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Post The US is a Reluctant "Empire"; Expatriation of US Citizens
Created by John Eipper on 10/02/21 3:27 AM

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The US is a Reluctant "Empire"; Expatriation of US Citizens (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA, 10/02/21 3:27 am)

I agree with John E that Eugenio Battaglia's Old World attachment to the slogan "empire" in referring to the USA is bothersome and intellectually vacuous in today's world.

The US has been at best a reluctant "empire," since most reasonably intelligent and educated US travelers, business people, soldiers deployed abroad, etc., get tired of being abroad for long and loved getting back home. How many Americans rushed to Iraq or Afghanistan or any other alleged "colony" to own cheap land, cattle and resources? (This is what the Chinese communists are doing worldwide.) The happy return home is now less attractive, however, due to the domestic rise in criminality, homelessness, rioting, divisiveness, corruption, health mismanagement, inflationary spiral, open border, human sex trade, deaths from drug use, CRT in critical institutions, and dangerously stupid wokeness found everywhere including our military, the decline of freedom of speech, and the aggressive culture of death all added to the Biden Administration's self-inflicted crises (e.g. Kabul debacle, Del Rio Haitian shantytowns) and official abject lying! The number of expatriates has been rising significantly, as well as the number of Americans who are renouncing their citizenship. (See Bambridge Accountants report, 2020-21; in particular, the renouncers include many ultra wealthy like one of the two founders of Google.)

The Chinese are inexorably seeking global dominance using a whole-of-government approach and a strategy based on the ancient game of GO. They do not honestly abide by established rules because they seek to eliminate the Western-based international nation-state order which they constantly undermine once inside its basic institutions like the UN. Furthermore, while people focus on their military power the Chinese communist so-called soft power diplomacy now labeled "hostage diplomacy" (look it up) is gaining ground in what used to be called the Third World.

So I advise Eugenio to refocus on what is significantly more relevant and transparent to mature critical thinkers.

JE comments:  Francisco, the Bambridge reports I could find seem to paint a different picture from what you describe above:  that the number of US citizens renouncing their nationality increased under Trump, and is decreasing at present.  See below, which addresses only the final months of 2020:

Bambridge Accountants- US and UK Chartered Accountants

The #1 reason for expatriation is also clear:  tax avoidance or some related financial benefit.  Possibly this is not the entire picture.  The Bambridge folks are accountants, after all.

Our beloved colleague on the Isle of Wight, John Heelan, used to compare China's plan for global domination with the traditional game GO, in which victory requires a long-term strategy and near-infinite patience.  Francisco, could you tell us more about this metaphor?  (And John H:  I trust you are well.  It's been WAY too long since we last heard from you.)

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  • Thoughts on the "Intellectually Vacuous" (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy 10/05/21 4:09 AM)
    I would like to answer Francisco Wong-Díaz, 2 October, who wrote:

    1) "Eugenio Battaglia's Old World attachment to the slogan 'empire' in referring to the US is bothersome and intellectually vacuous."

    2) "I advise Eugenio to refocus on what is significantly more relevant and transparent to mature critical thinkers."

    These statements border on ad hominem attacks, and are also inaccurate.

    I never denied, as Francisco wrote, that "the Chinese are inexorably seeking global dominance using a whole-of-government approach and a strategy on the ancient game of GO." What I wrote was possibly more forceful, that the US Deep State is running the Empire and unfortunately in the last 30 years it has run it a very poor way. Furthermore, I wrote that the same people who undermine the Empire through relocation of funds and assets to China have created this situation, thereby impoverishing and laying off many of the Empire's producers.

    JE comments:  It's a good time to remind WAISworld about our ban on ad hominem statements.  As the gatekeeper, I do my best to soften the most strident examples.  Is calling someone's argument "intellectually vacuous" the same as attacking the person?  Gray area, gray area...but please remember:  we're all friends here.

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