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Gordon Parks Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College. Football practice 1943

 

 

Here’s a delicious little rant from Dr. D., by now a regular contributor at the Automatic Earth.

 

 

Dr. D: The schizophrenia surrounding the tariff plan is really startling. But then I could just say, “the level of insanity everywhere is startling.”

Self-avowed schmartz-guys are all “doesn’t the U.S. know their empire is failing and everybody is cutting them off? What are they thinking starting trade wars with allies and raising prices???” Stop. So your argument is the U.S. is losing its influence, other nations are about to cut it off and end the trade deficit, and thereby basically halt imports? While the U.S. has no internal manufacturing? And your argument here is that, not if but when the world cuts us off we a) would like to have some steel and aluminum to build factories, washing machines and tanks or b) do NOT want to have access to the basic raw materials of society? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

I’m sorry that this generation burned down the factory, then retreated to the mansion, sold off and burned all the furniture there too, then ran up the credit card with cocaine and heroin parties while yelling “I’m a rock star! I’m a Contender!”, but they did. Now there are only bad decisions, like the ones real adults have.

And there’s nothing but work to put that factory back up, and that’s going to cost something, in this case, money and higher prices, using the thousand-year method of protective tariffs. Why not? Europe has 25% tariffs. China has a virtual lockout. If the U.S. machine then also has higher real wages for U.S. workers they can afford the tariffs. I mean, what’s their counterargument? If it’s better to not have steel and aluminum, perhaps we should shut down the few remaining foundries and have NO materials? I mean, if a little is bad, surely none is way better.

Mish for example thinks this way: if China is willing to give us cheap, under-market steel we should take it. No, not if you want to have a country, you don’t. Isn’t it a matter of national security to be able to make tanks, ships, railroads, and artillery? There’s more to the world than money.

Nor is this arcane. You know that brewing Japanese scandal about approving sub-standard steel worldwide for going on 40 years? Well that sub-standard Chinese and Japanese steel was turned into, say, sub-standard U.S. Abrams Tanks, which may explain why they’ve been breaking and unexpectedly going up like roman candles. So how’s your low-cost steel discount look now that the U.S. doesn’t have an effective military? Come on, guys. Again, the world is not only money, to be measured in money. It’s strategy, it’s community, it’s values. I’m surprised we’re so lost I need to bring this up.

Don’t get me started on how we don’t own (and therefore don’t really secure) our toll roads, ports, bridges, and utilities. They are also widely owned by foreigners now. Really? We (or they) sold every living thing out of the United States, and we’re looking for Russians and Terrorists under the bed? For the love of Pete…

 

How do you prepare for an Argentina-like collapse and/or up to civil war we are so close to? People who have lived through it say, “you can’t.” If the whole country is mad, which it is, there is nowhere to turn for sense or even allies, to say nothing of dry goods. Co-Americans are now so immoral, so self-serving, so rapacious, so badly thinking, so ill-positioned and ill-prepared that they themselves are the largest single liability, to me, but mostly to themselves. Without basic morality — you know, like do your job, don’t lie about everyone around you, don’t sleep with other people and/or kids at the local high school — there is no “community” as Ilargi discusses. My place may be here, but I can only say: “stay exiled.”

Think the 30% uptick in opioid overdoses is bad? In my small county there are now 3 support groups of 30 each for pedophiles. These are mostly court-directed, meaning these are only the ones we know about. That’s in ADDITION to the self-help groups for alcohol and drug addition. Hey, where did we get those volunteers for Oxfam, UNICEF, and Haiti? And are the police, judges, Congressmen and FBI not also from this same population? Or are they going to arrest themselves and stop it? Maybe I should go arrest the police and see how that goes. It ain’t good.

Only Morality can fix it, where the nation cries out to God and says, “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the return of justice and order, even if it means paying for my own crimes.” You see that happening yet? My biggest fear is the present turn will patch it over enough to limp on a little further with no reform, and yet that seems the most likely.

Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Benjamin Franklin said, “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” This is just Tytler’s cycle of history:

 

 

We’ve done it all but bondage. When China cuts off the imports and calls the loans, the cycle of bondage will be complete. Until we find faith, we’ll be peasants in our own land, as planned.

 

 

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    Gordon Parks Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College. Football practice 1943     Here’s a delicious little rant from Dr. D., by now
    [See the full post at: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot]

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    V. Arnold
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    No way I’m not going to stay exiled, self exiled. That’s not negotiable!
    Keep on keeping on Dr. D.
    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot indeed; SNAFU

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    zerosum
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      “the level of insanity everywhere is startling.”

    Its too late to wake up!
    Its time to take another pill.
    Remember
    ( 5. The members of the elite class will always try that the non- elites should not influence social, economic and political processes in any manner.)

      … We (or they) sold every living thing out of the United States,…

    Where does the money for “buy-back” end up?
    Maybe, …. “buy-back” should be renamed “refund”

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    Professorlocknload
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    Guess only our Potent Directors can save us now? But I’m still not convinced all this “Nationalism” is a healthy thing. Au Contraire.

    But then, this administration will soon be gone, and another will spring to “action” and give the thundering herd some other “crisis” to chew on for a while.

    Two kinds of people on this dirtball. Those who want to live their lives their own way, and those who want to tell others how to live. Governments and their enablers fall into the latter category.

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    Professorlocknload
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    For sure, I see the MIC chomping at the bit to replace all those consumer goods crossing international borders, with bullets.

    Government approved “Freedom of Association,” and Centrally Planned “Liberty,” just ain’t my cup of tea.

    #39496

    Professorlocknload
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    As for the Ruskie panic,,,,,Well,,,,

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    Nassim
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    seychelles
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    ” Until we find faith, we’ll be peasants in our own land, AS PLANNED.”
    No Logos, no ethics but “situational ethics.”

    “There’s more to the world than money.”
    Zioglobalism = Mammonism.

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