Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - Oct 1, 2022
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
If we believe the myth China is the only culture with long term planning and goals - no one looks at our own governments and elites for long arching plans and activities. Monday's Open Thread 9/26 - What's Latin for Unmitigated Evil? Dudum siquidem! identified the beginning of Europe's claim to divide all of the world to European nations. A few decades later after the Protestant nations of England and The Netherlands separated from the Catholic hierarchy each embarked on ocean travels claiming parts of the world.
English merchants were looking for a market to sell their primary export product harvested annually from sheep. They headed north since wool keeps people warm in winter and the Spanish and Portuguese controlled southern routes.
The Muscovy Company was an English trading company chartered in 1555. It was the first major chartered joint stock company, the precursor of the type of business that would soon flourish in England and finance its exploration of the world. The Muscovy Company had a monopoly on trade between England and Muscovy until 1698 and it survived as a trading company until the Russian Revolution of 1917. Since 1917 the company has operated as a charity, now working within Russia
The Muscovy Company traces its roots to the Company of Merchant Adventurers to New Lands (in full: "Mystery and Company of Merchant Adventurers for the Discovery of Regions, Dominions, Islands, and Places unknown") founded in 1551 by Richard Chancellor, Sebastian Cabot and Sir Hugh Willoughby, who decided to look for the Northeast Passage to China.
In 1571, the company's right to free trade and navigation down the Volga was revoked by Ivan IV, who had been offended by English demands to close Russian trade to other European nations. Jenkinson returned to Moscow in 1572 in an attempt to restore the company's privileges, a task at which he was largely successful. However, a cooling of Anglo-Russian relations was evident
Still searching for a north passage to China the Muscovy Company hired Captain Henry Hudson for his first two voyages in 1807 and 1608. His third was funded by The Dutch East India Company. Instead of exploring for a Northeast route as contracted his ship ended up mapping and exploring a by and river named by the Europeans as Hudson Bay and Hudson River. Identified potential areas for future settlement and trade within a few years called New Netherlands. His fourth and final voyage was funded by the Virginia Company and the British East India Company ended with mutiny.
Hudson's voyages were at the turning point in time when North America became a potential place for trade, not simply a barrier on the path to China trade.
The Four Voyages of Henry Hudson (23.48)
It is interesting, climate change with its continual warming has opened up two of the theorized Artic routes from Europe to China. As the world gets warmer the third route may become available for use.
Militaries Know That The Arctic Is Melting — Here's How They're Taking Advantage Business Insider June 3, 2014.
The region is stocked with valuable oil, gas, mineral, and fishery reserves. The U.S. estimates that a significant proportion of the Earth’s untapped petroleum — including about 15% of the world's remaining oil, up to 30% of its natural gas deposits, and about 20% of its liquefied natural gas — are stored in the Arctic seabed.
Russia wants the Northern Sea Route, where traffic jumped from four vessels in 2010 to 71 in 2013, to eventually rival the Suez Canal as a passage between Europe and Asia. And it could: The Northern Sea Route from Europe to Asia takes only 35 days, compared to a 48-day journey between the continents via the Suez Canal.
The world appears to be in a stage of change once again.
An English transcript of Putin’s Full Speech on New Territories by Aletho News Sept 30, 2022
Video with English translation (43.29 min)
A few of the teachable moments directed towards his citizens regarding perceptions of the challenges Russia faces from the West.
Meanwhile, the West continued and continues looking for another chance to strike a blow at us, to weaken and break up Russia, which they have always dreamed about, to divide our state and set our peoples against each other, and to condemn them to poverty and extinction. They cannot rest easy knowing that there is such a great country with this huge territory in the world, with its natural wealth, resources and people who cannot and will not do someone else’s bidding.
The West is ready to cross every line to preserve the neo-colonial system which allows it to live off the world, to plunder it thanks to the domination of the dollar and technology, to collect an actual tribute from humanity, to extract its primary source of unearned prosperity, the rent paid to the hegemon. The preservation of this annuity is their main, real and absolutely self-serving motivation. This is why total de-sovereignisation is in their interest. This explains their aggression towards independent states, traditional values and authentic cultures, their attempts to undermine international and integration processes, new global currencies and technological development centres they cannot control. It is critically important for them to force all countries to surrender their sovereignty to the United States.
Western elites are even shifting repentance for their own historical crimes on everyone else, demanding that the citizens of their countries and other peoples confess to things they have nothing to do with at all, for example, the period of colonial conquests.
It is worth reminding the West that it began its colonial policy back in the Middle Ages, followed by the worldwide slave trade, the genocide of Indian tribes in America, the plunder of India and Africa, the wars of England and France against China, as a result of which it was forced to open its ports to the opium trade. What they did was get entire nations hooked on drugs and purposefully exterminated entire ethnic groups for the sake of grabbing land and resources, hunting people like animals. This is contrary to human nature, truth, freedom and justice.
And here it is important to recall that the West bailed itself out of its early 20th century challenges with World War I. Profits from World War II helped the United States finally overcome the Great Depression and become the largest economy in the world, and to impose on the planet the power of the dollar as a global reserve currency. And the 1980s crisis – things came to a head in the 1980s again – the West emerged from it unscathed largely by appropriating the inheritance and resources of the collapsed and defunct Soviet Union. That’s a fact.
Now, in order to free itself from the latest web of challenges, they need to dismantle Russia as well as other states that choose a sovereign path of development, at all costs, to be able to further plunder other nations’ wealth and use it to patch their own holes. If this does not happen, I cannot rule out that they will try to trigger a collapse of the entire system, and blame everything on that, or, God forbid, decide to use the old formula of economic growth through war.
The current neocolonial model is ultimately doomed; this much is obvious. But I repeat that its real masters will cling to it to the end. They simply have nothing to offer the world except to maintain the same system of plundering and racketeering.
President Biden Responds to Russian President Putin (2.53 min)C-Span Sept 30, 2022
For the next few weeks until the end of irrigation and harvest season my time and energy is limited. The table is set with the main dish - salads and deserts are up to C99 members - have fun.
What is on your mind today?