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Zero Sum Thinking: America Vs.

Continuing on from the last post...(How can Western Muslims survive muscular Liberalism?

Blogging Theology) Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim. Al hamdu lillahi rabbil-ala-meen.


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Even though those are videos made by a Muslim Shiekh, they are really universal, anybody can watch and learn and please do - I learned and the first video ties in well with the second video (you'll see if you watch).

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Islamic video short - some of the comments, made by fellow Muslims are that how can this Shiekh say such things...well it is based on hadith and another comment is to the effect of "that's mean, we should follow what Jesus (A.S. (peace be upon him)) taught" - My response and I think anybody with understanding I think could easily defend a position that Saudi Arabia itself, while proclaiming to be an Islamic State, does not (not speaking for the whole of the population of Saudi Arabia (that's impossible to do for any nation-state!)) is not, does not follow the teaching of Jesus A.S. (peace be upon him) and/or The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. (peace and blessings be upon him) - Who do they treat their neighbors??? How is allying with Israel, killers and oppressors of the Palestine people, Islamic? How is constant rivalry towards all Shia Muslims (Iran)(and all this sectarianism and shedding of fellow MUSLIM'S blood have ANYTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM?) following the Quran or what the Prophet S.A.W. preached and lived? How is their treatment of Yemen following what the Prophet S.A.W. taught and lived? How is their structuring and how they are building up their society following what the Prophet S.A.W. taught and practiced? Or the early Muslim caliphates and scholars? It's not.

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Global Capitalism: After the Elections: Now What? [November 2022] Democracy At Work • 11K views

is that what those elections teach us is what they said nothing about in other

3:49 words the importance of these elections is what was absent from them

3:56 and there was much that was absent from them that I want to go through with you

4:02 and I think will come out at the end with a conclusion that has been building in this country

4:09 for quite a while because there are important lessons

4:15 the first one and it has been noted by others is that in a country beset by

4:22 some of the most profound problems imaginable an inflation that

4:29 defies getting under control Rising interest rates that compound the

4:35 burden of the inflation a war Without End in the Ukraine

4:44 it just it's extraordinary economic inequality off the chart a

4:50 housing crisis a medical care crisis a transportation crisis the climate crisis

4:59 I could go on it's remarkable that a sitting government which deserves

5:07 a good bit of blame for many of those problems and for sure for not solving

5:12 them or making much progress would have been vulnerable

5:17 the American people who normally break away from a president in the midterm

5:23 elections had every reason to break away more that's why there were the proposals

5:30 of or the plans or the expectations of a sweep by the right wing GOP

5:37 that that didn't happen is our first lesson it didn't happen because the Republican Party offers no

5:47 solutions to any of these problems either however upset the American people are

5:54 and they are more upset than I have seen in my lifetime

6:00 they found no compelling reason to go to the right to reject the party in power

6:08 not because they're satisfied with Mr Biden and the Democratic administration

6:13 every sign shows they're not but the Republicans presented nothing to be

6:21 excited about and you know that's been true for our elections for some time

let me give another example and then I'll talk about what it means

15:12 we are coming to the end of the fossil fuel vehicle in our cultures as is

15:19 happening around the world when you come to the end of a form of

15:26 transportation you probably in most cases have Alternatives that you are

15:33 going to rely on since transportation is a basic requirement in geographically

15:39 dispute dispersed societies which we all now are

15:46 there are two major alternatives to the

15:51 combustion engine vehicle the electric vehicle the electric car

15:57 or public transportation that's a fundamental choice

16:05 it ought to be made socially why because we're all affected by which one it is

16:12 it's a completely different system if we rely on the private automobile whether

16:18 it's electric or fossil fuel for the moment it's the private car as opposed

16:24 to public transportation buses trains planes as the basic way we move people

16:31 around that ought to be a social decision because it affects Society in countless

16:38 ways for many years it's really important it should not be decided by

16:44 profit calculations of a handful of automobile companies who don't want to lose the business

16:52 yeah they go they make their deals with the politicians and the end result this

16:58 enormous social decision is not put before the people not by the Republicans

17:04 not by the Democrats neither one of whom because the job of this election I hope

17:09 I'm making this point over and over again is to evade avoid be quiet about

17:15 distract from what real issues there are for us to debate and choose between

17:23 and to spend time instead on something else so let me draw the first conclusion

17:32 fundamentally all these problems have to do with the growing inequality in the

17:38 United States that has a great deal to do with inflation with interest rate

17:43 policies with the housing dilemma with all of it

17:49 and it's an issue most Americans are very concerned and certainly deeply affected by

17:55 you might have had an election in which a real commitment was made concretely we are for leaving this

18:03 system alone let it become more unequal which by the way is what's been going on

18:09 it's been going on under Obama it's been going on under Bush it's been going on

18:14 under Trump and it continues under Biden so one of the other parties or maybe if

18:20 they were honest both parties would say yes we're in favor of increasing

18:26 inequality or maybe some candidates that would likely be Democrats might have

18:33 come forward and said no if we get in we are going to take the following profound

18:39 Steps either in changing the tax system or in changing how people are paid what

18:46 for what kind of work or we're going to do these things to radically address the

18:53 radically changed distribution of income and wealth over the last 40 years not one basic

19:01 word of either party or either of its major candidates in most cases with a

19:08 few exceptions doing anything on this topic it's amazing

19:13 here's something else that's amazing the United States one of the richest countries in the world with one of the

19:20 most developed Medical Systems in the world failed miserably in coping with the

19:27 covid disaster well over a million people died

19:33 tens of millions of people got sick and millions are suffering with so-called

19:39 long covet now this issue shook the country to its

19:44 foundations it killed over a million people aren't those sufficient realities

19:52 to say let's have a debate what was the problem why did we work so poorly as a

20:02 nation to deal with this why are you one of the worst in the country to deal with this why was the

20:11 decision made not to shut down areas where there was the virus

20:16 the way other countries did and really pursue it why was the decision made was

20:21 it in order to allow Commerce to continue and if so are we happy with

20:27 that decision do we regret it will we go in a different direction real issues

20:33 could have been engaged here that are profound for the nothing

20:38 nothing silence then in the last weeks we were treated

20:46 to a daily drama that could have in a society where politics is serious could

20:53 have gotten us into a good debate and there's some choices we have a social institution

21:00 that was taken over by private Enterprises

21:06 and we watched their behavior here's the social institution it's called Twitter

21:12 it's become a mode of communication among hundreds of millions billions of

21:19 people in the United States and abroad it is a way we communicate talk to each

21:25 other advertise promote disagree conflict it's a social institution

21:33 like all social institutions it was created by individuals

21:38 that's how social institutions happen and over time any individuals contribute

21:44 and it evolves that's true of social media it's true of Twitter

21:50 but what we saw was a tiny group of people who control this social

21:56 institution decide to sell it to another individual Mr Musk

22:04 a tiny groups of individuals deciding who is going to be in control of a

22:10 social institution we all rely on or most of us do

22:16 that's crazy and then we watch as decisions about who is going to be

22:22 allowed and who isn't going to be allowed to participate in this social institution or might are made by one

22:29 tiny group of individuals or now the new one the new one showing us what we're doing

22:35 by firing thousands and thousands of people in a kind of sweeping decision

22:43 Mr musk makes electric vehicles

22:50 he is not qualified to be in charge of a social institution first of all nobody

22:56 should be in charge of it the community should the society should that's what the word social means and in a democracy

23:04 it implies we have Democratic decisions about a social Institute nothing did did

23:13 anybody come forward and say well let's use the election do we want to have a different way of it nope nope nope we

23:21 watch the spectacle nothing is concluded I draw this conclusion then

23:28 when it comes to the domestic situation our elections are designed to distract

23:34 people from what's going on that's really urgent and profound and about our

23:40 lives as we live them and that's in the in order to protect this status quo to

23:46 keep things pretty much the way they are which an awful lot of Americans have

23:52 noticed and therefore they don't vote at all as a kind of small

23:57 measure of statement I'm not I'm not fooled I'm not drawn into this charade

the Urgent international issues that the United States faces

29:05 and you'll see the analysis is very parallel to what we just did with the

29:11 domestic so let me begin we are now involved we the United States

29:18 in this case are now involved in a fundamental choice to be made about the

29:26 relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China

29:33 it is the number one international issue facing this country and I say that not

29:39 because it's simply my opinion it is but it's also the opinion of an immense

29:45 number of those people paying attention and interested in this topic both inside

29:50 the United States and around the world it's an urgent issue

29:55 and it's pretty clear what the basic choice is

30:01 either the United States a declining Empire is going to work out

30:09 a live-in Let Live relationship with the emerging New Economic Powerhouse in the

30:16 world the People's Republic of China yes involving challenges that are no

30:23 Rising power always gives to a mature power that is on the way down

30:31 Live and Let Live you know the United States once

30:36 threatened an existing Empire was the British Empire the United States

30:42 threatened it in the most dramatic way possible we waged war against Britain in

30:48 1776 and again in the War of 1812 twice war and then these two Powers the

30:58 rising American Empire and the falling British Empire decided that wasn't a

31:04 productive useful tolerable Arrangement so instead of a conflictual relationship

31:12 they became allies as they have been in the 200 years since

31:21 they learned their lesson you'd think a society that went through

31:27 that learning process might want at the very least to put before its people do

31:35 we want to go down the road of conflict and War and sanctioning one another and

31:43 helping my industry and hurting your industry we're well along that road already but before we make the final

31:51 steps from which there will be little chance of return

31:58 maybe we ought to say to our people look this is so important this will affect so

32:05 many people's jobs and I hope not but maybe lives

32:11 that it ought to be where do our people sit let's have a debate if one party

32:17 wants to be in favor of conflict and the other one wants to be in favor of working out a a Cooperative way to live

32:26 together however it's done put that decision

32:31 democratically before the people we had nothing remotely like that both parties

32:39 if they have differing points of view kept quiet about it those who spoke

32:45 seemed if they did deal with the subject at all and they didn't merge to be

32:51 basically jousting as to who could be more anti-chinese than the next one we

32:58 don't need that no choice was available to the population anyway to deal with

33:04 this issue so we won't know what the American people think or want in that

33:10 area because the political groups in this country who run the country could

33:16 care less about what the people want in this area as in so many

let me turn next to the second most important the Ukraine war in which the Americans

33:33 are already involved granted there was no public Choice

33:38 discussion about that were in it but we could have put it

33:45 choice to the American people in this election we didn't of course but we could have

33:52 let me explain there were three decisions that were

33:58 made that we need to um deal with foreign number three that could have been made

34:04 first when Russia invades Ukraine the United States had a decision to make

34:12 what's our response to this event and the response we know happened was

34:18 that the United States immediately began to provide Ukraine with money and

34:24 weapons weapons paid for by the United States taxpayer

34:30 to fight against the Russians in that situation

34:35 then there was a second decision to be made the United States escalated the

34:42 conflict there by imposing with its European allies and a few others

34:49 an immense set of sanctions the greatest set of economic sanctions ever put by

34:57 any country against another seizing the reserve the currency

35:03 reserves of Russia um unprecedented kind of behavior

35:09 among major powers in the world when the dollar where you capture reserves was

35:15 supposed to be a kind of neutral Global resource

35:21 refusing to buy oil and gas blocking other countries and other

35:27 companies from dealing with Russia I mean a whole host of sanctions that a

35:33 real escalation of the war and the Russians responded not much Surprise by

35:40 a set of sanctions counters sanctions themselves

35:45 and that included cutting off supplies of oil and gas one of the few weapons

35:51 they have to push back with and they did that

35:56 and what that did is created a shortage of oil and gas and fertilizer and other

36:03 things like that as a result which is causing inflations

36:08 around the world as the price of energy goes through the roof the price of food

36:13 made with fertilizer goes up dramatically and you all know the result

36:19 and the third decision that could be made is to sit down and negotiate

36:26 to see whether there are ways to accommodate what the ukrainians want and

36:31 accommodate what the Russians want in some solution that doesn't lay waste to

36:37 the country of Ukraine which is what's happening they're the ones paying the worst price

36:42 here and that maybe saves lots and lots of lives mostly again ukrainians

36:50 and that relieves the inflationary pressure of wild Energy prices by

36:56 resuming some reasonable transactions between Russia and Europe particularly

37:03 where the energy was delivered we could try that we kind of

37:10 ought to don't you think present to the American people in a real political

37:16 Choice which of these three do you want should we limit ourselves to giving

37:22 Ukraine money and weapons with which to fight the Russian is that a reasonable

37:29 response or should we have the sanctions program working red hot the way they

37:36 have been with their contributions to the inflation and all the rest of it or

37:42 should we negotiate tell Mr zielinski that he has to do that

37:49 otherwise we can't provide the support offer even if you want other supports to

37:57 help in making the negotiations hopefully successful that's a fundamental set of choices to

38:04 be made they are being made choices were made to give Ukraine the

38:12 support choices were made to push NATO ever closer to Russia by the noises of

38:19 Ukraine becoming nuclear or NATO a lot all of that those were choices made

38:25 we're caught up in the results the question is shouldn't that be a

38:30 democratically arrived at wasn't the election a prime time to see how the

38:36 American people feel on these issues here's the quintessential irony

38:44 even while the election was quiet about it the United States was in fact making

38:52 decisions that it didn't tell people about for

38:57 months according to the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal the United States and Russia have been discussing

39:06 the war what no one told us this had to be snooped out by clever

39:13 investigative reporters now it's admitted yeah we were

39:19 wow so the governments are talking but we are excluded

39:26 as a people from having anything to say about this a few courageous congressmen

39:34 and women wrote a letter a few weeks ago saying you know you ought to include

39:39 negotiations among the policies being considered they were slapped down

39:46 two weeks later the people who slapped them down shame-facedly admitted this has been

39:52 going on already there are negotiations the statement that they're only getting

39:57 together to discuss avoiding nuclear war is the usual diplomatic BS

40:04 Russians and Americans are sitting down and negotiating what's going to happen

40:09 in that country but a Democratic Society that does it and excludes it from its own people even

40:17 in the election which could have allowed the people to say what they think about

40:22 those three options that's a politics that is designed to squelch

40:28 democracy not to give it a chance

here's another one remember I promised four when you raise interest rates in the

40:40 United States given the importance of the United States and the world economy you make interest rates go up everywhere

40:46 in the world this is a crisis for many many poor countries

40:53 Emerging Markets is the nice phrase we use for them mostly in Asia Africa and

40:59 Latin America they are now in an impossible situation they had to borrow for development of

41:07 their countries because they're poor excuse me to cope with the pandemic

41:12 because they don't have the resources at home to do it they had to borrow to pay

41:17 for vaccines to pay for all the ways of trying to cope with that horrible

41:23 disease now they have to pay back the loans but the interest rates are going

41:29 up and they can't so what are they doing in order to keep the loan they have to pay them off

41:36 otherwise new loans that they know they're going to need will not be available but if they pay off at a

41:42 higher rate they're going to have to what constrict other expenditures to free the money to pay the higher

41:49 interest rate there ought to be a conversation if the point of the interest rate rise here is

41:56 to constrain the inflation here why should we allow victims all over the

42:03 world from this part aren't there some ways we could insulate

42:10 developing countries that we want to help to do something about the distance between rich and poor in the world that

42:17 is so dangerous and destabilizing aren't there ways to raise interest rates here

42:23 that don't have that impact on you of course there are I'm an economist I give you half a dozen

42:30 but it could have been put to the American nope we're all going to read about the

42:35 emerging debt crisis of four countries as if it were some kind of natural event

42:42 cluck our tongues say how sad it is but not understand that we could have been

42:49 able to intervene to express an opinion about how this ought to be managed and

42:57 we're going to live with the results and if the poor countries of the world were the majority of people live suffer

43:04 beyond what they are willing to tolerate we will be drawn into conflicts that

43:09 will cost us way more than anything we might have decided to do now to deal

43:15 with that problem and the final International issue that

43:22 should be a topic for voting and debate wasn't of course

43:30 is the economic nationalism that is now being pursued by the United States's

43:38 leadership we are deciding that the old Notions

43:43 that the government shouldn't interfere that the private capitalist Market is an

43:48 engine of wonderful efficiency none of that was ever true but that was the

43:54 official Mantra the religion economic religion of the United States

44:00 all of that religion has just been chucked out the window now the

44:05 government is intervening in every witch away knocking this industry from that

44:11 country shutting out that industry from this country this com company is

44:16 sanctioned that company is sanctioned your country has to pay due uh tariffs

44:22 uh your country we're going to seize your uh monetary reserves we are going

44:27 to have a bill passed that gives a subsidy to companies that build electric

44:34 vehicles here in the United States the Europeans are going crazy in case you don't know why because what this is

44:42 doing is providing an incentive a subsidy for companies to leave Europe

44:47 and come to the United States if they want to have a market if they want to be able to build electric vehicles the

44:55 United States will not let them in if they aren't built here how interesting now the Europeans are going to do the

45:01 same thing they're proposing it in their Parliament that's called economic nationalism we're all gonna fight it out

45:11 economic nationalism in the past has often led to war

45:16 number one number two if each country does it itself it's much more expensive

45:21 than having it done in that place where they are the most efficient that was the

45:27 rationale for globalization about which we heard so much in the 60s 70s 80s and

45:35 90s we were supposed to celebrate companies going to where the production

45:40 was cheapest because it would make it cheaper for us instead we're pursuing a

45:45 nationalism that's going to actually aggravate our inflation but no no no no

45:51 no no no don't get aggravated because this was all kept off the

45:57 election no question about whether really do we want to go in this nationalist Direction and of course it's

46:04 tied to the competition with China because we're trying to hurt them

46:13 by insisting that everything be done here after 30 years of American and other

46:21 companies investing to produce it in China this is a a momentous issue is going to

46:30 affect all of us for the rest of our lives it should have been on the ballot do we want to go in this direction do we

46:36 want to question it could have been done in a hundred different ways Pro or con more less

46:43 we can devise the questions that let people understand and then debate it so

46:48 people understand what's involved none of that was done none of it

46:59 instead here's what we had about International

47:04 and I won't go into more detail I'm going to give you the general message and it says old as the United States

47:12 which is an important reason to question it the United States constantly

47:20 as the most militarily equipped as one of the

47:25 richest countries in the world with one of the most impressive Global influence

47:31 you could imagine has given all I've just said many times

47:38 intervened in the world pursuing its own objectives

47:44 and often in an aggressive way but it never

47:51 can admit that the country is bizarre

47:56 other Britain has a war department we don't we have a defense department

48:04 everything that we do as a nation is couched in a language of Defense

48:12 it's become second nature the Europeans who came here

48:18 intruded aggressively against the indigenous population

48:25 portrayed itself as defending against

48:30 the Savage attacks of the indigenous people the aggression was clearly from

48:37 Europe here not the other way around the victims were obvious and intended

48:44 but in the mind in the Reconstruction of what was going on

48:50 white people were defending themselves against the indigenous people

48:57 First Time I Ever Saw Deerfield Massachusetts uh old Deerfield which is a

49:02 reconstruction of the colonial time in that part of Western Massachusetts and

49:08 if you read the little plaques on the reconstructed old how Colonial houses they're full of Stories of the

49:16 endangered situation of the colonists because the local people the Indians as

49:23 they called them threatened them amazing who threatened who

49:32 reminds us of course of the tendency of conservatives today

49:39 to keep referring to invasions of immigrants those desperately poor

49:46 families coming from Central America trying to escape climate disaster War

49:54 repressive governments economic horrible conditions of poverty coming across to

50:03 do what the United States has been telling them about itself even for

50:09 people a place to which migrations have come for a long time a Melting Pot uh

50:17 bring me your tired and your home all of that gone and we're suffering invasions

50:24 what an imagery an imagery of we must defend ourselves

50:31 wow and then of course the Cold War we had to defend ourselves against

50:39 communist Russia let me give you a statistic which I do

50:45 only because so few people seem to get it and I'm going to use today and then

50:51 we'll reason back what is the GDP that we refer to often

50:58 the gross domestic product it's a measure of the total output of goods and

51:03 services in a year in a country and it's a simple statistic that we collect and

51:09 we use because it gives you a rough it's just a very rough idea of the size of an

51:16 economy because the total amount of goods and services is a measure of what an economy

51:24 can do how how many people it's got what kinds of resources it has access to and

51:30 so on and it's very widely used and it has been widely used for many many decades

51:39 okay here we go I'm going to compare the GDP of Russia now

51:46 with the GDP of the United States now so you understand the relative size

51:54 by the way you can go to Google and look it up yourself you don't have to rely on

52:00 me most recent number for Russia about one and a half trillion dollars most recent

52:08 for the United States about 21 trillion dollars

52:14 okay and in the past the relationship was about the same or more extremely

52:22 different in other words in economic terms we are talking about a

52:28 relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union that was a little bit like David and Goliath

52:36 the Soviet Union was could not would not be an economic threat to the United

52:43 States it's silly it always was silly

52:49 and they weren't much of a military threat either because when you&#