It is symptomatic that in the history of postcommunist societies the greatest political and journalistic hatchet jobs were against those who had doubts about granting the communists first immunity, then privileges.

Professor Ryszard Legutko

On the Fourth of July I received best wishes from a Romanian friend, Dr. Anca Maria Cernea. I could not help asking what Romanians were saying about the ongoing assault on America’s national symbols — the toppling of statues, the burning of flags (not to mention the pillaging and burning of stores, the defunding of police departments and rising crime in cities like Chicago and New York).

She reported that the Romanian media, like our own, was not trustworthy. However, the mindset of Romania “is still so pro-American that no politician or journalist, who has career plans, would dare to openly say anything against America.” Nevertheless, the Romanian media spreads doubt about the United States through “distorted information, and they generally attack President Trump, as they used to praise Obama.”

More interesting, she said, is the public reaction on the Romanian internet: “no matter how biased media articles, the comments underneath are usually quite okay. Normal people still have a lot of common sense and don’t buy leftist propaganda.” There is a caveat to this. The younger generation in Romania, she added, don’t have the experience of communism and don’t necessarily see the U.S. as the bastion of freedom on this planet.”

Despite the “disappearance” of overt totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe, covert totalitarian institutions continue to operate in those countries. This is by design, as the “fall of communism” left in its wake a powerful set of communist-controlled businesses, government agencies and media outlets — all of them deceptively affixing a “liberal” label. Looking to the West, our own leftists suddenly portrayed themselves as “centrists” while the entire political spectrum shifted leftward. To explain the phenomenon of “liberals” becoming more Marxist as Marxists became more “liberal,” it is helpful to remember a curious notion from Soviet Russia in the 1960s known as “East/West convergence.” This idea was first outlined by the father of the Soviet H-bomb, Andrei Sakharov. The point here, of course, is to show the strategic efficacy of inversions, reversals and ideological collapses — which can be used to convert free societies into totalitarian societies by deceptively turning totalitarian societies into free societies.

Returning our focus to the former Warsaw Pact countries, what we find is not a mere residue of an overthrown system, but a powerful fifth column left in place by the “departing” communist occupiers — with a significant hold on the media, culture and government. The same communists who operated a system of administrative tyranny for decades were, by sleight-of-hand, mainstreamed into “democrats” and fast friends of our Western “liberals.” In this episode of Decline and Fall the West’s elite resembled a pack of lobotomized cretins. In truth, the end of the Cold War was a kind of civilizational lobotomy, with conservatives crowing over a victory they had no business claiming as communists took over the very schools and universities that were educating everybody’s children.

Meanwhile, as the communists were not purged from the newly minted “democracies” of Eastern Europe, they were free to use their political, financial and administrative advantages to play the free market game. Subsequently, there has been no true accounting of the West’s losses, especially in terms of economic forfeitures and long-term strategic disorientation. One only has to hear the alternating and confusing claims of Sean Hannity; a broadcaster who often reminds us of communism’s defeat in the Cold War, now alarmed at a communist insurrection on the streets of Minneapolis, New York, Seattle and Portland, etc.

It seems, per Reagan’s slogan of “Morning in America,” they had mistakenly misidentified the twilight’s last gleaming. We fooled ourselves in those days, and we kept fooling ourselves. We failed to discover the real, underlying, ideology of Clinton and Obama (whose presidencies dominated the post-Cold War era), and we failed to identify what were, almost certainly, domestic linkages to long range Russian and Chinese plans. Our envelopment all but completed, we now wait for the red circle to close around us.

Was Eastern Europe a poison pawn in the Great Game? What is the strategic value of these small European nations? Compare them to Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, which was never really built. What is the value of Hungary or Romania next to the post-Cold War neglect of America’s nuclear arsenal? Have our strategic calculations been sound? — to defend more countries than before, with fewer and older weapons?

And what other countries were lost in exchange for those in Eastern Europe? Revisiting the “Domino Theory,” the communists won the civil war in Angola. They took mineral-rich Zaire (now Congo) in 1997. They took Nepal. They’ve now got control of Nicaragua, and don’t forget Venezuela with all its oil. South Africa, another mineral storehouse, is under absolute Marxist control, militarily aligned with Russia and China. These communist victories were won after the Soviet Union “collapsed.” Did anyone bother to notice? Did anyone reckon the consequences if a new Cold War should erupt?

Who yet grasps the consequences of Moscow and Beijing’s “long deception”? I dare say no one does. Not one senator, not one Congressman, not one general or admiral, not one television pundit. Even our maverick president, possessed of an instinctive distrust of received wisdom, cannot break the magic spell cast by Gorbachev’s “perestroika” and the supposed collapse of the Soviet Union.

The conventional mind casts about for a familiar refrain, for a stock phrase, for a trusty shibboleth. “Reagan won the Cold War.” “Communism is dead.” “America is the only superpower.” There are those, more cunning in the defense of their make-believe world, who will say that I have exaggerated the competence of the Russian special services and the Kremlin. Of course, that argument misrepresents what I am saying; for in politics as in war, Murphy’s Law prevails. Yet, If Russia bungles while following a consistent policy, such bungling will eventually prevail over the bungling inconsistency of the United States government.

Fantastic? Impossible? No. Just politics as usual, and history as it has always been told. Those who are weak and stupid lose to those who are strong and cunning. Oh! And you thought your good intentions would protect you? — Only if such intentions could, perchance, stop a thief or a murderer. Good intentions can be useful, but not for bulletproofing. Not for national defense.

There is yet another point which should be underscored: Communist power did not begin or end with the Soviet Union. When Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote about a “specter … haunting Europe — the specter of communism,” they were describing a new secular religion that initially recruited its true believers from the working class and intelligentsia. Today that same religion has evolved into a interlocking web of organizations and movements, sporting new subversive creeds.

We should not expect the Bolsheviks of 2020 to sound like the Bolsheviks of 1917. Communism, as a political religion, is adaptive in its pathological desire to destroy. It may appear to have shifting principles; but that is an illusion, because destruction and dissolution are its ruling principles. If communism is sometimes at war with capitalism, sometimes in business with the capitalists, we should not be confused; because both policies can be used dialectically to bring about destructive effects. The consistency of communism is not found in its opposition to the market, or even in opposition to democracy, but in its criminal propensities.

The conservatives of the 1980s, here in America, never really understood communism, and they never understood how it operated in Eastern Europe. In December 2018, when I interviewed the ailing Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, he wholeheartedly agreed that America never understood its Cold War enemy. I asked him why. He said, “because communism is complicated and Americans want easy answers.”

I reminded Bukovsky of a speech he gave in 1988, before the Intercollegiate Studies Institute at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. He was introduced as someone who had “come from Hell, not empty handed,” Bukovsky steadfastly berated his American hosts:

My friends know that I always grumble about the shortcomings of the West, and the United States in particular — about wishful thinking and shortsightedness, lack of political leadership….

Bukovsky admitted that things had been much worse, ten to fifteen years earlier (under Nixon, Ford and Carter), but the situation under Reagan was by no means adequate. Bukovsky likened the West to the beggar in a popular Russian Joke. The beggar was walking down the street on a rainy day wearing only one shoe, happily singing. People who saw the beggar were irritated and said, “What’s the matter with you? Are you crazy? Look! You have lost a shoe!” — “Oh no,” replied the beggar, “I’ve just found a shoe.”

Like the beggar in the story, the West imagined — watching Gorbachev — they had “found a shoe.” The fact that the West was cheated by Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin has not been fully appreciated. Bukovsky warned that Gorbachev had no intention of turning Russia into a real democracy. Therefore, he added, “The West’s current infatuation with Gorbachev is quite ridiculous.”

The West was being fleeced by Moscow in those days. Billions were being given to the Kremlin. Bukovsky pointedly asked, “Why do we have to pay for glasnost and perestroika?” And what did we get in the end? Thirty years later Russia has rearmed, having gained access to Western technology. Russia now threatens NATO as never before.

But there is more. Thirty years later we have communist mobs openly marching through the streets of America, pulling down statues of George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, denouncing our ordered liberty as “systemic racism.” How will our conservatives, so full of braggadocio in 1991, live down their declaration of victory in 2020? Anyone who dared to think more carefully at the time would have seen through it. But anyone who dared interrupt the victory celebration was disregarded. The intellectual hero of that time was Francis Fukuyama, whose End of History was nothing but the disgraceful confession of a serial self-deceiver — typical of our Sovietologists.

Is it possible to pour a bucket of ice water over an entire country? At this late hour, in a country under siege, would it do any good? Well, this essay is my bucket of ice water, fetched up from cold depths — and dumped on you all.

Are you awake now?

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34 thoughts on “The View From Eastern Europe

  1. Jeff, not sure if I can have your comment, David DuByne who runs the Adapt2030 Channel on YouTube just released this video, the news from China is grim, the country’s food and grain supply has been wiped out due to the Yangtze Floods related to the Grand Solar Minimum. Also many cities and villages along the Yangtze have been flooded and from the same video, the People’s Liberation Army is now resorting to blowing up dams to relieve flooding from the Yangtze:

    1. The flooding in China continues. The Three Gorges Dam is buckling. Its going to collapse soon if the rains don’t let up. Does this cause China to become more aggressive or less aggressive? That is the question we should be asking at this point.

      1. Jeff, I think it will cause China to become more aggressive because their food supply have been wiped out and also from what I read at least 200 million people have been displaced. Jeff just wanting to ask your opinion if the food supply in China becomes a problem, do you think the Chinese Communist Party could very well invade other countries in order to control the food supply, the scenario is War Over Food, do you think it is possible that India, Australia and the United States could very well be invaded because of the agriculture?

      2. It is a good question. I think they would have to revise any plans they have had on seizing any more of the Spratley and Paracel islands, and definitely have to put off any plans of attacks on other nation(s) until they could clean up the mess they created. It would be at least several years before they would be ready again.
        My question would be, would the CCP invade Russia for having helped them build a poorly constructed dam?
        It is a possibility, as the Soviet – CCP have had several times in the past where they faced off along the Siberian border they share.
        Anything can happen when you have no trust in those you consider to be allies.

      3. It almost seems like the wrath of God on China. Earthquakes, floods, locusts from India, and probably mass numbers of Chinese becoming more and more aware of how incompetent and corrupt the CPP is. The Three Gorges dam will be seen as another example of “tofu” construction that will result in extreme damage.

      4. China’s misfortunes may help us survive. But we have to wake a lot of people here and stop the enemy within if we are to have a real chance.

  2. I’m not sure I could bring myself to like this, 😐 even though I respect the work.

    We were warned in the 1850’s to pray for the conversion of Russia. Or leadership ignored the warning and instead prayed for the world. The increasing spread of Secularism worldwide and the militaristic nature of recent movements indicate the nature of our peril.

    Thank you for your honesty Mr Nyquist.

    1. You are thinking of the Fatima prophecy of 1917 during WWI when the Virgin Mary appeared to 3 young children in Portugal. One of the messages the children were given was for the Pope to consecrate Russia ti the Immaculate heart of Mary. Some say that it was done, and some say it wasn’t done. It is actually fairly easy to see that it was not done, as the Communists are still very much in control of Russia.

      1. Yes, Fatima relays the explicit message about Russia. Lourdes sets the scene and warns of wars and disasters if genuine repentance does not occur. Oops 😮

    2. Russia in the 1850’s didn’t really need “conversion.” In 1911 a handful of Jewish bankers lobbied for the abrogation of the 1832 Treaty with Russia. The ever spineless Congress gave in to their demands and thus ended this treaty with America’s best ally. Then the same bankers gave us the “Federal Reserve” and it’s muscle squad, the IRS. IF that wasn’t enough they then fomented and financed the Bolshevik Revolution and the rest is…

      1. The Bolshevik Revolution was financed by order of the Kaiser and German government through the bank of Siberia. American Jewish bankers had nothing to do with it.

  3. Good Day from South Africa. Looking back in the light of what you have said above it is startlingly clear how we have been deceived. I remember clearly how the useful idiots told the white voters that “communism has been defeated” and “South Africa helped” with that by “fighting against the communist forces” on the borders.

    The deception went like this: Democracy in South Africa was now possible because “communism was finished”. In the process The Republic of South Africa – a First World country created by Europeans in spite of the African morass in which it had to be built – was handed to the communists who used brute force to intimidate the blacks (see People’s War by Anthea Jeffery) and violently destroy all opposition whilst blaming it all on the (mostly white) security forces. All leading up to a “democratic” one-man-one-vote election – a process whereby the term “democracy” was weaponized to install the tyranny of the majority and hand South Africa and all her people to the forces of evil.

    South Africa and all her mineral wealth now stand firmly on the side of the communists. The West in it’s idiocy still give money to the kleptomaniacs who have destroyed almost everything that was built up over three hundred years. In following the BLM maniacs in the US they have even cut the head off the statue of Cecil John Rhodes situated against the side of Table Mountain.

    Heaven only knows what will have to be done to reverse the damage done to the countries and the peoples that was once known as “The West”. I hate to say it but I think our survival is now at stake and the odds are stacked against us.

    1. Your country was a special target of the communists. They harvested your country first after 1991. The world did not see the danger of losing South Africa to the communist bloc. Now they will be forced to make very difficult choices.

  4. We who have followed your work for over 20 years now have known these things. We are at a point where this strategy of Russia/China moves to a final phase. These two nations and their surrogates have persecuted and killed and imprisoned millions of God’s people and others who don’t agree with them or their methods. And it truly is shocking to see their proxies in the U.S. Government. All we can do is watch it play out and try to alert as many as possible. Maybe there are some in government who know what we know and are trying to get to the President. I pray continually for prophets of God to rise up in our government like Daniel, Joseph and Esther of old. I believe the flooding in China is paralyzing their infrastructure. This is the hand of God. God is our only hope. The nations plot and conspire and imagine a vain thing and God sits in the Heavens and laughs, Psalm 2. Please read this short Psalm. It tells us all we need to know. God is involved in the politics of this world. His Son is seated at His right hand as the Ruler of this world having conquered the great deceiver of this world.

    “In the annals of human history, the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, appear as if dependent on the will and prowess of man; the shaping of events seems, to a great degree, to be determined by his power, ambition, or caprice. But in the Word of God the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, above, behind, and through all the play and counter play of human interest and power and passions, the agencies of the All-merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will.” – Prophets and Kings, 499

    Daniel 5:21 “The Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses.”

    Daniel 2:20“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. 21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. 22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. 44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

    4:34 “For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. 35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the hosts of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?”

    7:13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”

    Psalm 2
    Why do the nations rage,
    And the people plot a vain thing?
    The kings of the earth set themselves,
    And the rulers take counsel together,
    Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
    “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
    And cast away Their cords from us.”
    He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
    The Lord shall hold them in derision.
    Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
    And distress them in His deep displeasure:
    “Yet I have set My King
    On My holy hill of Zion.”
    “I will declare the decree:
    The Lord has said to Me,
    ‘You are My Son,
    Today I have begotten You.
    Ask of Me, and I will give You
    The nations for Your inheritance,
    And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
    You shall break them with a rod of iron;
    You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”
    Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
    Be instructed, you rulers of the earth.
    Serve the Lord with fear,
    And rejoice with trembling.
    Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
    And you perish in the way,
    When His wrath is kindled but a little.
    Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

    1. While I think that a Christian must think that God is in some way involved in the politics of the world, I also think that this can be taken to excess. The medievals symbolically counterbalanced the idea of Providence with the idea of Fortune, the symbolic goddess who spins her wheel, “now trampling mighty kings beneath her feet, now setting the conquered in the victors seat.” This idea seems useful, if only to counteract the danger of imparting divine will to the fickle and often unjust fluctuations of history. The Book of Job would seem to support the idea that divine justice and will are not present him ordinary historical events in a way that is comprehensible to us. The idea of Fortune is also a good prophylactic against historical dialecticalism. I am not sure if it is possible for human beings to comprehend the workings of Providence in historical events, and it might be dangerous for them to try.

      1. Misfortune is part of existence. It rains on the just and the unjust alike. It would be a serious error to think that only bad people experience car accidents and terminal illnesses; that only bad people lose their businesses, suffer the death of a spouse or a child. A person must live in a bubble, completely cut off from real life, to think that bad things don’t happen to good people. Sorry to say, the world has been accurately described as a veil of tears. Providence, in this regard, is not something mortals can understand — because our perspective is grounded in material existence. We can hardly imagine a higher vantage point, from which misfortune may be seen as an act of God’s mercy while good fortune, leading to arrogance and slackness, may be the worst calamity imaginable.

      2. Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 both reveal that God knows the future of the nations. There is no fortune or misfortune involved. There was the Babylon Empire, then Persia, then Greece and then Rome followed by the European nations. We see angelic involvement in Daniel 10. In the New Testament we see God thwarting Herod’s attempt to kill the baby. We see His providential leading of the Christ in the midst of liberal and legalist leaders of Israel as well as Pilate and Rome. Jesus is now seated as the King of this world. As such He can decree whatever He chooses. The last book, Revelation, reveals Satan going to the leaders of this world to gather them together for the last great battle. Read Rev. 16:14 and 20:7-9. That is what is happening now imho. Satan is going to all the leaders to gather them into a tyranny, but America must fall first to accomplish this end. We see communistic forces because tyranny works best for Satan. Will this nation overcome them? I’m a patriot and I want to believe it can and it can. But does it have the will? The enemies of America are entrenched everywhere even in our politicians. God help us if the election coming is stolen. But in the end we know God will have the last word. In Revelation 20:9 fire comes down upon Satan and all the leaders he has assembled and Jesus finally returns as promised. But to get back to whether God is involved or not. I think He leaves things up to the people. God is a big believer in freedom. But I’ll leave you with this verse to unpack:
        Acts 17:26 “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being… 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

      3. Per your comments on Providence and Fortune, my understanding of such comes from my grandfather’s escape from Lenin/Trotsky’s red army in which he made his way to Romania and met my grandmother. The sobering thing about such horrors as that many of us, good or bad, would not exist without them.

    2. Psalm 2’s context is the rebellion of kings against God and the rulership of Israel’s God over the nations. In the end of days, it seems like Psalm 2 is being amplified now to being about “the people” being in total rebellion against the God of heaven. Of course the kings in our “democratic” day, hide behind the mobs working their will through the mob. What we are witnessing is something far greater then the descent of a nation into bondage of rebellion but this is happening globally. We are seeing whole cloth people groups at large raising wicked fists into the air. But God is going to have the last laugh as Christ returns with flaming fire of indignation and vengence against all the wicked. Jesus Christ is coming to establish a global throne over the nations from Jerusalem.

  5. Jeff, thank you being “ a voice crying out in the wilderness”. Those who believe as you do often feel alone. I often hope you ( we) are wrong but I do have eyes that see!

      1. Don’t be dismayed. Heavy lies the crown of knowing the truth and yet hardly any will listen. The masses will no more listen to us than they listened to CHRIST HIMSELF! Thank you for your accomplished work Most High God!!

      2. You are NEVER alone Jeff! Heavy lies the crown of knowing the truth and yet hardly any will listen. The masses will no more listen to us than they listened to CHRIST HIMSELF! Thank you for your accomplished work Most High God!!

  6. Jeff, not sure if you can comment, this is a video of John Casey at a Orlando Tea Party Event in 2015, I am not sure if he is referring to Khabibullo Abdussamatov the Head of the Pulkovo Observatory who has been warning about the Grand Solar Minimum, he mentions that what the Russians are warning of the Grand Solar Minimum when it came to disaster estimation would be biblical in terms. Also just letting you know, Southern China just had their corn wiped out from locusts

    In the video John Casey mentions that the Global Warming theory has done immense damage as the public and the Government are not aware of the coming Grand Solar Minimum.

    Also I have been discussing with a Uyghur person on Twitter who had been telling me that Xinjiang had been getting snow in July and when I told him that we will be heading into the Grand Solar Minimum and things could be

    1. The weather problem appears to be real. The food crisis is already affecting China in a very large way. Is the West safeguarding its food supply?

      1. Jeff, not sure if you can comment, I was doing a search on Semantic Scholar which is a free academia/research website. According to Dr Khabibullo Abdusammatov and other climate scientists who are warning about the Grand Solar Minimum, Solar Cycle 25 will be similar to the Dalton Minimum and estimates that Solar Cycle 25 will run until the 2030’s. Solar Cycle 26 which is estimated to begin around the 2030’s according to Dr Khabibullo Abdusammatov and other climate Scientists will be similar to the Maunder Minimum and estimates are it could go on for 90 years. Solar Cycle 27 is also estimated by Dr Khabibullo Abdusammatov and other climate Scientists will be similar to the Maunder Minimum. John Casey who warned the consequences of the Grand Solar Minimum would be biblical and is there a potential a war over food scenario could very well happen?

  7. My own observation, however, with people from Eastern Europe – here at my “outpost” in finlandised (if not to say: communist-colonised) Austria – doesn’t quite fit Dr. Cernea’s optimistic description. I mostly see people long back for the old socialist days, sick and tired of the anarcho-criminalism that presently holds their countries in its grip (unless they are themselves part of same anarcho-criminalism, in the first place, and Austria is packed with Eastern mafiyas). They want to see “law and order” again, yet – ironically – within the framework of their “good, old” socialism. As for their views about America – not unlike what we can see in the Islamic world – all kinds of wild (anti-American) conspiracy theories are in circulation (just look at what this “neo-Swede” Rudolf Baresic believes). There is little longing in these people’s hearts – from what I can see – for freedom and self-responsibility. Most of them appear to be content as soon as they have their bellies fed and their bills paid. My two-cents-worth of explanation: These populations, just like their still-communist leadership, have never been de-communised, either!.

  8. Should the ice water work, we might have a chance to change the course of this country; however, it is questionable when validation is given to elected representatives such as Socialist Sandy Cortez equating a defunded police society as being like a suburb and advocating for complete chaos that will give the poor, self-perceived repressed, and racial minorities the property (and therefore the life style) of the wealthy. America is fighting a veiled war for communism that uses propaganda and misinformation to sway and incite the poorly educated lackadaisical populace that does not want opportunity, but handouts. And, the influence of social media has not been at all helpful in maintaining whatever form of democracy and capitalism that remains.

    If, oh how I wish it were so, Americans had been but taught and learned the facts of socialism and communism, they might have their eyes wide open to the horrors that will befall us all when the curtain is pulled back and the truth is exposed.

    We have been walking the yellow brick road; however, unlike Dorothy, we will not be able to return home with a new found respect for the life and family we have. We are home.

    1. I could while away the hours
      Conferrin’ with the flowers,
      Consulting with the rain;
      And my head I’d be a scratchin’
      While my thoughts are busy hatchin’
      If I only had a brain.

      I’d unravel ev’ry riddle for my
      In trouble or in pain
      With the thoughts that you’ll be thinkin’
      You could be another Lincoln
      If you only had a brain.

      Oh, I, could tell you why
      The oceans near the shore
      I could think of things I’d never
      Thunk before,
      And then I’d sit down and think some more.

      I would not be just a muffin’,
      My head all full of stuffin’,
      My heart all full of pain;
      And perhaps I’d deserve you and be
      Even worthy even you
      If I only had a brain.

  9. According to this article on ZeroHedge: “And read the report in The Australian which notes that major defense strategists around the world last week undertook a “risk assessment” of potential military conflict between China and the US: they rate conflict in the next 12 months as “likely”; over the next two years as “highly likely”; and over the next three years as “almost certain”.”

    Also, Jeff, do you have any thoughts on the current decline in the value of the dollar?

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