Anti-Globalism, Counter-Revolution, Nationalism, Resistance, Russia

Not the Men We’d Like, Doing Things that Need Doing…

 

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I am the furthest thing from a russophile. And, I have no illusions about Vlad being a nice guy or benevolent leader. He is, however, committed to his country’s success and survival.

I also don’t believe in the chan-esque mythology of Trump’s 4D chess prowess. Nor in Q-anon’s allusionary “plan”. What I know is that Trump is the nearest thing to a nationalist that we’ve elected in 40 years. And, that a nationalist perspective is what made the US a superpower and, that without it, we will become the EU (is it a coincidence that EU rhymes with “iiieeew”?).

I hate to break it to all you oneworlders out there but, the human race needs nativist nationalism. And borders. And clear identities. Some would call my thoughts on it tribal and jingoist. And, maybe they are. Whatevs.

Trump and Putin, for all their collective faults, are the only national CEOs keeping this thing we call “civilization” going.  And, we need them.  For now.

Per normal, text from the article is included below so you don’t have to click on the link if you choose not to.

https://dailyreckoning.com/russias-real-endgame-2/

Russia’s Real Endgame

Russia’s Putin has never taken his eye off the ball. His ambition is not global hegemony or European conquest. Putin seeks what Russia has always sought: regional hegemony and a set of buffer states in eastern Europe and central Asia that can add to Russia’s strategic depth.

In Syria, Russia has the warm water port of Tartus — which is important when you consider that most Russian ports are ice-bound for months of the year.

It is strategic depth — the capacity to suffer massive invasions and still survive due to an ability to retreat to a core position and stretch enemy supply lines — that enabled Russia to defeat both Napoleon and Hitler. Putin also wants the modicum of respect that would normally accompany that geostrategic goal.

Understanding Putin is not much more complicated than that.

In the twenty-first century, a Russian sphere of influence is not achieved by conquest or subordination in the old Imperial or Communist style. It is achieved by close financial ties, direct foreign investment, free trade zones, treaties, security alliances, and a network of associations that resemble earlier versions of the EU

Russian military intervention in Crimea and eastern Ukraine is best understood not as a Russian initiative, but as a Russian reaction. It was a response to U.S. and U.K. efforts to attack Russia by pushing aggressively and prematurely for Ukraine membership in NATO. This was done by deposing a Putin ally in Kiev in early 2014.

This is not to justify Russia’s actions, merely to put them in a proper context. The time to peel off Ukraine for NATO was 1999, not 2014.

The Russian-Ukraine situation is a subset of the broader U.S.-Russian relationship. Here, the opposition comes not just from domestic opponents but from the globalist elite.

Globalization emerged in the 1990s as a consequences of the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. For the first time since 1914, Russia, China and their respective empires could join the U.S., Western Europe and their former colonies in Latin America and Africa in a single global market.

Globalization relied on open borders, free trade, telecommunications, global finance, extended supply chains, cheap labor and freedom of the seas. Globalization as it existed from 1990 to 2007 made steady progress under the Bush-Clinton duopoly of power in the U.S. and like-minded leaders elsewhere. The enemy of globalization was nationalism, but nationalism was nowhere in sight.

The financial crisis of 2007–2008, caused by the elites’ own greed and inability to grasp the statistical properties of risk, put an end to the easy gains from globalization.

Ironically, globalization gained in the short-run despite financial calamity. The same elites who created disaster were empowered to “fix” the situation under the auspices of the G20 Leaders’ Summit. This global rescue began with the first G20 summit hastily organized by George W. Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy, then the President of France, in November 2008.

Despite the financial bailouts and central bank easy money of the decade following the crisis, robust self-sustaining growth in line with pre-crisis trends has never really returned. Instead the world has suffered through a ten-year depression (defined as depressed below-trend growth), which continues to this day.

What little growth emerged was captured mostly by the wealthy, which led to the greatest income inequality levels seen in over 80 years.

Discontent was palpable in middle-class and working class populations in the world’s major developed economies. This discontent morphed into political action. The result was the U.K. decision to leave the EU, called “Brexit,” the election of Donald Trump, and the rise of politicians such as Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen in France, among others.

What unites these politicians and political movements is nationalism. This can be defined as a desire to put national interests ahead of globalization. Nationalism can mean closing borders, restricting free trade to help local employment, fighting back against cheap labor and dumping with tariffs and trade adjustment assistance, and rejecting multilateral trade deals in favor of bilateral negotiations.

This brings us to the crux of the U.S.-Russia relationship.

Simply put, Putin and Trump are the two most powerful nationalists in the world. Any rapprochement between Russia and the U.S. is an existential threat to the globalist agenda.

This explains the vitriolic, hysterical, and relentless attacks on Trump and Putin.

The globalists have to keep Trump and Putin separated in order to have any hope of reviving the globalist agenda.

Just as Trump and Putin are the champions of nationalism, President Xi Jinping of China and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have emerged as the champions of the globalist camp.

Understanding this dynamic requires consideration of the paradoxical roles of Xi and Merkel.

Xi positions himself as the leading advocate of globalization. The truth is more complex.

President Xi is the most nationalist of all major leaders. He continually puts China’s long-term interests first without particular regard for the well-being of the rest of the world.

But, China’s relative military and economic weakness, and potential social instability, require it to cooperate with the rest of the world on trade, climate change, and supply-chain logistics in order to grow. Xi is in a paradoxical position of being nationalist to the core, yet wearing a globalist veneer in order to pursue the nationalist long game.

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany is also in a paradoxical position — but the opposite of Xi’s role. Merkel knows Germany must embrace globalism both because of its unique historical burden of being the source of three major wars (Franco-Prussian, World War I, and World War II), and the necessity of German integration with the EU and Eurozone.

At the same time, Merkel has advanced her globalist agenda by promoting German interests through exports and cheap foreign labor.

For the globalists, the world breaks down into Manichean struggle between the nationalists, Trump and Putin, and the globalists, Xi and Merkel. Globalists may be playing a two-sided game of nationalists versus globalists, but they need to widen the lens to see that the world today is really a three-party game.

There are really only three superpowers in the world today — Russia, China and the U.S. All other nations are secondary or tertiary powers who may be aligned with a superpower, neutral or independent, but who otherwise lack the ability to impose their will on others.

Some analysts may be surprised to see Russia on the superpower list, but the facts are indisputable. Russia is the twelfth largest economy in the world, has the largest landmass, is one of the three largest energy producers in the world, has abundant natural resources other than oil, has advanced weapons and space technology, an educated workforce and, of course, has the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons of any country.

Russia has enormous problems including adverse demographics, limited access to oceans, harsh weather, and limited fertile soil. Yet, none of these problems negate Russia’s native strengths.

Notwithstanding the prospect of improved relations, Putin remains the geopolitical chess master he has always been.

His long game involves the accumulation of gold, development of alternative payments systems, and ultimate demise of the dollar as the dominant global reserve currency.

Regards,

Jim Rickards
for The Daily Reckoning

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Activism, Appomattox, Liberty, Resistance

The Joys of the Blue Ridge Highlands

We spent the afternoon in glorious, 75° F weather, at the Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival  http://appomattoxhistoricalsociety.org/oyster%20festival.htm , a stone’s throw from the famous Civil War battlefield, put on by the Appomattox Historical Society.  Yes… I get the irony of the idea of a seafood fest in a landlocked, foothills region.

We had a great time, as usual.  And enjoyed the local “flavor” of the event.  The Appomattox Historical Society puts on a variety of events every year.  Many of them surrounding the budding alcoholic industry in the region.  An annual wine festival, highlighting local and regional winerys.  An annual Moonshine Fest, featuring local distilleries.  The (now) annual Oyster Fest… Featuring seafood and lots of booze (wineries, distilleries, breweries, and the like).  The only thing missing for a local booze hound is a Brew Fest.

At this particular event, Maria and I stumbled upon a tasting tent for Silverback Distillery in Nelson County, Afton, VA.  Maria has never been a “Whiskey Girl” but, she enjoyed, a lot, the Blackback Honey Rye.

Now… as for myself, I am a Rye Whiskey enthusiast.  And I enjoyed the Blackback, Lucky 13 Rye.  A lot.  It may become a regular alternate to my favored, Templeton Rye.

In any case… I spent some time cruising around the interwebz for information surrounding Silverback.  And, found a local company I really like.  In an industry that is hamstrung, as is brewing, by Big Beer and Big Licquor, through lobbying legislators to cripple small business via legislating State alcohol distribution laws.  Frankly, alcohol distribution and regulation is disgusting and corrupt.  And, goes back to the first, post-Constitution, unconstitutional governement actions.  Read up on the Whiskey Rebellion during Washington’s administration.  If you’re not already aware of that historical nugget, you’ll have an eye opening experience that will begin to shed some light on my general dislike and distrust of government generally and federals specifically.  Badges are not welcome at the Yeoman Freehold.  Below is a promotional video for Silverback:

So… to make a long, rambling story as short as possible… Support your local brewers and distillers.  Enjoy their wares.  If you don’t drink whiskey… start.  If you are a reader of the Yeoman Journal, move to central Virginia… our porches are too far apart.

Here are a couple pics from the event.

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Anti-Datamining, Counter-Surveillance, Liberty, Resistance

Putting FaceSpace on the Clock…

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The Yeoman Journal will continue to publish blog posts on FaceSpace for one more week (until 21APR18).  After that time, the Yeoman Journal will no longer publish posts that will co-publish on FaceSpace.  Or Goolag+.  Or much of anywhere else beyond this blog.  If readers wish to share our posts on those platforms, that is fine with the Yeoman Journal.  We simply won’t be playing the surveillance state reindeer games via the most intrusive and complicit platforms.

If, you wish to continue to follow this feed, it is recommended that you subscribe, directly, to this blog.

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Invasion, Resistance

Purify them…

This invader is not a “migrant”.  Words mean things.  Let’s use them correctly, shall we?

It used to be that if one scaled the castle walls, one was subject to all sort of nastiness… arrows, boling oil, etc.  I think it’s time to reinstate similar processes.  Build towers.  Man them with armed sentries.  Shoot on sight.  Failing that… set the “migrants” on fire and throw them back.

Is this our country or is it not?  If it is, maybe it’s time to start acting like it.

Text from the original link attached below so you do not have to click if you choose not to.

A young Mexican helps a compatriot to climb the metal wall that divides the border between Mexico and the United States to cross illegally to Sunland Park, from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on April 6, 2018. US President Donald Trump on April 5, 2018 said he would send thousands of National Guard troops to the southern border, amid a widening spat with his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto. The anti-immigration president said the National Guard deployment would range from 2,000 to 4,000 troops, and he would 'probably' keep many personnel on the border until his wall is built -- spelling out a lengthy mission. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/07/illegal-aliens-climb-border-wall-u-s-taunt-trump/

Four illegal aliens climbed the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border between Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, Friday to taunt President Trump’s tough-on-immigration stance.

The Daily Mail reported that one migrant, with the help of three other men, leaped over the border wall and ran into U.S. territory in less than two minutes.

“He couldn’t get over! He was taking forever,” one of the men who helped the migrant told AFP, adding that he has seen others climb the 20-foot wall in one minute.

The Mexican man then ran off towards a group of houses before U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers could spot him.

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The actions of these illegal aliens come after Trump directed the Defense Department to send thousands of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to ramp up border security.

Trump signed a proclamation Wednesday directing Defense Secretary James Mattis to “request use of National Guard personnel to assist” with the Department of Homeland Security’s existing efforts to secure the border.

The president’s tough-on-immigration policy has prompted the organizers of a caravan of more than 1,500 Central American migrants traveling through Mexico toward the U.S. border to request refugee status from the U.S. to call off their group expedition.

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Anti-Datamining, Counter-Surveillance, Overwhelm the System, Resistance

Using FaceSpace

I don’t know for sure, because I’m not looking, but I suspect my FaceSpace feed is saturated with Yeoman Journal posts as I type.  That is deliberate.  I intend to use FaceSpace in the same manner it uses it’s members… each and every one of us who has an account.

The Zuckmeister’s platform works by farming your personal data and browsing preferences in order to funnel ad traffic to your feed.  Thereby, creating ad revenue for FaceSpace and making it’s ownership wealthy.  Then there is the less talked about element of attempting to steer public opinion by tailoring algorithms to show you only what FaceSpace wants you to see.  And, yes there is money in that as well.

All that said, I’m going to saturate my feed with Yeoman Journal posts in order to drive traffic here.  For what long-term purpose, I’m unsure.  But, immediately, I intend to use FaceSpace to sponsor my activities and… in the process, overwhelm the surveillance state by posting lots of Bloom and Muir ‘toons.  Because I want to screw with FaceSpace, any “interested” 3 letter agencies, the Goolag, etc and because I want to promote Berke’s and Chris’ work.

So… if you find yourself buried in my posts… bear with me.  There’s a method to my madness.

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Activism, Education, Liberty, Resistance

Basics of Resistance… promoting a friend’s work

Basics of Resistance: The Practical Freedomista, Book I by [Wolfe, Claire, Perez, Kit]

This post is simply promoting a friend’s work and encouraging those of you who “want to do something” to start with a reading of Kit Perez’s and Claire Wolfe’s new book, ‘Basics of Resistance’.

I have not read the final version but, I was privy to the advanced copy… for purposes of review, critique, and vetting for accuracy.  By my estimation, it is a solid primer of resistance theory and technique in a world gone nuts.  Bear in mind that there is a distinction between “revolution” and “resistance”… although, many times that distinction gets a little fuzzy.

Kit and Claire are both solid folks (although on slightly different ends of the socio-political spectrum) and have done a nice job in this volume.  If you look at the world around you and think that something ought to be done, start with acquiring and reading this book and following the Patrick Henry Society blog.  Your inner activist will be glad you did.

 

The long-awaited day is here–and believe me, it’s REALLY long-awaited for Claire and I. The book is finished, it’s live on Amazon a bit early, and it’s available for pre-order right now. it’s called Basics of Resistance, and it’s the first of what we hope will be several books in The Practical Freedomista series. If you want…

via Basics of Resistance: Available for Pre-Order — The Patrick Henry Society

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