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War, Empire and Racism in the Anthropocene

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The Anthropocene. A proposed new geological epoch which designates a shift to a planetary age dominated by human impacts across the geological processes of the Earth. Geologists dispute the duration, precision, relevance and even accuracy of the concept. But the term has increasingly entered the scientific lexicon as increasing numbers of experts across myriad disciplines recognise that for the first time in history, the future of the entire planet — for generations if not millennia to come — is now being fundamentally determined by the activities of the human species. But the Anthropocene is about far more than just climate change. It is about an entire system of life, whose design is to maximise resource extraction at the expense of expendable ‘Others’. It is bound up, intimately, with a global system of racism emerging from the legacy of centuries of colonialism. And it is inseparable from the ceaseless sequence of industrial wars, culminating in today’s permanent state of the endless ‘war on terror’.

Human-induced global heating — terraforming the Earth beyond recognition

It is the unprecedented impact of anthropogenic climate change that has, perhaps, played the biggest role in efforts to define the Anthropocene as a distinctive new era in Earth’s history. Multiple warnings backed by a global consensus of climate scientists have warned over the last few decades that human activities, through the escalating consumption of fossil fuel resources — the burning of oil, gas and coal — is destabilising the Earth’s natural carbon cycle.

For hundreds of thousands of years, the planet has sustained an equilibrium, a ‘safe operating’ space offering an optimum environment for human and other habitation — in which the quantity of carbon emitted and absorbed by planetary ecosystems remains stable.

But since the Industrial Revolution, as human civilisation has inexorably expanded, consuming greater quantities of fossil fuel energy along the way, associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have exponentially increased — overwhelming the planet’s capacity for absorption. The result has been a steady increase in global average temperatures.

Scientists warn that the extra addition of CO2 into the atmosphere, capturing greater heat, is in turn playing escalating havoc with the Earth’s climate, weather and ecological systems. As human civilisation continues its expansion, as it continues to burn up escalating quantities of fossil fuels, the climate science community warns that above a certain level of CO2 and global heating, planetary ecosystems will shift passed a key tipping point into a new, dangerous era — one that is outside the boundaries of the preceding hundreds of thousands of years, outside anything human beings have ever experienced.

If we continue on this pathway of business-as-usual, conservative projections suggest we are heading toward anywhere between a 3 to 6 degrees Celsius global average temperature rise.

Others, such as Schroders, the global investment firm, have suggested we could be heading toward an 8C planet due to the current rate of fossil fuel consumption — the 8C temperature projection was also suggested by a study funded by US Department of Energy’s Climate Change Research Division, which highlighted the potential impact of ‘amplifying feedback loops’ triggered by altering earth system processes that might trigger further greenhouse gas loading.

Between 4–6C, most climate scientists agree that there would be such a degree of chaos that the planet would become largely uninhabitable. The variation is complicated, and depends on a concept called ‘Earth System Sensitivity’ — how sensitive the planet’s ecosystems are to the CO2 change. But even at a conservative estimate of sensitivity, a 3C planet, to which at minimum we are likely heading, should be considered “extremely dangerous”; and a global average temperature rise within the 3–4C threshold would probably create conditions that make the core infrastructures of human civilisation increasingly unviable.

To the extent that governments are taking seriously this threat, they are doing so largely with a view to assess the implications for their own functioning — and with a view to consider how to sustain business-as-usual amidst rising instability. This is the context in which many studies have concluded that our current climate change trajectory will increase the chance of conflict. For the most part, Western national security agencies that have examined the issue agree that while climate change does not automatically produce war, it acts as an ‘amplifier’ which increases the prospect of war, due to its impacts in terms of water scarcity, the degeneration of critical food systems, the failure of conventional energy supplies, and the unpredictable impact of extreme weather events. Such impacts can sometimes devastate infrastructures and lead to the collapse of public services. In those contexts, the proliferating outbreak of wars and conflicts is widely recognised to be a likely symptom of climate change on a business-as-usual pathway.

The problem is that this usually leads to little reflection on the need to change the human system that is producing this trajectory — instead, we are largely told of the need for a greater expansion of security powers to respond to the chaos of a climate-impacted world: the intensification of the same system that produced the problem.

On the polar opposite of the spectrum, we have outright state denialism rooted in the goal of protecting the system of endless fossil fuel exploitation at any conceivable cost. It is telling that the Trump administration, as of March 2019, was considering the creation of a White House panel to dispute the findings of dozens of US military and intelligence assessments on the grave security risks posed by climate change. Which is interesting, given that the Pentagon emits more fossil fuel emissions than as many as 140 different countries.

And yet, the preoccupation with war that emerges from the narrow lens of ‘national security’ through which the human gaze is obsessed primarily with physical threats to the interests of nation-states, is ultimately counterproductive, symptomatic of the fragmentary cognitive framing in which human institutions are currently capable of thinking and acting — it focuses myopically on how to uphold the survival of the business-as-usual operations of the state and the interests lobbying through it, overlooking the global existential character of the crisis as a threat to the whole species.

At the worst end of the scale, war would be the least of our problems: we have the risk of a ‘hothouse’ Earth. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the risk of an uninhabitable planet is not simply a far off possibility that might be triggered at several degrees of temperature rise in a more distant future — it could be triggered imminently; and it is possible that it may already have been triggered at the current level of an approximate 1C temperature rise above the pre-industrial average, which NASA’s former chief climate scientist James Hansen had argued is the safe upper limit, beyond which we move into a dangerous and more unpredictable climate with some consequences that may be irreversible.

But climate change is only one facet of the crisis. Our civilisational model, which has exponentially increasing energy and resource consumption as its driving motor, has seen human activities, exploitation and waste-generation accelerate across the planet. This has driven an escalating biodiversity crisis leading to potentially irreversible changes to soils and oceans, underpinning mass species extinctions.

Human civilisation and the war on life

About 15 years ago, the UN’s Millennium Ecosystem Assessment provided one of the first and most damning insights into the destruction wrought by humans that defines the Anthropocene. The report pinpointed the mid-twentieth century as a marked tipping point into a new era, where rapidly intensifying industrial agriculture accompanied an escalating collapse of biodiversity.

Consumption of food, water and fuel has not only exponentially increased, it has exponentially encroached on habitats — more in the preceding 50 years alone than throughout all of human history. The extinction rate of species was “up to one thou­sand times higher than the fossil record”, when “every thousand mammal species, less than one went extinct every millen­nium”. The UN assessment projected that the rate is still going up, and will be “ten times higher” in the near future.

The situation is now far worse than expected. This year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services concluded that one million of the planet’s 8 million animal and plant species are at risk of going extinct in the near future, due to the expansion of human societies that has driven climate change, the loss of habitat, overfishing, pollution and invasive species.

Numerous studies have warned that our present trajectory is heading toward the collapse of our current form of civilisation. One model developed with NASA funding indicated that the current endless growth model of human civilisation was likely to lead to diminishing returns and deepening economic stratification, eventually culminating in collapse. All civilisations, the model seemed to show, tend to follow a growth trajectory consisting of an increasing intensification in complexity, whereby greater layers of complexity are continuously innovated to solve problems.

With each new layer, more complex problems are generated, requiring a further even more complex layer of problem-solving to address them, which in turn generates further problems. The cycle, drawing on the work of archaeologist Joseph Tainter who studied dozens of past civilisations, suggests that any civilisation will eventually collapse under the unsustainable weight of its own complexity due to excessive resource consumption and internal maldistribution of wealth — unless consumption and distribution begin to be rectified in time.

This particular model was fairly simple, focusing on a smaller number of variables to explore the general plausibility of the core hypothesis. A few years later, a far more complex scientific model with thousands of data inputs was developed by Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute. with funding from the British Foreign Office. When run forward on a business-as-usual trajectory, the model suggested that human civilisation would probably collapse around 2040 amidst an eruption of converging climate, energy, food and water crises that would devastate major economies amidst an epidemic of food riots. Conventional war might happen — but either way, the planet would likely experience a proliferation of civil unrest within, between and across borders.

This year, a scenario analysis backed by the former head of Australia’s military drew on the peer-reviewed scientific literature to outline a plausible business-as-usual trajectory, based on what we know about how planetary ecosystems can respond to human-induced CO2 emissions. The scenario took seriously the scientific evidence of a potential ‘hothouse’ Earth scenario. It suggested that by 2050, human societies would face “outright chaos” due to escalating climate-impacts on key ecosystems, with two billion people suffering from water scarcity and another billion requiring relocation just to survive. The prospects would severely strain the capacity of human civilisation to function, and increase the chances of its collapse. The authors of this analysis called on the national security sector, the agencies of war, to respond more appropriately to these risks by supporting a comprehensive World War 2 style mobilisation to transition to a post-carbon civilisation.

While perhaps well-intentioned, the report did not recognise that war agencies might be structurally incapable of undertaking such a response precisely due to their embeddedness in the institutions captured by the very same fossil fuel system — and that such a transformation would conceivably imperil their very reason for being.

Another assessment in the form of a scientific briefing commissioned to feed into the UN’s Sustainable Development report found that one of the key drivers behind the growing risk of collapse is the very nature of the endless growth model of capitalism, as currently structured. The more we escalate our consumption of resources, raw materials, minerals and energy, the more we are using up the cheapest and most plentiful resources, and therefore the greater the costs of continued production. Drawing on the pioneering work of environmentalist Professor Charles Hall, the study advocated a focus on the ‘energy return on investment’ (EROI) of national and global energy systems to measure how efficient they really are (EROI measures the quantity of energy used to extract energy). The answer? Efficiency is declining for largely geological reasons. As the costs increase due to the need for greater quantities of energy and more complicated mechanisms of exploitation; the returns to society diminish. As we are using ever increasing quantities of energy and resources just to extract more energy and resources, the surplus we have left to sustain the financing of the public goods and services necessary to maintain a functioning civilisation is declining. This doesn’t mean we are running out of energy — but it means that as the energetic and environmental costs of energy extraction increase, we effectively have less and less spare to invest back into key social goods.

French economists Victor Court and Florian Fizaine showed in a recent global EROI study that we are well passed the maximum levels of efficiency. The amount of energy we can extract from fossil fuels compared to the energy used to extract it was once lucratively high — around 44:1 in the 1960s. Since then it has inexorably declined to just over 30 overall, accompanied by a long-term slow-down in the growth rate of the global economy, a decline in productivity, and an expansion of debt. At this rate of decline, by 2100 we are projected to extract the same value of EROI from fossil fuels as we were in the 1800s. While there might be more actual total energy being produced by end of century, the surplus energy available could be at nineteenth century levels if we continue on a business-as-usual path of fossil fuel-dependence.

This predicament is already driving social unrest, communal polarisation and the resurgence of populism in a situation where neither governments nor wider publics really understand why economies continue to experience chronic dysfunction, instability and tepid growth.

The report to the UN forecasted that this trajectory means that the current economic system, which depends on endless growth to survive, simply cannot be sustained. It therefore portends a future of increasing unrest without a change of course. We will inevitably shift toward a new, different type of economy — if we don’t, then we face a heightened risk of social tensions that could cascade into conflict; and at worse we may well face the danger of collapse.

War in the mirror of civilisation

The risk of collapse is inherently entwined with war — industrial civilisation’s growth trajectory has not only enabled the technologies of war, but is in turn enabled by them.

Earlier this year, the main scientific committee established to determine the accuracy and nature of the definition of the Anthropocene signed off on its initial proposal positing 1950 as the starting date for the new geological era.

The sign off is the first stage of a longer scientific process to properly investigate and test what is still, in raw scientific terms, a mere hypothesis. The scientists based their preliminary evaluations on the mid-twentieth century as a major tipping point into a new era of human interference with the Earth’s geology, characterised by industrial expansion, the proliferation of agricultural chemicals, and most significant of all, the invention and deployment of the atomic bomb. The latter’s radioactive debris became embedded in sediments and glacial ice, becoming part of the geologic record. All this demonstrates an unprecedented and unmistakeable human footprint across the planet whose impacts will be seen for decades, centuries and millennia to come.

War, then, is carved into the sinews of the Anthropocene. While the twentieth and twenty-first centuries can be seen as exemplifying the inherently ecocidal dynamic of the exponential growth of human civilisation, they have also exhibited another parallel feature: the systematic proliferation of war, mass violence, and multiple forms of genocide.

These parallel features — ecocide and genocide; the destruction of our environmental life-support systems, and our direct destruction of the lives of members of our own species — do not coincide haphazardly, but are symptoms of the system of human life itself, in its current form.

From 1945 onwards, human civilisation was caught between the clash of two pseudo-scientific industrial ideologies of endless growth: capitalism and communism — the former premised on extreme privatisation and individuation, the latter premised on extreme nationalisation and collectivisation.

Both paradigms saw the Earth as little more than an external repository of resources to be exploited ad infinitum for the endless consumption of a human species, now self-defined by its capacity for technologically-driven industry.

Both promised that their paradigms would herald utopian oases of industrial prosperity for their respective societies.

In reality, both not only ‘Otherised’ the Earth itself as merely a resource to be consumed by human beings as a predator species, they simultaneously ‘Otherised’ large sections of working populations in and beyond their own demarcated territories, as little more than instruments by which to endlessly accelerate industrial productivity; and they both went on to mindlessly ‘Otherise’ each other whenever they clashed with each other (and even when they did not).

The result was that in their very different efforts to expand, both systems resulted in the mass deaths of millions of people on a colossal scale.

The Soviet Union and Maoist China deployed brutal collectivisation methods on their path toward accelerating productivity, which produced foreseeable mass deaths. This included the generation of devastating artificial famines. Stalin’s policies eliminated between 20 and 60 million people; Mao’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ caused 27 million people to starve to death.

But liberal Western governments also left a trail of blood of a quite distinct kind, in the first major spate of violence since the dawn of the Anthropocene as so far tentatively defined.

From 1945 onwards, Western governments under the leadership of the United States — bearing the mantle of leader of the ‘Capitalist Free World’ — pursued a continuous sequence of direct and covert military interventions across the world. Western military interventions generated a continuum of violence in over 70 developing nations across Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East from mid-century until today.

British historian Mark Curtis calculates that the total number of direct and indirect deaths from these interventions is approximately 8.6–13.5 million — a conservative underestimate, he qualifies. The interventions were often aimed at quelling nationalist movements for self-determination. Although publicly justified as defensive actions to repel communist subversion, Curtis’ evaluation of historical archives from the US and British governments revealed that policy planners had deliberately inflated the communist threat to justify a militarism aimed at defending Western business interests and acquiring control of critical resources and raw materials. In the Middle East, the biggest prize was control of strategic fossil fuel reserves, the very lifeblood of economic growth.

Development economist J. W. Smith has offered a higher estimate of the death toll, which he puts somewhere between 12–15 million deaths directly due to Western military interventions, with further “hundreds of millions” dying as an indirect consequence of the destruction and reconfiguration of their economies. Smith traced how Western interventions paved the way for the imposition of new capitalist social relations designed to extinguish domestic resistance and forcibly integrate developing countries into the global capitalist economy.

In the twenty-first century, this war trajectory has escalated, not waned. The driving motor remains the use of force to expand access to resources and labour, in order to lubricate the ever-expanding networks of global capital. It is a process sanitised, though, by various ideologies of humanitarianism, benign developmentalism, and ‘national security’.

The principal interventions of the ‘war on terror’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, for instance, are resource wars in core ways.

British Foreign Office documents prove clearly that American and British policy-planners saw the invasion and occupation of Iraq as a way to consolidate access to one of the world’s largest oil reserves, while ensuring the continued flow of to global markets with a view to help stabilise the global economy. In Afghanistan, Congressional records have revealed longstanding US-Western efforts to establish a trans-Afghan pipeline route for the transport of oil and gas from Central Asia to Western markets, bypassing US rivals Iran and Russia. In the 1990s, the US and British even funnelled support to the Taliban in a failed bid to establish the ‘security’ needed to pursue the plan.

Consecutively, the Obama and Trump administrations both continued to back the pipeline project which remains under construction.

In the Anthropocene, resource wars are bipartisan.

Both conflicts wrought colossal violence. Although the more widely accepted estimates of deaths in the hundreds of thousands are terrible enough, higher scale estimates could be more accurate, ranging up to a total of around 4 million people killed directly and indirectly across both conflicts since 1990.

Since then, war in the Anthropocene has intensified and proliferated in new and surprising ways as the more vulnerable nodes of human civilisation have begun to experience overlapping levels of failure and collapse due to the slow acceleration of converging climate, energy, food and water crises. The 2011 Arab Spring uprisings spiralled into a protracted, coalescing amalgamation of riots, civil wars and armed conflicts encompassing multiple theatres, Syria, Yemen, Libya and beyond.

The Arab Spring had been triggered by food price shocks which were, in turn, driven by a confluence of economic-energy shocks interacting with a series of climate shocks which had led to droughts and extreme weather crises across the world’s major food basket regions. Many Arab Spring countries from Syria to Egypt to Yemen had slashed subsidies for food and fuel in preceding years, largely due to the collapse of state revenues — many of them had been former major oil exporters, but in the mid-1990s had experienced peaks of their domestic conventional oil resources. As production thus declined, so did export revenues. With subsidies in the years before 2011 disappearing, coupled with global price spikes due to rampant market speculation on commodity prices coupled with global food shortages, prices of staple foods in these largely import-dependent countries rocketed. As the price of bread became unaffordable, people across the region hit the streets.

The Earth system crisis of the Anthropocene played a critical role in prolonging and amplifying this Middle East crisis, which in turn drove migration and asylum seeking from 2011 to 2015 to an unprecedented degree. Some 11.5 percent of the population of Syria alone has been killed in the ensuing conflict. The West, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE have vied for control of Syria for a range of geopolitical reasons, not least of which was its centrality to potential transhipment routes for oil and gas to global markets. Partisans of these different forces tend to absolve their favoured side(s) of complicity, but it is worth noting that prior to the 2011 uprising the State Department was actively negotiating with Syria and EU officials to push forward a pipeline route through the country to transport Iraqi oil to Europe; Russia simultaneously saw Assad’s efforts to capitalise on Syria’s strategic position vis-a-vis the region’s energy corridors as a fundamental threat to Putin’s own gas export plans — the war provided the ideal spoiler, with each side using it to try to further their own interests, the Syrian people be damned.

In the Anthropocene, so-called anti-imperialists have few qualms about fighting resource wars in their own self-interest.

The million plus migrants that turned up on the shores of Europe did so as a direct result of these wars. They were escaping devastating geopolitical conflicts amplified by vested interests, but which had also been created or exacerbated by severe droughts amplified by climate change.

According to the co-author of a key study of the climate-migration connection, Dr Raya Muttarak — a senior lecturer in geography and international development at the University of East Anglia: “The effect of climate on conflict occurrence is particularly relevant for countries in Western Asia in the period 2010–2012, when many were undergoing political transformation during the so-called Arab Spring uprisings.” Muttarak and his team showed that climate change laid the groundwork for the simmering tensions which led to the outbreak of war in Syria and across parts of the region, by generating droughts that led to mass migration.

The mass migration triggered by these processes, in turn, have transformed and radicalised politics across the Western hemisphere. They provided the fodder for extreme nationalist narratives funded by colossal quantities of ‘dark money’ from a cross-section of trans-Atlantic right-wing elites, many of whom hold vested interests in perpetuating deregulation for fossil fuel giants and other giant corporations.

The mass migration thus stoked nativist fears that helped fuel the rise of extreme nationalist movements, which suddenly found renewed constituencies for their views and policies with increasing numbers of ordinary citizens who felt disillusioned with the prevailing order, but had no way of making sense of it. They knew, can feel, that something is deeply wrong, that the old order is collapsing, but their diagnosis is incomplete, narcissistic, fragmented and symptom-oriented. As such, it has led to incomplete, narcissistic, fragmented and symptom-oriented political reactionism.

The series of victories for the far-right that followed the eruption of Earth system crisis in the Middle East between 2011 and 2015 can thus be seen as a direct consequence of an incoherent cognitive response to the crisis, which reacted purely to its chief symptom: the desperate mass movement of vulnerable peoples.

We thus witnessed a series of seismic shifts in the reconfiguration of Western political systems, a hardening and centralising of power, a self-centring of values, a defensive rejectionism of science, and a polarising of identities, manifesting in a string of extreme nationalist wins. In 2014, far-right parties won just under a quarter of all seats in the European Parliament. In 2015, David Cameron was re-elected as Prime Minister with a parliamentary majority, a victory attributed in part to his promise to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Unbeknownst to many, the Tories had quietly established wide-ranging links with many of the same far-right parties that were now capturing seats in the EU. The following year in June, the ‘Brexit’ referendum shocked the world with its result: a majority vote to leave the EU. Six months later, billionaire real estate guru Donald Trump became president of the world’s most powerful country. Like the Conservatives in the UK, the Republicans too had forged trans-Atlantic connections with European parties and movements of the extreme-right. Since then, far-right parties have made continued electoral gains across Europe in Italy, Sweden, Germany, France, Poland and Hungary; they are now just short of a third of seats in the European Parliament — and they are rapidly consolidating elsewhere, in the Philippines, Brazil, India, Myanmar and beyond.

The troubles and tribulations of contemporary politics, the increasing polarisation between left and right, the chronic incapacity to engage constructively across ideological divides, have become a pantomime hyperreality obsessing our consciousness through our television screens, desk computers, laptops, smartphones and wearable devices. The missing link is the planetary context — the crises of contemporary politics are, indeed, tidal waves, but they are occurring on the surface of an ocean in turmoil, of which, for all intents and purposes, we remain oblivious.

Political crisis is a symptom of the accelerating Earth system crisis. And as Clausewitz famously said, war is a continuation of politics by other means.

Colonisation and globalisation in the Anthropocene

Not everyone agrees, though, that the Anthropocene began in the mid-twentieth century. Some argue that there is a strong geological case for the Anthropocene commencing with the dawn of modern global empire.

British geographers Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin have put forward a much earlier date for this unprecedented era, one that “adheres to the geological criteria for defining an epoch: 1610. This date marks the irreversible exchange of species following the collision of the Old and New worlds”, which coincided with “an associated unusual drop in atmospheric CO2 captured in Antarctic ice cores.”

This alternative dating for the Anthropocene derives from the measurable impact of farming in relation to the colonisation of America by the Spanish, a pivotal event which many historians see as marking the inception of a new, distinctive age of empire that facilitated the birth of global capitalism. The drop in CO2 at the time, visible today in the ice cores, resulted from “vegetation regrowth on abandoned farmlands following the deaths of 50 million indigenous Americans (mostly from smallpox brought by Europeans). The annexing of the Americas by Europe was also an essential precursor to the Industrial Revolution and therefore captures associated later waves of environmental change.”

This alternative dating offers a compelling re-envisioning of the Anthropocene that associates it directly with the violence of empire, with the 1610 date providing the bridge connecting the historical violence of colonial discovery with its ensuing expansionism through biological conquest.

This encompassed the mass ‘free market’ famines in Ireland and India, which saw the deaths of one million and up to 12 million respectively; as well as the trans-Atlantic slave-trade which saw the deaths of as many as 65 million Africans over five centuries — a blood-drenched international regime that was inextricably linked to the formation of a capitalist world system that helped facilitate Britain’s industrial revolution.

By this standard, the Anthropocene — encompassing the period in which the human species most profoundly and near-permanently began transforming the very geology of the Earth — simultaneously represents the rapid expansion of empire, and with it, the systematic construction of new racial categories to legitimise the emerging system of global apartheid that came with it.

In this very period, we saw the dawn of scientific racism, the formal and scientifically-justified concept of multiple races, the grotesque legacy of which we continue to struggle with today. The idea that there are different ‘races’ can be traced back to the political appropriation and distortion of neo-Darwinian theories of evolution to underpin racial hierarchies which positioned white Europeans at the pinnacle of civilised human advancement in this juggernaut of global industrial expansion.

Racism, then, is not discrimination against other ‘races’. It is the very act of creating the notion of a distinctive ‘race’ of people — that is, of possessing common generalised characteristics, an act inseparable from the very dawn of the Anthropocene, which witnessed the emergence of a civilisation defined by its insatiable hunger for resources and labour.

Polarised constructions of the ‘Other’ have played a crucial ideological function throughout the Anthropocene, cleaving human beings from the environments in which they find themselves, and cleaving them apart from each other into exploitative factions of power. And so it is no surprise that the formalisation of racism as a global system appeared to solidify during the industrial revolution, as the human species’ domination of the Earth began to reach exponential acceleration.

In the early nineteenth century, racism manifested largely as a religious ideology linked to interpretations of the Bible, viewing non-European groups as inherently inferior due to their heathen beliefs and ancestry, and frequently targeted Jews. From the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, racism evolved on the basis of scientifically-justified biological theories which attributed fixed traits, behaviours, characteristics, abilities and disabilities to constructed groups of people based on their supposedly distinctive biological characteristics. Since then, racism has continued to evolve and is largely underpinned by a cultural theory which still projects homogenised constructions of different social groups with common traits and characteristics, but derived instead from their affiliation to a culture, ethnicity, nation, language or faith. Often, racism today borrows from across these subliminal theories — its proponents frequently not even recognising what they are doing.

The late sociologist Stuart Hall famously described “race” as a “floating signifier”. Rather than being a fixed concept, he explained, race has always been a deeply and inherently political construct, projected by powerful dominant groups, justifying unequal power relations with other groups. As such, it is a construct that changes and adapts to historical circumstance. Far from being exclusively biologically determined, Hall showed that the new type of cultural racism moves beyond discrimination related to skin colour. Instead, it focuses on the imagined cultures of people, generalised abstractions about their beliefs and practices, projecting a hierarchy of cultures. Racialised stereotypes can thus cut across colour divides, and ‘non-racial’ categories like faith, culture and civilisation can become racist code for similar discriminatory practices. One result is the projection of an unsurpassable divide between the “West” and “the Rest”, in which “Westerners” are seen as “civilised”, “safe”, “known”, while “migrants”, “Muslims”, “asylum seekers”, “foreigners” and so on are viewed as “uncivilised”, “dangerous”, and “different”.

The deepening and acceleration of identity-politics is a defining feature of the tail-end of the Anthropocene, as the endless growth project of maximum extraction, exploitation and centralisation of resources invents and entrenches multiple divides between human beings on its path of self-legitimisation. And so, too, the devastating impacts of the Earth system crisis remain racialised, with the worst consequences disproportionately affecting the poorer, darker nations around the world.

War is, perhaps, the most visible surface-symptom of the Anthropocene’s defining feature.

In the Anthropocene, we all become Others.

It is not yet too late to begin to actively redefine the meaning of the Anthropocene.

For ultimately, the character of the Anthropocene so far is a reflection of the system of human civilisation within the prevailing paradigm. This is a life-destroying paradigm, a death-machine whose internal logic culminates in its own termination. It is a matrix of interlocking beliefs, values, behaviours and organisational forms which functions as a barrier, not an entry-point, to life, nature and reality.

And in that sense, the end of this paradigm is utterly inevitable. But this does not erase the choice before us — which is to decide whether humanity will perish in the ashes of this paradigm, or plant seeds of a new life-affirming paradigm by building out an emerging system for the flourishing of a new ecological civilisation.

If human civilisation is to survive, it will not be what we see before us — erected on the blood of millions; premised on the exhaustion of planetary resources; crushing the bones of the poor, vulnerable and weak; hell-bent on self-annihilation — that does so. This is a paradigm beguiled by a techno-hyperreality of its own projection; a utopian simulacrum of endless growth, desperately attempting to conceal its own dystopic core from self-awareness.

And so our task is to reflect on what we have truly done to each other, and to the planet; and to recognise that these two phenomena are part of the same self-defeating paradigm: one which perpetually constructs a hyperreality of divisions, borders, and boundaries around projected externalisations of the ‘Other’, seemingly necessitating exploitative, parasitical behaviours. What emerges from this recognition is the relinquishing of the binary delusions that have riven the path of civilisation for hundreds of years, and thereby an embracing of a new vision of what it means to be human — retrieving the essence of our existence as beings who, together, have come from, and will inevitably return to, the Earth itself.

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113 Comments on "War, Empire and Racism in the Anthropocene"

  1. makati1 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:05 pm 

    Another day watching PO and the US swirl down the shitter. Scanning current events, it seems to be getting worse for the West and America. Not to mention the insanity infecting PO. Everywhere, the US is stirring the shit, trying to start a war to cover it’s demise.

    The Forth is over. Every American is another pound heavier from eating like pigs in celebration and another day closer to diabetes and cancer from the sugars, fats and chemicals ingested. Another day closer to the big bang when the faux dollar explodes into confetti taking the US down with it.

    Saturday morning here in the land of eternal summer. Another nice day in the offing, thousands of miles from the Middle East and even more from the dying US. Thanks the gods.

  2. More Davy Identity Theft and Projections on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:07 pm 

    Kenz300 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 5:42 pm

  3. JuanP on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:30 pm 

    makati1, I thought I had your support?

  4. makati1 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:35 pm 

    JuanP, you do, but it seems to be contagious. I have given up trying to decide what is from whom. Have a great weekend!

  5. More Davy Identity Theft on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:40 pm 

    JuanP on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:30 pm

  6. JuanP on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:41 pm 

    The proper way to say that mak is whom is from what. Good luck and I hope you score tonight.

  7. Mich on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:43 pm 

    JuanP. Dumbass get off here so others can actually debate the issues

  8. Davy on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:47 pm 

    Great posts KenZ.

    And we are glad to have a fine upstanding American with your extensive knowledge, intelligence and status posting again. The quality of the discourse here become severely bifurcated after you stopped your always readable posts.

    Better yet that you recognize the problems being caused by all the dirty illegal immigrants and extremists here. Someone should forcefully neuter them so they stop making all those anchor babies. That, partying on the beach all day long, where all they do is throw all their crap into the ocean.

  9. Kenz300 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:51 pm 

    JuanP you represent everything I am against. We all know you routinely steal the identity of Davy.

  10. JuanP on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:54 pm 

    Kenz300, I have been doing this anti-Davy effort because it is good for the forum. I know what is best for everyone here so shut up you mother of a whore.

  11. JuanP on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 7:46 pm 

    I haven’t posted or read a single comment on this thread. All the nonsense above was posted by Davy who has quite obviously completely lost his mind. The fact that there are still people here who believe his bullshit proves how stupid people are. I hardly ever stop by anymore. This website is a dump! I miss TOD!

  12. Group opinion on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 8:00 pm 

    We hope you never stop by again because you are a dunce and we won’t miss you.

  13. Sissyfuss on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 8:42 pm 

    Juan P, have you noticed that I Am the Mob hardly posts anymore. I think he might be happy to muck up things with aliases.

  14. makati1 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:03 pm 

    It is obviously Davy posting shit in every name he can think of with the two brain cells that still work. I guess all of the rain has drowned his mind along with the swamp surrounding his shack.

    Honest discussion and debate is impossible here now. He has ruined it for everyone. A very good example of the US’ ruining every country it cannot dominate. The sooner the world isolates America, the better for everyone outside the US Police State Gulag.

  15. Davy on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:25 pm 

    Makato, you support JuanP and his stalking behavior and now you whine about it. You are one senile up old man. I look forward to the day you are gone. Your stale anti-Americanism is a bore. It is empty like your life. JuanP can stop this insanity tomorrow but he won’t so get used to it.

  16. boney joe on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:25 pm 


    Not I am the Mob, for sure.

    It doesn’t require a rocket scientist to figure out who is monitoring this site 20/7.

    Any guesses?

  17. Nuttier Than a Fruitcake Award on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:27 pm 

    Nuttier than a fruitcake award:

    Hey JuanP, you’re a baby, baby, stick your head in gravy. Wrap it up in bubblegum and send it to the navy.

    See, two can play this game!!!


  18. Truth Buster on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:28 pm 

    Boney joe is a juanpee sock. We all know this. The lunatic loves to muck up the place with his multiple personalities

  19. boney joe on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:30 pm 

    Hey JuanP—-

    The kenz300 you replied to is Davy. How do I know? kenz300 is a thoughtful and deliberative poster who does not engage in sock puppetry and ID theft.

  20. JuanP on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:30 pm 

    Hey, that’s not fair. I get the award I am the smartest and brightest immigrant on this forum

  21. makati1 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:32 pm 

    Boney joe, you deserve the fruit award.

  22. boney joe on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:34 pm 


    Your ID thefts and sock puppetry are soooo obvious.

    What happened to your announcement that you had created your own blog and would therefore post here only occasionally?

    Surprise, surprise, more lies from the resident compulsive liar himself, DavyTurd.

  23. Truth Buster on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:37 pm 

    boney joe, you are a sock so how do you know about id’s? juanpee is your creator, he is the board clown perpetuating this insanity.

  24. Anonymouse on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:42 pm 

    The exceptionalturd sounds even more wound up than usual. What’s the matter dumbass?, goat have a headache?

  25. Church Lady on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:43 pm 

    exceptionalanonymouse is more deranged than normal these days.

  26. Gaia on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:50 pm 

    JuanP and anonymouse please refrain from more stalking of other forum members

  27. More Davy Socks and Identity Theft on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:56 pm 

    JuanP on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:41 pm

    Mich on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:43 pm

    Kenz300 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:51 pm

    JuanP on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 6:54 pm

    Group opinion on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 8:00 pm

    boney joe on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:25 pm

    Nuttier Than a Fruitcake Award on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:27 pm

    Truth Buster on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:28 pm

    JuanP on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:30 pm

    makati1 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:32 pm

    Truth Buster on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:37 pm

    Church Lady on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:43 pm

  28. More Insane Davy Identity Theft on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:57 pm 

    Gaia on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:50 pm

  29. Cloggie on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 11:17 pm 

    “Juan P, have you noticed that I Am the Mob hardly posts anymore. I think he might be happy to muck up things with aliases.”

    Exactly right. Just like apneaman of former fame, I AM THE FLOP has been called “TalmudTurk” one time too many by van Helsing. Count Dracula has gone underground.

    Sad. Now we will never know what the German army was thinking in 2009 about peak oil.

  30. makati1 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 11:22 pm 

    Davy, don’t use my name for your psycho jokes. No one is laughing.

    makati1 on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 9:32 pm

    “Boney joe, you deserve the fruit award.”

    Look in the mirror Davy. You are the whole fruit salad, but then it goes with your word salads. LMAO

  31. CloggenJude on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 11:33 pm 

    “Juan P, have you noticed that I Am the Mob hardly posts anymore. I think he might be happy to muck up things with aliases.”

    CloggenJude is trying awfully hard to convince it’s Mob, but the funny thing is the same applies to him.


  32. Theedrich on Sat, 6th Jul 2019 2:49 am 

    A Commie screed about White sin by UnIntelligence.  He can’t seem to realize that life is tough, and if you’re stupid, it’s even tougher.  The Negroids and Sand Negroids are going to the wall first, to be followed by all the teary-eyed Whites who can’t understand why the world isn’t just like it is in the movies.  The pathological U.S. is destined to have a showdown with China and perhaps Russia sometime in the next few decades.  It will all occur amidst a collapsing global ecology, with billions of deaths for the feminist minds to weep over.  A scenario which will provide enormous opportunities for enrichment of the Sörös-types.  In the West, the White elites will accept yet more millions of dark scum to show their bathetic Christian virtue before their ecosystem crumbles under the weight.

    If there are any winners, it will be only those who know what Realpolitik truly means.  And, no matter how good Yankeeland is at hypocrisy, it is incapable of that knowledge.

  33. Cloggie on Sat, 6th Jul 2019 5:55 am 

    Sissyfuss on Fri, 5th Jul 2019 3:14 pm

    EU says Cloffsides should be very afraid for his hollandaise sauce girly-girls against the superwoman of the US. Final score, US 57, Holeland minus 17.

    World cup soccer final Holland-America, tomorrow. So who is going to win, the Blond Beasts or the Huddled Masses?

    The Americans have no doubt: America!

    This attitude is certainly backed up by the statistics: where American soccer men always lose from Dutch men, with women it is the other way around:

    FIFA ranking women:

    USA #1
    Holland #8

    The bookies (who are regularly wrong) all heavily favor the US:

    So on paper, the Americans are going to win. Yet, the match isn’t going to be played on paper, but on Anglo-unfriendly French grass.


    It is often overlooked that Holland is a very late-comer in professional women’s soccer. They did break the endless German winning streak by becoming euro-champs in 2017. Holland hasn’t lost since 12 games in a row. The victories of the US against both Spain and UK were certainly no walk-overs and might as well have turned out differently, with a little luck. America is strong in the beginning, but later in the match loses steam; the Dutch are probably fitter in the end stage.

    The Americans could defeat themselves with their proverbial arrogance (see post sissyfuss above), which is definitely a Dutch advantage and recognized as such:

    One US player said shortly before the match against Britain: “who are we playing again”?

    The Americans brought a radical new element to the sport: humiliating your opponent on the field. Morgan after her goal against the UK pretended to drink a cup of tea, which likely either referred to the British habit of drinking a lot of tea and making a culture out of it or to the Boston Tea Party, initiating American independence from Britain.

    The longer the Dutch are able to block a first US goal, the bigger their chances get to win in the end.

    Here an American who thinks the Dutch are going to win with penalties after inconclusive 120 minutes:

    I do not do predictions, for that I’m taking the opponent too serious.

    But I do admit I know no other team on this planet I would love to see obliterated more than the US.

  34. Cloggie on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 4:41 am 

    The ongoing “Death of the West” saga…

    *** bombshell ***

    Special relationship, europhile UK ambassador to the US spills the beans on Trump administration:

    Britain’s man in the US says Trump is ‘inept’: Leaked secret cables from ambassador say the President is ‘uniquely dysfunctional and his career could end in disgrace’

    Note: these remarks are from an ambassador in office!!!

    A few quotes:

    EXCLUSIVE: Sir Kim Darroch used secret cables to impugn Trump’s character

    Top diplomat warned London President Trump’s career could end in ‘disgrace’

    Bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned US President

    He describes bitter conflicts in White House as ‘knife fights’, sources confirmed

    And claims President’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system

    Says Presidency could ‘crash and burn’, ‘we could be at start of downward spiral’

    Describes bitter conflicts within Trump’s White House – verified by his own sources – as ‘knife fights’;

    Warns that Trump could have been indebted to ‘dodgy Russians’;

    Claims the President’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system;

    Voices fears that Trump could still attack Iran.

    …says that the President may nonetheless ’emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator’.

    He warns senior politicians in London: ‘Do not write him off.’

    In a memo sent after the visit, Sir Kim warned that while Trump and his team had been ‘dazzled’ by the visit, and the UK might be ‘flavour of the month’, Trump’s White House remained self-interested: ‘This is still the land of America First’.

    The Washington Files span the period from 2017 to the present, covering everything from Trump’s policy in the Middle East to his 2020 re-election plans.

    One account of a Trump rally says that there is a ‘credible path’ for Trump to win a second term in the White House – but describes the crowd as ‘almost exclusively white’.


    And referring to allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia – since largely disproved – the memo says: ‘The worst cannot be ruled out.’

    (Clogg: so there is a Trump-Putin alliance after all, that the US deep state tries to sabotage.)

    Another memo, sent on June 10, warns of tensions ahead over Brexit: ‘As we advance our agenda of deepening and strengthening trading arrangements, divergences of approach on climate change, media freedoms and the death penalty may come to the fore.’

    (Clogg: at least as interesting is WHY these leaks occurred in the first place:)

    The leak of diplomatic cables is extremely unusual and will raise new questions about morale in the Civil Service.

    There is mounting evidence that Brexit has politicised many mandarins, with officials who privately support Brexit accusing the Civil Service of trying to stop the UK leaving the EU.

    Darroch, who became British Ambassador to Washington in January 2016, is a former UK Permanent Representative to the EU and widely regarded as a europhile.

    Sir Kim highlighted how America was still the UK’s No 1 security partner and the ‘cultural and historical ties’ between the two countries were ‘profound’. The UK needed America: as an export market; for defence and intelligence cooperation; and for a post-Brexit trade deal.

    The President’s big election pledges – building a wall between the US and Mexico; stopping Muslims from certain countries coming to America and reforming tax and healthcare – had all hit the buffers.

    Sir Kim was Tony Blair’s top Europe adviser from 2004 to 2007 and then became Britain’s Permanent Representative to the EU from 2007 and 2011.

    Now these unfortunate leaks may just hasten his departure.

    Sir Kim said the audience was a ‘sea of the now iconic red MAGA [Make American Great Again] caps. The crowd looked almost exclusively white, with a pretty even mix of men and women, young and old: there were families in every stand. For some, attending had meant a long wait in 30C heat and humidity.’

    How Trump told British Ambassador the special relationship felt ‘closer and stronger’ after state visit but warned ‘don’t expect any special favours’

    (Clogg: in the eyes of der Drumpf there is no special relationship)

  35. Cloggie on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 4:53 am 

    OK, what do these revelations mean?

    – the diplomatic corps of the UK is divided to the core over Brexit (no surprise)
    – Sir Kim is a typical British globalist supporter of the US-lead West. His being a “euro-phile” is mostly dictated by his desire to keep continental Europe subordinate to the US and within the West. That’s why he hates Brexit, because he knows it is the beginning of the end of empire, where Britain played the role of European stadholder of the US.
    Trump is a closet white nationalist. The disappointed alt-righters and the likes of Ann Coulter are WRONG in their assessment that Trump has betrayed his electorate. Within the White House there is a “do or die” fight going on between Trump and the potent remnants of the deep state, that supports empire. Trump is not interested in empire. He wants to rebuild the US, improve trade balances, restore US industry, etc.
    Trump and Putin are big buddies! Putin understands very well the position Trump is in. For Putin (and Trump) this expression is still valid:

    – The expression “Presidency could ‘crash and burn’, ‘we could be at start of downward spiral’” could be interpreted as hints towards major disturbances in the US.

  36. Cloggie on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 5:53 am 

    More headlines:

    Austrian PM Kurz (Christian-democrat) demands sending back “refugees” to Libya:

    Iran picking up enrichment program again:

    Further radicalization within the AfD:

    More signs that libtardism is reaching end-of-life in Europe. The end of the Red Light district in Europe:

    Jeremy Corbyn, who seriously wants to do something about the power of the “moneyman” in British politics, is under fire from his own aides:

    “Diane Abbott and John McDonnell turn on Jeremy Corbyn: Labour leader’s two closest allies tell him to back second Brexit referendum and sack aides or he’s FINISHED”

    Jews and sexual exploitation latest:

    Exploiting the goyim where they can.


    What happened to “do or die”?

    “Boris would pay to delay No Deal pain: Johnson is willing to hand over billions to Brussels to suspend a cliff-edge exit and keep borders open for another two years”

    Expect the EU to set an example with Britain. “You can leave of course, but at a price…”

    Bye-bye Britain:

    “Boris Johnson is warned embracing No Deal risks splitting the union as Scottish secretary David Mundell claims such a Brexit would ‘fuel nationalism’ north of the border”

    Scottish Secretary David Mundell gave the former London Mayor a ‘thinly-veilled warning’ claiming Nicola Sturgeon would welcome the scenario with ‘unseemly glee’.

    Mr Mundell said Scotland’s First Minister wanted to take advantage of such a Brexit because her ‘true priority is independence’ and would use No Deal to achieve it.

    The upcoming economic chaos in case of no-deal could be exploited by Sturgeon to withdraw from Britain in a no-deal Scexit. No need for a referendum.

    “Spreadsheet Phil” on the chopping block:

    “Philip Hammond ‘will be first to go in Night of Long Knives’: Boris Johnson plans huge shake-up with 14 ministers set to lose their jobs, starting with the Chancellor”

    More “House-of-Cards” political brinkmanship coming up in British politics later this year.

  37. Cloggie on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 8:07 am 

    Home at last! Lifting the UK from the EU into the US sphere of influence:

    “DON THE WAY Boris Johnson to jet to US to meet Donald Trump within weeks of becoming PM”

    Farage to the rescue (of Trump):

    “‘Totally unsuitable – the sooner he is gone the better’: Farage leads calls for Britain’s man in Washington be SACKED after leaked memos reveal how he called Trump’s White House ‘inept’ and ‘uniquely dysfunctional'”

    Again, the Brexit movement is essentially an “identitarian” thingy, in that Britain, that with clear weather can be seen with the naked eye from France (as I verified personally many times, from both sides), prefers to be in an alliance with Anglosphere, rather than with continental Europe, potentially ranging from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Wladiwostok, near Japan.

    Britain joined the EEC in 1973, because it was economically the “sick man” of Europe AND because America was an overarching political force in Europe, thanks to the WW2 war of conquest against continental Europe. “Cool Britannia” was the result, thanks to EU-membership and lucrative common market access.

    These conditions no longer apply. America is retreating from the world stage as a “benevolent hegemon” and Britain doesn’t want to be stuck in a junior role with an overarching continental Europe, not after the disastrous choices its elite made in 1891-1914 and 1933-1945. It prefers a junior role as the 51st US state instead.

    So Britain is packing its bags, together with the Americans, initiating a trans-Atlantic rift, that will gradually widen, leading to the end of the West and the beginning of The North (PBM), that will throw off the US imposed yoke of multiculturalism (“the entire world one country”)…

    “Russian President Vladimir Putin: Western Liberal Values Are On The Way Out | NBC News”

    …and restore the grandeur of Europe as the premier address on this planet, after the (((Anglo-Soviet))) onslaught 1933-1945.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some sort of “Iron Curtain” will be erected in the “English Channel” and low-level hostilities, for instance over fishing rights, will erupt. Good opportunity for Europe to finally begin to set up a MIC of its own.

    Expect Scotland to secede from the Union and go Europe-direct, expect Ireland to reunify and expect England to be stripped-naked by the US in an entirely one-sided hostile take-over:

    Our former enemy USSR has now turned into a normal country and yearns to be let in into the European House. Won’t be different with (T)rump-America, after the break. We should let them both in and create a block, sufficiently strong to balance the upcoming hyper-power China. Liberalism will be over for good.

  38. Davy on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 8:12 am 

    “The British Roots Of The Deep State: How The Round Table Infiltrated America” Oriental Review via zero hedge

    “The Dystopic New World Order Threatened by a New Deal of the 21st Century It is this dystopic geopolitical order which has been challenged by the Russia-China alliance which arose in earnest with Xi Jinping’s 2013 announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative as the Grand design for large scale infrastructure projects internationally and in September 2015 with Vladimir Putin’s intervention into Syria which defeated the Hobbesian regime change paradigm which poisoned the west. In 2016, the election of nationalist American President Donald Trump opened the door for the first time in over 50 years to a true national coalition of sovereign nations to eliminate the cancer of colonial thinking forever from the earth. It is this same British-run deep state which owns Robert Mueller, who along with the Integrity Initiative, Five Eyes and other Deep State operatives are dedicated to overthrowing President Trump from office and undoing the great potential now facing the world as outlined by the Schiller Institute and American statesman Lyndon LaRouche: 1) an FDR-style re-organization of the bankrupt banking system and 2) the unleashing of a global New Silk Road as the New Deal of the 21st Century.”

  39. Cloggie on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 8:27 am 

    Boris can throw out Remainers from his future government, he can’t throw them out of parliament:

    “Brexit: Boris Johnson’s plans could be killed off by Hammond-led plot to sink no deal”

    Just sign at the cross, Boris.

    And since personal power is his only motive, he might very well sign once he is in office, just to keep the office he was craving for for all these years.

  40. Sissyfuss on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 11:05 am 

    Cloggo, your goalie is playing out of her mind. I see how you made the final. Might be first goal wins it.

  41. Sissyfuss on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 11:23 am 

    Uh oh Cloggensogger, mauve-haired Trump-hating lesbo strikes a blow for freedom. US up 1-0.

  42. JuanP on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 11:26 am 


    US 1 NED 0

  43. JuanP on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 11:29 am 


    US 2 NED 0

  44. Sissyfuss on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 11:51 am 

    Not looking good for your girls, Clogged. 2-0 US and should be 5-0 if not for your outstanding goalie.

  45. Cloggie on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 11:58 am 

    USA-Holland 2-0

    Congratulations America, entirely deserved.

    What was expected did happen.

    Nevertheless, Holland as always punching above its weight. Only the second time they play a world cup and already in the final. Absolutely a promise for the future, which is good for Dutch chauvinists.

    As a card carrying reactionary like myself, you would hope of course that this entire circus sinks through the ground. Young women playing soccer, yet another nail in the coffin of whitey. Anything but having children.

  46. Cloggie on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 12:05 pm 

    “Uh oh Cloggensogger, mauve-haired Trump-hating lesbo strikes a blow for freedom. US up 1-0.”

    There is absolutely nothing you can teach us about freedom.

  47. Cloggie on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 12:14 pm 

    Gay tally women world soccer:

    USA – 6
    Sweden – 6
    Netherlands – 5
    England – 5
    Australia – 4
    Canada – 4
    New Zealand – 3

    All Anglophile white protestant countries.

    Fear for their future.

    Women soccer = decadence

  48. Duncan Idaho on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 12:26 pm 

    “Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has been released from a Minnesota federal prison where he served 13 months for a bank fraud conviction linked to his effort to conceal his past sexual abuse of teenage boys, USA Today reported. ”

    Ah, Repug action– “I’m stipid, and proud of it!”

  49. Cloggie on Sun, 7th Jul 2019 12:29 pm 

    Holland wins sympathy vote in Britain:

    talula, London, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

    Never have I supported Holland more than now. Anyone but the yanks to win


    elain1985, San Diego, United States, 3 hours ago

    As an American, I can say this group of women are disgusting. Several of the women for being totally anti-American and anti-role models and the rest for remaining silent and saying nothing in defense of their country. I won’t waste my time watching the match but I hope they lose…


    thomas bourne, Htown, United States, 2 hours ago

    The American team is full of low class narcissists all trying to make a name for themselves. These women are hard to root for, even for many Americans.


    Capt Dan, jupiter FL, United States, 3 hours ago

    This disgusted Yank will be rooting for Holland.


    PattyPinAZ, Scottsdale, United States, 2 hours ago

    Most hated women’s soccer team in the world: America. Go Netherlands !!


    Philip Morris, West Tennessee, United States, 2 hours ago

    I am rooting for the Netherlands where the game is held in higher respect, winning only empowers the sad and shameful behavior of the US.


    Something’s brewing in the US, but we already noticed that.

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