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“There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money,” is an insight the famed biographer James Boswell attributed to Samuel Johnson.

Clients of the late Bernie Madoff, however, might take issue.

Over four decades, Madoff, acclaimed as the greatest fraudster of them all, ran a Ponzi scheme that swindled 40,000 people, including his closest friends, out of $65 billion.

But if “getting money” is among the most innocent of callings, America has more than its fair share of the goodly people who excel at it.

According to Forbes’s 35th annual ranking of billionaires, last year witnessed a population explosion. Some 660 new billionaires were added to the number for a total of 2,755.

And more than one in every four billionaires is an American.

According to Forbes, the richest man in the world is Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, with $177 billion.

Last year was the fourth in a row that Bezos led the list. His wealth exceeds the entire GDP of almost 150 nations.

Directly behind Bezos, at No. 2, is Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, whose wealth rose to $151 billion.

Numbers 4 and 5 were Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, with $124 billion, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook with $97 billion.

“As a class billionaires added about $8 trillion to their total net worth from last year, totaling $13.1 trillion,” says the Washington Post.

“The United States had the most billionaires, at 724, extending a rapid rise in wealth that hasn’t happened since the Rockefellers and the Carnegies roughly a century ago. China, including Macau and Hong Kong, had the second highest number of billionaires: 698.”

This tripling of the wealth of the world’s billionaires and 30% increase in their number came during a year when America and the West endured the worst pandemic in a century and worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

“While most of the world’s wealthiest people prospered during the pandemic, thanks in part to stock prices,” writes the Post, “millions of Americans grappled with job loss, food insecurity, debt, eviction and poverty.”

Query: Where was the outrage?

In previous times like these, where the rich got richer and the poor and working class rode the rails, we would have heard the excoriations of economic populists and echoes of TR’s “malefactors of great wealth” and FDR’s “forces of entrenched greed.”

But Forbes’ report of the population explosion among billionaires in 2020 passed seemingly without protest.

The dogs did not bark. Why not?

One reason: Whatever one may think of Bezos, Amazon, in 2020, was indispensable for delivering food and medicines to tens of millions of Americans who, given the “lockdowns,” depended on such deliveries for survival. You don’t castigate people providing your food and medicine.

Also, today’s billionaires’ boys club has come to understand how to make its astonishing wealth acceptable, by ingratiating themselves with their old ideological enemies.

ORDER IT NOW

Set up a tax-exempt foundation, fund it with billions of dollars, invite in liberals to sit on the board, and, at munificent salaries, to run it and distribute its income to liberal causes. The way to diminish leftist resentment at huge piles of private wealth is to give them a cut.

No wonder Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax went nowhere.

However, they did it, America’s most successful capitalists have learned the lesson some previous generations of capitalists did not — how to preserve their wealth, privilege and economic power and avoid such derisive terms as “capitalist pig.”

Yet, of greater interest, and import, is that the China of the new Great Helmsman, Xi Jinping, a one-party Communist dictatorship, coexists with hundreds of Chinese billionaires.

What would Marx, Lenin, Stalin or the Mao of the Revolution that triumphed in 1949, who put his country through the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, say of Chinese oligarchs and plutocrats, each of whom possessed at least a billion dollars in wealth?

Politically, China remains under an ever-tightening Communist rule.

But today, there are inequalities of wealth between the working poor and middle class, and the well-to-do and rich, that would have been anathema to the revolutionaries who founded Communist China.

Is China running a capitalist economy to generate the wealth to consolidate Communist Party control of the nation and grow China’s economic, military and geostrategic power until China displaces America as the first power on earth? So it would appear.

One wonders: Has China found the formula for global ascendancy that eluded the Soviet Union of Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev?

Use state capitalism and market incentives to build the economic wealth that can be translated into the growth to enable China to ascend to a level of power where it is indisputably the first nation on earth?

Are the Chinese billionaires the geese laying the golden eggs for the Chinese Communist party? Is Communist doctrine being updated to accommodate the most successful Communist country of them all?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

Copyright 2021 Creators.com.

 
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  1. ruralguy says:

    Making money is quite easy. Keeping it is a lot harder, especially as this country keeps devolving.

    • Replies: @botazefa
  2. mijj says:

    Confusion about how China percieves and works, and having one’s mind locked in a US Feudal Empire theme park is the cause of many conspiracy theories.

  3. “One wonders: Has China found the formula for global ascendancy that eluded the Soviet Union of Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev?

    Use state capitalism and market incentives to build the economic wealth that can be translated into the growth to enable China to ascend to a level of power where it is indisputably the first nation on earth?”
    Gee, Pat, you “wonder” at this mystery?
    What mystery?
    There isn’t one.
    China is a “mixed” economy. In essence not much different to how the US rose to greatness (& then threw it all away in the 70’s & 80’s) Germany also.
    And the billionaires?
    Not much mystery there either.
    A Gov’ – CB that’s printed trillions & trillions into the economy ? A nakedly oligarchic government? 70 years of Imperialism?
    I’m surprised there aren’t more billionaires.

  4. Franz says:

    Quit, Pat.

    This out of touch essay is proof you’ve wandered past your sell-by date. You’ve made your bucks. Time to relax at the beach house and play scrabble.

  5. G. Poulin says:

    Observers have known for a long time that progressivism, over the long term, creates a new class of wealthy rulers while impoverishing everyone else. And this occurs regardless of all their rhetoric of equality —it’s baked in. Enjoy your serfdom, deplorables. Leftism is a club and you’re not in it.

    • Agree: rgl
  6. bayviking says:

    They’ve taken most “stimulus” dollars and conducted massive stock buybacks. That is all our Oligarchy is capable of doing.

    • Agree: Realist, GomezAdddams
    • Thanks: goldgettin, Bill Jones
  7. Rahan says:

    Politically, China remains under an ever-tightening Communist rule.

    If it’s “ever-tightening”, this implies that the more you go into the past, the “less tight” it is.

    Where in China’s recent (or not recent, for that matter) history would one place this “less tight” period? Before the current “ever-tightening” period, China does not really appear “more free”, what with the previously Soviet-style closed borders, command economy, prison sentences for private initiative, lack of foreign pop culture, uniformity in clothes and hairstyles, and lack of internal geographical mobility.

    Before that you have the Stalinist phase, and before that an endless civil war and genocidal Jap stuff. Before that you have the Chinese empire’s slow implosion under the pressure from all sides by various round-eyed devils. Before that you have a few thousand years of a more or less stable empire periodically “conquered” by nomads who then get digested. Before that you have warring kingdoms.

    So the “free period” which the current “ever tightening rule” implies is now gone, has got to be either some “three months in the autumn of 1998” or some other blip in which perhaps it seems that there are more freedoms by some measure which it would be interesting to examine, or the implied “free period” could be somewhere in the bronze age, or beyond that, in the Hyborian age of Conan the Freebooter maybe?

    …When all is said and done, I’d much rather live in a world where I can read Mr. Buchanan.

    A mystery.

  8. botazefa says:

    Yet, of greater interest, and import, is that the China of the new Great Helmsman, Xi Jinping, a one-party Communist dictatorship, coexists with hundreds of Chinese billionaires.

    Bullshit.

    The greatest concern is here at home, with the plutocratic oligarchy that Buchanan carries water for in this article. This is the core Republican problem, exemplified by Buchanan who still believes in the American myth than any ole retard can one day be Bezos, because reasons.

    Not sure who is writing Buchanan’s articles these days, probably someone one Bezos’s payroll. Whoever it is, is not an ally of the working classes.

    • Replies: @Franz
  9. botazefa says:
    @ruralguy

    Making money is quite easy.

    True if you are talking about the Fed.

    False if you are talking about us regular folks.

  10. botazefa says:
    @G. Poulin

    Enjoy your serfdom, deplorables.

    Where can I find a t-shirt emblazoned with those clever words!

    Well said, G.

  11. Realist says:

    Ava Rice is a nasty bitch. Greed will be the downfall of the West. When the downfall is complete the civilization from the ashes should include the stipulation that no individual will have wealth in excess of 100 million dollars.

    The future of humanity, at least in the foreseeable future is in East Asia…specifically China. Western Civilisation is on a fast downward trajectory, in social cohesiveness, living standards, infrastructure, and science.

    There are three main reasons for this:

    1.China is not encumbered with religious dogma.

    2.China does not have the burden of democracy, it is controlled by a meritocracy…i.e. idiots are not allowed to partake in governance.

    3.China is a monoracial country.

    If China does not deviate from this course it will be the leading country on the planet, in a very short time…leaving Western Civilization far behind.

  12. rgl says:

    Bezo, Gates, and yes, even Musk are obscene examples of capitalism run amok. If these three would pool resources, they could together, all by their lonesome, end homelessness and hunger in a heartbeat. Bezo is such a low creature, he makes his employees have to piss in a bottle to keep the trains running on time.

    Gates doesn’t want to waive vaccine IP rights. Why? Because he won’t then make any return on the money he invested in vaccines. He simply wants more money.

    These people sicken me. With the possible exception of Elon – a flake nonetheless – these ‘people’ make huge gains at the taxpayer trough, and then bitch like hell if anybody wants to tax their obscene wealth to help with the many, many problems a FUBAR America has.

    America lives by the credo “More for Me, and Well … Fuck You”.

    btw Mr Buchanan, congratulations for an essay which doesn’t include the word ‘Consider.’

    • Replies: @Resartus
  13. @Realist

    Other than your 100 million dollar wealth limit, I agree with your 3 main points. Regarding religious dogma, Christian Zionism is the worst. Democracy has within it the seeds of its own destruction, and seldom lasts beyond 200 years. Clearly the US faux “democracy” is well past its sell-by date.

    As you say, Realist, China has the advantage of being a meritocracy, while we are in a race to the bottom. And, with over 90% Han, they aren’t burdened by US-style multiculturalism. Working class White men, whose ancestors built this country, are now second class citizens, and undergoing a slow genocide.

    White men in the US have lost their Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly, and Freedom of Religion under devious democrat regimes, using the Covid plandemic as their excuse to keep us serfs under their boot to our necks. Now they’re coming after the Second Amendment. And you wants us to worry about what China is doing to the Uighurs and to Hong Kong?

    • Replies: @Realist
  14. bayviking says:

    China has a number of advantages over the United States. Labor costs lower than US labor tax deductions. Public Banking which lowers the cost of everything and some say better average schools.

    The US is run by criminals that steal workers blind and buy politicians right and left. China has similar problems, but with health care and a rapidly rising military, albeit more defensively postured.

  15. Anonymous[140] • Disclaimer says:

    One of the ways in which the publics view of reality is distorted is in the regular publication of these world’s richest lists.

    They always forget to include people like the Rothschilds and the other nameless/faceless international bankers. People whose wealth is practically infinite, limited only by the risks of collapsing the house of cards that is international finance.

    People wonder why billionaires are ‘woke’. Its because they know who is actually in control and how easily their personal fortunes could be ruined if they cross them.

  16. @Franz

    That’s disrespectful of a man who was done more than any of us to attempt a national recovery, back when it was still possible. I have disagreed with Pat, but I fully respect him and thank him for selfless acts on behalf of the American people. Seriously, attacking Pat or Mark Steyn.. what is this supposed to actually accomplish??

    Capitalism is devoid of a moral component. It relies on its practitioners’ inherent moral compass, or lack thereof.

    Whatever one may think of Bezos, Amazon, in 2020, was indispensable for delivering food and medicines to tens of millions of Americans who, given the “lockdowns,” depended on such deliveries for survival.

    The Fedex driver who ran throughout the supposed ‘lockdowns’, and who later accumulates a few strikes for failing to hit his hourly delivery requirement, will find that all his indispensable services to the masses of sheltering covidists wont matter a bit once he gets the impending termination notice, for example.

    American Capitalism was formerly distinguished almost uniquely by Anti-Trust and Anti-Monopoly standards, based in a morality that counter-acted the corrosive effects of what we have devolved into today – Capital hegemony. We are lucky to have some good Public Servants like Josh Hawley who still recognize this, but he has little in the way of company.

    Capital Hegemony is not just stripped off morality, its infused with derision for the population at large, and inflicts harm for its own financial profit.

    Equating all implementations of ‘Capitalism’ as indistinguishable, is similar to the Lol-bertarian tendency of taking ownership of every positive aspect that accrues from its policies, while shirking the responsibility for the harmful consequences that follow in the same wake.

    Commuter train operation is not inherently bad, however if I run the train filled with strap-hanging business commuters at 120 mph, and ram it into the terminus barrier, instead of stopping at the station to serve the intended purpose of the commuters, the consequences are far afield of what would benefit the patron’s of the service.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
    , @Franz
  17. tyrone says:

    “Capitalist pigs”?…..that’s so 20th century ,come on Pat, the new enemy is the straight white male….try to keep up.

    • Agree: John Pepple
  18. Realist says:
    @follyofwar

    Other than your 100 million dollar wealth limit, I agree with your 3 main points.

    Please explain your disagreement. Do you believe individuals should have unlimited wealth/power?

    • Replies: @goldgettin
  19. JimDandy says:
    @Franz

    The Artists Formerly Known As Pigs became The Muscle for The Woke Left, Pat. Come on, man.

  20. TG says:

    “However, they did it, America’s most successful capitalists have learned the lesson some previous generations of capitalists did not — how to preserve their wealth, privilege and economic power and avoid such derisive terms as “capitalist pig.””

    Indeed.

    How did they do it? Easy. By “Celebrating Diversity!” All those people screaming about diversity and equity and black lives matter, are specifically blocking any real action at solving real problems that real people are experiencing.

    “Diversity” is anti (real) social justice. “Diversity” is anti-white racism. “Diversity” is a far-right corporate-funded scam. “Diversity” is only for little people (you don’t see Zuckerberg being asked to sacrifice anything, do you?). “Diversity” is divide and conquer.

    And it’s working.

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  21. anon[704] • Disclaimer says:

    “Where Did All Those ‘Capitalist Pigs’ Go?”

    Well,
    a few pig heads have been felt and smelled in the beds of:

    Bezos, Gates (now 2 beds), Bloomberg, Zuckerberg.

    Brave men all. Screaming only lasted until each
    slipped then fell onto floor covered in pig manure.
    Each polite enough not to scream with mouth full.
    Of sh*t.

    Capitalist pigs, pig heads, pig manure.

    Praises to the Lord.

  22. Big government works to the advantage of (often overtly) the large, established firms.

    The middle class gets squeezed by:

    • unrelenting, punishing, high taxes
    • currency devaluation, and
    • xfer payments to the poor (> bidders)

  23. @Trial by Wombat

    That’s disrespectful of a man who [h]as done more than any of us to attempt a national recovery, back when it was still possible. I have disagreed with Pat, but I fully respect him and thank him for selfless acts on behalf of the American people. Seriously, attacking Pat or Mark Steyn.. what is this supposed to actually accomplish??

    You must not have been reading very closely his columns and the resulting comments in recent years. Mr. Buchanan is a well entrenched part of the Beltway, whose chores now include little more than

    1) herding the sheep back through the Red gate of the same shearing pen in each Most Important Election Ever

    2) faux imperial restraint drenched in Exceptional! rhetoric on behalf of Uncle Sam, including pronoun propaganda to keep people thinking that Washington’s efforts to destroy whoever it can’t control benefit the American people

    The commenters around here who take up for him usually fall back on their vague, selective recollections of what he said decades ago; your first paragraph is typical.

    • Disagree: YetAnotherAnon
  24. Pat,

    the answers to all your questions can be found printed in BIG characters in
    “Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire” by prof. Michael Hudson.

    China practices “Industrialized Socialism” whereas the US/EU practices
    “Financialized Capitalism”. Those are two different economic systems with two different purposes that can’t be compared.

    China has raised 500 million Chinese (I mean 500,000,000) out of poverty since 2000 (UN source). During those 2 decades, the US has seen its middle class disappear and the plutocrats taking over. Reagan’s trickledown economics (or reaganomics) failed miserably in the West.

    The Chinese government itself calls its system “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” and recognizes publicly that it CANNOT be easily replicated elsewhere WIHOUT modifications.

    China is not hiding anything from anybody. They have developments plans up to 2049 (100th anniversary of the revolution). No western country even have a 5 year development plan because they consider themselves the masters of the universe. Why should they plan when they are omniscient?

  25. Franz says:
    @Trial by Wombat

    That’s disrespectful of a man who was done more than any of us to attempt a national recovery, back when it was still possible.

    I’m respecting Pat’s legacy from when he made sense. Almost 30 years back.

    I was a Pat campaign donor, not kidding. He scared the hell out of the Globalists when he won New Hampshire in 1996 on Protectionism. American jobs, wages, and all. Those of us in the Buy American and Save American Jobs movements were there for him. And when the bell rang, Pat wasn’t there for us. Only beat-up copies of his book The Great Betrayal and seeing a bit of irony in his title.

    Anybody who remembers this night can respect Pat’s past. And tell him to buzz off now.

    https://apnews.com/article/720fec7aefc16463dfdef6b32cdd5926

    Buchanan: Leading a Revolution of ‘Peasants With Pitchforks’

    TOM RAUM February 18, 1996

    Multimillionaire publisher Steve Forbes was “Mr. January. I’m Mr. February,″ Buchanan boasted.

    “History is about to be made in the state of New Hampshire,″ Buchanan asserted. “The establishment in Washington is shaking in its boots at what’s going on here.″

    “They are in a terminal panic,″ Buchanan said, speaking of both Republicans and Democrats. “They hear the shouts of the peasants over the hill. All the peasants are coming with pitchforks. We’re going over the top.″

    Etc.

    • Replies: @botazefa
    , @Carroll Price
  26. Franz says:
    @botazefa

    Not sure who is writing Buchanan’s articles these days, probably someone one Bezos’s payroll. Whoever it is, is not an ally of the working classes.

    Agree.

    I was almost going to tell Pat the truth: Along with most of our basic industry, we’ve also off-shored the answer to his question — Belgium. A European perspective, with lots about the USA also. People are fed up with Washington’s lust for .00000001 percent of the population.

    The Economics of Discontent: From Failing Elites to The Rise of Populism by Jean-Michel Paul.


    refRID=KQTQ62WPKM3YZ7N2YRH2

  27. Yee says:

    I believe these billionaires are just small potatos on stage for show, there’re some much more weathier than them hiden from public view…

    In China’s case, the biggest “Capitalist Pigs” is in the open – SASAC (State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission), which holds equivalent to about 67 trillion USD in assets (with a debt-asset ratio of 68%), not counting land and other natural resourse holdings. Of course, SASAC’s earnings goes into Treasury.

    Keep in mind China only has a few decades to accumulate those wealth and has no international ventures.

    Do you believe the USA with it’s centuries long and global economic power only result in Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg etc.? The real weathlies are hiden from public.

  28. We’re awash in identity politics, and class politics have mostly disappeared. Our elites are having a grand time bashing poor whites, but see no point in bashing billionaires. Why should they? Since most of our elites are very wealthy themselves, re-introducing class politics into the national conversation would both show how nonsensical their beliefs about critical race theory are, but would also put pressure on them to give up a lot of their money. That ain’t gonna happen.

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  29. dvorak says:

    Last year was the fourth in a row that Bezos led the list. His wealth exceeds the entire GDP of almost 150 nations.

    Compares a stock to a flow.

  30. @Realist

    Great point.Stay on target.The rationalizations,abstractions,
    obfuscations and complete distortion of reality is their only strength.
    They are lying liars-they will lose.Again and again and again.
    In the meantime,lOOk at the hOrrOrs they continually create.
    Sweet land of liberty…just put a bar/code OntO it ???We’re # 1,
    in weapons and obesity,addictions,suicides and churches,
    debt,pollution,war and education,and greed,waste,fraud,and…
    I’ve seen the Chicago river on fire,burning for days, 50 sq.mile
    clear cut forests in Ontario,1 million acre burns across the west
    and Amerindian children taught to spit on white people at age 2.
    Chernobyl,Fukashima,the crusades,dark ages,inquisition and etc.
    Something is wrong.THIS is NOT right.Where’s the greatest generation?
    Stay smart and thanks …

    • Thanks: Realist
  31. Thomasina says:
    @TG

    “‘Diversity’ is anti (real) social justice.”

    Yes, “diversity” and “equity” are crumbs being thrown at the feet of the special interest groups to make them feel like they’re actually going somewhere. It’s also served to shut the Whites up.

    While the peasants are busy fighting each other, no one is directing their attention to the top of the pyramid – the thieving and corrupt elite.

    Conversations are centered around whether Blacks do more killing than Whites, whether Covid was planned or a natural occurrence, whether George Floyd died of fentanyl, the cop’s knee, or whether it was all staged, what group has the highest IQ, was the election rigged or not, are Jews controlling the U.S. or are they just a front, whether a tranny is electable, and on and on.

    Meanwhile, the elite (the bankers, multinational corporations, politicians) continue to loot, continue to hand more and more technology and jobs to the Chinese.

    Winners: the U.S. and Chinese elite

    Losers: the American public

  32. Thomasina says:
    @John Pepple

    “Since most of our elites are very wealthy themselves, re-introducing class politics into the national conversation would both show how nonsensical their beliefs about critical race theory are…”

    The elites don’t believe in critical race theory. They just use it as a way to deflect attention away from themselves. Antifa, Black Lives Matter, equity, the rewriting of history keeps the natives fighting.

    It’s all a diversion. The elite don’t believe any of it. They know better, but if it saves their butts, they’re going to use it.

    • Agree: omegabooks
    • Thanks: Greta Handel
  33. @Realist

    China is a monoracial country. yes….no blacks oooga boooga

    • Agree: Realist
  34. One thing all these billionaires better enjoy their wealth here because to coin an oft used phrase, “you can’t take it with you” and I will add to that where they’re going, your wealth won’t buy you air conditioning.

  35. China has not forgotten the millions murdered by Mao and his followers. Given a chance, they would destroy the Communist Party in a minute. But, most are unarmed and not willing to fight, YET. Don’t believe everything the Communists say, they are still great liars. They don’t have over a billion citizens for example, that is a “national security” lie to scare off possible invaders.

    • LOL: showmethereal
    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  36. Renoman says:

    Do the World a favor and Kill em all! They will not be missed.

    • Replies: @anon
  37. TGD says:

    A couple of points. The Forbes wealth rankings are calculated by multiplying the individual’s stock holdings by the current price of the stock plus a rough estimate of their business and real estate holdings, etc. It is misleading. If a billionaire tries to unload his stocks all at once, the stock’s price will collapse. The dollar is also under pressure because of massive creation of brand new fiat dollars due to the recent actions of the US Congress.

    The “Forbes 400” was dreamed up by the late Malcolm Forbes as a gimmick to attract new subscribers. It should not be taken seriously.

    It is reported that the current publisher and owner, Steve Forbes, is in a deal to sell Forbes Holdings to a silicon valley entrepreneur named Michael Moe.

  38. Interesting comment on the relative merits of “Democracy” vs Chinese “Totalitarianism” to note that (if Pat is right) on the way to world domination the Chinese have also managed to elevate hundreds of millions of its citizens out of poverty.

    They’ve not only eliminated poverty (what a concept!), but appear to be capable of reining in the IT Frankensteins that are gobbling “Democracy’s” lunch.

  39. botazefa says:
    @Franz

    Those of us in the Buy American and Save American Jobs movements were there for him. And when the bell rang, Pat wasn’t there for us.

    I feel the same way. And it wasn’t just Pat who hasn’t been there for us, it’s all the warmongering corporate republican shills who giddily shipped our jobs overseas.

    Things coulda been so different if the first Trumpian candidate, Ross Perot, had prevailed.

    • Replies: @Franz
  40. Resartus says:
    @rgl

    Bezo, Gates, and yes, even Musk are obscene examples of capitalism run amok. If these three would pool resources, they could together, all by their lonesome, end homelessness and hunger in a heartbeat.

    Not likely, seemly unlimited Government input hasn’t in 50 years….
    Money isn’t the issue, it’s human nature, which has shown very clearing
    “People are more likely to BITE the hand that feeds it”,
    than to step up and improve the life someone else lifted them to……

    Just take Low Income Housing, which the parasites will destroy in less than Half the lifetime
    of the structures are designed to last……

  41. anon[218] • Disclaimer says:

    Something tells me anyone who is worth more than US$10m in China has a foreign passport in hand, ready to bolt at a moment’s notice. The super rich are all the same, at the end of the day, they look out for no one but themselves, and definitely no country. They are ambitious, selfish, money grabbing, rootless cosmopolitans.

    Where are all the capitalist pigs? Forbes just named them. This past year’s protests weren’t about George Floyd. They were about inequality. Luxury stores were looted, protesters went to ritzy areas like Rodeo Drive holding signs that said “Eat the Rich”, and there were constant calls for “taking this shit to the suburbs”. When the stimulus checks stop, the super rich will get their comeuppance, and it won’t matter how much they virtue signal then.

  42. anon[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @Renoman

    No need to kill them. Just break up all their monopolies, and stop the QEs.

  43. Is Communist doctrine being updated to accommodate the most successful Communist country of them all?

    Can they really be called “communist” when they’ve aped the capitalist system?

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  44. Franz says:
    @botazefa

    Things coulda been so different if the first Trumpian candidate, Ross Perot, had prevailed.

    Agree. Even though Pat and Perot sabotaged themselves a bit. The Perot Campaign was even more of a shambles than Buchanan, but Ross was a stranger to politics while Pat had worked for Nixon.

    What bugs me is Pat cannot see the distinction between the old Robber Barons — who hired platoons of workers and created the old industrial middle class — have no legacy now. The “new” ones, if they are not only DARPA agents pure and simple, create surprisingly little while only enriching corporations who shift work offshore. They will not help their fellow citizens even in little ways. Most of Gate’s donations go offshore or to like-minded foundations. Useless to Americans. Let Gates show some ingenuity and donate a billion to VDARE or another America-First outfit and at least pretend he cares.

    There is no chance for a “post-industrial” Middle Class. Why can’t people like Buchanan see this? It’s not his age — there are plenty of sharp oldsters who know why this country worked once and why it d0n’t now. Pat is AWOL.

  45. @Realist

    China is a monoracial country.

    If they’re smart, they’ll keep it that way. Jews and Negroes ruined the Western World

    • Agree: Realist
  46. @Franz

    Anybody who remembers this night can respect Pat’s past.

    I remember it well.

  47. China has raised the standard of living of its people greatly, while in the USA ‘liberal democracy’ has brought forty plus years of economic stagnation for the vast majority. And the latest Five Year Plan has made reducing inequality a priority. And when a Chinese billionaire gets ideas to follow Western oligarchs and take political power, like Jack Ma they get a little slap and are reminded of their position.

  48. @Sick of Orcs

    They practise ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’ Like Lenin predicted, they allowed the Western oligarchs, in their greed, to provide them with the rope with which they will, figuratively, hang them.

    • Agree: Sick of Orcs
  49. @Dennis Gannon

    You are out of your tiny, brainwashed, mind. All surveys of public opinion in China, including those done by Westerners, find almost universal satisfaction with their Government. Idiot of the day, for sure.

  50. In the US, the President can be removed from social media on an oligarch’s whim.

    In China, the oligarchs soon find out where the power lies – ask Jack Ma, the Bezos of China. The State is doing a number on him.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/28/opinion/jack-ma-china-ant.html

    2012 – “Occupy Wall Street”

    2018 – “LGBTQ Pride!” (on a Chase Manhattan float)

    • Agree: Mulga Mumblebrain
    • Replies: @Trial by Wombat
  51. jasmin says:

    We see in China a capitalist economy supporting a communist government. The people in Chia rely upon wealth to guarantee their freedom, not on Constitutional guarantees that can be removed by congressional, executive, and Supreme Court whim.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  52. @Franz

    I don’t think Pat is writing for the money. Composing articles about current events is just who he is. He will probably die with a pen in his hand (or at the keyboard).

  53. @YetAnotherAnon

    You are pretty much on target.

    The actual question of domestic economics is not a winner for the CoC / Guest worker Republican or Solyndra / catapult-kids Democratic donor class, so they fund a transition into promoting their respective ‘flat-earth’ grade of fringe conflicts, to distract from the economics issues that they cannot win on.

    The Democrats and their media assets underwrite 24/7 coverage of George Floyd, simply because the narrative is useful, while completely ignoring daily mass slaughter that is entirely deliberate. They pretend that transvestism is now something called transgenderism, because it ensures an irreparable split that cows the rational and enrages the irrational,

    The Republicans pretended to adopt positions on behalf of the “forgotten man”, but incredulously had the talking points delivered by Goldman Sachs alumni. Recently they transitioned to declaring as the party of the “working class”, as the Boomer herd notably thins, but this was short lived as the CoC called for ending Covid unemployment the moment that the cash pool for PPP plundering shut down.

    If the issue that really matters to the typical citizen is insular economics, then you have to distract with a daily bread and circus, if you simply do not intend to offer them anything that conflicts with the financial demands of the donor class. Fauci dancing about dressed in his virtual court jester costume conflicting his own previous generalizations is a perfect vessel to both interests, because the clueless can be led to line up behind him, while the even marginally informed will be repulsed. A perfect implementation of ‘look here, not over there’.

  54. @G. Poulin

    Yeah, but US ‘progressivism’ is NOT ‘Left’ in any meaningful sense. It’s just another ‘Divide and Rule’ strategy by the rich oiligarchs who finance it and promote it.

    • Agree: dfordoom
  55. @jasmin

    You have it arse-about jasmin. In China a socialist government controls and directs capitalism to serve the people, not just the capitalist oligarchs. Working VERY well, too.

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