Hughesair (Inflection Point)

Retired physician and air taxi operator, science writer and part time assistant professor, these editorials cover a wide range of topics. Mostly non political, mostly true, I write more from a lifetime of experience and from research, more science than convention. Subjects cover medicine, Alaska aviation, economics, technology and an occasional book review. Globalization or Democracy documents the historical roots of Oligarchy, the road to colonialism and tyranny

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Friday, August 04, 2023

History, Globalization or Democracy

            North Korea invaded South Korea inJune of 1950. In October the Chinese crossed the Yalu River. I was a senior with a major in economics on track for graduate school in international trade. My year was cut short, I spent the war concerned with downed pilots in Siberia or turned over to the Russians for brainwashing. After the war, I went to medical school on the GI Bill, but macroeconomics and the market remained a fascination, especially trade deficits. 


           In 1992, Diane and I worked on the Ross Perot campaign. Perot called it a giant sucking sound. Economists call it capital divergence, a phenomenon, which repeated throughout history, associated with depression, war, famine, pestilence and the fall of civilizations.


International trade is good, right? It raises all boats, or does it? Our trade deficit added up to 6.5 trillion since 2001with China alone, and that’s just wholesale. The real loss to the middle class, job loss and the loss of economic velocity rivals our national debt. 

            Follow the money —- to Silicon Valley, multinationals, international banking, Wall Street, oligarchs and the CCP, 70% of wealth now in the top 10% of our population.


            How does that work? A macroeconomic equation shows the trade deficit offset by loss of personal savings, increased investments and increased government deficit. Think trillions. 


That was the economics. Darker forces were at play. 


1969 Brzezinski wrote, 

          “The nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principle creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.” 

Therein lies the post-Vietnam rejection of American instructions and ultimately our constitutional republic in favor of a vague international totalitarian government. 


1953 Stalin died; Eisenhower negotiated an armistice with N. Korea.

1954 a year later, Dien Bien Phu and Vietnam 

1968 Peak antiwar protests

1970 Council on Foreign Relations magazine

1971 Nixon took us off the gold standard. 

1972 Kissinger, Nixon to China

1972 Jane Fonda to Hanoi

1973 Carter, Brzezinski & Rockefeller, Trilateral Commission 

1977 MiddleEast oil, Japanese and German cars

1996 China temporary MFN

2001 China permanent MFN

2010 Supreme Court, corporate donations, free speech

2011 China claims the 9-line South China Sea

2014 Russia invades Crimea. 

2016 Brexit, Theresa May “

2016 Reaction to open borders

2016 Trump, nationalism, populism & X TriComms

20117 25% tariffs 

2019 WEF, Davos, Xi, Belt & Road, 

2019 Riots, looting, arson.

2019 Schwab World Government, 

2019 Covid19

2/23/22 Putin invades Ukraine. 

2023 A further international wave of populist nationalism 


After 2020 & 2022 elections, the tangled web of Globalization becomes more visible. Multiple threads of greed include international banking & Wall Street, Silicon Valley giants, Unions seeking international expansion, Oligarchs seeking world government for power and profit. Many are willing to burn the Constitution rather than to loose out on globalism. Don’t forget the CCP seeking World conquest, colonial power, and destruction of the US, or Russia’s quest for territory and continued subversion of Western Democracies 


Globalization or Democracy, you can't have both, traces these conflicting economic beliefs through western history.


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