Multinational Corporations and The Export of American Wealth…

To understand the larger objectives of the global and financial elite it is important to understand the three-decade global financial construct they seek to protect. Global financial exploitation of national markets:

♦Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national elements of developed industrial western nations.
♦The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks.
♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).
♦With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

Since initially explaining this modern import/export dynamic some have asked for specific examples in order to gain a better understanding.  There are a myriad of interests within each sector that make specific explanation very challenging.  However, here’s an attempt.

For three decades economic “globalism” has advanced, quickly.  Everyone accepts this statement, yet few actually stop to ask who and what are behind this – and why?

People with vested financial interests in the process have sold a narrative that global manufacturing, global sourcing, and global production was the inherent way of the future.  But what’s brutally missed in the discussions is the fundamental truth that advocates selling this “global” message have a vested financial and ideological interest in convincing the information consumer it’s just a natural outcome of progress.

It’s not.

It’s not natural at all.  It is a process that is entirely controlled, promoted and utilized by large conglomerates and massive financial corporations.

Again, I’ll try to retain the larger altitude without falling prey to the esoteric weeds.  I freely admit this is tough to explain and I may not be successful.

Bulletpoint #1: ♦ Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national elements of developed industrial western nations.

This is perhaps the most challenging to understand.  In essence, national companies expanded their influence into multiple nations, across a myriad of industries and economic sectors (energy, agriculture, raw earth minerals, etc.).

Think of these multinational corporations as global entities now powerful enough to reach into multiple nations -simultaneously- and purchase controlling interests in a single economic commodity.

A historic reference point might be the original multinational enterprise, energy via oil production.  (Exxon, Mobil, BP, etc.)

However, in the modern global world, it’s not just oil; the procurement extends to virtually every possible commodity and industry.  From the very visible (wheat/corn) to the obscure (small minerals, and even flowers).

Bulletpoint #2 ♦ The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks.

During the past several decades national companies merged.  The largest lemon producer company in Brazil, merges with the largest lemon company in Mexico, merges with the largest lemon company in Argentina, merges with the largest lemon company in the U.S., etc. etc.  National companies, formerly of one nation, become “continental” companies with control over an entire continent of nations.

…. or it could be over several continents or even the entire world market of Lemon/Widget production.  These are now multinational corporations.   They hold interests in specific segments (this example lemons) across a broad variety of individual nations.

National laws on Monopoly building are not the same in all nations.  But most are not as structured as the U.S.A or other more developed nations (with more laws).  During the acquisition phase, when encountering a highly developed nation with monopoly laws, the process of an umbrella corporation might be needed to purchase the interests within a specific nation.  The example of Monsanto applies here.

Bulletpoint #3  ♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).

With control of the majority of actual lemons the multinational corporation now holds a different set of financial values than a local farmer or national market.  This is why commodities exchanges are essentially dead.  In the aggregate the mercantile exchange is no longer a free or supply-based market; it’s now a controlled market exploited by mega-sized multinational corporations.

Instead of the traditional ‘supply/demand’ equation determining prices, the corporations look to see what nations can afford what prices.  The supply of the controlled product is then distributed to the country according to their ability to afford the price.  This is how the corporation maximizes it’s profits.

Back to the lemons.  A corporation might hold the rights to the majority of the lemon production in Brazil, Argentina and California/Florida.   The price the U.S. consumer pays for the lemons is directed by the amount of inventory (distribution) the controlling corporation allows in the U.S.

If the U.S. harvest is abundant, they will export the product to keep the U.S. consumer spending at peak or optimal price.  A U.S. customer might pay $2 for a lemon, a Mexican customer might pay .50¢, and a Canadian $1.25.

The bottom line issue is the national supply (in this example ‘harvest/yield’) is not driving the national price because the supply is now controlled by massive multinational corporations.

The mistake people often make is calling this a “global commodity” process.  In the modern era this “global commodity” phrase is particularly BS.

A true global commodity is a process of individual nations harvesting/creating a similar product and bringing that product to a global market.   Individual nations each independently engaged in creating a similar product.

Under modern globalism this process no longer takes place. It’s a complete fraud.  Currently, massive multinational corporations control the majority of product inside each nation and therefore control the entire global product market and price.

In highly developed nations this multinational corporate process requires the corporation to purchase the domestic political process, the approval, within individual nations allowing the exploitation.  As such, their lobbyists pay hundreds of millions to politicians for changes in policies and regulations one sector or industry at a time.

EXAMPLE:  The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)

CFIUS is an inter-agency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person (“covered transactions”), in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.

CFIUS operates pursuant to section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (FINSA) (section 721) and as implemented by Executive Order 11858, as amended, and regulations at 31 C.F.R. Part 800.

The CFIUS process has been the subject of significant reforms over the past several years.  These include numerous improvements in internal CFIUS procedures, enactment of FINSA in July 2007, amendment of Executive Order 11858 in January 2008, revision of the CFIUS regulations in November 2008, and publication of guidance on CFIUS’s national security considerations in December 2008 (more)

Bulletpoint #4With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

The process of charging the U.S. consumer more for a product, that under normal national market conditions would cost less, is a process called exfiltration of wealth.

It is never discussed.

To control the market price some contracted product may even be secured and shipped with the intent to allow it to sit idle (or rot).   It’s all about controlling the price and maximizing the profit equation.   To gain the same $1 profit a widget multinational might have to sell 20 widgets in El-Salvador (.25¢ each), or two widgets in the U.S. ($2.50/each).

Think of the process like the historic reference of OPEC (Oil Producing Economic Countries).  Only in the modern era massive corporations are playing the role of OPEC and it’s not oil being controlled, it’s almost everything.

Individual flower growers in Florida out of business because they didn’t join the global market of flower growers (controlled market) by multinational corporate flower growers in Columbia and South America, who have an umbrella company registered in Mexico allowing virtually unrestricted access to the U.S. market under NAFTA.

Agriculturally, multinational corporate Monsanto says: ‘all your harvests are belong to us‘.  Contract with us, or you lose because we can control the market price of your end product.  Downside is that once you sign that contract, you agree to terms that are entirely created by the financial interests of the larger corporation; not your farm.

The multinational agriculture lobby is massive.  We willingly feed the world as part of the system; but you as a grocery customer pay more per unit at the grocery store because domestic supply no longer determines domestic price.

Within the agriculture community the (feed-the-world) production export factor also drives the need for labor.  Labor is a cost. The multinational corps have a vested interest in low labor costs. Ergo, open border policies.  (ie. willingly purchased republicans not supporting border wall etc.).

This corrupt economic manipulation/exploitation applies over multiple sectors, and even in the sub-sector of an industry like steel.   China/India purchases the raw material, ore, then sells the finished good back to the global market at a discount.  Or it could be rubber, or concrete, or plastic, or frozen chicken parts etc.

The ‘America First’ Trump-Trade Doctrine upsets the entire construct of this multinational export/control dynamic.  Team Trump focus exclusively on bilateral trade deals, with specific trade agreements targeted toward individual nations (not national corporations).  ‘America-First’ is also specific policy at a granular product level looking out for the national interests of the United States, U.S. workers, U.S. companies and U.S. consumers.

Under President Trump’s Trade positions, balanced and fair trade with strong regulatory control over national assets, exfiltration of U.S. national wealth is essentially stopped.

This puts many current multinational corporations, globalists who previously took a stake-hold in the U.S. economy with intention to export the wealth, in a position of holding contracted interest of an asset they can no longer exploit.

RELATED:

♦The Modern Third Dimension in American Economics – HERE

♦The “Fed” Can’t Figure out the New Economics – HERE

♦Proof “America-First” has disconnected Main Street from Wall Street – HERE

Next up: How the Stock Market is disconnected and why that matters.

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260 Responses to Multinational Corporations and The Export of American Wealth…

  1. pyromancer76 says:

    Excellent economics education for American patriots. I worked on the college level to bring something like this understanding to young people for many years — wish I had your depth of knowledge, Sundance — but had to live through the marxist takeover. More and more leaders and faculty were hired with cultural marxism background.

    There are two wishes I have.

    First, background. From my Classical Liberal perspective (this is what I am Conservative about), I believe there is one element that has been ignored in American capitalism and that is a limit to wealth accumulation and a requirement that workers, as well as share holders, receive a portion of the profits that their braIns and brawn have helped to create/acquire.

    The 19th-20th Century Progressive Movement (without its marxist aspect) was a middle class movement with main street businesses/entrepreneurs and everyday Americans who demanded a limit to the power of wealth accumulation and its uses for domination.

    TR and antitrust, etc., as an outcome. TR’s impetuous running on a third-party ticket decimated the reformers within the Republican Party.

    Wish: Does President Trump have ideas on how to limit wealth accumulation and to include workers as share holders in a business in some form. This change would go a long way to continuing to develop and perpetuate a middle class and reward meritorius effort — one of the main reasons for the remarkable American can-do attitude.

    Our candidate Donald Trump knew his American history and refused the siren song of third party; therefore, reformists/ revisionists/American patriots won. My wish: Does President Trump have any ideas about all contributors to an enterprise (entrepreneurs, shareholders, CEOs and top management, and all other levels of workers) sharing in the profits. This is what seems American and classical liberal to me. Does he have ideas about stopping any further creation of an American elite that can become a global elite, i.e., ideas about limiting the accumulation of wealth and thus power that can be included in the American political process?

    My second wish. Can we identify “former global elitists” who are moving into the patriot column because President Trump is showing them how they can acquire wealth from real effort, real businesses, real merit, real creativity and ingenuity. There might be some who want the meat, not just phony wealth-creation from ephemeral enterprises and crony corporatism/financial industry. There is hardly a global elitist who knows how to truly compete without favors from every corner. Give us some real men and women.

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    • I suspect that many of the answers you seek can only be given to you by Donald Trump himself.

      The reason that Trump “refused the siren song of third party” is that there was zero chance of him getting elected using a third party. Trump used the Republican Party like a playboy uses a one night stand – he gets what he wants and refuses the rest.

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  2. m says:

    I was really concentrating on this article and understanding the points being made, and then I happened to see the picture of Romney and Ryan kissing on the beach in your montage of villians. I cackled and chuckled for a few minutes in revulsion. Comedic relief from the frustration of this evil age.

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  3. This is all very true. I’ve been working with a small import/export company to export American Wheat to Africa. All of the wheat is bought up before it is planted in the ground. The entire supply is controlled by a handful of conglomerates and if they don’t know you, they don’t do business with you. I went to the U.S. Wheat Associates for assistance since they know all the players, but they passed us off to a Swiss firm. Frustrated, we have decided exporting American wheat just isn’t worth it.

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  4. G. Combs says:

    Here is an example of how the trade agreements hurt Americans. It is modified from something I wrote years ago:

    Do to the changes made by the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (1995). benefit consumers or corporations?

    The issue chosen is the impact on cattle disease in the USA since there is a wealth of information available, however the logic applies to any plant or animal crossing into the USA.

    One of the ideas incorporated in the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) is:
    “The Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures…Aims to ensure that governments DO NOT USE QUARANTINE AND FOOD SAFETY REQUIREMENTS as Unjustified trade barriers… It provides Member countries with a right to implement traceability [NAIS] as an SPS measure.” WTO.org

    The IPC (International Policy Council on Agriculture, Food and Trade) was created by the Agri-corporations in 1987 explicitly to push their agenda at the 1986—1994 Uruguay Round of Trade negotiations. Dan Amstutz, VP of Cargill, wrote the draft “Agreement on Ag.” and Robert Shapiro, chairman of Monsanto, was strategically placed as leader of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations at that time to see that WTO was ratified by Congress in 1995 and signed by Bill Clinton.

    The IPC wanted and got open borders and no quarantine. The result is that the USA exports 700,000 tons of quality beef while importing 1,500,000 tons from countries with:
    Naegleria fowler, Encephalitis, Vesicular Stomatitis virus, Leptospirosis, Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), and foot and mouth disease.

    The US imports 2.5 million live cows from Canada with BSE (now found in USA) and from Mexico with tuberculosis (now found in USA), brucellosis (now found in USA) cattle tick fever, (now found in USA) Trypanosoma cruz (now found in USA), and Bluetongue (now found in USA). Wide open borders, reduced disease surveillance, the closing of testing labs, slaughter vs first point (live herd) testing all seem to be designed to invite disease into the country and allow it a good foot-hold in wild and domesticated species.

    Is this good for American citizens or for corporations who will profit from the chemicals and medicines needed to fight imported diseases and pests? Is it good for corporations interested in replacing natural organisms with expensive “bioengineered” organisms?
    (Continued)

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  5. You bound and determined to POUND this stuff into our heads aren’t you Sundance!

    That’s quite alright with me you just keep pounding away. Sooner or later your message will stick. 🙂

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  6. booger71 says:

    I guess what will come next is a big war, Rollerball, and the rise of Jonathon E

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  7. Donna in Oregon says:

    Thank you Sundance for this series. We cannot win until we name our enemies.

    I was wondering if it is possible to create a Cold Anger emergency kit?

    Want to do something but 2018 is far away. Is applying any pressure outside the elections endangering Americans like what happened to the Tea Party? They were targeted by MSM, IRS, etc. and eventually taken over by the GOP. People are scared.

    The only group that seems to have survived the Swamp is the Main Street Patriots. They are protesting CNN again this weekend. Should we help them or just stay silent?

    Next CNN Fake News Protest – July 22nd
    http://mainstreetpatriots.us/next-cnn-fake-news-protest-july-22nd/

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  8. Killdozer says:

    That’s right and it puts it on Ronalds lapp I was never big on Reagan ,everyone jumping up and down Trump is like RR ,I hope not and for 30 years I had to listen to Rush and Ingram crying and rocking over the saint Reagan ,and then pos Bush ,Now because of that con job we need some one to blow some fire on America and denude it and let the snowflakes die ,we let Holder , Biden ,Clinton burn them kids in Waco alive ,all the Repubs and saint Reagan people ,Dems all said David was rape ing all the children ,you gave them Clintons a pass on that ,I say a good NORKing is in order ,I can handle it up country Maine, let the sheeppeople burn like Waco did , like the idiots of Katrina who couldn’t even pack bleach and a crack pipe with a 2 week warning ,We need someone to blow some fire now and de nut some peeps

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  9. Brant says:

    The more I read of these multi nationals, the more I’m glad I have my little 12 acres. Too small to be noticed (hopefully), but big enough to provide a bit of independence in a pinch when junk really starts to happen (2 ponds, many blueberry bushes, a few fields, pecan trees, 2 wells). I haven’t any goats yet or really gotten into garden planting (still working on the 100 year old house, primarily cosmetics than structural), but all the rudiments are here and ready to go. I figure about 10-12 goats would be plenty on a rotating basis. I don’t need a Maserati or other fanciness so can keep under radar. Yes, they might get me, but there are larger fish to fry than little ole me.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      NSA has your GPS coordinates in 3…2….1.

      Just kidding 🙂

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    • Rick says:

      It’s a real good start Brant, I envy your little spread. Great job! With sufficient ammo stocks and the right firepower, you should be able to protect a good portion of what you can conceal as well. With that much land, I would have two 20′ foot containers sunk into the ground near your water source and conceal the air shafts too. Probably can make a real nice safe zone for under 20K. Don’t spend too much on fixing up the cosmetics on the 100 year old house, the shabbier, the better. Put your assets to work for the day will come when you will care less about the nice windows, paint or fencing but would rather have had a years supply of food in that bunker that you should build with little fanfare to know what you are up to.

      I’m out here in among the masses of humanity in San Diego, but there are options for everyone if you have the right plans in place. It is the ill-prepared that has only three days of food in their pantry and no guns to protect their family. Bullets will be worth as much a gold coins one day. Not being an alarmist, just realize that with today’s O-Care announcements, nothing much will really change until the people truly take it to D.C. That still hasn’t happened. However, PDJT did allow us some time and we did dodge a bullet in light of the hag that would be there had he lost.

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      • dutzie60 says:

        Rick says …”It is the ill-prepared that has only three days of food in their pantry and no guns to protect their family.”

        I’ve heard this three day prediction for a while and have a little personal recent experience with it. I live in an over 55 sort of closed community (meaning it somewhat relies on its own utilities) in the SF Bay Area. We recently experienced a power outage at 2:00 am that lasted three days. Well, on the third day, there were several ‘loud discussions’ outside on the street. People complaining, whining and seemingly totally unprepared for a disruption in their lives. It was amazing to see. And this was elderly nonviolent people with only canes and walkers for weapons. 😂

        Our area of the community is still without PG&E power. We’re on a huge generator until a relay problem can be repaired. It’s keeping the peace and I’m hoping it’s sufficient.

        In essence, I am now a firm believer in the Three Days to Total Chaos theory. 😀

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        • Rick says:

          I am not trying to say that in 3 days the World will fall apart. I am saying that in any major disruption to daily life, the majority will become “very uncomfortable” in a short order. Without fuel to gas up the cars, without the ability to use a debit card, no cell service, and trucks unable to restock grocery shelves, life will become very chaotic, without regard to fellow man/woman. Multiply the masses by 100x what we see these animals doing without disruption, in times when first responders cannot provide law & order, the criminal element of society will fill the vacuum. Just like when America under Obama, had a lead from behind mantra…..our enemies were more than willing to serve their own best interest. Good vs. Evil. Don’t care what anyone says.

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          • dutzie60 says:

            I related my story to point out how people can breakdown in just the situation of being without electricity for three days. It was an isolated event within our community. The stores gas stations didn’t close, they could go buy ice, they could cook food, it wasn’t like society had broken down. That was what was amazing to me. The fact that they couldn’t simply be without one convenience for three days. It made me really think of what would happen on a larger scale with a larger disruptive event.

            I guess lesson is Be Prepared as much as possible.

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            • Rick says:

              In a large scale disaster, society would break down very fast. The little Fat Man in N Korea could send up a nuke and detonate high in space. The EMP would send us back to the 1800’s in many parts of the country. Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared. Be well.

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  10. alliwantissometruth says:

    Everything going on in our country & in the world makes sense when you put it in perspective. All the players have been working together under the noses of the people for decades, & it all starts with the best government money can buy

    What, we expect a different outcome when we allow miscreants, carpetbaggers & criminals to run our government?

    Tell me, what is the difference between a third world strong arm dictator who uses military might to control the people & a “constitutional republic” that uses a corrupt political class, corrupt judiciary & a corrupt law enforcement apparatus to control them?

    We, as a “free” people, have allowed ourselves to be silenced by politically correct intimidation. We’ve allowed our representatives to become a privileged nobility. We’ve allowed our wealth, our heritage, our sovereignty & our way of life to be stolen right under our noses

    The entire world & all it’s resources are being carved up & stolen by a cabal of criminal globalists playing some perverted game of real life Monopoly

    People of the West were supposed to be the saviors of freedom & the protectors of natural destinies, yet all it took to take away our spirit was a bunch of f***ing hippies brainwashing & indoctrinating our children

    And now look at what we’ve got, some f***ing corporations & a bunch of billionaires own governments worldwide & are the true power on this planet

    The Trump Presidency is the epic battle of our time. The subversion is deeper than we can imagine & we are truly standing at the abyss

    It’s going to take all of us, every free person of the West that hasn’t been brainwashed to fight back & remove this scourge

    It’s our land, it’s our wealth & it’s our God given right to control our own destinies. The globalists & their minions can only get away with what we allow them to. It’s time to tell them no

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  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    Patriots have gotten to be much smarter than Globalists. Bear with me and it will be easy to see why Patriots are unorganized with Cold Anger. We even fail to mention strategy online….snicker.

    I remember well before the Wikileaks scandals telling my family that I thought the government was listening in on our cell phone conversations and going thru our computers. My family laughed and said I was being paranoid, tin hat jokes. So I kept it to myself. I would just continue to say, “the government does not have my permission to record this conversation” and “the government is listening to our conversation without a warrant” on personal calls. Everyone laughed. “Why do you always say that?!” And I’d say, just to piss ’em off.

    No one in my family said more than a few words about the NSA scandals. “I’ve got nothing to hide.” Yeah, okay Sweetie. Not laughing anymore tho 🙂

    I can also remember writing on a blog and to Google & Microsoft complaining that Internet viruses were fundraisers by the Silicon Valley crowd and the stolen information was being sold to the highest bidders. Am I wrong? Laugh and make me a tin hat……

    Unlike the media and the politicians I know exactly what the elements of collusion are and Silicon Valley and the Globalists are in collusion for every aspect of our lives. It is in home conversations with those stupid Amazon Echo and Google Home just in case the Smart phone isn’t picking up everything. Recording. All the time. Going to the cloud. The same Cloud system owned by Amazon which also has storage contracts with the CIA, NSA. A coincidence…. seriously? I’ve got nothing to hide, but who is to say that in the future an Obama on steroids doesn’t decide to make it look like something? Don’t think that will happen? Why, because of the Constitutional protections we enjoy…..snicker.

    Ever wonder why 123 and Ancestry want you to look up your roots? Get your DNA sample and send it to whom? Are they making some extra money on the side? Would we know if they did? Say they get bought out by a foreign entity, like our Uranium did. What then?

    Any guarantees that the government run Health Care system that sends those mail-in Colon Cancer screening kits isn’t banking your DNA? Or from blood work? Who is going to stop them? Now they have an unauthorized DNA bank. What will they do with that?

    Am I paranoid? Or am I right? No one in my family laughs anymore when I suggest the dark side of our government and it’s Globalist masters.

    Spying on you, spying on me, spying on the president
    The proliferation of domestic surveillance makes a mockery of the Constitution
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/31/domestic-spying-makes-mockery-of-the-constitution/

    This fall, the NSA will ask Congress to reauthorize certain spying authorities that are due to expire at the end of the year. Is the MSM even mentioning this? Nope. What do you think is going to happen?

    The real question is, does knowing about it change anything? Wikileaks changed almost nothing and the vote for 12333 scam and Globalists will continue spying without a hitch.

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    • jrapdx says:

      We can imagine the Trump team knows about the things that you mention, but it wouldn’t hurt to write the President or the WH to make it clearly known. It would be great if there was more info out there about how to protect ourselves from these globalist intrusions, but of course the globalists (Microsoft, Google, and the rest) aren’t going to tell us. Anyway, scouring around the ‘net, some info of that kind is available to find.

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    • Donna, thank you for your post. I have said the same thing while in phone calls. Some friends get it. Most think I’m strange. Is The age of privacy is coming to an end? Then what? CONTROLL! That’s what it’s all about IMO.

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      • What do they want to CONTROLL and why? Our health, our food, our families. Remember the NPR tweet that said

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        • annieoakley says:

          My brother does and truly believes all of those things and he is not stupid. Naval Academy Graduate, two masters degrees but geez I cannot believe he falls for all of it.

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          • Esperanza says:

            Ask him why if it’s all true we “have to” import everything from China. And what the conditions are in the merchant navy. Why ban plastic bags when everything you put in them comes from across the world?

            For my part I think multinationals don’t expect to sell to us anymore. I can’t boycott them because I don’t buy from them.

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        • TPW says:

          Control of your money………they stole assets in the crash…..ever increasing taxes including ocare…….reverse mortgages…equity lines….credit cards….tax money that disappears into government thin air……….

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      • Joyful Noise says:

        To answer why Mz Molly Anna, I believe we are entering biblical prophecy. People will be controlled. It’s the only way the globalists can truly complete their ideology to the final stage. I just finished a college course on global business. After WWII, there were several banking systems put in place (the IMF and the World Bank) which gave gained traction. Globalism is described in stages. The EU is in stage 4. For a comparison, NAFTA is stage 1. Stage 5 is where countries combine politically and economically under one military. The EU is not quite there yet. When you are without faith in God like the Globalists, you must control everything. The only way towards more profit is to control all of the world’s markets.

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    • rf121 says:

      Just because you are paranoid does not mean you are not right.

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      • TPW says:

        No coincidence the Bible talks about this very thing…. you and everyone will be a card carrying globalist without the card… terms and agreements… you will not be able to purchase anything…….this is why you hear about survivalist and preps …..thinking about this rout myself

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      • Roozter says:

        💓!

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    • Minnie says:

      Thank you, Donna, for your post. Agree with all of it.

      When a loved one recently told me they had “Alexa” I was 😐

      I assume every conversation is taped whether at home, the office or elsewhere and act accordingly

      Paranoia? Nope. Reality.

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    • Dixie says:

      I need to get fitted for one of those tin foil hats, Donna, cause I’m 100% with you.

      I don’t own one of those household gadgets which listen to all your off-hand conversations at home nor do I have a smart phone. Didn’t fall into THAT particular trap because I’m suspicious of all of the electronic crap.

      Never fell for the Ancestry DNA nor the colon cancer tests because I know what they are up to and still resent a medical doctor or anybody else asking for my social security number.

      Don’t do any business on my computer of any kind, banking included, and I almost never leave the house.

      Now I’m sure they’ve figured out how to get to me anyway but I’ve even covered the microphone and lens on my computer. If they watch us through our television screens, it is slightly satisfying to know they will be bored to death.

      I know you wrote this comment 4 days ago, but I missed it the first time. Glad Sundance pinned it to the top again.

      And you think you are paranoid???

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      • snarkybeach says:

        there was an article the other day that said Google wanted to monetize the Alexa data (your purchases, likes, searches etc).

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        • Dixie says:

          I knew the purpose of Alexa, which is one of the reasons she doesn’t reside in my house. But she’s in my friend’s and my brother’s and the childrens’ houses. Shiny objects, you know, and they fall for it every single time. That’s like having that POS Zuckerberg sitting in your kitchen.

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          • snarkybeach says:

            similar to Microsoft’s Xbox One, that on launch, had to deal with the “always on, always listening” video/audio on/off switch. How they didn’t think it was a creepy idea, I don’t know…

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            • Dixie says:

              Although I agree that it’s a creepy idea, they don’t care whether it’s creepy or not, they just want to know what’s going on in your home. Snoops and peeping toms.

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      • Minnie says:

        Dixie, you’re not alone. We too cover our computer camera and more often than not when my son wants to speak privately he asks that we use the bathroom, leaving our cell phones in the living room.

        Strange times indeed.

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    • Telly says:

      So what is the end game? Three years ago Patrick Wood gave a 1 hour talk on the subject of the Trilateral Commission and Technocracy. Technocracy is a world run by the elites based on total surveillance which also monitors our use of energy. It is well worth the time it takes to listen to his talk. Here is the URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHWrceNajf4

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    • M. Mueller says:

      Hmm, my comment disappeared into the ether. I’ll try again.

      Right there with you, Donna. The most disturbing thing to me in the above article is:
      “Agriculturally, multinational corporate Monsanto says: ‘all your harvests are belong to us‘. Contract with us, or you lose because we can control the market price of your end product.”

      I cannot read that sentence without thinking of: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1038774/Holocaust-hunger-The-truth-Stalins-Great-Famine.html

      or: http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/stalin.htm “Stalin also imposed the Soviet system of land management known as collectivization. This resulted in the seizure of all privately owned farmlands and livestock, in a country where 80 percent of the people were traditional village farmers.”

      We cannot expect good things to come from bad people. Why is history not taught any longer?

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  12. I haven’t posted here in a very long time. Not because I don’t want to, but because I took Sundance’s admonition not to post unless you’ve first read the other comments to prevent duplication of threads. My husband and I lost our small business during the Obama years and I am now back in the “workforce” and do not have the flexibility of time I used to have and, sadly, cannot read through all the comments..

    I am breaking from my adherence to the “read first then post” policy just this once because I want to say: Sundance, of all the posts over all the years this one is, for me, the most eye-opening one of all. I hate to admit I had no idea that this was happening but it certainly explains so much about the changes we’ve seen in American life over the last 25 – 30 years.

    Thank you for all you do and for the infinite wisdom you impart to us mere mortals on a tireless basis. God Bless you, God Bless our President and God Bless us all.

    P.S. CTH with morning coffee is my morning routine each and every day.. I still read every post – just can’t make it through all the comments!

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Hey stranger……txconservmomof2! Come back. Sd meant reading his original thread posts, I think. But also, now we have a POTUS thread for those that want to endlessly argue over the same thing over and over and over. (I tend to stay off that thread)

      But at least come check in on each Daily Open thread!!!!

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    • elleb77 says:

      It always frosts me when I’m in Florida, buying lemons and strawberries from Mexico. Porque ?

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      • i'm just sayin'.. says:

        I was FL (West Palm area) for some spring training games in March and while it may have been off season (I don’t know) the supermarket oranges were terrible (some actually rotten)

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      • mcfyre2012 says:

        Or be in a FL Costco in the middle of FL strawberry season and they’re selling strawberries from…California.

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        • Gil says:

          Fyi, CA is the strawberry producer for the country. Our strawberries are awesome. You know what gets me? We used to be the largest producer of avocados in U.S. before Mexico was allowed to flood our market. Now, I live close enough to huge acreage of avocado tree groves that should be at least in local grocery stores. Nope. Everything from Mexico, and a minimum of $1.50 each. If I want to drive I can get CA grown for 50 cents each, tastes better, and the money stays here.
          I think a good idea is for us all to find farmstands and start purchasing local.

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          • Telly says:

            Well said. We need to work to spread the word regarding why we need to support our local farmers!

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          • CaptainNonno says:

            Spend Summers in VT. Go to local markets and purchase everything we need including mea t from local folks and it’s the best quality. Other than maple syrup, Ben and Jerrys and Cabot cheeses don’t think much else makes it to global markets from here. The folks are great and work their butts off and I support them completely.

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          • mcfyre2012 says:

            CA strawberries are alright, but I much prefer my winter strawberries (and blueberries) from Florida.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      This is sad. You always posted good stuff.

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    • TXconservativemomof2, I’m supper supper greatful that people repost stuff that’s already been posted, simply because I too can not read all the post threads. I’m a very poor and slow reader (love numbers, they are easy) and it would take me 4 days 24/7 to read all the comment posts. I do read the Sundance articles, sometime twice.

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    • Kaco says:

      There’s no way I can read every comment before posting, although occasionally I do. This place is a time suck if you read every comment, sorry to say, and yesterday I spent hours on here which I shouldn’t have done. There are hundreds of comments each day, some comments on posts reach into the thousands. Great information by everyone and great for the website but not realistic for real life in trying to read them all. It’s too easy to get sucked in here and not realize how much time has passed. But yesterday was Spicer, day before NYT interview. I am going out of town today, so won’t be able to today and much of tomorrow. Anyway, my own opinion based on the amount here, don’t be afraid to post without reading all the comments, there is no way to keep up with the pace for working folks!

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    • Dixie says:

      Love hearing from you again. Have missed your always intelligent posts!

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      • Hi, Dixie – thanks for the kind words. I enjoy reading most of the posts, also. I learn so much. I wish I had more time but do enjoy the little time I do have here. I get up at 4:00 a.m. every day just to read SD’s posts and I login throughout the day at work to read new ones. I’ve missed everyone here.

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  13. shannynae says:

    Just incredible, Sundance. A perfect explanation and it makes perfect sense. I remember when citizens could enjoy the products produced by their particular state at a much cheaper price than what others from another state would pay. For instance, here in WA you could pay less than fifty cents a pound for apples and now….a dollar fifty so I really connected with the lemon analogy. It explains why our energy costs have been through the roof for years. I will be rereading and sharing for sure. Thanks…….can I have your brain when you are through with it?

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    • Roozter says:

      shannynae, Also in WA, but $1.50 is a deal for GOOD apples! Honeycrisp here (Sea/Tac) usually run $3/lb. So often the produce quality is not good even if locally sourced. Thankfully there is a profusion of farmers markets this time of year. Prices are significantly higher but worth it.
      I’ve heard that one cause of our high utilities is supposedly related to those notorious fall storms/resulting power outages we have in western WA of and the high labor costs of fixing things 😔. Perhaps “MAGAnomics” will enable a bit of relief for Americans if the US is going to be exporting energy!

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  14. ABC says:

    SD doesn’t quite get it still.
    The US domestic consumer market is the most valuable resource America owns.
    It’s above all others.
    Crony statist corporates want you to believe that “free trade” (sic) is one of the Ten Commandments.
    That way they own the US domestic market by right yet move to Bangladesh or China to exploit tiny labour costs while selling product back to their ex workers in the US , all approved by the CoC and their ideologue globalist friends….who won’t say so but believe the evil US should be subsidising the world.
    Post Trump the US sheep will vote to have that done to them again.

    Sic transit gloria mundi.

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    • dbobway says:

      Good stuff ABC
      “The US domestic consumer market is the most valuable resource America owns.
      It’s above all others.”
      45% of the world’s economy is the United States. So I would just add powerful to your great description of our economy.
      I think Trump gets this and I’ve read numerous comments by Sundance bring up this power to solve just about anything.
      We are going to find out sooner than later.
      The list of enemies to the US have all been confronted by the President,
      It seems he is steering all of our worst enemies where the economy of these adversaries can advance and prosper by working with us and nobody dies is the best option for everyone.
      We will leave them alone if they back off.
      The very reason we build our Military to peak efficiency and foreboding to have the big stick needed to implement this strategy.

      The big problem is Communism an Islam must have global control to be what they want to be. These 2 beliefs make up our enemies, all of them.
      The US is the green grass on the other side of the barbwire fence called tyranny.
      Our job is to make these enemies understand they will not let them take away our way of life, and back countries who share Democratic freedom with us.

      They will never quit trying unfortunately.

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    • Roozter says:

      Oh, I think he gets it…
      Your post paraphrases everything he just explained. That’s ok though ‘cuz some of can use the repetition 😉

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  15. nimrodman says:

    Meanwhile, more treason from Graham and McCain:

    “Schumer said … he received a call from … Lindsey Graham (R) who wanted to restart negotiations on a comprehensive immigration package.

    “Lindsey said ‘the band is back together!’” Schumer said.
    Graham informed Schumer that McCain was on board as well.

    “My heart went pitter patter,” Schumer said. “That meant we could get something done.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/21/lindsey-graham-vote-oppose-amnesty-outsourcing/

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    • Troublemaker10 says:

      Trump will tell McConnell to sit on anything they put forward for now. It’s not time for it yet.

      1. Repeal and Replace Obamacare
      2. Tax Reform
      3. Infrastructure bill
      4. Building the wall and immigration reform

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    • LCSmom says:

      McCain probably sees getting amnesty as his legacy. I wonder how they think it will pass the house and get signed into law?

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      • Roozter says:

        Especially after the debacle they just inflicted on Americans! Well, guess what azzhats? It might be time to make a deal or revenge will be sweet 😘!!!

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    • snaggletooths says:

      that hideous mccain wants to get thru one more piece of bad legislation for the US to leave as his legacy, playing on folks sympathies to garner votes Don’t wish him bad just wish he be honorable and resign but he won’t.

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  16. Troublemaker10 says:

    Paper: Future of Globalization ‘Shaken’ by Trump Victory, Nationalist ‘Political Earthquakes’

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/21/future-of-globalization-shaken-by-trump-nationlist-earthquake/

    Excerpt:

    At Davos this year, Saval observed that the participants had to realize that “after years of hedging or discounting the malign effects of free trade, it was time to face facts: globalisation caused job losses and depressed wages, and the usual Davos proposals – such as instructing affected populations to accept the new reality – weren’t going to work. Unless something changed, the political consequences were likely to get worse.”

    >Snip<

    Now, as Saval notes, even the most ardent supporters of globalization have had to “concede, at least in part, that it has produced inequality, unemployment and downward pressure on wages.

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    • Troublemaker10 says:

      Their are several links in the above article, but the one for the full Saval article was very interesting (it is a lengthy though).
      —-
      Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world
      (It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong? )
      By Nikil Saval

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/globalisation-the-rise-and-fall-of-an-idea-that-swept-the-world

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Now – the most important step for the globalist thinkers in terms of “getting smart”.

      They need to figure out – and I mean with extreme tin-foil suspicious-cat whiskers – WHO was it who steered them wrong? First part is admitting they were bamboozled. Second part is admitting, against their own desire, who misled them.

      The globalists THINK they run their own show. They need to think again. And they will need to think back in time a bit, because I’m sure that a lot of evidence has already been pulled up and the people who misled them, moved away from the scene of the crime.

      Key globalists are influenced. WHO is responsible? Time for the globalists to break free of old, controlled globalthink, and think for themselves.

      This is the SAME thing that has happened in science. Climate scientists are now starting to think again – to question openly. I’m sure it’s that way throughout science.

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      • Dixie says:

        TIME to use their own brains again (if they have any) rather than impulsively reacting to the pull of the puppet strings and money.

        Reality based Americans, with our feet firmly planted on the ground, have more sense than we are being given credit for.

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        • Minnie says:

          They underestimate us to their detriment.

          Have enough Americans woken/opened up to hear and understand the larger picture?

          Perhaps not in the time frame we like, all we can do is continue to speak up and out, to explain what we know (thanks to Sundance) to further Mr. President’s cause.

          One step at a time – we need patience.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Exactly. When common sense citizens around the world – a.k.a.. “populists” – show more sense than the “global experts” – something is very very wrong with them.

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        • CaptainNonno says:

          I think Globalists are lazy people. Looking to make the quick gains. Quarterly bonuses and updates with investors have turned our economy into a what do I do now to ‘get the numbers right’ for the next update or their iwn bonus. Hate that system. No long term outcome or plan. Oh yeah, before anyone says all big companies have 5 year strategies, they are always modified to insure short term goals first.

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  17. reenahovermale says:

    CFIUS really needs to look at the foreign purchase of American land. Do you realize that a significant amount of farmland now goes for millions? (Didn’t used to.) And if you do happen to get some land through relatives or friends, you can’t compete effectively enough to make those payments on that land. There’s just not enough ROI nor is there enough startup money for most individuals. Exfiltration of wealth, indeed.

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  18. kurt72 says:

    Consumerism is 70% of the US economy. That means you control it through your purchasing decisions. So stop buying globalist crap!!!
    Shop at small local stores buying locally produced products as much as possible. It will cost more but you are supporting your neighbors. Eat only organic food. The GMO laden poison in the grocery stores cause cancer and all the other ills to create profits for the healthcare/insurance complex. All of you can do this. It’s the patriotic way of life! Even Walmart sells local foods now if you live away from the farms. But investigate local sources of good organic food first. It’s your life that is at stake. And our national economic security. It will cost a little more.
    This is the price of our American Freedom.

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    • mireilleg says:

      I agree to some extent. Here is what is happening in the town where I live. About 100 000 people, very liberal university town in KS. We have a farmer’s market but many of the sellers are not offering locally grown products. There are more homemade food vendors and crafts vendors than actually produce or local meat or eggs.

      Every grocery store now has a so called organic section. They could compete okay when Natural grocers came in, but then Sprouts opened and that was that. They all had to have an organic section. That means a lot of prepackage extremely processed foods, some organic meats and veg, but not necessarily local products.

      Then we have one co-op. Used to be good, had local products. It is now a much bigger operation that has killed the “buy local at decent prices” for the consumer.

      I used to be able to go to the farm and buy a few pounds of beans or whatever for canning at a lower price. I could even pick my own for an even lower price. You can pick your own for a small discount now, but the prices are controlled by the store. The farm cannot undercut the store that buys their produce or they will lose that market. A chestnut farm I really like here, sells to the store, let’s people come and pick their own for a small discount but if you want to buy from them the price is controlled. Now of course they sell all other the country and in other countries or lose the farm.

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  19. JAS says:

    Outstanding piece SD! A complex subject explained in language everyone can understand. You have the gift.

    Free trade as so called by the globalists is/was always an illusion. The American people were duped big time. The last decade saw the biggest transfer of wealth from the American people to the pockets of big globalist and third world governments and dictators. And no, it did not go to the regular folks in those developing countries.

    Clinton/Gupta is a classic example. They raped the people of Colombia out of their fish and farming products. Then sold that to the first world at an incredible profit.

    The globalists tried everything to stop oil production in the U.S. They failed. That was the beginning of a huge paradigm shift.

    Thanks again SD!

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  20. waltherppk says:

    In a country and in a world where there is fair trade, silver coinage and bullion backed fixed exchange value currency is not any problem. When that is observed to occur, then the ideal will have been achieved…..not before, and there are no “alternative facts” for grownups.

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    • Larry Bucar says:

      Great expose, continue to hammer away on this topic, good comment, I’d like to know, just as has been reported of the value of the top 20 GDP economies where the US leads at 16.56 trillion, China at 11.2 trillion, Japan at 4.9 t, etc. what are the top 20 countries in gold bullion holdings/assets?

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      • waltherppk says:

        For me the concept of bullionism (and mercantilism) are so simple (and honest) any child can understand how it works. And as a child I did understand it, and handled silver every day. So I understood immediately what it meant when silver disappeared and was replaced by crap, and a lot of lies from “on high” that never made “wooden nickel” crap into anything better than the “wooden nickel” crap it is, it was, and always will be.

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      • waltherppk says:

        The “numbers” don’t even make sense, except to people who propose abstract value and speculative value for actual material things valued not in terms of “real money” (silver, gold, ect.) which on the planet where I live never grew on trees and never will.

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  21. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    The ability to move manufacturing, of anything, from one geographic location to another, at will, through industry regulation, monetary policy, trade policy, tax policy, labor policy and on and on had gutted the spirit of America until now. I will need to read this post several times and reflect on my 40 years working in a European / North American business environment to illuminate in my perception marketplace changes, some subtle, some not so much, that took place over that time.

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    • decisiontime16 says:

      One example. Shenzhen has grown from a fishing village to this since 1980.

      In southeastern China, Shenzhen is a hub of tech giants like Tencent and drone maker DJI, as well as research labs and humming factories. Ninety percent of the world’s electronic goods come from Shenzhen and leave by its port. Some 20 million people now call it home, fueling the world’s fastest-rising home prices, and a volatile stock market. This obsession will explore how the world’s factory operates.

      Wonder where our money went?

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  22. Joe S says:

    Whenever you write on this general topic, Sundance, in the various adaptations and “angles” that you write on it about, I cannot but help to say, WOW, Donald Trump really believes this:

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  23. Donna in Oregon says:

    The most comprehensive article to date absolutely ties Sundance’s excellent summary here to muh Russia, Uranium One, the Clinton’s, the Obama Admin, CFIUS . It’s Russia and the Clinton Foundation corruption. I can’t believe it’s from the National Review tho, written by some Fox writer but it’s dead on.

    This is the smoking gun for President Trump’s admin to investigate the Swamp. Lock her up.

    How the Clintons Sold Out U.S. National Interests to the Putin Regime

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446526/clinton-russia-ties-bill-hillary-sold-out-us-interests-putin-regime
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446526/clinton-russia-ties-bill-hillary-sold-out-us-interests-putin-regime

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  24. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Big business prefers a world where most of us are out here as the workforce, rather than as entrepreneurs and small business owners.

    One way to do this is to get us hooked on the benefits of being an employee versus a business owner. I talk about this with people when they criticize the “greedy” businessmen and the “unfair” working conditions or wages, and when people talk about how hard it is to get by or find a good job.

    Because the fact is that as long as you are happy with your $20K/year, life is awesome. The minute you decide you do not want to work, you simply do not show up. When you want to work again, you just pick up another job. This is a freedom unknown to the business owner. The business owner has no yoke over you that you did not slip on yourself, and can slip off as easily.

    How to get us all to prefer to be workers versus owner?
    Partly by getting us hooked into a life of leisure – of cable TV and smart phones and of seeing every movie that comes out. Of dining out instead of cooking at home. We cannot make the break from steady income, which big business offers, because we would break from hours of entertainment indulgence each and every day. Like the crack addict, we have lots of money flow through our hands, but we fail to utilize it for more than a day’s entertainment.

    Married couples with kids have to have two incomes to keep up the pleasure palace that is their home. So, you give up on a wife at home raising kids and managing money by cooking. So, your kids are eaten up by the culture. Which is anti-Christian values and is for more of the same garbage.

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    • Esperanza says:

      Also back in the day the bread and circuses were paid for by élites to keep us quiet. We now have to pay for THEIR circuses. Paris has become a playground for élite heads of states etc and everytime it blocks off whole parts of the city. Case in point the park near the Eiffel tower, ALWAYS half shut in the summer for élitiste events. Paris doesn’t have enough greenbacks, shut up the park and you suffocate. Olympics coming to Paris and LA. We’re paying. I left Paris in part because of the Olympics, but they’ll make me pay anyway.

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  25. pyromancer76 says:

    Sundance, again and again, thank you for the best contemporary economics and political education that one can find. I am making a book (hint, hint to you) of print-outs of these articles so I can refer to them by turning pages (one of my fastest research methods). I am sending the digital links to those of my acquaintance who are interested in the Trump administration and its successes, or at least not adamantly opposed. I imagine you are sending them to President’s Trumps thinking team — or are a part of it already.

    Kudos.

    In both undergrad and grad school, some of my most interesting courses were economics history courses (not an econ major). It felt magical when I understood what one invention, transforming Earth’s materials/resources through enterprising minds and ingenious applications, could do to change history and thus the life of almost every-person in the geographical region involved.

    Sundance, you are teaching our most recent (the last 30-50 years) economic history/politics in this same magical sense with the whos, hows, wheres, and whys.

    Also included is what most of us older folk were raised with — real action hero stories/books/films. We knew the dark heart of those who would rule the world with ingenious methods and ultimate power and control. We also knew that the action hero(s) and heroine(s) understood and would stop the evil attempt. Why? Because they loved life, people, families, workers, and a good, patriotic country. By implication that action hero and heroine dwelt in the breast of every true American, who carries the faith for citizens of other nations of the world — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    Thank God for Citizen Trump, Candidate Trump, and President Trump who is and has been willing to take on the action hero leadership and energize all of us, followers, who each in our own way must carry the same torch if we are to prevail (transformation into leaders).

    Thank God for Sundance and crew at CTH for helping us be more knowledgeable about shouldering the burdens of American citizens. MAGA

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  26. magagirl says:

    I grew up in Guatemala, my mom’s favorite thing to do on Saturdays is go to the farmers market (which is in no way similar to the ones here in the US). Theres every kind of vegetable, fruit, meats, grains, food stand, but unlike the over priced products, you can actually get better prices than at the grocery stores. My mom is a great bargainer, tought by my grandma. She comes home with two baskets full of great food that she got for Q. 100.00, which is equal to $13.00.
    When we go together to the grocery store or farmers market here when she visits, she couldn’t understand why I would only buy 5 tomatoes (she usually buys 10 pounds). Then she saw the price and was very surprised of how much more they charge here.

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    • When My Family resided in the Panama Canal Zone..
      On Saturdays, Mom & I would venture “Off-Base” into Colon, (Atlantic Side), visiting the Outdoor/indoor Merchants, everything from buying Beef at the Slaughter house to the Bakery, or the Outdoor Veggie Markets & Seafood.. Things were ALWAYS cheaper & FRESHer than the Military Commissary on Base. except Liquor/Beer & cigs..
      Quite the experience.. I’m sure magaGirl My experience(s) were much like yours.. In Central/South America. 😉

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  27. skipper1961 says:

    SD,
    A microcosm? LIBYA! shrillary mccankles and bloodbag sidney blumenthal establish “security” contractors, in advance, in LIBYA. Then they exfiltrate U.S. technology (Khadaffi”s rockets) to Syria, in the hopes of leaving LIBYA defenseless, with the expectation of sending in their “security” contractors. IOW Don’t “create” the crisis, before OWNING the “solution”!

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  28. Bullet Bob says:

    May I get some help here re; USAA BOD election this August is chock full of globalists. COB Lester Lyles and CEO Stuart Parker led the charge in breaking trust with member owners. Please let me know of prospective members of BOD which are the Big Club members. I woould like to Make USAA Great Again.

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  29. Joe says:

    Think of pharmaceuticals.

    Different pricing for different countries – and it has nothing to do with supply & demand.

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  30. LafnH2O says:

    The exporting of wealth is not contained to offshore.
    They use the same tricks using state vs state.
    One (1), that’s one (1) example..
    I have personally driven “bulk” oranges and lemons from CA to FL. Where they were offloaded, and by several processes, sized, scanned and sorted. Those with the right “eye appeal” were “STAMPED” with certain brand name (in FL), repackaged, reloaded and I drove them back to CA. as a product if FL!
    Those not meeting the “Curb Appeal” test, turned into juices, etc.

    Can you imagine the cost of fuel, labor, wear any tear on the roads, opportunity for ALL sorts of illicit … what have you, the strain on metropolitan commutes, the filthy air… The Taxes!!!
    All so “everybody makes a nickel!!!”
    Your nickel!!
    Water from PA to .CA.
    Processed egg products from PA to W. Coast.
    (Starb@ks) trust me… you don’t wanna breakfast samich from there. Imo
    Or anywhere that the eggs are flat and folded square…
    Just sayin..
    Imo, many, many, many products are purchased from the farthest distance from the END user.
    And “Everybody makes a nickel!!”
    Your nickel!!

    And if you wonder how I know this…

    I’ve been everywhere, man
    I’ve been everywhere, man
    Crossed the deserts bare, man
    I’ve breatherd the mountain air, man
    Travel, I’ve had my share, man
    I’ve been everywhere…

    I’ve been to,
    Reno
    Chicago
    Fargo
    Minnesota
    Buffalo
    Toronto
    Winslow….

    I’ve Been Everywhere
    Johnny Cash

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  31. Kaco says:

    I had reported on here after the election and had sent warnings to the transition team/WH but China did buy IAC, my husband says they have 70% of the soft side. China has their paws in our auto industry now.

    http://www.iacgroup.com/media/2016/12/21/iac-and-shenda-agree-to-form-global-automotive-soft-trim-and-acoustics-supplier-joint-venture/

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  32. Flight93Gal says:

    Regarding SD posts and all discussions here on globalism; recall Lenin’s comments: “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them”. While Lenin had no concept that the evolution of capitalism into globalism would help ensure his prediction, I suggest the US and European march to globalism through”crony capitalism” will only be ended if PDJT is victorious. Globalism exploits new markets to the betterment of ONLY the select few–the ruling elite, who enrich themselves daily: Congress, Clintonistas, Obamaites, Deep State Operatives, even Never Trumper intelligencia. This “trillions at stake” meme is crystalized via every article/post SD makes. Note how even the SILICONE VALLEY ELITES are now promoting that the government elites consider “guaranteed minimum annual income” to quell the cold anger if the globalism venues creates more disruption! TIME TO MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO SUPPORT PDJT!!!!

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    • Minnie says:

      What I have difficulty understand is those people who cry “capitalism” sucks yet they accept “globalism”.

      I was merely a little girl in the 60’s but I clearly remember the “hippies” marching in the streets against capitalism and the Vietnam War.

      All the tambourines and LSD affected those hippies and barefoot flower children – they are old enough to reap what they sowed. Are they happy now?

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      • Flight93Gal says:

        Hippies may praise globalism because it allegedly helps all the under-developed countries at the expense of the “evil USA” and its citizenry. Yes, they are likely thrilled that the once great capitalistic economy of the USA is being replaced by this evil version.

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        • Minnie says:

          “We Are The World”, my arse.

          Who goes running to help when international disaster strikes?

          And what do we receive in return?

          Oh right, right, we are altruistic and loving and caring /sarc

          This is where my faith needs strengthening.

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      • Esperanza says:

        They like dictatorship. Talk with one and you very soon see they think the globalists are better dictators.

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  33. Minnie says:

    Thank you, Sundance. Once again, you have broken down an extremely complex process so that even I may begin to comprehend.

    “First seek to understand, then seek to be understood”.

    You are a guru and I appreciate your wisdom. The fact that you speak to us in a clear, concise format without “dumbing down” is confirmation that we can learn, in spite of the double speak coming from the global masters who expect us to fall under their spell.

    At market last night, beautiful fresh blueberries on sale. Half the packages were labeled “Mexico”, the other half “New Jersey, USA”.

    You know which package I purchased.

    Then again, how can one be certain the package labeling was honest? (Not paranoid, just untrusting).

    Perhaps they were all from Mexico. We will never truly know.

    Mr. President’s rally of “America First” should be embraced by every single American.

    It’s a shame so many are still asleep.

    🇺🇸🦁🇺🇸

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  34. Bendix says:

    I’m going to jump in here with a couple of relevant small points, without having read and digested the whole thing. Not that it isn’t worth doing so, it’s a heroic labor by Sundance.
    Small example: Enough states (like NY) banned TSP in dishwashing liquid that the major brands, which are really one or two brands, just stopped using it in their products.
    Simultaneously, the remaining smaller brands all seemed to go out of business. It looks like somebody made a law that cleared the way for the big corporations, who were able to easily make the switch, to eliminate all competition.
    Another example: my Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, having screaming fits over the idea that the President might cut back on SNAP benefits. Never any discussion about why, on her watch, the price of food got so high the middle class can barely afford it, and why so many of her constituents have so little income the need the government to pay for their food.
    Yet here she is, passing herself off as a champion, fighting for us.

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    • wrd9 says:

      The fed response to politicians like Gillibrand should be that states are welcome to make up the perceived “shortfall”. For any program.

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  35. Kalena says:

    Every reader and commenter here needs to send this link everywhere. Send it to the local radio hosts. Send it to everyone you know. Send it to the nationally syndicated “big dogs”. Send it to the Trump team.

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  36. Judiciary says:

    Dam Ned good explanation. The leftist, now uniparty, notion of wealth transfer has already been in place on a global scale while the US pays the price. No wonder we don’t hear much about the niw lame crime syndicate, the Mafia.

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  37. Paco Loco says:

    The Fed is afraid to raise interest rates back to a nominal 5% which would cause inflation and potentially lead to hyper inflation followed by massive deflation and the destruction of the US economy and the US government (20 trillion in debt???). It’s an economic mine field out there and the brilliant Trump team is slowly traversing and clearing a path to safety. The globalist will fight America First tooth and nail. Expect a major stock market correction this fall.
    Complicated business!

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  38. peachteachr says:

    Watermelons and cantaloupes in south Ga. are a perfect example of how the market works. The mantra is have them ready to sell by the 4th of July. It’s also a cash crop for the farmer that the government can’t really control. They take their product to market and if the price per pound is too low, they take them back home, at a total loss, and feed them to the livestock. It’s their only hope to keep prices fair.
    With the Chamber of Commerce in the lead, the US producers are manipulated. Wouldn’t it be simpler to take your product to the Piggly Wiggly? It’s rarely done. Even here, I’m as likely to get a melon from South America as I am to get one grown here. Keep going, Mr. President. We get it.

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  39. yadent says:

    Could this explain the tremendous price difference in pharmaceuticals/medical devices (2/3 of which are developed and manufactured here) between the US and the rest of the world?? Explaining the fierce fight to keep RE-IMPORTATION of said goods illegal? ‘Protecting’ the ‘sheep’ for constant shearing?? Considering that pharm’/medical devices make up over 1/3 ($450 billion out of $1.418 trillion) of US Federal healthcare spending per year, allowing re-importation could conceivably cut that by at least 1/2 ($225 billion). That could amount to $1 Trillion in decreased Federal spending over a 4-5 year span……….

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  40. John Denney says:

    Somewhat related is the Fed targeting an inflation rate of 2% per year.
    At that rate, if you tuck away a dollar from your first job at 16 years old, it will only be worth 36 cents 50 years later when you’re retiring.
    Currently, if you have money in a savings account at the bank, you’re losing money because the interest the bank pays is less than the inflation rate.
    You must not hold dollars, but actual hard goods – precious metals, tools, books, knowledge (Jews value education so highly because they have been robbed of their possessions so many times in history. No one can steal your learning.) With reservations, real estate. Real estate will appreciate, but so will the taxes on it, which must be paid in dollars. My grandfather owned and spent his life on a 80 acre Iowa farm. I once calculated that if he planted the entire 80 acres in Iowa’s famous corn, and got the normal Iowa sized harvest and sold it at the usual commodity price for corn, he would get $20,000 for his year’s income. From that must come expenditures for seed, fuel, fertilizer, clothing, machinery depreciation, and TAXES. As the dollar inflates, the land becomes more expensive, and the taxes go up.

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