Venezuela: Economic Warfare Brings Nation To Its Knees

Featured article from Mint Press News.

Which is mightier; the pen or the sword? In the case of the recent upheaval in Venezuela, the pen is the obvious answer.

The bankers fight using the pen — the pen that signs the paperwork to impose the sanctions that incur mass starvation, dissolve order, hike prices, and bring nations to their knees — Venezuela is in the crosshairs this time.

Last year, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a determination that singled out Venezuela for failing to adhere to counternarcotics obligations. The accusation came – perhaps not so coincidentally – on the same day that Venezuela declared it would no longer participate in the U.S.’ petrodollar trade system.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro made his position clear, he had stated earlier in that month that the country would look to “free” itself from the dollar within a week’s time, following the U.S.’ sanctions against the embattled nation.

The decision is similar to that once made by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who dropped the dollar in favor of the euro a few years prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, we all know how that ended.

International markets thus far have failed to noticeably react to the policy shift, despite the threat it presents to the petrodollar system. The system, created in the 1970s, calls for OPEC nations to sell their oil in dollars in order to create artificial demand for the U.S. currency, a fiat currency based on thin air — held together by force.

Venezuela, home to the world’s largest oil reserves, is likely to exert some effect on the demand for dollars through its new policy, though the extent of the potential damage remains unclear. What is clear is that it means enough for the U.S. to declare a financial soft war in retaliation.

Millions of Venezuelans have seen their living conditions vastly improved through the Bolivarian process which shifted the focus away from compliance to the Western Banking Cartel.

The problems plaguing the Venezuelan economy are not due to some inherent fault in socialism, but to artificially low oil prices and sabotage by forces hostile to the revolution.

Starting in 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia flooded the market with cheap oil. This is not a mere business decision, but a calculated move coordinated with U.S. and Israeli foreign policy goals. Despite not just losing money, but even falling deep into debt, the Saudi monarchy continues to expand its oil production apparatus. The result has been driving the price of oil down from $110 per barrel, to $28 in the early months of this year. The goal is to weaken these opponents of Wall Street, London, and Tel Aviv, whose economies are centered around oil and natural gas exports.

Venezuela is one of those countries. Saudi efforts to drive down oil prices have drastically reduced Venezuela’s state budget and led to enormous consequences for the Venezuelan economy.

At the same time, private food processing and importing corporations launched a coordinated campaign of sabotage. This, coupled with the weakening of a vitally important state sector of the economy, has resulted in inflation and food shortages. The artificially low oil prices have left the Venezuelan state cash-starved, prompting a crisis in the funding of the social programs that were key to strengthening the United Socialist Party.

Corruption is a big problem in Venezuela and many third-world countries. This was true prior to the Bolivarian process, as well as after Hugo Chavez launched his massive economic reforms. In situations of extreme poverty, people learn to take care of each other. People who work in government are almost expected to use their position to take care of their friends and family. Corruption is a big problem under any system, but it is much easier to tolerate in conditions of greater abundance. The problem has been magnified in Venezuela due to the drop in state revenue caused by the low oil prices and sabotage from food importers.

Venezuelans told of how the privatizations mandated by the International Monetary Fund made life in Venezuela almost unlivable during the 1990s. Garbage wouldn’t be collected. Electricity would go off for weeks. Haido Ortega, a member of a local governing body in Venezuela, said: “Under previous governments we had to burn tires and go on strike just to get electricity, have the streets fixed, or get any investment.”

Chavez took office on a platform advocating a path between capitalism and socialism. He restructured the government-owned oil company so that the profits would go into the Venezuelan state, not the pockets of Wall Street corporations. With the proceeds of Venezuela’s oil exports, Chavez funded a huge apparatus of social programs.

After defeating an attempted coup against him in 2002, Chavez announced the goal of bringing Venezuela toward “21st Century Socialism.” Chavez quoted Marx and Lenin in his many TV addresses to the country, and mobilized the country around the goal of creating a prosperous, non-capitalist society.

In 1998, Venezuela had only 12 public universities, today it has 32. Cuban doctors were brought to Venezuela to provide free health care in community clinics. The government provides cooking and heating gas to low-income neighborhoods, and it’s launched a literacy campaign for uneducated adults.

During the George W. Bush administration, oil prices were the highest they had ever been. The destruction of Iraq, sanctions on Iran and Russia, strikes and turmoil in Nigeria — these events created a shortage on the international markets, driving prices up.

Big oil revenues enabled Chavez and the United Socialist Party to bring millions of Venezuelans out of poverty. Between 1995 and 2009, poverty and unemployment in Venezuela were both cut in half.

After the death of Chavez, Nicolas Maduro has continued the Bolivarian program. “Housing Missions” have been built across the country, providing low-income families in Venezuela with places to live. The Venezuelan government reports that over 1 million modern apartment buildings had been constructed by the end of 2015.

The problems currently facing Venezuela started in 2014. The already growing abundance of oil due to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was compounded by Saudi Arabia flooding the markets with cheap oil. The result: massive price drops. Despite facing a domestic fiscal crisis, Saudi Arabia continues to expand its oil production apparatus.

The price of oil remains low, as negotiations among OPEC states are taking place in the hopes that prices can be driven back up. While American media insists the low oil prices are just the natural cycle of the market at work, it’s rather convenient for U.S. foreign policy. Russia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and the Islamic Republic of Iran all have economies centered around state-owned oil companies and oil exports, and each of these countries has suffered the sting of low oil prices.

The leftist president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has already been deposed due to scandal surrounding Petrobras, the state-owned oil company which is experiencing economic problems due to the falling price of oil. Although much of Brazil’s oil is for domestic consumption, it has been revealed that those who deposed her coordinated with the CIA and other forces in Washington and Wall Street, utilizing the economic fallout of low oil prices to bring down the Brazilian president.

The son of President Ronald Reagan has argued that Obama intentionally drove down oil prices not just to weaken the Venezuelan economy, but also to tamper the influence of Russia and Iran, Trump has continued this foreign policy.

Writing for Townhall in 2014, Michael Reagan bragged that his father did the same thing to hurt the Soviet Union during the 1980s:

“Since selling oil was the source of the Kremlin’s wealth, my father got the Saudis to flood the market with cheap oil.

Lower oil prices devalued the ruble, causing the USSR to go bankrupt, which led to perestroika and Mikhail Gorbachev and the collapse of the Soviet Empire.”

Read more here.

 

The Royal Wedding: Postmodernist Cultural Propaganda

The recent royal wedding raised eyebrows, a non-white person marrying into a long-running Anglo royal bloodline has always been unthinkable, in this day and age of mass-manipulation, this is no longer so.

Monarchy. What people think: “Royal weddings, crowns, treating royalty as celebrities.”

What it really is: A system of statecraft based on philosophical principles in which men are ordained by God and exercise fatherly rule over their people. Reflecting the eternal order.

Royal weddings historically had political significance, a monarch would marry off their offspring to other royalty in exchange for a mutual diplomatic boost. The marriage between Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle is political too, just not in the way you’d expect — it’s a marriage with postmodernism, associating a historic icon of Britishness with the characteristics of multiculturalism. Or, it could all be a “coincidence” that a long line of European royal blood now has chosen to go non-Anglo (I don’t think so).

No doubt the royals, who hold no real power now — and are in the pockets of the major banking families, have been coerced to bring a minority ethnicity person into the family as a powerful postmodernist “progressive” symbol to further undermine Western identity and promote “multiculturalism” — in reality this is not at all about “multiculturalism”, it’s about monoculturalism, except the new presiding culture (within a few decades) will not be Western, it will be a third world culture of willing, dysgenic serfs who will vote away everything this country ever was — to achieve this; nationalistic, savvy indigenous ethnic groups must get the boot.

It was a massive advertisement for cultural Marxism & miscegenation.

The royal wedding acted as a worldwide advertisement (a few billion may have tuned in to watch it) for the Rothschild/banker-backed Kalergi plan and the “Pan-European” movement; the message being that Europe is no longer ‘European’ in the classical, traditional, multinational sense; it is to be redefined by conquest or consent, to take on the identity of a “federation of nations” under the control of the unelected, globalist lapdog politicians based in Brussels. To become truly transnational, Europe’s collective ethnicity must become mixed breed, the product of thorough and widespread miscegenation. This will create a multiracial, dysgenic population, with no clear sense of tradition or identity, and therefore can be easily controlled by the ruling elite.

Outlined in the Kalergi plan.

“The man of the future will be of mixed race. The races and classes of today will gradually disappear due to the elimination of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-negroid race of the future, similar in appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the current diversity of peoples and the diversity of individuals. Instead of destroying European Judaism, Europe, against her will, refined and educated this people, driving them to their future status as a leading nation through this artificial evolutionary process. It’s not surprising that the people that escaped from the Ghetto-Prison, became the spiritual nobility of Europe. Thus, the compassionate care given by Europe created a new breed of aristocrats. This happened when the European feudal aristocracy crashed because of the emancipation of the Jews [due to the actions taken by the French Revolution]”

What’s more, the Islamic, third world culture that will be brought in with mass-migration will be one poorly accustomed to the liberties, secularism & empiricism of the West — this will, undoubtedly, negatively influence the political decisions of such groups, much to the ruling elite’s advantage.

Overall, mass immigration is a phenomenon the causes of which are cleverly concealed by the political elites, powerful multicultural propaganda pushed though corporate PR machines such as this latest big royal wedding making all the headlines is employed to falsely portray mass immigration & miscegenation as an inevitable and positive thing.

A major symbol of national cohesion has been subverted.

Perhaps one of the great cultural symbols of Britishness, the Commonwealth and Western values — the royal family — has capitulated. It’s so painfully obviously an attempt to get lukewarm patriots to turn against cultural and ethnic homogeneity and embrace minority groups, groups that have no interest in Western values, most of these groups being low IQ economic migrants seeking to benefit from state welfare, no loyalty to the wider community or national identity — these people will be easily divided as the state feeds them the victim narrative; crushing what little integration that could have taken place into the dust.

The message delivered through the mixed-race ‘cosmopolitan’, and ‘modern’ royal wedding is that Britain is no longer British in the sense that isn’t sympathetic to globalism; the traditional, sensible Britain of old.

Now the doors are wide open, the new Britain will be one devoid of identity, the borders will dissolve as the population, irreverent and lacking identity votes for their enslavement.

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See the anti-white angle the media has taken on the wedding.

Meghan is a useful symbol of multiculturalism, feminism, and the overarching postmodernist agenda. That’s all this is about. Harry was introduced to Meghan and was likely instructed to marry her as part of a globalist social engineering plan; the rest, as they say, is “history”.

The Architecture of Language: Words And Their Power

Words are the definitive gateway to information; our comprehension of them, their arrangement, their tonality — the etymology of words holds the power of rhetoric, obfuscation, and also sub-topics such as phonologicalmorphologicalsyntactic, and semantic complexity.

Words are an undisputed facet of sociological soft power; if you sweep a pattern of language throughout a population, it will rule over itself and become a self-regulating hive mind, our exposure to something (such as language) correlates with our resulting subconscious identity, to change the social landscape is to get people accustomed to it and become part of it whether willingly or not, and then to defend it as an extension of themselves.

Soft power is: “a persuasive approach to international relations, typically involving the use of economic or cultural influence.”

propaganda-14-638“Wordier” language and verbosity is associated with knowledge, intelligence, professionalism, and the scholarly — as a result, flowery language is used liberally in masking areas that officials don’t want public meddling, they’ll also refer to “the professional opinion” as if to encourage viewers to let the “professional” do the thinking for them on the issue. Unsurprisingly, this “professional” spokesperson is often cherry-picked to back their angle on the information.

What you can’t properly understand you can’t begin to control or influence meaningfully.

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I can’t verify whether Juncker said this, however this sums up the kind of attitude much of the establishment has. Dependence on irreverence and ignorance.

On the other hand; simple, immediately accessible, well-articulated language is plastered over information that officials want to rapidly permeate social consciousness, it comes attached with key sociological catalysts; the emotional hook; a palatable story travels very far.

There is no topic complex enough that it cannot be taught in simple, understandable ‘layman’s’ terms that offers meaningful insight, yet simple stories for mainstream media remain too simplistic and unavailing in their delivery, mostly offering an entry-level insight with an authoritative tone, one that asserts affirmative information with no basis to make such a claim.

They can get away with this, build up the false reputation, the suits and ties, the “working studio” backdrop, these people look like professionals — and by professional, I really mean yes-men taught to write persuasively, acting as well-trained, domesticated mouthpieces for the elites.

Obfuscation has been notably used in the vaccine industry controversy, Jon Rappoport explains,

“For example: shuffling various disease and disorder labels; studies claiming there is no link between vaccines and autism; the hoops the government makes parents jump through, in order to try to obtain financial compensation for their damaged children; the legal deal allowing vaccine manufacturers to avoid law suits; the invented cover stories claiming autism begins in utero or is a genetic disorder; the pretension that autism has even been defined-

All lies. All avoidances.

A child gets a vaccine. The child suffers brain damage. That happens.

Then why does the government say, over and over, that vaccines are safe? Because they want to lie.

Vaccine damage is being called autism.

It diverts attention from the grave harm vaccines are causing.

Autism is essentially any kind of severe neurological damage a child suffers from ‘unknown’ causes.

There is not a day that goes by without the media reminding us about who and what type of people we should be afraid of (and who we should trust), this authoritative tone is how they choose to deliver their language.

Likewise, complex terms in the mainstream are wordy, yet just as simplistic as the former, saying a lot but actually explaining very little; sophistic. This inflationary use of language permeates all mainstream media.

Hence — economics for example, money (the exchange process upon which human civilization depends) is shrouded in jargon, inaccessible, dense language that dissuades the curious mind — to crush our diction, a deluge of simpleton’s language sweeps into our consciousness day in, day out, via social media, TV, and other platforms of mainstream manufactured media (they actively demand simple, stripped-down language in all journalistic writing).

George Orwell’s 1984 spoke of the ‘destruction of words’:

“It’s a beautiful thing, the Destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn’t only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word, which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take ‘good,’ for instance. If you have a word like ‘good,’ what need is there for a word like ‘bad’? ‘Ungood’ will do just as well – better, because it’s an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of ‘good,’ what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like ‘excellent’ and ‘splendid’ and all the rest of them? ‘Plusgood’ covers the meaning or ‘doubleplusgood’ if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already, but in the final version of Newspeak there’ll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words – in reality, only one word. Don’t you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.’s idea originally, of course,” he added as an afterthought. 

By curtailing frivolous and “fighting” words, the Party seeks to narrow the range of thought altogether, such that eventually, thoughtcrime will be literally impossible.

Words are the hallmarks of our thought.

The soft power of inhibiting and centralizing a population’s vocabulary goes a long way in limiting the scope of that population’s thought — word control is thought control, if you can’t fathom the words to express how you feel, or the patterns of language in your head are repetitive and hypnotic; drawing upon language for an original & critical insight becomes difficult.

When all you hear is the same story repackaged on the many media outlets (all owned by the same few companies) your conscious recall can only think to draw from their small pool of hyper-centralized, dumbed-down, echo-chambered information. Most of mainstream ‘news’ is the weather, unimportant bulletins, and sports, ad nauseam.

The conscious mind is flooded with trash, the unconscious mind (where individual thought happens) is, as a result, overridden, the compartmentalization of thought by repeating the dimensions of accepted reality each and every moment of each and every day.

Like the brutally revolting, inarticulate minimalism of post-modernist architecture, the simplification of language is making the linguistic cultural landscape equally ugly and inexpressive; the death of individual expression is upon us.

Read any book from pre-WW2 era and the language is an expressive display of terminology and diction. Every word a gateway to yet more information, a whole new topic for each term — modern language glosses over this for the sake of ‘minimalism’, it argues that simple is better (true in some cases, so long as there is actually meaningful expression).

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.” — 1984, George Orwell

The rise of “text speak”, memes, and emoticons/emojis is another indication language as we know it is declining into irreverence. This slackened speech has brought about a situation where people don’t want to write to express themselves, apathy has risen to dangerous levels — formality itself has lost its role outside of the workplace, as a society we cannot seem to take issues seriously on an individual basis outside of paid work, we quickly relapse into the clutches of memes and sound-bite news feeds; all fast food for language comprehension and engagement.

Emoticons have an emotional pretense, they indicate our feelings, rather than our articulated thoughts and reasoning.

Mumble rap is a prime example of the cultural degradation of language, a form of music that involves poor lyrics and slurred, nearly inaudible speech; the elites are pulling strings to get this trash over-represented in our culture; popularity and fame is an illusion today, if you buy into it without your own independent assessment of the cultural landscape, you help to perpetuate this controlled cultural decline.

LGBTQ, compelled speech, and political correctness.

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With the rise of major social group-think in the latter part of the 20th century through to the present day, the inability to even use certain words, phrases, and lines of thought is worrying.

Off-limits topics such as race realism, critique of Israel, the major banking families & their associated power structures, questioning the Holocaust, migration, advocating nationalism, and so on, has produced a fearful population unable to step ‘outside of the box’, we have been cornered into a mental prison.

The postmodernist bubble lacks a value structure, it lacks structure full-stop, it’s a deconstructionist ideology aimed at liquidizing Western culture and Western social and political structures that get in the way of establishing a world order. The sooner we all can realize this, the better.