Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ali Wyne — What role will the United States play in the world?

For starters, there is an increasingly marked disconnect between the issues that concern most Americans on a day-to-day basis and the way in which the foreign policy establishment discusses America’s role in the world. Washington Post national security correspondent Greg Jaffe remarked in mid-2017 that “sustaining the US-led, rules-based international order [is] an exhortation that, at best, [is] meaningless to most Americans. At worst, it smack[s] of soulless globalism.”…
Americans have yet to turn isolationist; last April the Chicago Council on Global Affairs noted that, even in the Trump era, “a majority Americans of all political stripes said that the United States should maintain an active part in world affairs.” But Mr. Trump’s election demonstrates that policymakers cannot take that proportion for granted: if they do not accord greater priority to domestic renewal and assuage wide-ranging public anxieties over the impact of globalization, the postwar order’s erstwhile anchor may feel domestic pressure to abdicate its role.
World Economic Forum
What role will the United States play in the world?
Ali Wyne | Contributing Analyst, Wkikstrat

China is adding a London-sized electric bus fleet every five weeks

Every five weeks, 9,500 brand new electric buses take to the roads in China.
That’s the equivalent of the entire London bus fleet, says a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
The world has around 3 million buses. Most run on diesel and compressed natural gas. The global fleet of electric buses now totals around 385,000 vehicles - and 99% of those are in China.

World Economic Forum
China is adding a London-sized electric bus fleet every five weeks
Alex Gray

Pepe Escobar — Why Europe is afraid of the New Silk Roads

The BRI, for Beijing, is all about geopolitical but most of all geo-economic projection – including the promotion of new global standards and norms that may not be exactly those practiced by the EU. And that brings us to the heart of the matter, not enounced by the leaked internal report; the intersection between BRI and Made in China: 2025.
Beijing is aiming to become a global high-tech leader in less than seven years. Made in China: 2025 identified 10 sectors – including AI, robotics, aerospace, green cars and shipping and shipbuilding – as priorities.

Western global preeminence is threatened economically.
As Bauer CEO Thomas Bauer told Reuters: “(Rivalry with China) will not be a contest against copiers. It will be one against innovative engineers.”
The obvious problem that Western countries face against China is the difference in population. There are going to be a lot more highly qualified Chinese engineers.

Asia Times
Why Europe is afraid of the New Silk Roads
Pepe Escobar

Philip Giraldi — How False Flag Operations Are Carried Out Today

False Flag is a concept that goes back centuries. It was considered to be a legitimate ploy by the Greeks and Romans, where a military force would pretend to be friendly to get close to an enemy before dropping the pretense and raising its banners to reveal its own affiliation just before launching an attack. In the sea battles of the eighteenth century among Spain, France and Britain hoisting an enemy flag instead of one’s own to confuse the opponent was considered to be a legitimate ruse de guerre, but it was only “honorable” if one reverted to one’s own flag before engaging in combat.
Today’s false flag operations are generally carried out by intelligence agencies and non-government actors including terrorist groups, but they are only considered successful if the true attribution of an action remains secret. There is nothing honorable about them as their intention is to blame an innocent party for something that it did not do. There has been a lot of such activity lately and it was interesting to learn by way of a leak that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has developed a capability to mimic the internet fingerprints of other foreign intelligence services. That means that when the media is trumpeting news reports that the Russians or Chinese hacked into U.S. government websites or the sites of major corporations, it could actually have been the CIA carrying out the intrusion and making it look like it originated in Moscow or Beijing. Given that capability, there has been considerable speculation in the alternative media that it was actually the CIA that interfered in the 2016 national elections in the United States....
Strategic Culture Foundation
How False Flag Operations Are Carried Out Today
Philip Giraldi, former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer, now Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and founding member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Graham E. Fuller — Syria: bottom line questions

What sense can we make out of all these strategic events in Syria? We encounter a baffling array of players: Syrian troops, Syrian insurgents, jihadis of varying ideologies, Iranians, Russians, Americans, Israelis, Turks, Saudis, Qataris, Emiratis, Shi’ite militias, Iraqis, Kurds, Hizballah—all locked in a deadly dance. But as complex as it may be, this seven-year bloody conflict still continues to pose the very same long-term fundamental questions to US policy in Syria and the region. These questions demand an answer....
Graham E. Fuller
Syria: bottom line questions
Graham E. Fuller | adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University, formerly vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, and a former senior political scientist at RAND

John Helmer — US Reprieve for Rusal Does Not Relieve President Putin of Fatal Choice for Oleg Deripaska

There are two reasons why the aluminium metal markets are not making long-term bets on the price of the metal, the alumina required to make it, and the share prices of the metal producers, including Russia’s aluminium monopoly United Company Rusal. The first reason is that the US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin (lead image, right) has decided to eliminate Rusal’s controlling shareholder, Oleg Deripaska (left), but leave Rusal to carry on its business without him. The second reason is that President Vladimir Putin cannot make up his mind on whether to sacrifice Deripaska for the good of the company and Russia’s metal industry. If Putin refuses Mnuchin’s deal, the US sanctions to put the company out of business, announced on April 6, will be enforced in full. Pricing the consequences now of then is next to impossible.
According to Mnuchin’s statement on Monday, “RUSAL has felt the impact of U.S. sanctions because of its entanglement with Oleg Deripaska, but the U.S. government is not targeting the hardworking people who depend on RUSAL and its subsidiaries. RUSAL has approached us to petition for delisting. Given the impact on our partners and allies, we are issuing a general license extending the maintenance and wind-down period while we consider RUSAL’s petition.”
On Tuesday Putin responded through his spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “so far it is difficult to say how consistent our American counterparts are in their approach. We still consider these sanctions to be illegal. We believe that in relation to a single company such actions are akin to asset grabbing.”

That is Deripaska himself doing the talking. The only man in Russia who thinks that state recovery of a heavily indebted asset from an oligarch is an asset grab is Deripaska. Putin has yet to disagree. Mnuchin has given Putin six months until October 23 to make up his mind.…
Dances with Bears
Us Reprieve for Rusal Does Not Relieve President Putin of Fatal Choice for Oleg Deripaska
John Helmer

See also

Bloomberg View
The Rusal Case Is a Failure of U.S. Sanctions
Leonid Bershidsky

Craig Murray — The Massive Need for Infrastructure in the Emerging and Developed World

"Voluntary" censorship at Facebook and Twitter.

Craig Murray Blog
Blocked By Facebook and the Vulnerability of New MediaCraig Murray, formerly British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector of the University of Dundee

Felipe Rezende — The Massive Need for Infrastructure in the Emerging and Developed World

This is the first in a series of blog posts on financing infrastructure assets.
Multiplier Effect
The Massive Need for Infrastructure in the Emerging and Developed World
Felipe Rezende | Director, Finance program and Associate Professor of Economics & Finance, Bard College and Levy Economics Institute

Andrew Gelman — A quick rule of thumb is that when someone seems to be acting like a jerk, an economist will defend the behavior as being the essence of morality, but when someone seems to be doing something nice, an economist will raise the bar and argue that he’s not being nice at all.

A statistics professor looks at the economics profession.
This is an awkward topic to write about. I’m not saying I think economists are mean people; they just seem to have a default mode of thought which is a little perverse.
In the traditional view of Freudian psychiatrists, which no behavior can be taken at face value, and it takes a Freudian analyst to decode the true meaning. Similarly, in the world of pop economics, or neoclassical economics, any behavior that might seem good, or generous (for example, not maxing out your prices at a popular restaurant) is seen to be damaging of the public good—“unintended consequences” and all that—, while any behavior that might seem mean, or selfish, is actually for the greater good.
Let’s unpack this in five directions, from the perspective of the philosophy of science, the sociology of scientific professions, politics, the logic of rhetoric, and the logic of statistics....
Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
A quick rule of thumb is that when someone seems to be acting like a jerk, an economist will defend the behavior as being the essence of morality, but when someone seems to be doing something nice, an economist will raise the bar and argue that he’s not being nice at all.
Andrew Gelman | Professor of Statistics and Political Science and Director of the Applied Statistics Center, Columbia University

EPI — It’s not just monopoly and monopsony: How market power has affected American wages


Economic Policy Institute
It’s not just monopoly and monopsony: How market power has affected American wages
Josh Bivens, Lawrence Mishel, and John Schmitt

See also

From Poverty to Power
The World Bank’s flagship report this year is on the future of work – here’s what the draft says
Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB

Bill Mitchell – Critics of the Job Guarantee miss the mark badly … again

My blog post last week – On the path to MMT becoming mainstream (April 17, 2018) – discussed the way in which the language and concepts that have been developed by the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) authors are now permeating mainstream narratives and the media. While this has increased the pushback and hostility from both the Right and Left opposition to MMT, it is also a sign that the public understanding of the way in which the monetary system works and the policy options available to currency-issuing governments, is improving. Most recently, there is been a flurry in the US media discussing employment guarantees, which is a welcome relief from the previous saturation coverage of impoverished UBI ideas. It is fabulous, that at the policy level, the idea that the state can eliminate mass (involuntary) unemployment if it so chooses is becoming more acceptable. That’s down, in part, to the great work being done there by my MMT colleagues. There are also derivative public sector job creation proposals getting ‘airplay’ which I do not consider to be MMT-inspired nor are what I would call Job Guarantee initiatives, but which are still, to their credit, raising awareness of the need for the state to ensure there are sufficient jobs for all rather than dispatch citizens who are unable to find work to the unemployment queue. The push back is increasing and that is a sign that dissonance is being felt by the neoliberals who oppose the state taking responsibility for mass unemployment and using its fiscal capacity to render it a thing of the past. Many of the critics from the Left do not have the courage to come out and say they prefer the alternative to a Job Guarantee, which is entrenched unemployment. That leaves them carping away with no legs to stand on. The Right objections are venal as they always are – they want mass unemployment to persist to dampen wages growth and allow more real income to be captured by the top-end-of-town....
Bill Mitchell – billy blog
Critics of the Job Guarantee miss the mark badly … again
Bill Mitchell | Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Deep dive into Ireland's balance of payments

Interesting post  on the current state of National Income Accounting from the CFR people out yesterday... 'must read' for us imo.... And the timing is interesting as Tim Cook has a meeting with Trump on the same day... hmmmm....

Maybe Cook was having to explain what is REALLY going on to the Trump people?   Which is not accurately being depicted/illustrated by the current national accounting abstractions?  Kudlow the History major will be well over his head here for sure... maybe not Navarro and Ross....

Maybe it would have been a good idea to go over these issues BEFORE the passage of the Jan. 1 tax law that radically adjusted corporate tax policy.... I don't think those tax changes were well thought out in advance and are leading to some at least short term problems...

A U.S. multinational would transfer (sell) IP assets to one of its Irish subsidiaries, thus allowing it to collect the profits associated with those assets. It would then transfer the profits to the second Irish subsidiary, which despite being incorporated in Ireland was “managed and controlled” from Bermuda (or another tax haven) and owned by the Bermuda subsidiary. Differences in the U.S. and Irish tax codes meant that the U.S. considered this subsidiary an Irish company while the Irish tax code considered it a Bermuda company—effectively leaving the company a tax resident of...nowhere.

I simply cannot tell who is stupider anymore, Trump or Putin.

This just in.

Russia stupidly buys gold


Putin talks about a big new fiscal expansion, which will be "paid for" with spending cuts and new taxes even though he has unlimited spending power in ruble.

And we now find out Russia's been stupidly buying gold for years. Why??

This is a total waste of financial and real resources and an even stupider subsidy to the mining industry.

Then there's this...

Russia's empty threats about retaliation against U.S. strikes on Syria. "We'll shoot down the missiles and target launch sites."

What happens? Russia sits by passively and watches an ally, Syria, get bombarded.

Russian whining about U.S. and the West "not being fair and not subscribing to international law," as if the West could give a shit.

Russia allowing the people in Donbass to get slaughtered by the Ukrainian Nazi regime that the U.S. put in place.

Russia selling its oil bounty to the U.K, preventing U.K. residents from freezing to death, while the U.K. smears Russia with baseless allegations, false flags, etc.

In bed with China now? The two are natural enemies over the long term.

On and on.

Let's face it...Russia has no "long game." It's long game is subservience to the West and the neoliberals who are salivating over the country's vast resources.

Dumb. This country is so badly run. I used to stick up for Russia. I can't anymore. I can't support idiots, just like I am off the Trump train and now I am off the Putin train. This guy is maybe a bigger idiot than Trump.

I simply cannot tell who is the stupider of the two right now.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sputnik — Opinion Scholar Sees ‘Obvious Tendency’ of US Trying to ‘Contain, Oust’ Russia and China

China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe has called on Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries to improve cooperation in defense and security. Assistant Director of the Center for Regional Security Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Dr. Yang Danzhi believes that the Chinese proposal has come at the right time....
Global North and West lining up for WWIII with Global South and East as US stumbles into the Thucydides trap.

Sputnik International — Opinion
Scholar Sees ‘Obvious Tendency’ of US Trying to ‘Contain, Oust’ Russia and China

On Monday April 16, a well-oiled machine of anti-Russian sanctions experienced a major hiccup. This day the US Treasury promised to announce new sanctions against Russia’s companies and persons, if the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to be believed. Why would the US Ambassador to the UN do such things as announcing the US Treasury’s plans is everyone’s guess, especially since this Monday, when it was still earlier morning in the US, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave an interview to the BBC, during which he said the following words : “obsession with Russophobia which looks like, you know, genocide by sanctions.….
The key here was Lavrov’s remark on the nature of anti-Russian sanctions as being a genocide. This indicated a complete reversal of Russia’s government attitude to sanctions that for the last four years have been mostly positive as in “sanctions help Russia’s economy to develop.”…
Lavrov never exaggerates and always states plainly and clearly of what it is. If the US continues on the path of sanctions it will meet its absolute dead end, because at this point as April sanctions are concerned, the US Treasury moved into territory described in Russia’s new military doctrine as a threat to existence of the nation....
Putting the West on notice. Proceed at your own risk.

The Vineyard of the Saker
On sanctions
Scott Humor

Then there is the wild card in the deck — Israel.

Zero Hedge
Russia To Send Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles To Syria, Warns Israel Of "Catastrophic Consequences

Jordan Weissmann — Kirsten Gillibrand Unveils Her Ambitious Plan to Turn the Post Office Into a Bank

Add New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to the list of big name Democrats who want the U.S. Postal Service to double as a bank. The potential 2020 contender is rolling out legislation today that would require post offices to offer their customers basic financial services, such as checking and savings accounts and small, short-term loans, that many Americans currently can’t access affordably. While the idea of postal banking has been backed by progressives like Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont—both likely presidential candidates—Gillibrand’s bill gives an important policy objective a high-profile, useful boost.
Compare Girobank (UK).

Kirsten Gillibrand Unveils Her Ambitious Plan to Turn the Post Office Into a Bank
Jordan Weissmann

Tim Wallace — UK will not match US sanctions on Russia as Hammond blames EU dissent

Britain and the US will not stand shoulder to shoulder against Putin’s regime as the EU is never likely to agree to tough sanctions, the Chancellor has warned. 
But unified financial sanctions are more difficult to arrange, as the UK only joins actions when they are imposed either at the UN or the EU level....
The Telegraph
UK will not match US sanctions on Russia as Hammond blames EU dissent
Tim Wallace

Harper — Unmasking The White Helmets

British government official agencies are the patrons, managers and funders of the White Helmets, who have been the go-to source for the mainstream Western media reporting on the ongoing Syrian war. For good measure, the U.S. State Department's Agency for International Development (USAID) has kicked in $23 million to finance Mayday Rescue, the cutout between the White Helmets and the British Ministry of Defense, the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and 10 Downing Street. This is all a matter of public record, yet no Western major media outlet has bothered to include these "data points" in their lavish coverage of the White Helmets....
US and UK conducting hybrid warfare.

Sic Semper Tyrannis
Harper: Unmasking The White Helmets

See also

Sic Semper Tyrannis
Are the Russians Correct? by W. Patrick Lang
Col. W. Patrick Lang, US Army (ret.)

At the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lang was the Defense Intelligence Officer (DIO) for the Middle East, South Asia and counter-terrorism, and later, the first Director of the Defense Humint Service. At the DIA, he was a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service. He participated in the drafting of National Intelligence Estimates. From 1992 to 1994, all the U.S. military attachés worldwide reported to him. During that period, he also briefed President George H. W. Bush at the White House, as he had during Operation Desert Storm.

He was also the head of intelligence analysis for the Middle East for seven or eight years at that institution. He was the head of all the Middle East and South Asia analysis in DIA for counter-terrorism for seven years. For his service in the DIA, Lang received the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive. — Wikipedia
105 hits in Syria? Not likely, says Russia & shows fragments of missiles downed in US-led strikes

Innesa S. — Investigation: Russian politicians embezzle billions offshore

The Russian investigation began when Mossack Fonseca (Panamanian law firm) had its “Panama Papers” leaked to journalists in 2016. ...
Fort Russ
Investigation: Russian politicians embezzle billions offshore
Innesa S.

Aimee Lutkin — This Toilet Provides Safe Sanitation Without Plumbing Or Electricity

Effective, efficient, and inexpensive.
Poor sanitation is responsible for 80 percent of world health issues, like infectious disease, and four percent of deaths. That may sound small, but in context, it is about 1,500 children every day. It can also lead to chronic illnesses that plague both children and adults. In areas without plumbing, the options are dumping and hauling sewage, which can be both expensive and dangerous…
Public toilets also mean more women and girls are subject to sexual assault when forced to leave their home for access to a bathroom. As an exampled on their website, change:WATER writes that in Uttar Pradesh, "60% of reported gender-based violence is sanitation-related."...
Green Matters
This Toilet Provides Safe Sanitation Without Plumbing Or Electricity
Aimee Lutkin

David Ruccio — Utopia and macroeconomics

From the beginning, mainstream macroeconomics has been a battleground between the visible and the invisible hand.
Keynesian macroeconomics, represented on the left-hand side of the chart above, has an aggregate supply curve with a long horizontal section at levels of output (Y or real GDP) below full employment (Yfe). What this means is that the aggregate demand determines the actual level of output, which can be and often is at less than full employment (e.g., when AD falls from AD1 to AD2, output to Y1, and prices to P2), with no necessary tendency to return to full employment and price stability. Therefore, according to Keynesian economists, the visible hand of government needs to step in and, through a combination of fiscal and monetary policy, move the economy toward full employment (at Yfe) and stable prices (at P1).
Neoclassical macroeconomists, like their classical predecessors, have a very different view of the macroeconomy, which is represented on the right-hand side of the chart. They start with a vertical aggregate supply curve at a level of output corresponding to full employment. Therefore, according to their theory—often referred to as Say’s Lawor “supply creates its own demand”—aggregate demand does not determine the level of output; instead, it determines only the price level. Thus, for example, if aggregate demand falls (e.g., from AD1 to AD2), output does not change (it remains at Yfe)—only the price level falls (from P1 to P2). On the neoclassical view, the invisible hand of the market maintains full employment (through the labor market) and reverses price deflation (through the so-called real-balance effect) by boosting aggregate demand (back to AD1 from AD2)....
That’s why we need to question the shared utopianism of the two sides of mainstream macroeconomics. What has gone missing from much of the current debate, even outside the mainstream, is that full employment and price stability are consistent with the worst abuses of contemporary capitalism.…

Occasional Links & Commentary
Utopia and macroeconomics
David F. Ruccio | Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame

Michael Roberts — The value (price and profit) of everything

Mariana Mazzacuto’s new book, The value of everything, seems to have caught the imagination of the liberal wing of mainstream economics. It has even won the accolade of a review in the UK’s Financial Times by top mainstream Keynesian economic journalist, Martin Wolf and was launched at an event at the London School of Economics.
Mazzacuto previously wrote an important book, The Entrepreneurial State, that ‘debunked’ the myth that only the capitalist sector contributes to innovation while the state sector is a burden and cost to growth.…
Since then, Mazzacuto’s powerful arguments in favour of government investment and the role of the state have led to her becoming an adviser to the UK’s Corbyn Labour leadership and also joint winner of the Leontief prize for advancing the frontiers of economic thought, with inequality expert Branco Milanovic, formerly chief economist at the World Bank.
Now in her new book, she takes on a bigger task: trying to define who (what) creates value in our economies, a subject that has been debated by the greatest economists of capitalism from Adam Smith onwards. “Who really creates wealth in our world? And how do we decide the value of what they do?”
Her main line in this new book is that 1) government is not recognised in national accounts as adding to value through its contribution to investment and innovation; 2) finance has sneaked into accounts as productive and value-creating when in reality it ‘extracts’ value for productive sectors and breeds speculation and short-termism etc.; and 3) there has been the growth of a monopoly sector in modern capitalism that is ‘rent-seeking’ rather than ‘value-creating’....
Relevant to comparing countries like the US and China based on GDP rather than PPP or some other metric that better represents actual production — stuff rather than paper — and also distribution, which GDP per capita avoids.

Michael Roberts Blog
The value (price and profit) of everything
Michael Roberts

JG opposed by libertarians

Cato libertarians out against a JG right on cue:


Weisenthal is right here imo...

Washington and Lafayette

Boy, in your face England...

Trump is pissed at the UK for MI6's role in the phony dossier which was used by his political enemies formerly in the US intelligence community.

Don't look for the UK to get any state dinners or any other favors until they start to jail the UK intelligence people who were involved in the phony dossier.

You tell 'em Ivanka:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Zero Hedge — China Prepares To Mass Produce Hypersonic Vehicles

Interesting article. But Russia is actually in the lead according to the report.

Zero Hedge
China Prepares To Mass Produce Hypersonic Vehicles
Tyler Durden

Paul Antonopoulos — Russia, China to advance defense cooperation to check any foreign aggression

Historical dialectic at work. Driving Russia and China together — the West's worst nightmare. Brilliant strategy, that. Kissinger warned Trump against it.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday at a meeting with Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang that Moscow and Beijing are developing a strategic policy to strengthen cooperation on defense.
“The privileged character of intergovernmental ties is confirmed by regular meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Shoigu said.
Fort Russ
Russia, China to advance defense cooperation to check any foreign aggression
Paul Antonopoulos

Jason Smith — The economic way of thinking?

More on the foundations of economics.

Information Transfer Economics
The economic way of thinking?
Jason Smith

Pam and Russ Martens — Why Isn’t the Justice Department Bringing Treasury-Rigging Charges Against Wall Street?

Primary dealers.

Wall Street On Parade
Why Isn’t the Justice Department Bringing Treasury-Rigging Charges Against Wall Street?
Pam Martens and Russ Martens

Paul Grenier — America’s Men Without Chests

America’s way of acting in the world, the violence it often does to the truth while asserting its will, cannot be explained simply through its alleged “interests.” The U.S. acts the way it does because of the peculiar American way of understanding what gives life and action meaning.
At the core of the American philosophy is voluntarism, the justification of action based purely and simply on the will. The distinguishing characteristic of voluntarism is that it gives pride of place to the will as such, to the will as power, the will abstracted from everything else, but especially abstracted from the good. The notion of the good is necessarily inclusive of the whole, of all sides. Concern exclusively for oneself goes by a different name.
The clearest and perhaps the best expression of American voluntarism come of age was expressed by Karl Rove during the George W. Bush administration, as reported by Ron Suskind in New York Times Magazine on October 17, 2004:

We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors… and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.
This oft-quoted statement is naively assumed to have been the expression of a single moment in American politics, rather than a summation of its ethos by one of its shrewder and more self-aware practitioners. The point of the voluntarist order is to act, to impose one’s will on global reality by any means necessary. The truth is not something to be understood, or grasped, still less something that should condition one’s own actions and limit them in any way. Truth is reducible to whatever is useful for imposing one’s will....
The American Conservative
Paul Grenier, founder of the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy

Joaquin Flores — ‘Oligarch’? Putin decrees a massive budget-doubling of socialized healthcare

Health care and infrastructure. 

How to pay for it? "We'll figure that out later."

So much for affordability versus the common good and general welfare.

Russia takes a cue from China?

Fort Russ
‘Oligarch’? Putin decrees a massive budget-doubling of socialized healthcare
Joaquin Flores