More and more of the world's 85% are happy to give Eurangloland a big, public raspberry -- and loving it (image by busyminds.ae)
A funny thing happened on the way to 500 years of Western Empire and colonialism. Russia just boycotted Euragoland's (The EU, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) food and agricultural products, which in itself is very telling about ongoing trends. But there's more. The oppressed are biting back. Until recently, the ongoing reaction of the world's non-Eurangloland governments to Russia's stand (those which represent the 85% of our planet's people), would have been unimaginable. So, sit back and enjoy the show.
In all fairness to this proud, global majority, you must add the peoples of Japan and South Korea to Eurangloland's empire. They are militarily occupied, supine satraps to the Princes of Power in Washington. Groveling like dogs, they actually take their barking orders from the West seriously. Throw in a few more countries that cower at the feet of Western Empire and we can say that about 20% of the world's people rule the remaining 80%, not much differently than the pharaohs did over their subjects and slaves in Ancient Egypt. The Pareto principle applies here too. This secondary list of client states waxes and wanes, depending on how recently the CIA/MI6/DGSE deep state has installed a prostitute government in their puppet, local halls of power, or as in the Philippines recently, which prostrated itself to America's Worldwide Wehrmacht. Ukraine is the most recent prom slut for Western servitude and so far, Venezuela is holding out admirably against the West's internal efforts at regime change.
Kudos to Russia for its genius to pick ag products as a punch in the solar plexus of power. As Deena Stryker recently pointed out in a recent article,
Anyone who has witnessed European farmers drive their tractors into the center of Brussels and dump crops in front of EU headquarters, knows the hold they have on legislators. Much of European agriculture takes place on family farms and the EU has had to create special rules and subsidies to keep its food producers happy.
Back in the United States this summer, I heard how stupid Putin and Russia were to ban food imports, since "the grocery shelves there are empty and Russians have nothing to eat". Really? This just confirmed to me how insulated Americans are in their Fox-CNN-Wapo-NYT propaganda bubble. Herewith is a list of all the ag products, where Russia ranks at least in the world's top four. Thank you FAO:
Wow, a pretty impressive food dossier, if you ask me. Given that much of Russia is in permafrost and the rest of the country has to deal with the world's shortest growing seasons, it is not surprising that Russians want to import what they cannot meteorologically grow, such as temperate fruits and vegetables. Clearly, as the table above demonstrates, Russians don't need to import a damn thing agriculturally, in order to be nutritionally self-sufficient. They are now simply much richer and can afford to pay for a more varied diet. Like any trading people, be they African or Asian, variety is the spice of life. Food trade has been going on for at least 8,000 years of sedentary civilization, probably much earlier,
Hey, Neanderthal Nate, I'll trade you this here skin full of mastodon liver for that hindquarter of sabertooth tiger, wadda ya say, bub? N' if you don't mind me saying so, pal, gawd youz iz ug-i-ly!
For our pre-civilization ancestors, trade offered the possibility of direct mutual benefit. Much of the West's five centuries of resource extraction around the world has been to take nutritious and tasty foods and spices from the lands of brown skinned peoples, those 85% just discussed, and bringing it back to home base for obscene profit and culinary pleasure, most of it too expensive except for the wealthiest members of society. So it goes.
Even funnier for the uninformed, Russia does not even rank among the world's top ten food importers. If not then, who are the people so starving to death, that they must resort to importing food, in order to keep their grocery store shelves from being barren?
Hmm. Times must be tough in the United States, Western Europe, Japan and for all those obese millions in China, where diabetes, the scourge of modern, sedentary society, is now rampant.
Contrary to Western propaganda, picking ag products was pure genius on Russia's part. Not only have they got millions of politically well-connected small farmers pissed off as mad hornets all across Western Europe, but these are products that We Hate the West countries can readily and happily supply, thus enhancing Russia's relations with BRICS and NAM.
Now, Russia is threatening to ban car imports, which would be a dagger in the heart of Western Europe's industrial heartland of Germany, Poland, France, Italy, etc. Russia's car import numbers are not huge, so it would mostly affect BMW and Mercedes-Benz, since Ford, Volkswagen Renault, Toyota and Hyundai have invested $5 billion in automobile manufacturing inside Russia. Still, if you don't think the Russians know what they are doing: "We are seriously concerned. We hope that the Russian government will think twice before taking any such measures as they would hurt all manufacturers, said Joerg Schreiber, chairman of the Association of European Businesses' Automobile Manufacturers Committee.
All manufacturers, my dear Herr Joerg? Or mostly European ones? The Russians would of course continue to only allow in the components or materials that are needed to keep their domestic auto industry humming. Car manufacturing, like many other modern conveniences, has a web of thousands of secondary and tertiary suppliers who ripple across the economy. They would all be adversely affected. And which countries could fill the breach? Why, China and Korea of course. China's Great Wall and Chery cars, as well as Korea's SsangYong brand would love to take advantage of Europe's suffering. Although it's doubtful slavishly obedient Korea would go against its American master's wishes and do so.