I had thought the rule was that America simply hated socialist countries and did its best to destroy them in case people elsewhere might discover that there was an economic alternative to American controlled capitalism in their countries. But that doesn’t explain the hatred of people like Trump and Bolton for Iran. So a more general version of nomdeplume’s rule is that America hates all countries that will not accept its economic, social and cultural hegemony. The Roman and British Empires were the same in their day.
Communism and Capitalism are two apparently different mechanisms for ensuring that the same kinds of people gain power in society.
After seventy-odd (and seventy odd) years of life I keep thinking I have seen and heard all the worst of human stupidity. But then I read something said by a woman in a red cap, or a crackpot fundamentalist (of any religion), or a loopy flat earther, or a mad-brained creationist, or a Dunning-Kruger climate change denier, or a lobster-potted Peterson follower, or an addled anti-vaxxer, and I realise there is absolutely no depth to which human stupidity cannot sink.
One hundred monkeys on one hundred typewriters could create Trump’s speeches.
gain power there first
instinct is to destroy the
environment – boost coal
burning, get rid of national
parks and conservation
measures cut down the
Amazon jungle. That will
show the World who’s boss.
Throughout history, and over most of the world, societies have been divided into left and right, poor and rich, workers and bosses, globalists and nationalists, humanists and racists, atheists and the religious, thinkers and followers, socialists and fascists. The important thing for all of us is to decide early what side we are on.
All over the universe, planets capable of supporting life will have evolved intelligent organisms. All over the universe those organisms will have invented systems of living that enable a small number of them to gain a very large share of the resources of the planet. All over the universe those systems will develop patterns of consumption of resources that make the planet incapable of supporting life and result in the eventual extinction of all the life forms on the now dead planet.
I’ve always found it useful, in evaluating politicians, male and female, to see if I can picture them wearing a Nazi SS uniform.
All over the world fascists are rising like zombies from the ground at the sound of the first Trump.
All politicians have been promoted beyond their level of competence.