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The Ugly Truth About The Trade War

Brandon Smith
September 6th, 2019
Alt-Market
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This article was originally published by at Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.

This past week was an interesting exercise in false expectations and assumptions. Once again, trade war theatrics were used to stall a stock market plunge as insinuations of a possible “deal” were made by Donald Trump, followed by China’s claim that maybe, just maybe, they would not immediately issue a new round of tariffs right now, but possibly tomorrow, or in a month…

Then, all hell broke loose again when only a few days later both sides jumped into a new round of tariffs leaving markets confused and algo trading computers bewildered, so much so that sometimes they even buy on bad news thinking it’s good news. This is the problem with the Pavlovian response mechanism – You train a dog to salivate at the sound of a bell because he thinks he’s going to get a treat, but then what if you change the bell, or the treat, or the entire dynamic of the process? The dog’s whole world is turned upside down and he curls up in a ball in the corner of the room to make the mental anguish stop.

This is exactly the kind of reaction the globalists are looking for, hence the stop/start insanity of trade discussions, not to mention the dove/hawk behavior of the Federal Reserve. Everything people once thought predictable is being deliberately discombobulated.

Ultimately the circus and the confusion are only products of peoples biases. They want to believe they will get a treat if they act a certain way when certain indicators signal. They want to believe the trade war can be won, or at least that Trump is trying to win. They want to believe that the Fed will save them with a surge of QE. They want to believe that the instability will be smoothed away by the hands of the political and banking elites. But what if the elites have no intention of doing this? What if they WANT an economic crisis?

In terms of the trade war, there are some facts that do not support some of the assumptions out there on either side of the debate. These facts run contrary to the mainstream narrative, as well as some narratives within the alternative media. On the conservative side, I’m seeing a kind of artificial patriotic fervor; an organized attempt using memes and propaganda to convince conservatives that the trade war requires mindless fealty to the anti-China message.

First, to be clear, I think China is a despicable communist regime with a record of human rights abuses, but that’s what makes it a rather perfect distraction for Americans on the political right.  I’m reminded of the war fever against Iraq after 9/11, and how so many conservatives bought into the very thin claim of Iraqi involvement and the lies about WMDs. We don’t like dictators, and we don’t like China, but conservatives are being duped into thinking the trade war against China is an ideological crusade that will lead to a better America or a better world. This is not what the trade war is intended to do.

Let’s start with the assumptions (as well as lies and disinformation) surrounding the trade war and then look at the evidence that debunks them…

Fallacy #1: China Is Dependent On The US Consumer

I’m not sure where this idea comes from specifically, but it’s not based on anything tangible. I sometimes wonder if the notion that the world depends on the American consumer for its bread and butter is perhaps a kind of appeal to people’s narcissism? Making the average American feel superior, or feel special, simply by telling them that their steady debt-based consumption keeps the engine of the global economy running.

In the case of China, here are the facts:

The US only comprises around 18% of Chinese exports. While this is a nice piece of the pie, it’s hardly enough leverage to bring down China’s economy. China would suffer profit losses in certain sectors as well as a recession, but not the kind of crisis that some in the alternative media are predicting.

Around 40% of China’s GDP is generated domestically, and 80% of its GDP growth comes from private consumption. For quite some time I have warned that China was shifting its economic model from an export-based system to a more self-reliant domestic-based system and that this might be an indication of a coming economic war with the US. As it turns out, this is exactly what has happened. Since 2010, China’s domestic market has grown dramatically, indicating that China has no intention of relying on the US consumer as an economic pillar.

The US consumer is almost tapped out. While retail sales in certain areas remain steady and this has been used by the mainstream media and the Fed to promote the idea that the economy is still “going strong”, this is not the big picture. The reality is that US consumption is driven by historic levels of debt. Household debt is now FAR above levels last seen after the last financial crisis, with total debt at $1.2 trillion higher today than its last peak in 2008.

The downturn in retail is more obvious in the steady closings of thousands of outlets in 2019 alone. This year has seen a 29% increase in store closings compared to 2018, even though 2018 saw a considerable spike in store shutdowns. Around 12,000 stores are slated to close this year.

So the question is, with the US consumer stretched thin by debt and US retail on the verge of a recessionary plunge, why would China feel threatened by the loss of the American consumer market?  They are losing it already by attrition. The truth is they aren’t threatened, which is why, as I predicted last year, the trade war continues unabated despite the fact that so many people argued that China would “quickly fold” to Trump’s demands.

I realize this is not what many people want to hear, but it is foolish to get caught up in a farcical mob mentality and ignore the fundamentals in the trade war. If you think that the US is going to “win” based on leverage, you are sorely mistaken.  The US is in no better shape economically than China; in many ways, we are much worse off.

Fallacy #2: Manufacturing Will Come Back To The US

This is perhaps the most persistent and fraudulent “carrot” that has been held out to the American people over the years to get them to go along with certain destructive fiscal policies. Whether it be dollar devaluation or a trade war that goes nowhere, the American people are always being told that manufacturing jobs are “right around the corner”.  People buy into it because they desire a return to the golden years of American economic expansion, and there are a number of reasons why this is an absurd fantasy.

First, as it stands now manufacturing in the US makes up only 11% of total economic output. I don’t think that many people understand the consequences of this. We have a 70% retail and service-based economy, meaning the majority of US citizens in the job market have no experience whatsoever in the manufacturing sector, and the average US company has no guidelines for how to establish a manufacturing base using the American labor pool.

Second, American labor expects a certain level of wage compensation as well as union organization that makes manufacturing far more expensive here than in China or in other parts of the world. The average factory worker in China makes around $3.60 per hour – how exactly would the American market ever compete with this? Tariff’s alone are not enough to force corporations to spend the billions necessary to rebuild factories in the US and hire American workers at $15+ an hour. It’s just not going to happen.

Third, there are many places besides China to build a manufacturing base. No company is going to bring its factories to the US when they can build in Vietnam, or Taiwan, etc. In many cases, it is cheaper to ship raw materials and products to these countries, have them finished by workers in Asia, and then have the items shipped back, than it is to build the product from start to finish in the US.

Fourth, we can talk all day about patriotism, but in the end, the average American is not going to buy “Made in the USA” for most goods out of a sense of patriotic duty if the price is twice as much or more. Walmart and Amazon dominate the retail market for a reason – they sell things cheaply.

Fifth, raising tariffs on foreign exporters would only work to encourage consumption of domestically manufactured goods if the US already had a large manufacturing base and produced all the items other nations produce. Entering into a trade war without a resilient manufacturing sector is backward. You don’t fight a trade war to get manufacturing to come back, you fight a trade war to promote the goods you already manufacture.

If Trump had really intended to bring factories back to the US, he should have given corporations tax break incentives in exchange for creating manufacturing jobs on US soil. Instead, he gave corporations tax break incentives for nothing.

Fallacy #3: China Will Starve Without American Agricultural Products

Uh, no. This is a very weird argument. It’s as if some people assume that the US is China’s only potential source for food. China buys agricultural products from all over the world and has alternative sources for foods like soybeans and pork, including Brazil, Mexico, and Russia.

Prices will rise in China, sure, but nowhere near the point of collapse. Again, the Chinese are not reliant on the US for anything, so, the idea that the US has overt leverage in the trade war is simply not true.

Fallacy #4: The World Will Side With The US Over China

This is a prime question – would the world choose the US consumer base or China’s cheap export market if they had to pick only one? As noted earlier, the US consumer is nearly tapped out. China has the largest import/export market in the world. The US has little manufacturing to speak of. I also question the validity of the idea that Europe or most other nations have loyalty to American markets.

Think about it; do they really? Do they see us as indispensable? Or is the rest of the world being sent on a path towards globalism while the US is being made to look like a barbaric and archaic throwback, a Neanderthal man that is desperately clinging to power and is willing to drag everyone else down with him if he doesn’t get his way?

Many in the liberty movement understand that this is not the case. We know that the globalists have sabotaged this country from within, and we know that they are using Trump as controlled opposition and a useful puppet in this task. But the majority of the rest of the world does NOT understand this. If there is an economic crash which sends shockwaves through multiple economies, the trade war will most likely be blamed along with Trump and his “populist” supporters. The rest of the world will see us as the villains, because they do not understand the nature of 4th Generation Warfare, nor do they understand the globalists’ strategy of “order out of chaos”.

The narrative that has been pushed in the mainstream is that China is the victim of US aggression and that the trade war and the economic crisis are purely a product of Trump’s madness. Who do you honestly think the world will eventually side with?

Fallacy #5:  The Trade War Will Be Over Soon

We’ve been hearing this for well over a year and a half now.  Trade wars are “easy to win”, right?  Every couple of months the trade war deal hype is recycled and every couple of months the markets are hit with renewed disappointment.  The latest trade talks are set for October and if they happen at all, it is unlikely they will result in anything of significance.  At most, they will be heralded as the “start of a great deal” and both sides will claim “progress was made”, and then, once again, nothing will happen and the conflict will accelerate.  You would think people would have figured it out by now, but the investment world learns very slowly and functions solely on blind hope.  At the very least, economic analysts are starting to realize that no deal is coming and that the situation is only going to get tenser.  In fact, it is designed to get more tense.

Fallacy #6: The US Dollar Is Untouchable

This claim revolves mainly around the idea that because the US dollar is the world reserve currency, the US has the upper hand in trade negotiations and the rest of the world will follow the currency leader because there “is no other option”. I disagree.

As Bank of England governor Mark Carney has openly admitted, the plan is to replace the dollar as the world reserve currency anyway. How? Well with a global cryptocurrency, of course, just as I warned about in my article ‘The Globalist One World Currency Will Look A Lot Like Bitcoin’.

Carney’s mention of Bitcoin and Facebook’s Libra as models for this currency system seems to have confused some people. Carney did NOT say that Libra should be the next world reserve currency. He said that the next world reserve currency will look LIKE Libra. But how do the elites plan to institute such a monetary system and force people to go along with a cashless society?

They need a massive crash event, and they need the US dollar to go the way of the dodo. It seems rather convenient to me that China has been preparing for just such an event. While many analysts point out that China has generated intense amounts of debt over the past decade, they seem to forget that this was a requirement in order for China to attach the Yuan to the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights basket, which is the foundation for a global currency mechanism.  Chinese economic officials and the globalist both argue that the current monetary system, based on a single national currency (the dollar) as the world reserve is inherently unstable.

Their solution?  A basket of currencies monitored by the IMF, followed by a single digital currency mechanism.  I would note that China and the globalists have consistently hinted that a major economic crisis event will act as a catalyst for this “reset” in the world monetary order and that the dollar must be replaced in the process.

China has also been stockpiling large amounts of gold for the past decade. This would indicate they are expecting a monetary devaluation event, most specifically in the dollar.  It’s as if they know something the rest of us only suspect.

The trade war is the perfect cover for the collapse of the US dollar that the globalists desire. While some people suggest that China’s dumping of US treasuries is the “nuclear option” in the trade war, this is not exactly true. The REAL nuclear option is for China to dump the US dollar as the reserve trade mechanism and go to a basket of currencies, which the IMF will happily aid them with. As the largest exporter/importer in the world, China can drop the dollar and most of their trading partners will follow their lead. The US economy would crumble in response, as the dollar is the only thread holding our system together.

This is the ugly truth behind the trade war. It is nothing more than a farce, a smoke and mirrors distraction leading up the dismantling of the US dollar and paving the way for the globalist one-world digital currency system. Whether or not the plan succeeds relies on ample resistance from people who see the danger ahead, but make no mistake, the globalists are not afraid of an economic crash or the decline of the dollar; they WANT these things to happen so they can establish even more centralized control.

 

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  1. asshat says:

    manufacturing will never cum back. it is enviromentally destructive. china is a communist hell hole and its people are a slave workforce. america cannot compete with that ever. $3.60 an hr china or $15 american. they can get it shipped from china and still cum in under $10 an hour. still hav a $5 an hr profit margin. charge americans just a little less than american made. we were screwed years ago when all the jobs went to chine. none of our leaders did anything about it. they then opened the illegal alien labor flood gate to bring down wages in america. we all have been suffering for years and the day of reckoning is at hand. there shouldve never been any trade with china cus their human rights violations and communist incompatability with american values. big mistake that was surely greed motivated.

  2. Bert says:

    Is Brandon aware of what is really at stake here? Brandon fails to even mention the reason why Trump is at war.

    So Brandon says fuck the intellectual patents, copyright laws, et al. just so he can keep buying imitation cheap broken chinky plastic junk.

    If I were King we would of set up a blockade blocking all shipping out of China. Because I have Presidential Balls.

    • Anonymous says:

      You missed the whole point of the article. He said that China sucks, but they’re a distraction from the real threat, which is the banking syndicate. Trump is owned by them. He was bought by the Rothschilds in the 1990’s. His cabinet is crawling with them. Trump is going after China in a renewal of the cold war and creating a distraction away from the bankers instead of fighting against the bankers. Now they can crash the economy and blame “nationalists” and conservatives and Trump is helping them by constantly taking credit for the bubble. Just the other day Trump called the stock market “his market”. It’s unbelievable how many people are still stupid enough to believe Trump is fighting on their side. His deeds do not match his words and his friends are our enemies.

    • Montana Guy says:

      A U.S. military blockade. Of course. Every solution is a big government solution.

      True conservatives would be fighting for limited government, and laissez-faire free-market capitalism. Google them.

      • Clown World says:

        Destabilization is a tactic of war.

        Feral freedom, along the lines of anarchy, also known as the dictatorship of the proletariat, mob rule, and revolution, is generally an uncertain period, between two dictatorships, before the new rules are set in stone.

        Libertarianism, in and of itself, never especially conserves anything. It just means being ungovernable.

        So, the Founders established tariffs, along the lines of protectionism and sumptuary laws. Tools may not have been subject to taxation. Luxuries and imports were.

        Common, everyday things became contraband, again, when the duty was unpaid — as when under the British — within the first generation of Colonial rule.

        • Why do you think libertarianism means ungovernable? It means as few laws, regulations or taxes as needed, non aggression principle, sound money and free trade, and personal liberty and responsibility. If you don’t like the terms of the trade, you don’t buy from that source, you go elsewhere to do business. You don’t attack other countries because they don’t do things your way. You don’t run a surveillance/police state. You leave the people alone to run their own lives as much as is possible. You don’t rob them at the point of a gun (taxes) to give someone else the fruit of their labor.

          No one has the right to tell you what to do as long as you are not violating others rights. It’s called freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Statists should learn what it means and that these are the principles the country was founded on.

          • Post script…I wasn’t calling you out as a statist Clown World, I can’t really tell if you are, but there are many on this board.

            • Clown World says:

              But, my feelings aren’t hurt so easily.

              I think, some version of anarchism would work among sovereign, cleanly, polite, self-actuating, self-conscious, self-realized individuals.

              Do you literally know any such people, in real life, or are most people in your immediate surroundings followers, completely incapable of executive function. All this means is making choices, in a responsible, ordered manner, fully accepting the outcome.

              attributed to Adams —
              “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

              Aren’t most of us demoralized, acculturated, agnostic, and with no particular orientation, in general?

              j said, “as few laws, regulations or taxes as needed.”

              If people must be told where to go and what to do, in any point of this discussion, are you telling them to do anything wrong.

              Do they typically mind, whether they are supporting something immoral, so far? (They never give anything much thought, would resent that.)

              Smith said, “they even buy on bad news thinking it’s good news.”
              Interest lowered on bad news and raised on good news… Demote the productive. Promote the destructive…

              Smith said, “Everything people once thought predictable is being deliberately discombobulated.”

              Traumatic, hypnotic stupidity doesn’t work on someone, who remembers where he came from, who can retrace his steps, rationally.

              Even the most ignorant version of identity politics would provide some stable, cardinal, standard point of reference.

              attributed to Orwell —
              “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently…One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
              “one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”
              I said, “generally an uncertain period, between two dictatorships, before the new rules are set in stone.”

              from Psychopolitics —
              “Complete and implicit response can be gained only by stimuli sufficiently brutal to injure the organism. The Kossack method of breaking wild horses is a good example. The horse will not restrain itself or take any of its rider’s commands. The rider, wishing to break it, mounts and smashes a flask of strong Vodka between the horse’s ears. The horse, struck to its knees, its eyes filled with alcohol, mistaking the dampness for blood, instantly and thereafter gives its attention to the rider and never needs further breaking. Difficulty in breaking horses is occasioned only when light punishments are administered. You often hear some mawkish sentimentality about “breaking the spirit,” but what you want here is an obedient horse, and sufficient brutality brings about an obedient horse… The stimulus-response mechanisms of the body are such that the pain and the command subdivide so as to counter each other. The mental image picture of the punishment will not become effective upon the individual unless the command content is disobeyed. It is pointed out in many early Russian writings that this is a survival mechanism.”

              Most people are operating from a survival mechanism and triggered by drama.

              Many policy decisions are creating drama for it’s own sake.

              Otherwise, the 99% would be unresponsive.

              Either, you are built this way, or you are exceptional.

        • Montana Guy says:

          ‘Feral freedom’? It’s an oxymoron! What is it about individual liberty that you fear?

          Americans enjoyed their greatest Liberty under the Articles of Confederation and common law. There was no federal government, no Constitution and no political parties. Yet the States defeated the mightiest military in the world.

      • Kevin2 says:

        Montana Guy

        Tariffs protected and therefore were a cornerstone of building US manufacturing. Their removal eviscerated it. Unfortunately, once lost for this long reinstitution tariffs are unlikely to have a great impact on bringing said manufacturing back. Unlike tooling up for WWII the skill set isn’t there. I worked in both the Pet Chem and Oil Refining industries. Neither have trained maintenance personnel since 1982. They picked off the carcass of closed industries like vultures with no intent of staffing for the future when they believed that there was no future.

        “Protection of our own labor against the cheaper, ill-paid, half-fed, and pauper labor of Europe, is … a duty which the country owes to its own citizens.”
        Daniel Webster

        “The wealth … independence, and security of a Country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufactures. Every nation … ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of national supply. These compromise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing, and defence.”
        Alexander Hamilton

        “Free trade results in our giving our money … our manufactures and our markets to other nations. … It will bring widespread discontent. It will revolutionize our values.”
        William McKinley

        “Open competition between high-paid American labor and poorly paid European labor will either drive out of existence American industry or lower American wages.”
        William McKinley

        • Montana Guy says:

          Our Founders were business men. They were extremely brave patriots for 10 years and 10 months. But then they reverted back to business men and met in Philadelphia. Alexander Hamilton led the charge.

          Few Americans are aware (I could stop there) that notable figures such as Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine and Patrick Henry were vocal opponents of the Constitution. Jefferson (from exile in France) expressed serious concerns about ratification. But like most politics, follow the money. The business men created the monster enslaving us today. That was the death knell of free trade, laissez faire government and individual liberty. Such is the legacy of Hamilton.

          • Kevin2 says:

            Substitute developing world for Europe and the quotes below apply today. “Free Trade” has eviscerated US manufacturing as the “competition” pays slave wages (if wages at all in instances) and has virtually zero environmental and civilized worker protection (think asbestos). Want to beat that then lower your bar, its a race to the lowest common denominator.

            “Free trade results in our giving our money … our manufactures and our markets to other nations. … It will bring widespread discontent. It will revolutionize our values.”
            William McKinley

            “Open competition between high-paid American labor and poorly paid European labor will either drive out of existence American industry or lower American wages.”
            William McKinley

      • Anonymous says:

        Conservatives are fighting for Trump. Trump is fighting for economic nationalism. This form of economic system requires state intervention hence why Trump is imposing tariffs and other restrictions.

    • Kevin2 says:

      Bert

      “set up a blockade blocking all shipping out of China. Because I have Presidential Balls.’

      No your Fu(&ing nuts.

    • I was wondering what happened to the balls in this country. Thanks for the heads up…

  3. Frank Thoughts says:

    China does not need the US. For everything China needs there are many other sources. For land, there is Africa. For food, there is Latin America, Canada, Australia, Russia and Europe. For education and learning English, there is the UK.

    For holidays there is Europe. For capital markets there is Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Singapore etc.

    For consumers there is China, Africa, Central Asia etc.

    China has markets and options to keep it going for another 100 years.

    • Stuart says:

      “China does not need the US”

      Like everything you post Frank, it is wrong. China can’t feed itself. They depend heavily on U.S. agriculture. They are already slaughtering the majority of their pigs due to swine flu. Now this.

      ht tps://www.cnn.com/2019/05/09/asia/china-armyworm-grain-intl/index.html

      China is in fact in deep dudu.

      • Anonymous says:

        China is already replacing US agricultural goods with purchases from South America and Russia. The US isn’t the only game in town when it comes to food.

      • Kevin2 says:

        Stuart

        Unlike decades previous US food exports have dwindled as other nations advanced. Brazil for example is the worlds largest beef exporter. Brazil is projected to be the largest beef exporter in the world in 2018 followed by India, Australia and the United States (in that order). Regarding grain US is #2 20% behind Russia. The simple fact is the world is a far different place than it was a mere few decades ago.

        h ttps://www.indexmundi.com/agriculture/?commodity=wheat&graph=exports

        Just 9% of exported goods are foods, feeds, and beverages ($133 billion). The big three are soybeans ($18 billion), meat and poultry ($20 billion), and corn ($14 billion). Food exports are falling since many countries don’t like U.S. food processing standards.

        • Kevin2 says:

          The US is still #1 in pork exports by a narrow edge.

          Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of pork during 2018.
          United States: US$4.6 billion (16.2% of total pork exports)
          Germany: $4.4 billion (15.5%)
          Spain: $4 billion (14.2%)
          Denmark: $2.6 billion (9.2%)
          Canada: $2.4 billion (8.5%)
          Netherlands: $2.1 billion (7.5%)
          Belgium: $1.4 billion (4.8%)
          Brazil: $1.1 billion (3.8%)
          Poland: $1 billion (3.6%)
          France: $891.5 million (3.1%)
          Mexico: $536.5 million (1.9%)
          Ireland: $505.7 million (1.8%)
          Chile: $438 million (1.5%)
          Austria: $392.5 million (1.4%)
          United Kingdom: $389.4 million (1.4%)

          Regarding China’s food imports in dollar value France exceeded the US by 44%.

          h
          ttps://wits.worldbank.org/CountryProfile/en/Country/CHN/Year/LTST/TradeFlow/Import/Partner/by-country/Product/16-24_FoodProd

  4. cranerigger says:

    The transfer of wealth from the USA to China through UNFAIR trade practices by China went on for decades. Yes, many of our previous politicians endorsed the fleecing of American Citizens. The current President & his economic advisors are trying to establish FAIR trade with China. Absent that, we will find other sources for those products sold by China.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sorry Brandon but you are delusional and have failed to truly discuss what is at stake. Regarding agricultural products the entire world is experiencing troubles in this critical area and there will be shortages across the planet. In fact Argentina and Brazil are experiencing shortages and may refuse to sell China any excess commodities due to the simple fact that they have to feed their own citizenry. In the end China may have tons of gold but many countries may in fact refuse to sell their excess agricultural products simply because they have to feed their own citizenry and may fore go doing business with China.

  6. Frank Thoughts says:

    China is colonising black nations around the world. They discovered all you have to do is bribe the leader and flood the country with Chinese workers under the guise of economic development.

    How will this play out? Look at how the Chinese treat the Tibetans and their Muslims. They overwhelm them with Han Chinese and put the trouble makers in re-education camps. I doubt the Africans will even get to be re-educated. The Chinese will just go straight to extermination. Why do you think they train with flame throwers? Flame throwers were the most effective way to clear out people during the Pacific campaign in WWII.

    Africa is too bountiful to be left to black Africans to manage.

    • Anonymous says:

      f said, “China is colonising black nations around the world. They discovered all you have to do is bribe the leader and flood the country with Chinese workers under the guise of economic development.”

      Some of our own quota cases seem to have gotten a toehold, here, through trade deals with various countries and special interest groups, in the public record. Businesses would seem to collapse, as soon as the bribe money runs out.

      f said, “Africa is too bountiful to be left to black Africans to manage.”
      wikipedia said, “Mercantilism is a national economic policy that is designed to maximize the exports, and minimize the imports, of a nation. These policies aim to reduce a possible current account deficit or reach a current account surplus. Mercantilism includes a national economic policy aimed at accumulating monetary reserves through a positive balance of trade, especially of finished goods. Historically, such policies frequently led to war and also motivated colonial expansion.” (Pillaging.)

      ‘Enlightened’ superpowers are not necessarily living in harmony with nature.

    • Stuart says:

      Well then, perhaps they are doing everyone a favor. At the very least they are doing the dirty work for us.

      • Frank Thoughts says:

        100% agree! I think China doesn’t have the burden of political correctness and can do what is right for the planet and humanity and that is to get the African population down to manageable levels.

        Just to recap, Africa is on course to be the dominant population on the planet – a disaster for the planet and civilisation. As Obama pointed out, the planet can’t handle Africans adopting American levels of consumption.

        Every African country ballooned their populations despite not having a means to govern them or provide them with a living. In the 1960s, Africa was more prosperous, better governed and with a much smaller population. But after the combination of corrupt black nationalists and too generous US aid and food, the population got out of control, The irony is Africa can’t even feed itself despite being the last fertile place on the planet. And others are moving in to get the job done: the Arabs are buying land like crazy for big farms, the Chinese are doing the same as well as buying up all ports and resources. And the Chinese are not doing that to make Africa fat and happy; they are doing that to make China fat and happy.

        Judge people by their fruits: in China they run commercials that make fun of black people and have exhibits where blacks are portrayed on the same levels as apes. They are not going to make nice with that perspective on race.

    • Kevin2 says:

      Frank Thoughts

      For whatever reasons which I won’t bother to speculate, Africans have severely lacked in governance. When handed the start Liberia didn’t do it. South Africa where both the Dutch and English carved out a thriving first world country from the wilderness, is now returning to the wild under indigenous rule. It is what it is.

      • Frank Thoughts says:

        So true! Taking stock, the reality is this: blacks have domain over more territory than other races (Africa is huge) and control more countries in Africa than other races. Yet, despite this immense latent wealth, blacks have failed to create countries and cities that anyone would want to live in.

        When they move to other parts of the world (Canada, France, Sweden etc.) they live in ghettos and show in surveys to be the most racist people who do not rub along well amongst other races.

        This speaks to cultural, civilisational and biological reasons, not lack of resources.

  7. Stuart says:

    The Truth about the Trade war?

    Brandon Smith wouldn’t recognize the truth if it hit him between the eyes. He is a young Michael Snyder. Chicken Little, Jr.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is the problem with the Pavlovian response mechanism – You train a dog to salivate at the sound of a bell because he thinks he’s going to get a treat, but then what if you change the bell, or the treat, or the entire dynamic of the process? The dog’s whole world is turned upside down and he curls up in a ball in the corner of the room to make the mental anguish stop.

    … so basically all of society from 1950 to present?

  9. The article said that the Chinese exports comprise ONLY 18% to the USA? Really? Does anyone believe that. Just about EVERYTHING you buys says “made in China”. There’s no way in hell that I believe that low number!

  10. rellik says:

    “The US has little manufacturing to speak of” Huh?????
    This country is completely self sufficient, should we choose to be so. The biggest problem America has is Democrats.
    If we were to remove them from positions of political power, and keep them out, then in twenty years this country would be an absolute dynamo. Un-matched by any in the world.
    I would gladly give people an automatic minimum livable wage, as long as they give up the right to vote. This to some degree this is already being done, except we let them vote. My idea is to give them a small raise as long as they don’t vote.

    • Anonymous says:

      America is far from self sufficient. Our industry was shipped overseas. We got nothing.

    • Kevin2 says:

      rellik

      I wish I could agree with you. I believe US exceptionalism had risen under the Robber Barron age of zero rules, China now holds that position as the US matured. I look around and I don’t see exceptional personnel and if I look tomorrow it’s likely to be even worse. The US does create as failure, shunned in Asia’s “saving face” culture is looked at differently in the US where failure is quitting. The US extreme rise to dominate was directly related to WWII. The US walked away from it suffering the fewest losses of the main powers and was virtually unscathed. Regardless globalists have in effect highjacked US politics of both political party’s so the point is moot regarding what the US can and cannot do isolated from the world.

  11. OldIron says:

    Many companys can’t pay high taxes,high wages,and service high debt loads all at the same time.

  12. Anonymous says:

    (Posts that weren’t especially long, or which didn’t curse, have gone missing, afaic.)

    As for patents, I am of the understanding that the UN has jurisdiction and a far simpler system.

    If we are abiding by the philosophy of equal opportunities (but not necessarily equal outcomes) why isn’t that infrastructure free.

    I don’t personally see this jurisdiction, protecting my intellectual property, by levying under-the-table taxes upon the consumer, for random, pet projects that are irrelevant to the industry in question.

    If both countries mutually honor the globalist court, why aren’t they suing for damages and repaying the damaged party.

  13. Clown World says:

    (Posts that weren’t especially long, or which didn’t curse, have gone missing, afaic.)

    As for patents, I am of the understanding that the UN has jurisdiction and a far simpler system.

    If we are abiding by the philosophy of equal opportunities (but not necessarily equal outcomes) why isn’t that infrastructure free.

    I don’t personally see this jurisdiction, protecting my intellectual property, by levying under-the-table taxes upon the consumer, for random, pet projects that are irrelevant to the industry in question.

    If both countries mutually honor the globalist court, why aren’t they suing for damages and repaying the damaged party.

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