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politics

USA

 

Some of us have a lot of trouble understanding the USA. They are just 4.2% of the World’s population.

It spent £886 billion on defence in 2018. That’s 15% of its entire budget, and over half the discretionary funds it has to spend.

There are about 900 US defence establishments dotted around the world. Dotted is an imprecise word, most of these places are to be found in strategic positions;  the map shows US bases around Iran.

Why is the USA so scared of the rest of the world? They live on a continent, with a benign neighbour to the north, and a ready source of cheap labour to the south. Who is going to attack them?

This strategy has little to do with defence. They want power and control. Their problems are deep-seated. They live on land they plundered. The indigenous population has been badly treated. The imported workers, called slaves, have not fared any better. For a bunch of renegades and neer-do-wells who fled Europe they have done well, but have they yet to pay the price for those evil deeds?

Facebook is now threatening to cut off Europe if they are not allowed to do what they want. They may have bitten off more than they can chew. Europe could easily create a replica of Facebook, and directly compete. It is surprising that it has not already been done. Of course it has been tried. We had a growing example here in the UK. The USA sensed danger and bought up the company.

The USA is showing cracks at the seams. The choice of an egoist and an old politician standing against each other for the Presidency must pour shame on its people.

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After Virus cooperative

Reflections

 

Sunday morning is a good time for thinking. I awoke  early. It was still dark. The BBC radio carried the news (as they saw it). Every item was about the USA. We hearing nothing about Europe these days, but plenty about the inadequate man in charge over there. He is a poor reflection of the talents to be found in that country of renegades and immigrants – they are all immigrants, but You’ll understand me.

I crawled out of bed, unable to take any more sycophancy. There’s a strong rumour that the USA is now in decline. If there is a God then that country seems to have upset her or him. They are suffering like biblical plagues. There’s Corvid-19 with about 200,000 already dead, and not much being done to stop the spread. Belief in a vaccine before Christmas is laughable, or would be if it wasn’t so serious.

At the same time Oregon and California are being ravaged by fire. Global warming hasn’t hit home enough, so thousands are leaving their smouldering homes and smoke clouds reach out to the East. They do so in gas guzzling vehicles, many of which could serve as luxury dwellings they are so huge.

Then the southern states are hit by tempests, making more people flee. As this is a free country we must hope they all have friends willing to help in their hours, days and weeks of need.

Corvid is now coming back, and this time it will hit the world economy, not just the USA. There are few contingency plans in place. Like the poor immigrants in the destroyed refugee camp in Greece there will be some unfortunates left to fend alone. Shades of the Great Depression of the 1920/30s.

Within this turmoil is unrest. The despicable treatment of the poor, in this land of the free, combined with the collapse of the economy, and increasing replacement of workers by automated machines will lead to unrest.

A major subject of discussion when I was at the London School of Economics many decades ago was overpopulation. The basic concepts have not gone away. Now they are starting to talk of part-time working to accommodate the excess.

Little in being said by the 2,000 or more billionaires about distribution of wealth. None of these people have made money by themselves. They have ALL exploited their fellow citizens of this world.

We have an excess of extremely rich folk, and that overpopulation must be addressed if people and the planet are to survive.