by Charles Hugh Smith
There are many ironies in the
RussiaGate drama, but none
greater than this:
The U.S. becomes more
like the former U.S.S.R. every day.
Bart D. sketches out the irony:
I look at the US
economy and what I see in actual everyday life is that corrupted
capitalism has resulted in the same problems for average
citizens as what crony communism did for the citizens of the
Hyper-vigilance and hyper-control of Government over its
The difference is
that the Soviet Union had a better healthcare system than USA
currently has and better housing availability for common people.
How’s the irony...!
Capitalism and Communism
ultimately end up with similar outcomes and for the same reason:
When the system is rigged
to benefit insiders, cartels, cronies and elites at the expense of
the many "outsiders," the status quo must mask this reality with
propaganda and Big Lies:
that is, keep
repeating the lie until people believe it due to its embrace by
"experts" and authorities.
Case in point:
The masses consuming
the mainstream media apparently
accept the Big Lie that inflation (i.e. loss of
purchasing power of our money) is 2%, i.e. near zero.
But the reality is quite different:
stagnant wages +
soaring real-world inflation = lower standards of living, which
is precisely what the bottom 80% of American households have
been experiencing for the past decade of "growth" and
The citizens of the old
Soviet regime had a wry saying: they pretend to pay us and we
pretend to work. I propose a variation for the hapless US citizenry:
inflation is low and we pretend to be prosperous.
The current clampdown on
social media and alternative media in America is ripped right from
the playbook of the Soviet regime.
We must "protect" you
from "fake news," lest you start questioning the official
narratives of strong growth, prosperity, low inflation, etc.
Then there’s the case of
Julian Assange, in exile for
releasing what everyone concedes is factual evidence on par with
The Pentagon Papers in the 1970s
which blew up the false (but convenient to the elites) narratives of
the Vietnam War.
They can’t paint Assange with the "fake news" brush, so they exile
him just as the old Soviet regime exiled Andrei Sakharov in
1980, a hero of the Soviet Union and laureate of the Nobel Peace
Prize in 1975.
Please note that the Soviet Union collapsed a decade after exiling
Ramping up repression and
official propaganda, strangling dissent and marginalizing
independent skeptics are the desperate, last-ditch tactics of
a doomed regime that only serves the interests of insiders
There are many pathways to collapse, with financial collapse being a
favorite of regimes that print/borrow immense sums to buy off their
populace and enrich the insiders/elites - for example, Venezuela:
When the Soviet regime exiled Sakharov in 1980, everybody assumed
the USSR was permanent and impregnable to collapse.
In other words,
"it can’t happen
But it did happen, and
believing "it can’t happen here" did nothing but hasten the