US To China and Brazil: Take Up the White Man’s Burden
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  • Jeff77450

    Re. “A lot of the world spends its time oscillating between the gleeful anticipation of American decline and the detailed analysis of those endlessly clever American plots that keep the inevitable, surely approaching decline at bay.” This reminds me of a quote by some fairly well-known academic-type. He was talking about the “Pax Americana” and the world’s resentment of it. He said something to the effect of “they resent it even though they benefit from it, they’ll never help to pay for it and they’ll be sorry when it’s gone.” That’s not an exact quote by any means.

    It might’ve been said by George F. Kennan or George Marshall or Henry Kissenger, I’m not sure. I’ve searched for the quote without success. If anyone knows the exact quote and it’s source I’d be curious to know. Thanx.

  • Mrs. Davis

    Sounding more like Ron Paul all the time.

  • Kenny

    Ah, the white man’s burden.

    I fear Whitey is getting tired of carring it both internationally & domestically.

  • Kris

    If John hates you, it’s because of your notoriously bad character and abusive actions.
    If John hates me, it’s because you played on his shiftless nature and incited him against me.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Te he he, our nefarious Hamiltonian plan for world hegemonic domination and the uplifting of mankind is working, and all we had to do was let them think they were cheating us (you can’t con an honest man), by allowing them to manipulate their currencies through the purchase of US Treasuries. LOL, Stupid Mercantilists

  • don

    So true, you hit the nail on the head, and you didn’t even need a hammer.

  • Gene

    Future historians will (I hope) see the first half of the 21st century as the era when the world (both its governments and its people) finally grew up. Unfortunately we’re in for a lot of quite dangerous temper tantrums before those kids learn to take responsibility for themselves.

  • Dave

    The best part of this “new new world order” is that it keeps our white hands clean. If China or Brazil decides to exterminate a few tribes to secure mining rights, our brave college students will call for a boycott or occupy a park somewhere.

  • SomeSockPuppet

    I wish I could find some solace in this, but I’m reading Mark Steyn’s “After America” and reading Drudge today and all I can see is a nation going balls to the wall into oblivion.

    I’d love to think we’re that clever, but really? I think we’re fielding the elementary after-school chess club when we need Fischer and Kasparov.

  • notquiteunBuckley

    No no no. Mark Steyn told me America is about kaput.

    Dead Uncle Sam right on the cover of his book about After-Americanism and all the problems we have as Americans.



    No no no.

  • teapartydoc

    Fate still has some tricks up her sleeve that we have never seen and cannot possibly predict. Any prognostication we do now is with knowledge we will only have in hindsight and possibly not even then. We’ll see. Or not.

  • Some Sock Puppet


    I take Steyn with a grain of salt. He’s got some very astitue observations that I’ve had similar experiences with so I tend to think he’s accurate. It’s a depressing read, but that doesn’t mean I’m making it my roadmap to the future.

    I live in the people’s republic of NY and I assure you, cameras are going up by the dozens, rights are curtailed with no respect to the constitution, etc. Nanny bloomberg horrifies me.

    I’m paying more attention to China’s housing bubble, their huge surplus of males and their hypernationalistc mindset coupled with their historical greviences their ridiculous all-pervasive attempts to break into every system we have with no seeming answer.

    I’m watching Iran and Israel and the ridicuously ineffectual attempts to keep a nation that obviously doesn’t mind being annihilated as long as they get to claim they bloodied the US first.

    I’m paying attenion to this administrations refusal to do anything meaningful about our energy problem, our economy, and watching them strangle the country with regulations by unelected beuracrats and it’s treasonous spending sprees while ignoring the will of the people, along with Fast and Furious, Soylondra, et al.

    I’m paying attention to the unions and statists in our own borders that refuse to acknowledge that they’re part of the problem.

    I’m paying attention to a southern border and a culture that refuses to assimilate and uses violence and threats of it to keep us from doing anything effectual.

    It’s all relevant and needs to be addressed.

    That doesn’t mean I think we’re all about to bite the big one. This nation is too dynamic to keep down for long. As long as we get this government out of our way we can come roaring back.

    But that’s a massive undertaking and half the populace doesn’t study history.

    Maybe I’m misunderstanding your comment, but if not, please don’t confuse my unease about our future with reading and agreeing with an author you think might be a little on the hysterical side with not being informed.

  • Jennifer Doherty

    Facinating Article.

    Belo Monte is only a small part of development-induced displacement in Amazon Region. The situation in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru is even worse. Bogumil Terminski estimates that forcible “development-induced displacement and resettlement” now affects 10 million people per year.

    India is well ahead in this respect. A country with as many as over 3600 large dams within its belt can never be the exceptional case regarding displacement. The number of development induced displacement is higher than the conflict induced displacement worldwide.

    Athough the exact number of development-induced displaced people (DIDPs) is difficult to know, estimates are that in the last decade 90–100 million people have been displaced by urban, irrigation and power projects alone, with the number of people displaced by urban development becoming greater than those displaced by large infrastructure projects (such as dams). DIDPs outnumber refugees, with the added problem that their plight is often more concealed.
    This is what experts have termed “development-induced displacement.” According to Michael Cernea, a World Bank analyst, the causes of development-induced displacement include water supply (dams, reservoirs, irrigation); urban infrastructure; transportation (roads, highways, canals); energy (mining, power plants, oil exploration and extraction, pipelines); agricultural expansion; parks and forest reserves; and population redistribution schemes.

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