Face Facts: A West That Never was

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author maintains a personal blog at http://rsahthion.co.uk/A-West-That-Never-Was.html. He resides in the United Kingdom. 

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ALL CAPTIONS AND PULL QUOTES BY THE EDITORS NOT THE AUTHORS

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^0Americans are the most over-entertained, uninformed people on the planet.

Ignorant about domestic and geopolitical issues mattering most.

The most important act anyone can do is stop using all mainstream media.

No exceptions whatsoever. It’s brainwash propaganda.

Toxic sludge for the mind.

Voices like this are NEVER heard on the mainstream media.

The "1%" is the global plutocracy, the billionaires.

A sociopathic, puny segment of humanity.

These people pretend to honor and defend democracy.

But are its murderers and undertakers.

Gross injustice, war, grotesque inequality is their handiwork.

And the murder of the planet

Just 8 billionaires own as much wealth as HALF of all humanity.

That's 8 guys are richer than 4 billion people.

The corporate media is their main line of defense.

That's why the best way to break their hold on us...

Is to break their media.

The corporate chokehold on political information is killing us.

Save humanity, the planet and its innocent creatures.

Increase public distrust in the mainstream media.

Defeat their power to mislead.

They lie 24/7. They sell you war. Injustice. Death. Confusion.

And they never stop.

Some more obviously than others, but they all lie.

So trust no one on the Big Media.

And beware of "entertainment shows".

Most also carry highly toxic imperialist propaganda.

Like the fungal NCIS series. Or "24", glorifying DHS.

The police state.

Or CBS Madam Secretary.

A ridiculous show, like The West Wing.

Telling us the US government is good.

That the president is good...that its cabinet is good.

That the US establishment—which they represent...

has noble aims. Rubbish!

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Parting shot—a word from the editors
The Best Definition of Donald Trump We Have Found

In his zeal to prove to his antagonists in the War Party that he is as bloodthirsty as their champion, Hillary Clinton, and more manly than Barack Obama, Trump seems to have gone “play-crazy” — acting like an unpredictable maniac in order to terrorize the Russians into forcing some kind of dramatic concessions from their Syrian allies, or risk Armageddon.However, the “play-crazy” gambit can only work when the leader is, in real life, a disciplined and intelligent actor, who knows precisely what actual boundaries must not be crossed. That ain’t Donald Trump — a pitifully shallow and ill-disciplined man, emotionally handicapped by obscene privilege and cognitively crippled by white American chauvinism. By pushing Trump into a corner and demanding that he display his most bellicose self, or be ceaselessly mocked as a “puppet” and minion of Russia, a lesser power, the War Party and its media and clandestine services have created a perfect storm of mayhem that may consume us all. Glen Ford, Editor in Chief, Black Agenda Report

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4 thoughts on “Face Facts: A West That Never was

  1. Hmmm … TGP is one of the best sites of the Left – they claim. Yes, possibly; where are its readers, though ?! Where are their comments ? By the way: if we are to believe 99% (roughly) of the population suffers (badly ?!), where are the anomalies during election times (such as high percentages of “unusual” voting responses on the ballots!) ?

    I don’t want to criticize honest people, courageous people, who try to write, to tell the truth (as they see it, at least). Unfortunately, it’s not enough, most of the time. The depth of their work is, unfortunately … shallow.

    I suggest this author (and anybody treating this subject) find themselves leftist sources in those countries, have long discussions, THEN write articles. If they can find any leftist people from there, that is! In any case, the masses cannot be trusted to accurately say when was better and why – their answers would always have to be reinterpreted.

    Romania was, apparently, incredibly poor – when communists took over (while returned democrats claim Romania had been a regional power in the 30s!). They still had to replace wooden power poles with concrete ones, and pour asphalt over cubic stone pavements in major cities in early 1970s!

    Romania had been criticized both for non-competitive economy AND for competitive schools! We thought it was a bad joke (or, a diplomatic nicety!) to hear the West say Romania had a highly educated workforce (because we thought we had just all sorts of people in our schools), until we learned/saw what the West reserves as “schooling” for its masses! Absolute trash, by comparison. Too late though: Romania saw both its noncompetitive economy and its competitive school system dismantled!

    Yet, Romania’s school system lacked the … top! The graduate school was weak, or even very weak. Possible reason: interdiction (near 100%) of foreign travel, foreign exchanges. Possible reason for that: the high likelihood of losing those people, once they got out of the country – the communists, obviously, never explained it. As a result, science was weak. Technology was weak etc.

    Examples ?

    Romania made “Renault 12” under license, branded as “Dacia 1300”. Whatever the French added to it over time, Romanians hardly improved anything. It was maddening to hear a Western Embassy car in Bucharest making that quiet noise (mostly from the rubber meeting the asphalt), when the Romanian car was much noisier! (Nobody ever explained to me why East Germany was producing its much derided “Trabant”!)

    Romania signed a contract in 1978 or so to produce “medium courier” planes Rom-BAC 1-11 under British license, with Rolls Royce engines. In mid ’80s, VoA was informing us these planes had been banned from major airports due to … noise levels of their engines! We were never told what happened …

    I saw the first color TV in 1984, I think. It was bought “on lists”, in Bucharest. Produced with Russian electronics, fairly poor colors. Price: 2-3 monthly salaries of an engineer! Five years later, “liberty”: western TV sets – no comparison!

    Romania built like mad, criticized for having a 34% accumulation rate for reinvestment. Its industry had been built at least in part with Western loans (IMF and/or WB). Ceauşescu decided to repay the debt at an accelerated rate, to curtail “foreign/imperialist interference” – how much that was interest rate hikes, how much other things, we were never told. The net result was: horrendous shortages! Cold apartments during winters (including absent hot water, electricity outages), grave food shortages, and … maddening TV programs (reduced to 2 or 3 hours per week, on weekdays), bragging about our success and independence and Ceausescu’s … genius!

    You must not miss this: about 30% of Ceausescu’s time in power was like that, hence the crooks of Democracy do not fail to define socialist Romania by those times! “Common sense” arguments from the crooks of Democracy, for the benefit of the idiotic masses (irredeemably idiotic now, with the onset of Democratic schooling!), so they “understand” what hit them before 1990. The “why” is regularly missing from their explanations.

    While Romania was building like mad (and dragging rural people into towns, to work in factories – mind you, not people of refined manners!), Bulgaria, Hungary enjoyed more “laid back” communists “regimes”: can you imagine the despair of the male population, unable to watch the Football World Cup in 1986, the European Football Championship in 1988, because Romania would not pay for it, so people would have to try to catch Bulgarian, Serbian, Hungarian, Moldavian/Ukrainian TV ? Bulgaria had lots of food advertisements on TV, can you imagine what a hungry population felt ? Do you expect they knew, understood the real reasons ? Did they ever wonder how the hell Bulgaria and Hungary did not invest that much in industrialization, yet their population was living much better ?! Even to this day (Hungary) ?!? Apparently not, says this article.

    Today, Romanian economy is gone, gone are nearly a quarter of its people (2nd to Syria only!), but the masses do not really know the magnitude of the change. By the way: Bucharest is choke-full of cars, mostly foreign – second hand, perhaps, but doesn’t matter. “Choke-full” means sidewalks are often full of parked cars! So much have Romanians dreamed of owning a car! (It took about 5 years to buy one, before 1990.)

    In short – because I’ll stop here now – socialism isn’t for idiots – they had to be dragged into it. Idiots prefer “common sense” explanations, at which Democracy is a grand-master. And the reality of ex-socialist countries was and is quite complicated (much beyond what I can relay to you).

    For the author: here is a Romanian lady (married to a Brit, living in the UK, doing “journalism” out of a civic spirit). She’s by no means Left, but might be able to present her views on Romania directly into English (if asked):

    https://lilianawidocks.com/

    https://republica.ro/autor/lilianawidocks

  2. My fellow commenter is disconnected from the greanvillepost reader. This is not the usual trollable site where articles are designed to draw trolls so as to neutralize their own stories. The greanvillepost articles are clearly written with more than substantial support documentation. I often spend hours on one article and the support documentation. In the end, there is little reason for comments. I understand the message. Does this mean that I am brainwashed? No. I am just better informed and that allows me to make better judgments on other material I peruse.

  3. Excellent article. As an American who was deeply involved in the Central American solidarity movement in the 1990’s I would add that Central America also offers many worthwhile examples of your thesis. While U.S. policy vilified the Sandinistas in Nicaragua as “communists” – for many decades prior the fascist dictator Somoza enjoyed total U.S. support, torturing and imprisoning opposition. However, Nicaragua’s brief foray into a more socialist economic model was an intolerable affront to the U.S. oligarchy. While the Sandinistas were busy implementing a globally recognized literacy program they were fighting for their lives against the U.S. organized, trained, and armed terrorist group known as the Contra’s, whom Reagan quite accurately described (without irony) as the “moral equivalent of our founding fathers. Central American societies from Nicaragua, to El Salvador, to Guatemala, to Colombia, to Honduras, and more have been absolutely devastated by brutal U.S. counter-insurgency policies which support fascist oligarchs christened for Western absolution with fraudulent elections, leading to the “death-squad democracies” label that is well deserved. The number of dead and missing was the focus of many human rights groups prior to the War on Terror distraction. However, the impact of decades of torture and intentional terrorization of the populations through U.S. lead counter-insurgency practices left huge numbers of highly traumatized people, and the social fabric in taters. No problem for the U.S. and West in general as threat of any “common good” being realized in the economic realm has been crushed. The excuse for such U.S. policy was of course the old Soviet Union, but with it’s dissolution U.S. policy remained unchanged in its repression and destruction of any Central American efforts for more egalitarian economic models. To bring up the fact that many refugees from these nations have entered the U.S. due to the impact of these wars is of course considered bad form in the oh so humane West, where history is erased as fast as it is created, being replaced by the official lies of our neoliberal Capitalist paradise. Thanks for your update on the status of Eastern Europe. It was much appreciated.

    1. My fellow commenter is right that the wholesale repression of progressive people of many stripes—communist, socialist and christian (of the real kind)—with the full support of the US for many generations was usually justified with the sing-song about “stopping Communism” and the “threat” posed by the Soviet Union. It was always a sham. The US was in the business of imperialism and anti-communist repression long before there was a Soviet Union capable of competing with the west. It was always nothing more than simple class war, and it continues to our very day, whatever label you want to stick on it to confuse the public.

      Francis Gerard
      New Orleans

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