‘Clash of Civilizations’ or Class Warfare ?
In 1993 Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington wrote an essay titled “The Clash of Civilizations?” and later he expanded into a book with the same title, but without the question mark. Edward Said, late Columbia professor rips Huntington’s thesis to shreds.
Economists, Military Strategists and Others Warned Us … Long Ago
We’ve known for 5,000 years that mass spying on one’s own people is always aimed at grabbing power and crushing dissent, not protecting us from bad guys.
We’ve known for 4,000 years that debts need to be periodically written down, or the entire economy will collapse. And see this.
We’ve known for 2,500 years that prolonged war bankrupts an economy.
We’ve known for 2,000 years that wars are based on lies.
We’ve known for 1,900 years that runaway inequality destroys societies.
We’ve known for thousands of years that debasing currencies leads to economic collapse.
We’ve known for millennia that torture is a form of terrorism.
We’ve known for thousands of years that – when criminals are not punished – crime spreads.
We’ve known for hundreds of years that the failure to punish financial fraud destroys economies, as it destroys all trust in the financial system.
We’ve known for centuries that monopolies and the political influence which accompanies too much power in too few hands are dangerous for free markets.
We’ve known for hundreds of years that companies will try to pawn their debts off on governments, and that it is a huge mistake for governments to allow corporate debt to be backstopped by government.
We’ve known for centuries that powerful people – unless held to account – will get together and steal from everyone else.
We’ve known for hundreds of years that standing armies and warmongering harm Western civilization.
We’ve known for over 300 years that going into debt to pay for war ruins any nation.
We’ve known for 200 years that allowing private banks to control credit creation eventually destroys the nation’s prosperity.
We’ve known for two centuries that a fiat money system – where the money supply is not pegged to anything real – is harmful in the long-run.
We’ve known for 200 years that a two-party system quickly becomes corrupted.
We’ve known for over a century that torture produces false and useless information.
We’ve known since the 1930s Great Depression that separating depository banking from speculative investment banking is key to economic stability. See this, this, this and this.
We’ve known for 80 years that inflation is a hidden tax.
We’ve known for 79 years that war is a racket that benefits the elites but harms everyone else.
We’ve known since 1988 that quantitative easing doesn’t work to rescue an ailing economy.
We’ve known since 1993 that derivatives such as credit default swaps – if not reined in – could take down the economy. And see this.
We’ve known since 1998 that crony capitalism destroys even the strongest economies, and that economies that are capitalist in name only need major reforms to create accountability and competitive markets.
We’ve known since 2007 or earlier that lax oversight of hedge funds could blow up the economy.
And we knew before the 2008 financial crash and subsequent bailouts that:
- The easy credit policy of the Fed and other central banks, the failure to regulate the shadow banking system, and “the use of gimmicks and palliatives” by central banks hurt the economy
- Anything other than (1) letting asset prices fall to their true market value, (2) increasing savings rates, and (3) forcing companies to write off bad debts “will only make things worse”
- Bailouts of big banks harm the economy
- The Fed and other central banks were simply transferring risk from private banks to governments, which could lead to a sovereign debt crisis
Postscript: Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it … and we’ve known that for a long time. Source:
Reporting from somewhere in Europe…I am reading histories of Venice right now. There is a hugely funded push in the West to make the case that Islam and the West are fundamentally forever, and in their DNA, incompatible. That view supports the vast profits of War Inc.
BUT ……Venice is testimony to how wrong and ahistorical this message is (as are Toledo…Seville…Granada in Spain…).
Venice was for hundreds of years as an independent Republic, oriented to the East — to the Ottoman rulers and what is now Turkey — the source of its vast medieval and Renaissance wealth. It chose for centuries to turn its face East rather than West, that is not to the then-barbaric lands of Europe, for its own benefit as the merchant, sea-oriented power it was.
In its architecture you see the Islamic influence…on the fretting like lace of the Doges’ Palace….in the shapes of the windows that mirror Islamic architecture, that keyhole shape known to us in illustrations of the Thousand and One Nights and debased echoes of Islamic architecture as in Disney’s Alladin…Venice had its painters paint sultans….and engrave the portraits of turbaned Arabs and Moors into its public statues and heraldic emblems…Venice reached its great wealth, influence and power (as did pre-Ferdinand and Isabella Spain) by being cosmopolitan, pluralistic, multiethnic, diverse..welcoming trade and cultural exchange with the Muslim East, with Jews and Saracens and Moors….and being vivified by the importation of the high levels of civilization (mathematics, poetry, medicine) that the Muslim world attained while Europe was still in the dark ages..having lost classical learning.
It is just wrong, the current right-wing messaging that these civilizations are incompatible and it is so poorly informed historically. Together, East and West, they are more than the sum of their parts individually. Without Islam and Arabic culture there would have been no European Renaissance discoveries in science, math or medicine…not to mention the influence everywhere visible in Venice of the decorative arts – -this is well established among scholars of the Renaissance. Time to look at history again to shred current hate-based mythologies….that foster a narrative of eternal strangeness and mutual incomprehension.
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Brzezinski Formulates Double Down Foreign Policy Approach toward Russia, over lunch
Brzezinski sees no other interest save his own. It’s a psychosis of sorts, he has fully bought into the flawed theory of the Clash of Civilizations. He begins with what seem to be a threat that the Russians are not suicidal. We hope he was speaking directly to Putin here, as anything else leaves that eerie ring of nuclear in the ear. Here in 2014, he falters, from lack of empathy. His disregard for the interest of other sovereign nations reflects his insanity. He belligerently advises what he calls the international community(NATO, the West} to basically engage Russia by way of Poland and all other neighboring nations. He calls for the supplying of arms to the region. Oddly the Dr; mirrors his own aspirations, when channeling Russian intentions. Never giving realize to a recent China Russian 400 billion dollar marriage, a new Silk road and a contrary too, parallel economic system being wrought into fruition via the BRICS nations and China.
This is the insanity of the Clash of Civilizations being manufactured, by megalomaniac ideological Zionist Nazi Neocon psychopaths, that seek to continue incorporating the globe for a few, opposed to the many, right before our eyes. For the West and NATO, including the two sister states, to continue on their present course, doubling down even, portraying itself as a De-fact o international community, is fraudulent and a definitive march toward war. This pronouncement being a call to arms seemingly. Enjoy, and be mindful he is not speaking to you, or the public for that matter. He speaks to a group representing the corporate nations, which share his ideology and understanding, that if they can not rule the globe, no one will. Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Talmudist, fit right in there with the rest of the multinational corporate entities. Well that’s my humble take !!
Published on Nov 18, 2014
Formulating a New Foreign Policy Approach toward Russia, Lunch Keynote
Center for Strategic & International Studies
Please join us for an important discussion that will assess the new dynamics in Europe’s security landscape and evaluate the challenges of the past year in light of the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine. Twenty-three years of policy efforts to integrate Russia into Western structures after the collapse of the Soviet Union have come to an end. The principal challenge to the transatlantic community is to formulate a new and long-term foreign policy approach by directly engaging, for the first time, Poland as well as the Baltic and Central European countries. This conference will address these new challenges, examine the potential impact on the region, particularly within Russia’s neighborhood, and discuss how the United States and Europe can reformulate their foreign policies in order to better understand Russia’s motivations today, predict its future behavior, and ensure the security and stability of Europe. Our expert panelists will address these issues and offer their perspectives on what transatlantic dialogue with Russia will look like in the future, as well as examine the implications of Russia’s actions on the future of the international system.
Luncheon Keynote: Russia and the International System
Zbigniew Brzezinski Still Admits The Global Political Awakening Proving Very Difficult For The Elite
Published on Oct 8, 2012
Here is Zbigniew Brzezinski once again admitting that the globalists are in fear of the global awakening that is currently happening across the world. People are waking up to the fact that the governments are all power hungry and corrupt and are not there to serve the interests of the people, but that of the global elite and the multi-billion dollar corporations. This lecture was given about a week ago in his home country of Poland.
Here are a few quotes from this globalist:
“We have a large public that is very ignorant about public affairs and very susceptible to simplistic slogans by candidates who appear out of nowhere, have no track record, but mouth appealing slogans”
“The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. “
― Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era
“In the technotronic society the trend would seem to be towards the aggregation of the individual support of millions of uncoordinated citizens, easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities exploiting the latest communications techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason.”
― Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era
Clashes of Civilizations are about Theft
Jerusalem Killings Follow Months of Tensions, Settlement Growth
Published on Nov 19, 2014
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s attack that killed five Israeli civilians in a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of inciting violence in the city and said the killings were part of a “battle over Jerusalem.” Abbas has condemned the attack, which came after weeks of unrest fueled by a dispute over Jerusalem’s holiest site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and known to Jews as the Temple Mount, as well as the continued expansion of Israeli settlements.
Jerusalem Killings Follow Months of Tensions, Settlement Growth:#BDS