny, and all we will foment. This is our canvas. We can …

Authoring Caesar Read More »

In Rumsfeld’s words, the unknown became known on the morning of September 11th 2001 when terrorists attacked both the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. The 9/11 attacks were in response to America’s ongoing meddling and interference in the Middle East. The symbolic nature of the attacks should not be missed either: bin Laden chose to attack centres of U.S. economic power and its intelligence apparatus. 9/11 was an attack on the dollar: bin Laden understood very well that the dollar was, and still is, the centre of gravity of the American empire. By attacking the dollar, he wanted to accelerate a run on the U.S. dollar which would have led to foreign investors divesting themselves of their dollar holdings and transferring them to other currencies. A collapse of the dollar would have meant that its status as the world’s reserve currency would have come to end meaning that, in effect, the U.S. could no longer maintain its vast military presence overseas, grant protection to the Saudi royal family indefinitely and providing subsidies to Israel, to say nothing of the massive structural imbalances in the U.S. economy that would need to be addressed if reserve currency status was lost.

The established wisdom, from both historical precedent and common logic; is that to wage a war, no matter how sophisticated the tools may be, a hardy man with an iron will is still required to wield it. We in the West seem to have abandoned that principle and chosen instead to recruit all manner of assorted misfits. Between these two suppositions, we can assume that the armies of the West are either presently or soon-to-be dysfunctional paper tigers. Our leaders are either blinkered by domestic politics or totally incapable of seeing the plain reality in front of them. What if we’re behind the times? And not, as is often retorted, because technology has outmoded human capabilities through force multiplication.

The petrodollar wars – U.S. foreign policy and the dollar system

This is the 2nd Edition of this article, updated on 07/09/2022 The Louisiana Purchase and Westward Expansion. The Monroe Doctrine. The Ford Model T. The global realignment after World War One and the decline of the British empire. The end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.It is no easy task …

Bretton Woods: The Birth of The American Empire Read More »

The origins of the petrodollar and its role in the global financial system