Author Archives: Eric Zuesse

How America’s dictatorship works

Trump could not have become America’s president if he had not won the “vote” of his nation’s second-largest political donor in 2016, casinos-owner Sheldon Adelson. Continue reading

Why Venezuela’s people are suffering

The case that will be documented here is that Venezuela’s people are suffering from a tragic national situation which actually cannot be reversed by anything that’s within the power of Venezuela’s government to do or to block. In order to understand this very unfortunate reality (if one wants to understand it), one must first understand the relevant parts of the broader situation in the world that affects Venezuela. What’s dooming the country isn’t merely a local situation, but instead is global and environmental. It also is economic, pertaining to the role that Venezuela is playing in the global economy. But the economic factor is definitely not of the kind that it’s commonly assumed and alleged to be. It is instead very different. Continue reading

Privatization is at the core of facsism

Privatizations are increasingly fashionable, such as in Greece, Ukraine, the U.S., and UK—and privatizations are a central feature of fascism. Continue reading

Polling on the border wall

Polling on the border wall shows that Trump’s proposal is very unpopular amongst the American electorate, especially amongst the people who live near the Mexican border; but Republicans nationwide do support his proposal—and overwhelmingly. Trump’s base is the mass of people who approve of Trump and his initiatives no matter what (they buy the Trump brand, regardless), but even Republicans who live near the Mexican border oppose him on this. Continue reading

US demands Europe to join its war against Russia

In recent decades, the US Constitution’s clause that requires a congressional declaration of war before invading any country has been ignored. Furthermore, ever since 2012 and the passage by Congress of the Magnitsky Act sanctions against Russia, economic sanctions by the US Government have been imposed against any company that fails to comply with a US-imposed economic sanction; a company can even be fined over a billion dollars for violating a US economic sanction. And, so, sanctions are now the way that the US Congress actually does authorize a war—the new way, no longer the way that’s described in the US Constitution. However, in the economic-sanctions phase of a war—this initial phase—the war is being imposed directly against any company that violates a US-ordered economic sanction, against Russia, Iran, or whatever target-country the US Congress has, by means of such sanctions, actually authorized a war by the US to exist—a ‘state of war’ to exist. Continue reading

How Americans’ most respected institution secretly stole at least $90,000 from each American between 1998 and 2015

The US military is the most respected institution by the American people. According to investigations by the inspector general of the US Department of Defense—investigations which were based on inspections of only portions of the department’s financial records, not of all of them, and so the amount is incomplete—that Department had disappeared at least $21 trillion of funds from US taxpayers during the 18-year period 1998-2015. The US population, during that period, was around 300 million people; so, at a bare minimum, approximately $70,000 was being stolen (or otherwise disappeared at the US Defense Department) from each American during that time. However, $10 in 1998 was worth $14.54 in 2015; so, considering inflation, each American was robbed, during that period, of at least around $90,000, by the most respected institution. The average US household or “family” has 2.54 people. So, the average US household lost AT LEAST around $223,000, from thefts (or ‘lost money’) by the US military, during 1998-2015. (This fact has never been published before, because this calculation has never before been done; the loss to individual persons and families hasn’t previously been calculated.) Continue reading

U.S. is the world’s invasion nation

How Big Brother grips Americans’ minds to support invasions

On November 29, Gallup headlined “Democrats Lead Surge in Belief U.S. Should Be World Leader” and reported, “Three-fourths (75%) of Americans today think the United States has ‘a special responsibility to be the leading nation in world affairs,’ up from 66% in 2010. The surge is driven by Democrats, whose belief in this idea has increased from 61% eight years ago to 81% now.” This finding comes even after the lie-based and catastrophic U.S. invasions of Iraq in 2003, and of Libya in 2011 (and of so many others, such as Afghanistan, where the U.S. and Sauds created the Taliban in 1979). Continue reading

The world order that’s now emerging

The Post-World-War-II world order was dominated by the one WW II major combatant that had only 0.32% of its population (the lowest percentage) killed by the war: the United States. The Soviet Union’s comparable number killed by the war was the highest—it was 13.7%—42 .8.times higher than America’s. The U.S. was the main force that defeated Japan and so won WW II in Asia. The U.S.S.R., however, was the main force that defeated Germany and so won WW II in Europe. The U.S.S.R. suffered vastly more than did the U.S. to achieve its victory. In addition to suffering 42.8 times the number of war-deaths than did U.S., the U.S.S.R.’s financial expenditures invested in the conflict, as calculated by Jan Ludvik, were 4.8 times higher than were America’s financial expenditures on the war. Continue reading

The earthquake in international alliances

America’s international alliances are transforming in fundamental ways. The likelihood of World War III is increasing, and has been increasing ever since 2012 when the U.S. first slapped Russia with the Magnitsky Act sanctions. In fact, one matter driving these changing alliances now toward unprecedented realignments is that some nations’ leaders want to do whatever they can to prevent WW III. Continue reading

The biggest threat to US national security is the US government

A dictatorship does not represent the public but only the aristocracy that, behind the scenes, controls the government. Continue reading

UK and US now overtly honor Al Qaeda

The United Kingdom is resettling Al Qaeda’s Syrian medical unit, called the “White Helmets,” as “refugees” in the UK. The White Helmets organization is funded by UK’s MI6 and America’s CIA, and is headed by Raed Saleh, who was prohibited from visiting the US because he’s a terrorist. These jihadists won’t just have UK honors (and they already have: a Hollywood Oscar-winning ‘documentary’ full of lies about how ‘heroic’ the White Helmets are), but, presumably, they’ll also obtain UK citizenship. Continue reading

Why America Is a dictatorship

America is a country in which dollars count far more than voters do, and that’s what all of the data shows. And that’s a dictatorship by the richest. Continue reading

How the U.S. does propaganda

A typical example was on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” on September 8, when the program-host Scott Simon interviewed the Obama administration’s adviser on the Middle East, Robert Malley, in a segment titled “What’s Next In The Syrian War: Idlib”. Continue reading

Israel an enemy of freedom-loving people everywhere

Israel is fighting constantly not only against Gazans, and against Palestinians generally; it is fighting constantly against freedom-loving people everywhere, who oppose dictatorship of any type, and in any country, on principle, irrespective of nationality. Continue reading

How a free market inevitably produces dictatorship

Who rules the land? A deeper and truer version of this question is: What rules the land? Is it the money (the aristocracy), or is it the people (the public, the residents on that land)? (For the interest of paleoconservatives, the issue of residents’ citizenship will come later here, as “immigrants” instead of as “citizenship”; but our basic focus is not ethnicity/nationality; it’s class: the money, versus the voters; not the natives, versus the foreigners.) Continue reading

Neocons hate Russia even more than they hate any other nation

Neoconservatism started in 1953 with Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the Democrat U.S. Senator from the state of Washington (1953-1983), who became known as a ‘defense’ hawk, and as “the Senator from Boeing,” because Boeing practically owned him. The UK’s Henry Jackson Society was founded in 2005 in order to carry forward Senator Jackson’s unwavering and passionate endorsement of growing the American empire so that the U.S.-UK alliance will control the entire world (and U.S. weapons-makers will dominate in every market). Continue reading

America’s allies against Russia & Iran

Main U.S. allies are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Israel, & Nazis

The public have been so brainwashed by Big Brother’s lies, so that many people won’t believe this article unless they click onto the link wherever they happen to think that what it is alleging is false. Then, they will see the evidence, for themselves, and will recognize that they’ve been fooled about that matter, and those readers will learn something important that they didn’t know before—including that Big Brother is real, and what it actually is, and how it came to be the way it is. This is about reality, the reality behind the screen of lies. Continue reading

America bombs, Europe gets the refugees. That’s evil

The US government (with France and a few other US allies) bombs Libya, Syria, etc.; and the US regime refuses to accept any of the resulting refugees—the burdens from which are now breaking the EU, and the EU is sinking in economic competition against America’s international corporations. America’s corporations remain blithely unscathed by not only the refugees that are breaking up the EU, but also by the EU’s economic sanctions against Russia, Iran, and other allies of governments that the US regime is trying to overthrow in its constant invasions and coups. Continue reading

America is one-dollar-one-vote, not really one-person-one vote

The only comprehensive and scientific study which has ever been done of whether the U.S. is a democracy or a dictatorship, was published in 2014. It studied the period 1981 through 2002, and it found that, “In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes.” Continue reading

Did the U.S. Supreme Court just nullify the U.S. Constitution?

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 majority decision in the landmark case of “Trump v. Hawaii”, about President Trump’s commonly misnamed ‘Muslim ban.’ This decision probably established a new precedent: that national security is an interest that overrides the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading

Taxpayer-funded mercenaries serving both U.S. & foreign aristocracies

The U.S. military is by far the most-respected of all institutions in America. But the U.S. military of today is actually not only the most corrupt but also the worst of America’s institutions. It’s the worst because it serves the worst and is run by the worst. It’s basically a mercenary operation for U.S. and allied aristocracies, and it routinely destroys the lives of millions of people in many countries, but since there is no accountability, it keeps getting even worse. At the basis of it is something fundamentally wrong: not only is it the world’s imperial military, but it is a largely privatized military. The military intrinsically serves a public function; so, privatizing anything in it is corrosive to that public function. This is the basic problem, with America’s military in the modern era. Continue reading

Israel’s legislature votes war against Syria

The key decision now will be made by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Continue reading

How US has virtually destroyed UN

Under President Donald Trump, the US has basically eliminated the only real international authority the UN used to have. Here is how this was done . . . Continue reading

U.S. and its press lie Americans into invasions routinely

The 2003 invasion of Iraq is the best-known example of America’s government and press lying to fool the public into invading a foreign country that actually posed no threat to U.S. national security (so that America’s Defense Department was obviously America’s Aggression Department, and even its very name was a lie). However, that fraud and its resulting mega-violence were unfortunately typical, not at all exceptional, for the brutal American regime. This crucial but ugly fact will be documented here, so as to destroy (by clear facts) the lying U.S. regime’s supposed credibility—and this refers to both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party wings (and their ‘news’ media), of our ruling aristocracy. (Same for America’s lapdog, UK.) Continue reading

Skripal-Novichok case: Hiding UK-U.S. lies gets top priority

The U.S. and its allies have been successful in hiding the basis on which Russian diplomats were expelled from their countries—expelled on still-undocumented accusations that Russia’s government was behind the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury England on March 4. On Wednesday, April 4, the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said no to Russia’s proposal for an OPCW investigation into the source of the toxin that was used in the attack. Fourteen of the 41 OPCW countries endorsed an investigtion; 9 abstained; 17 opposed; 1 absented. Continue reading

How the military controls America

Unlike corporations that sell to consumers, Lockheed Martin and the other top contractors to the US government are highly if not totally dependent upon sales to governments, for their profits, especially sales to their own government, which they control—they control their home market, which is the US government, and they use it to sell to its allied governments, all of which foreign governments constitute the export markets for their products and services. Continue reading

Why super-rich rush to buy nuclear-proof bunkers

The rush amongst the super-rich started after the key event of 2014; this single stunning event suddenly sparked that rush by the super-rich to buy nuclear-proof bunkers, and the rush has been nonstop since that event. Though many news media in the West have reported on the existence of this suddenly booming market for luxurious and supposedly nuclear-proof bunkers, none has reported on what actually caused it—the event that had sparked it. In fact, that event is still a secret in the West—not publicly mentioned here; it is, practically speaking, banned from being publicly even mentioned in the West. Continue reading

Trust in China remains top; trust in U.S. plunges

The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer survey, which is the latest in the annual Edelman series taken in 28 countries, shows that the people of China have the highest trust in their country’s institutions, and that the people of U.S. recorded an all-time-record loss of trust as compared to the prior year: a stunning 37% loss of trust—that’s comparing 2017’s 52% of Americans trusting America’s institutions, down to 43% of Americans trusting them, a 9% slide, which Edelman referred to by saying, “Trust decline in the U.S. is the steepest ever measured.” Continue reading

Putin explains why Russia’s new weapons can’t be stopped by ABMs

In a “Russia Insight” TV interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin that was uploaded to YouTube with English subtitles on March 10, NBC’s Megyn Kelly asked him why America’s ABMs wouldn’t be able to knock out Russia’s new missiles. He answered (16:40): “We have created a set of new strategic weapons that do not follow ballistic trajectories, and the anti-missile defence systems are powerless against them. This means that the U.S. taxpayers’ money has been wasted.” Continue reading

How the U.S. Establishment lies through its teeth for war against Russia

The same people, Republicans and Democrats, who lied through their teeth for an invasion of Iraq in 2003, are doing it again for an invasion of Russia, sometime soon, so as to ‘defend’ ‘democracy.’ The U.S. has by now swallowed up virtually all lands surrounding Russia, at least in Europe, the latest being Ukraine, and is placing its missiles now on and near Russia’s borders, which is to Russians like would be to Americans if Russia had swallowed up Canada and were placing its missiles there. But the lying holier-than-thou U.S. Establishment accuses Russia of being ‘aggressive’ when Russia holds war-games on and near its borders in order to prepare for a U.S.-NATO invasion, which actually looks increasingly likely to them every day—and not because of ‘Russian propaganda,’ but because of the U.S. government’s actions. Continue reading

America’s news media foment hate

Like as shown in the movie 1984, in its two-minute section “Two Minutes of Hate,” the US-installed Ukrainian regime on Russia’s doorstep, will soon be debating a bill to make hate of Russia obligatory to be inculcated into all Ukrainian children. Continue reading

Britain officially prepares now for war against Russia

On Wednesday, February 21, the UK’s Minister of Defence, Conservative Gavin Williamson, announced that the United Kingdom is changing its fundamental defence strategy from one that’s targeted against non-state terrorists (Al Qaeda, etc.), to one that’s targeted instead against three countries: Russia, China, and North Korea. He acknowledged that a massive increase in military spending will be needed for this, and that “savings” will have to be found in other areas of Government-spending, such as the health services, and in military spending against terrorism. Continue reading