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The American Charles Hugh Smith is probably the best analyst I have read about the socio- economic condition of his country. There are areas however in which this author would beg to differ.
As with many if not most people who hate Empire today, Charles sees it as being corrupt, socially rigid and if not in decline, ripe for decline. Charles writes; “The incestuous embrace of privilege and power by entrenched, socially isolated Elites characterizes failed states and brittle, doomed regimes throughout history”
And in another paper Charles brilliantly identifies “America’s Nine Classes: The New Class Hierarchy “.
There is a key mistake and gaping hole in his analysis however. He does recognize that the twofold top tiers of power in the US are the Oligarchy, which he defines as the “Financial Aristocracy………….this small class is more or less the top .01% who owns a majority of the nation’s financial wealth. They essentially own the political machinery of the nation, writing the rules of legislation that is supposedly regulating their industries, taxes, etc.”
And The Deep State. In defining Deep State Charles first uses a quote from Mike Lofgren; “The Deep State is a hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the nation without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process.
Then Charles goes on to add to that definition, with his own, which acts to both clarify and deepen it. “I describe the U.S. Deep State as the National Security State which enables a vast Imperial structure that incorporates hard and soft power–military, diplomatic, intelligence, finance, commercial, energy, media, higher education–in a system of global dominance. Membership in the Deep State class is not dependent on wealth so much as on relationships and power.”
Bingo. Great job Charles.
The key mistake here is that Charles gives the Deep State as number one in power and relegates the Oligarchy only to number two.
In the real world those rankings are reversed. Perhaps Charles just put this order in place without thinking about it too much. But as a financially very astute person Charles should know that people who receive a pay check, (as ALL do in Deep State) do what those who pay them, tell them to do. They are in the end, just the top of the top of people who work for a living.
The people with real power are those who write the checks, who hire and fire according to how well their workers, including Deep State workers) serve them.
Once the Oligarchs are placed at the top of the food chain, the question then arises, who are they and what to they want? Charles doesn’t even ask.
One reason Charles doesn’t ask is that as a real matter you cannot know who they are. And the reason for that is in this Red Pill Views post on “Why You Can’t Know Who Owns/ Controls Empire”.
But while we may not know exactly who they are, we can take an educated guess that the Rothschild and Rockefeller families are amongst them. And by watching what their employees of Deep State have done in the past and are continuing to do, we can surmise that what these people want is a global government under their control.
David Rockefeller is so unafraid of push-back from the lower rungs of the American caste system, that he blatantly admits his agenda.
He writes; “the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.”
And then David Rockefeller adds; “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
The failure of Charles’s analysis is that he has not sufficiently accepted and internalized these statements, plus what has been their effective implementation by American Deep State operatives in its foreign policy since World War 1, when David Rockefeller’s daddy ran the show.
What this means in fact, is that the United States itself, (today widely viewed at least by most of the rest of the world) as the center of Empire, is not only going to have that role stripped from it, but will lose its sovereignty as well, as will be true of all nation states.
The reason for this is that the new global government will be unlike any other past Empire. Those always had as a geographical center, the country or city or tribe(s) that made the conquests.
In today’s world there will be no comparable geographical center. That is because this is intended to be the first great Empire not created primarily by military force, but by global consensus as the UN is today a precursor. Of course there will need to be a bureaucratic and governmental center for the global government envisioned by the elites, but it will be very small, perhaps the size of Singapore today, or even smaller and physically far removed from any centers of police or military power.
What this means is that the Oligarchs who own/ control the United States today have no problem with putting in place economic- social and cultural systems that are made to fail. That is because all of America’s institutions are scheduled to go through a controlled demolition before the global government can be born.
In fact with the US, like an aging- rotting dinosaur in its way, the global government cannot be birthed.
This has endless implications. One of which is that the oligarchs rarely do things for money. They control the system of printing it, (central banks) and through their control of paper directives markets, most of the global economy.
Everything that the Elites do today is based on creating global conditions that will allow them to trigger a controlled worldwide disaster. That in turn will be intended to force all the nations of the world to cede their sovereignty and join the new global government, which will promise that it is the only way to end war, solve the global ecological crises and through worldwide cooperation in science, technology and economic synergies, eradicate poverty forever.
So when the US takes on debts that it can never repay, it is not supposed to ever repay them. It is simply a confidence game. The US dollar is only there to fulfill its role as a global hegemon until it is ready to be dumped. And when, not if, it is dumped that will clear the way for the global currency, step one towards creating the global government.
At a political level while Charles is correct that there are elites and class systems roughly analogous to what the United States has today, (all over the world) including within its newly declared Cold War 2 adversaries China and Russia, the difference is that in the vast majority of nations the elites understand that their power derives from the nation they rule over.
So people like Putin and Xi can be expected to, in the end seek to serve the best interests of their people and nation as they understand these interests to be.
The countries of Empire however are ruled over by a political class who are in fact owned- controlled by an interlocking group of supra national Oligarchs, and as such do not care at all about their countries or their peoples.
People like Obama, Cameron, Hollande, Harper, Abbot etc. either simply follow orders by those who pay to put them in power, or in the rare event that they are both curious and clever, they know that their country is gong to be destroyed as a nation state anyway. So why fuss over it?
This is the reason dear readers why the good guys today, (not in 1932) are going to be people fighting for their countries, (as old fashioned and problematic as that concept may seem), while those working for Empire are going to be fighting against nation states and all who champion them, while working overtly or covertly, knowingly or unknowingly for global government.
This why today, kind hearted people who want to put an end to global poverty and/ or the massive pollution that is killing the planet, and start or join Leftest or Green political parties, will find that these parties will ALWAYS be co-opted by the global Oligarchy. The Oligarchs view all types of idealistic internationalists as useful idiots. whose purpose whether they understand it or not, will be to help them to fulfill their objective of world government.