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The Great Betrayal

Updated on August 2, 2012

By John Franzen

The Great Betrayal by Patrick J. Buchanan is one of the great thrillers of our time. It is truly a great work of literature and culture that will come into it’s own and will be known as what Buchanan increasingly refers to as a “fire bell in the night”. In this book, Buchanan delves into the history of the United States’ economic policy and observes that as protectionism nurtures the industrial base to its greatest heights, the best in the world, the new era of post-WWII empire gives way to free trade and see the squandering of our markets to foreign Nations; in a few words, his 2000 campaign for the presidency would have taken into account how ridiculous it is to “pay nations not to fight one another” at our own expense. Our absolute detriment, as it were, for throughout history those Nations dependent upon foreign trade have always suffered, no more so than the United States when its hand was forced to declare independence or when in 1807 it declared a tariff on all European imports, and never more than now as our federal debt reaches astronomical levels of the highest consequence.

The basic argument against protectionism is this: it is shortsighted, selfish, and leads to war. Thus throughout the coming of modern Western civilization did some men come to believe in global free trade, a dogma which became almost God-like in it’s ability to solve mankind’s war problem. For these types, unfiltered trade was what prevented war and the self interest of Nations was always in conflict with an order they sought to bring about, free trade with no end. Aristotle once said that the ideal State would have an average number of merchants, so as to avoid their influence of National policy. This self interest of the Nation-State was now immoral because war was immoral, even if it was by coercion and deceit it was prevented. In fact, the Nation-State was itself immoral because it was the actor that waged war and by the theory of global free trade would one day be superseded by the global economic regime, which unconcerned with National security, operated at all times for all people no matter the consequences.

Ideally, the consequence was that people would give up their independence in exchange for a fully functioning, never ending global trade regime in which goods were always the cheapest they could possibly be and every former Nation housed a people who specialized in at least one of the worlds commodities. It used to be that American’s specialized in freedom; according to the new order, Americans would not make cars, electronics, clothing, or any of the things modern Nations require and the things that made us the envy of the world; these things would be made in slave-wage countries. Their workers were cheaper, the governments did not go to war to expand their economic self sufficiency, and at the heart of it all the Western consumer was presented with the cheapest product they could possibly have; and thus materialistically we could have it all. We just couldn’t have the jobs. Or our honor, for in the new way we had to learn our place to market forces. We were no longer people, but they the producers and we, the greatest and largest market in the world, the consumers, all to tie the world economy together and prevent any Nation from conflicting self interest. For years, men argued that there were higher values than economy. It was in the heart of the Cold War that the Presidency began to go exclusively to unbridled free traders, who disagreed with every President before them, for the sake of buying allies. In the post-Cold War years, the Bush-Clinton era, this came to be known as the New World Order.

What the global free traders want is an economic regime that chips away at any sense of sovereignty among Nation’ states. Making them powerless politically by forcing their hand economically. But it is here, Buchanan argues, that the game, while deeply in progress, is bound to fail. For a Nation acts on greater principle than economy; higher values permeate all decisions. Were these values to appear inextricably compromised, the Nation would turn its path, or inevitably it would collapse. The backlash in tying all Nations to the largest market, the United States is that while we are preventing a world of colliding Powers, we are being taken to the bank and suffer as fools. The reason the world is not fighting itself is simple: why would they? They have access to, and are currently plundering, the greatest market in the world. As they grow their GDP, they use the umbrella of the N.W.O. to advance their true interests, and it’s no so much in disguise. Europe uses it’s benefits from the deal to expand the European Union and gain political control over the economically weak PIIGS, as they are currently using their high trade surpluses to finance bailouts. China uses it’s $600B trade surplus and it’s devalued currency to build an Army that is at its core coming for the United States’ global hegemony, at least in the Asian realm. Japan murdered our television and computer industries by dumping cheap product until out home grown companies were dead.

As is shown by Buchanan, the history of free trade is that of an oppressor trying to conquer markets. The British were by far the greatest free-traders of the modern age. Repeatedly, Europe was sent into chaos because of it’s heavy reliance on trade. But the United States was isolationist because it refused to play political games with its economy, and it was kept out of European wars by refusing to play ball; high tariffs were the rule, and not the exception in the greatest hours of the American Republic. And those tariffs made the Nation strong, resilient, and self sufficient. The American Dream as it used to be was this: the American people were a sturdy race who had the means and the will to provide for themselves and their families. Americans would enjoy the greatest success of any people in the world. But no longer. It is now shameful to put Americans above other people, and it is our exclusive duty to play world police for the sake of helping these oppressed Nations.

And this is where the globalists and the nationalists diverge. Globalists believe that the coercion and force of the market should be used to bind the world together. Nationalists understand that this is a fairy tale, and that what appears to the dreamers to be a functioning global economy is in fact a cover for a great pyramid scheme where sovereignty and wealth is slowly transferred and drained to a global elite. There is indeed an echelon of this new global society that pays no allegiance to anyone or anything, but money.

As the global economy is focused on efficiency, transnational corporations invest capital in countries where labor is the cheapest and profit is the highest. With no American import tariffs this translates thusly: the greatest market Nation on earth’s fortune 500 companies move to slave-wage Asian countries to profit from the ever-increasing consumption of the American people. In the process, American industry is strangled. And tens of millions lose jobs Ronald Reagan saved Harley in the 1980’s. That is the exception, not the rule. He let other industries continue to perish. The television industry perished decades before. In our day, Obama bailed out the auto industries, but did he save them, or merely throw them a lifeline that is not tied to the ship? For if we do not stymie foreign imports then the auto industries will go under, and that is a fact.

All of what Buchanan said has come to pass, and while he was once optimistic for the Nation as he ran for the Presidency, a decade has passed and the worst nightmares predicted in The Great Betrayal have come to pass. The GOP is nothing but a Cold War regime focused on foreign policy; and the Party of Government depends on a horde of voters tied to them by handouts. The unfortunate thing is this: both are host to the diehard conviction that global free trade is in the best interests of the United States.

But if this were true, China would not be modernizing its aircraft carriers and submarine fleet. We would not be shelling out hundreds of billions in foreign aid while our treasury is ransacked and re-filled with worthless IOU’s, which have been printed lately to the tune of potentially trillions. The risk for inflation is real, and the reason underlying such a scenario is sweet justice for failed policies. When Russia awoke from its Cold War experiment, it found the economy in shambles and suffered a great loss of productivity, a rising drug problem, and a demographic crisis losing millions of people every year to disease and shortened life. The United States is facing a similar such problem. In the wake of free trade treaties to tie every Nation to us, the host has become paralyzed. As trade deficits soar around us and hostile nations devalue their currency the American people bleed jobs to Nations that are acting in their self interest. But we are not. We are not! They are!

Is the United States considered a miracle worker? The truth is, we cannot prevent war forever through bribery and coercion. One day, when our enemies have the power they wanted from us, they will come knocking at the door and take the rest. It is foolish and utopian to watch as our market is plundered by foreign nationals at the expense of our own people.

After all, what is the point of a Nation if not to take care of it’s people? Are we all supposed to live in the N.W.O., and forget the Nation-State?

For those who think this, remember the globalist elite. They are far worse for a member of a Nation than anything else. They make profits on the cheapness of human life. They make a man work, and they take away his culture, and they expect him to do so without a fight. But there will come a time when we will choose the fight or it will be chosen for us.

The prescriptions Buchanan gave in 1997 are still viable, although he has honestly moved on to believing that the Establishment in place is not concerned. A lot of people have.

Nonetheless, if the American republic makes its way through this uncertain period in history, after the trial that is sure to come after years of folly, there is a new way through.

Before we can fix the Culture, the society, and the divergence of the people we must begin with the economy. For it is the friendly cooperation of a people that binds them together.

To fix the deficit and reverse the bleeding of jobs(as well as reinvigorate production), tariffs on all imported goods, to make revenue on giving foreigners access to the greatest and most lucrative market in the world; they will pay Buchanan assures us. And why wouldn’t they? We are the greatest consumer Nation in history. Let’s take advantage of that.

Also, A reevaluation of the income tax and abolition of the IRS. Instead, a simplified tax code known as the National Sales Tax is a good start. It taxes consumption but does not tax capital, income, or savings. It is the perfect way to allow people to keep the money they want to keep and tax them only when they spend it.

If the American Nation is to stay together, we must first fix our economy and assert our place in the global economy. If the United States does not wish to assert itself, it will be crushed under the weight of the world.

The Great Betrayal is a must read for anyone wishing to understand why the economy continues to fail after the bailouts. To put it frankly, the government is out of touch with the American people for a reason. They’re more concerned with the global economy. And until we find a government that truly cares, the American people will continue to lose. The American Nation is in decline, and if any of us wish to preserve it we must take back control of our inheritance: the greatest Nation in history!


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      6 years ago

      Yeah we get the stuff without having to work for it.

      The Chinese get the jobs, but their standard of living is horrible compared to the U.S.

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      6 years ago from Iowa

      With the exception of the loss of high paying jobs and a relegation to a service oriented economy that sounds about right. I guess as the economy is tanking we'll just have to decide if those things are important.

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      6 years ago

      China gets a bunch of dollars that depreciate each year by say 4%, while we get a bunch of Chinese made stuff like iphones, computers, etc.

      Since they have too many dollars they just loan them back to us.

      Its all work no play for China.

      I think the U.S. with the trade deficit, gets the best deal out of this one.

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      6 years ago from Iowa

      Agreed, but the trade deficits and outsourcing from completely open markets takes away the sovereignty of a Nation. Trade should be mutually beneficial, and it seems that although cheap, our current policies seem to be sending money out with much less coming in. It is quite like the early days of the Republic; will there be another, pseudo-socialist, or nationalist, revolution?

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      6 years ago

      Trade is mutually beneficial, the word itself says it. I have something I don't really want I give it to you for something I want.

      The reason the U.S. was so dominant in world trade, is because Europe basically committed suicide with two world wars and China had not entered the world market.

      Buchanan is a psuedo-socialist.


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