... already it seems clear that President Xi is indeed tightening his grip on control of the Party (and thus the country), and that Xi is continuing with his vision of making China into a world superpower in the coming decades.
As you may have seen in the news, the China's ruling Communist Party is currently convening its twice-in-a-decade National Congress. And, as you may have also seen in the news, it's kind of a big deal. "Xi Jinping declares China's intent to be a 'leading power' by 2050," warns Business Insider. "China’s leader Xi Jinping declares the start of a 'new era'." screams The Economist. "We are obsessed with Brexit and Trump: we should be thinking about China," chides the Guardian. "But wait, James," you say. "Didn't this just happen a couple of years ago. Weren't you just telling us about the shisanwu?"
Ah, dear reader, I'm glad you're paying attention. Sort of. Actually, that was the the 5th plenary session of its 18th Central Committee, aka the meeting where the ChiComs hammered out China's 13th five-year plan. (But I'm not surprised you remember that catchy shisanwu song!)
This is the National Congress, where the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party becomes the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. You know, the invitation-only shindig where 2,287 of the Party's faithful (only those of "unshakable belief" and the "correct political stance," of course) converge on Beijing's Great Hall of the People to "appoint" the membership of the Party's Politburo, "elect" members to the Central Committee, and "decide" on amendments to the Party's constitution.
Of course, like everything else in the glorious socialist utopia of China, all of the outcomes have been decided beforehand and there will be no surprises whatsoever. But as a forum for formalizing China's (pre-determined) future course, it gives those of us outside the Politburo a glimpse into what shape China will be taking in the coming years.
And, given China's role as the rising economic dragon, rising geopolitical force, rising military threat and rising pawn in the grand plan for the p...
Carbon taxes and carbon trading have proven to be a hard sell for an increasingly wary public, but with the Paris Agreement of 2015 the world saw the biggest step yet toward this technocratic future of energy control and carbon rationing. No surprise, then, that the summit itself was sponsored by and prominently supported by big oil...
This is supposedly “not a gun guy” and yet ONLY a gun guy would know what they are, where to get one and how to install it. Something stinks with this.
...the blockchain can be used to create digital currencies that represent the very vision of a totalitarian tyrant’s wildest wet dream.
The bottom line is this folks. In areas where they can grow sawgrass and sugar cane, the “price” about equals out, but there’s a bigger carbon print. In areas where we’re using corn, the math does NOT work.
...suffering through the Great Depression, the American people were willing to listen to any ideas to replace the current system that had so obviously failed them, no matter how outlandish. Technocracy, Inc. did attract a following, swelling into the tens of thousands later in the decade.
The question is, what is the answer? Is the US ever going to be comfy with a nuclear North? Nope. Yet they too know that if we go in, it’s going to be uglier than most imagine.
...if the day ever comes when government can't even repay the interest on the National Debt, the illusion of solvency will disappear and the economy will collapse into calamity.
The biggest news to emerge during the summit was not directly part of the summit at all, but in some way is a reflection of the topsy-turvy period of global geo-economic reorientation we are living through.
I’m really hopeful that by the time you are reading this, the picture has changed, Irma’s been steered hard right, back into the Atlantic and we dodged this bullet.
Make no mistake: hate makes a great business model for those pretending to fight it.
...the Afghan war is not about protecting America's interests or ridding the world of terrorists, and the war on drugs is not about helping to end the opioid crisis.
Antonov now has the dubious honor to be in the eye of the Russia/US diplomatic storm close up in Washington. It may seem at times like operating behind enemy lines.
this is a rigged game with loaded dice. The international “superclass” that pays no allegiance to any particular country is preparing to abandon the American empire as the engine of global dominance for a multilateral BRICS-fronted IMF-administered globalist slave state.
They want a global currency. They’re going to try and do it with SDR’s. They’ve already started the process, and I’m not certain about how it develops, but this acchain outfit is definitely one of their testing grounds.