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      Most of the towns in Đắk Lắk I have never heard of until I’m in them. A few days ago, I was in Yang Reh, which has just 4,100 people, and founded only in 2002. Coming in, I spotted a tiny, dark woman of unclear ethnicity, pushing a junk bicycle that had assorted bags dangling from its handlebar. She wore two hats, a black boonie over a tan newsboy, with the outer advertising FUBENZON, stenciled twice, across the band. It’s an ingested medicine for intestinal worms. Her ancient slide sandals boasted Nike swooshes.

      The center of town was a three-way intersection that had an only slightly dirty restaurant, serving rice noodles, and rice with choices of fish, shrimp, pork, chicken, fried eggs, pickled eggplants, water spinach or bamboo shoots, everything made just like my mom would, if only she could cook. There were two cafés, with the fancier one flaunting two garish murals evoking Europe. Sitting in scorching and dusty Yang Reh, one can contemplate these chill, lakefront villas, with their elegant, romantic balconies, while a handsome boat waits in the placid water, for you and your languid yet eager lover. Green or purple leafed trees jostle exotic cypresses on distant hills. Seagulls bank and squawk.

      Sweating, I entered the café to find it completely empty, save for a girl of about four, sleeping next to a stuffed Doraemon cat. The red and sand-colored straw mat they lay on had “Gia Đình Hạnh Phúc” [“Happy Family”] printed on it in a cursive script. A naked, blonde doll, smaller than a sparrow, had her eyes wide open, but no legs and only one arm.

      On a mauve wall were blooming violets, butterflies and weird purple dandelions, with this in English, “I miss you / I miss you because / I never miss you.”

      On a pink wall, cartoon women in traditional dress danced with a fan or wide flat hat, or played the pipa, with this in English, “In spring trees the subtle fresh green / budding from the branches of the tree.”

      Even at the end of the universe, which Yang Reh clearly is, one feels compelled to look towards the imperial center, with its glamorous cities, people and cool sounding language. “Oh my God,” “oh wow,” “let’s go,” “hot boy,” “hot girl” and “sexy,” etc., have crept into daily Vietnamese conversations, but this is happening everywhere else too.

      As a child in Saigon, I would hear some of my father’s friends insert the French moi and toi into their conversation, which I found ridiculous. A man would say, “Why don’t toi come by moi house tomorrow?” Now, I hear the English me and you intruding into Vietnamese sentences, as in, “Me don’t like what you’re doing to me.”

      In Ea Kly, I saw a teenage girl with this on her jacket, “MY MAMA DON’T LIKE YOU,” then I walk by a bag of chicken feed by the side of the road, “VIET HOPE.” Not one in twenty here even knows the English “hope.”

      A 14-year-old boy, Bo, was mesmerized by a YouTube video of 365daband, a music combo of pretty boys whose every dance move mimics some American singer. Hearing obvious influences of Lady Gaga, I asked Bo if he knew who she was. He said no. Since Bo’s 38-year-old mom was nearby, I asked her the same question, and she had no idea who Mother Monster was either.

      Probing further, I asked Bo to name five Americans, from any field, so he told me about a school field trip to a museum in Buon Ma Thuot, the nearest city to Ea Kly, “I saw an American, so I said to him, “Hello! How are you? What is your name?” He told me his name was Tim.”

      “No, I didn’t ask if you have ever met an American! I want you to name me any five Americans, like famous people, from any field.”

      It took Bo a good minute, before he could pronounce, with some difficulty, “Alan Walker.”

      “Who?!”

      “Alan Walker. He’s a singer.”

      Bo had on a white T-shirt with black lettering, “AMERICAN COLLEGE CHAMPION / Best Football Player,” so I asked him, “There’s English on your shirt. Do you know what it means?”

      “No.”

      “So why did you choose this shirt?”

      “I didn’t choose it. My aunt bought it for me. I don’t normally buy my own clothes.”

      Bo’s parents work at our plastic recycling plant. His dad doesn’t say much unless he’s drunk. A 500 ml bottle of homemade rice wine can be had here for 86 cents. Normally, Bo stays with his grandma in Buon Ma Thuot. Though Bo has been to Saigon three times, he doesn’t care for it. He’s never flown, and can’t imagine himself living outside Đắk Lắk, much less overseas.

      Obedient, Bo does whatever his parents ask of him, be it running errands, doing housework or even helping out in the plastic recycling factory. It disciplines and toughens him up, teaches him a few basic skills, they reason. Better that than having the boy bury himself in video games.

      Orientals reach puberty after blacks, browns and whites, and in this Confucian culture, obedience to one’s elders is still stressed, and education, too, so Vietnamese teens tend to be nerdier than many others. In my former neighborhood in South Philadelphia, the small local library was filled almost exclusively by Orientals after school.

      In a mixed society, each race has to compete against every other at everything, so an Oriental who would have been a bully in Asia may have to conclude that he’s not such a badass after all, and a glasses wearing black kid who would have been, say, a renowned chemistry professor at the University of Liberia may decide that it’s probably best he works on his left handed layup and crossover dribble.

      A worshipper of Slick Watts, I still mourn my aborted NBA career. Daily, I seethe that God never enabled me to do a Shawn Kemp type dunk, repeatedly, at will, over the entire universe. Take that, bitch!

      “Where do you think you’ll be at age 25, Bo?”

      “In my grandma’s house!”

      “I notice you like to watch YouTube videos, and they show, you know, lots of foreign places? What do you think of these places?”

      “Uh, these foreign countries are more modern than Vietnam. They’re richer than us. There’s this city in India where the police drive around in these awesome cars. Lamborghini!”

      “Which city is that?”

      “Dubai.” Then, “Foreigners aren’t just rich. They can also be poor, or homeless. There are countries even poorer than us! Vietnam is not rich, and not poor. We’re in the middle.”

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      With poor, working class parents, Bo has been exposed to almost no books. He’s read a few Doraemon comics and an illustrated and much condensed version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, “It’s about this guy who steals a loaf of bread. He punches through the window and hurts his hand. He then sleeps in a church and tries to steal some silver candle holders, but when the cops come, the priest lies and says he’s given these things to the man…”

      “Where does all this take place?”

      “Germany.”

      When I was Bo’s age, I lived in Salem, Oregon, and there was a neighborhood girl, Cynthia, with braces, who told me she had only been to one other state, Washington, which she didn’t know was North, South, West or East of Oregon, “My father always does the driving when we go anywhere.”

      In my Cheyenne Postcard, I describe a cheerful, hard drinking lady who told me her daughter was a soldier stationed in North Korea.

      In Saigon, a cross-eyed man in his 30’s asked me if Canada was near Australia?

      Most people don’t know where China or Brazil is on a map, much less Argentina or Malaysia, for they just don’t feel the information is relevant to their lives. Each day, they have their hands and mind full just getting through their wrenching labor.

      Bo’s mom, “When I have a nightmare, I usually just cry in the dream, but last night, I was still crying when I got up. I dreamt that I had lost my cellphone, so I had to buy another one, on credit, but that, too, was immediately stolen, so I was sobbing and sobbing! Waking up, I was relieved to see my phone still next to me.”

      “You’re probably feeling too much stress, from working.”

      “You’re right. It’s been a rough couple of days.”

      Bo’s mom sometimes says sorry in English to her often cranky husband. Like many people here, she’s becoming addicted to the cellphone. She’d take photos of flowers or herself, to post on FaceBook. The bulk of her time, though, is spent working, and she does everything quite cheerfully.

      On Philadelphia’s South Street many moons ago, I was in the Booktrader, browsing. Like diners and blue-collar strip bars, used bookstores are dying out in America. An obese employee was shelving books nearby, and as she huffed and gasped, she also mumbled, “Work, work.”

      Besides weddings, funerals and family visits, Bo’s mom has only had one vacation in her life, and that was a two-day group affair paid for by the hotel where she worked, worked. Many years later, she still speaks fondly of this respite in Nha Trang, 3 1/2 hours from here. Although it’s renowned for its beaches, she never got to enter the ocean.

      The chief romance of remotest places is that you’re less harassed or hemmed in by civilization, with its overcrowding, maddening noise, manipulative media and endless rules, but then a goatherd on the Khyber Pass can suddenly be zapped by an empire’s silent and invisible drone, and Vietnamese certainly remember that much of the war from half a century ago was fought in places exactly like Ea Kly and Yang Reh.

      The Portuguese conquered Malacca in 1511, then came the Dutch, English, French, Spanish and Americans into the rest of Asia. The Russians, too, have stamped their influence here. The white man’s 500-year effort to remake the entire world in his image has been mostly successful, for here I am, sitting in Ea Kly, in blue jeans, black T-shirt, typing on a laptop, while cars, trucks and buses rumble by, everything invented by the white man, though some are now made better in Asia, as with my Fujifilm x100F, a marvelous camera that Mieko Kawakami gave to me in Tokyo, a Westernized city that’s far more modern than most Western ones.

      A superior, dominant culture is the one with the better weapons, but this is the result of having better technology, organization and thinking. To counter such a threat, you don’t just match the other guy’s artillery, but his entire arsenal of techniques, which is what Japan did in the 19th century. China wasn’t quite with it, and that’s why it eventually got its sluggish, smug and decadent ass kicked by Japan.

      The West’s unprecedented rise, hegemony and seduction are winding down, not with a bang, but a gayish whimper. With its unmatched objectivity, the West mastered all the sciences to rule over the entire world and nature, but now, it has descended into a pathological, extremist subjectivity, so that facts no longer matter, only wishes, caprices and delusions.

      Although emblematic, showcase Western cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles are becoming literal shitholes, the dog, cat and squirrel eating peasants in a dumbassed place like Ea Kly haven’t gotten the news, but then they haven’t even heard of Neil Armstrong, the first mammal to wear a full diaper for days on end without flinching, or Michael Jackson, the first racially unclassifiable man to walk on the moon while cornholing a series of screaming boys, or Caitlyn Jenner, the first female to win the men’s decathlon at the Olympics. All they know is that America must be the greatest country on earth, because it has been that way all their lives, and because Washington, Madison Avenue and Hollywood keep insisting on it. This doesn’t mean they all want to move into that shining house on the hill, however.

      Not long ago, I overheard some old guy at an Ea Kly café, “If I can go to America, I’ll visit the White House, take a photo. That’s enough. If I can go to France, I’ll visit the Vatican, take a photo. That’s also enough. The Vatican is the world’s biggest. The White House is also biggest. As for their food, Vietnam already has everything. Of course, they’re richer than us, so their streets are wider than us. That’s all. I’ll go to the Vatican and White House, take two photos, then go home.”

      Spoken like a true hick, of the type that has endured throughout history. Unless he’s bombed, starved or mentally raped by some insufferably alien ideology, most people are perfectly happy to stay where they already belong.

      This morning, a reader emails me, “You write eloquently, and poetically, about the demise and mostly likely destruction of America. What are you proposing that we do to revive America?”

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      Since the country is methodically misruled by a hostile, openly criminal and shamelessly traitorous elite, Americans must emphatically disown it, and the first step is to boycott all elections as staged by said elite. On voting days, Americans shouldn’t stay home but organize massive protests to declare to history and the rest of the world, “These criminals don’t represent us.” Delegitimized, America’s ruling cabal will weaken.

      Since all mainstream media serve only to brainwash and stultify, Americans must wean themselves from their toxic influences and, ultimately, destroy them.

      On the battlefield of ideas, Americans must not be cowed by bombastic nonsense, as screamed from above, but use their common sense and innate intelligence to dismantle such patent absurdities.

      To begin the counterattack, Americans must regain their own minds and become reacquainted with each other. There is no unity of resistance if you shun those closest to you.

      Every place is its own center of the universe, so defend or rebuild it. Local democracy must overrule distant diktats. There is no solution forthcoming over the enemy occupied airwave. America can be reclaimed, one town at a time.

      Up to now, Americans haven’t resisted because they understood, if only half consciously, that they have benefited greatly from America’s empire status, but their house slave days are almost done. Already, crumbs seldom tumble from the masta’s table, so wise up, niggas, before it’s too late.

      Up to now, you have watched with indifference or excitement the little people everywhere being blown up in your name. Soon enough, it will be your turn.

      Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

       
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      1. America contains the seeds of renewel. Oddly enough I’m looking to an Asian man named Andrew Yang for a systematic change in America.

        His Freedom Dividend is a game changer.

        If passed people like Linh would get an extra thousand a month to pursue his ideas.

        Don’t take my word for it. Listen to sexy Asian girl.

      2. bomag says:

        Local democracy must overrule distant diktats.

        Hah! Good luck with that. If my locality is any indication, local politicians are three times as cucked and pozzed as national politicians.

        The West’s unprecedented rise, hegemony and seduction are winding down, not with a bang, but a gayish whimper.

        True enough.

        What comes next? Asian communalism? African big-man politics? Arab clannishness?

      3. Every place is its own center of the universe,

        brilliant–the starting point for all moral truth

        Up to now, Americans haven’t resisted because they understood, if only half consciously, that they have benefited greatly from America’s empire status,

        It is not an American empire, it is Israeli. America in no way benefits from serving as Israel’s henchman. Our blood. Our treasure. Their cause. Those of us with the intelligence to see through the propaganda, and the strength of character to resist, do what we can but are made invisible by their overwhelming control of our means of communicating with one another.

        Remember when these posters went up around AIPAC’s annual DC event? Exactly.

        Up to now, you have watched with indifference or excitement the little people everywhere being blown up in your name. Soon enough, it will be your turn.

        Not fair. Many of us are neither indifferent to nor excited over US military depredations. Though few of us are martyrs to the extent Julian Assange has suffered, resistance for all of us carries costs.

      4. Craig Nelsen: “… resistance for all of us carries costs.”

        Resistance that doesn’t cost anything isn’t resistance at all; it’s more like acquiescence, complicity.

        Linh Dinh: “On the battlefield of ideas, Americans must not be cowed by bombastic nonsense, as screamed from above, but use their common sense and innate intelligence to dismantle such patent absurdities.”

        That’s a tall order for a country founded on the bombastic nonsense that “all men are created equal”, and stewed in it for almost 250 years.

        Linh Dinh: “Local democracy must overrule distant diktats.”

        Sanctuary cities, for example?

        • Replies: @Linh Dinh
      5. I don’t think most Americans really understand the depth of their own allegiance to imperialism. One constantly hears the champions of technological progress and progressive ‘morality’ critiquing the effects of imperialism and destruction of indigenous cultures with absolutely no sense of irony or hypocrisy.

        Do they really not understand that the future they believe they’re fighting for is merely the logical continuation and expansion of the same history that they want everyone to be ashamed of?

        • Agree: Parfois1
      6. To begin the counterattack, Americans must regain their own minds and become reacquainted with each other. There is no unity of resistance if you shun those closest to you.

        Great article and great quote.

        • Agree: utu, Alfred
      7. Linh Dinh says: • Website
        @Dr. Robert Morgan

        Sanctuary cities, for example?

        Or Hazleton, PA, which passed a law to fine renters to illegal immigrants. Notice how they struck this down, but allow Sanctuary Cities.

        • Replies: @RobRich
      8. Linh Dinh says: • Website
        @Craig Nelsen

        America in no way benefits from serving as Israel’s henchman.

        Agreed, but America was an empire long before Israel was founded. Among the benefits of empire is the petrodollar, which allow goods from the rest of the world to flood into the country, to be paid by your funny money or IOUs, which won’t be repaid. The very land you’re living on is also a result of the American empire’s expansion, and the language you speak is the world’s lingua franca, thanks to your empire, and your passport allows easy access to just about every country, unlike, say, a Vietnamese passport. The empire brand even makes many of your victims love you! That’s not a benefit?

        • Agree: Jacques Sheete
      9. Linh Dinh says: • Website
        @Craig Nelsen

        Hi Craig Nelsen,

        Since America has been hijacked, it’s time to retake it, one town at a time, and free Americans from these alien or traitorous terrorists.

        It’s time to think about liberated zones.

        Nothing can be done, however, if Americans are willing to be mesmerized continuously by these terrorists. In fact, most Americans don’t just love their brainwashing, but their brainwashers. They’ve become addicted to their corruption and destruction. Daily, they stick their neck in the noose.

        Linh

      10. Mr. Dinh (or is it Mr. Linh? no disrespect) you are one of the most honest, perceptive and wisest living writers today, also most fearless. If there where one thousand like you I’d be willing to sit all night writing respectfully the same to each one. I’d like to buy you your favorite drink next time you are back in Philly, I’ll be 10 minutes away in Jersey, ready to come over.
        May your God be with you and,
        May God Help (obese and dumb) America

      11. Linh Dinh says: • Website

        Hi Altan ibn Goldman,

        Thanks! Who knows if I’ll ever be back that way, but Billy Boy’s on Route 72 in New Lisbon is a great place for a few, so maybe we’ll meet there some day. It’s just about my favorite bar on earth. You should check it out yourself if you don’t know about it. The food is fantastic, too, and cheap.

        Linh

      12. Linh Dinh: “Or Hazleton, PA, which passed a law to fine renters to illegal immigrants. Notice how they struck this down, but allow Sanctuary Cities.”

        Right. I chose that example because it seemed perverse. In sanctuary cities we have local “democracy” overruling distant Washington, which runs counter to the idea that the country is being flooded with immigrants against its will pursuant to the policy of a “hostile elite”. A large chunk of the American citizenry appear to have no problem with their replacement. But then, as you go on to say, in response to another commenter: “… most Americans don’t just love their brainwashing, but their brainwashers. They’ve become addicted to their corruption and destruction. Daily, they stick their neck in the noose.”

        This is the problem with thinking this is all the result of a conspiracy, rather than the will of the people themselves. How can one distinguish someone who is being duped against his will (“brainwashed”) from someone who actually wants to believe the “bombastic nonsense”? I see no sure way, but it’s very telling that the so-called brainwashed don’t “wake up” even when the situation is revealed to them. I think that in such a case, much as you say here, they love their brainwashing, and actually agree with it. But if that’s true, then the project of the right to wake people up will certainly fail. The fact is, the vast majority don’t want to be awakened. Worse, I believe the right is in some sense aware of the utter futility of their efforts, but persist in failed tactics because they are afraid to confront the alternatives. In that way conspiracy thinking is itself a part of the problem, just because it’s a willful refusal to recognize that people are complicit in their own “brainwashing”. This implies that both right and left are cooperating to sustain the status quo. The culprit is in the mirror, not hiding under the bed.

        • Agree: Adûnâi
      13. Tusk says:
        @Si1ver1ock

        It’s bread and circuses. Swallow the bait on the hook and you’ve already lost the war. If you’re willing to settle for such materialistic solutions (one’s that are economically unfeasible) then you’ll never achieve the stability for the future.

        • Replies: @Si1ver1ock
        , @Anonymous
      14. Since the country is methodically misruled by a hostile, openly criminal and shamelessly traitorous elite, Americans must emphatically disown it, and the first step is to boycott all elections as staged by said elite.

        I have been telling people that I don’t think I will vote in any future elections. Like the commenters above, I would like to buy you a drink sometime! You are a great and inspirational writer!

        • Replies: @Druid
      15. Druid says:
        @Mike Zwick

        I think I’ve come to that conclusion as well!

      16. Tsigantes says:

        Another fascinating article, thank you!

      17. Polemos says:

        This is it. This is the one.

      18. To begin the counterattack, Americans must regain their own minds and become reacquainted with each other. There is no unity of resistance if you shun those closest to you.

        Hence the iToys and mass-media, which separate you from your community, often from your own family. I watch the children of our family engrossed in something on their iPhones rather than being engaged to participate with the rest of the family. But it is a rare family that will say no to its children on things that seem to keep them well behaved, even on the most important of things, and the indoctrination in the schools is the coup de grâce to the family, something other totalitarian regimes fully understood.

      19. mungo says:

        Great comments, one and all gentlemen.

        I wouldn’t be surprised that somewhere, carved in stone of the great walls
        of the ancient temples is something to the effect- You can’t fix stupid.

        For in times like these, the wise men of old would retire to desert or mountain retreats until the madness passed; and so today, those that see and understand the end result of this cultural pathology should do likewise.
        But those wiser still, understand that a spiritual hermitage is more important than the physical.

        Mr. Dinh, Kudos to the Chef, for all your insightful tasty treats-

        The West’s unprecedented rise, hegemony and seduction are winding down,
        not with a bang, but a gayish whimper.
        With its unmatched objectivity, the West mastered all the sciences to rule over the entire world and nature, but now, it has descended into a pathological, extremist subjectivity,
        so that facts no longer matter, only wishes, caprices and delusions.

        That Sir, is very, very good; so if you are ever down this way, I’ll buy you a round at the local tiki bar on the beach, paying homage to you and the setting sun ( Hemingwayesque), here on the Suncoast of Fla.

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      20. @Tusk

        If you have legitmate criticism make it. He is making a lot of sense to me. For example, If Linh’s wife is a US citizen, then she would also get a Freedom Dividend. So, that is $24,000 base income. Stack that on their Social Security and they could be doing pretty well in Vietnam. Or for that matter, even ol’ Fred in Mexico.

        Listen carefully:

        Full interview: Andrew Yang meets with the Register’s editorial board.

      21. I think Linh should approach one of these newly minted Asian billionaires and see if the will spring for a new online magazine for tourism, restaurant reviews etc. Linh could either be the editor or an at large reporter.

        Reporting the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Asia, with a little History, Poetry and local color thrown in.

        Just gotta think of a catchy name: The BlahBlahBlah. The magazine of Crazy Rich Asians (and their friends). Linh is a poet. It shouldn’t be too hard to come up with a name.

      22. M.Anthony says:

        Greetings Linh from Lehigh Valley, PA. You know, that little area about an hour and a half north of Rittenhouse Square, which contains the post industrial graveyard known as Bethlehem Steel. It’s shell now shares space with a casino because after all, we don’t manufacture anything in the US anymore, except for propaganda. If you drive around the area here, you’ll see lots of signs stapled on utility poles saying “We Buy Houses” with a phone number. I’m waiting to see a sign that says “We Buy Dysentery”.

        Many thanks to you sir for sharing your words and perspective with us. For what it’s worth, I’ve never been to any of the countries in the Far East, however I would love to be able to visit someday because I love all Asian cuisine, with it’s emphasis on fresh ingredients, veggies, and seasonings. America can keep it’s cheese slathered burgers, fries, and quesadillas as far as I’m concerned. They’re even putting cream cheese in sushi rolls around here, disgusting!

        Regards,
        -M.A.

      23. fish says:

        ……they’re even putting cream cheese in sushi rolls around here, disgusting!

        Yeah……but it’s with smoked Salmon! How is this a bad thing!?

        Buncha Philistines!

        • Replies: @brooklyn
      24. @Si1ver1ock

        Yang has a potentially important idea, but he needs to get realistic about the need for restrictions on the UBI to contain its cost and minimize rewarding bad actors.

        First, perhaps the UBI should not be paid to anyone who has not filed a federal income tax return for the preceding five years.

        Second, the UBI should not be paid to anyone who is not currently residing in the USA (other than military personnel stationed abroad, of course). The taxpayers’ UBI should help restore local economies here in the USA, not abroad.

        Third, Yang has said that the UBI won’t go to people currently in prison, which is great, but that hasn’t made its way onto his website yet. I also think we should consider making convicted felons ineligible for the UBI even after their release, which I believe he has rejected.

      25. gruff says:

        Linh Dinh is one of the few writers alive worth reading.

        • Replies: @renfro
      26. BiloxiBobii says: • Website

        Metzitzah B’peh and Circumcision. These abominations to the males must end. Until these insane acts stop, there is only a graveyard of buried enlightenment. Absolutely love and revere Linh Dinh. Saigon & Bangkok changed my life, 1967 & 1968, summers. Thank You Linh for your cosmic reality enemas.

      27. Ignacious says:

        This guys column don’t belong at unz. He would get his whole extended family and more over here if he could. No thanks let them stay in nam.

        • Troll: Twodees Partain
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      28. renfro says:
        @gruff

        Linh Dinh is one of the few writers alive worth reading.

        Yes he is……his writing is like a sparkling glass of ice water in a desert.

      29. Spike says:
        @bomag

        Probably all three!

      30. Charles says:

        My belief is that the USA’s ultimate descent into God-only-knows rests mostly on two things: Americans do not know their own history or political system, and they are no longer pragmatic, but instead believe in fantasy (Linh put this point much more eloquently). A good example is the so-called Civil War. A civil war is two (or more) factions vying for control of a government. Our “War Between the States” was a true war between two political entities. The Confederacy existed as a political union just as certainly, and on the same evidence, as the United States. If you think it’s a moot point you are wrong. It is precisely the reason no one in the Confederacy, whether political or military, was ever put on trial for treason. No more or less, Confederates were following the dictates of the Declaration of Independence.

      31. @RadicalCenter

        Nice blog post.
        I can tell you are very proud of your opinion.
        Congratulations.

      32. Willem says:

        ‘Up to now, you have watched with indifference or excitement the little people everywhere being blown up in your name. Soon enough, it will be your turn.’

        Like I am reading the old testament, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. So who’s the zionist here?

        Of course the question is, who does Linh identify with ‘you’ and ‘your’? And does Linh Dinh really think that the yous and yours will give up their priviliges without a whimper? And does Linh Dinh think that Utopia will finally arise when the yous and yours are replaced by other yous and yours?

        The Decline of the West has been prophesized for ages (e.g. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decline_of_the_West) and the Apocalyps for even a longer time. All men are wicked, and some are more wicked, you are supposed to believe. Take a look in the mirror, and ask yourself if you agree with the doomsayers.

        To me, this analysis from Linh doesn’t go any further then the discussion on the schoolyard where we used to say: ‘it takes one to know one’ (wat je zegt ben je zelf!)

      33. RobRich says: • Website
        @Si1ver1ock

        Yang is a destroyer. The UBI is a libertarian concept but based on voluntary endowments, not Yang’s and others more taxation. The left tends to hijack libertarian ideas and distort them into claims for more power. Eventually the public wises up and the libertarian concept prevails.

        • Replies: @anon
        , @Mefobills
      34. RobRich says: • Website
        @Linh Dinh

        ‘With its unmatched objectivity, the West mastered all the sciences to rule over the entire world and nature, but now, it has descended into a pathological, extremist subjectivity, so that facts no longer matter, only wishes, caprices and delusions.’

        Linh, you sound like Libertarians and Ayn Rand warning us 70 years ago. Maybe the message is spreading.

        • Replies: @anon
      35. Parfois1 says:

        Americans must emphatically disown it, and the first step is to boycott all elections …

        That’s what I have been saying for donkey’s years but nobody listens. Good luck to you.

        That is the softer and better alternative to popular insurrection because anybody can do it – in fact it’s easier than the trouble of voting and overcome the trauma of being lied to and the pang of voting for a Jewish-sponsored politician. In the good old days men were made of sterner stuff, get the pitchforks and storm Bastilles and Winter Palaces. The current tender variety could not stomach the sight of blood, let alone entrails oozing out of open bellies. On the other hand, for the most audacious among the readership, I could send some spare copies of the “Bolshevik Revolutionary Manual”, unused since a century ago.

        • Replies: @Jacques Sheete
      36. History is one of overlords, their soldiers and the ever clueless peasants. The lemmings revolt when the pain becomes unbearable…. or maybe this around, they’ll just lay down and die. Me thinks its the latter. The dark lords have won. The stupidity is simply overwhelming.

      37. @Willem

        The West is just twinkies, coca cola, and burgers. I couldn’t possibly care less if that all went up in flames tomorrow. Even brown religiosity is superior to white atheism. Just ask the God who is exterminating the godless white race right now. Feel free to stop that at any point by actually believing in God again you disgusting consumerist animals.

      38. Biff says:
        @Linh Dinh

        It’s time to think about liberated zones.

        The zones are not a physical construct, or an area of land or space, but simply take place in the mind and nowhere else. A design that makes the plebeian repentant willing to do any task or labor any hour for the gratitude of the ravishing elite – to please the master is evolutionary. If given the choice of total and complete liberation or the comfort of an all encompassing Pharaoh to rule their every move, the conditioned will choose the latter for it is all they know. The tutelage throughout a lifetime cannot be undone in a week, month, years, or if at all.
        This is difficult territory to conquer – I don’t think it is possible.

      39. anon[303] • Disclaimer says:
        @RobRich

        > The left tends to hijack libertarian ideas…

        • Karl Marx: Wither away the State!
        • LoLbertarians: Wither away the State!

        “This is no surprise, as libertarianism is basically the Marxism of the Right…Like Marxism, libertarianism offers the fraudulent intellectual security of a complete a priori account of the political good without the effort of empirical investigation. Like Marxism, it aspires, overtly or covertly, to reduce social life to economics.”

        ~Robert Locke, Marxism of the Right, The American Conservative, March 14, 2005 http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/marxism-of-the-right/

      40. anon[303] • Disclaimer says:
        @RobRich

        > Libertarians and Ayn Rand

        You haven’t the slightest clue what you’re blathering about.

        Ayn Rand: “Anarchists are the scum of the intellectual world of the Left, which has given them up. So the Right picks up another leftist discard. That’s the libertarian movement.”

      41. @Ignacious

        America is not that attractive to foreigner any more.

        I knew a Polish woman named Anoushka in Dubai who heard I was from Detroit and mentioned she had visited relatives in Hamtramck. She said that Detroit and Chicago (Where some other family lived) were the biggest hellholes she’d ever seen.

        I also knew a Swede named Johan who visited some relatives in Minneapolis. He was none-to-impressed either.

        Unless the foreigners are from Bangladesh, America is not terribly attractive these days.

      42. @Childless Uncle Forever Screwed

        Why is the Bible Belt the poorest part of the United States?

        How has their faith helped them?

        Why are the richest people in America those who are Jewish?

        Mexicans are the second most religious group. And they are even poorer than Evangelical Protestants.

        How has the faith of these Mexicans or Evangelical Protestants helped them?

      43. Frankie P says:
        @Ignacious

        I have seldom seen such an uninformed, dim-witted comment on the UR. Fool, you do know that Linh spent most of his life in the US, and he could have, over the many years he lived here, brought his entire family over. Instead, he lived his life, wrote his poetry and prose, drank beer with his buddies in South Philly, worked a variety of menial jobs, and observed humanity. In my view, Linh’s recent return to Vietnam was a net LOSS for the US. I hope to fly down to visit him in Vietnam from my perch here in south Taiwan. Linh, if you need new material from longtime expats, I am your man.
        I’m glad Ron Unz makes the decisions about which writers appear here on the UR.

        Frankie P

        • Replies: @Ignacious
      44. @M.Anthony

        I notice there are a lot of us on here from northeast PA. I’m here in Luzerne County, the place Ben Bradlee Jr cites in a book on us as being the area that was crucial to getting Trump elected. We were all Democrats for 35 straight years, then flipped for the Donald. Not to say we’re all thrilled with the results, but at the time there wasn’t much choice, was there? And we were desperate. Still are. Place looks like a microcosm of everything that’s going wrong with America.

        Good article, Linh, but I think the observation “Up to now, you have watched with indifference or excitement the little people everywhere being blown up in your name. Soon enough, it will be your turn.” is unfair. There were plenty of us in the 60s/early 70s marching and protesting against the Vietnam war and getting our heads cracked open by police for our efforts. A higher price was paid at the Kent State Massacre in 1970, kids mowed down by bullets for protesting Nixon’s bombing of neutral Cambodia. Street protests here were crucial to ending the US military presence in southeast Asia.

        But Americans got complacent. There should be public demonstrations in every city in the country against the genocide of Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese…

        Our “turn” has already come, not in the form of being bombed to smithereens, but in the destruction of civil rights and freedom, the disappearance of due process, the never-ending censorship–basically, the grinding everyday nausea that results from living under all the constraints imposed by a totalitarian regime of zionist monsters. I guess you could say America already got what it ordered.

        Looking forward to your next dispatch. Best wishes!

      45. @bomag

        Hah! Good luck with that. If my locality is any indication, local politicians are three times as cucked and pozzed as national politicians.

        Ain’t that the truth.

        The little wannabe dictators are every bit as vile as the big boys. Pathetic stuff.

      46. @Craig Nelsen

        Jewish Bolshevism

        Done deal. We can thank FDR, in fact. For decades we’ve have been living the rot it produced.

      47. @Linh Dinh

        Since America has been hijacked, it’s time to retake it, one town at a time, and free Americans from these alien or traitorous terrorists.

        Absolutely not.

        The whole thing is well beyond redemption or reformation, and there is nothing worth retaking. Lost cause. A quick end (which, unfortunately, is not in the cards) would be a blessing to all decent people the world over, and the world itself, I think.

      48. @Childless Uncle Forever Screwed

        I’ll pick a woman who won’t ruin in me in a divorce. That is why half the expats are in SEA.

        A divorce in Asia means you leave your wife the $20,000 house you bought. No alimony, no child support, no community property.

        I had a hellish college breakup. We shared an apartment, I broke lease and ages after she was gone from my life and I was graduated my renter’s credit was screwed. One reason I had to move to another state.

        Also, white women don’t age as well as Asian women. I’ve looked up a few of the hot coeds I lusted after in college and the years of tanning salons and childbirth take a toll. They start look like Nick Nolte.

        Even Cameron Diaz and the hotties of yesteryear when I was young are not aging well.

      49. @Dr. Robert Morgan

        Agree button already used.

        You appear to be a fine and unusual doctor, in that you not only detect and recognize the problem, but understand the pathophysiology of it. Furthermore you appear not to have offered some quack solution to a hopeless, nearly terminal, case.

      50. @Childless Uncle Forever Screwed

        The West is just twinkies, coca cola, and burgers.

        That’s the “bread;” the circus part is Mickey Mouse , Tinkerbell, and the freaks on the boob toob.

      51. @Willem

        To me, this analysis from Linh doesn’t go any further then the discussion on the schoolyard where we used to say: ‘it takes one to know one’

        Is that a compliment or a criticism?

        And how much further do you want it to go, and what do you think LD is supposed to be, a messiah, or something?

      52. To begin the counterattack, Americans must regain their own minds and become reacquainted with each other.

        It is only necessary to read the comments here to understand that it is an unpossible task.

      53. @Parfois1

        That’s what I have been saying for donkey’s years but nobody listens.

        Ha! We agree on something!

        I’m curious about your “Bolshevik Revolutionary Manual” but it comes as no surprise that it’s been unused for around a century. I suspect that’s because the counter-rev occurred quite a long time ago. (The Wall Street and London banking crowd hijacked it, as the mega-rich consistently do.)

        See sentido kumon’s comment below.:

        History is one of overlords, their soldiers and the ever clueless peasants. The lemmings revolt when the pain becomes unbearable [then the counter rev happens] … The dark lords have won. The stupidity is simply overwhelming.

        There truly is nothing new under the sun, nor will there ever be. There is no permanent solution. Adjust accordingly.

        • Replies: @Parfois1
      54. Linh Dinh nails it again. There are Americans who agree.

      55. ricpic says:

        Most people are oblivious of their surroundings. This is not a putdown. Not being oblivious risks madness.

      56. ricpic says:
        @jeff stryker

        I’ve got news for you — there are plenty of poor Jews.

        • Replies: @Anonon22
      57. @mungo

        For in times like these, the wise men of old would retire to desert or mountain retreats until the madness passed; and so today, those that see and understand the end result of this cultural pathology should do likewise.

        As for my children, I would have them keep their distance
        From the thickening center; corruption never has been compulsory.
        When the cities lie at the monster’s feet, there are left the mountains.

        From “Shine, Perishing Republic”
        by Robinson Jeffers

      58. @Si1ver1ock

        That’s nothing. If you elect me, I will guarantee every adult over 39 a one time payment of a million dollars (under that age I don’t think they will make a wise choice with the money, don’t you?) and everyone else a guaranteed income 0f $37,450 a year. You would be stupid not to vote for me. Stop chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and vote for me, who will give you what you deserve.

      59. What I read on t-shirts in Chiang Mai,Thailand:

        [MORE]

        brooklyn
        top king
        champion
        combat run
        america fighter
        guns n roses
        polo club beverly hills
        bomberos
        unleash your inner spirit
        paradise pink
        run for survival
        bermuda
        new york city
        elvis presley
        hugo boss
        hang in there
        original
        climber
        ko tao,thailand
        disney cinderella
        mr.greedy
        i dont need you i have wifi
        practice makes perfect
        the black dog
        ducati
        come and take it
        i love seoul
        wonder woman
        paradise bangkok
        comme des fuckdown
        play techno
        joe fresh
        cross fit
        overdose strong mind
      60. Anonymous[590] • Disclaimer says:
        @Tusk

        America is going to collapse anyways.

        I’d rather the money be in the hands of regular Americans than bail out our bankers.

        As a libertarian I was deadset against UBI, but now I am all for it since what do we have to lose?

      61. I don’t have anything insightful to add to another great post, because I’m not very insightful. But the bit about the woman having the dream about losing her cellphone resonated. I fry chicken at a market in Bangkok, and across the soi from me is a Vietnamese girl who sells donuts. She’s very lovely, but is constantly on her phone. It’s her lifeline probably. Even while frying or even serving customers. She’s never speaking into it, just likely watching videos, I suppose. I’m thinking that she’s either bored or lonely or both. But her face always lights up at certain moments, which is pleasing to see. I’m always amazed how she can function that way, but she does. She earns her coin. Tomorrow morning I’ll imagine her waking up crying, having dreamt of losing that phone when I gaze upon her as I buy her donuts yet again.

        • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
      62. Mefobills says:
        @RobRich

        The UBI is a libertarian concept but based on voluntary endowments,

        Libertarianism is a dialectic of finance oligarchy. It was and is ruling class ideology issuing a smoke screen.

        The smoke screen of free-dumb, allows rent seekers, monopolists, and usurers to ply their trade. Even today, there are lolbertarian arguments allowing ‘corporations’ to infringe on our freedom, because they are google, or Facebook, or YouTube. More lolbertarian arguments exist to allow free movement of people and capital, as if national boundaries don’t matter.

        It was finance capital out of London and Wall street that funded Bolshevism into existence, which then became communism. They are part of the same thing one you pull aside the curtain.

        YANG’s dividend is closer in ideology to Douglas Social Credit. Social Credit (not to be confused with Chinese social credit) uses the MONEY SYSTEM to redistribute purchasing power and control for some prices. It is not Communism, Bolshevism, or Lolbertarianism. Once purchasing power is in your hands you have more economic freedom.

        http://www.douglassocialcredit.com/

        That people are caught up in left -right dialectic proves how effective the (((technique))) is.

        Social Credit as an ideology gets no press, because those who own us and own the press, ignore SC purposefully in the hopes it will go away.

        • Replies: @Republic
        , @Parfois1
      63. Herald says:
        @Si1ver1ock

        There will be no rescue via the ballot box or the voting machine. Linh Dinh’s article are wasted on you.

        • Agree: Craig Nelsen
      64. @jeff stryker

        You’re ignoring the fact that Linh is a US citizen. Why not throw that in while you’re feeding that troll?

        • Replies: @jeff stryker
      65. @Twodees Partain

        That underscores the degree to which America went downhill in Mr. Linh’s lifetime.

        As a child, his parents and millions of other Asians went to great lengths to come to America. In early middle age, America had declined so much that he went to great lengths to leave.

        His city of Philly was once a capitol of industry. Now it was miasma of the sort of people Linh wrote about.

        This occurred to me when I was in Kuwait. Years earlier as a young man, some of the slightly older guys had served in the Gulf War. One I knew ended up unemployed and living in camper in his parents backyard. He suffered from Gulf War syndrome.

        I don’t know what happened to him, but when I lived in Kuwait it occurred to me the country he had helped to liberate was now wealthy again and everyone was happy and prosperous. Meanwhile, many Gulf War veterans were like the one I had known in Detroit-living in squalor in the US. These Gulf War vets were not driving BMW’s like the Kuwaitis I saw in Kuwait City.

        The fact that Mr. Linh is an American who can enjoy a better living standard in Vietnam than in America says something about the degree to which the US living standards have gone down the toilet in my lifetime.

        • Replies: @Twodees Partain
      66. brooklyn says:
        @fish

        cream cheese and smoked salmon belong on a bagel, not wrapped in rice.

      67. @Johnny Walker Read

        Stopped listening where she said we should all “go back” except for the “native Americans”. That’s junior high shit.

        • Replies: @Twodees Partain
      68. S says:

        Great article Linh Dinh. Many good thoughts within it.

      69. Anonon22 says:
        @ricpic

        Thanks to Bernie Madoff.

        • LOL: Malla
      70. @jeff stryker

        Lol so predictable.
        Asian women don’t age well either. They look like Kim Jong Il by age 50.
        I know where you guys are coming from, coz I was there too once.
        It’s funny, when I was at my most weak and passive I honestely thought Asian girls were the hottest thing on earth coz they were the only girls who would screw me.
        But then I started to address my social problems. I started to directly approach women in public. I sacrificed massive tracts of my dignity to do this. But it was worth it because these experiences matured me into a man and calibrated my character. And as I gradually became more active, direct, and successful with women something very interesting happened to me mentally. The women I found attractive started becoming blonder. I went from Asian girls to a Persian girl, to a Latin woman, to a brunette German girl and finally to blonde girls. I am white blonde myself. Now blonde girls are all I talk to. Asian women look ugly to me now. In fact, they do not even register on my radar.
        Yellow fever is curable.
        Stick to your own race.

      71. Republic says:
        @Mefobills

        UBI plus a social credit score plus a cashless society = the perfect societal control mechanism.

      72. @jeff stryker

        > equating wealth with survival prospects.
        Lol it’s the fertility rates stupid.

        Also note that rich secular jews have the highest rates if out group marriage. So much for muh chosen people lol

      73. In case anyone wants a glimpse of the typical American mindset – https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/07/got_freedom_thank_a_vietnam_warrior.html – full disclosure – that was mine in 1975 and 1990.
        Unfortunately, most of my friends and contacts are still there.
        LD – you are one of the folks who have opened my ‘lying eyes’!
        Keep it going!

      74. Above Linh Dinh writes:

        most people are perfectly happy to stay where they already belong

        I think Linh Dinh may be projecting, and quite wrong about this

        For some cultures this is true, there is a sense of place and home area, so long as it is not wrecked and despoiled … It is true of a great many European heritage people, and true of a great many South East Asian and East Asian people

        But for many developing worlders, this is not true … Nostalgia for the homeland they left, is something rarely expressed by many cultures … they go back to visit relatives and so on, but there is not the sense of a beloved place, after they land in countries they can milk & exploit

        Also seems to be not true for many of those ‘rootless cosmopolitans’ …

      75. @Craig Nelsen

        Regrettably, Assange is another scam to fool the rubes … a summary from 4chan:

        Julian Assange was always CIA Mossad hoax

        – Fanatically pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian, anti-9-11-truth

        – Netanyahu bragged Assange was Mossad asset, pro-Israel

        – Brzezinski 29 Nov 2010 US PBS-TV admitted Assange was intel

        – Not de-platformed, banks transmit shekels for Julian etc

        – Got famous via CIA media, NY Times, UK Guardian, never interested in real dissidents

        – Shared lawyer with Rothschilds, Rothschild sister-in-law posted Assange bail, ties to Soros too

        – People trusting Assange dead, Peter W Smith, Seth Rich, others jailed

        – Unknown how many dissidents Assange helped silence & kill, Assange a ‘rat trap’ for trusting whistle-blowers

        – Assange helped Rothschilds destroy rival bank Julius Baer

        – Assange won’t mention USA Virginia fed judge bribery files that have blocked other extraditions

        – Weird Assange childhood with Aussie mind-control cult ‘the Family’

        – ‘Living at Ecuador Embassy’ – ‘now in Belmarsh prison’ – easily faked, Assange moved in & out for photos MI5 MI6

        – De-legitimises real dissidents, people saying, ‘Wikileaks – NY Times – UK Guardian would cover it if it was true’

        – As big a faker as ‘Edward Snowden’ first ‘leaking’ to CIA WashPost Bush VP Dick Cheney biographer, then they realised that was too stupid, so they switched to Rothschild employee & ex-gay-pornography-seller Glenn Greenwald of ‘hairystuds’, Putin hinting out loud he knows Snowden is fake

        https://www.henrymakow.com/2018/11/assange-snowden-rat-traps.html

        • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
      76. Sunshine says:

        Mr Dinh, your articles here are my absolute favorite. I thought of you today when I went to the Asian market in my town. It’s “Asian” but the owners are Vietnamese and it’s in the Vietnamese area of the town. I bought one of those conical hats we Americans saw in pictures of the Vietnam War. I figured if it’s good enough to keep off the hot sun in a country so close to/in the tropics, it would be good enough for me in the American subtropics. I plan to wear it when I’m in my garden, where I grow quite a few veggies and herbs that aren’t out of place in a Vietnamese garden.

        I guess what I’m saying in a roundabout way is, it works both ways. I remember the Japanese character tattoo fad of the late 90’s, early 00’s. The hair sticks that looked like chopsticks, the vaguely “Asian” inspired clothing styles, and so much more with probably as little understanding of the culture as Asians have of Western culture. I always wondered when I saw white people with a Buddha statue in their house, the trappings of a “worldly” (probably really meaning faraway) culture, were the Asians doing the same with our stuff? Then I remember seeing pictures of oddly incorrect English phrases all over various Asian countries, in clothing, signs, etc. It’s funny how we are so different but so alike in that way.

        I hope you read these comments because on my hat, it says “Du Úch Vietnam. I tried to look it up but it doesn’t give me any info. Is it a place, a name, the hat factory? Lol. I am really curious to know.

        • Replies: @Linh Dinh
      77. Sunshine says:
        @M.Anthony

        Oh my god. I thought I was the only one! If I see one more damn sushi roll with cream fucking cheese in it, I’m gonna lose it! Cream cheese has its place but not in sushi!

      78. @Brabantian

        Regrettably, Assange is another scam to fool the rubes … a summary from 4chan:

        This is total crap. If you read the actual dumps, you’ll know that the charge, for example, that Assange is “linked” to George Soros, is utter nonsense.

        • Replies: @Sparkon
      79. Linh Dinh says: • Website
        @Sunshine

        Hi Sunshine,

        Thanks!

        “Úch” is not a Vietnamese word, so I don’t know why it’s on the hat.

        The conical hat is lightweight, cheap and covers even the back of your neck. It’s really the ideal hat for shielding you from sunlight, and that’s why it’s still in wide usage here, although much more popular among women. It’s curious that men everywhere are the first to abandon traditional dress.

        Linh

      80. Parfois1 says:
        @Linh Dinh

        Since America has been hijacked, it’s time to retake it, one town at a time, and free Americans from these alien or traitorous terrorists.

        That’s another one I have been preaching for … to no avail. They’ve been coddled for far too long from the plunder, first the land from the locals then the theft of imperialism.

        The winds of change will have to blow from somewhere else, maybe the time has come for the East to civilize the West?

      81. @jeff stryker

        You tap danced past the question, didn’t you? Your response to the troll didn’t mention any of that. You just fed him some attention without pointing out how ridiculous his uninformed comment was. Carry on.

      82. @Craig Nelsen

        Yep, so did I. The old broad is annoying.

      83. Ignacious says:
        @Frankie P

        You sound like one of his low IQ fanboys, He’ll blow you off in a second. Don’t say I.didn’t warn you.

        • Replies: @Linh Dinh
      84. Parfois1 says:
        @Mefobills

        It was finance capital out of London and Wall street that funded Bolshevism into existence, which then became communism. They are part of the same thing one you pull aside the curtain.

        Why do you keep repeating that silly mantra? The Bolsheviks were not different from the Mensheviks, the Left Social Revolutionaries and other fringe left parties. In fact the Bolsheviks, in spite of the name, were a minority in the Soviets for most of 1917, only becoming the majority in the All Russia Congress a few days before the October uprising when the elected deputies from all over the country met for the first time. It was the whole Russia that voted for taking power when the country was breaking down. And that’s why they were the victors of the imperialist (US,UK,France,Japan, etc) supported civil war.

        Finance from London and Wall St my foot!

        Unless in your justified hate for bankers you want to associate them with the boogey word “Bolshevism” to frighten the puerile commenters here.

        Trying to educate Americans is an invidious chore.

        • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
      85. Linh Dinh says: • Website
        @Ignacious

        Hi all,

        A sure sign of a hasbara, idiot or troll is that he’ll ignore all of the points of the article to focus on the author himself, and this, we’ve seen repeatedly at Unz. Misdirection is the hasbara’s favorite tactic.

        Linh

        • Replies: @Ignacious
      86. Sparkon says:
        @Craig Nelsen

        Julian Assange:

        “On the 9/11 issue generally, I don’t think it is particularly important.”

        “I’m constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud.”

        Julian Assange fails the 9/11 litmus test with a big, fat F.

      87. Parfois1 says:
        @Jacques Sheete

        (The Wall Street and London banking crowd hijacked it, as the mega-rich consistently do.)

        I have read from reliable sources a fair bit about the economic and financial aspects of life in the USSR. Also a lot of propaganda about crates of money and gold to finance the Bolshevik Revolution. Except, there was no Bolshevik Revolution. The Revolution took place in February 1917 when Lenin was in Switzerland and Stalin exiled in Arctic village of Kureika and the Bolsheviks were only one of the large number of political groups involved in the uprising against the Czar. Under the subsequent provisional governments led by Prince Georgy Lvov and Kerensky the Bolsheviks were either excluded, imprisoned or in hiding.

        Why on earth would London and Wall St banks finance a revolution whose main drive was abolishing capitalism and nationalize banks, industry and agriculture? In the USSR there was only one government-owned bank (Gosbank) and issuer of currency. If Trotzy had some shady dealings with NY bankers and his mentor Parvulus that has nothing to do with Bolshevism, Communism or Revolution. He was a traitor anyway and why he was sent packing and, instead of being grateful he kept babbling about his anti-Bolshevik “international revolution” and ended up with the icepick in his head.

        It’s getting tiresome, this place is an Augean swamp of obscurantist ignorance. Strewth! Phew!

      88. @Parfois1

        Are you seriously denying Jewish bankers from outside Russia funded the communist takeover of that country? I’ll go you one better. Not only did Jewish bankers fund the revolutionaries, they also blocked the Russian government’s access to financial markets. Jacob Schiff openly stated his goal was to destroy Russia–just as God commanded in Deuteronomy 7:22-24:

        And the Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee. But the Lord thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed. And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.

      89. @Parfois1

        I agree with you but I can see one reason why western capitalists may support an anti-capitalist socialist revolution in another country – go get rid of the competition.

        Even the opening up of PR China was not to open factories and exploit cheap labour there; that came later. They counted potential customers who were closed off from their markets behind the bamboo curtain and thought they could boost their profits selling them western consumer crap so they sent Nixon there. Well now PR China is selling all to the world and the west are their customers. The Chinks turned the tables on them so Detroit is a wasteland as more US cities go the same way. Same reason they brought down the Iron Cutrain – to open markets to their products. Interesting times indeed and let’s see who’s pissing in the wind.

        • Replies: @jeff stryker
      90. @Commentator Mike

        MIKE

        Detroit became a wasteland because of the Japanese in the eighties. By the time the Dragon replaced the Samurai, Detroit was already disintegrating. Detroit manufactured cars. Japan made the less expensive and more fuel-efficient. I live in Asia and I own a Nissan. I wouldn’t by a Ford, its mileage is crap and its cumbersome.

        You have to bear in mind that most Americans in these industrial cities are communities of Polish or Irish or whoever that immigrated to the US simply to work in manufacturing. They assumed they would do that forever. There is very little to replace manufacturing. A few Irish-Americans in these post-industrial graveyards might open a pub but not everyone can own a pub. In the case of the Polish-Americans in Detroit, manufacturing cars was all they knew.

        Simultaneously crime rose. Suddenly, you have no job and your house is worth nothing.

        At least Tommy Robinson can sell his house to some Pakistanis and move to some cabin in Wales. Or move to Philippines and open a girly bar.

        But nobody, and I mean nobody, will move to Detroit. Those that live there don’t do so out of choice. They cannot leave. Their house is worth nothing at all.

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      91. Ignacious says:
        @Linh Dinh

        The truth hurts huh linh.

      92. @jeff stryker

        Yes, same process at work though, US buying foreign, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, whatever.

        Tommy boy has family. Not sure about his housing situation. He was apparently involved in some mortgage fraud over housing loans too and I think he had a conviction for this as well. So he progressed from blue collar crime of brawling after footie matches to white collar crime involving estate agents and banks to being the prime dissident activist in the UK. Being a prominent anti-muslim public personality in muslim dominated jails in the UK can’t be fun. Not sure he can do much except keep on fighting, with words if not with his fists.

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        , @jimmyriddle
      93. @Commentator Mike

        MIKE

        Complain and you’ll be sent to a prison where you’re guaranteed to be stabbed with a sharpened toothbrush.

        That is the ultimate Orwellian horror isn’t it? A de facto totalitarianism.

        And unlike child molesters such as Ian Brady who will be protected by the prison system with their own cells and food tasters, he won’t be. He has not committed a crime that warrants solitary confinement.

        Of course the Left knows this.

        I would not be surprised if the Left give the Pakistani gangs inside some extra cigarettes and candy to ensure the job is done right and he ends up thrown off a tier.

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      94. @Commentator Mike

        “Mortgage fraud” = a self-employed person inflating their income in a loan application.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Tommy was the only person in England that year, in similar circumstances, to be prosecuted rather than cautioned.

        This is also how Putin goes after Navalny – Navalny probably is guilty of fraud. My guess is that *every* small business in Russia is guilty.

        Selective enforcement of laws against dissidents is good way of shutting people up.

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      95. @jimmyriddle

        Already used agree button on Jeff’s comment. I brought that up to indicate that Tommy perhaps has some housing problem and can’t just sell and run as Jeff indicated.

      96. @Dr. Robert Morgan

        A very deep and logical comment Doctor Morgan. Shattering one’s illusions, especially when they benefit us cannot be done easily.

      97. @Si1ver1ock

        So beautifully put “Human well being”. Do you work for Raytheon, Boeing etc?

      98. Malla says:
        @Parfois1

        Why on earth would London and Wall St banks finance a revolution whose main drive was abolishing capitalism and nationalize banks, industry and agriculture? In the USSR there was only one government-owned bank (Gosbank) and issuer of currency.

        Marxist Communism is the more advanced stage of exploitative oligarchic capitalism falsely marketed as its anti-dote. The Soviet Union was an experiment which mostly went bad. China is the successful experiment now where Corporate Communism is being tried out as a model for the world. Where oligarchic Capitalism and Marxist control coincide. People’s Republic’s of China (PRC) is where the United States of America (USA) and the United Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) have come together in harmony.

      99. @Johnny Walker Read

        What is this old bitch talking about? Is she high? What is she high on? That is the only question that matters.

      100. Malla says:
        @Parfois1

        The U.S. Government has a long history of spreading communism around the world (as well as squashing communist movements when it does not suit them) while pretending to be a “champion of democracy”.
        An interview with Mr. Earl T. Smith, American Ambassador to Cuba in between 1957 and 1959.

        Play Video

        US Government Brought Fidel Castro to Power (Full Documentary)

        From the youtube page
        “A rare detailed account of the Communist takeover of Cuba and America’s role in Fidel Castro’s dictatorship. Former US Ambassador to Cuba, Earl T. Smith is interviewed and reveals the State Department’s involvement in violation of neutrality laws, supporting a known communist with a documented history of violent criminal behavior, and committing high treason by deliberately aiding an enemy of the United States and concealing a clear and imminent threat to our national security. This conspiracy against the citizens of Cuba has cost thousands of lives, devastated families, and has left the dispossessed Cubans stateless and destitute. It is a deliberate case of economic and cultural genocide that merits investigation and restitution. Please watch, share and expose. Smith also details this collusion in his book, “The Fourth Floor”, a curiously hard to find book he wrote in 1962 “as a footnote to history and to the science of government”. He added “I am convinced that my experience as the United States Ambassador to Cuba was unusual in the sense that I lived through the Castro Communist Revolution, and I feel that I owe it to the American people to try to establish the fact that the Castro Communist Revolution need never have occurred. From this experience, i learned not only that our techniques of relations with Cuba were faulty but that the modus operandi for the determination of policy is not only inadequate but dangerous to the defense of our country”

        Batista was their guy too but he was backstabbed just like the backstab done to the Chinese Nationalists.
        Mr Smith openly states that in general the United States has always preferred to support the spread of Left Winged dictators over Right Winged dictators because the lefties are considered more progressive. (a dubious term, progressing towards what? A One World dictatorship, a New World Order?) The U.S. Government have supported right winged dictators in the past too, when the situation suited them but they by default they prefer lefty dictators.

        What is also interesting is that the wider Jewish Castro family had been big time players in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade of Africans, centuries ago, as per Prof. Tony Martin.

      101. @jeff stryker

        Is that why tons of diploma mill educated nepotist Hindus cram into the US on H1B, L1 and a host of other visas and demand a change to the green card policy which currently is making it hard for citizens of larger nations like India and China to become naturalized US citizens?

        I work in tech and in the course of 15 years have seen them literally devastate the industry for everyone else, specifically white men. Their penchant for dishonesty and extreme ethnic nepotism combined with unbridled greed would make me wish the whole industry moved wholesale to India. At least we won’t have to suffer such a low brow hyena culture here

      102. but America was an empire long before Israel was founded.

        OK, granted. In WWI we served as the Zionists’ henchman.

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