- carbon neutral
- corruption free
the problem: signal effect
Whatever the US – the “beacon of modern democracy” – does – will be copied by others.
If Trump quits the climate treaty – others will too.
The same could happen with “low-yield nuclear weapons” – if the US is okay with threatening other countries with “mini nukes” – other countries might say – “okay – it’s juts fair if we do that too” – further increasing tensions.
If one thing is for sure: more weapons NEVER made the world a safer place – exactly the opposite.
US-President Wilson (1913 – 1921) already knew:
“When I spoke of the Kaiser building up the German (war) machine as a means of maintaining peace, he said, “What a foolish thing it was to create a powder magazine (build and buy a lot of weapons) and risk someone’s dropping a spark into it!”
But this is exactly what a lot of countries like the US do and it can not be criticized enough.
Accroding to the DemocracyNow! interview Russia already has low-yield nuclear weapons while Iran is currently free to develop nuclear weapons – in secret – just as Israel did in the past. (the US did not want Israel to have nuclear weapons – but they just developed them in secrecy and now it seems to be an accepted fact).
The USS Tennessee (SSBN-734) deployed from Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia in late 2019.
The W76-2 warhead, which is facing criticism at home and abroad, is estimated to have about a third of the explosive power of the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) called the news “an alarming development that heightens the risk of nuclear war.”
(especially if Mad Dog Trump gets re-ellected)
We’re joined by William Arkin, longtime reporter focused on military and nuclear policy, author of numerous books, including “Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.”
He broke the story about the deployment of the new low-yield nuclear weapon in an article he co-wrote for Federation of American Scientists.
He also recently wrote a cover piece for Newsweek titled
“With a New Weapon in Donald Trump’s Hands, the Iran Crisis Risks Going Nuclear.”
what to do: spread the word – nuclear weapons are no good investments
While the Trump Administration has retreated from negotiated arms control agreements in many areas ranging from nuclear weapons to anti-personnel landmines, the US is still committed to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which generally prohibits the production and use of chemical weapons.
“Wealth and income inequality has reached, as it did then (1920s), a Dimension in which the power of the rich and the blackmail of democratically elected politicians become so great that democracy threatens to become a Farce.
Inequality, the feeling of being systematically left behind, is also a decisive driving force of nationalism, which is experiencing a Renaissance around the globe.
The promise of a globalized economy that gives everyone a fair Chance has not been fulfilled.
In Chile, for example, where neoliberalism was finally implemented for the first time by a brutal dictatorship forty years ago, there is now a Rebellion against injustice that will spread far beyond Latin America.
In an increasingly irrational world with increasingly irrational political leaders, “Old Europe” is secretly celebrating itself as the stronghold of reason.
But this is a grandiose Illusion.
Brussels is without any intellectual leadership at the beginning of the twenties.
Practically all personnel decisions of the past year, the effects of which partly extend to the end of the twenties, were wrong decisions.
Ursula von der Leyen, to name just the most prominent example, is with her standard mechanical communication exactly the opposite of what Europe would need.”
Everyone wants to succeed – everyone wants to be proud on one’s country of birth
…but here comes the ruthless reckoning with Germany.
If you believe me or not: not all Germans are EVIL.
No mercy for Mercedes though.
The old saying goes: “arrogance comes before the fall”.
And Tesla will destroy Mercedes and VW altogether (with their Chinese partners).
This is not the fault of Tesla – but Mercedes and VW – just like Kodak – CEOs too big too stupid too arrogant to change (despite some glimpses of hope? who is to blame? not even Germans know).
The finest engineers can not build electric cars if their CEOs do not want it – at Kodak – some people even SECRETLY started to work on digital cameras – although the CEOs did not want it.
Gasoline cars now last shorter and consume more than ever.
Mercedes, VW and Porsche should invest into electric startups, the big companies just lack innovation so it seems.
All those CEOs that prevented change (Mercedes was pretty ahead with hydrogen cars) should be investigated by secret service and go to prison for:
- destruction of jobs and destabilizing Germany
- destruction of the “Green Germany” image
- destruction of the Climate
- fueling of wars in the Middle East and elsewhere (all the oil rich countries, Saudi Arabia and Iran and Venezuela)
- being ruthless asholes
Now even more RUTHLESS SELF CRITICS
Back to Flassbeck: “And Germany, the self-proclaimed leading nation, wanders through the Times and firmly believes that it can be a role model for others, because for a few years with its mercantilist policy it has exploited the European Monetary Union at the expense of its neighbours and therefore performed relatively well.”
Hey Flassmen: As i said, not all Germans are evil.
How rapid a transition to renewable energy can take place: Give all people that want to produce their own (solar, wind) energy a 0% loan – and i gurantee you – after only 30 years – 100% of the electricity of USA and Germany will be renewable.
This is exactly what the EEG (Renewable Energy Law) was about.
It would be as easy as this, but once more: Lobbyists and “buy-able” politicians (and other dark and evil forces) torpedoing the project.
Germany is now at 50% renewable electricity.
Stuck in the process half way – thanks to lobby and politicians for sale. (just as Flassbeck describes)
Democracy: works only in small countries?
But Germany and the US might have a similar problem, that Switzerland and Iceland don’t have: too big for democracy to work?
After 2008 USA rescued all banks but one (Lehman), Germany rescued ALL BANKS (idiots), Iceland rescued NONE and still survived.
What i am saying is: the smaller the democratic country – the shorter the distance between government and people – the more likely it is the people actually call the shots – which is what democracy is all about.
Education: it is known since ancient Greece, that Democracy only works with educated people.
Without educated people – Democracy is FUCKED
Why do USA AND Germany then CONSTANTLY CUT THEIR EDUCATION BUDGETS? (thus working on the destruction of Democracy)
Because capitalism LOVES DICTATORSHIPS, SLAVE LABOR and rewards reckless people.
back to Flassbeck:
“The basic principles of a truly new way of thinking are easy to understand.
They are largely based on an image of the economy that is fundamentally different from the kindergarten model of the neoliberals and that of Ludwig Erhard.
It is not the market that is in the leading role in the market economy, but the state.
Only the state can take over the control of the system if the private sector, for whatever reasons, no longer spontaneously does so.
The currently observed private investment weakness with simultaneously high profits of the companies is the classic example of this.
Even internationally, new thinking can only mean understanding that competition between nations is a completely wrong approach.
Germany must say goodbye to its ancient mercantilism, which is expressed in high current account surpluses.
This is the most out of time economic model ever.
For Europe, this means formally overriding the rules of the stability and Growth Pact enforced by Germany and replacing them with a modern, well – thought-out macroeconomic concept.
The Federal Chancellor is right that new thinking is also required in the context of the climate crisis.
But again, it goes against a static picture of the economy, where existing companies are in charge with the help of conservative and Liberal parties.”
original Text in German:
“Die Ungleichheit bei Vermögen und Einkommen hat heute wie damals eine Dimension erreicht, bei der die Macht der Reichen und die Erpressbarkeit demokratisch gewählter Politiker so groß werden, dass die Demokratie zur Farce zu werden droht.
Die Ungleichheit, das Gefühl, systematisch abgehängt zu werden, ist auch eine entscheidende Triebfeder des Nationalismus, der rund um den Erdball eine Renaissance erlebt. Die Verheißung einer globalisierten Wirtschaft, die allen eine faire Chance gibt, hat sich nicht erfüllt.
In Chile zum Beispiel, wo der Neoliberalismus von einer brutalen Diktatur vor vierzig Jahren zum ersten Mal in letzter Konsequenz umgesetzt wurde, beginnt jetzt eine Rebellion gegen die Ungerechtigkeit, die weit über Lateinamerika hinaus Kreise ziehen wird.
In einer zunehmend irrationalen Welt mit zunehmend irrationalen politischen Führern feiert sich das „alte Europa“ klammheimlich als Hort der Vernunft.
Doch das ist eine grandiose Illusion.
Brüssel ist zu Beginn der zwanziger Jahre ohne jede intellektuelle Führung.
Praktisch alle Personalentscheidungen des vergangenen Jahres, deren Auswirkungen teilweise bis zum Ende der zwanziger Jahre reichen, waren Fehlentscheidungen.
Ursula von der Leyen, um nur das prominenteste Bespiel zu nennen, ist mit ihrer mechanischen Standardkommunikation genau das Gegenteil dessen, was Europa bräuchte.
Die Grundprinzipien eines wirklich neuen Denkens sind leicht zu verstehen.
Sie orientieren sich weitgehend an einem Bild der Wirtschaft, das sich von dem Kindergartenmodell der Neoliberalen und dem eines Ludwig Erhard fundamental unterscheidet.
Nicht der Markt ist in der Marktwirtschaft in der Führungsrolle, sondern der Staat.
Nur der Staat kann die Steuerung des Systems übernehmen, wenn die Privatwirtschaft das, aus welchen Gründen auch immer, nicht mehr spontan tut.
Die derzeit zu beobachtende private Investitionsschwäche bei gleichzeitig hohen Gewinnen der Unternehmen ist das klassische Beispiel dafür.
Auch international kann neues Denken nur heißen, zu verstehen, dass Wettkampf der Nationen ein völlig verfehlter Ansatz ist.
Deutschland muss Abschied nehmen von seinem Uraltmerkantilismus, der in hohen Leistungsbilanzüberschüssen zum Ausdruck kommt.
Das ist das am meisten aus der Zeit gefallene Wirtschaftsmodell überhaupt.
Für Europa bedeutet das, die von Deutschland durchgesetzten Regeln des Stabilitäts- und Wachstumspaktes auch formal außer Kraft zu setzen und durch eine moderne, gesamtwirtschaftlich durchdachte Konzeption zu ersetzen.
Auch in Sachen Klimakrise, da hat die Bundeskanzlerin Recht, ist neues Denken angesagt.
Aber wiederum geht es dabei gegen ein statisches Bild von Wirtschaft, wo die bestehenden Unternehmen mit Hilfe konservativer und liberaler Parteien das Sagen haben.”
Wir fordern: kostenloser Nah/Regionalverkehr mit Bus und Bahn und Flexi-Bussen auf H2 Basis!
new years vow:
turn off FOX NEWS and watch the daily show of: https://www.democracynow.org
Amy is truly a Good(wo)man! 🙂
About Mr Flassbeck:
Heiner Flassbeck is a German economist.
He was state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance from 1998 to 1999 and chief economist (Chief of Macroeconomics and Development) at the UNO for World Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva from January 2003 to the end of 2012.