Reality appears to be less ignored than politicians are admitting. The U.S. government talks up economic ‘recovery’ and leans on its obedient media to do the same but it has armed even its Department of Agriculture to the teeth with weaponry usually reserved to police and military operations. It talks like a world straddling power but the U.S. now sends advisers to places it recently sent troops. Military budgets are being cut and in a telling replay of history, NATO has left Ukraine naked in the cold Russian wind, announcing that new NATO members were not presently wanted. Europe once again is leaving Ukraine on the wrong side of the West’s border.
Europe and the U.S. have spent so much on their social programs that they cannot finance their own defense as they once did, forget foreign adventures. Their profligate spending is threatening the international system of finance as Russian and China are now adding the rest of theBRICS countries to their “dump the dollar” international currency war. “He who has eyes to see, let him see”, as the ancient Scripture put it. Mr. Putin can see the tea leaves; he has gone adventuring in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine; China is claiming the entire China sea’s resources from Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and others, furiously building nuclear missile submarines to back that up. Today’s children will not grow up in their parents’s world.
The European Union resembles down-at-heels used to be rich folk trying to hold the family together in the face of inability to support the indigent relatives; the United States is still trying to pretend while quietly letting the servants go and arming those at the gates. As Argentina moves toward its umpteenth international bankruptcy, most of the world is saying “tsk – tsk” while lining up right behind it, trying not to be noticed.
That’s the latest in the Real World. We are supposed to ignore all that as our politicians act as though they are doing, paying attention to the World Cup games instead. A distressingly large chunk of us seems to be doing just that. It reminds us of a standard childhood tale called: “The Three Little Pigs.” In that tale, only one piglet troubled himself to construct a wolf-proof house and thereby remained uneaten …