Earth to Trump: America Is ALREADY A Socialist Country

02/10/201922 Comments

So it seems that something in Trump's State of the Union speech has gotten the MAGA crowd all excited.

Was it this?

"My administration has acted decisively to confront the world’s leading state sponsor of terror: the radical regime in Iran. It is a radical regime. They do bad, bad things."

Or this?

"Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela — (applause) — and its new President, Juan Guaidó. (Applause.)"

Well, yes, probably. But the money quote that government cheerleaders will be shoving down your throat for years to come is no doubt this:

"Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."

Ahhh, that's it. Music to the ears of any freedom-loving, libertarian-minded opponent of technocratic government control, right? Right. At the very least it was enough to inspire some congratulatory articles from Trump's base and launch a funny meme or two.

But hey, wait a minute. I've seen politicians lie about things before. Could it be possible—and bear with me, I'm just spitballing here—that this statement might be inaccurate? Why, yes. Yes, it could. So let's examine a few pesky little details that contain some harsh truths that the red cap crowd doesn't want to hear.

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  1. zyxzevn says:

    The economy of the US depends on:
    a) monopolies,
    b) state-sponsored-companies,
    c) military,
    d) special treatments by politicians,
    e) corruption,
    f) stealing resources from foreign countries,
    h) no responsibility for ecological and health damages,
    j) minimal worker’s rights
    k) oil-dollar,
    l) all of the above

    • zyxzevn says:


      I don’t know if anyone gets it.
      The monopolies are predator/capitalistic
      State-sponsored socialistic
      Military is socialistic/totalitarian
      Special treatments is corruption
      corruption is criminal
      –(caused by too much money in the politics and government)
      stealing resources is criminal/war/totalitarian
      no responsibility is criminal/capitalistic
      minimal rights is predator/capitalistic
      oil-dollar is predator/war/totalitarian

      So it is all mixed.

      As I see it: The US is a criminal totalitarian state that is a predator to other states (and its citizens). It pretends to be a democracy or a free market, but there is only corruption.

      How I see a free market

      In a free market, people can choose what they want to eat or even grow. They can choose whether they want to work on a project. And they can help decide in the work that is to be done. As soon one person has more rights than the other person, there is no free market.

      The predatory capitalism that we see today gives the “leader” more rights than the workers. Ever wondered why someone stupid is the “leader”? Who decided that? In a free market the workers would choose a coach for leading them, and a manager for managing the projects. And this could change when the project changes.

      And who decides what you can make or not make? It is the government and the banks. You can not build a house or a car without having their support. And you can only get the bank’s support if you are working for the government or a big company. You can not build stuff the easy way, because it is patented by some idiot, or make something useful because you have to follow all kinds of unnecessary rules. These rules and patents are held by big companies to stop the free market.

      If products are not safe, or when their origin and ingredients are hidden from the public, these products are part of a criminal market.
      This is different from a free market, as you as user/buyer has no clue what is given to you.
      Why should you buy something that can make you ill or addicted?
      Why should you buy something that is stolen or broken?
      Why should we buy i-phones build by workers that rather want
      to suicide themselves?
      Why should we dump toxic stuff in India?
      Or remove all the fish from the sea?
      This is all part of a criminal market.
      And I think that needs to stop.

      Note: “criminal” has no relationship with the government’s rules.

      Maybe it is possible to setup a free market via the internet,
      that also identifies the criminal part of the market.
      It could combine with sponsorship and contributions,
      and friendly discussions about potential problematic elements.
      The discussions can be friendly if they offer solutions.

  2. FlyingAxblade says:

    “Down By Law” <–pretty fantastic movie with Tom Waits.
    "It's where you get down, not how low you go."
    If prostitution is the oldest profession, why is it illegal?

  3. Mishelle says:

    This is all sad but true, but the good news is I heard on YT that Trump is not real, it’s a mask and played by like a dozen different actors! ). Love your work, as always James, thanks for all you do! On a serious note, here in the rural south we’re still doing ok in our gray markets still well under the radar. We’ll see how 5G changes that soon, I suppose. I think Brazil is a step-up in the political arena and this is what I hope for in US, this level of transparency in government, showing all what they really are!

  4. pcwise555 says:

    The USSA wilt never be socialist…
    poof, the “economy” collapses and
    the evil “capitalists” are to blame…
    When suddenly everyone is flat broke, that
    universal basic income doesn’t look so bad after all…

    Heads they win, tails you lose

  5. peterhof says:

    America is ALREADY a socialist country? Okay, but lets not forget the (very) large difference between the two Koreas, or Hong Kong and China. Everything is relative.

  6. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Corbett says it well…
    …But, please, do tell me about how “America will never be a socialist country.” Let freedom ring!

    Now you may think that this is all just an aberration. That the overarching, all-controlling, all-seeing nanny state is a perversion of the “constitutional republic” that once existed. That, with a little luck and with the right dictator in charge of the system, the country can be returned to the vision of the founding fathers. That America can be made great again, if you will.

    Well, I have some bad news for you on that front, dear Trump supporter: This isn’t an aberration. This is what government is. It is its nature. There is no political process that makes it better. You cannot vote yourself to freedom any more than slaves could vote their way off the plantation

    …Government, whatever form it may take,..Its very existence depends on coercion, domination and control.

    • scpat says:

      I was just about to comment on this part of Corbett’s piece. James really threw down the gauntlet on this one. This block of text is probably one of my favorites of Corbett’s work. Cutting the BS and telling it how it is.

  7. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I enjoyed watching Corbett’s subscriber video with the snow sculptures. Beautiful. I could almost smell the food! It made it seem like colder weather wasn’t all that bad.

    Coincidently, on Wednesday when it got up to almost 80 degrees here in the Dallas area and I was working in my garden, I also watched Urban Farmer Curtis Stone who is up there in Calgary. The cold did not seem inviting to me. His cheeks were pretty red.

    But, of course, the weather quickly changed down here in north Texas. At night recently, it has been below freezing with no beautiful snow, just mud and showers.

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      Homey, you fail to mention the
      15 C-134s flying ahead of the moisture front. We haven’t had full sunshine for 2 weeks in the Oil Capitol. Always the planes then gray yuk. Starts south works north. Same every other day.
      I really enjoyed Tony Hellar and the documentary on C-8 and gen-X. Thank you. Dupont. Exects should be prosecuted.

  8. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Corbett’s Recommended Listening The FDA Ruins Everything You Eat (with Baylen Linnekin).

    Parts were very interesting. Around the 31:30 minute mark, “skim milk” comes up. Geez! “Skim milk can not be called skim milk, unless vitamins are added”.

    The last 5 minutes is hopeful. More states are going towards “food freedom laws” as a result of the trend where people are buying local and also growing their own food.

  9. ekawAediW says:

    Thank you for your tireless efforts, James. I benefited just as much from the links at the bottom as the article above. The NASA basic physics was extremely well done, and I very much needed the mental image of Alex Jones and Joe Rogan in a cage match, especially the way Luke Radowsky described it.

    Cheers, buddy.

  10. Fawlty Towers says:

    If socialism is defined by government coercion, domination and control (in the name of “the people,” of course, i.e., “democratic socialism,”), then what do we call it when there are:

    -Government agents dedicated to stopping farmers from selling raw milk?
    -Enforcers of the state whose job it is to stop people feeding the homeless?
    -Government licensing requirements for driving, fishing, cutting hair, getting married, selling lemonade, blogging, or engaging in literally thousands of other everyday activities?

    What do we call it?
    I’ll tell you what we call it.
    Pure unadulterated scumbag evil.

    I’d give a pretty penny to see James go head-to-head with the Orange Clown
    debating anything!

  11. manbearpig says:

    What do I retain from the Rogan vs Jones circus as described by Luke and Jason?

    Follow the money.

    Tony Heller highwater is as satisfying as ever even if facts are woefully out of fashion.

    Anyhow, Jesus told me to just keep subscribing to the Corbett Report.

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      MBP – DID HE MENTION WHO WOULD WIN THE THIRD RACE AT OAKLAWN PARK TODAY? Praying for the milk man, Santa Shooter and the vanquishing of evil from the minds of money changers, and last the monkey in the yellow vest pulling Macron. Slow Grey day from the tailpipe of a C134 Galaxy tanker here in the heartland.

    • scpat says:

      Jesus told me to reply to your comment. I agree with your thinking. Rogan doesn’t want to upset the people who could deplatform him and cause him a lot of inconvieniance.

  12. rita.b says:

    America isn’t Socialist, it’s fascist. Many assume that socialism means authoritarianism, but that isn’t correct. What America is … “a government which is run by a small group of large industrialists and financial lords…with the pretence of democratic machinery.”

    Essentially, a corporate takeover of government.

    To complete the above quote… “I am going to ask latitude to insist that we might have Fascism even though we maintained the pretense of democratic machinery. The mere presence of a Supreme Court, a House of Representatives, a Senate and a President would not be sufficient protection against the utter centralization of power in the hands of a few men who might hold no office at all. Even in the case of Hitler, many shrewd observers feel that he is no more than a front man and that his power is derived from the large munitions and steel barons of Germany.”

    Syndicated columnist Heywood Broun , 1936

    “fascism: a system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship (corporate democrats/republicans), forcible suppression of opposition (FBI keeping progressives out of primaries, etc), private economic enterprise under centralized government control (duh corporate cash has completely taken over elections), belligerent nationalism, racism, and militarism (speaks for itself).”

    If you said ‘socialism for the rich, free market for everyone else’ that would be accurate, but it still isn’t socialism.

    “Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power ” by Bertram Gross & “The F-Word ” by David McGowan. Highly recommend those books. (Read The F-Word first 🙂 it’s shorter)

    • rita.b says:

      Correction: the book title is “Understanding the F-Word” by David McGowan.

  13. mik says:

    OK, I won’t bother you with meaningless political blather.

    Definition proposed in the article is “American” definition of socialism. Even bastion of truthiness Wikipedia has a better one.

    I would say there are two kinds of socialism: one that is practiced in democratic countries, the other was/is in socialistic/communistic countries.
    In first case proponents demand just more crumbs from masters table, i.e. redistribution of wealth.
    In the second case they tried to get rid of masters altogether (well they were wrong, they just get new red elites).

    The main difference between the two is their relation to private property.

    It was funny to me when I read a comment above:
    “As soon one person has more rights than the other person, there is no free market. The predatory capitalism that we see today gives the “leader” more rights than the workers… In a free market the workers would choose a coach for leading them…”
    After promising beginning we got complete misunderstanding where “more rights” is coming from.
    Non-democratic socialists wouldn’t have that kind of problem.

    If something is not questioning private property it can be named socialism only with the use of barneysian trickery.

    Final citation from Proudhon is nice, but I like his “Property is Theft” more.

    P.S. Just 3 instances of word “property” until now

  14. alexandre says:

    I can’t remember another time when I agreed so much with every single word said by someone. Thank you, master James!

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