On July 4, 1776, a bunch of would-be oligarchs declared the independence of the American colonies.
And it worked, for them. The reasons for the revolt were primarily two-fold: 1) their massive wealth was being taxed, and 2) their “freedoms” were being infringed. As I’ve described elsewhere, [stderr] the “freedom” being infringed was that people could be held as chattel. The oligarchs-to-be were dead set against that, because, well, you weren’t going to catch Thomas Jefferson cutting tobacco or picking cotton – hell no. You weren’t going to catch John Hancock paying a fair import duty on his smuggled rum and slaves; that just wasn’t going to happen. George Washington, a land speculator who was one of the largest real estate owners in the colonies – you weren’t going to catch him paying property taxes – never. The colonial would-be oligarchs who were whipping the people to a froth didn’t seem to mention that a British citizen typically paid 10 times what a colonial paid, at that time. Had the revolt just been about taxes, we would have expected the Londoners to throw king George out and appeal to join the colonies.
The rest, we know: the Crown Court Lord Chief Justice Mansfield had already hammered the nail in the coffin of slavery in May of 1772; the colonists were not exactly all in favor of independence, but by the time all the fighting and dying was over, there was a new nation, set forth in hypocrisy, with justice toward white property-owning men, and slavery for some. Even early on, the new oligarchs were careful to manipulate the tax system, so that things like alcohol consumption were taxed, but real estate was not; it was mere coincidence that the oligarchs’ long-term wealth was mostly tied up in real estate – within a few years of independence the typical American was paying more taxes than the typical citizen of the British Empire, a state of affairs that resulted in farmers’ rebellions like Shay’s rebellion and the Whiskey rebellion, which were brutally repressed by the new country’s new army. It ought to sound shockingly similar to what happened in France, where a new oligarchy replaced an ageing senescent monarchy, and quickly took on the same airs and vices. In France, the new oligarchy at least had a sense of style and panache and damn near conquered Europe.
It’s a tradition in the US to talk about the political geniuses who wrote the constitution, but that document was barely accepted in its first version, and only was ratified once the slave-owners were able to protect their interests against all comers, embedding the oligarchy into the foundation of the country so thoroughly that a horrible civil war was fought, costing massive lives and damage, without resolving the problem that caused the war in the first place. That was some political genius: creating a constitutional republic that barely survived 100 years without a referendum by mass slaughter! Of course, it’s been mass slaughter all along – the economy of the new oligarchy depended on “free” land garnered by genocide, land which was exploited in the coarsest possible and most ruthless manner; a habit that America’s oligarchs spend vast sums on propaganda to continue. Ironically, today’s oligarchs whip their followers into a frenzy against “immigrants” – when they’re the most successful and red-handed “illegal immigrants” since the Mongols.
As of this writing the US Empire has special forces teams operating in over 70 countries worldwide. That’s the declassified estimate. Imagine the world’s reaction if ISIS had extremely well-trained and armed units, in 70+ countries world-wide, with a huge logistic and intelligence apparatus behind them, spreading ISIS ideology at the tip of a bayonet. Sound too much like moral equivocation for you? ISIS hasn’t bombed Cambodia, yet. Nor North Korea. The war crimes of ISIS are a peccadillo next to the US’. Admittedly, they’ve worked hard to come up with a more repellent ideology than anarcho-globalist capitalism; an impressive feat. The CIA continues its work, alongside the special forces, interfering with other countries’ internal politics in the name of [CLASSIFIED], the intelligence community’s massive [CLASSIFIED] budget and no effective oversight guarantee that it will continue to export and foster terror and political destabilization.
To top it all off, as if in some kind of weird joke, we elected a matinee clown as chief figurehead, and he’s now chafing horribly as he discovers that he’s not the Emperor of America that he thought he was: he’s on Wall Street and the Military/Industrial/Congressional complex’ short leash; all he can do is grab as much cash as he can for himself and his corrupt family, just like the criminals he campaigned against – a red-carpet carpetbagger. #SAD BUFFOON.
Don’t worry about making America great again. It never was. It’s lies written in blood, with a pen-tip made of broken promises.
Happy July 4th!
(Every nation pretty much, is)