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Justin Raimondo: The American Empire, RIP

When will historians of the future date the beginning of the decline and fall of the American empire?

The question may seem presumptuous. The idea that the American Century is a relic of the past, and we are entering a "new world order" of divided rather than hegemonic power, is relatively new, and still controversial. There are those who insist it ain’t necessarily so, primarily neocons of the second mobilization such as Robert Kagan, who are quick to reassure all right-thinking patriotic Americans that we’re still Number One and warn against the fatal lure of committing "superpower suicide."

To the rest of us, however – that is, to everyone outside the neocons’ cultic universe – the signs of the Great American Contraction are everywhere, most noticeably in the incomes, productivity, and general economic well-being of ordinary Americans.

Our own CIA – never a friend to the neocons, but that’s another story – avers this condition is the single greatest threat to our national security: not Iran, not terrorism, but the very real threat of national bankruptcy. Our national debt is over 100 percent of GDP.

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Great Article

The reason Westmoreland did not get the 200,000 troops he wanted to "win" was that the government felt they might be needed to keep order at home. They were afraid the situation in the US might deteriorate to that point.

Now the situation is 100% reversed, now they are AFRAID to demobilize large numbers of troops because of the destabilizing impact this would have domestically. That is why they will almost have to start another war somewhere.

To those attacking Raimondo...

Just because you don't like Raimondo's criticism of Rand doesn't give you a license to spew ABSOLUTE LIES about him. The only people you are fooling are those who aren't familiar with Raimondo's body of work.

Shame on you guys!

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so raimondo is a commie? no wonder he doesn't like rand, lmao

everything is really for a reason

like i been saying.. the rand hating comes primarily from the left in this movement, many of whom likely are even registered dem

It's apparent...

you know exactly ZERO about Raimondo and are just commenting off the cuff to suit your agenda. Raimondo is a giant among libertarian-conservatives. Shame on you.

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Where did you get this. From the nutjobs posting below?

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Free includes debt-free!

This is a pure spin

that will delight mostly Blue Republicans. Focusing only on GOP and our wars does not tell the whole story. USA political left and center are equally responsible for USA economic decline. "Group rights", social programs, trade unions in government offices, affirmative-action, government student loans, forcing banks to lend to sub-prime applicants, immigration - all resulted in more taxes, regulations, and inflation, thus, destroying long-term capital, competition and profitability. Even before neo-cons, JFK was rabidly pushing Vietnam war and welfare state.

This article simplifies things and is designed for a simpleton mind:
US Collapse -> our wars -> neo-cons - > the Jew.

You're right. Your comment is pure spin.

A bunch of unrelated garbage posted to hold the topping.

It's topped with the suggestive hint of anti-semetism.

Free includes debt-free!

"It's topped with the suggestive hint of anti-semetism."

just like every other one of his/her comments.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

You're absolutely right!

Raimondo went left when he began supporting my friend Ralph Nader and never turned back.. his support base became progressive and instead of standing as a Libertarian he caved in.

You are just revealing..

that you don't know much at all about Raimondo and fabricating that he must be some liberal left-leaning mouthpiece when the OPPOSITE is true.

He is a self-described "conservative paleo-libertarian" who aligns himself with Old Right and has ALWAYS been against govt interventionism culturally, domestically, fiscally in addition to foreign policy and war. Raimondo joined YAF in the 1970's and worked with Rothbard at times.

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I have read

his works - mostly spin from cover to cover. Justin was not irked by Rothbard campaigning against Goldwater and supporting the socialist party "New Left."

You said:

"does not tell the whole story. USA political left and center are equally responsible for USA economic decline. "Group rights", social programs, trade unions in government offices, affirmative-action, government student loans, forcing banks to lend to sub-prime applicants, immigration -"

Either you are being lazy or dishonest. I parsed your claim and nearly every phrase is shown to be false below with references and quotes from Raimondo:

One of many of Raimondo's rants against illegal immigration and open borders
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/04/27/south-of-the-b...

"The American Left of the nineties, for whom victimology and group rights has replaced Marxist socialism as an animating ideology, has been well-prepared to accept and enthusiastically endorse interventionism and militarism in the name of political correctness. "
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2008/05/23/into-the-bosni...

"There are only so many "social" programs through which the government can spread its largesse, buy political support from various constituencies, and justify a debt measured in the trillions. Short of flinging wads of bills from airplanes and showering the populace with Federal Reserve notes, when a slump occurs – as a natural result of government-created "bubbles" popping – the politicians in Washington have trouble coming up with reasonable-sounding "stimuli" to quicken the nation’s failing economic pulse."
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/01/27/americas-forei...

"The US government did the same thing during the cold war era, when the US subsidized democratic socialists in the labor unions and among the intelligentsia in order to challenge the hegemony of the Communists on the left. What this meant, in practice, was that plenty of ex-Trotskyites and professional turncoats enjoyed lucrative careers, courtesy of the American taxpayers. In this particular case the line for the gravy-train is going to be extra long."
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2012/06/24/regime-changer...

One of many of a long line of Raimondo articles harshly critical of unions
http://www.lewrockwell.com/raimondo/raimondo144.html

"Consider the consequences of capitulating to the affirmative actionists in this way: every college professor (and presumably every student) would be given a political vetting by government bureaucrats, educators, and the courts."
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j042803.html

Raimondo supporting Ron Paul's anti-affirmative action stances
http://takimag.com/article/why_the_beltway_libertarians_are_...

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Read most his stuff from from 2001, forward.

Your are a pretender, and a cherry picker. How very neocon of you.

Free includes debt-free!

Hear! Hear!

pure dishonesty

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it was a thought provoking article

and i appreciate what he was trying to say but pretty much disagree with all of it :) by all of it mean his conclusion of when the decline started and his facts to back it up

Raimondo...

as always, kicks donkey. :)

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Raimondo shining example of an activist

Wars one of the ways they keep us in slavery here.
Raimondo tells the truth.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

The collapse started in 2000

But it collapsed in 1921, 1929 and 1980. This tims let's kick it while it's down!

http://www.dailypaul.com/272631/video-top-bodybuilder-warns-...

Free includes debt-free!

Thanks my friend

As a poet I have this poetic expression:
"the evil machine has to die."

Once the evil machine dies the restoration of the American Republic can begin.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15