The US: A Dead Nation Walking – Paul Craig Roberts – August 26, 2016 (Dr. Roberts has held academic appointments at Virginia Tech, Tulane University, University of New Mexico, Stanford University where he was Senior Research Fellow in the Hoover Institution, George Mason University where he had a joint appointment as professor of economics and professor of business administration, and Georgetown University where he held the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy in the Center for Strategic and International Studies.)
In contrast to Orlov, The Saker underestimates Russian military strength, but he does understand the constraints placed on Russian decisiveness by the Atlanticist Integrationists, who seem to count in their ranks the economic establishment including the central bank and perhaps the prime minister himself. Putin does not seem to be overly concerned with what appears to me to be a fifth column of Washington’s agents as Putin himself has placed heavy bets on achieving accommodation with the West. However, Putin has cracked down on the US-financed NGOs that have tried to destabilize Russia.
Western reporting and think tank and university reports on Russia are propaganda and are useless to understanding the situation. For example, in the current issue of The National Interest Thomas Graham, who had the Russian desk on the National Security Council during the George W. Bush regime, attributes the “destabilization of eastern Ukraine” to “Russia’s annexation of Crimea.” He avoids mentioning the US-orchestrated overthrow of an elected Ukrainian government and that Crimea voted overwhelmingly (97 percent) to rejoin Russia when faced with the Russophobic government Washington established in Kiev.
As we can see in sources such as the above, US NGOs have garnered a reputation for helping to overthrow democratically elected governments. (“Technically” the term NGO refers to something that might be expected to be tame. I plus one other individual could draw up a charter for an unincorporated nonprofit association and we could then truthfully claim to have a real “NGO”.) And now we can see what the Atlanticist Integrationists are about. And their giant NGOs are supported by giant tax-exempt foundations (“charities”).
Now that CES has been gifted this 2.4 million dollars (!!!), will we still be able to lobby for score voting, or will we be forced to lobby for the far weaker approval method?
Remember, with score voting we can give nine or ten votes to some Ralph Nader, and seven or eight “hedge” votes to some “lesser evil” candidate. But with multiple ones-or-nothings approval voting, if we want acceptable results, we must give exactly one vote to a Ralph Nader and exactly one vote to some “lesser evil” candidate. This is the “double-bind dilemma,” and it would more than likely ensure few-party lock-in.
So, what do we get here?