Comments on: ‘We can’t say they didn’t warn us’ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: ARJTurgot2 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:49:06 +0000 Okay, well so far as it goes, some of us are favored by god. I’m from Denver, but experienced several British winters. We definitely got blessed on the latitude thing. New York… not so much.

American born, I went native for a while over there. Concurrent Scots heritage, local family support, G.I. bill to pay rent, a chance to experience a ‘foreign’ culture in depth. Conclusion: The emigres from the Empire saved them, otherwise the food would have inevitably lead to terminal boredom. Tikka Masala is INFINITELY better than haggis. And gawd they have a propensity for compounding their climatological misery by building some truly depressing architecture.

Us Yanks aren’t bad people. We tend to blunder about a bit, but if you actually study the history of any nation/culture, you can probably find some really ugly behavior in anyone’s past.

What we ‘were’ was a young nation, and if you know where to look, you run in to it constantly. Also, we are not escapees from the process of history. A few years back, I would have said we ‘are’ a young nation. I think we are emerging from youthful innocence.

Where we are now is facing the inevitable reality of the end of the frontier. In my youth (’50s-’60s), it was not uncommon for neighborhood families to uproot and head to new promising futures in California. There ain’t nowhere to run to no mo’, and there really hasn’t been since at least the downturn in ’74-’75. Whether you agree with his policies or not, Reagan won because he promised to deal with our national funk. We have been here before, but we went on one heck of a binge to avoid facing it.

But as Allen Ginsburg noted in Death to Van Gogh’s Ear

“…I am not interested in preventing Asia from being Asia
and the governments of Russia and Asia will rise and fall but Asia and Russia will not fall

The government of America also will fall but how can America fall

I doubt if anyone will ever fall anymore except governments…”

We’re here for the long haul, and I for one am not going back to the Inverness.

By: FirstAdvisor Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:44:52 +0000 As always, Freeland is worth reading. Few people can make me more angry when she dares to disagree with me. I’m sure that means something significant.

The items she excludes from her overview are, one, people born and raised in the USA are totally indoctrinated in what is probably the heaviest, most intense family and school propaganda program in the world. By the time birthright Americans are 18, they actually believe the USA is the best nation on Earth, and that they are the best people on Earth. Americans actually believe that, despite all the mountain ranges of hard, cold, concrete fact contradicting their childhood indoctrination. Naturally, their deranged, and often despicable delusions severely affect the relations of the USA with the rest of the world, in all aspects.

Two, the sole purpose of the US government and businesses in organizing and promoting international trade is to force other countries to sell their economies, their companies, and most of all their finances to new owners in the USA. Naturally, this rapacious lust for money and power on the part of American politicians and the wealthiest commercials is deeply and bitterly resented by the rest of the world.

Three. This anger and opposition to the intent of the USA to buy the rest of the world is especially strong today, after the US government and finance sector have just demonstrated that they are nothing but common criminals, running fraudulent scams in their markets to strip all the other people in the world of all their wealth by deliberate criminal acts, since they’ve been unable to buy the world honestly, and fast enough to satisfy their pyschopathic vanity and greed.

Why Freeland would exclude these apparently vital, crucial factors in the world today from her overview seems inexplicable. She must have had some reason for leaving out such important considerations. A reader can only speculate on what her reasons for failing to report the whole story might have been.

By: pereiraarvindin Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:56:01 +0000 Chrystia, Democracies has its own share of defects, some groups with a certain agenda funds elections, and want their ends met. In India, individuals funds elections and then want to recover more money than initially invested. when USSR collapsed, Democracy was a promise, but then there was great depression and other issues, no system is perfect, we need to take a look at the Chinese system, it is a hybrid, politically communist, economically capitalist.

Arvind Pereira