I believe in the United States. I want it to succeed. I believe that any issue can be solved if you put effort into it. I considering myself a “patriot”. My ancestors were slaves, we worked this land without respect, my family served in major battles such as World War II and Korea, The Cold War, but also the Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts, I served, and I consider myself a proud American. Yet, I am a Leftist (a Sound Money, cautious Keynesian, market democratic socialist – in my head) because based on my patriotism, I side with the working classes. I have no patience for racism or sexism, and I generally want everyone to live a content happy life confident in their identity no matter what race, gender, sexual orientation, sexual assignment, religion or lack thereof, ethnicity, physical ability, etc., they happen to be. I am proud to be “woke” because I see all the criticism against it, and I realize that people are getting in the way of progress because of fear. They fear losing whatever idea of social privileges they think they have, yet elevating others who were pushed to the margins of society is not a threat to anyone and if anything will help to get over the closeted issues that conservatism helps perpetuate since conservatism doesn’t adequately deal with issues, yet, instead it tries to cover them up, e.g., conservatives demonizing gay people thus denying their very being and thus subjecting them danger such as lack of health care access. One can easily say the same thing for minorities such Native Americans who live in rural ghettos or women who have always been second class citizens when relating to the egos of men. I don’t hate conservatives and in many ways I admire the Norman Rockwell-esque iconography of the United States which I grew up in even as a black man, but this country includes other people.
I am happy that Biden is President. I sleep better at night. I function better during the day knowing that there isn’t as much drama as what happened under Trump. Being in my now mid-thirties, an older Millennial, my entire adult life has been defined by drama from 9/11, to the wars in the Middle East, to stock market crashes, to the fall of with in institutions regarding topics such as spying which helped to create a rampant online conspiracy theory culture, to new discussion around race or gender, etc. I am a progressive. I am a Leftist, but I do accept Realpolitik and pragmatism, so Biden despite being the “system” is in theory the best we can have at this point. It’s not necessarily inspiring, but at least
‘There’s a lot of hate of President Biden but considering most of it is the residue of the Qanon MAGA verse but also even from progressives within his own party because he’s not progressive enough. Yet, I see myself as an average American guy, college educated, decent job, a home, and I’m glad Biden is president because I feel like 2016-2020 destroyed the United States. A very depressing time seeing Far Right racist with Russian sympathies be platformed, but also my mind being constantly prodded by the postmodern assault of social media, the news, etc. I see Biden as a boring sense of peace and stability after a time of intense over-thinking, philosophical thinking, adapting to new technology, etc. It’s ok to take a “chill pill”, yet, Biden does need to push forward, i.e., the time IS NOW, to push forward with Green Energy, police reform, reinvigorating the labor movement in a new paradigm of technological innovation (e.g., computer programmers are often not unionized despite working a very stressful job, but there are also people within traditional industries such as manufacturing or production who aren’t unionized despite federal mandated wages not rising since 2008).
Yet, as a former economics student in college in my youth, I do think about macroeconomic policy and the future of the USA. I’m not a doomsday person. I feel that doomsday people often using fear to enrich themselves such as pushing up the price of gold for their own benefit or even pushing crypto-currency. I joke, I am a “fiat bro”, i.e., I do support the “paper money regime” because…this is what runs the global economy. Why would I bet against something I get paid in? Why would I bet against something that the world uses? I find it funny that people who championed gold or silvers, are not crypto advocates but to me digital currency is even worst than paper dollars, i.e., I can’t hold it.
Who will be a strong enough leader to do the right thing? No President be they Democrat or Republican wants to raise taxes to help pay down the national debt. Sometimes in my head I think what if were to implement the “Economic Crucible”? By this I mean higher taxes, higher interest rates, slashing spending, but to cover the harder environment we de-regulate, legalize, and/or privatize certain aspects of the economy? Yet, I am sure this would have dire consequences at this point. However, debt isn’t entirely bad, considering all industrialized nations are in debt and most of these nations are allies who vouch for each other’s debt. It’s not like the US is some weak nation who can’t stand up for itself in the face of creditors and many nations would never even dare to stand up to the United States on debt, e.g., a strong military with global scope, a consumer population who buys goods and services, relative political stability, and safety, etc.
Debt to the average person is bad, i.e., you trying to pay of a credit card (revolving credit), but to a nation it’s not the same thing, because the state is the state, i.e., the state is the law, can use force, and represents the entirety of its citizens. Debt levels may be high, but all other strong nations have a similar situation, yet, no country has the global leadership role that the United States does and many of our allies have consented to the US having such a role of global leadership, i.e., we do the dirty work that other nations don’t want to do, and the US can be the key negotiator between other parties. One could even argue that the ability to rack up large amounts of debt is a special privilege granted to industrialized nations because they have the geo-strategic alliances, assets, core competencies/intellectual property when it comes to producing advanced goods and are the consumer base of the world.
So, I’m not a doomsday person when it comes national debt (I am not a hardcore Austrian economics gold-standard lover or anarcho-capitalist “down with the system” Bitcoin bro), however, to sustain the global economic system between the major powers, one does have to show good faith payments on their debt, and therefore taxes need to go up. Even though all the allies are friends in this debt exchange system that affects foreign exchange rates and trade, there still is a level of mistrust as far as one’s ability to effectively pay their bills. Taxes are needed to reduce the amount of deficit spending already on the books but also show creditors (our allies) that we are willing to do the hard thing to show good faith. Sure, they won’t call our debt, but the ability to make good faith payments with taxes doesn’t help to restore a sense of faith, i.e., it reduces the sweating of our lenders, i.e., bond holders.
Yet, what has Biden does so far?
Passed a 1.2 trillion Infrastructure Bill where according to Lobosco & Luhby (2021) of CNN, “the bill will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over five years, touching everything from bridges and roads to the nation’s broadband, water and energy systems. Experts say the money is sorely needed to ensure safe travel, as well as the efficient transport of goods and produce across the country. The nation’s infrastructure system earned a C- score from the American Society of Civil Engineers earlier this year.” Yet, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the package would add $256 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years (Lobosco & Luhby, 2021).
Passed the 1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan
Will sign the nearly 800 billion annual National Defense Authorization Act funding the military, special forces operations, intelligence, etc.
Will sign the I Am Venessa Guillen Bill which is a provision in the NDAA which takes sexual assault investigations away from military Chain of Commands, and instead creates a separate investigative board since Chain of Commands such as those at Fort Hood helped bury sexual assault cases.
With NATO Leadership support, President Biden followed on the Trump Era Doha Agreement between the US and Taliban and withdrew US forces from Afghanistan (Liptak and Sullivan, 2021, CNN). This withdrawal from one perspective was just in that the war in Afghanistan did achieve some things such as helping women, but overall, the war was very costly to US taxpayers considering it was funded on debt as opposed to tax increases, so the war bill will continue to grow with interests’ payments. Yet, one could argue withdrawing from Afghanistan has remove the US from The Grand Chessboard, i.e., the strategic location of Central Asia near Russia, Iran, China, and Pakistan. Therefore in my opinion even liberal outlets decried Biden’s removal of troops, and they used “social justice”, i.e., “tear jerking tactics”, e.g., Vice News showing aggrieved veterans who felt the war wasn’t won or showing the blight of Afghan women, to convince the President to stay in the region, yet, these goals aren’t necessarily from humanitarianism but a way to continue militarism in the region, i.e., funding the military industrial complex and its contractors. One could argue that leaving Afghanistan makes the region more of a security threat to the Russians, Chinese, and Pakistanis, i.e., them focusing on Taliban or their enemies with ISIS in the region will keep them preoccupied. For example, Russia can’t just focus on the Eastern European theater but now must worry about their vast border with Central Asian nations, i.e., this help divert Russian resources away from Eastern Europe and towards Central Asia (where the Russians didn’t have much luck such with the Soviet Afghan War).
Biden has threatened Russia with sanctions such as sanctions relating to the SWIFT (The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) system if Russia continues military action in Ukraine and decides to conduct a second wave of invasions into the country.
Sources vary but around 65,000 to 70,000 Afghan refugees were brought to the United States. When Joe Biden withdrew from Afghanistan both sides of the political spectrum have Biden criticism, yet surprisingly even certain figures on the political-right tried to use the humanitarian catastrophe card. Yet, according to Hennessey-Fiske (2021), of the LA Times, “Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, 124,000 people have been evacuated to the U.S., including 67,000 Afghan allies. Of those Afghans, 10,000 have been resettled with the help of nonprofit agencies in communities across the nation, according to the Biden administration.”. Lastly, under the Biden Administration, $6.3 Billion has been allocated to resettlement efforts (Hennessey-Fiske, 2021, LA Times). Yet, according to Caitlin Doornbos (2021) of Military.com, as of December 7, 2021, only 34,000 refugees remained on US bases such as Fort Bliss in Texas, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Camp Atterbury in Indiana, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and Fort Pickett and Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.
Opened Cops Hiring Program (CHP) applications worth ~$139 million to police agencies across the country
Opened nearly 80k acres of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
Yet, Biden has also re-entered the Paris Climate Accord after Trump withdrew from the agreement, largely with Trump feeding off his base’s climate change skepticism, but also his view that the US would fall behind if nations like China or India would continue to use dirty energy. Yet, when you see Biden’s offshore drilling policy, it calls into question his honest intentions around combating climate change and hitting carbon emission reduction targets. According to Matt McGrath (2021) of the BBC, “This new target, possibly for 2030, and President Biden’s commitment to reaching net zero emissions by 2050, will be the guide rails for the US economy and society for decades to come.”
Convinced Australia to purchase US submarines as opposed to French submarines
Extended the moratorium on student loan payments and interests’ payments into spring 2022
Kept the Trump Era Title 42 health risk loophole to maintain the Stay in Mexico asylum seeking policy, i.e., asylum seekers must claim asylum from their own country or from Mexico (where many Central American refugees travel to)
Made Juneteenth, i.e., the official day that slavery in the United States ended (not to be confused with the Emancipation Proclamation) a Federal Holiday
What needs to be done?
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Bill needs to be signed considering police are still getting funding, and systemically one could argue the justice system hasn’t reformed much. This bill passing is something that BIPOC peoples but also many white people want, despite the police issue often being framed through a black liberation versus the system framework. Passing the bill, I would argue would help evolve policing and even help police officers, i.e., I see the potential passage of it as continuous improvement, and restoring trust equates to civilians not being so fearful when approached by police. With the First Step Act passed under Trump alongside the hopeful passage of the MORE Act and George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the United States will still have police officers but society will have a more progressive criminal justice system such as people not being arrested for marijuana offenses, people who have used marijuana be given the change to seek better paying employment or military service (helping recruiting), and the public will feel the system actually listens to them.
Biden has been effective but not the most effective, but he’s keeping the lights on, and things are improving slowly. I am trying to write this objectively, i.e., above progressivism and conservatism. In many ways, Biden is quite boring. Yet, Biden is doing what needs to be done in certain regards such as trying to restore faith in alliances that Donald Trump in theory helped to jeopardize such as Biden meeting with NATO leaders, considering the United States doesn’t want to lose a foothold over the historically nationalistic, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual region (remembering WWI, WWII, the Napoleonic Wars, Thirty Years Wars, various wars of successions, etc.) especially as ambitious leaders such as France’s Emmanuel Macon (who isn’t anti-American, but more so, competitive) wants to assert French primacy. The fact that France and Germany can use their economic leverage to balance the West versus Russia increases if NATO fails and this in theory might be great for those who are dovish on foreign policy, yet in theory, a Europe without a strong unified bond with the United States to take the bad publicity for Europe could unleash a chaotic mix of nationalistic sentiments as Europeans don’t see themselves as living in solidarity with mutual interests, but rather might start seeing themselves as competitors where such competition can be easily exploited by emergent or wannabe emergent superpowers such as China and Russia (remembering that China has heavily invested in European infrastructure projects and Russia also has a near monopoly on natural gas pipelines). For example, the Far Right “ethno-nationalist” ideology coming from Kremlin through thinkers such as Aleksandr Dugin, has affect European politics, but the truth is that an “ethno-state” would effectively isolate a nation to be exploited or bribed by a nation such as Russia. In other words, if NATO ever fails, which is what Russia and China wants, sure, this could help Germany or France become the de-facto leaders of the European Union (which in theory they already are, i.e., Germany and France providing most of the bailout money via the European Central Bank during the Greek sovereign debt crisis), yet the erosion of the NATO alliance which does force cooperation between the various ethnic states, could lead to unleashing old-fashioned nationalistic tensions, which could therefore be exploited by the Russian Kremlin’s hope of returning to its former glory days, and potentially in-debt now isolated European states to Chinese financing. In theory if NATO fails, so would the European Unions, and thus the European Central Banks, and this would have major consequences on international financing and markets, e.g., if the Euro Dollar were to go away and nations started adopting their own nationalistic currencies, this could not only make currency conversion/trade more problematic but could also pose a risk for smaller nations would suffer currency short selling by speculators.
Yet, what I wrote above is such a microcosm of the various issues that the United States has to juggle, and I would argue that Biden is helping to catch up on certain domestic needs (like roads), but there was hope he would be more ambitious in his vision to not just catch up but to rocket forward, considering he won off the energy of progressive populism who do want green energy, police reform, women’s rights, the rich paying higher taxes to fund society, etc. Progressives don’t want faux progressivism, such as the military or intelligence community keeping things the same but simply adding “woke recruiting campaigns”, but they want material (real world) change.
Yet, Biden (or, even let’s say a Republican in an alternative universe) has a decent excuse to go at the pace he’s going at because with COVID-19 still railing, Biden does have an excuse to sell moderate temperance to the public. So, considering the situation he’s doing decent, but one can say the opposite, e.g., this dire situation should have been a way to redistribute the wealth/debt of the nation to the working classes instead of focusing on hedge funds like BlackRock, etc. COVID-19 revealed many issues such as a lack of affordable housing, the fact that the US minimum wage hasn’t been raised and adjusted to inflation since 2008 despite an increase the money supply, and that offshoring US labor has made the United States too dependent upon volatile global supply chains.
But objectively, Biden isn’t the worst president, nor is he doing a horrific job. He’s just “business as usual”, yet many might appreciate this “business as usual” because people are burnt out of all the social arguments that occurred under the Trump Era. In theory, Trump going Far Right gave Centrist Democrats a good alibi to not push forward, i.e., Democrats are saying “we might be boring, but at least we’re not as terrifying and paranoid as the conservatism that Trump unleashed”.
Biden is returning a sense of peace and calm on the global stage with our very needed allies who buy our weapons – and, yes, I know this is problematic, but it is a fact of life, yet, our allies grant us access to their airspace/ports, and vouch for our debt, e.g., Japan is one of the largest holders of US Treasuries as they attempt to fund their pension system for their elderly population, but Japan is also geo-strategically important in Pacific, creating a triangle with South Korea and Taiwan/The Philippines near the South China Sea versus China.
Even with the Build, Back, Better Act dead in negotiations, I am not personally stressing over BBB, even though it would have been awesome if it passed. A perk to BBB failing is that we can all agree that Manchin, as well as Sinema, can’t be trusted. Biden is exercising a different managerial approach as compared to Trump. Trump used a micro-manager authoritarian approach to managing power often using Executive Orders to circumvent the legislative process, but Biden is using a traditional balance-of-power approach by following the constitution, i.e., relying on the legislative branch to create laws, the judicial branch to review and approve laws, and the executive branch to sign laws after they garner the required votes in Congress. You can judge Biden on this though. If Trump was a strongman leader, then why doesn’t Biden do the same across the board and not just on COVID-19 mitigation? It’s my opinion that Biden doesn’t want to continue the precedent set by Trump as far as authoritarian rule by the Executive Branch, so he’s being “boring” yet constitutional by relying on the other two branch of government. Yet, this is good, but also gives the administration an excuse to go slow, and this slowness doesn’t equate to progress, and gives an alibi to not fulfill campaign promises.
Yet, despite thinking on the negative, I decided to write out what has been accomplished so far. Even with BBB dead in the water as of 2021, it doesn’t mean something akin to it can’t be passed soon or through other bills or strategies, i.e., breaking up BBB and padding other bills with its provisions. The Democrats, who I support aren’t in a bad situation but are in a vulnerable situation considering 2022 Congressional elections especially those in the Senate are on the horizon. Unless the Democrats get a large majority to sure up power, then they’re left with negotiating or developing different strategies to pass progressive policy. In theory, Biden could use ideas that Steve Bannon on behalf of Trump tried to do but in a progressive way. For example, Bannon if my memory is correct (I’m searching for the article that vividly remember seeing) tried to use the Defense Priority Act to subsidize the coal industry and nuclear energy. So, if this idea was floated, then why use it for green energy, i.e., green energy is a national defense priority?
Yet, despite BBB failing, the United States is and isn’t in as dire of situation, yet President Biden has been doing a decent job of keeping the lights on and signing bills that invest in America’s future. Even as a person who sympathizes with Leftism, I could easily be angry at Biden if I wanted, but I’m already such a skeptic that I figure “eh” at least the lights are on, and the Democrats have power to a degree. Anything is better than conservatism. It sucks it comes down to that, but in the face of 3rd Way corporatism (a type of fascism) there’s not much one can hope for since the ruling classes dictate democracy.
President Biden signed the $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill (11/15/2021) into law and is expected to sign the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which passed the Senate on (12/15/2021) which has a price tag of $778 Billion which is a $23.9 Billion top-line increase from the previous NDAA. So, our roads/bridges/ports/airports/levies and military will be funded. I consider that win. Sure, there’s many pacificist and Leftist decrying the Military Industrial Complex, but every nation needs a military where we like it or not (a sad truth of the human species), and even as a Leftist, I do support the military and American primacy. Sure, I know all about the crimes of the CIA and can still call them out and would pray we could figure out better ways of doing diplomacy besides hardcore covert overthrowing government operations, yet, still I support the troops considering most of the troops are of the proletariat. I can support socialism from a Western and American perspective while still detesting Chinese socialism for example.
We are also still living under the $2.2 Trillion CARE Act (3/27/2020) which was supplemented with the $484 Billion PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) & Health Care Enhancement Act (4/24/2020), and the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021 at $2.3 Trillion (signed on 12/27/20, which merged $900 Billion with a $1.4 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill) which were passed under Donald Trump, yet President Biden supplemented these with a $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan (3/11/2021). Note: An omnibus spending bill is a type of bill in the United States that packages many of the smaller ordinary appropriations bills into one larger single bill that can be passed with only one vote in each house. There are twelve different ordinary appropriations bills that need to be passed each year (one for each appropriations sub-committee) to fund the federal government and avoid a government shutdown.
= 8,862,000,000,000 in appropriate spending since 3/27/2020, yet, appropriate spending doesn’t mean it will be charged at once, but rather a lot of the money such will be divvied up over fiscal years, and after viewing the National Debt Clock, I’m assuming that all the bills I listed above from the Infrastructure Bill and previous are factored into this national debt number in some way, shape, or form.
Yet, according to National Debt Clock,
$29 Trillion in Debt vs $23 Trillion in GDP vs $4 Trillion in Tax Revenues, and these numbers were pulled on 12/24/21 at 6:25 AM EST, but I’m unsure if the $1.2 Trillion is already factored into this number, but if not then we may be around $30.9 Trillion since the Infrastructure Bill was passed before I checked the Debt Clock. So, roughly we’re at about a $7 Trillion detriment as far as Debt vs GDP, and we’re not nearly paying the amount of money need in taxes at $4 Trillion to really dent the $29 Trillion in debt, or in other words taxes amount to around 13.9% out of the national debt (4/29 * 100). This 13.9% is odd because this means that even though the highest marginal tax rate bracket is 37%, effectively on average, i.e., the average of effective tax rates, is only 13.9%, meaning that someone isn’t pay thing taxes, i.e., even though on paper it says the highest you can pay is 37%, in reality only 13.9% is being paid by all taxpayers (billionaires included), meaning there’s a tax rate detriment of 23.1%. Everyday people, from the lower working classes to the high middle class like a successful business owner might pay the highest 37% rate on all their total earned income, yet, billionaires are likely avoiding so much in taxes that the average of all tax revenue received is 13.9%. If I take the $30.9 Trillion and compare that to the $4 Trillion in taxes raised, it’s even worst at 12.9%.
So, assuming the $8 trillion in bills from the CARE Act to the Infrastructure Bill is factored into the standing $29 Trillion as shown on the Debt Clock, or even assuming they are not thus making the debt 30.9 trillion, the taxes being raised in relation to debt is only 12.9-13.9%, making the tax revenue pulled in fall short of the highest tax rate that can be charged at 37%, thus making a tax revenue detriment in relation to national debt be 23.1-24.1%.
This means that the government is borrowing to cover this spread somehow on top of what it already borrows but is also not effectively taxing those who should be paying at a minimum 37%.
The government has a few options. Better enforcing existing tax laws especially on higher income earners, raising tax rates so you have a better chance of catching tax revenues, and/or revising the tax code. Even if let’s say we add that 23-24% detriment I speak of to the 37% highest tax rate, then we get a 60-61% rate, which interestingly would not be the highest historical marginal tax rate. The harsh truth is…we’ve been slacking on paying taxes collectively in relation to the type of first-world society we live in. We use credit more than taxation. Yet, older generations, whom we consider to be “tougher” actually paid higher taxes and the Golden Era of Democratic Capitalism occurred under higher taxation to pay for society so that future generations wouldn’t incur as much debt, or their money be less valuable. Yet, the Boomer generation once they entered the workforce in the late 70s despite having initially higher taxes, actually ended paying on average lower taxes than their parents and likely even their children who will have to bear the burden of higher taxes (to pay for entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, etc.).
Yet, all this money from these bills…what are the people truly getting from it? The realized impact among the people I would argue is minimal. Sure, some people got COVID relief checks but those checks truly don’t cover the cost of living such as housing or rent, food, gas, education, debt principal or interests, expenses. We’re spending all this money, but the truth is that most is going to large businesses or corporations who win grants, awards, contracts, and direct payments, etc., via contracts by the federal government under the Federal Procurement Data System, Federal Acquisition Regulation, etc.
President Biden has accomplished things by signing legislation into law that gives support to business, individuals, and will help repair/rebuild America’s declining and crumbling infrastructure.
As far as national security, Joe Biden has met with Pacific nations and even snubbed France over a submarine deal between Australia, thus tightening Australia’s bond with the USA via the AUKUS Alliance as China becomes more ambitious regarding Taiwan (a major source of semiconductors), The Belt and Road Project, The South China Sea (the world’s most vital shipping lane), etc. The submarine deal will sell $153 billion and USD $171 billion worth of US military equipment according to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) (NDTV.com., 12/15/21).
Also, within the NDAA there is the I am Venessa Guillen Bill, which will take away the military’s authority to prosecute sexual assault and harassment cases and instead, create an independent investigation separate from the chain of command (Grace White, KHOU-11, 12/22/21).
In addition, despite Blue Lives Matter being a Trump adjacent movement, The Department of Justice under President Biden has announced $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The awards provide direct funding to 183 law enforcement agencies across the nation, allowing those agencies to hire 1,066 additional full-time law enforcement professionals (The Department of Justice, 11/18/21). Further, within the NDAA which is due to be signed soon by President Biden, there still exists the controversial Program 1033 where the military gives surplus military equipment to police agencies. Even, though I support police reform, it is a lie to state that President Biden isn’t funding cops.
Further, according to Annie Nova (2021) of CNBC, “Amid concerns about the new omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, the Biden administration will extend the payment pause for federal student loan borrowers until May 1.” This extension allows people to stop paying student loan debt without incurring interests.
Biden released 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to auction for drilling, despite him attempting to use an Executive Order to pause drilling, but this pause was blocked in court by 13 oil/natural gas friendly states (Ella Nilsen, CNN, 11/17/21). So, with Biden opening 80 million acres for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, from a progressive perspective this is horrible and a deviation from his campaign promises to help fight Climate Change and start encouraging higher green energy investing, yet, from a conservative or at least let’s say business perspective, opening offshore drilling could help keep energy prices low, and lower energy prices might help to stave off the inflationary pressures hitting the USA. Lower energy costs is the foundation that affects many aspects of the supply chain such as more affordable utility energy costs which could help divert rising costs for consumers but also commercial entities, cheaper transportation costs, generating revenues for manufacturers of tools and machinery related to the oil and natural gas industry, and maintaining employment. Yet, Biden is likely opening up the oil leases because the truth is that Big Oil and Gas has a lot of influence, so Biden is really trying to garner favor, considering many rich people can fund bad publicity against a President who goes against their business interests.
Biden has also kept Title 42 restrictions relating to immigration and asylum seekers. Biden is using the Trump Area Title 42 loophole that restricts entry into the US on the grounds of preventing the spread of contagious health risks, to keep asylum seekers out of the United States under the Remain in Mexico asylum seeker policy. It’s controversial, yet, it’s interesting that conservatives don’t give Biden much credit for maintaining this nativist Trumpian policy.
Such a policy was brought into further controversy after Haitian refugees fleeing earthquakes, hurricanes, and a government coup, migrated through Mexico and attempted to enter the USA. Border Agents, at this time under the leadership of Biden, used controversial tactics to keep the Haitian immigrants out of the United States. Yet, Biden later started removing restrictions on travel from eight African countries, where these the travel restriction was originally implemented to monitor the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Yet, this move to remove travel restrictions on African countries raises the question as to why the Haitian refugees weren’t allowed to claim asylum which is a right under international law.
But, despite Joe Biden doing things such as supporting the military and bolstering the economy in relation to COVID-19 and its variants, he is falling behind on what he promised to do for those who voted for him. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has failed in negotiations as of the fall of 2021, and this bill was introduced twice by Democrats but no success largely due lack of Republican support (zero vote for the second attempt at the reform bill).
There’s also issues such as 800,000+ Americans having died from COVID related illnesses while there is a universe of conspiracy theory and misinformation regarding vaccines; there is a homelessness epidemic largely caused by drug addiction (such as Feytanyl coming from South of the Border)/mental health and workers being priced out of real estate markets such as Seattle, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area; a “Crime Wave” as life normalizes after the initial COVID-19 lock-downs where crime could be traced to the lack of job opportunities/rising cost of living among the working classes; a very hot housing market where foreign investors are unfairly buying multiple homes (if not entire communities) and pricing out first-time homeowners; Roe v. Wade as always is under attack from Republicans; Trans people still lack legal protections over employment, healthcare access, and being protected if incarcerated; there is a threat of domestic terrorism such as by White Supremacy Extremists (WSEs); outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. has surpassed $1.7 trillion and burdens Americans more than credit card and auto debt (Nova, 2021, CNBC), and generally, there is lack of trust in institutions including the media.
Yet, from all this spending, where the money isn’t truly reaching the working classes, despite whatever sort of COVID stimulus checks or PPP Loans that individuals, families, and small-to-medium size businesses have received. The sheer amount of money spent so far since COVID started around March 2020 is…insane, and it could be argued that it is just another form of “trickle down” corporatism, rather that direct social investments in the people. It’s as if the government spends money just to say to the working classes that “we can’t afford this now”. The Buy Back Better Bill was intended to be a way for the people to get a cut of all this debt creations and deficit spending. It is disheartening that the American public will foot the bill for all this spending, yet, not really get a direct “in their pocket” benefit, granted the NDAA does stimulate employment across the thousands of contractors supporting the defense industry in the web we call the Military Industrial Complex, paying soldiers, and the Infrastructure Bill will help create employment with construction jobs, engineering projects, and improving roads/bridges/ports that naturally stimulate economies.
Supporting Biden and moving on from Trump for the sake of unity. Republicans should have a backbone and find another leader
Realpolitik. See the Game for What Is
You must spend money to make money. We must pass the bills, increase the debt ceiling, etc.
The Situation We Face
Consequences of not raising the Debt Ceiling
The Price of the Wars. Another major reason we must raise the debt ceiling is that the wars were funded on credit that bears interests
The Iraq War was about the Petro Dollar Scheme, The Afghanistan War as about stimulus for the Military Complex, and women were never a big factor in being in Afghanistan
Links, Sources, Continued Reading
The United States needs to pass both the Infrastructure Bill and Reconciliation Bill, raise the debt ceiling, continue to vaccinate itself (for example, China has a 70.78% full vaccination rate with a much larger population as compared to the United States which has a 54.50% full vaccination rate with a much smaller population. Source: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations, data from 9/24/21), phase in tax increases on the highest earners (which can be reduced down the road) such as raising the marginal tax rate, i.e., the amount a person pays after reaching a certain income threshold, because the USA is in “decline”, or, rather at a point of “redefining itself” and “repurposing” itself for the future.
The USA still wields power from the ability to apply sanctions on nations through payment systems, a vast nuclear weapons arsenal, the largest navy with reach extending to the Artic to the South China Sea, a strong control of air-space (the high ground), a large land force, treaties, alliances, iconic brand name goods and services, culture, a control of global supply lines, and even domestic resource reserves both dirty (coal, shale, offshore drilling) and clean (sunny deserts, geothermal potential, and wind and tidal power capabilities, etc.).
2. Supporting Biden and moving on from Trump for the sake of unity. Republicans should have a backbone and find another leader
I’m not concerned with Donald Trump. He’s gone. Good. Trump’s geostrategic policy was nothing more than a consolidation of right-wing isolationist talking points collected from the internet, which put the USA actually in a more weaker position where its power was mocked, questioned, and worst, it opened up the window to America’s traditional enemy in Russia, and even gave China a slight moral victory because they were able to hold-out strong against Trump’s Trade War that was never resolved. Trump represented contraction rather an expansion, and for reasons we may never truly know without getting lost in a web of real and fake conspiracy. That’s why I am supporting Biden. Simply because he’s a calming force. I don’t shame him for his age. As far as what I’ve seen, he’s been conducting business and giving speeches just fine, despite his age. He brings a level of reassurance as the USA hits the drawing board, but frankly, the biggest internal detriment to US unity are Trump hanger-ons, whom interestingly have an ideology, outside of its white reactionary politics hidden behind a co-option of patriotism and regalia, that in many ways comes from abroad despite the veneer of Americana, e.g., The Epoch Times, a Chinese conspiracy newspaper bought the most Facebook ads for Trump during his 2016 run (Gilbert, 2016), but also many elements of the Alt-Right in the USA (who have been agitators) “surprisingly” have many affinities for Russia. I don’t care if Republican’s dislike Biden. That’s their right to do so, but frankly at least support a Republican who understands US Realpolitik and the concept of cause and effect, and “adverse effects”.
3. Realpolitik. See the Game for What Is
You must view geostrategic power away from “politics”. Politics is merely a means to an end, so you must see the end and not get caught up in the means always. See the game for what it is. The US is powerful because we run off debt. We don’t have such a great way of life because it’s funded by taxes. Taxes are political suicide for any Public Finance 101 student, but real leaders know they must raise them periodically. Debt fuels the US way of life. Taxes are nothing more than minimum payments on debt at this point, and America’s quality of life is mostly sustained by debt, but we defend this debt with a powerful military, i.e., no one will call our debt because they fear our military.
But we also sell our debt as an investment tool which links other nations to us, so they want us to succeed, and this increases our closeness as far as trade, currency conversion, investing in US companies or vice versa, military alliances, etc. Further, the US spreads the idea of “freedom”, i.e., a libertine manta and thus it spreads pop culture, etc., i.e., America markets itself as a Dream, tourist destination, etc. The USA also uses multi-national corporations to extend trade lines which need military defense to protect them thus this extends America’s scope of power and interference in the affairs of others, yet these corporations extract resources to fuel growth back home, but also sells products abroad where the profits come home, and this all helps to prop up the USD Dollar. Lastly, the US spreads its power by the value of its currency, which is backed by our military, by the fact we sell our debt to allies and they vouch for it, but we also require that all global oil transactions be done in US dollars first thus making the US the middleman for the Earth’s most vital resource (for now), thus this scheme helps props up the dollar which feeds into everything else. For a superpower to sustain itself it can’t afford to not invest itself, similarly to how it can’t afford to maintain key alliances (NATO, AZNAC, EU, the UN, NORAD, USNORTH, AFNORTH, India, Japan, etc.), but it must also stay relevant and grow, i.e., it must lead and innovate (creating core competencies that no one can’t do as good and at the same scale, but also investing in the future, i.e., emergent technologies, e.g., semiconductors, green technology, space, etc.).
The strength of the USA as compared to Russia and China is that they are largely homogeneous. They don’t have the vast racial, ethnic, religious, gender, cultural, and lifestyle freedom that the United States does, thus giving the United States a competitive advantage for something such as…espionage, translations capabilities without must investment, spreading American ideals to families abroad, etc. Yet, America unfortunately because of its political system, that is overwhelming controlled by a private interest making up a smaller part of the overall US population, applies things such as identity politics ends up being its own worst enemy in many cases, and nations like China and Russia can use strong central authority over a homogeneous population to achieve objectives. Even when it comes to COVID-19, the sheer amount of paranoia and political conspiracy theories relating to the virus, has made the USA fall behind its number one competitor in China.
4.You must spend money to make money. We must pass the bills, increase the debt ceiling, etc.
But as far as the upcoming debt limit situation, the spending bills, etc., you must spend money to make money, and this is the underlying economic manta of all superpowers.
No superpower sustains itself with being frugal, for example, oil companies aren’t raising their own armies to go take Middle East oil to prop up the Petro Dollar Racket, but rather the government, i.e., the Department of Defense does that, and business benefits. Similarly, to how the US Navy defends trade routes for the benefit of the US economy.
The economic mantra of all superpowers and of both US political parties (even though Republicans don’t like admitting it) since World War II has been Keynesian economics, i.e., you deficit spend, swap debt with allies and this affects the balance trade as currencies adjust to one another, i.e., if another nation’s currency is stronger they invest in the USA, but if the USA’s currency is weaker in relation to an ally then this helps the US sell products because they’re more affordable in foreign markets, etc.
For example, China is expanding and investing with large infrastructure projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative, which expands land trade routes, and builds and buys seaports, etc.
A part of hegemony is outspending your competitors. Debt isn’t bad. It’s only bad if you waste that debt on things that don’t result in a Return on Investment. Not only do superpowers have to make debt to spend to sustain the level of comfort the population is used to (hoping productivity is at an ample level to make up for the debt), but creating debt also helps a superpower sell that debt to other nations for investment purposes thus making them supportive of the superpower in question since they want their investments to do good. Basically, making debt and selling it is a way of having “control” and “influence”.
The Infrastructure and Reconciliation bills would pay themselves off over time because you’ll make jobs such as in construction (a vital sector for Americans), people will stimulate the economy, and to be honest, the tax rate needs to be raised as a good faith gesture to US bond holders (such as our allies) considering the USA has had 21 years of tax cuts dating back to George W. Bush, i.e., the USA can’t shop itself out of debt (supply side economics) but actually has to do gestures to make good that it can pay its bills and investors on time.
So, the USA needs to pass these bills, raise the debt ceiling, continue to vaccinate itself, and phase in tax rates on the highest earners to sustain its role as a super-power to help pay for the 20 years of wars but also help pay for upgrading the US machine. I repeat, you can’t make money, if you don’t spend money, but if you spend a lot of money, you got to throw some money at the bills.
5. The Situation We Face
(1) There’s the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill but also the Democrat Reconciliation Bill which would need 51 votes as compared to 60, with the latter being a tough battle because Republicans don’t want hand Democrats any of their campaign promises such as clean energy, poverty initiatives, universal pre-K, etc., nor do they want to anger any special interests, but Republicans also wanted the Israel Iron Dome Missile System in the spending bill but instead a separate $1 Billion bill was created and passed in the house that it is majority held by Democrats, i.e., they came to a middle ground so the Iron Dome didn’t stall the other bills, (2) The Federal Reserve is stating that it will ease off of buying, i.e., propping up equities (the stock market) and Mortgage-Backed Securities (housing sector), meaning that the Federal Reserve won’t be helping to bloat asset prices as much anymore meaning that the market could face a correction as reality kicks in as opposed to the artificial monetary policy implemented by the Federal Reserve to prop up the US economy. Essentially the stock market and housing market will have to go back to real market principles and the Fed won’t be buying assets to keep them afloat, especially as they gauge unemployment numbers. The Feds easy money policy benefitted the rich because it bloated the stock market, it made borrowing against higher valued assets for money much easier thus allowing them to get more money on artificially bloated assets, (3) Only 55% of Americans are vaccinate against the Corona Virus meaning there’s still uncertainty in the market about new variants, potential new restrictions, etc., (4) There’s a manufacturing bottleneck in all sectors including oil, gasoline, and natural gas (where energy is affected also by natural disasters, geopolitical conflicts), due to the drastic drop of demand due to CV19 but then the drastic increase in demand as the USA crawls back to normalcy.
6. Consequences of not raising the Debt Ceiling
If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, in any case, then the government could shut down and there would be no bills but if the government shuts down then that (A) would freeze billions of federal spending that stimulates the US economy such as through federal contracts to private businesses such as defense contractors, research projects, military base operators, etc., (B) federal workers (including the troops) would be put on hold, (C) the US Credit rating would be hit, (D) US bond holders such as our allies would lose value on their investments, (E) US Treasury auctions would be cancelled, etc.
Aimee Picchi (2021) stated, “The U.S. economy could plunge into another recession this fall if Congress fails to lift the debt ceiling and the nation is unable to pay its obligations, according to an analysis by Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi. The fallout would wipe out as many as 6 million jobs and erase $15 trillion in household wealth, he estimated in a report.” Further, Picchi (2021) stated, “In real terms, the nation would soon return to high unemployment rates, approaching 9% compared with its current rate of 5.2%. Also, come November 1 checks for millions of Social Security recipients would be delayed, Zandi noted. And stock prices would likely plunge by one-third, sparking that $15 trillion loss in household wealth. Meantime, mortgage rates and other interest rates for things like credit cards and auto loans would spike.”
This could slip the US to a recession if the US debt ceiling isn’t raised because of the contraction in government stimulus and spending, and even a possible run or mass sale within the US stock market.
Further, not passing these bills, and/or not raising the US Debt ceiling would be a moral and psychological defeat for the American people, creating a sense of nihilism or indifference and hopelessness, who have suffered from constant drama and scandal from the 1) the January 6th Capitol Insurrection, 2) over a year and half of COVID lockdowns, a US death toll exceeding over 500,000 Americans, and revolts against restrictions, 3) the summer of 2020 protests across the nation against police brutality and the conversation about race relating to Black Lives Matters, and reaction movements such as Blue Lives Matters, 4) a COVID-19 stock crash which affected worker’s 401(k)s because the US didn’t get ahead of the crisis, which may have delayed retirement for workers – at an age who are more at risk of COVID – from retiring, even though the US stimulus packages did help the market rebound, 5) media wars dating back to the Russia-Gate situation, Ukraine Gate situation, the government shutdown over Trump’s Border Wall, 6) mass shootings, 7) a growing Fentanyl drug death crisis, 8) unemployment and homelessness, 9) an increasing crime rate as life returns to “normal” as lockdown restrictions ease up, 10) a refugee crisis from Central America largely due to drought and crime, but also from Haiti due to political destabilization, a 7.2 Magnitude earthquake, and hurricanes, etc.
Essentially, if the government shuts down then that would accelerate inflation because the money supply has been increased over years, but that created money is pegged to US Treasuries which the Federal Reserve holds as collateral to justify expanding the money supply, in which money is injected into the economy via banks via cash or an electronic debit-credit system. If the government shuts down and the debt ceiling isn’t raised that basically means “the government is late on its payments or doesn’t have enough to cover its payments”, i.e., it’s in default, meaning the money created and injected into the economy doesn’t have a “full faith and credit” insurance policy on it, meaning it loses value and things become more expensive. This would mean to curb inflation the government should have raise taxes, and the Federal Reserve would have to gauge whether it keeps interests rates low to stimulate or to tax money i.e., increase interest rates so the created money pays for itself.
Biden says he wants both bills on his desk to be signed otherwise he’ll veto whatever comes to his desk. Biden’s strategy was to reach across the aisle on the Infrastructure Bill but for his party to have their own bill to fulfill campaign promises but with Democrats having a slim margin majority they need Republicans but also Centrist Democrat like Mnuchin and Sinema, but Mnuchin and Simena have essentially knee-capped their own party.
These bills need to be passed but also the debt ceiling needs to be raised to push these bills through, but the debt ceiling also needs be raised separately because of the deficit ran up by the previous Trump Administration, i.e., he kept spending high but slashed taxes, applying a sort of “protectionist meets supply-side economics” ideology that was consulted by Reaganites such as Arthur Laffer, which was a continuation of 16 previous years of tax cuts starting with George Bush and continuing with the Obama Extension of the Bush Era Cuts.
Essentially, we need to pay for our bills that are already on the books, but we also need to pass the new bills which would require a debt ceiling raise, i.e., the debt ceiling needs to be raised for two reasons (pre-existing debt obligations that have added up from previous administrations which bear interests, which includes the bills for the wars) and making room to afford the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and Democrat Reconciliation Bills.
The only issue with the Democrat Reconciliation Bill is that Republicans don’t care to give Democrats anything, they would love for them fail on their campaign promises, many of the agendas of the Democrats might go against special interests, and Republican want to hurt Democrats for political reasons though they can hide behind “fiscal responsibility” talk points, i.e., “we’re spending too much, our kids will have to pay for it, it will causes inflation”, etc.
It’s interesting to note that Republicans have caused the last two sequestrations, i.e., government shutdowns because a funding bill was passed by the September 30th deadline. They did it under the Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, John Boehner years for Republicans against President Barack Obama during the Affordable Healthcare Act debate, but they also did it again when Trump didn’t get his Border Wall (which he claimed Mexico would pay for). Democrats haven’t caused any so far this millennium, but Mitch McConnell’s goals is to reframe it as if it’s only the Democrat’s fault for being frivolous, when in essence the US has been frivolous under his watch for two decades now, and most of the money creation from debt expansion trickled upwards to big businesses (special interests, i.e., Congress’ donors).
So, both sides are playing a Russian Roulette game. In theory Biden could concede to Republicans, pass one of the bills, and the Congress raises the debt ceiling, or Republicans can play ball, pass both bills and raise the debt ceiling. But the buck is more on Republicans. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do for America to pass both and raise the debt ceiling. It is not only a matter of national security so for the sake of American hegemony, but it would help reinspire and motivate America which finally takes a stance to invest in itself in a way no living American has experienced, except those who remember the New Deal of FDR.
I don’t believe necessarily in the broad accusation of inflation or too much spending because deficit spending is how the United States operates, and spending will pay itself off over time and be an engine for growth. To make money you have spent money.
The USA to sustain its’ scope of power must recoup, reset, redefine, and re-initiate, i.e., it needs to get its house in order, and invest.
7. The Price of the Wars. Another major reason we must raise the debt ceiling is that the wars were funded on credit that bears interests
The USA has invested in costly wars with no actual Return on Investment and paid for it on debt rather than raising taxes as previous Presidents had done, but meanwhile China and Russia haven’t been engaged in such large-scale costly regime-change wars, yet instead they simply sit back to let the beast bleed itself, use any fiascos created by the Americans for propaganda purposes, and even piggy back on US efforts (such as Russia entering Syria) to push their way onto the table of geostrategic issues.
For example, according to the Associated Press (2021) referencing a study conducted by Brown University on the cost of the Afghanistan and Iraq, which was reposted by The New York Post (2021), “…President Harry Truman temporarily raised top tax rates to pay for Korean War: 92%. Amount President Lyndon Johnson temporarily raised top tax rates to pay for Vietnam War: 77%. Amount President George W. Bush cut tax rates for the wealthiest, rather than raise them, at outset of Afghanistan and Iraq wars: At least 8%. Estimated amount of direct Afghanistan and Iraq war costs that the United States has debt financed as of 2020: $2 trillion. Estimated interest costs by 2050: Up to $6.5 trillion.”.
8. The Iraq War was about the Petro Dollar Scheme, The Afghanistan War as about stimulus for the Military Complex, and women were never a big factor in being in Afghanistan
The Iraq War wasn’t about Weapons of Mass Destruction, but it was about sustaining the Petro Dollar racket, i.e., all global oil transactions must be conducted in US Dollars (middleman strategy), meaning this racket helps to keep the US dollar as the premier currency and world reserve currency (you need US dollars on hand to make oil trades). Essentially you can’t do business in the lifeblood that runs the world, oil, i.e., “The Spice Must Flow” (Frank Herbert Dune quote), unless you convert to USD dollars first.
Saddam wanted to subvert this knowing his large oil reserves would be a hit to the US order, separate himself from the global economic order which the USA is the de-facto power, and this would have undercut the scheme. So, the Iraq War was all about propping up the Petro Dollar scheme. The oil interests where then handed over to oil companies of allies who support the racket largely because they have a deep interest in ensuring the American economy, the USD, and US bonds (such as Japan buying Treasuries for its pension program) are sustainable.
The Afghanistan War was mostly a Ponzi scheme and racket itself. An ill-planned nation-building strategy was applied for finding…one person, i.e., Osama Bin Laden, and the Taliban even offered to hand him over, but the Bush Administration turned this offer down, selling it to the American people as “We don’t negotiate with terrorists”, because he knew there was money to be made.
The Taliban didn’t attack the United States, but rather Osama Bin Laden and others, hailing from US ally Saudi Arabia did, and Osama was hiding out in Afghanistan. Take this analogy, when Carlos the Jackal was committing terror attacks and hiding out in Europe did the USA…bomb Europe? No. The Bush Administration needed Afghanistan to insert the idea of a Global War on Terrorism, when really the main prize was the Iraq War for the Petro Dollar scheme. Afghanistan was an ideological springboard for Iraq, the bigger prize.
Yet, since we were in Afghanistan, we ended up staying there for 20 years, but we applied a hard-to-win Nation-Building Counterinsurgency “Hearts and Mind” War against the Taliban, who had sympathies in the public and the US was seen as outsiders bringing danger to the people, such as if the Taliban saw Afghani farmers talking to Coalition forces, they could be retaliated against.
An unwinnable war without defined realistic objectives and actual investments in improvements of the lives of the people is a “money pit”, and that’s all the Afghanistan War was meant to be. It’s as if the US government handed over Atlantic City on the grounds of cleaning it up to the Mafia Five Families who control contractors, but the contractors do the minimum because they know the government will pay them, they can waste time to bill more labor costs, and in many cases, they conspire with the criminal elements already in the city, etc.
Afghanistan could be distilled as simply being a stimulus for the US economy where the defense sectors employ many Americans. So, Afghanistan was sort of like a stimulus booster shot for the US economy, that became even more important after the Wall Street created 2008 Global Financial Crisis (a reason why Obama did the troop surge during a Recession), more so than being a mission to install a functional democracy in the nation. The wealthiest Americans who are shareholders, defense contractors, etc., made 20 years of profits funded by US taxpayers via debt, but they also benefited from bailouts, an easy money Federal Reserve policy, and tax cuts from three US Presidents. That’s the main reasons why war-hawks on both sides wanted Biden to extend the Afghanistan withdrawal deadline. It wasn’t to “save the women of Afghanistan” (which is a travesty of their condition), but it was about money…ensuring contractors could bill as much as possible especially after the September 30th fiscal new year resets, Congress members with investments would get paid, etc. The US and its allies had 20 years to aggressively support women but likely feared antagonizing the patriarchal system of the people they claimed to be trying to help.
Women’s rights were a part of the equation and a great way to talk up Western Liberal ideals, but realistically women’s rights were always counterintuitive to the reality of many aspects of Afghan culture. Sure, you see historical photos of women in the past in mini-skirt and attending college, but this era was before the introduction of Islamic radicalism when Afghanistan was a monarchy and even when it was a Communist nation, so deconstructing Islamic radicalism after these political eras were already over was a very hard task amongst an ethnically diverse and poor population. What were we supposed to do as we left a war that needed to be left? Kidnap all the Afghanistan women so Afghanistan would be a Bacha Bazi “sausage fest” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacha_bazi) and use that as leverage over the Taliban?
Should we have created “all girls schools” on US military bases so when we finally withdrew, we could quickly fly them away to the West, possibly taking them from their families? Or were we supposed to stay, negotiate with the Taliban (which Trump did but Republicans would only allow this move because it was Trump, for example if Obama even tried to negotiate with the Taliban the GOP would have used that against him), and then try to include the Taliban into a functional government, which they would never accept because they’re religious first, and political when convenient, i.e., they would have never accepted any of the political parties, coalitions, the Northern Alliance of the Panjshir Valley, etc.
Revising policies and forms, such as AF Form 2030 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificates (or equal) and Standard Form 86 Background Investigation Questionnaire (or equal), relating to questions about cannabis use asked by the federal government (notably the Department of Defense, Office of Personnel Management, etc.) and its contractors.
Providing supporting arguments for how cannabis revenues are a force-multiplier that supports National Security.
Uncovering possible racial disparity in grants of Security Clearances.
Short Title: Revising forms relating to questions involving cannabis and how cannabis is a force-multiplier for National Security
Contractor in this letter is meant to be any business, corporation, self-proprietor, etc., who has received federal funds, thus creating a legal contract between contractor and government, to perform work, services, construction, and/or to provide equipment or materials to the Federal Government, and/or any business, corporation, self-proprietor, etc., who is a part of the Federal Procurement Data Systems (FPDS) and/or registered or having been registered in systems such as the Systems for Award Management (SAM.gov), Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Online Representations and Certification Application (ORCA), etc.
Marijuana or Cannabis (genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae) used throughout this letter are meant to be interchangeable but also include any other word or variant of Marijuana such as Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Salvia, CBD (Cannabidiol), Pot, Hemp, Hash, Hashish, Kief, Keef, Ganja, etc.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Images & Figures 1
Abstract & Highlights 2
Section I – Revising Forms and Policies Relating to Marijuana Questions, etc. 5
Section II – The State Argument, Increases in Cannabis Lobbying, Decreases in Prison Lobbying 10
Section III – Our Canadian Allies 12
Section IV – Veteran Support of Cannabis 13
Section V – Current Pro-Cannabis Legislation & Section 528 of the NDAA FY20 14
Section VI – Other Supporting Arguments (the right to not Self-Incriminate) 16
Section VII – Possible hypocrisies Section 16
Section VIII – Cannabis a Force Multiplier, National Guard Argument 19
Section IX – Welfare Argument 24
Section X – Ideas and Arguments Continued 24
24 Section XI – Race and Civil Rights 26
Images & Figures:
Figure 1 – AF Form 2030 Section II Question Relating to Marijuana ………………………. p. 6
Figure 2 – SF 86 Section 23 Question Relating to Marijuana……………………… …………p. 8
Figure 3 – Center for Responsive Politics estimates of Pro-Cannabis Lobbying Funds….…. p. 11
Figure 4 – Section 528 of the National Defense Reauthorization Act……………………….. p. 15
Figure 5 – Washington State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board Annual Fiscal Report (2019) ….. p. 21
Methodology: This paper uses a qualitative approach of searching various online sources for supporting facts, but also utilizes quantitative data pulled from publications, reports, etc.
Abstract & Highlights:
There is no value added in asking for use of marijuana not attached to criminal convictions such as on AF Force Form 2030 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificates (or equal across the Service Branches), relating to entry or re-entry into the Armed Services, seeking employment with a federal contractor (such as those attached to the Department of Defense), or when a recruit/employee/potential employee either of the federal government or a federal contractor is seeking a Security Clearance (Standard Form 86).
There might exist a disparity regarding rejection of Security Clearances between minorities and white federal employees, contractors, and military service members, relating to criminally charged marijuana offenses or admission of marijuana use not attached to criminal charges. White Americans report a higher lifetime use of marijuana, but black people make up a higher percentage of arrests cases (ACLU, 2020) and this disparity can lead to rejection of security clearances/loss of employment/rejection of employment, thus resulting in lower levels of minority representation, which thus violates the vision of the Civil Rights Act despite many states finding marijuana to be a commodity with economic, medicinal, and therapeutic properties. My claim is supported by a Department of the Air Force Inspector General (DAF IG) Report (December 2020), titled: Report of Inquiry (S8918P) -Independent Racial Disparity Review (No. S8918P).
Pro-Marijuana Lobbying Funding saw an estimated increase of 16,357.1% from 2011 to 2020, meaning supporting Pro-Marijuana policies is great for re-election campaigns.
According to Pew Research, Americans favor cannabis legalization at 67% (Daniller, 2019).
In states where marijuana is legal and taxed, these marijuana taxes might be funding the Total Force Structure of the United States military, thus making marijuana revenues a force multiplier for National Security, such as construction/infrastructure projects funded by state-accounts or social programs (e.g., educational programs which produce component recruits or officers, facilities used by Active Duty Troops utilizing Tuition Assistance, or educational facilities which house Reserve Officer Training Corps, i.e., ROTC units), which directly & indirectly supports the overall Department of Defense. State National Guard Units are de-facto a part of the federal military due to the Montgomery Amendment, because of Perpich v. Department of Defense, 496 U.S. 334 (1990). Taxation of state legal cannabis is having a positive economic and social effect on the military despite the military’s antiquated stance on marijuana.
Marijuana offers the potential to be a positive external variable towards force multiplication that can help pay for military equipment, etc., where force multiplication is defined in Joint Publication (JP) 3-05.1 (published 26 April 2007) as a capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force, and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment (p. 394).
US States such as Washington State collected a total of $395.5 million in legal marijuana income and license fees in fiscal year 2019 up from 2018 numbers (Washington State Treasury, 2020). California has possibly generated $1 Billion since January 2018 (Staggs, 2020). Wall Street analysts estimate cannabis could become an $85 billion industry by 2030 (Business Insider Prime, 2020).
When thinking about aircraft for example when compared to Washington State’s 2019 fiscal year cannabis revenues of $395.5 million.
The F-35A by Lockheed Martin – the most common variant of the weapon system – has/will have a cost of $82.4 million in 2020, $79.17 million in 2021 and $77.9 million in 2022 (Stone, 2019). Dividing WA State Marijuana Revenues by the F-35A cost, we get 4.79 aircraft (FY20), 4.89 aircraft (FY21), and 5.07 aircraft (FY22). In other words, 4 aircraft with $65.1 Million remaining FY20 (.79 or 79% of 1 aircraft cost is the remaining value), 4 aircraft with $73.36 Million remaining in FY21 (.89 or 89% of 1 aircraft cost is the remaining value), 5 aircraft with $5.54 Million remaining in FY22 (.07 or 7% 1 aircraft cost is the remaining value). That is 13 theoretical F-35A aircraft, or (1) F-35A squadron (12 aircraft is a squadron) plus one funded by marijuana tax revenues. Total residual (remaining) balance across the three fiscal years is $144 Million ($48 Million per year), which can lead to additional aircraft purchases, spare part Purchase Orders, sustainment contracts, calibration/maintenance, fueling, training, etc. Granted this is theoretical since most of the marijuana tax revenues goes to education, public health, law enforcement (ironic), etc. However, it is possible that marijuana tax revenue can support the military mission, particularly with Federal Fiscal concerns relating to the debt ceiling, risk of sequestration (government shutdowns, compensation payments to contractors), etc. Essentially the states raising revenue from marijuana for the public good is a cost savings to the Federal government since the states might ask for less money from agencies such as the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, etc.
Interestingly, according to Losey (2020) of the Air Force Times, the State of Oregon where marijuana is fully legal, two bases in Oregon — Kingsley Field and Portland Air National Guard Base — will be among the first to host the F-15EX, the updated and upgraded version of the Strike Eagle now under production. Losey (2020) also states that Jacksonville Air National Guard Base in Florida will receive the F-35A in 2024, the guard said in an Aug. 14 release (end quote). Florida has decriminalized marijuana for medicinal purposes.
There is no substantial evidence that use of marijuana makes it harder for military recruits or people wishing re-entry into the Armed Forces from learning their job specialty, nor is there any evidence proving that use of marijuana not connected with criminal charges or connected with criminal charges possess a security risk, since moderate or casual alcohol use has no proof of increasing security risks. Troops are tested at MEPs, randomly tested while serving, and in lockdown during Basic Military Training.
Waivers for Marijuana use not attached to criminal convictions should not be needed and the requirement for waivers connected to criminal charges tied to marijuana use, should be loosened, especially if a member with charges was charged in a state where marijuana is now legal.
Many states including our largest states have legal marijuana, and these states hold strong Electoral College and Popular Vote power.
Forward: I understand that making bills is not an easy task, but the idea which I am presenting and arguing for in this letter/paper, I feel should follow the strategy of the successful passage of Section 528 within the current year National Defense Authorization Act (in which I feel Section 528 does not do enough but it is a great step in the right direction). I understand that bills must be drafted, be recommended to committees, may require Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimates, be voted for upon the floor, and then be passed by the United Senates before signature by the President (although, if he or she doesn’t sign within 10 days of receipt and Congress does not “sine die”, i.e., for good, adjourn prior to the 10-day limit, the bill becomes law, alleviating the “pocket veto” scenario, i.e., the bill was on his or her desk, while Congress was open, thus the bill becomes law after 10 days). However, I do know that certain sections of laws do not seem to require as much groundwork to be inserted into legislation.
Also, with soon-to-be out of office, President Donald J. Trump, vetoing the upcoming NDAA, this might be a convenient time to insert my idea. If not, my idea could also influence an Executive Order of the upcoming Biden Harris Administration while the legislative process works itself out. Yet, with the Supreme Court majority conservative, the time to act is now. Yet, I think I have a good idea and make decent arguments. For example, marijuana is a cash commodity that helps states generate tax revenues which goes to public works, education, law enforcement, etc., and in direct and indirect ways, legal marijuana tax revenues are supporting the Total Force Structure of the US Department of Defense (Federal Force, State National Guard, etc.). Further, since our laws create disparity among the races and ethnicities of the United States, I feel that the current federal criminalization of marijuana has led to increased administrative burdens since waivers are required for military entry/re-entry, but also possible disparities in the granting of Security Clearances.
Disclaimer: I respect you. I respect our country. I respect authority. I respect the military. Yet, I also consider myself a Progressive. I am a Progressive Veteran and Patriot. I support unwavering defense for the USA and its allies, but I believe in progressive social policy, inclusion, diversity, and welfare that enables people to have a fair shot. So, nothing in this is letter/paper is intended to be perceived as a personal attack to you at all.
Purpose: I am writing you this letter to offer what I consider is a good idea which should be easy to pass until more legislation on progressive policies on marijuana are passed or an Executive Order reflecting pro-marijuana policies is signed by the President. My idea is inspired to (A) continue to support our Government and its Armed Forces (and its prime contractors) by ensuring we have a large selection pool of diverse people with a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy concerning marijuana use not attached to criminal convictions for new recruits, members who wish to seek re-entry to the Armed forces, or external/internal applicants of federal contractors, thus not requiring waivers and not requiring admissions of use not attached to criminal charges on Federal Background Checks, (B) to reform recruiting/hiring policies relating to marijuana use not attached to criminal charges, (C) to show how marijuana tax revenues are a force multiplier that helps National Defense and Security, and (D) to hopefully raise the current minimum in Section 528 of the current NDAA so that more than one criminal charge for marijuana use isn’t a disqualifier for entry or re-entry into the Armed Services.
Section I – Revising Forms and Policies Relating to Marijuana Questions on the SF86, etc. I feel that Congress should pass an amendment or bill, or, the Executive Branch should sign an Executive Order until legislation is signed (or bring back Coles Memo of the Obama Administration with new caveats based on points I am presenting), which will revise military forms, e.g., Air Force Form 2030 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificate (and any equivalent forms among military Sister Branches, including the United States Coast Guard which falls under Homeland Security, the U.S Merchant Marines under the Department of the Navy & Department of Transportation, etc.); revise questionnaires regarding questions asking about marijuana use not attached to criminal convictions; revise recruiting questions regarding marijuana use not attached to criminal convictions that are given either verbally, electronically, and/or written either by contractors working for recruiters, i.e., call center personnel, or actual recruiters/volunteer recruiters of the Armed Services, and revise questions asked on SF86 Background Investigation Questionnaires OMB No. 32006 0005 (or equal), so that only criminal convictions relating to marijuana is asked rather than the current policy of simply asking for “use”.
As you can see above in AF Form 2030, AF Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificate, Section II, the question asks for “use not attached to criminal charges”, but instead states, “have you ever used or experimented with marijuana?”, yet, it has a caveat stating, “prior marijuana use is not a disqualifying for enlistment or appointment, unless you are determined to be a chronic user or psychologically dependent….”, and further it states, “Preservice marijuana use may render you ineligible for certain skills.”.
The question should be revised to only state, “Do you have any criminal convictions related to marijuana, please do not state use not attached to documented criminal charges.”, and there should be special instructions for recruits who are from/have lived in States or municipalities where marijuana is legal and/or decriminalized.
Further, it states a person can be disqualified if determined to be a chronic user or psychologically dependent, which to me seems subjective, because how the Air Force determines this is not stated in the form; studies to determine if marijuana is an addictive substance that is somehow worst than legal Schedule II or III drugs are debatable or non-existent due to federal restrictions on further studies; many States have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes (some of our largest states as far as population, Electoral College Power, economic output, etc.), and most Americans favor cannabis legalization at 67% (Daniller, 2019) meaning the general public deems marijuana to be acceptable.
Further, the statement “Preservice marijuana use may render your ineligible for certain skills”, is an “interesting” statement to put into the form. This question seems to dissuade recruits and seems to state that the Department of Defense is not entirely confident in its abilities to reshape and reform individuals who come from diverse backgrounds, unique life situations, etc. Even if there are limited peer-reviewed studies relating to the effects of chronic marijuana use which might insinuate fractions of a percentage loss in IQ levels, the thing is that the military requires aptitude testing prior to even going to MEPS (Medical Examination Processing Stations) and Basic Training such as the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), Officer Aptitude Rating Test (OAR Test) of the US Marine Corps, US Navy, and United States Coast Guard, or the AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualification Test). Thus, cannabis use – not attached to criminal charges or attached to charges – cannot realistically be used to disqualify a person from a certain job specialty when the military gauges mental competency with the ASVAB (or equivalent), and even if the military were to make the argument that cannabis has long-term detrimental cognitive side-effects, the Federal Government has limited the possibilities of expanded research, and the same arguments could be made for environment, educational funding, poverty, income level, etc. Yet, we rightfully do not disqualify candidates because of economic origins, income levels, if they were born in an area with underfunded schools, etc.
When a recruit attends Basic Military Training (BMT), Basic Combat Training (BCT), Officer Candidate School (OCS), Officer Training School (OTS), or equivalent, recruits are often not learning any skills related to their future job skill or specialty. Rather, they are undergoing intensive physical training and learning basic military culture and protocol.
According to Military.com (2019), the timespans of military trainings are 9 weeks (2 months and 1 week) for the US Army, 10 weeks for the US Air Force (it was 8 weeks but an additional 2 weeks were added on), the US Navy is 8 Weeks (technically 7 weeks but it includes an additional week, typically referred to in military culture as Zero Week), the US Marine Corps is 12 Weeks (3 months, not including 4-days of in-processing time), and the US Coast Guard is 7.5 Weeks (a little less than 2 months).
These training times do not include the date a recruit or candidate seeking entry goes to MEPS (Military Examination Processing Station) and travels to Basic Military Training (or equal), etc. So, for 2-months to 3-months, plus the time from MEPS to Training, the recruit is not learning a skill attached to their MOS (Military Occupational Specialty Code) for the US Army and US Marine Corps, AFSC (Air Force Specialty Code) for the United States Air Force or Space Force, or Job Category as Listed in Rating Systems in the case of the US Navy or US Coast Guard.
Basic Military Training (or equal) is effectively a time for rehabilitation and to insinuate that use of marijuana not attached to criminal charges or even attached to criminal charges, especially when recruits are tested for aptitude prior to going to Basic Training, will somehow make a recruit ineligible for a skill is debatable, and it is on the Service Branches to justify with evidence and proof of such a claim. The statement provided in the AF Form 2030 (or equal) seems highly subjective, judgmental, biased, and grandfathered into the present day. For example, the stigma around marijuana is being dictated by older people in higher ranks, e.g., roughly 30% in 1989 supported legal cannabis versus 67% support for legal cannabis in 2019 (Daniller, 2019), in which marijuana was demonized or turned into a drug of caricature, i.e., Cheech and Chong culture, Dazed and Confused imagery, etc. Further, there could possibly be a sense of generational disdain or envy considering older generations who typically see younger generations as “weaker”, might simply be barring access to entry because of their own personal beliefs/experiences which are not backed by science, facts, and the current political realities of the day, but rather propaganda attached to political agendas. While in BMT, I can attest that I did not drink caffeine (which is a stimulant with addictive properties, and is a Schedule III drug that is common for workers, troops, etc., to assist with job performance, studying, etc.), had little to no sugar (no Gatorade, juice, etc.), was forbade from tobacco, etc. BMT was a total mind and body restructuring, so to assume that previous marijuana use either attached or not attached to criminal charges, somehow makes a person ineligible for entry and unable to learn a job specialty is highly debatable. Our Canadian allies permit marijuana use with pilots included (Burns, 2018). I am not saying that US troops should be smoking marijuana (until policy can change after laws are reformed), but forms such as the AF Form 2030 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificate need to be reformed based on the logic I am presenting.
Above you can see the question within the Standard Form 86 (SF86) which is the Federal Background Check or Investigation Questionnaire, which can be found online at (https://nbib.opm.gov/e-qip-background-investigations/) and this form is used for granting Security Clearances. Since marijuana (cannabis) is legal and/or decriminalized in many states, cities, municipalities, and even allied nations to the United States, asking for “use not attached to criminal charges” has no value.
For example, what about Canadian troops (our allies going back as far as the World Wars in which Canada under Major General Rod Keller bravely sacrificed themselves at Juno Beach to achieve Allied objectives at Normandy) who are currently permitted to use marijuana (which is good policy in my opinion), happened to work on a Joint Force effort with the United States, but they require a Security Clearances and Canada defends the sovereign rights of its own citizens?
Regardless, what is one really gaining from knowing a person has used marijuana, especially when it is not attached to criminal charges? Criminally charged use of marijuana might help make better Security Clearance determinations, for any array of reasons (which in themselves could be argued as debatable), because it could insinuate a problem with law enforcement or criminal activity with a gang (which in many communities people are forced to be in as a means of surviving), but if there is no recorded criminal use for marijuana, which restated is legal in many places (some of the most economically powerful places in the United States who also have strong military/federal presences), then this question has no value. I can understand keeping the other drugs on the questionnaire (until policy reform occurs), yet, for marijuana which is helping to fund the public good (education, infrastructure, law enforcement, etc.), it is time to reform or remove this question. There is no proof to my knowledge of someone smoking marijuana becoming a security risk, no different than legal alcohol used moderately as not posing a risk. A Myers-Briggs personality test might have better insight as to whether a person “will spill the beans”, rather than asking for use of a substance that many states find to be acceptable.
Powell (2020) of the Harvard Gazette interviewed Kevin Hill, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and regarding marijuana (cannabis), he stated, “It’s less addictive than alcohol, less addictive than opioids, but just because it’s less addictive doesn’t mean that it’s not addictive.” Further. Dr. Hill in the Powell (2020) interview in the Harvard Gazette stated, “Schedule 1 really means two things. Number one, does it have addictive potential? Cannabis does, clearly. But it also means that there is no medical value. I think you are hard-pressed at this point to say that cannabis and cannabinoids have no medical value. So, I do not think it should be a Schedule 1 substance and changing that really would make it a lot easier to study. Funding is a bigger barrier.”
Further, a question asking for marijuana use not attached to criminal charges, especially when many states – some of our most economically dynamic states and largest as far as population – deem marijuana to be legal and socially acceptable, when the Department of Defense, Office of Personnel Management, etc., asks a person about use not attached to criminal charges, yet, makes determinations about a person which insinuates they are possibly a criminal, this seems a violation of Constitutional Rights of a person. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution allows people to not self-incriminate themselves and further parts of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) has similar protections, so asking for use of marijuana not attached to criminal charges, especially when a person who is seeking entry into the military (when they will be tested anyways at MEPs and randomly and/or routinely while in service), re-entry into the military, or seeking employment with a federal contractor (especially if the position requires a Security Clearance), seems a casual violation of a person’s privacy and their ability to not self-incriminate under The United States Constitution. I repeat this is only for marijuana because the many of the States have expressed legality of the drug.
I am only saying marijuana largely since as a nation founded on federalism (a balance between centralized and decentralized authorities, i.e., the Federal Government and States), which is a reason why we have Representatives and Senators, marijuana is fully legal (decriminalized) in more than a dozen states and growing. Currently only six (6) states have marijuana as fully illegal (criminalized), i.e., only 12% of the States. According to DISA Global Solutions (2020), fifteen (15) states (and the District of Columbia where our laws are created & the where the Pentagon is housed) have full decriminalization for recreational and medicinal use (end quote). Guam and the Northern Marina Islands also have full legalization for recreational use. Additionally, out of these 15 states, California has 55 Electoral College votes, New York has 29 Electoral College Votes, Illinois has 20 Electoral College Votes, Michigan has 16 Electoral College Votes, and states such as Nevada and Arizona helped to swing the 2020 Presidential Election, insinuating the momentum for marijuana legalization is gaining more traction.
Even the states with mixed approaches such as Pennsylvania (20 Electoral College Votes) and even the conservative-leaning state of Georgia (16 Electoral College Votes. Note: The City of Atlanta decriminalized under one ounce of cannabis, Source: Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers, n.d.) are playing a major role in current 2020 politics, with Georgia going so far as resulting in two Congressional Senate Run-Off elections, meaning in the case of The State of Georgia (an agricultural state), that voting for conservative anti-marijuana politicians is no longer a given, i.e., times are changing. Many of these states are the largest economies of our nation and they hold most of the electoral college votes and provide the bulk of the popular vote due to population, e.g., California (39,512,223 people est.), Florida (21,477,737 people est.), New York (19,453,561 people est.), Illinois (12,671,821 people est.), etc. Thus, the politicians who support marijuana reform, have a higher chance of re-election for a multitude of reasons.
In 2011 according to the Center for Responsive Politics (2020), pro-cannabis lobbying was only a marginal $35,000.00 USD but in 2020 it was estimated the total of pro-cannabis lobbying investments increased to $5,760,000.00 USD, which is a 16,357.1% increase. When compared to lobbying funds for controversial private prisons, according to Center for Responsive Politics (2020), in 2019 total spend was estimated at $4.3 Million and $3.2 Million in 2020. CoreCivic Group contributed $1,310,000.00, GEO Group contributed $1,100,000 etc., to politicians for private prisons (Center for Responsive Politics, 2020). In these Center for Responsive Politics (2020) findings, 19 out of 20 reported politicians (Donald Trump included as well as Georgia Senator David Perdue who is facing a Senate run-off election race) accepted funds from private prisons. 19 politicians were Republicans with only 1 being Democrat (from the State of Texas).
Despite the unfortunate existence of private prisons, the 2020 estimated lobbying donations for this industry amount to $3.2 Million which is 44% less than the $5.76 Million that went to the cannabis industry in 2020. This means that it is less lucrative to take money from an industry (prisons) which tries to further enrich itself by arresting/fining people (resulting in loss of employment, displacement, increased risks of disease and STD transmission, strain on single parents, and inflated costs in poorly audited and administered contracts), than it is to support a growing industry of marijuana which produces jobs, taxes, reduces black market crime, etc. Supporting marijuana is pragmatic, progressive and realist politics.
My idea can be quite simple to do and have bipartisan support, e.g., leveraging Republican support from former House Speaker and House Minority Leader John Boehner, who currently is chair of the National Cannabis Roundtable, an organization which spent $428,000 on pro-cannabis lobbying efforts in Fiscal Year 2020 (Center for Responsive Politics, 2020.). Also, there is former Republican Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld who sits on Acreage Holding’s board with John Boehner which is a marijuana investment company which has helped create jobs in Flint, Michigan, according to Breana Noble, Detroit Times (2018). Current Republicans in Congress who supported cannabis legalization are Matt Gaetz (Fla.) — the only GOP co-sponsor on the MORE Act —, Denver Riggleman (Va.) who stated he voted for it because his brother was jailed for a marijuana offense, Don Young (Alaska), Tom McClintock (Calif.) and Brian Mast (Fla.) according to Julie-Grace Brufke (2020) of The Hill. There are also more Republicans as well (see page 17, para 2).
Further, our neighbor to the North in Canada, which is a NATO (North American Treaty Organization), NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), Five Eyes Partner (intelligence gathering) and AFNORTH/USNORTHCOM member, has full legalization of cannabis across the board and Canadian cannabis firms can be sold on stock exchanges such as Toronto Stock Exchange (which can be sold legally in the United States on exchanges such as E-Trade, owned by Morgan Stanley, by way of the Over-the-Counter Market). On October 17, 2018, Canada passed Bill C-45, which made recreational use of marijuana (cannabis) totally legal (Kestler-D’Amours, 2018). Relating to passage of Canada’s Bill C-45, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau established a Task Force to pave the way for cannabis legalization and used US States such as Colorado and Washington State as a model (Kestler-D’Amours, 2018).
Think about that, Canada, our military ally, a member of the prestigious NATO Alliance, legalized weed by basing their policy on Washington State and Colorado’s pro-cannabis policies, and these US States have a strong military presence ranging from Joint Base Fort Lewis – McChord (JBLM); Camp Murray National Guard Center; Fairchild Air Force Base; Everett Naval Base; Naval Air Station Whidbey Island; Bremerton Naval Base and Submarine Base; the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS); Fort Carson; Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station; Peterson Air Force Base (Home to the US Space Command, i.e., the predecessor of the newly created United States Space Force); Schriever Air Force Base and Buckley Air Force Base.
Relating to Peterson-Schriever Garrison (P-S GAR) in Colorado (where cannabis is legal), the United States Space Command (formerly the United States Air Force Space Command) operates Geographically Separated Units (GSUs) such as New Boston Air (Space) Force Station in New Hampshire (where cannabis is decriminalized); Cape Code Air (Space) Force Station (where in Massachusetts, cannabis is fully legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes); Kaena Point Air (Space) Force Station (where in Hawaii marijuana is decriminalized in a mixed approach); Clear Air (Space) Force Station (where in Alaska, marijuana is fully decriminalized) [Clear Air Force (Space) Station also houses Royal Canadian Air Force Units, where Canadian forces are legally allowed to use marijuana], and Cavalier Air (Space) Force Station (where in North Dakota, cannabis is decriminalized and able to be used for medicinal purposes), etc.
Burns (2018) wrote an article about how the Government of Canada (or, Gouvernement du Canada in French) issued a directive, Defence (the British/Canadian spelling) Administrative Orders and Directives (DAOD) – 9000, which permits Canadian military service members to use marijuana, i.e., cannabis. Under the new policy, members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will be prohibited from using recreational cannabis within eight hours of a duty shift, and within 24 hours of work that involves operating weapons or vehicles (Burns, 2018). Cannabis use will additionally be barred within 28 days of duty that includes service on a military aircraft, operation in a hyperbaric environment, or high-altitude parachuting (Burns, 2018). Somewhat understandably, service members will not be allowed to use recreational cannabis during work hours or carry it with them on international operations, either (Burns, 2018). Effectively, Canadian troops are safely allowed to use marijuana within the time stipulations listed above but most likely in the safe zone while on leave or Rest and Relaxation (R&R), so they do not violate the time minimums listed above.
According to the Veterans Cannabis Project (n.d.), 34 States Allow Medical Marijuana, 83% of Veterans support Medical Marijuana Programs, yet 0% of Veteran Administration facilities provide medical cannabis (though HR712 or the separate MORE Act might and should correct this fact).
Further, According to DiGiovanni (2018) decorated veterans are supporting the legalization of marijuana efforts such as retired Lieutenant Colonel Todd Scattini, i.e., The Hemp Colonel, who is a United States West Point Academy graduate, and is the current CEO of Harvest 360 and the European representative of CW Hemp. According to the article by the DiGiovanni (2018) on the Veterans Cannabis Project’s website, Scattini served in combat arms roles, including Tank & Scout platoon leader and Cavalry troop commander. His language skills and passion for foreign service led to positions overseas, including at the US Embassies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia (DiGiovanni, 2018). But it was his assignment in 2011, as a senior advisor to the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, that opened his eyes to the both the opportunity of hemp and the healing power of medical cannabis (DiGiovanni, 2018).
Current pro-cannabis legalization laws of recent that I have read into are the SAFE Banking Act (S. 1200), sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), which strives to improve safety for cannabis businesses, employees, and consumers by prohibiting a federal banking regulator from penalizing a depository institution for providing banking services to a legitimate marijuana-related business (Status: Senate – 04/11/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs); Small Business Tax Equity Act (H.R.1118 & S.422), sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) which would allow compliant, tax-paying cannabis businesses to deduct normal business expenses and access tax credits that are available to other lawful businesses (Status: Senate – 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance); Marijuana Justice Act(S. 597 & H.R. 1456), sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee (D-California-13th District) strives to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and expunging the convictions of those who have served federal time for marijuana use and possession offenses (Status: House – 04/08/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security); Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades (RESPECT) Resolution (H.Res.163), sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee (D-California-13th District), offers best practices and recommended steps for states and localities to reduce financial barriers to entry relating to cannabis businesses, eliminate constrained licensing frameworks that perpetuate disadvantages relating to cannabis businesses, encourages automated expungement and resentencing for prior cannabis offenses (Status: House – 03/25/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security); Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act(H.R. 3884. S. 2227), sponsored by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10th District), is bipartisan legislation that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus decriminalizing the substance at the federal level and enabling states to set their own policies (Status: Senate – 12/07/2020 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance), and HR712 VA (Veterans Administration) Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019, sponsored by Representative Luis J. Correa (D-CA-46th District) which would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a clinical trial of the effects of cannabis on certain health outcomes of adults with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes (Status: House – 03/12/2020 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote).
Relating to H.R. 712, the Congressional Budget Office as ordered by the House Committee on Veteran Affairs on March 12, 2020 (The United States Congress, n.d.), issued a Cost Estimate by Ann E. Futrell on April 13, 2020. On February 1, 2019, VA began a 5-year research study at its medical center in San Diego, California, to evaluate effects of the use of medical cannabis among 136 participants with PTSD and other health conditions (Futrell, 2020). The department plans to spend $1 million to conduct the study (Futrell, 2020). CBO expects that trial would satisfy the bill’s requirement for research. Satisfying the reporting requirement would cost less than $500,000 over the 2020-2025 period, CBO estimates (Futrell, 2020). That spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds (Futrell, 2020). Ms. Futrell’s Cost Estimate was reviewed by Leo Lex, Deputy Director of Budget Analysis.
Further, we have 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Sec. 528. Reenlistment waivers for persons separated from the Armed Forces who commit one misdemeanor cannabis offense. This is a step in the right direction, but it does not go far enough, yet, what I am arguing in this paper is for the federal government (and its contractors) to not ask about use not attached to federal charges, but also, the minimum threshold as specified in Section 528 must be raised considering the relationship of states to the federal government.
Section 528 which was helped passed by House Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona’s 7th Congressional District (a US Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq) is great and a proper step forward, yet I feel it doesn’t go far enough (e.g., a misdemeanor can be very marginal), because the military (and its contractors where workers often have to do SF 86 Background Investigation Questionnaires) are still asking if new recruits, former military members who wish to rejoin, or applicants for employment with federal contracts, if they have used marijuana even if it is not attached to any criminal conviction. It seems the military’s forms such AF Form 2030 or equal (and Standard Form 86 or any other agency equivalent) are still asking these statements to new recruits/members who seek re-entry, employees of federal contractors. Regarding, the military it is still requiring waivers (or possible rejections of clearances relating to contractors or troops).
Based on my ideas and evidence presented so far, the military/federal government should not be asking for marijuana use that is not attached to criminal charges, largely (but not limited to the fact) that Section 528 of the FY20 NDAA, it only speaks to convictions by a court of a competent jurisdiction. Considering that the Office of Personnel Management via its e-QIP System which does background checks for the government and its contractors, I feel the question on the SF 86 relating to marijuana use not relating to criminally convicted charges in courts of competent jurisdiction should be removed from the questionnaire since its relevance is waning. Further, people who do have criminal convictions relating to marijuana such a possession should not fear having a clearance revoked.
There does not seem to be coherent and publicly published logic that is readily available to the public and published in a way which is palpable for the general public to understand that details how the OPM or equivalent makes it security clearance determinations, thus preventing the person who may have had their clearances revoked or employment terminated, from having all the cognizant facts to utilize their constitutional right to challenge such determinations, e.g., obtain legal representation, appeal, etc.
Further, since the vast array of questions on Background Checks can incidentally lead to subjective determinations, many good people have possibly suffered simply because of human bias which is not an exceptional look for the Federal Government; however, I am sure investigators do their jobs to the best of their abilities. For example, if a highly paid non-elected GS Civil Servant has had three DUIs, missed alimony payments, has domestic dispute charges, has had frequent travel outside of the United States, and has a higher debt-to-asset ratio (insinuating higher risk of financial default, i.e., bankruptcy), but they get to keep their job and/or get a Security Clearance. Why should a person, such as a recently college graduate, person who has been seeking employment, person from an underrepresented group and/or low-income area, or your average worker have to admit use of marijuana use not attached to criminal charges, when stating use not attached to criminal convictions, could possibly result in getting a Security Clearance revoked, which could mean loss of employment, having to seek another internal opportunity, increased unemployment insurance registration, destitution, falling behind on bills, etc.?
That is why the SF86 must be reformed. SF86 questions relating to marijuana should be changed to only ask about cannabis use for convicted charges, yet, convicted charges should not be a barrier to employment or gaining a clearance, due to 1) the general shift of perception within the public that supports legalization of cannabis, 2) there is no proof that marijuana/cannabis use leads to any sort of Security Breaches, 3) many States where it is legal have a strong federal employment and military presence, etc.I am not saying the Federal Agencies including the Department of Defense or its contractors cannot test for marijuana (until policy shifts), but rather asking for use not attached to criminal charges does not provide any value.
To reiterate, my idea is that the Department of Defense, Office of Personnel Management (who manages the SF86 Screening Process), or any other agency, or contractor to the federal government, can only ask for use for marijuana related to criminal offenses, and not just “use”. Further, recruiters, contractors who work with recruiters (such as call center staff), and the Human Resource Departments of federal contractors should be educated that they legally can only ask for criminally charged marijuana convictions and not simple use, and any statement made voluntarily of use, either in the past or present, that is not attached to a criminal conviction cannot be used against a military recruit, person who wishes to re-enter the military, or applicant to the federal government or its contractors. Further, if a person has had their record cleared, sometimes charges can still show up on background checks and such charges should not be asked for either.
Once a law, amendment to a law (or revision that expands upon Section 528), or Executive Order based on my idea is approved, I also feel it should be retroactively applied to anyone who was rejected for entry or re-entry into the military (or disqualified for a Security Clearance), or disbarred from employment either as federal civil servant or contractor, so when they try again, they do not have to say anything about use not attached to criminal convictions (even if they admitted on a previous government form), and if even they do admit use voluntarily, it does not matter, because…the military (or employer) will test you regardless upon entry or re-entry and while serving (or working) [until policy changes such as full legalization of cannabis]. It as if it did not happen.
Relating to military recruitment, there should be no requirement of a military waiver for marijuana use not attached to criminal charges and any waivers that are on record for people who admitted marijuana use not attached to criminal charges before active duty or even after active duty who wish to rejoin (regardless if they used within the inactive portion of their Military Service Obligation which aligns to Section 528 of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act, considering the section insinuates that waivers are only needed for “active duty”, i.e., not “inactive duty”), should be expunged immediately.
I added on, “within the inactive portion of their Military Service Obligation” is because once a person separates from active-duty service, they are not getting active-duty benefits, they typically fall under Non-Participating Inactive Reserve Status which is effectively back to Selective Service status of the general public, they receive no BAH (Housing Allowance) from the military, no BAS (Sustenance or Food Allowance) from the military, no uniform stipend from the military, perform no military Physical Tests (PT) or Fitness Tests, likely do not receive Tri-Care Health Insurance from the military, and most fall under the jurisdiction of the Veterans Administration, i.e., once you start drawing Veteran Benefits you can’t receive active-duty benefits.
Further, my idea is good, because The United States only has roughly 300 to 330 Million people; however, we have vast responsibilities covering the globe spanning Eurasia, Eastern Europe, the South China Sea, etc., where our adversaries have populations of 1 Billion and that is not including their own allies. So, to limit the candidate pool because of stigma over something that many states deem to be acceptable, same as many people serving in Congress find it to be acceptable, is simply bad policy of an antiquated time that has systemically embedded itself into negative stereotypes, mass arrests, ruined lives, administrative burdens, and ruined futures, etc.
I see no value to the military (Department of Defense), federal contractors, or the taxpayers who fund the military in asking military recruits, people who wish to seek re-entry into the military, civilian federal employees, or employees of federal contractors, if they have used marijuana, especially if it not attached to any recorded criminal conviction.
For now, the military should only care about criminal charges relating to marijuana – until Congress can reschedule cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act and/or pass legislation such as the MORE Act or equivalent – since criminal charges could possibly create liability issues, e.g., possible outstanding warrants. Criminal convictions pose more of a constraint on logistics and planning for the military, e.g., dates in which recruits can go to Basic Military Training, Officer Training/Candidate School, etc. However, even criminal convictions do not disqualify a person from service (which is good since the military can reshape lives), but simply asking for use without any criminal record has no value and should require no waiver.
Think of it as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” regarding Marijuana use for initial entry or re-entry into the Armed Forces (or even relating to Security Clearances for troops and contractors). “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was acceptable for decades, but we finally progressed passed that, and now it is time for marijuana, which is a commodity which is traded on stock market via the Over-the-Counter Market which is readily available on commercial exchanges such as E-Trade (owned my Morgan Stanley), taxed by states, creates jobs, reduces black-market crime and trafficking, and was legal for most of our nation’s history. In other words, The Founding Fathers and Revolutionaries had more leeway than people in 2020.
According to Booker (2018) of NPR (National Public Radio), “For the first time in what historians say could be centuries, hemp has been grown and harvested at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic estate. In the 1760s, Washington predicted that hemp could be a more profitable crop than tobacco and grew it across his farm. At the time, hemp was abundant in Virginia and elsewhere in the U.S. This summer, horticulturists at Mount Vernon partnered with the University of Virginia and planted hemp once again. “To bring this crop back it just really helps complete our agricultural story,” says Dean Norton, the director of horticulture at the estate. The push to bring back hemp came from a Charlottesville, Va., farmer, Brian Walden, who considers himself a “hemp patriot.””.
Regarding that fact about Mount Vernon, Virginia, i.e., George and Martha Washington’s estate, Mount Vernon is registered with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, U.S. National Historic Landmarks, and Virginia Landmarks Register. The U.S. National Register of Historic Places is operated by the National Park Service which falls under the Department of Interior, giving further support to the fact that Federal Government does support the growth of marijuana, which in this case, has historical basis considering cannabis was legal for most of the United States’ history.
It is… useless to ask for “use” of marijuana. The military should care for criminal convictions (which is debatable in itself) for cannabis (until the United States reschedules cannabis) because A) the military should only care for use while in Active Status – emphasis on active status – due to readiness, investment, troops get paid, etc., B) the military test randomly all the time such as at MEPS and during active service C) asking for use not tied to criminal convictions encourages people to shy away from the military, and D) the trend of legalization is already here in which many states have full decriminalization for recreational and medicinal use.
For example, if a person lives or has lived in a state, city, locality, municipality, etc., where cannabis (marijuana) is legal and/or decriminalized, but they end up wanting to serve the United States in the military or as a civil servant or contractor, or a former member wants to come back and serve some more, why would a person need a waiver or be asked about “use not attached to criminal convictions”, especially when many states say it is legal and these states contribute to the Total Force Structure of the Department of Defense via the National Guard?
Part of the military is state driven; thus, part of the military is de-facto sovereign (despite the controversial Montgomery Amendment) where the State Governor is Commander-in-Chief (unless under federal orders). Many states with these National Guard Units are fine with marijuana thus meaning the Commander-in-Chief is fine with marijuana; taxes from marijuana might be directly and indirectly funding National Guard units such as roads, air strips, utilities, etc.; state marijuana tax revenues free up federal funds (less money states request from the federal government), and marijuana taxes fund social programs such as education. State marijuana tax revenues thus supports the overall Total Force Structure of the Department of Defense in direct and indirect ways.
States that tax marijuana and distribute funds throughout their state support the Total Force Structure of the military both federally and at the state level (National Guard). Many states with legal marijuana use that money to fund educational programs such as colleges which house ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) units. Since marijuana tax revenue is going to education, this possibly increases the cognitive competencies of workers and potential recruits or service-member who wish to seek re-entry.
A state might fund a community college system with marijuana tax revenues (or, by other means enabled by diverting funds from elsewhere only made possible by marijuana taxes), but a troop using Tuition Assistance might be taking classes at that facility.
A state library system might be sharing resources with a military base library.
A State University system by expanding construction projects produces direct benefits for ROTC units, such expanded fitness facilities, classrooms, etc.
Further, marijuana tax revenue is going to fund law enforcement in these states and local law enforcement works in unison with the military and Military Police when it comes to legal matters such as responding to emergencies. In addition, marijuana tax revenue is going towards public health efforts which also helps to protect the military, civil servants, and workers for federal contractors. Public Health has always been a concern of the military going back as far as the military educating troops about diseases such as a Syphilis during the World Wars. By states increasing public health funding, enabling testing services, providing contraception, tracking viral outbreaks, offering clean needle exchanges, providing family planning services, etc., this provides an extra level of protection to service members, civil servants, and federal contractors.
Further, many Air National Guard Units are cohabiting with civilian airports which are used as runways, and I am confident that tax revenues from marijuana is helping to fund infrastructure which supports the State National Guard Units but also upstream to the Federal forces of the Department of Defense and Pentagon. In support of this claim, Washington State Treasury (2020), led by Duane A. Davidson who reports to Washington State’s Governor and National Guard Commander-in-Chief, Jay Inslee (Democrat), referenced statistics from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board’s Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report. Statistics provided by the Washington State Treasury (2020) included that fact that Washington State collected a total of $395.5 million in legal marijuana income and license fees in fiscal year 2019, all but $5.2 million of it from the state’s marijuana excise, or sales tax. Further Washington State Treasury (2020) stated that the report also shows that the marijuana revenues were $172 million more than that of liquor, and that the marijuana tax income of the state for fiscal year 2019 of $395.5 million grew by slightly more than $28 million from the prior fiscal year. Lastly, based on the statistics provided by the Washington State Treasurer (2020) the General Fund received $116.5 million.
Marijuana tax allocation to public services in Washington State has a positive social benefit, particularly for a state which lacks a state income tax. Relating to how Washington State distributes its revenues generated from taxation on marijuana, in RCW (Revised Code of Washington) 69.50.540, Titled: Dedicated marijuana account—Appropriations, per section (g), at the end of each fiscal year, the treasurer must transfer any amounts in the dedicated marijuana account that are not appropriated pursuant to subsection (1) of this section and this subsection (2) into the general fund. Later sections of RCW 69.50.540 states that revenues that go into the general funds are distributed to counties, cities, and towns where licensed marijuana retailers are physically located, etc.
Speaking back to the $116.5 million in Washington State’s General Fund which was funded by taxation on legal marijuana per RCW 69.50.540 Section (g), I went to Washington States Office of Financial Management which published the Governor Inslee’s 2019-2021 Proposed Biennial Budget. The Military Department (which includes the Air and Army National Guard Units of Washington State) was allocated $14.7 Million in which $5 Million goes to Shake-Alert Monitoring System for the procurement of seismic monitoring stations and global navigation satellite systems which integrates with the overall Shake-Alert System; $928,000 for Tsunami Sirens for Coast Cities which involves the procurement of sixteen (16 each) All-Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) Systems; $750,000 to National Guard Wildfire Pay which pays State Active Duty Wages for service members with firefighter certifications to that of their civilian counter-parts, etc.
Further, while I was searching Washington State’s Office of Financial Management’s website relating to General Fund allocations (which seems to align with marijuana tax revenues allocated through RCW 69.50.540 Section (g)), I found a document Titled: Agency Information Technology Budget Detail, authorized by RCW 43.88.092, Appendix A – IT Projects with OCIO Oversight: Completed for Fiscal Year 2018, where on page 47 of this Appendix, the Military Department (National Guard, etc.) received or will receive a new contract for Next Generation 911 (NG911) Emergency Services IP Network Re-procurement since the current CenturyLink contract is due to expire or has expired. The CenturyLink contract was a transitional system that was awarded before national-standards were implemented and the new NG911 System provides complete call-maker to call-taker Turn-Key services that meets the national standard. [Source: Washington State Office of Financial Management (2019)].
Looking elsewhere on the Office of Financial Management’s website, I found Transportation Projects that directly tied to the U.S. Military, and we can assume that marijuana tax revenues in one shape or another directly or indirectly helps fund these projects.
For Example, per Washington State’s Office of Financial Management’s (2019) documented, titled: OFM Transportation Document 19GOV001 as developed December 10, 2018 – Hwy Mgmt. & Facilities Program (D), one project listed was the I-5 JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McChord) Corridor Improvements under Project No. M00100R.
Further, according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management (2019), on their website in a section titled, 2019-21Governor’s proposed budgets, 2019-29 capital plan, Agency capital project detail, Military Department, I also found National Guard construction projects issued by the Washington State Military Department based out of Camp Murray under RFP-19-GS-006 which was funded by the State Building Construction Account such as $75,000.00 going towards Project No. 40000004 (per the Office of Financial Management) for Anacortes Readiness Center Major Renovation, where the Readiness Center is a National Guard Center that was badly in need of upgrades. Per the Office of Financial Management (2019), The Anacortes Readiness Center is one of the smallest facilities in the Washington National Guard inventory. It has no female restrooms, showers, and locker rooms; lacks office space and classrooms for training purposes; has an inadequate supply room for necessary equipment; and is not ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. This project will perform predesign for an ADA compliant facility, which will add 6,000 square feet of new space; renovate offices, classrooms, the kitchen, and supply and storage areas; and create a new locker room, restrooms, and showers for female members.
Lastly, at the Washington State Office of Financial Management (2019) 2019-21Governor’s proposed budgets, 2019-29 capital plan, Agency capital project detail, Military Department, I found Camp Murray Building 33 Addition/Alteration funded by the State Building Construction Account funded at an amount of $1,000,000 to $4,000,000.00. Camp Murray is the National Guard Center for the Washington State National Guard and is right across I-5 from Joint Base Lewis McChord, which is a place I am familiar with since I lived in Fort Lewis and DuPont, WA as a pre-teen.
Looking at these projects I noticed some were listed as federal funded whereas others were listed as state funded, meaning that state marijuana tax revenues which affect the state fund (either directly, or indirectly, i.e., freed up funds from one account made possible by marijuana taxes) for construction projects might be helping to fund military infrastructure.
According to a report titled, Oregon Marijuana Tax Statistics: Accounting Information by Oregon.gov (2020), the State of Oregon as of September 2020 collected $15,765,218 of state taxes and $2,445,050 from local taxes, yet only some local marijuana taxes are collected by the state; those collected locally are not counted here. Actual state and local amounts will be known when quarterly tax returns are filed.
So, based on the report listed above, the total of marijuana tax revenues is $18,210,268.00, yet, on the same Oregon.gov website, there is another report titled, Oregon Marijuana Tax: Distribution Information, which calculated a total of $29,832,637 in which 40% went to the State School Fund, 20% Mental Health, Alcoholism, and Drug Services, Oregon State Police (15%), Oregon Health Authority, for Drug Treatment and Prevention (5%), and 20% went back to the City and Local Governments.
Staggs (2020) of the Orange County Register stated that California has raised $1 billion in cannabis tax revenue since the industry kicked into gear in January 2018, according to figures recently released by the state. The bulk of that $1.03 billion in tax money, after covering regulatory costs, has been spent on programs such as childcare for low-income families, cannabis research, public safety grants and cleaning up public lands harmed by illegal marijuana grows (Staggs, 2020). Yet, for concrete numbers, the State of California Department of Tax and Fee Administration issued a public news release by Wells (2020) which stated that total tax revenue reported by the cannabis industry is $172.7 million for 4th quarter returns due by January 31, 2020 and this does not include tax revenue collected by each jurisdiction.
Section IX – Welfare Argument
Speaking to the Stagg (2020) article, in which he speaks of programs for low-income families, I am confident that some troops, especially lower enlisted troops, might be using State Welfare programs to help supplement income, such as WIC (Women, Infant, and Children Special Nutritional Supplemental programs), childcare support services, etc. These programs are sustaining themselves in part with marijuana tax revenues.
The data shows that during the 2018-19 school year, a third of children at DOD-run schools on military bases in the United States — more than 6,500 children — were eligible for free or reduced lunches. At one base — Georgia’s Fort Stewart — 65 percent were eligible (McFadden, Romo, & Abou-Sabe, 2019).
In 2016, the Government Accountability Office published a report recommending that the Defense Department start tracking data on service members’ and their families’ use of food assistance programs such as SNAP and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, but aid groups and lawmakers question whether the department is collecting meaningful data (McFadden, Romo, & Abou-Sabe, 2019).
Section X – Ideas and Arguments Continued
It serves no use to ask for use of marijuana not attached to criminal convictions for new recruits, people who wish to re-enter the military, federal contractors seeking employment, federal civil servants seeking employment, etc. I do respect that the military can test while on active duty considering the importance of the mission, but it is time to progress.
Here is another argument for my idea. For example, does the military ask if you have ever had a beer or glass of wine when wanting to serve? No, they do not, even though alcoholism and social drinking are a part of military life (I grew up around it), even though the reported statistics likely do not state that, because many troops likely do not state the accurate facts for fear of having marks on their record (which might not to be actual policy) or being sent to rehabilitation, which could (even though it is not stated) influence a troop in thinking they might not be successful at promotion levels where character & social politics plays an important role in interviews at board selection committees. Does the military ask if a recruit or person who wishes to seek re-entry ever touched a person in an inappropriate manner? No, they do not, even though – lets be frank – the military does not have the best track record with assault, despite its efforts to combat it. So, we make a big deal about marijuana use not attached to criminal charges, even though prior service or out-of-service marijuana use does not create a bruised eye for the military, yet we do not ask questions or require waivers that relate to alcohol use that is not tied to criminal charges, nor does the military have means to search for improper sexual misconduct that is not reported, etc.
Regarding marijuana, there are stereotypes and stigmas, and even if there were studies, they are likely are so antiquated and outdated, that their relevancy has no sway considering such studies were most likely highly biased based on the times (such as previous times being more racist such as against African Americans and Hispanics, most notably Mexican Americans – note: Hispanic participation in the military is growing and African Americans have served in each conflict of the United States).
Further, stigma in part comes from the social change in the 1960s and 1970s in which the outcome of the Vietnam War was likely blamed in the social consciousness on drug use to hide the mismanagement of the Nixon and Johnson Administrations. The War on Drugs was arguably a strategy to quell the anti-Vietnam War and pro-Civil Rights efforts, even though the real drug culprit was opium, not marijuana, yet, ironically, for nearly two decades we had a legal opium market via prescription drugs (in which company stock were common in every-day Americans 401ks, possibly even military or government Thrift Savings Plans (TSP), i.e., the American public profited from opium addiction which is far more dangerous than marijuana).
The only reason why marijuana is considered a “gateway drug” as you know is because our policies push people to the gatekeepers, i.e., drug dealers (traditionally speaking, since many states with decriminalization efforts have functional, safe, and regulated commercial enterprises where people do not have to go into the black market for cannabis).
Even, Republicans such as former House Speaker and House Minority Leader, John Boehner is profiting from it and that is fine. Are people really going to convince me that he or people associated with him have lost Security Clearances or do not grant commission to Service Academies, or write recommendations, etc.? Presidents from both major parties have admitted using marijuana. Think about that. Our Commander-in-Chiefs have used marijuana but also ironically incarcerated others for it or have disbarred or rejected people because of marijuana. Note: I understand that politics is not easy, but still, there is the moral behind what I am saying.
I am not stating that active-duty troops should be using marijuana until policy changes occurs (which could be modeled on the Canadian model which in itself is based in part from American States where marijuana is legal) but asking newcomers to the military, people who rotated into civilian life and wish to serve again, civil servants or employees of federal contractors, etc., if they’ve use marijuana when there is no criminal record of it is a waste of time. Time is money. Only worry about criminal charges, yet even criminal charges are debatable because of disparities along racial, ethnic, and income lines. To my analogy of alcohol or sexual content, there is plenty of abuse of alcohol at all ranks and there has been plenty of sexual predators who have slipped through the cracks who have no record, but irresponsible alcohol use and assault of any kind, but particularly that of a sexual nature, are way more of a threat than marijuana ever could be, especially since many states have made cannabis legal (and these states have Guard Units that are a part of the Total Force Structure which supports the Department of Defense).
A measure which reforms military Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificates (or equivalent) across the Sister Service Branches of the Department of Defense for entry or re-entry into the military and which revises forms (questions asked on applications, Standard Form 86s, etc.) of Federal contractors to only ask for criminal convictions relating to marijuana until an Executive Order from the President and/or legislation from the Congress relating to legalization and/or rescheduling of marijuana to a decriminalized category is needed. The measure will reform forms and practices for the federal government and its contractors to only ask for use relating to recorded convictions, rather than asking any question relating to simple “use”. Candidates, recruits, applicants, etc., do not have to state whether they have used marijuana if not attached to criminal convictions, considering the government and many companies have robust drug testing policies.
Asking for marijuana use not attached to criminal charges on forms such as AF Form 2030 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Forms (or equal across Sister Service Branches) and SF 86, are also systemically racist, even if incidental by nature, and thus violates the goals of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which has provisions such as Title VII which strives on increase minority and woman representation within government. Title VII provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are expressed in Federal Acquisition Regulation Clause FAR 52.222-25 Affirmative Action Compliance, meaning that federal contractors must follow this clause, which further means that asking questions about marijuana use not attached to criminal charges increasingly violates the goals of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Effectively the Controlled Substance Act is hampering Civil Rights, particularly through the judicial system via policing policies, etc.
According the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) website section, titled: Marijuana Arrest by Numbers, 52% of all drug arrests in 2010 were for marijuana, and that most people that people are arresting are not kingpins but rather people with small amounts of pot (end quote). Further, the ACLU (2020) issued a more recent report, titled: Tale of Two Countries: Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform, which details marijuana arrests from 2010 to 2018 and examines racial disparities at the national, state, and county levels. Two key findings that I will point out in the ACLU (2020) report is that Marijuana Arrests Decreased after Legalization or Decriminalization, yet Racial Disparities in Arrests Persist Even in States That Legalized or Decriminalized Marijuana. Many of these states (which some are the whitest states in America) also have a strong military presence. For example, F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming, Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, Hill AFB in Utah, Mountain Home AFB in Idaho, Minot or Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota, Offutt AFB in Nebraska, etc. These states in our current political environment are not immune to the national debates, especially those relating to race, so being an African American or Hispanic American (or, any minority group), it is my impression that troops of
Figure 8 – Use of Marijuana Between Blacks and Whites for Ages 12+ (2018)
color, or civil servants or federal contractors, can be singled out or targeted, thus increasing risk of judicial punishment (thus, loss of security clearances). For example, there is an intersection between Blue Lives Matters and the fringes of the Alternative Right.
There might exist a disparity regarding rejections of Security Clearances between minorities and white federal employees and military service members, relating to criminally charged marijuana offenses or admission of marijuana use not attached to criminal charges. White Americans report a higher use of marijuana over a lifetime as compared to blacks at 50.7% white versus 42.4% black (ACLU, 2020, p. 30), but black people make up a higher percentage of arrests cases and this disparity can lead to rejection of security clearances/loss of employment/rejection of employment, thus resulting in lower levels of minority representation, which thus violates the vision of the Civil Rights Act considering many states find marijuana to be a commodity with economic, medicinal, and therapeutic properties.
The ACLU (2020) issued a report titled, Tale Two Countries: Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform, in which the ACLU presented data sourced from Uniform Crime Reporting Data (p. 15), the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, i.e., NACJD (p.15) and the US Census Bureau (p. 15) proving disparity between white versus black arrests regarding marijuana, and the findings still found a higher level of arrests for African Americans even in states where it is legal. Further, the report stated that its focus was primarily on African Americans in relation to White Americans, and per the report ,the ACLU (2020) were not able to compare marijuana for the Latin (Latinx) community since the FBI Uniform Criminal Reporting system (UCR) does not racially categorize the Latin (Latinx) community since it is comprised of different races, making it impossible to distinguish between Latinx and non-Latinx individuals in the Black and white populations arrest rates for Latinx individuals the report (ACLU, 2020, p. 11). However, the report by the ACLU (2020) does state that it is critical to continue examining the extent of racial bias in the enforcement of marijuana laws, specifically against Black and Latinx populations, but also that of Native and Indigenous populations, Arab and Middle Eastern populations, Asian populations, Pacific Islander populations, and those with multiple racial/ethnic identities (e.g., biracial populations) (p. 30).
Further, ACLU (2020) stated that The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a federal branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, conducts nationally representative annual surveys of marijuana use over respondents’ lifetime, over the past year, and over the past month. SAMSHA survey data consistently finds that rates of ever use and recent use by race do not significantly differ between Black and white populations (ACLU, 2020, p. 31, para 2). Therefore, the wide racial disparities in marijuana possession arrest rates cannot be explained by differences in marijuana usage rates between Black and white people (ACLU, 2020, p. 31, para 2). In other words, there is something else going on.
In 2018, there were almost 700,000 marijuana arrests, which accounted for more than 43% of all drug arrests (ACLU, 2020, p 7). In fact, in 2018, police made more marijuana arrests than for all violent crimes combined, according to the FBI. Further, it is not clear that marijuana arrests are trending down—they have actually risen in the past few years, with almost 100,000 more arrests in 2018 than 2015 (ACLU, 2020, p 7). On average, a Black person is 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person, even though Black and white people use marijuana at similar rates (ACLU, 2020, p 7). Black people are still more likely to be arrested for possession than white people (ACLU, 2020, p 10). (See Next Page)
Figure 10 – Figure 12 within the ACLU (2020) Report (p. 33), titled: A Tale of Two Countries: Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform.
How do the facts presented by the ACLU (2020) affect the United States Military, federal government, or government contractors, particularly relating to Security Clearances, employment, recruitment, etc.?
Dickstein (2020) of Stars and Stripes presented a story on how African American troops in the United States Air Force and Space Force are not treated the same as white troops based on a four-month investigation by the Department of the Air Force Inspector General (DAF IG), Lt. General Sami Said. Based on data presented in DAF IG Lt. General Sami Said’s 150-page report, which is careful to note that the identification of racial disparity does not automatically mean racial bias or racism is present, Dickstein (2020) extracted the below bullet-points for his Stars and Stripes article:
Enlisted Black airmen and guardians were 72% more likely than whites to be punished through the Uniform Code of Military Justice or through nonjudicial punishment measures. (Dickstein, 2020).
Enlisted Black airmen and guardians were 57% more likely than whites to face a court-martial. (Dickstein, 2020).
Black junior enlisted Air Force and Space Force troops are twice as likely to be involuntarily discharged for misconduct than white troops. (Dickstein, 2020).
Black Air Force and Space Force service members are 1.64 times more likely to be named suspects in Air Force Office of Special Investigations criminal cases than white service members. (Dickstein, 2020).
Black airmen and guardians are twice as likely be apprehended by Air Force security forces than white airmen and guardians. (Dickstein, 2020).
Black officers are less likely than white officers to be designated to attend professional military education courses. (Dickstein, 2020). ** Note: This bullet is interesting because it doesn’t seem attached to crime, suspicion of crime, or punishment, but rather perception regarding race, yet, the DAF IG is saying that the data doesn’t mean that there is racism?”
Looking at the report myself, although there is an up to 2% racial disparity in overall testing rate for black service members from 2015 to 2019, when broken down by rank, the numbers show black E1-E4s are underrepresented in random testing when compared to their white peers, which indicates there was no inappropriate targeting of young black enlisted members for drug testing. Overall, this report revealed enlisted members were tested at a higher rate than officers consistently from 2015 to 2019, as depicted below (The Department of the Air Force Inspector General, p. 13).
The Inspector General Department of the Air Force (2020) states, objective investigation data from OSI and Security Forces indicate some of the disparity in NJP (Non-Judicial Punishment) results from a disparity in behavior rather than race (The Department of the Air Force Inspector General, p. 11). Accessions data show that members who joined the service with moral waivers are more likely to receive military discipline during their time in service (The Department of the Air Force Inspector General, p. 11). Finally, the disparity in population numbers between demographic groups disproportionally impacts the RPT (Rates Per Thousand) data (The Department of the Air Force Inspector General, p. 11). Because there are fewer black service members than white service members (ratio of about 1:5 overall and 1:13 for officers), even one additional individual disciplinary action will have a far greater impact on the RPT for black service members (The Department of the Air Force Inspector General, p. 11).
Racial disparities in military justice actions against black service members is a complex issue that has been reviewed in-depth by the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps (AFJAG) (The Department of the Air Force Inspector General, p. 11). A 20-year analysis of Air Force NJP data and courts-martial revealed the following: For every single year between 1999 and 2019, black Airmen were more likely to receive NJP than white service members, in terms of RPT. Black service members were 1.74 times more likely than white service members to receive NJP (Non-Judicial Punishment) and 1.60 times more likely than white service members to be court-martialed (The Department of the Air Force Inspector General, p.11). For every single year, black service members were more likely to face courts-martial than white service members. Black service members were court-martialed at an average RPT of 3.39, compared with white service members at an average RPT of 2.12. This data reveals that black Airmen were 60% more likely to face court-martial than white service members (The Department of the Air Force Inspector General, p.11).
The report released by the Department of the Air Force (2020), i.e., DAF IG (2020) relating to racial disparity in Air Force disciplinary action, got me thinking because the DAF IG (2020) talks about “behavior”. What are they really saying with this statement? Is this statement a sort of passive way of insinuating that African Americans have issues? And, if so, are we being sympathetic to the struggles of the African American community and its history, but also the current realities, in which there is a historic and present condition of oppression, imprisonment, laws created to explicitly target African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Indigenous Native Americans (First Peoples), etc.? However, I am not saying the Air Force is not taking the proper steps forward to address racial disparity issues, but one thing they could do is the ideas I am presenting through this paper. Also, they might have to better weigh where they are stationing troops of color by establishing some sort of index which accounts for local hate crimes, political atmosphere, demography, etc. Being a veteran of the United States Air Force, I can attest that most of my experience were positive and I received no disciplinary action (no UCMJ Court Martial, no Non-Judicial Punishments, etc.). I walked a straight line. Yet, I can also attest that the general culture of America where dealing with militarism is largely still dictated and catered to the majority (white) class of the United States. There is an intersectionality between country culture, Republicanism, YouTube military videos, trucks, guns, Soldier of Fortune culture, police, etc. In a way, militarism can be co-opted to be a force for silent white supremacy. When is the last time you have seen an authentic Hollywood blockbuster that showed minorities in a patriotic light while factoring in their pre-military living situations, the social pressures they face both external and internal, the systemic oppression external to the military, etc.?
Yet, I assume that a disparity exists because of marijuana in part, though not entirely (reducing the African American experience to marijuana would be stereotypical in itself). To my understanding, alcohol culture is very Eurocentric whereas cannabis smoking is not (though stats prove otherwise), thus, our nation’s view of alcohol is largely dictated by ethnocentrism, supremacy, etc. However, facts provided by the ACLU (2020) shows that white America consumes the same amount, if not more, cannabis than African Americans do, despite the imagery or stereotypes we see on television.
So, where is this disparity, such as that of the DAF IG (2020) coming from? Likely from a combination of factors, such as what I call “amplification”, i.e., minorities stand out, whereas the majority ironically fades into the background. The DAF IG (2020) did mention the same concept. Further, our there is our criminal justice system. Being a teenager from highly policed urban area is much different than a white teenager from a rural, exurban, or suburban environment.
This got me thinking further. Black Americans, i.e., African Americans, did not have fair voting rights for 77% of the time the United States has been in existence as an officially independent nation. In other words, African Americans were disbarred from law creation, and these laws in many ways have had negative consequences on the community, i.e., African Americans were unable to put their cultural viewpoint or how they view certain issues or substances, on the table. Transatlantic Slavery existed from the late fifteen-hundreds to the late eighteen-hundreds (not including the continuation of sharecropping policies, Jim Crow Apartheid Policies, etc.). 2020 to 1776 (Independence Day) is 244 years. 1776 to 1964 (Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed on July 2, 1964) is 188 years. 188/244 is 0.77 or 77%, i.e., African Americans did not have full Civil Rights protections for 77% of the time since the United States declared independence.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed on August 6, 1965 which means 189 years since 1776, i.e., 189/244 is 0.774 or 77.4%. African Americans did not have full Voting or Civil Rights protections for 77%-77.4% of the time the United States has officially been in existence.
The first record black African slaves were brought to what is now the United States of America, to Jamestown Colony on August 20, 1619 after being kidnapped from Angola (History Channel.com Editors, 2020).
2020 from 1619 is 401 years. 1619 to 1964 (the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed) is 345 years. 345/401 is .86%. 1619 to 1965 (the year the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed) is 346 years. 346/401 is 86.2%. So, the from the time the first Africans stepped foot on US soil (that is officially recorded), descendants of black African slaves have not had full civil or voting rights protections for 86-86.2% of the time from colonial America to the modern era.
1965 to 2020 is 55 years and 1964 to 2020 is 56 years. Many if not most Black Baby Boomers were born without having Civil or Voting Rights, i.e., my father was born in 1959, meaning his developmental years were formed in a segregated environment, i.e., Southern Georgia.
Think about that,86-77% of Black America’s existence, we were disenfranchised without Civil or Voting Rights protections, and by the time we had full legal protections, most of the economic wealth was already consolidated, such as during the eighteen-hundreds. From 1860 to 1900, the wealthiest 2% of American households owned more than a third (33%) of the nation’s wealth, while the top 10% owned roughly three quarters (75%) of it (Tindall & Shi, 2012, p. 589). The bottom 40% had no wealth at all (Fraser, 2015, p. 66).
So, 1619 to 1900 is 281 years and 1776 to 1900 is 124 years. 281/401 (70%) and 124/401 (30.9%), meaning that from the first time a recorded African stepped foot on what is now the United States or from the later date of American Independence, African Americans by the 1900s were excluded from wealth creation for 70% of the time, later down to 30% of the time, and it would take 64 to 65 additional years to even be granted the Civil and Voting Rights protections they were disbarred from for 86-77% of the time of the United States’ existence.
To amplify the levels of oppression, we must realize that African Americans, according to Bennett, Martin, & Debarros (1993) of the US Census Bureau noted that in 1900, African Americans only made up 11.6% of the population (p.4), and by 1910, 90% of African Americans lived in the Southern United States (p. 4), i.e., the worst place for African Americans to live (though after the Great Migrations, the North proved it was not a good place either, and the West Coast was being settled by many ex-Confederates). Our law policy (drug policy included) is inseparable from race in this county unless we do something about it.
A population making up 11.6-13% of the United States population, has not had Voting or Civil Rights protections for 86-77% of the time the US (and its predecessor colonies) have been in existence, and further, this 11.6-13% was disbarred from the largest centralization of wealth from Founding to the Gilded Age (70-30% of the time since the Colonial Era and Independence), and the bulk of this population (90%) by the early twentieth century still lived in the American South, and on average, per the ACLU (2020) a Black person is 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person, even though black and white people use marijuana at similar rates.
African Americans, similarly, to Hispanic Americans (which is an ethnicity with a racial spectrum, so some get labeled as “white” whereas others not), Indigenous Native Americans (First Peoples), etc., need help, though we have this notion of “we are all equal”, yet I would argue that a stark view of equality is an inequality, because a moral view of equality does not make up for the real lack of equality (structural, legal, perceptual, etc.) that exists.
A bill, amendment to a bill, rider amendment, or Executive Order should be passed which states that Federal Agencies (the Department of Defense included) should reform forms such as AF Form 2030 (or an equivalent among current or previous Sister Service Branches) and forms such as Standard Form 86 for Federal Background Checks, so that these forms only ask for marijuana use attached to criminal charges (though criminal charges for marijuana should not be ranked as a high disqualifying factor), rather than the current policy of asking for use not attached to criminal charges. This should be done immediately and applied retroactively to any person who was denied entry into the military, denied re-entry into the military, denied employment by for a civil servant position, denied employment by a federal contractor, or denied a Security Clearance regardless if for military employment, federal civilian employment, or employment within a federal contractor.
Bennett, C. E., Martin, B. M., & Debarros, K. (1993, September). We the Americans: Blacks [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics & Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/prod/cen1990/wepeople/we-1.pdf
Fraser, S. (2015). The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power (Edition Unstated ed.). Little, Brown, and Company
Futrell, A. E. (2020, April). Congressional Budget Office, Cost Estimate: H.R. 712, a bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a clinical trial of the effects of cannabis on certain health outcomes of adults with chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes, As ordered reported by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on March 12, 2020 (No. 56329). Congressional Budget Office. https://www.cbo.gov/publication/56329
Key Words: Oxford, Technology, Semi-conductors, software, defense, military, UK, USA
The more I understand Star Wars it seems to have laid the ground work for the current and future mission of the United States Space Force, e.g., having outer-space capabilities (lasers, microwave, photon weapons, etc.) in sync with terrestrial based locations to detect high altitude or outer orbit enemy defense systems and disable energy satellite systems, by linking state of the art of satellite and radar facilities.
Disclaimer: All information in this post is public information freely available to the public. It’s a bit confusing, but these people did die. The question to ask, well, the one that no one seems to asks is, who was the Secretary of Defense during the Star Wars Program? That key paints a larger picture of the world at large in which these people died. It’s a little strange to thing that all these people who were government contractors working in part in support of a secret US program would die without it being known to the intel community. There are a lot of odd coincidences that paints a picture that leads to today. For example, Caspar Weinberger had ties to Iran Contra which had ties to Adnan Khashoggi, who had ties to Ghislaine Maxwell, and Caspar Weinberger would go to Oxford (home of the Maxwells) to find the American Rothermere Institute at Oxford University with President Bill Clinton (who has ties to Maxwell and Epstein, who in turn has ties to Trump), and the Rothermere name comes from a notable newspaper owner involved in the unfolding situation that led to WWII…and this paper was later acquired by the Maxwells. The coincidences are too much.
The nineteen eighties was beyond clandestine (sometimes sloppy) and people to this day got their start in this era such as William Barr (whose father employed Jeffrey Epstein), John Kerry (who investigated Iran Contra), Bob Mueller (who investigated Iran Contra and later Russia Gate), Donald Trump (friends of Ghislaine and Jeffrey), Bill Clinton (same as Trump), Jeffrey Epstein himself, etc. It seems the Maxwell’s trafficked in “information”, hence why his daughter and lover, Jeffrey, peddled into elite circles. Information is power, regardless of what it is. Who is sleeping with who? What is a person’s sexual proclivities? What are new emerging trends in technology be it computing, satellite, defense, etc.? By infiltrating key industries such as entertainment (fashion, modeling, movies), academia, business (Industrial espionage), and politics, this information can be sold to the highest bidder if it proves to be actually valuable, yet, it can also prove dangerous if certain promises are made which are not kept, or people realize you have to much information that’s hard to determine but makes people nervous.
Notes: So we know Caspar Weinberger was the Secretary of Defense in the US, but the scientists died mostly in the UK, but also in Germany, Sweden (if my memory is right), etc. What is the benefit of killing these scientists? 1. They knew too much, but these people seemed like family people or young people with promising future careers who wouldn’t want to jeopardize that. I can get a few scientists going rogue but the volume of scientists killed is disturbing. 2. A enemy foreign actor or actors killed these people. For example Soviets and to this day the Russians are known for being able to kill targets in places such as the UK and there’s a large Eastern European population in Britain. As the Cold War was on overdrive, killing scientists would have bought the Soviets more time in theory in hampering any sort of Anti Nuclear Weapon system, since such a system would result in the Russians losing in the Mutually Assured Destruction balance of power. 3. It seems there were no reprisals for the killings of these people, meaning, that it’s possible British or American intel at the time in the 1980s knew of this but saw it as convenient, in that possible leaks are taken out and then you can blame the Soviets, i.e., killing two birds with one stone. 4. Such deaths would scare other workers into silence 5. It could have been another actor posing as either Western or Eastern intel taking this people out, in order to extract information but get away scotch free in the tug of war between the superpowers, e.g., Israel or another Middle Eastern actor.
COMPANIES THAT EXISTS TODAY THAT ACQUIRED GEC-MACRONI ASSETS: GEC MACRONI STRATEGY: Ericsson as ERIC and ERIXF (acquired parts of Marconi Communications, i.e., Marconi PLC., and Ericsson owns the name rights), Telent (acquired parts of Marconi Communications, i.e., Marconi PLC), BAE Systems as BASY and BAESF (British Aerospace bough General Electric Company’s, GEC, defense arm to create BAE Systems), TransDigm as TDG (acquired Esterline Technologies which is subsidiary, in which Esterline Technologies was parent to CMC Electronics, i.e., Canadian Marconi Company), Alstom S.A. as ALSMY (formed when parts of GEC merged with Alstom), Osram (formed from GEC and Osram falls are ams AG as AMSSY and AUKUF), Otis as OTIS (acquired parts of GEC. Interesting fact that Otis bought parts of United Technologies which appears in the Bolshwing Fthenakis section), Cobham (Marconi Instruments was sold to IFR Systems which was then sold to Aeroflex but then sold to Cobham but then parts of this were sold by Cobham to Viavi Solutions as VIAV which interestingly makes sensors for Microsoft connect and Microsoft will appear in the Maxwell and Bolschwing Fthenakis section, but Cobham was bought by private equity firm Advent International), Leonardo SpA (via GEC’s radar merger with Leonardo’s as FINMY and FINMF predecessor, Finmeccanica).
Macroni today exists as part of BAE, Ericsson, and Telent.
Star Wars was first thought of in 1983 but became an actual program in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan.
Secretary of Defense while these deaths happened was Caspar Weinberger in the USA under Reagan and in the UK under Margaret Thatcher there were (3) Defense Ministers in the 1980s which were Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine (Pembroke College, Oxford), George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie (New College, Oxford), and Tom King, Baron King of Bridgwater (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)
Secretary of Defense charged with overseeing it was Caspar Weinberger
Caspar Weinberger was indicted during the Iran Contra Situation in which the Reagan Administration sold arms illegally to Iran and with proceeds for the sale going to Contra Death Squads in Nicaragua, violating the Boland Amendment, who were fighting the Sandinista faction, but these groups were also trafficking Cocaine such as that of the Medellin Cartel, which thus made it into the USA, and would play a role in the 1980s crack epidemic, the destruction of inner city communities such as the African American community (War on Drugs, mass incarceration, etc.). This drug industry was known by the authorities and involved characters such as Freeway Ricky Ross.
Iran Contra involved characters such Adnan Khashoggi, an arms dealer and one of the wealthiest men alive in the 1980 (his yacht was sold later to Donald Trump), and he was the uncle to recently murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the late Dodi Fayed who was the lover of the late Princess Diana, with Diana of course being the sister-in-law to Prince Andrew (who was later incriminated in the Jeffrey Epstein case).
Also, Ivana Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell were friends with ties to Adnan.
Further, the investigation into Iran Contra was oversaw in part in the Southern District of New York under Judge Robert Morgenthau, and the Morgenthau Family is related the Lehman Family (Lehman Brothers Financial Firm involved in the 2008 Financial Crisis) and the Bronfman Family, in which the Bronfman’s involve:
Edgar Bronfman, Sr., who was the CEO of Seagram Empire and was the President of the World Jewish Coalition (WJC). Edgar Bronfman Sr. advocated for closer ties of Israel to the Soviet Union and to this day this relationship still exists, and Russian is the second most spoken language in Israel.
Further, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was in Jeffrey Epstein’s “Black Book” and he was the former president of Warner Music Group.
Sara and Claire Bronfman were indicted in the NVIUM Sex Scandal.
Sara Bronfman’s husband is Igtet Basit, who was the special UN enjoy to the Libya after the fall of Qaddafi (which corresponded with the Benghazi situation).
Lastly, John Kerry and Robert Mueller were involved as the investigation team during Iran Contra, but Kerry and Mueller (later involved in investigating Russia-Gate) were prep school friends.
William Barr, the now Chief Justice, was also involved during this era and he was an CIA operative working in the Reagan Administration. William Barr’s dad, Donald Barr, was a teacher at an exclusive girl’s prep school in New York, which of course hired Jeffrey Epstein.
Rothermere is named after the Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere who was a newspaper tycoon associated with the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, with his brother Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, but also was a fascist and associated with Nazi spy seductress, princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe
Stephanie Hohenlohe received an award from Hitler, was purportedly of Jewish ancestry in part, and also was involved with the Habsburg family since she had an affair with Archduke Franz Joseph’s son-in-law, thus making her a few degrees of separation removed from Archduke Franz Ferdinand who was shot by Serbian nationalists, the Black Hand, documented by French British spy Henry Pozzi, thus sparking World War I. So, she has always been around political intrigue involving the major World Wars.
The Daily Mirror and Daily Mail were acquired by media tycoon Robert Maxwell, father of Ghislaine Maxwell, i.e., the associate to child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, under the name the Mirror Group, which know goes by Reach PLC. Robert also owned half of MTV Europe. NOTE: Maxwell was snubbed for a take over of another paper, The News of the World, and this paper was given to Rupert Murdoch, i.e., the later founder of the Fox Media Empire (which later merged with Disney).
NOTE: Britain’s “Silicon Valley”, i.e., the Silicon Fen located in Cambridge (reminds me of the firm Cambridge Analytica) is tied to Sinclair Computer. The interest in technology in the area started with Sinclair Research and Acorn Computers(the British IBM and Apple at their times).
Note: Cambridge Analytica was run by SCL Group under CEOs Nigel and Alexander Oakes and Alexander Nix. The company focused on “global election management” with an emphasis on the developing world but was later vital in the election Trump and the Brexit campaign. Cambridge Analytica had ties to Steve Bannon and Erik Prince, i.e., the son of Elsa Prince a member of the conservative Council on National Policy which had ties to the John Birch Society and Western Goals Foundation set up by General John K. Singlaub involved in the Iran Contra Scandal, etc.
The chief investors in Cambridge Analytica were Robert Mercer, a former co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund, started with James Simons (who was involved in the Panama Papers). Robert Mercer was involved in setting up the Super Pac, Make American Number 1 which supported Donald Trump, and the right-wing outlet Breitbart, etc. The Mercers introduced Steve Bannon (formerly of Goldman Sachs) to Trump. The Mercers have donated millions to climate change denial (Source: Pogrebin, Robin; Sengupta, Somini (2018). “A Science Denier at the Natural History Museum? Scientists Rebel”).
Cambridge Analytica became Emerdata, ran by a lady who as associated with the Mercer Family Foundation, but also had ties to Frontier Service Group worker Johnson Chun Shun Ko of Hong Kong, linked to Erik Prince of Blackwater, in which Erik Prince was doing security work for the Pro-Chinese infrastructure project the New Silk Road Project, i.e., Belt and Road Initiative. https://www.forbes.com/profile/johnson-ko/#6ac63c20670a. So, why is an American mercenary helping a Pro-China infrastructure project if something bigger isn’t being planned, such as the full integration of a possibly capitalist democratic china into the global economy, which would be the last domino in full global economic integration, and with a nation like Israel as the chief IT state of the world?
It is interesting because Steven Bannon is no stranger to Hong Kong, having set up a scam company called “Internet Gaming Entertainment, or IGE, had found a novel way to make millions of dollars each month in the exploding online video-game industry. Working from the 19th floor of a skyscraper in Hong Kong, the company sold virtual goods for real money” (Shawn Boburg and Emily Rauhala, August 4, 2017). Bannon had invested in IGE which was being ran by former Disney Star, Brock Pierce, in Hong Kong, but Brock Piece was incriminated as being involved in a rape case in Los Angeles with Michael Rector (who fled the United States as a result) who hosted lavish gay parties in LA which featured people like Brian Singer.
Brock Pierce was a guest to Jeffrey Epstein at his island during Epstein’s “Science Fairs”. According to Kim Masters (2019) “In early 2011, about a decade after the Digital Entertainment Network imploded, Pierce visited the Virgin Islands to attend “Mindshift,” a conference of top scientists hosted by Epstein.” Further Kim Masters (2019) stated that Epstein also invited a NASA computer engineer, an MIT professor of electrical engineering and a Nobel laureate in theoretical physics.
Sinclair sold its computer rights to Amstad in India but this falls under Sky Group which is controlled by Comcast.
Acorn exists today as Broadcom after being bought by Morgan Stanley restructured, renamed, etc.
NOTE: Robert Maxwell was also known for possibly being a double-spy or triple spy (UKUS, Israel, USSR). He is buried in Israel. He purported helped sell arms to a young Israel after WW2, and as we can see his media firms were also involved in Software.
NOTE: There was a software scandal with an Israeli American company known ad Amdocs, who were reported by Fox News as having phone records of high US government officials. Eavesdropping software.
NOTE: Israel has units such as Unit 8200 and programs such as the Talpiot Program which are focused on cyber security, sending Israelis to US universities and to work in industry.
UNDERSTANDING THE MAXWELL IT STRATEGY AND THAT OF….ISRAEL (NO HATE TO ISRAEL BY THE WAY)
The GEC-Marconi Scientists Murders involved the Strategic Defense Initiative which fell under US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger who would later go to find a policy center in Oxford called the Rothermere American Institute, Israel’s potential role in the Stuxnet Program, the Jonathan Pollard spy case, the Amdocs scandal, Unit 8200 and the Talpiot Program, the rise and fall of WeWork which was set up by an ex-Israeli naval veteran, Yuri Miler’s connection to Jared Kushner and his ties to Facebook, and Robert & Ghislaine Maxwell’s and Jeffrey Epstein’s interest in technology such as Robert Maxwell’s attempt to procure Sinclair Research’s home computer….
It is all about the high-stakes world of intellectual property and scientific trade secrets particularly those relating to software, hardware, and what would later become the internet. It seems the Israelis and other states such as Russia in the Cold War, but particularly Israel, are interested in stealing or acquiring Western IT products, ranging from eavesdropping software, software related to rocketry/ballistics, and the list goes on.
Israel seems to have (3) main goals. (1) Consolidation of lands back to Israel’s Biblical Borders under King David and this is because of the strong Messianic religious devotion of the Jews, or., cultural bonds for secular Jews, (2) Swinging above its weight by leveraging cyber and IT to defend itself, such as Industrial sabotage software, eavesdropping software, analytics, Artificial Intelligence, fiber optics, data mining, crypto currency, and military technology spanning satellites and nuclear capabilities, and (3) ensuring economic prosperity by juggling itself between the main super-powers such as the US, Russia, and China, and it seems that Israel might be looking Eastward for future prosperity by working with Russia and China particularly over economic catalysts such as the New Silk Road project. (4) The acquisition of technology secrets and IP which is where actors such as Robert Maxwell comes into play, but this baton was picked up by his daughter Ghislaine and her associate Jeffrey Epstein, after Robert’s death.
Companies still in existence which had ties to Robert Maxwell:
Main Companies today: (Directly) Apollo Management Group, Reed Elsevier, Viacom CBS, Reach PLC, Future PLC, Pearson PLC, Benesse Corporation (Indirectly, i.e., attempted buys which failed by Maxwell or illicit use of software, etc.) Comcast which acquired Armstad under its Sky Group in which Armstad was owned by Sinclair Research and Maxwell attempted to but their PC division, Adobe Inc., Autodesk, and Microsoft via Maxwell’s Mirror Groups illicit use of their software. Disney via their acquisition of 21st Century Fox of Fox owned by Rupert Murdoch in which Murdoch successfully acquired the News of the World paper from the Carr Family over Maxwell.
Maxwell Communication Corporation > in 1991 after his death the assets were sold to McGraw Hill which is one of the Big 3 Educational Book Publishers (now owned by Apollo Management Group), Reed Elsevier, and Simon & Schuster (subsidiary of Viacom CBS).
IPC Media > bought in 1987 by Maxwell > became TI Media which is now owned by Future PLC which publishes more than 50 magazines in fields such as video games, technology, films, music, photography, home, and knowledge.
Pentice Hall > s an American major educational publisher owned by Pearson plc. Pearson plc purchased the education division of Simon & Schuster (including Prentice Hall and Allyn & Bacon) from Viacom.
Berlitz Corporation > is a Japanese-owned language education and leadership training company, which is based in Princeton, New Jersey. The company was founded in 1878 by Maximilian Berlitz in Providence, Rhode Island in the United States. Berlitz Corporation is now a member of the Benesse Group (also known has Benesse Corporation or Benesse Holdings Company), a Japanese company, with more than 547 company-owned and franchised locations in more than 70 countries
MTV Europe > Maxwell owned a 50% stake in MTV Europe (meaning ties to the music industry of course). MTV is now owned by ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks falling under Viacom CBS in the same division hilariously as Mirage Studios which gave us Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Sinclair Research > Sinclair was kind of like the Apple of the UK. Maxwell attempted to buy their personal computer division in 1985 through his Pergamon company but the deal was aborted in 1985 > Sinclair Research was later sold to Amstrad which falls under Sky Group which falls under Comcast (which owns NBCUniversal, etc.) and Armstad’s current role is making satellite receivers since Sky was able to in-source this needed equipment thus cutting out middle-men in hardware, which is a similar business model that Comcast employs itself, i.e., owns hardware but also media content. But Armstad just exists as name, not really a company anymore. https://www.itpro.co.uk/121394/end-of-an-era-as-sky-buys-amstrad
If you’re new to this, I would recommend reading some of my previous posts, such as Tears on the Western Horizon and my analysis of what I call the ACZ or ACZS (Anglo Continental Zionist Saud) Network.
This paper, I will explore the other angle to Jeffrey Epstein’s ties which spans back by degrees-of-separation to the BCCI Bank, a bank which was incriminated for drug and weapons laundering during the Iran-Contra Scandal. Familiar names from now pop up back then, such as Robert Mueller, John Kerry, the Morgenthau Family which is related to the Bronfman Family currently embroiled by the NXIVM case, Saudis, Trump, Clinton, it goes on and on. Thus, Jeffrey Epstein will not be central to this paper but he is a periphery character in explaining a larger network in how the world really runs, which is controlling black markets, regime changes, incrimination, and laundering by the elites in both business and government – one in the same, really. In today’s time frame, from 2016 to 2020 we’ve witnessed MeToo, Las Vegas Shooting, Russiagate, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and unveiling of Jeffrey Epstein. These seems unrelated but the deeper you dig and more you think…they’re interrelated, in many cases directly but others by degrees-of-separation. You add on unrelated but endemic crises such as mass shootings or if you can get the public to fall into political bickering, then it’s easy to steer the public from the truth. It’s as if the media tried to isolate them but they’re not.
(Stream of thoughts) Ghislaine Maxwell knew Ivana Trump but also knew Adnan Khashoggi who was implicated with BCCI Bank during the Iran-Contra Scandal. Khashoggi’s nephew, Jamal Khashoggi was killed recently by Saudi Arabians close to the Trump Administration. Adnan’s other nephew, Dodi Fayed, dated and was killed with Princess Diana. We know, Maxwell dated Epstein who was close to Prince Andrew, thus Andrew was the brother-in-law to Diana, though Diana had fallen out of favor with the family, and the US and UK is very deeply in bed with Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia is actually an ally to Israel despite Saudi Arabia being bastion of the funds going to terrorism. The BCCI case was investigated by… Robert Mueller and then Senator, John Kerry (later the Secretary of State who replaced Hillary after Benghazi), and both these guys went to prep school together. The judge over BCCI’s indictment was Robert Morgenthau, of the Morgenthau Family which is related to…the Lehman Family (Wall Street Crash of 2008) and Bronfman Family involved in NXVIUM via Clare and Sara Bronfman but also the Ira Einhorn murder via Phyllis Bronfman. Adnan’s BCCI Bank had known CIA affiliation, but it also had ties to the Nation of Islam via Libya’s Qaddafi, and the Nation of Islam had a close relationship with the Black P Stone Nation street gang known for drug dealing.
(Stream of thoughts) Iran Contra involved drug dealing and firearms under the CIA’s purview to Latin American death-squads, i.e., the Contras versus Sandinistas, during the Reagan Administration to sell illegal arms to Iran in exchange for American prisoners. Iran Contra involved the right-wing group founded by Major General John K. Singlaub called Western Goals Foundation which had ties to the John Birch Society, which was a radical far-right organization, which largely dictated what we consider the “right wing, conservative, racist, anti-government” “Soldier of Fortune” rhetoric associated with white nationalist and white terrorists, i.e., this links to Neo Nazis. An interesting fact is that Neo Nazis typically inhabit areas involved in the Military Industrial Complex (Orange and LA Counties for example houses many major Defense and Space contractors), which you could assume is due to right-leaning politics, white flight, rabid Cold War antics, but during the Cold War this type of activity might have been promoted through fake organizations such as the JBS.
(Steam of thoughts) Neo Nazis are also caught up in the gun and drug running game, particularly through Biker networks notorious for vice running, and just like black gangs such as Almighty Black P Stone nation, or even Mexican Cartels, they’re essentially assets even without knowing it themselves. They’re the movers and pushers to create black markets which can be controlled and tapped into for dirty money by the government, e.g., the crack and heroin epidemic in America helped fight communism and terrorism. John K. Singlaub was a part of the early OSS and was a veteran of World War 2, a military-observer in China who monitored the Chinese Civil War, managed the Secret War in Vietnam and Cambodia, trained the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan (when Al Qaeda was a US ally against Russia), and was implicated during the Contra Affair. What’s the common denominator between Vietnam, China, Afghanistan, and Latin American? They’re all know for drugs such as heroin. For example, the Turkish group, the Grey Wolves, are a right-wing paramilitary group once associated with NATO Stay Behind Units, i.e., they were trained terrorist to supposedly fight communism, but they also sold Turkish heroin. Turkish and Chinese heroin dealing by the USA goes back times after the Revolutionary War, called Old China Trade, which made East Coast elites vastly wealthy and in part helped finance the Ivy League. One of the descendants of this is John Forbes Kerry of the Forbes Family. Trump’s advisor was Ray Cohn and he was a prosecutor and bully during the McCarthy Era and the McCarthy Era is where a young Ronald Reagan got it start snitching on suspected Communist in Hollywood. Nixon and Reagan did the War on Drugs despite knowing the government was in bed with gangs, the mobs, etc., even going so far as
Jeffrey Epstein fits into a lot of things. One facet is his relationship with MIT, his friendships with world leaders such as Prince Andres, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump, his early Bitcoin interests, his association with top scientists at his island for summits, but, as we all know, his international underage sex ring which had ties to fashion elites in places such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Paris. However, for, the general public was exposed to a few major events. These include (1) Russia-gate which made Robert Mueller a household name; (2) the Las Vegas Shooting where I did some research on the Filipino connection and discovered a long history of gun smuggling, casinos, prostitution, FBI/ATF/DOJ and Homeland Security involvement, and the Philippine’s crucial role in American foreign policy such as hedging China by making American presences needed to fight a possibly American-created Islamic terrorist situation where the former leader of Abu Sayyaf was a veteran of the Soviet-Afghan War on the American side; (3) Me Too, which was a hallmark victory for women’s rights, yet, Harvey Weinstein going down might have simply covered up darker behavior going on in Hollywood, such as that relating to the possible abuse of children and human trafficking victims. Essentially, in my opinion, Me Too was important but the media used it as a diversion by using our larger Culture War relating to gender, to steer attention away from Hollywood, but also possibly silence actors who had dirt on them from engaging in political activism. Isn’t is strange how low-key so many Hollywood actors and actresses are now? (4) the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia, where Saudi Arabia is a key ally to the Trump administration but interestingly the Israeli state. Saudi Arabia has played a key role in US foreign policy but is also involved in Jared Kushner’s supposed peace plan (5) Operation Varsity Blues, which was the take down of a college admission’s racket where elites paid a man to cheat their rich children into college. Essentially, it was a direct yet passive way to show certain elites that they can be taken care of it need be, such as Jared Kushner whom despite bad grades was admitted to Harvard after his father gave a large financial donation. Finally, at number five (5), we have the death of Jeffrey Epstein.
It is my opinion that either directly or by degrees-of separation that all these events are connected and I feel this because each event could easily be the story of a generation, if the media wanted them to, yet, each were showcased and passed without true resolution. It’s as if the media wanted to show us just to seem like they were doing their job but no true follow up was done afterwards. Further, the sociological effects of showcasing these events led to nothing more than bipartisan bickering or identity-politic warfare to divert the public from the “true glass ceiling”.
We’ve been here before, haven’t we? I’m tired and finding the truth seems like a matter of endurance and this is something I struggle with, as I stare into this truth that I suspect.
What tipped me off to this was the fact that Erik Price of Blackwater is working for a Chinese based contractor called Frontier Services Group, which is in part helping clear the way for the Sino-Russian economic joint venture, The Belt and Road Project. This is odd because Prince donated and networked for Trump, so why is a Gung-ho US mercenary helping China despite the Trump administration’s economic nationalism against China? Also, this leads me back to the shadowy history of China in the final day of World War 2 where the CIA under Bill Donovan was conducting operations. This fact, reminds me of the current Hong Kong protests, which thus points light on Steve Bannon’s Goldman Sachs dealings in Hong Kong regarding digital currency. It seems that a type of 4d chess is being played, by playing both sides (hence why I use the James Bond image of SPECTRE), and the powers at be, such as banks and corporations are prepping for a new order, i.e., the inevitable goal of linking a democratic China into the global network. A new global order of larger economic blocs ran by corporations and banks that will link China, Russia, the USA, but Israel will have a very important managerial and religious role. This sounds crazy but I suspect Trump of being a New World Order president hiding behind the facade of a nationalist, but his nationalism and Russian apologetic is an attempt at sustaining old Anglo-Continental-Zionist supremacy for the new system that will come, likely after a large showdown such as World War 3 in the future. This is similar to how the order as is came into being after WW2 and there were many double-play intrigues leading up to both WW1 and WW2.
So, if you read this, take it for yourself. It’s not about me. It’s not about “good job, pat on the back, you deserve a prize”. Go out there and go find the truth. By the way, the ACZ Network is something I use to describe the Anglo-Continental Zionist network. It’s an odd collective of elites for the Anglo and American stock, European nobility and bankers, and Zionist Jews all working in unison, despite the surface appearance of tensions, e.g., in many cases Zionist organizations fund right-wing organizations who you would think are at odds with Zionist but they use this top-cover to increase Zionist power. For example in the United States within the right-wing, despite being a bastion of old white supremacy and antisemitism, there is a support for Zionism via Evangelical Christianity. Further, the right-wing is often militaristic with all of its glib of Soldier of Fortune or hunter aesthetics, is often used to fight Zion’s enemies, tapping into the aesthetic of the “Germanic Anglo-Saxon Teutonic Knight”, or be pawns within a larger global struggle in which they’re simply actors supporting the things they claim to hate, i.e., Iran Contra involving drug selling for arms by anti-communist right-wing organizations such as Western Goals Foundation of John K. Singlaub and Oliver North. Fun Fact: This deep-state heroin dealing was reference in the film, Lethal Weapon (1987).
It sounds strange. It sounds like the ramblings of another lost male musing in cyberspace. But, it’s not. It’s my personal belief, based on comparisons to history, that it’s all rigged. I suspect that the dynamite is being laid by a powerful cabal of people, to instigate the big fight between the major powers, just so a new order equivalent to that which arose after World War 2 can rise. I can see a future where China is Balkanized but not destroyed, because that’s not in the game-plan. The game-plan is to integrate a capitalist and democratic China, or “Chinas” divided along ethnic lines, into the Global economy via the Belt and Road project, which would then give globalism a major push across the finish line of a de-facto world government. A democratic capitalist China, just imagine. The consumption, spending, building, and waste such as that found in the American Way of Life. Do we really think that international banks from Goldman Sachs, UBS, Deutsche Bank, HBSC, ING, Softbank, Mistubishi Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, add Russian, Chinese banks too, and the list goes on, don’t want endless profits and immense global power? Multi-national companies have no allegiance to a country, but only profits, and economic nationalism might preserve a culture, but it will also put that culture at the detriment of other culture’s who “play the game” of innovation on the constant quests of profits. In other words, all of this is inevitable, a sign of human social evolution.
The issue with all of this is that it needs lies to sustain itself for top-cover as paid actors, i.e., top politicians at the services of banks and think-tanks like the Council of Foreign Policy or Trilateral Commission, have to put on a show of global conflict, which does require that people die. The world is ran like a mafia network of factions, and despite “street level goons” getting into turf wars, behind the scenes the top brass or Dons are in cahoots. Fighting wars for example isn’t always as simply as nationalist propaganda but it’s a matter of fighting for concessions or to create a new order by making it appear that it all seem like a simplistic us versus them scenario. Nations such as Germany and Japan knew they didn’t have the resources to win a victory, though they made up for it with innovation and cruelty, but a part of starting the wars was to carve out space in the new order that would later come. It’s arguable that parties in Japan and Germany had ties to the West before the war and WW2 was largely true, but there’s also a shadowy behind the scene agenda which is hard to make out. Many Nazis wanted to negotiate with the Allies, almost is if they knew the game went too far, but Hitler knowing he was betrayed by people in the West (Cliveden Set. Note: Hitler was a fan of Cecil Rhodes, the British Imperialist, namesake for the Rhodes Scholarship and Rhodesia, who worked for DeBeers Diamonds which was a Rothschild financed company), to keep fighting on.
Germany was fighting a war which couldn’t be won and the only reason to think it had the gall to fight such as war is that many in the Nazi elite though they had support from outside of Germany. The goal seems to have been the implementation of fascism, which was one of the Big Three democratic theoretical models which found support within the West, and the Nazi elite thought they had support for fascism under Hitler within the USA and UK, considering there was Anglo-American support prior to Germany’s invasions of its neighbors, such as the well-known relationships with the Koch Family, Watson Family of IBM, Coca-Cola, Henry Ford, the British Cliveden Set, the Imperial Fascist League of Arnold Leese, the British Union of Fascist under Oswald Mosley (where the BUF has the support of Lord Rothermere who will be discussed later), the American Bund (known for its infamous Madison Square Guard rally in 1939), and even the support of Hollywood through studios such as MGM which was owned by Russian Jew, Louis B. Mayer. Mayer would later become a staunch Republican, especially as the Neoconservative movement rose (which was highly Jewish), and oversaw the McCarthy Red Scare Witch Hunts of actors led by a young Ronald Reagan (later of Bohemian Grove with Richard Nixon). The Hollywood connections to Hitler can be found The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler by Ben Urwand (2013), by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
The resultant damage to Germany due to Hitler, allowed the powers to carve the world in half during the Cold War, which soon thereafter morphed into the Middle Eastern conflicts regarding oil, the establishment of OPEC, etc. It seems the Cold War in part was a way to carve the Earth in half, manage the populations of Earth under two dialectical economic opposites, but also control energy prices via a cabal of international companies and banks. There was tension between the USA and USSR, of course, but also instances where the truth was revealed, such as (1) the revelation of the Cambridge Five scandal that included Kim Philby, where five British intelligence officers were caught sharing information with the Soviet Union, (2) The US USSR Esalen Institute Exchanges in the early nineteen-eighties, and (3) the fact that Chase Bank under David Rockefeller, the heir to the Standard Oil Dynasty, and with close ties to the OSS (CIA), opened a bank office in Communist Russia in the nineteen-seventies. This was when the Cold War was still on overdrive, despite it being after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Since, they couldn’t talk directly, otherwise the entire global order would fall, certain nations such as Israel and India have a history of being back-doors between the USSR and USA.
People like Stalin and Hitler didn’t simply rise from the ashes, but were possibly pulled from the gutters or scouted to play a role, though they were able to control their respective mob faction accordingly to keep the “game alive”.
Speaking to the unfolding One Belt One Road Initiative, if you add, the eventual inclusion of digital currency (in theory the IMF has the power to print money or sanction money), in the wake of the US dollar falling as the world’s reserve currency (though I’m sure it will still be a respectable currency similar to how the Pound was to the Dollar), then not only do we have a world of larger economic blocs, but we have a common world currency. Many developing nations prefer crypto-currency because its more accessible than US dollars, and they’re already used to chaotic currencies. The world will thus be smaller and more interconnected via a technotronic model akin to Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “In Between Two Ages” (digital money, digital payment systems able to be cancelled if a person gets out of line, surveillance states, etc.) with international bodies for governorship – either existing as is, i.e., the United Nations, World Bank, IMF, Interpol, or, shifting to new bodies in places such as Israel (some consider the center of the world).
Think about it this way, Trump and the MAGA Camp, which is full of not only white-identity politics apologist and Jewish Zionists, has tried repeatedly to improve relations with Russia, despite Russia under the “esoteric guidance” of Aleksandr Dugin wanting to expand former Soviet territory lost after the Cold War. Russia also has deep relations with China with China being their main creditor and Russia being China’s main natural gas supplier. So, by Trump trying to be get cozy with Russia, in essence he’s getting cozy with China, and the fact that Erik Price is working with Frontier Services Group on the Belt and Road Project – despite Trump’s economic sanctions – indicates that Trump, in theory is supporting Sino-Russian relations, which gives Israel leverage due to its international Chabad networks in Moscow, the USA, etc. Is Trump simply another chaos agent laying the dynamite underneath the facade of America First patriotism, hypnotizing the white majority of the US in its never-ending Culture War? Smoke and mirrors?
Add, to this that Russia and China have close economic ties regarding Central Asia, i.e., The Grand Chessboard as stated by Zbigniew Brzezinski, via the Belt and Road Project, yet, Israel has close ties to both Sino-Russian relations and US-UK (Anglo-American) relations. Despite, being the smallest actor in this unfolding game, Israel oddly has leveraged its size to play a larger role in such as plausible new global order. For example, Israel via religion can play the Old Testament card, i.e., Judeo-Christian, but also can play into End Times prophecy revelation in which many Evangelical Christians believe in, hence, why Islam has been put at odds against Christendom. As the game unfolds, I noticed one similarity between all the major players of Russia, China, the USA, and Israel. This is they all have Muslims in their shooting sights, e.g., the Chechens of Russia, the Uyghurs of China, the Palestinians with Israel, and the Americans which every nation, save Saudi Arabia, though Saudi Arabia is an actor in the global already. Further, Israel can spread a global religion called Noahide, particularly in developing nations, which is a Christian form of Israel worship. Many Noahide Laws have been implemented already without the general public even knowing such as Trump’s staunch Zionist rhetoric.
On the other hand, China is Russia’s largest creditor (apart from Cyprus, which acts as an offshore money center for round-trip investment into the Russian economy). Russia has become the largest supplier of oil to China over the last three months, bumping Saudi Arabia from the top spot. (Gabuev & Greg, 2016)
So while there are some developments that might be the beginning of something bigger, more mature, and more ambitious, the end result will still be asymmetrical as long as Russia clearly needs China much more than China needs Russia. China has a diversified economy, including multiple sources of hydrocarbons, and therefore Russia is definitely the dependent partner. (Gabuev & Greg, 2016)
Regarding the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Andrei Muchnik (2017) stated, “The so-called Red Zion was established in the 1930s as a Soviet alternative to British Mandatory Palestine. The first official Jewish entity managed to attract a fair few prominent Jews in its heyday – including Yiddish poet Peretz Markish. The settlers didn’t come only from the Soviet Union, but also from such far-flung places as Argentina and Mandatory Palestine itself. Further, describing Stalin’s reason for creating the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Muchnik (2017) states, another reason was an attempt to try to cozy up to overseas Jews and attract investment. It was also intended to connect the Trans-Siberian Railroad and Amur River Valley. The Chabad.org Staff (2017) stated, “Rejecting the “bourgeoisie nationalism” of the Zionist movement—with its focus on the land of Israel—the Soviet government pushed this remote section of Siberia on the Chinese border as an alternative Zion, where working Jews from all over the world could freely settle and make an honest living working the land.”
Gabuev & Greg (2016) of the Carnegie Moscow Center, stated, “There are, however, some Chinese renting land in places like the Jewish Autonomous Region, where Chinese farmers are tenants on up to 80% of the land in the tiny province. At the same time, these farmers are the only mass producers of vegetables and grains for the local market, so it’s a win-win situation wherein Russian residents of the region benefit from lower prices for agricultural products, and the Chinese farmers can export the surplus.”. Regarding the JAO’s relationship to Belt and Road project, Junya, Yue, Hao, & Bingqing (2018), stated, “As part of it, two cross-border bridges to be completed in 2019 will link China’s Heilongjiang Province with Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast and Amur region, while two international transport corridors are under construction in the Primorsky Territory.”. Further, Junya, et al (2018), states, “In fact, China has become the Russian Far East’s biggest investment source. Primorsky’s capital and port Vladivostok is now home to many Chinese enterprises. In particular, China’s northeastern provinces, known as the “rust belt,” are too looking to bilateral cooperation in securing easy access to seaports and reviving their economies. Agriculture and transborder logistics are currently the two leading sectors in China-Russia cooperation in the Far East.”.
“As if this vat redrawing of the world’s map were not enough, Russia announced that it had joined China as its ally, and that it considered the nations of eastern Europe that were not loyal members of the New Warsaw Pact to be provinces in rebellion. Without firing a shot, Russia was able, simply by promising not to be as dreadful an overlord as China, to rewrite the Warsaw Pact until it was more or less the constitution of an empire that included all of Europe east of Germany, Austria, and Italy in the south, and east of Sweden and Norway in the north” (Shadow of the Hegemon, Card, p. 428, para. 2)
“The weary nations of western Europe were quick to “welcome” and “discipline” that Russia would bring to Europe, and Russia was immediately given full membership in the European Community. Because Russia now controlled the votes of more than half the members of that community, it would require constant tug of war to keep some semblance of independence, and rather than play that game, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, and Portugal left the European Community. But even they took great pains to assure the Russian bear that this was purely over economic issues and they really welcomed this renewed Russian interest in the West” (Shadow of the Hegemon, Card, p. 428)
“Indeed, the only force that stood firm against China and Russia while facing them across heavily defended borders were the Muslim nations. Iran generously forgot how threateningly Pakistani troops had loom along their borders in the month before India’s fall, and Arabs joined with Turks in Muslim solidarity against any Russian encroachment across the Caucus into the vast steppes of central Asia. No one seriously thought that Muslim military might could stand for long against a serious attack from China, and Russia was only scarcely less dangerous, but the Muslims laid aside their grievances, trusted in Allah, and kept their bodies bristling with the warning that this nestle would be hard to grasp.” (Shadow of the Hegemon, Card, p. 428-429, para. 4)
Does anyone think it’s strange that Rex Tillerson with Exxon Mobil, i.e., Standard Oil of the Rockefellers, had a very cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russian oil company, Rosneft? Maybe, Putin knows strategically that he’s outmatched and the Kremlin’s attempts at infiltrating the West is Russia trying to figure out which superpower it will side with during the inevitable showdown? Maybe, Putin is simply in the pockets of those who already run the world and is effectively the paid-for boogeyman, considering he has the means to make money in the West, such as with oil/natural gas with Exxon Mobil, real-estate, the Russian mob, oligarchs who own sports teams in the Premier League, or his son-in-law’s, Yuri Milner’s, investments with Facebook.
I say this because when it comes to warfare, it’s not always about fighting to win or total annihilation, but rather fighting to lose but still have enough bargaining power at the table of the new order.
Does anyone find it strange, that despite Trump’s “economic populist” rhetoric against China, that one of his close allies and donors in Erik Prince, is doing defense contractor work for Frontier Services Group, a Chinese based firm assisting with the economic juggernaut project, the Belt and Road Initiative? Or, does anyone find it odd that Steve Bannon, despite all his “patriotic rhetoric”, has close ties to Hong Kong via his days as Goldman Sachs, but also his dealings with early Bitcoin and Bitcoin pushers such as Brock Pierson. Pierson was later invited to Epstein’s Island for a science forum. All these clues are right in our faces, but the disorienting part is how they’re never connected, especially by those with the supposed intellect to do so, e.g., the mainstream media. Does anyone not find it odd that Ghislaine Maxwell’s acted with near impunity as the madam of the “elite global managerial class”, hasn’t been charged with anything, despite her father being a double if not triple-agent between the Mossad, MI5, and KGB?
We’ve been here before, haven’t we?
The same international banking interests rearranging the global landscape, so an explosion happens, so a new order, i.e., symbolic of the Phoenix, rises. The political intrigues of what occurred before World War 2 seems to be going on now, but this is “higher level strategy” above what we would see on television, lost in identity politics, zoning out to social media. In the past we know all this real-life historical oddities such as The Cliveden Set with the Astor Family and this “Sects” relationship via Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere. Rothermere was a prominent newspaper propagandist in the UK who supported the Nazis but had a relationship with Jewish-born Nazi spy Stephanie von Hohenloe. Hohenloe would later work for the OSS (CIA); The Neville Chamberlain appeasement of Hitler, which allowed him to invade Poland, and thus compel the Allies to enter the War; Josef Stalin’s early work in the old-fields owned by the French Rothschild’s, Royal Dutch Shell, and the Noble Family, as a Marxist rabble-rouser but people suspected him of being a government agent.
Was the Cold War simply a way to divide the world in half to control energy production and prices, but Marxism and Capitalism were funded by the same international banks who simply coopted and manipulated early organic and grassroots movements? Think about that, what soon unfolded after WW2 and the establishment of the Cold War order? Oil and the Middle East such as the inclusion of the Saud Family with Getty Oil, the CIA and MI5s overthrow of the Iranian government which is rich in crude oil; the fact that the British won the land of Palestine which would later become Israel, after King George and the British Rothschilds dethroned George’s cousins, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany (thus his allies in the Ottoman Turks who controlled Palestine), but also Czar Nicholas through the Bolshevik Revolution; the fact that Marxism was financed by Engels, who was the heir to a wealthy Anglo-British industrial company; the Bronfman Family’s (NXVIUM) relation to the Lehman Family, i.e., Lehman Brothers investment house, and the Morgenthau Family. Henry Morgenthau Jr., was the United States Secretary of the Treasury under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who shaped the Lend-Lease Program, support for China in WW2, and proposing the Morgenthau Plan, with the latter being the plan to destroy German military capacity but this was seized by the Nazis to keep fighting on; the OSS and US Army Counterintelligence Agency’s faux trials of Nazi War Criminals just to absorb them into the new West Germany intelligence apparatus and US nuclear research program, which included Reinhard Gehlen of Gehlen Organization – the precursor to the modern German BND; we all know about Mossad’s work with Otto Sorkzeny, Hitler’s favorite commando to take out Egyptian nuclear scientists, but also the fact that there many Nazis with Jewish blood. Would Israel not exist without Nazis?
Regarding, the Nazi connection it is well-known that the US used Nazi scientists for weapon’s research. However, JD Salinger was actually one of the people charged to hunt down these Nazis when he was attached the US Army’s Counterintelligence Command. Salinger had a nervous breakdown and checked himself into a mental hospital in Germany which was being ran by a Nazi in hiding. Even though Salinger is included within many conspiracy theories, it is my suspicion that Salinger and his magnum opus, A Catcher in the Rye, was an analogy about his time in Germany in World War 2, and the cynicism he felt when he learned the truth that the Allies were recruiting Nazis. It is my suspicion that Salinger’s use of the word phonies by the story’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield, was a jab at Army and OSS top-brass. Salinger’s Jewish identity was thus called into question, i.e., he has a severe existential crisis, knowing that he was in part assisting people who wanted to exterminate his people, and I suspect the bleakness of Holden depicted his sadness. The impact of Catcher in the Rye wasn’t some “mind control” story as alleged, but rather it was a story inspired by true events that touched upon the most extreme fringes of Western existentialism and nihilism, juxtaposed by the innocence of youth, and this in part sparked a social revolution. The copy-cat violence of some readers inspired by Catcher in the Rye was a social phenomenon similar – allegedly – to that of the Sorrow of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which started a string of copy-cat suicides. Eberhard Alsen (2018), through the University of Wisconsin Press, published, J.D. Salinger and the Nazis, provided an objective analysis of claims relating to JD Salinger. In many ways the book disproves many conspiracies regarding Salinger, and instead shows him as a Jewish-American man with an identity-crisis, i.e., to be Jewish or to be a man of the West, a.ka., an All American guy indifferent to Zionism, who found himself doing lowly enlisted Intel work (never becoming in Officer) but possibly came upon a higher truth as he hunted Nazis that was too much to bare.
“The US Army’s Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency falsified the political and employment records of Braun and his team of engineers so they could continue their work on ballistic missiles for the United States. In short, the US Army deliberately hoodwinked the president” (Alsen, 2018, p.118).
“While the Army resettled (Werner von) Braun and over fifteen hundred other whitewashed Nazis in the United States to do weapons research, Salinger was expected to track down lesser Nazis in Germany so they could be denazified. This double standard must have reinforced Salinger’s negative opinion of the US Army leadership and confirmed his opinion that his job as a Nazi hunter was a ridiculous waste of time” (Alsen, 2018, p.118).
Before I move on from from Salinger, I just want to state that Salinger was a part of the Ritchie Boys, who were a predominately Jewish group of US troopers who were recruited for their German language skills. They were used for interrogation of Nazi prisoners. One, notable member of the Ritchie Boys as Henry Kissinger who would take over as Secretary of State, overseeing the right-wing overthrows of many democracies, and also was a part of the Neoconservative movement which was largely Jewish and/or Trotsky followers who joined the GOP. For example, Trotsky’s notion of international revolution would be absorbed into the US military apparatus under the guise of freedom, and instead of a worker’s revolution, instead it was replaces with spreading democracy, i.e., constant war for the war-machine. This period of time also saw a young Israel find itself becoming cozy with US foreign policy due to its strategic location but also the possibility that many neoconservatives were Jewish and this was a part of the plan to prop up and fund Israel. The Necons later tapped into Evangelical Christianity to further deepen ties with Israel in the political-right which is known for being more patriotic and willing to use military force.
Even though, Salinger isn’t vital to this paper, his CIC link is notable in that it was brought up in a CIA Archived piece, titled, Cold War Allies: The Origins of CIA’s Relationship with Ukrainian Nationalists, by Kevin C. Ruffner (1998). In this article it went into detail about how the SSU (Strategic Services Unit), i.e., the OSS and later CIA, recruited Ukrainian nationalists to form emirges, i.e., cells, to help fight Communism in the West. Frank Wisner of the CIA had a close professional relationship with Kim Philby of the Cambridge Five Double-Spy Scandal. In the article by Ruffner (1998) it was stated that Wisner backed his conclusions for the setting up cells based on information drawn from the CIC, which is where Salinger worked. So, there was a relationship with the CIA and the CIA, and the CIA in certain cases had contacts with moles who had contact with the Soviets; however, I’m not drawing a clear straight connection here, but rather its a case of degrees of separation in a very confusing spy landscape of Cold War, i.e., no one knew who to trust. I’ll share some quotes from Ruffner (1998) below:
“The Strategic Services Unit (SSU), the successor to the wartime Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, and the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency learned about anti-Soviet Ukrainian resistance movements that continued after the war in Western Europe” (Ruffner, 1998)
“Boleslav A. Holtsmann, SSU’s X-2 (Counter-Intelligence) representative in Munich, became the primary American contacts with Ukrainian leaders in the American Zone in Germany” (Ruffner, 1998)
“There were some setbacks between this collaboration of the SSU and Ukrainian emigres. SSU Director, William Quinn, wanted more research into the Ukrainian factions before they could become CIA Assets” (Ruffner, 1998)
“Ukrainians had served in the German Army and had been linked to Nazi atrocities on the Eastern Front” (Ruffner, 1998)
“Zsolt Aradi, a Hungarian consultant within the SSU, was instrumental in establishing American intelligence contacts with the Ukrainians. Aradi had written the Ukrainian nationalist movement for the SSU in October 1946, and used his ties with Ukrainian church officials and the Vatican to meet emirge leaders in Germany” (Ruffner, 1998)
It’s interesting to note that in the Baku Oil fields, the main players were Branobel (an oil company owned by the Nobel Family – yes, the same ones who made dynamite and where the Nobel Prize gets its name from), the French Rothschild, and Royal Dutch Shell. Yet, according to Levine (2007), On 28 April 1920, the Bolsheviks seized power in Baku and Branobel’s oil business in Azerbaijan was nationalized. In May 1920, the Nobel family sold almost half the Branobel’s shares in its possession to Standard Oil of New Jersey.
So, think about that, after the Communist Revolution, the largest oil company in the world ran by the Rockefeller’s absorbed their competition, becoming even bigger. Further, the Bolshevik revolution dethroned King George’s competitor and cousin, Czar Nicholas. It sound’s like grand mafia politics of taking over territory and controlling the political landscape to spur more conflict, thus gain more control. Where did the Bolsheviks get their weapons from? Wasn’t Communism in part created by Fredrich Engels? Who was a British-German rich kid whose parents had a successful textile company. It seems that Communism was in part funded by Anglo-American and banking interests to destabilize competition and centralize resources. Yet, whenever the powers props up an actor like Stalin or Hitler, they don’t have full control of those people, so there’s a power-play between all parties. Hitler thought he had a truce with Stalin during the Ribbentrob and Molotov negotiations leading to the Molotov Pact, but the Allies and Stalin always planned on joined forces, like mobs, and carving Germany in half to start the Cold War.
Erik Prince of Blackwater
Israel’s Black Cube intelligence firm
Prince’s work on the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative with Chinese based Frontier Services Group to jail the Uyghur people on the Western Desert, despite Prince donating to Trump and negotiating with Saudi and Emirate princes in the Seychelles (as proved in the MSM and Mueller Report)
Bannon’s Goldman Sachs history with Hong Kong which included early Bitcoin, i.e., global currency, including work with Brock Pierson (accused rapist) who was at Epstein’s Island.
Israel’s Sino-Russian relations from the time of Ben-Gurion and how they can profit from the Belt and Road Initiative via the Russian territory of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast;
Sheldon Adelson’s (Trump Super Donor) Chinese gambling business with Macau;
The Philippines crucial role in Pacific defense policy, yet, there’s a shadowy underworld of prostitution, gun running, the FBI/ATF/DOJ/Homeland Security, DOD counter-terrorism against Abu Sayyaf where the former leader of Abu Sayyaf was a veteran of the Soviet-Afghan War on the side of the Americans. The Las Vegas shooter’s Filipino connections oddly pointed the spotlight on what’s going on in the Philippines.
Prince’s relationship with the conservative Council for National Policy which included his “avatar”, Major General John K Singlaub (WW2, China, The Secret War in Laos, Afghanistan, [the latter two known for Heroin), and Iran Contra) aka Right Wing PMC drug dealing to funnel guns for revolutionary forces;
Similarities between Blackwater and Western Goals Foundation;
Prince’s relationship with Left Behind (a Christian Right book) author Tim LeHaye thus linking Prince to the Zionist such as Jared Kushner and thus the Chabad Lubavitch community.
The history of the CIA in China after WW2 before the propping up of Mao who was a bookkeeper in the Yale China missions – an organization built by Yale East Coast elite families dating back to the Old China Opium Trade (John Forbes Kerry is a descendant) which was formed to smuggle heroin out of China after the Boxer Rebellion and Nationalist backlash. The Americans muscled and won the old Heroin networks of the British Empire and French Empire, i.e., British India owned Pakistan and knew of the heroin fields of Afghanistan, where a certain region was called Kafiristan and Nuristan. Nuristan means “Land of Light”, i.e., Land of Illumination. The Americans after the Revolutionary War had already developed heroin networks with Turkey and China.
and how the Hong Kong Protests might be MI5 and CIA supported considering Hong Kong is former British territory.
It seems Prince might be the “chaos agent”, laying the groundwork for the “NWO”, i.e., imploding China and starting a war, just to do a strategic rebuild of China via the Belt and Road so a democratic China can be controlled by foreign global banks and multinationals.
John D. Rockefeller, loved Mao, and opened banking offices in Russia and China in the 70s in the height of the Cold War.
David Rockefeller in 1973 published the famous article in the New York Times called From a China Traveler. Rockefeller shows admiration for the Chinese country which was still under Maoist Communist ideology. Rockefeller through Chase Bank, now JP Morgan & Chase, opened one of the first American bank offices in China since the Chinese Civil War, in the nineteen-seventies. This was at a time when the United States was supposedly a staunch anti-communist advocate. Considering the vast history of the American East Coast elite in China dating back to the post-Revolutionary era of opium dealing with China, and the creation of the Yale-China Association (where Mao worked at), it seems that China was always the goal of the globalist. Rockefeller (1973) states, “One is impressed immediately by the sense of national harmony. From the loud patriotic music at the border onward, there is very real and pervasive dedication to Chairman Mao and Maoist principles. Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose.” Further, “The social experiment in China under. Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.” (Rockefeller, 1973). Regarding banks in China and Russia by the Rockefeller Dynasty, David Rockefeller opened one of the first Western bankers in Russia during the Cold War. According to JP Morgan Chase & Co. (2017), “In the 1970s, Chase added nearly 40 new branches, representative offices, affiliates, subsidiaries and joint ventures outside the United States, including two historic firsts in 1973: Chase opened a representative office in Moscow, the first presence for a U.S. bank in the Soviet Union since the 1920s” (p. 13). Further, JP Morgan Chase & Co. (2017), “In 1973, Chase Manhattan Bank Chairman David Rockefeller visited China and met with Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-Lai. Chase became the first U.S. correspondent to the Bank of China since the 1949 Chinese Revolution.” (p. 13).
“George Vendasky, for example, sees Russian pre-Christian pagan religion as a development from both Zoroastrianism and Mithraism. And Aleksandr Dugin and other current Russian neo-Eurasianists and neonationalists point to ancient Russia’s religious and cultural kinship with ancient Iran to support their calls for a new Russo-Iranian Eurasian continental alliance to counter NATO power and culture”. (p. 83, Young, 2012).
“The ancient Iranians, to whom Fedorov believes the Slavs are related, were continental rather than insular and peninsular in outland, land tillers rather than land seekers, and in their close relationship to the earth recognized that life is won only by constant struggle against nature. Evil, for the Zendo-Slavic peoples, is not an inescapable condition of existence, as in India, but can be overcome by concerted human effort.” (pg. 83, Young, 2012).
George Vendasky, for example, sees Russian pre-Christian pagan religion as a development from both Zoroastrianism and Mithraism. And Aleksandr Dugin and other current Russian neo-Eurasianists and neonationalists point to ancient Russia’s religious and cultural kinship with ancient Iran to support their calls for a new Russo-Iranian Eurasian continental alliance to counter NATO power and culture”. (p. 83)
“Fedorov viewed Russian culture as a continuation of ancient Aryan Iran, a combination of Eastern and Western principles, struggling against a hostile natural environment, wary of Greco-Roman power to the west and Turan to the East. Similarly, Gumilev views Russia as an absorber and continuation of the great steppe powers of ancient Eurasia, different from and strong than both Western Europe and eastern Asia. For Gumilev, the Mongol invasion by Genghis Khan was not a curse but a blessing for Russia, saving the entire Eurasian heartland from the aggressive clutches of the Catholic West, then presented by Poland and the Baltic Teutonic Knights. Under the khans, Russian Orthodox spirituality was tolerated and allowed to mature, whereas medieval Orthodox spirituality would’ve been crushed under the heels of Teutonic Knights, and the Eurasian heartland would eventually have become simply an extended version of the European spiritual and political battleground of Catholics versus Protestants.” (p. 228)
“In recent times, Gumilev’s theories have proved especially useful to Russian neonationalists, neo-Eurasianists and other with an anti-Western, anti-Atlanticist political bias, the most prominent of whom is the ideologist, Alexander Dugin – and, some might add, Vladimir Putin.” (p. 228)
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of this paper is to A) show the important Defense Industry angle to Katie Hill’s
district. The district she represented is a major player regarding the Military
Complex and this district was recently held by an ardent Trump supporter. Katie
winning that seat probably gave the Trump Administration (and, possibly even
the neoliberal side of the DNC that supports war) and the Defense Lobby a
person who wouldn’t simply vote for pro-military legislation for the sake of
doing so, even though Katie Hill has voted for pro-military and veteran legislation.
Katie Hill also voted against sending military arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE
which brings to light Jared Kushner, the supposed Peace Plan, Donald Trump, and
even Jamal Khashoggi, and B) to show the socio-political climate of the
Antelope Valley in her district which has a history of drugs, white nationalist
gangs, and is very sensitive to Recessions, meaning there’s a higher risk of
right-wing reactionary politics.
Hill out of office, Johnson (2019) of The Hill, stated, “California Gov. Gavin
Newsom (D) on Friday set the date for the special election to decide who will
replace former Rep. Katie Hill (D), who announced her resignation last month amid
allegations she had affairs with campaign and congressional staffers. The
special election for the 25th Congressional District seat will take
place March 3, and if no candidate wins the majority, then a run-off will be
held on May 12, the governor’s office said.”
upcoming election, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks is running, well,
possibly. According to Martin (2019), “The race to replace Katie Hill in
California’s 25th District keeps getting wilder, Cenk Uygur, a
former MSNBC personality and found of The Young Turks, a progressive
activism website, has announced his intent to run for the seat.” Further,
Martin (2019) states, “And while he’s clearly fired up, there might a couple of
things standing in his way. For one, he doesn’t live in or have any apparent
connection to the 25th. Uygur resides in West L.A. and, when asked
about the issue, responded, “People are obsessed with geography over the
issues.”” The article by Martin (2019) also discusses Cenk’s past comments
regarding women, which will certainly hound him, either with the right-wing calling
hypocrisy for the left being wishy-washy on the issue when its politically
convenient, or, he’ll meet stiff resistance from women voters, or, it won’t be
an issue because he said these comments so long ago and his platform has stood
up for women and advocated for progressive causes.
Regardless, the 25th District is also important for the Military and Aerospace Industry with Lockheed Martin having a facility in Palmdale, AeroVironment in Simi Valley, etc. The overall Southern California area has Edwards AFB; Vandenberg AFB under the Space Command and thus NASA; the Jet Propulsion Laboratory ; March Air Force Base (defunct); Los Angeles Air Force Base which houses the Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile System Center; Fort MacArthur in the San Pedro district of LA which still falls under LA AFB; Camp Pendleton; the Pomona Colleges and Caltech as far as research is concerned; The Aerospace Corporation, and all the major defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, BAE Systems, ViaSat, Airbus, etc.
a hard job to balance. She had to actively support a vital economic engine for
her region, despite the New Left constantly attacking the Military Complex,
yet, she had to vote in a way that morally aligned that support for the
military with progressive ideology. Essentially, you can be a leftist or
liberal and support the military, despite the perception in the media that the
left hates the military and the right-wing is military obsessed. There is a
vast spectrum regarding this matter. There’s plenty of Democrats or Leftist in
the United States military and I can attest to that because I served myself
(honorable discharge), but I also grew up in the US Army during my father’s twenty-three-year
you have to realize the “Military Complex” isn’t purely mega-corporations hated
by the political-left but it’s a web or ecosystem comprising an array of
federally recognized small businesses spanning categories such as Woman-Owned
Small Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran Small businesses, Minority-owned
etc. It involves politicians who want to help their districts get jobs, NAICS
codes, General Service Administration schedules, federal research grants with
universities, etc. Federal contracting is universe of its own. Besides the
major prime-contractors such as Boeing, you have smaller suppliers provide
everything from specialty parts, composite moldings, scientific testing, clothing,
food services, cleaning services, IT help, and the furnishing of commercial-off-the-shelf
items such as office supplies, computers, and construction services to facilities.
military-complex employs more people than the general public understands and it’s
not all some boogeyman evil Robocop corporation. A small mom and pop shop in
Anaheim might win an award to deliver printers to some A.B.C.X.Y.G office in a government
facility, or a furniture store in a predominately minority HUB zone (opportunity
zone) might win an award to furnish a command posts’ briefing room or install
lights at your local US Postal Office. Contracting, even that not relating to
the military (all government agencies require contracting, i.e., people who
spend money and issue service contracts), and the Military Complex essentially beefs
up the American economy with direct suppliers in supply-chains or
contract-by-contract awards to small-to-medium size businesses all over the country
who are praying they get a phone call for a chance to submit proposals for a
federal, state, or local project.
unseated Steve Knight who is an 18 year LAPD veteran who oversaw a program
called CRASH (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) which one could
contrast to Katie’s participation in PATH (People Assisting the Homeless),
served in the US Army, was born in Palmdale and attended Palmdale High School,
and while in the House he served on the Committee on Armed Services
(Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Lanced Forces and Subcommittee on Sea-power
and Projection Forces); Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (Subcommittee
on Energy as Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Space, and Subcommittee on
Contracting and Workforce as Chair,
and Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations).
to infographic developed by Bycotte & Silver (2019) Knight voted for Trump’s
policies 99% of the time and was the seventh most partisan Trump supporter in
despite being on the opposite side of the political spectrum, did serve on the
Committee on Armed Services (as well as the same subcommittees as Knight) and
on the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The difference is that
Katie served on the Committee on Oversight and Reform as Vice Chair and served under
its subcommittees of Economic and Consumer Policy and the United States House
Oversight Subcommittee on Environment. The Oversight committee is the committee
looking into Trump. As far as Caucus Membership she was on the LGBT Equality Caucus,
Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the New Democrat Coalition.
on the House Aerospace Caucus, Climate Solutions Caucus, Alzheimer Disease Task
Force, Republican Law Enforcement Task Force, Congressional Lupus Caucus,
Congressional Military Family Caucus, NASA Caucus, Congressional Unmanned Systems
Caucus, etc. Despite both Katie and Steve being in different parties, their
Congressional committee and caucus memberships seem aligned in many ways with
the district they represent, but then differ in certain ways based on their party
and Knight represent areas that value veterans, relies on the defense &
aerospace industry or contracting for employment, but there’s an array of
social issues from being tough on crime and California’s affordable housing
crisis. The district is effectively a swing district with an arguably diverse
population where voters seem issue-based despite standard-political affiliations.
People will vote outside of party lines if a certain issue is relevant. Do you
want to lose your job if federal money dries up or a recession happens? Or, do
you want to lose your house if housing prices keep soaring? These are two major
issues effecting Katie Hill’s area.
military-complex being important in this case and Knight losing to Hill…is it
possible that the revenge porn leak was partially inspired to get her out of
power and to help Knight comeback so the GOP could have a die-hard Pro-Trump
voter to vote for defense spending bills? Not to mention, hedging the House which
is responsible for drafting articles of impeachment. There’s no proof of that a
foreign power hacked her husband or he was conned based on anger in leaking her
photos, but Katie probably angered a lot of people by voting against arms sales
to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It’s not even out of the question to think that
the pro-Israel lobby could’ve thrown her under the bus, considering Jared Kushner
and Israel are allies to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. So, with Katie Hill voting
in favor to combat issues such as antisemitism, she could’ve been betrayed for
going against a larger geopolitical game with Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc.
at a few of Katie Hill’s votes regarding the military and security while in the
House and I got her voting record from Vote Smart (2019) [Note: See Reference
(Yes) to the National Defense Authorization Act on 7/12/2019
She voted (Yes)
to Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th
Victim Compensation Fund Act on 7/12/2019
She voted (Yes)
to the NATO Support Act of 01/22/2019
may have angered certain lobbies by voting (Yes) to
S J Res
38 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed
export to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of certain defense
articles and services on 7/17/2019, and,
S J Res 37 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of
the proposed export to the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of France of certain
defense articles and services on 7/17/2019.
about that…she did her job in supporting US patriots and veterans but also
supported NATO, yet, she went against Saudi Arabia and the UAE. These countries
are very close to Donald Trump and Jared Kushner. So, Katie unseated Knight and
she voted against two of Donald Trump’s key allies as the chaotic unfolding situation
in the Middle East gets worst. Remember the controversy with Trump and the murder
to Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia? Or, Erik Prince of Blackwater being called
out for having a meeting in the Seychelles with representatives from the UAE on
behalf of Trump? Remember Jared Kushner’s supposed Middle East Peace Plan. If
this is the case, there’s a higher level of political intrigue, but also
betrayal, considering Katie also voted from pro-Israel, Anti-Defamation League,
and AIPAC backed legislation denouncing Antisemitism.
keeping this voting record in mind, considering she voted against an arms-sales
to Trump and Kushner allies, Saudi Arabia and UAE, she was also on the “Trump
Watchdog” committee, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In
a paper from her hometown of Santa Clarita, Painter (2019), stated, “Hill sits
on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which, according to
the representative, has launched multiple investigations into the president’s
administration on issues that were not fully examined in the Mueller report,
including White House security clearance policies, family separations at the
southern border and alleged sharing of nuclear information with Saudi
so many issues that we’ve got to continue our investigations on and it’s just
not related to the Mueller report,” she said (Painter, 2019).
even on her Twitter account on February 19, 2019 at 9:13 AM and mentioned the
previous of possible national security by the Trump Administration with Saudi
to the point.
really want to focus on her personal relationship with her husband because it’s
not my business. I really don’t know what to make of it or say about her
personal life. My focus in this paper is A) The Military Complex Angle and B)
An understanding of her mysterious “tattoo”, which doesn’t necessarily
implicate Kate Hill with white supremacy, since I’ve heard or read no
explanation from her, but the possibility that her tattoo is an Iron Cross, sheds
light on the economic and racial situation of the Antelope Valley.
positive note, in a brilliant campaign, Katie was able to modify the sense of
patriotism people in her district expect and which she believes in, but with
progressive ideology more in alignment with what we see in an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
represented the 25th District of California which encompasses the cities/towns/Census-Designed
places of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, and the northern
part of the San Fernando Valley. The median income is $76,866 according to a
basic Google Search, which looks good on paper, but for California standards
that probably puts you in the dead-middle middle-class, so I am assuming this area
is mostly exurban, not suburban in the traditional sense, of working commuter
families. She was a part of the Blue Wave, predominately female revolution of
newly elected politicians in the wake of events such as Donald Trump’s
election, the MeToo movement, Stormy Daniel’s circus events, and the controversial
Ford vs. Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings.
But let’s get this next question out of the way before is Katie Hill a Nazi?
I would say… No. Why? She voted for House Resolution
489 – Condemning President Trump’s Racist Comments Directed at Members of
Congress on 7/16/2019.
She voted for House
Resolution 312 – Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act. She voted H.R 1585 – Violence
Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 on 4/4/2019. She voted for House Resolution
183 – Condemning Antisemitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the
values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and
condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful
expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of
the United States on 03/07/2019. She voted for H.Res.124 – Expressing opposition to
banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals.
And…She voted (Yes) to House Resolution 41 –
Rejecting White Nationalism and White Supremacy – National Key Vote on 1/15/2019.
nude photos were leaked in what has been called revenge porn, which I do believe,
it was revealed she had an Iron Cross tattoo. To my knowledge Katie Hill hasn’t
explained the tattoo. From my view it could be some sort of Nazi symbol, which
will be discussed down below, or it could be something akin to “Hot Topic,
angry Avril Lavigne teenage girl” tattoo of Independent Trucks company. Yet,
her current voting record refutes any claim that she is a Nazi.
up in Santa Clarita, which was ranked by Money Magazine in 2006 as the 18th
best place to live on their list out of 100 cities/towns. The area also voted
for Hillary Clinton in 2016 despite traditionally being Republican, and in
2016, 6.14% voted for Third Party candidates, which reflects a historical
trend, since in 1992, 29.18% voted Third Party and in 1993, 13.24% voted Third Party.
So the area is very prone to swings it seems, though traditionally its
conservative, and I would assume the third-party vote comes a sense of populist
ideology such as that of Ross Perot in 1992, or libertarian based politics
considering the areas rancher and rural heritage. Santa Clarita is an
agglomeration of four former rural towns, with Saugus being one of them, and this
is where Katie went to high school. She also comes from an education family,
where here grandfather was a Political Science professor at UCLA, her grandmother
was educated as an Anthropologist, and her father was a police-lieutenant with
a degree from Katie’s alma mater of Cal-State Northridge with Organizational
System Management (Herstein, 2018).
issue is that the nearby Antelope Valley and areas like Lancaster were known
for having Neo-Nazi elements going back way before the 2000s but was increased after
2000 during the Financial Crisis where many California cities faced bankruptcy
while the State Government was in economic disarray. The desert towns outside
of Los Angeles that were predominately working-class white based on California’s
often unspoken history of racist laws and segregation, where blue collar white communities
despite being die-hard Republicans and unrepentant followers of the LAPD (such
as during the Rodney King Trials and acquittal of white officers) had biker
gangs, Neo Nazis, meth labs, etc.
(1997) of The New Yorker, published an article titled: The Unwanted:
In a Los Angeles suburb where schools and parents faltered, the American Dream
was replaced by drugs, neo-Nazism, and despair. The Hardest hit were Mindy
Turner and her friends. The piece details the life of Mindy Turner of the Antelope
Valley, who lived in a working-class blue-collar home in Lancaster, but by the
ninth grade was a Nazi, meth addicted, sexually active (with much older men),
and became a “skin bitch” (per the article) of the Nazi Low Rider gang of
Lancaster. Eventually, with the help of her mother she was able to breakaway,
but the Nazi group wasn’t letting her go. “The N.L.R.s were into tattoos: swastikas,
skulls, Iron Crosses, lighting bolts – through lightening bolts were permitted
to be worn only by those who had killed a black person” (Finnegan, 1997, para.
the combined population of Lancaster and Palmdale, the Valley’s two main
cities, was sixty thousand. By 1994, their combined population was two hundred
and twenty-two thousand, and today estimates of the Valley’s total population
range as high as four hundred thousand. This hyper-expansion was first sparked
by housing prices in Los Angeles and its nearer suburbs, which soared during
the nineteen-eighties, and by white flight from an increasingly Latino and
Asian city. The Antelope Valley had been considered too remote for commuters,
but the completion of the Antelope Freeway, snaking over the San Gabriel
Mountains, helped change that.” (para. 2). Finnegan (1997), also stated, “Then,
in the 1990s, the Southern California economy, staggered by cutbacks in the
aerospace and defense industries, fell into a deep recession” (para. 3); “In
the Antelope Valley, abandoned housing tracts began to dot the subdivided
desert. Boarded-up shopping centers and bankrupt school districts followed,
along with a wave of personal financial disasters so severe that USA Today
dubbed Palmdale “the foreclosure capital of California”” (para. 3); “For anyone
who has spent time there lately, this is a scary thought – if only because
growing up these days in the Antelope Valley seems to be, for many kids, a
pretty harrowing, dispiriting affairs” (para. 5); “…the Valley’s supersonic
growth has led to overcrowded, often chaotic schools; according to the high-school
district’s superintendent, nearly forty-five percent of the entering students do
not finish their class”; “The teen pregnancy rate is alarmingly high” (para.
5), and “A sheriff’s-department spokesman in Lancaster estimated that fully half
the Valley’s children are unsupervised after school. He also said that there
are now, not coincidentally, more than two hundred youth gangs represented in
the Valley” (para. 5).
a street war raging in Lancaster between white-supremacist skinhead gang known
as the Nazi Low Riders and a rival gang of antiracist skinheads who called themselves
the Sharps” (Finnegan, 1997, para. 6).
economic factors compounded by the nativism mixed with demographic changes from
immigration, and the general racist backlash against President Obama in
right-wing circles, made working class areas prime targets for increases in hate
groups. Many African Americans for example facing gentrification found themselves
migrating to more affordable areas such as the Inland Empire and Antelope Valley,
just to find themselves targeted by hate crimes in the 1980s and 1990s.
Katie before she became her current progressive self, was hanging out with the
wrong crowd (or, the wrong boyfriend), or maybe the tattoo is ironic, or as I
said previously, something more aligned to extreme sports like skateboarding
with companies like Independent Trucks. Yet, let’s say that Kate was hanging
out with the wrong crowds being a rebellious young woman getting tattoos, etc.
former Nazi past is true, maybe this a type of American History X situation? A
person who was born into a privileged-class of people, despite the reality that
many are not privileged within this class, and as she grew into herself, she
refuted any association with her former beliefs/friends and became an advocate for
the LGBTQ community, minorities, veterans, Indigenous First Peoples – Native Americans,
and immigrants. Maybe, I don’t know.
dealing with politics you’re not sure where the daggers are coming from and
despite Katie being young, she held a quite powerful and important district.
is from my generation. We’re the same age, 32, who grew up in the Bart Simpson,
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TGIF, MTV (when they played music videos), summer
Hollywood blockbuster nineteen-nineties, but came of age during the War on Terrorism
where Myspace was actually popular, had rap music blasting, saw hyper-sexualized
pop stars and pornography, listened to death growl screamo or emo or metalcore
or hardcore, the list goes on.
this before the election of Barack Obama, yet after his election we then
experienced our free twenties as underemployed college-graduates in the service-sector
in a county which A) felt like we were making progress as far as rights and
culture was very engaging and experimental, but B) we saw the birth of a type
of “postmodern”, super-intense, conspiracy-based conservatism under the likes
of people such as Alex Jones, whom in another light, sounds like the voice from
Hotel Rwanda urging Hutus to pick up machetes.
Katie, myself and people of our generation sort of grew up on the lightspeed trajectory
of post-MLK racial harmony, unfettered globalist capitalism, mega media conglomerates
creating culture, but also experienced growing pains in a nation still
organized around what is effectively our post-colonial racial-caste system, which
still annoyingly dictates the masses for politics, marketing, sales,
advertising, box-office ticket sales, etc.
generation of postmodern kids where cultures merged into new aesthetics. We’re baby
Gen X who are now adults entering managerial and leadership positions, tired
and hyperaware of the latent defects within the psychology of the United States
despite being the target of “Millennial Studies” in click-bait online articles
for Baby Boomers who don’t retire since they have no pensions and fear losing
all their money in their 401ks if the economy tanks.
white. I am black. Who cares? Yet, like many minorities who climbed up the
economic ladder from the 1970s to now, and found ourselves in suburbia, my
racial engagement with different races was A) not a problem at all 95% of the
time – I considered my white friends as family, but B) I still witnessed the
sociological vestiges of white supremacy such as a caricature view to
minorities with minorities being the boogeyman on the late night news, feeling
in between a rock and a hard place as I juggled whether to ace the SAT or to
emulate black celebrities on TV or in rap videos, and witnessing the eye-balls
follow people who were in interracial relationships where women were not only
slut-shamed but also the target of passive racism.
being in my thirties, I actually see the younger generations as way more
progressive, open-minded, and post-racial while still being sensitive to racial
issues and conversations (more willing to listen than to deflect claims of
racism or sexism), more so, than mine and Katie’s generation. When I look at younger
generations, I’m shocked how much more “woke” they are compared to mine and we’re
not that far away from each other in age.
with the rise of Donald Trump and the Alt-Right ecosystem of outlets such as
YouTube or BitChute (though it’s painful, we must support free speech), it
seems that there might be a regression in progress, with young, curious, and existential
minds going down the rabbit hole to find purpose but then find themselves in
the far-right, first with Jordan B. Petersen maybe via the Joe Rogan Podcast
which features members of the Intellectual Dark Web such as Sam Harris brining
back notions of racial IQ levels, then Stefan Molyneaux or Lauren Southern,
then they’re gone.
So, a part
of me, being the black kid in school, had a sense of possible understanding to
who Katie is and where she comes from. Instead of judging at first glance, I
try to visualize a young, insecure, confused girl in a toxic environment such
as public school who may have projected hate as a form of defense, but she was
really…scared. All teens are a little scared. People can change and when you’re
young and stupid, you’re insecure and afraid. She may be the casualty of an unspoken
racially segregated high school inflicted with juvenile tribalism, where white
teenagers who are educated to feel responsible for the past, get fed up, and
violently reject it. They may actually accept the fact that white supremacy
exists, but then they may have bad encounters with people of different races
who effectively bully them. For all I know, Katie could be a suburban white
girl, from a racially segregated education system with plenty of socio-economic
problems, who grew up conservative, and by proxy gravitated towards white
cliques who felt they needed to group up like we’re living in a prison system,
and was exposed to Nazi-like ideas. Maybe they came to her and that was all she
had being a young, scared, body conscious female in an American public school
which can at times resemble a Corrections Facility.
It is not
uncommon to see a type of “white rights” response by white people who see
minorities getting rights and some minorities might target white people or
whites might be “clowned on”. It’s complicated. I’ve witnessed it myself as a
black man, while I’ve also experienced racism myself. We live in a country
where racism is real in both overt and covert ways, yet, white people carry the
target of being the symbol of hate, so anyone not white might agree on one
thing…white people are the racist. This is probably frustrating for many white youths
and the decent into racism isn’t simply from home or friends, but from a sense
of frustration of not being judged on actions but being judged on their race. The
truth about America is that anyone can be the victim of racism, so to get over
racism we must acknowledge that and defend people. If black kids are bullying a
white kid, then its up to black kids to stand up for that white kid. If white
kids are saying racist things to a black kid, then it is up to white kids to
stand up for that black kid. You can insert any race you want, since racism isn’t
restricted to the standard notions of black and white.
This is a country
where even people of color are being encouraged to enter racial-safe spaces, to
perceive most of their reality with race at the center, and to essentially be
paranoid while they constantly scan for microaggressions. To relate this to
Katie being caught with a bong, this racial climate on college campuses reminds
me of the class-scene from the film How High with Redman and Method Man,
where a white professor eggs on his students of color to attack him, while the
professor belittles the black students who simply…go to class. However, we live
in a nation where we have a President who dog-whistles to actual racists. To
me, both sides are in complete LaLa land.
an older Millennial like myself this intersectional racial climate was
confusing, not because I don’t see value in this framework, but rather it often
denies all the positive racial harmony that many Americans grew up with. It
seems very clinical and intellectual over humanist and connecting. A lazy
solution. Race relations in the United States went slightly in reverse because
of the traditional political-right with its covert John Birch Society antics
posited on denialism and willful ignorance, but also the political-left which
has employed a coalition-revolt campaign which tends to treat groups as militaristic
battalions, commanded by unelected political pundits – tip toe, stay in line, everyone
in your unit act the same…
identity-politics and intersectionality from the standpoint of analysis is a
powerful and important tool but the issue is the scope of how much we use it.
The collateral damage that can happen. It could be said that if we were to
objectively stand back and analyze both sides, is that we’d probably see we’re
living in a perverted rigged system of color-based dialectics. A confusing sociological
experiment bent on tension under the auspices of conservatism or liberalism. Yet,
there is a true, harsh, reality to these issues, so we must acknowledge them,
but we probably should rethink about how we’re combating racism so it’s
inclusive to those who feel historically linked to its reason for existing. The
Democrats have an election to win in 2020, don’t they?
mysterious “Iron Cross” tattoo insinuates a world which has lost context, forgiveness
if guilty, and understanding. Wasn’t Malcom X nothing more than a petty
criminal before he became the activist we remember today? I’m sure many gangbangers
and Aryan Brotherhood followers have left the corrections system and refuted
their former lives, despite having scars such as tattoos, which painfully
reminds them of who they were, and in certain cases, I would assume people have
these tattoos as a reminder of who they aren’t anymore (considering tattoo laser
removal surgery is expensive). There’s not a fixed rubric or lexicon when it
comes to context. It’s a delicate process of fact-finding, gauging recent
behaviors, etc. Further, peoples’ reactions to Katie Hill represents a type of subconscious
vengeance where people are happy Katie got canned because it kicked down the “high
horse” morality of feminism (as far as perception goes) and the political left.
Because of these social factors, the actual context and hard facts of the Hill
case have been buried under perception, political vengeance, etc.
is a progressive, leftist, pro-feminist, pro-LGBTQ(IA) female, who lived with a
woman of color while in Congress (Lauren Underwood), actively supported
Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez and The Squad, stood up for immigrants, voted against
White Nationalism and Antisemitism, and became a vocal anti-Trump advocate.
What we can learn from all of this, if let’s say the Nazi accusations are true,
is that people…can change.
W. (2019, February 28). THE UNWANTED: In a Los Angeles suburb where schools and
parents faltered, the American Dream was replaced by drugs, neo-Nazism, and
despair. The hardest hit were Mindy Turner and her friends. Retrieved November
24, 2019, from https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1997/12/01/the-unwanted.
Imagine mixing fascism, communism or socialism, libertarians, the military complex, corporatism, globalism, feminism, multiculturalism, trans-humanism and technocracy together and the RAND Corporation doing the interior decor for a new global order but in a very fashionable IKEA, Southern California Military Complex, Disney Epcot futurist way…. We oddly, get the world designed by Paul Verhoeven in Starship Troopers (1997).
Disclaimer: I’m proud to be an American but I also don’t hate Russia. I’m sure from a Russian military perspective that they’re simply in a struggle for self-preservation against Western NATO encroachment. However, I would like to see peace between the United States and Russia, however, I find the current ideology coming from the MAGA Administration and Putin’s push towards a hard Orthodoxy as unfortunate. There’s a way to cooperate, agree to disagree, negotiate, but we don’t need a resurgence of any type of hard nationalism, nor do we need an alliance if this notion of hard nationalism is on the table. In an alternative history, the US and Russia would’ve done things differently and Russia could’ve been included more in consensus-making and planning, but due to the lack of this happening, being both the fault of the Western establishment and also the die-hard holdovers from the USSR, this didn’t happen. I do think that peace is possible; however, from what I’m seeing underneath the ideology of Trump’s MAGA and that of Dugin’s effects on the Kremlin, whatever alliance that was planned doesn’t seem like something conducive to world peace, or at least a respect of a common humanity.
Quotes from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein (1959)
Just imagine, right… in this MAGA times we live. All the drama on TV, the news, Russia, talk show comedians, Mueller investigation, soft Brexit, hard Brexit, etc…. Hold Russia, Brexit and Trump in your brain for a while and now read these quotes from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.
“Major Reid, our instructor, was a blind man with a disconcerting habit of looking straight at you and calling you by name. We were reviewing events after the war between the Russo-Anglo-American Alliance and the Chinese Hegemony, 1987 and following. But this was the day that we heard the news of the destruction of San Francisco and the San Joaquin Valley; I thought he would give us a pep talk. After all, even a civilian ought to be able to figure it out now – the Bugs or us. Fight or die” (p.177) *** Side Note: Very interesting because in real-life this is the hub of Silicon Valley, which is effectively more or equally powerful than the Pentagon as far as data-collection. In essence, Silicon Valley is the DC of the West Coast, since DOD (Department of Defense) seed money helped subsidize many of the early companies. One such company, was the Trans-International Computer Investment Corporation, where a Mr. Otto Von Bolschwing was Vice President. Mr. Bolschwing as a former Nazi who later worked with the Central Intelligence Agency and Germany’s Gehlen Organization – a precursor to the modern German Federal Intelligence Service. Yet this side note is minor to the obvious statement regarding Russia, USA, and the UK ***
“Major Reid didn’t mention San Francisco. He had one of us apes summarize the negotiated Treaty of New Delhi, discuss how it ignored prisoners of war…and, by implication, dropped the subject forever; the armistice became a stalemate and prisoners stayed where they were – on one side; on the other side they were turned loose, and, during the Disorders, made their way home – or not if they didn’t want to.” (p. 177)
“Major Reid’s victim summed up the unreleased prisoners: survivors of the two divisions of British paratroopers, some thousands of civilians, captured mostly in Japan, the Philippines, and Russia and sentenced for “political” crimes.” (p. 177)
“Besides that, there were many other military prisoners,” Major Reid’s victim went on, “captured during and before the war – there were rumors that some had been captured in an earlier war and never released. The total of unreleased prisoners was never known. The best estimates place the number around sixty-five thousand” (p. 177)
“How did the present political organization evolve out of the Disorders? and what is its moral justification” (p. 179)
“However, nobody can describe accurately how the Federation came about; it just grew” (p. 179)
“With national government in collapse at the end of the XXth century, something had to fill the vacuum, and in many cases it was returned veterans. They had lost a war, most of them had no jobs, many were sore as could be over the terms of the Treaty of New Delhi, especially the P.O.W. foul-up – and they knew how to fight. But it wasn’t revolution; it was more like what happened in Russia in 1917 – the system collapsed; somebody else moved in” (p. 179)
“The first known case, in Aberdeen, Scotland, was typical. Some veterans got together as vigilantes to stop rioting and looting, hanged a few people (including two veterans) and decided not to let anyone but veterans on their committee. Just arbitrary at first – they trusted each other a bit, the didn’t trust anyone else. What started as an emergency measure became constitutional practice…in a generation or two” (p. 179)
“Probably those Scottish veterans, since they were finding it necessary to hang some veterans, decided that, if they had to do this, they weren’t going to let any “bleedin’, profiteering, black-market, double-time-for-overtime, army dodging, unprintable” civilians have any say about it. (p. 179-180)
“In many cases civilians are much more intelligent. That was the sliver of justification underlying the attempted coup d’etat just before the Treaty of New Delhi, the so-called ‘Revolt of the Scientists’: let the intelligent elite run things and you’ll have utopia. It fell flat on its foolish face of course. Because the pursuit of science, despite its social benefits, is itself not a social virtue; its practitioners can be men so self-centered as to be lacking in social-responsibility.” (p. 180)
Such as alliance with Russia, objectively speaking seems fine, but the real issue is the anti-humanist perception coming from Putin and Trump, but particularly Putin’s grip on power and the ideology that seems to have informed Putin coming from Aleksandr’s Dugin’s National Bolshevik Party. There’s also this underlying sense of Kremlin that they are the “Third Rome” – robbed from their proper place in history and thus willing to use force to firmly supplant themselves at the top of the world stage. There doesn’t seem to be enough personal rights or freedom of speech in Russia to justify a bond, yet, people to people, I have no issue with Russian people. From the surface it might sound fine, but in real life we have to understand that Russia is close with China, and also less known with Israel. So the reality actually seems something more akin to the speculation done by Orson Scott Card in Ender’s Shadow and Shadow of the Hegomon speaking to the theoretical Second Warsaw Pact and Sino-Russian Alliance — which, thus reflects the real-life Belt & Road Initiative, or, New Silk Road Project.
*** Side Notes: The Revolt of the Scientists is supposed to be a jab at liberalism, or rather, liberalism in the leftist sense. The Scientists who are essentially the Technocratic elites and Ivy Tower Intelligentsia tried to create a type of Huxley (as in Aldous and Julian Huxley) Fabian Socialist society, but it failed and then the veterans swept in to create a civilian-or-citizen meritocracy. I’m not advocating this. Actually, on Instagram, as a veteran, I saw a post by other military men and they were supporting such as system. I commented to one guy – a young Hurrah trooper – and said, “Are you sure that be such a good idea?”. He commented that Sargon of Akkad had posted a video and he liked it. I watched the video and it was good at first in his analysis of Plato’s Republic, and how Constitution of liberal democracies have to protected by those willing to die for it, yet, at the end he took a far-right biased turn.
Like most Starship Trooper’s analysis, such as that of Sargon of Akaad or Roger Ager, it’s largely coming from right-wing-esque, “classical liberal”, white male perspective (which is not a crime, i.e., I’m not racist to anyone), but Sargon specifically argues it from a type of Darwinist support for classical liberalism. Or, it’s coming from a surface-level analysis of the film without really comparing it to what’s going on now, and if so, it’s largely a criticism of gender-equality, diversity or multiculturalism, etc. For example, the demographic shift of increased numbers of Hispanics in the United States, largely due to free-trade and globalism, which is fine, I can admit is oddly represented in a passive way in the film-adaptation by Paul Verhoeven . Also, the film touches upon odd “trans-human” elements such as remote-viewing through the character of Carl Jenkins (portrayed by the actor, Neil Patrick Harris), which was actually studied in real life, and – yes, it is kooky, by the Department of Defense in the USA, the Soviet Union, and at Princeton University’s PEAR Lab (Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab) which received funding from Laurence Rockefeller. I personally believe that Paul Verhoeven (director) and Edward Neumeier (screenplay writer) were showing examples of the kooky real-life esoteric studies done in the World War 2 such as that of Nazi SS, Thule Society, and Ahnenerbe, but later in the Cold War by the Soviet Union and USA. Yet, the main theme that most pick up from the film is the false-flag attack on Buenos Aires (real-life home to Juan Peron – a noted Nazi collaborator). The film opens with a shot of a “lunar missile system” that destroys asteroids supposedly sent by Earth’s enemies, The Arachnids. Yet, Buenos Aires is possibly attacked by that same system to justify war. In real-life, how many US wars started from supposed attacks on ships or whatever? The majority.
In the analysis by Rob Ager of Collative Learning, and the separate one done by Sargon of Akaad, but more so Sargon, since Ager seems objective in his film analysis, there is a type of Jordan B. Peterson plea for classical liberalism and hierarchies. A very amoral survival-of-the-fit through unfettered capitalism viewpoint, but dolled up with imagery of Classical Greek nude statues insinuating a perfection of within the Western logos. A very “Proud Boy”, The West is the Best mentality. As a kid, growing up a military-brat, when I saw the film in 1997, I was blown away. A total power-fantasy of warfare, teamwork, race wasn’t an issue, even the women were badass, and we all united under a common enemy. Yet, I didn’t see the brilliance of Paul Verhoeven satire as kid.
Verhoeven’s film was a satirical criticism on militarism. He also takes a nod to the Americanization of the Latin America, by having “whitewashed” actors play the roles of the Hispanic-named main leads (yes, I know there are white Hispanics), but by choosing Beverly Hills 90210 type actors, it helped to show the beauty and physical standards promulgated by US media. However, Vehoeven’s depiction of a globalist-fascist world, with basis in Latin America, actually represents the real-life right-wing regimes of Latin America of the Cold War which were supported by the CIA, Washington, and Neoconservatives (such as Milton Friedman’s Chicago Boys creating the economy for Augusto Pinochet).
The Latin American Euro-centric fascism shown in Verhoeven’s film pays homage to real-life fascism of the Cold War era in nations such as Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Brazil. These places were known havens for Nazi war-criminals via Ratlines (escape routes) in real-life operations such as Operation Odessa. Nazi war criminals were able to hide among the German and Italian populations of Latin America whom had immigrated to the continent in the 1800s. The process of admitting Nazi War-Criminals was accepted by the Cold-War Right-Wing CIA-backed dictators such as Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Juan Peron on Argentina, Emilio Garrastazu Medici of Italian descent and Augusto Rademaker of German descent in Brazil, and Alredo Stroessner of German descent of Paraguay. Criminals such as Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengle, and Croatian Nazi Ante Pavelic were all in Latin America.
If you add Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil with his right-wing politics to that of this MAGA, Brexit, Dugin Putin Russia idea, then it does seem to loosely relate to the Heinlein’s book and Verhoeven’s film.
To shed historical light on Latin America during the Cold War, according to Schemo (2006), “… General Stroessner won American help in establishing his secret police and hopes that his dictatorship would give way to democracy faded before a string of elections in which he faced token or no opposition and that were generally considered to be fraudulent.” (para. #). Further, Schemo (2006) stated, “Under General Stroessner, Paraguay’s security forces became so efficient at intimidating potential opposition figures that eventually fear itself — fear of arrest, torture, exile and murder — became one of his prime levers for staying in power. The country became a haven for Nazis on the run, with new passports and visas sold for a price. Among those it sheltered was Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who selected victims for the gas chambers at Auschwitz and conducted medical experiments on humans.”
Lastly, Schemo (2006) stated, “But General Stroessner surprised the political pundits and held on through seven successive elections marked by rigged voting. In time he became the prototype for a new crop of South American dictators friendly to American interests. Backed by the United States, military rulers later seized power in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia. Security forces in these countries worked closely together, formalizing their cooperation in a joint intelligence plan called Operation Condor.”.
*** This part is really me summarizing some notes I had that I wish to put in one central spot *** The actual Johnny Rico in the novel by Heinlein is actually Filipino, which in real-life was actually an American territory and housed the real-life Luzon Air Force Base. It’s a loose connection, but in the section below, George Hodel (the suspected Black Dahlia Murderer) who was into the Southern California Occult and Art scene, married a Filipino woman (oddly similar to the Las Vegas Shooter – who had a pilot’s license, arsenal of guns, and wired money to the Philippines – human trafficking?) but also supposedly worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in China after WW2. If true, this links loosely to the fact that the CIA was actually in China during the later days to the end of WW2 in China, during the confusing times of the Flying Tigers, Mao Zedung, Shang Kai-Shek, and the formation of Taiwan by the nationalist who opposed the US-backed Communist. Yes, evidence is showing that the CIA backed Mao Zedung. Why? It is possibly because of the heroin trade networks leading from central Asia. The British had previously had a monopoly on the Chinese Opium Trade (Boxer Rebellion, Opium Wars), but early American merchants did as well. The Americans would later inherit the Opium Trade Networks from the British in Central Asia and in Southeast Asia (Indochina) from the French during the Vietnam War.
The British Empire had set up in what is now Hong Kong but also owned British India. British India (modern day India and Pakistan) was not far from Afghanistan. “In 1883, William Watts McNair, a British surveyor on leave, explored the area disguised as a hakim. He reported on the journey later that year to the Royal Geographic Society “. The area of Kafiristan and Nuristan was creepily called the “Land of Light” or “Land of Illumination” and what is this area known for? Opium. The British Empire had a strong Masonic network. Masonry offered a type of fraternal organization which linked businessmen, military officers, settlers, etc. Such as a network from an Occult perspective were essential and relates back to the Elizabethan-era magus, John Dee, whom was a practitioner of alchemy (common at the time), adviser to Queen Elizabeth, and coined the term “British Empire”. Wherever Masonry was in the nineteenth-century there was also the notion of Manifest Destiny and colonialism typically pushed on a type of racial supremacy and entitlement, which as can see in the United States on its westward march to the Pacific Ocean, but also in the English-proper Commonwealth of South Africa, as typified by Cecil Rhodes (a Freemason) of DeBeer Diamonds with financial backing from the London branch of the Rothschild Banking Dynasty and South Africa (where Rhodesia and Rhodes Scholarship gets their namesake), but also within Rupyard Kipling’s magical stories based in India. Kipling himself was also a Mason and India would serve as a base for the vast opium fields of Afghanistan.
Two of the Americans families involved in Chinese trade, during the era after the Revolutionary War, often called the Era of Good Feelings, during and slightly after the War of 1812, were the Russell family and Forbes family of the Old China Trade Networks, based in China but managed, or, incorporated in Massachusetts with links to the Port of Salem. John Forbes Kerry, yes, the former Secretary of State, is from this family, a descendant of John Murray Forbes ( February 23, 1813 – October 12, 1898). It’s well-known already that Samuel Russell, the founder of Chinese trade company, Russell & Co., was the cousin to William Huntingdon Russell, the founder of Skull and Bones at Yale. Far later, around the time of WW2, John Birch, a missionary recruited by Lt. General Jimmy Doolite, because of his ability to speak Mandarin Chinese, would become a symbol of America’s supposed radical anti-Communism of the Cold War. John Birch was later killed by Communist forces at a check point for refusing to turn over his firearm, and the neoconservative movement (which actually has Communist origins itself) created the John Birch Society, yet there is proof that Mao Zedung was actually linked to Yale’s Chinese missions. Later on The Rockefeller expressed a liking of Mao’s China.
Where Technology, Trans-humanism, Occult, Corporations, Military, Hollywood, Liberalism and Conservatism Meet…
This section in is in part inspired by what I call the Dyer Thesis, of Jay Dyer of Jay’s Analysis. I’m not a subscriber to his site but I do enjoy his videos but I don’t personally care for the right-wing Alex Jones vibe I get. I’m simply there for the information. Yet, as far as summarizing books, I do respect him in this right and he does seem to have a level of humanism in mind when he’s reading books relating to the control aspects of Globalism and Corporatism.
If I had to explain the Dyer Thesis, he’s explaining the Occult based ideology underneath both the general idea of Democracy as seen through the Masonic “Illuminus Revolutions” (the rise of banking houses after usury laws were abolished, the rise of merchant classes over the aristocracy, The French Revolution and The American Revolution), and how Occult esoteric thought under the Enlightenment went to inspire concepts such as a Darwinism and Newtonian Atomism, which once put together turns everything into “malleable soulless base material” which can be evolved through an alchemical process, most notably our version of “magic”, which is the Scientific Method. Darwinism and Atomism essentially reduced the human aspect of a spirit or soul and turned everything in materialism and this led to the atheistic nihilistic movements under Totalitarian Communism, Fascism, and the Liberal Capitalist Democracy. The thesis even goes further by explaining that this Occult, Darwinian, Newton Atomist view to reality is essentially the basis of The Complexes we see. Such as the relationship between corporations, military, science without a sense of humanity, RAND Corporation quantification, seeing people as “bots” in cubes, game theory, but also our notions of Trans-humanism. Trans-humanism is both technological in nature but also Occultic in nature since it’s about merging things and transcending to a type of new age.
Yet, Jay Dyer’s main focus, which is good I mind you, is mainly on the West and the USA but history proves that also Russian ideology was involved in these “evolutionary” “alchemy” “transcendence” movements. Particularly, the Russian Cosmism movement. I find it suspicious that for such a smart, well-read person that he never touches the “Russia card” with equal impartial analysis, and I suspect it is largely because he converted to Orthodoxy so his bias is naturally more anti-Western Russian, and with him being admittedly associated with Rand Paul and being a follower of Alex Jones, he is naturally suspicious of the left. It’s hard to believe someone entirely when they push this “it’s all rigged” idea, notably by summarizing books such as Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley, but now all of sudden start choosing sides, particularly a side that for an American…isn’t American, and is of a regime that has shown aggression (even if in some cases there is some basis out of self-defense). *** Note: I have no ill-will towards the Russian people. This isn’t about people on the streets or everyday people/families, but people in power, and we have to be equal in our assessments of power no matter where it comes from ***
Terms and Keywords: The Occult, Esoteric, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, Rosicrucian, Theosophy, Kabbalah… Psychological Warfare, Lifestyle cults… Kabbalah, Zionism, Israel, The Fourth Temple Movement, Chabad. Alchemy, Darwinist Evolution, Materialism, Masonic Libertarian and Marxism of French Revolution Girondins and Jacobins; the Masonic Schism between the United Lodge of England with the York and Scottish Rites (more Girondin; merchant oriented) versus the Grand Orient Lodge de France (more Jacobin; Marxist oriented). Democratic Revolutions funded by Internationalist Banking Houses.
Heinlein was associated with Occultism by way of Jack Parson’s, the legendary Occult Rocketry Pioneer who was canonized by NASA, who also had connections to Aleister Crowley. There seems to have been a large active Occult movement leading from Santa Monica (home to RAND Corpration) to the Tuscan-like mountains surrounding the LA City basin. A mixture of artists such as Man Ray, Occultists, Satanists, scientists, military personnel, actors, and, even magicians such as Harry Houdini.
Parson’s himself has contact with Werner von Braun, but also, the lesser known Russian Cosmist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.
So as we can see, there is a intellectual connection between West and East regarding technology but also through esoteric elements. Considering that Chaos Magick or Sex Magick were in part built from esoteric Jewish thought such as Kabbalah, which arose in the Renaissance alongside Christian and Islamic occultism or Neoplatonic ideas, we can objectively stand back and see the Russian-Jewish community, American, but also Israeli links. There’s obvious yet ambiguous connections between what we see as the Cultural-Left & Right; the Neoconservative Military Machine; Occultism, Technology, and Futurism/Transhumanism.
The agenda seems to be the goal of bringing upon self-directed evolution by using notions such as alchemy as an analogy but in certain circles this is literal, to bring upon alchemical change, or evolution, by creating chaos between dialectics (an explosion), only to merge those dialectics, weed out the weak, and the rebuild a new order and new paradigm. So science, trans-humanism, and automation as an analogy are borderline modern manifestations of “magic”. There’s the possibility that there’s people in these fields who do have actual Occultist esoteric viewpoints, sometimes equated to Satanic since that view is libertarian in nature, where science or social-change are effectively “ritual” and elites, as apex predators within human nature, are entitled to advance the species. Also, from a communication pragmatic perspective, Occultism, Theosophy & Esoteric thought, is essentially a part of the basis for psychological warfare since there is a concept of the illusory, hypnotic, trace-like rites-of-passage, but in a hard propaganda psy-op campaign, contingencies span the spectrum of (1) controlling and managing conspiracy-theory culture to lead people down specific paths of thought (2) disinformation (3) deconstruction of linear reality, such as alternative history, for example think “racial superiority origin stories”, or even Ancient Alien theories [Interesting Fact: Jonathan Young of History Channel’s, Ancient Aliens series, is an alumni of the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, MD, but also the curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives, where Joseph Campbell was associated with the Esalen Institute – later site for the US Soviet Exchange Program], but also (4) memes, even though most are harmless – yet, they serve the purpose of visual communication and reinforcement of ideas.
An interesting fact is that the concept of the meme, which can be used in psychological warfare, was first coined by Darwin evolution proponent, Richard Dawkins, but the basis of these ideas were created in the times of Charles Darwin and T.H. Huxley (grandfather of Julian Huxley, the early proponent of Trans-humanism, and Aldous Huxley, the author Brave New World). Since Darwin’s theory of evolution is based in a chemical mutation and adaptation viewpoint, and memes are in essence linguistic or communication manifestations or catalysts of the process of evolution, then it can be said that performing “alchemy” on the body and through linguistics/psychology, one can actually self-direct evolve a given species. A catalyst for starting the chemical process of evolution within the linguistic sphere can be done with alchemy-like ideas such as postmodernism. Postmodernism as far as communication and linguistics goes, deals with ideas of “simulation and simulacrum”, or the inability of distinguish between original and what is replicated, but also the recycling of ideas and promulgation of ideas often through mediums such as Mass Communication. Further, postmodernism it related to the process of Deconstruction, which breaks down objects – including history, thus a meme as far as its effects within the evolutionary process can be used to break-down notions to reinsert new ones and then replicated and recycle those notions through mass dissemination. Memes effectively “chemical breakdown” preconceive notions, in order to reinsert new ones, and thus prep the mind for an actual physical transition. The art of memetics can be viewed in a practical-pragmatic sense but also from an Occult “wizardry” alchemy viewpoint.
Section II (B)
Robert Heinlein was an interesting guy and I’m not so sure if it were in a good way.
Treat the following as notes, tropes, bullet-points, and then think about it…. It’s really me working out pathways in my mind and if you read it, I think it will reveal a level of interconnection that most wouldn’t even think about.
Robert Heinlein – Universal Basic Income, i.e., Social Credit, Upton Sinclair Socialism + Right Wing Libertarian ; Jack Parson; L. Ron Hubbard; La Manana Literary Society; Isaac Asimov; Arthur C. Clarke; Libertarians, Marxists, Dialectics; The Occult – Aleister Crowley & Thelema [a heroin addict, and known child-abuser]; George Hodel (suspected Black Dahlia Murderer; medical skills; well-connected; known for sex parties, and was accused in a public trial of using his daughter at such parties but later acquitted. ; friend to absurdist artist Man Ray who had the art piece “The Minotaur” which mimicked the Black Dahlia Murder; George Hodel associated with actors such as John Huston, who oddly played an incestuous millionaire in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, and Huston’s real-life daughter, Anjelica Huston, was interviewed by police during Roman Polanski’s statutory rape case, before he fled to France. Polanski’s wife was the famous Sharon Tate, who was killed by Mason Family, in a murder equally as infamous in the public’s mind to that of the Black Dahlia Murder — both done on the grounds of a type of “ritual” ); Hollywood; Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Parsons – NASA, US Department of Defense; RAND Corporation; Hans Speier of RANDS’s Social Science Division; Albert Wohlstetter of RAND Corporation (proponent of Systems Theory & Game Theory) – associated with City College of New York where he was a part of a splinter group of Trotsky splinter group called the League for a Revolutionary Splinter Party – linked to CCNY, Columbia, and University of Chicago.
University of Chicago received early funding from the Rockefeller Family; Neo-conservatism is a synthesis of Trotsky & Internationalism mixed with Right-Wing Conservatism of force and will. This synthesis of Trotsky Marxism with Conservatism as seen through Corporations leads to an Empirical quantitative elite bourgeoisie class; University of Chicago was associated with the Neoconservative Movement relating to people such as Milton Friedman, Leo Strauss; Henry Kissinger, Barry Goldwater, and Roy Cohn (all Jewish conservatives who aligned with traditional Republicanism in order to stitch Zionism as a fundamental part of US foreign policy). Roy Cohn was Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and enforcer who got his start in the McCarthy Era which also dealt the Red Scare – Communist witch hunts – in Hollywood which is where a young Ronald Reagan got his start; Eisenhower-Nixon-Reagan all associated with Bohemian Grove near San Francisco.
San Francisco the home of San Quentin Federal Prison (connections of the rise of the Aryan Brotherhood), the Black Panthers (eventually infiltrated by the government), LSD usage (Multi-disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Drugs, or, MAPS, received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation), early Silicon Valley (Laurence Rockefeller of Venrock Capital gave early angel-investing to Intel and Apple), Philip K. Dick’s fiction, Esalen Institute (later site of the US Soviet Exchange Programs), Stanford Prison Experiments, and the Palo Alto School or “Invisible College” knowing for communication-linguistics studies and psychoanalysis associated with the Mental Research Institute; Santa Monica, CA; Laurel Canyon, CA; Lookout Mountain Air Force Station & early 60s Counter-Culture Bands; Jim Morrison’s dad, George Morrison, was the Admiral during the Gulf of Tonkin incident which led the US into Vietnam War; Vietnam War, Secret War in Cambodia & Laos, French Connection Heroin and later CIA entrance into the Heroin Game with US Army Special Forces associated with General John K. Singlaub; Singlaub’s association with the John Birch Society and the right-wing intelligence network, Western Goals Foundation which was implicated during the Iran-Contra Scandal.
Section III: Personal Observations. It’s rigged. The Far-Left and Far-Right are both Dialectics. However, I stand with liberalism because I care about humanism (pro-feminism, pro-diversity, pro-LGBTQ, pro-free speech, pro-peace).
There’s really two underlying thesis to my thoughts on where the world is going, or how it looked like it was going. One deals with a revelation I’ve been having regarding the odd connections between technocracy, the Occult, and Darwinism, but the other relates to something slightly less theoretical but more palpable. The the other being Trump MAGA, Brexit, and Putin’s Russia. However, as time goes on, and with more clarity, I will argue my case about how these two thoughts are actually mutually exclusive, one in the same.
Trump’s affinity with Russia and his business dealings with Russian nationals or nations of ex-Soviet nations particularly those linked to his real-estate interests aboard and those domestic such as Trump SoHo; Vladimir Putin’s remodeling of Russia from a Communist State after the Boris Yeltsin years into an oligarch-driven quasi-fascist state that still retains elements of the collective Communist era but painted over with a marketing scheme of Traditionalism and Orthodoxy (wife-beatings included); Russia’s lebensraum-type geopolitical strategy under Aleksandr Dugin’s Occult-inspired Eurasianism ideology (ominously predicted by Orson Scott Card’s Second Warsaw Pact in Ender’s Shadow); the troubles of the European Union which has been defined by a war-created refugee crisis but strongly the Brexit movement of Great Britain. Trump, Putin, parts of the Brexit movements, and even the rise of Jair Bolsonaro, which are nationalistic. Opportunistic nationalist ideologies, which could very well simply be dialectics prepping for a future explosion. Sure, I have a sliver of nationalism within in me, but I don’t take it as far as exclusion of newcomers, nor do I see race as explicitly linked to culture since one is a biological adaption whereas the other is mental construct of deified behaviors and customs, and I do feel that “hard nationalism and traditionalism”, is really what go us in this situation to begin with. I’m a firm believer the culture does evolve. For example, I can speak of what we consider English-ness, but this concept is actually a modern notion, reinforced with a type of Francis Fukuyama End of History viewpoint where culture as we see it is effectively a museum piece that is spared adaption or evolution, and making for nice tourism videos in our post-capitalist times, but this modern view of what we consider British culture is much different than what existed in the British Isles some two-thousand years ago.
Liberalism has become synonymous with Globalism in right-wing circles, so National Conservatism is their antithesis, but ironically the far-right is often a proponent of classical liberalism, which is obviously, liberal, but simply on the right-liberal perspective. All three players from Trump, Brexit, and Putin are using this to their advantage. Putin has become a symbol for the “underground far-right”, but what they fail to realize is that these people at this higher-level are in cahoots with the people they claim they’re against. It’s a confusing game to follow.
Disclaimer: I am not antisemitic, but if something is going on, we have a right to speak up. I believe Israel has the right to exist and is the homeland of the Jews (same as the Palestinians and Christian communities), but it becomes an uncomfortable conversation when we start seeing proof of Jewish supremacy, or, a type of entitlement to rule over others since they believe they are the Chosen people of God. The following words in this post is not to promote antisemitism, or to say that Jewish Zionism is the only culprit, but analysis or criticism is not antisemitism, though it often argued that way to not get people looking too deep or connecting any dots.
I don’t think the world works as simply as an us versus them, but rather I see the reactionary nature of nationalism as being a “pawn” in a larger conflict. This is arguably similar to how the German people fell for National Socialism, despite an early Hitler getting funding from sources which would later destroy Germany and carve it up between West and East. It didn’t come to save you, it came here to be a dialectical component or chemical-agent to do damage even to those who side with hard ethnic based nationalism. Nationalism in itself isn’t bad but it becomes bad when it is taken to its extreme, typically by positing a sense of racial “Blood and Soil” ideologies. From an American standpoint, nationalism is more of an idea that people of various backgrounds can adopt and assimilate into. I say this because while everyday people are enslaved to dialectical positions, doesn’t mean the people in power are. They support right-wing movements from one angle, while supporting left wing in another, or creating the right combination of either when they see fit. The benefit of doing this is that it keeps the people focusing on each other, while they continue to oversee and run a type of top-down elitist centrist mentality. Dialectics is important because by pitting to two sides against each other, the circle of the “Ying Yang” still creeps forward, thus those in power still gain yardage. Do we really think that Putin isn’t doing business with Swiss Banks same as US or UK industrialists? How the world actually runs and how we wish to see it are two different things.
When nationalism arises it is always the refugee, migrant, person of color, or anything seen as “liberal” which gets the blame. When Trump first got elected and even from his comments regarding Russia before he won, it was easy to see an actual conspiracy manifesting itself. It was so in your face, but you were groomed to not see it because of the level of postmodern irony that exists within the larger public sphere, but also the sheer levels of bipolar rhetoric. Everyone on the left wanted it to be true, whereas everyone on the right didn’t want to be true. It is hard to discern the truth in such bipolar situations, yet, facts are facts.
It is fact that Exxon Mobil (one of the successor companies of Standard Oil founded by the Rockefeller Oil Dynasty) with Rexx Tillerson had deep ties to Russia’s oil and natural gas sector with the Putin Regime, going as far as having joint-ventures such as with Russian enterprises such as Rosneft. It is fact that Steve Bannon, despite coming off as Reagan Cold War Era war-hawk Republican, was actively interfering in European politics of the far-right, going so far as trying to establish a type of Julius Evola-like school in a monastery outside of Rome. This far-right movement is geo-politically strategic for Russia considering it helps chip away at alliances such as NATO, opens the door for more European reliance on Russian natural gas, helps them sell their own weapon systems, and it helps spread Russia’s lost influence. I repeat, I don’t hate Russia as far as the idea, its people, its history, culture, etc.
Even, elements of the “echo-chamber” YouTube podcaster universe and MAGA “street teams” are highly involved in this. Lauren Southern, went to Russia to interview Aleksandr Dugin, and later took “cute” selfies with her far-right friend adoring Soviet-Era Ushanka Cossask hats. Lauren is of, or was formerly associated with Rebel Media, which is ironically a Jewish-Canadian ran outlet by a committed Zionist. Rebel Media is owned by Ezra Levant, a Jewish man, who oddly helped pull the far-right activists together at the Chancellorsville Riots.
The theme we start seeing in Russia and MAGA America is high occurrence of Zionists behind the scenes, largely from the Chabad Lubavitch community. I’m sure it’s very well the case in the UK too. From Rebel Media we also get Gavin McInnes, formerly of left-leaning Vice Media Group before it was bought out by Disney, and Mr. McInnes was noted for being influential on the Hipster movement (which does hide a sense of misogyny and has an anachronistic fetishism for less enlightened times), was later picked up by Rebel Media. Even, Alex Jones, who has ties to Joe Rogan with his libertarian-viewpoint and love for trans-humanism, is a noted Zionist, who has had Jim Corsi and Roger Stone on his InfoWars radio-show. He’s also beefed up Trump as a type of Messiah type figure. As funny as it sounds, the Alt-Right, was in part created by Right-Wing Jews in North America who have cultural and ethnic ties to Russia, which is a nation that saw the Alt-Right as a plug into the United States to help support Donald Trump at the polls.
The easiest way to understand the Zionist Jewish influence is to look back to the idea of a Christian Crusader. There’s this image of a blonde haired blue-eyed Teutonic Knight defending the Holy Land. In modern equivalency terms this iconography it is very heavy metal. This is actually a tool beneficial to Zionist because the Crusader mentality does the defending of the Jewish homeland. This explains anomalies within the American and Western mindset relating to conservatism and the historic antisemitism associated with it. Christian, white male, antisemitic, Crusader Knights fighting for the Holy Land, but it actually just ends up supporting radical Zionists, who don’t actually recognize or believe in Jesus Christ. So it’s an odd relationship of two sides that need each other but don’t believe what each other believes. Evangelical Christianity was created in part to link Israel’s destiny to Christianity, so this explains the anomaly of racist conservatives supporting Israel despite the historical precedent of antisemitism in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic thought, best described in events such as the Rhineland Massacres during the First Crusade. They know this base is easily manipulated, particularly by playing with latent racial fear or “replacement” myths.
Lauren Southern going to South Africa to speak on White Farm Murders isn’t her just going there to expose something which hasn’t already been exposed, but it’s propaganda to push a sense of “anti-white paranoia”, which thus feeds back to this MAGA, Zionist, Russian, Brexit strategy of destroying European economic cooperation, NATO, etc. Not once did she try to be objective. It’s not like she showed any of the White, Black, Coloured, Indian, or Chinese South Africans getting along or shopping or drinking beer at bars to rugby or cricket. Her goal was to go there to find one issue without providing any context and to twist that issue into something for a larger, more sinister, propaganda campaign. It’s one thing to show an angry political rally of black Africans, but it is another to not show the historical context which permitted such behavior, largely the brutality of the Apartheid regime and the exploitation of South African gold and diamonds. If you go looking for one thing, one thing is all you will find.
Even, more rational speakers that renounce racism and homophobia such as YouTuber, Styxhexenhammer666, and I enjoy his commentary, but in part, at least as far as perception goes, channels this Occult, “Do What They Whilst” dark-libertarian classical-liberal right-wing dialectic and is full of Trump apologetics – rarely even entertaining that the Trump Administration’s had ties to Russia.
Jay Dyer, whom I have respect for, since he is a well-read intellectual approaching theory from an academic stance regarding analysis, despite my many disagreements with him, is a convert to Orthodoxy who in Alex Jones fashion weaves this perception that all of conspiracies happening are largely because of liberals, in the leftist Marxist sense, though he does balance this by explaining that libertarians are liberals too, but in a classical sense. Mr. Dyer has a strong argument for his beliefs, but he never seems to publicly analyze this own beliefs, or show his real intent. He gives a strong explanation of dialectics and has a strong understand of theology. However, Jay do me is also an apologist for Russia, largely since the verbosity of this works are centered around one element of the “New World Order”, which is the Anglo-American Alliance and Western Catholic Europe. He rarely shows suspicion towards Russia and I suspect this is because he is an…Alex Jones, post-Republican, white male, who feels betrayed by the West, so he’s looking for a spiritual alternative.
There’s no crime in appearing in a Russian Cossack hat (they’re pretty cool), or being into the Occult (if that’s your thing), nor is there any issue with wanting peace with Russia (I’m sure Moscow and other cities are beautiful), but there is a problem with not fairly assessing the situation while also turning any attempt to look deeper or hold Russia equally accountable. Instead any thought deeper into the obvious facts and plausible conspiracy is turned into a type of “Muh, Russia” meme for the infosphere.
The truth is that, Dugin’s Chaos Magick strategy did infiltrate the West and USA, and though it is racist and supremacist, underneath the surface it’s only a mere dialectic in a larger global chess-match. It is merely a piece in a much larger global paradigm shift which can be seen by viewing the historical intersections between technology, occult, hegemony, etc., particularly to the behind-the-scene links between the USA, Israel, Russia, and the UK.
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