The enemy within

I wonder why there’s an upsurge in anti-Asian bias, hatred and violence?

Maybe it has something to do with the demonization campaign against China that began in the Trump administration and carried into the Biden one?

I’m asking, because the corporate media won’t connect the dots, especially when they’ve been playing along.

Going further, this is another of those events that the elite political and media Poobah’s won’t discuss forthrightly because it casts them in a very unfavorable light.

The dirty little secret, which should be apparent to anyone with more of an attention span than a gnat, is that our corporate and political elite made a deal with the devil. They assured us that offshoring all of our manufacturing to China would be a win for everyone. It would lift millions of Chinese out of poverty, help democratize China’s autocratic government, and bring low, low prices to the American consumer. Besides, it was the inevitable fruits of “globalization”, so get over it hippy.

President Bill Clinton well described the elite view of the policy. “If the Senate votes as the House has just done, to extend permanent normal trade relations with China, it will open new doors of trade for America and new hope for change in China. Seven years ago, when I became president, I charted a new course for a new economy—a course of fiscal discipline, investment in our people and open trade. I have always believed that by opening markets abroad we open opportunities at home.”

To say “blowback” would seriously understate the affects of this Faustian bargain.

This “free trade” policy decimated America manufacturing in all kinds of critical areas, but, strangely enough, not banking or financial consulting. The geniuses that make policy gave away the key component of economic prosperity—manufacturing capacity. This “offshoring” of US manufacturing turned former prosperous areas into desolate “Rust Belts” and plunged the residents into a crisis of opioid addiction, spousal abuse, crime, and “deaths of despair”. It’s not too much to say that these policies helped bring about the election of Donald Trump, who campaigned against these ruinous “free trade” policies on his way to the White House.

But it did make Wall Street and corporate America fabulously wealthy by drastically reducing wages, so there’s that. In fact, the cynical part of me has come to believe that this wage arbitrage was the true reason for offshoring.

Only now, this short term, get rich scheme is really starting to bite. In all kinds of ways, but crucially in that whole empire–force projection ability. The US has seen its capacity to manufacture advanced weapon systems take a nose dive, as the performance of the vaunted F-35 fighter suggest. While still being able to produce some state-of-the-art platforms and enablers, such as signal processing, combat computer and communications networks, recon assets, in terms of actual weapons the United States has begun to lag behind Russia and China not just in years but in generations. As recent, February 2021, Congressional Budget Office report on missile defense admitted, the United States is defenseless against salvo of combination of new Russia’s cruise missiles and that there is nothing to stop them. 

Meanwhile, it has suddenly dawned on the leading lights of our defense and foreign policy “thinkers” that China is our number one peer competitor. Even worse, due to more of that all-America foreign policy acumen, the US has managed to unite the former enemies, with China’s immense manufacturing capacity and Russia’s advanced military might.

Great job, one and all.

We are endlessly exhorted to hate the Russians or the Chinese or the Iranians but the real enemy, when we stop and look past the propaganda, is our very own feral elite. These rapacious oligarchs are imposing more and more severe domestic austerity measures and relying on a racist, violent and increasingly militarized police force to bash its most impoverished populations into line rather than simply helping them. Instead of healthcare and spending on infrastructure to help our nation prosper they fund a nonstop propaganda campaign against evil foreigners so that they can wage endless wars for empire.

It’s not like this is a new concept. George Orwell wrote in 1984 that war’s purpose is to perpetuate hysteria, ignite anger and hatred, and control the population. Fear of a foreign enemy keeps the masses in control. By whipping up the hatred, the government keeps people’s focus outward.

It’s so much better for them that the American people focus on a foreign enemy rather than the enemy within.

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