Mon 15th October 2007, 1:01am
QUOTE(GlassBeadGame @ Sat 13th October 2007, 3:59pm)
QUOTE(JohnA @ Sat 13th October 2007, 3:55pm)
QUOTE(GlassBeadGame @ Sat 13th October 2007, 10:26pm)
QUOTE(nobs @ Sat 13th October 2007, 3:10pm)
Examining all the evidence, Berlet's association with the Chicago Area Stalinist Association probably should not
be interpreted in that type of ideological context. After the Russian Wheat Deal of 1973, Soviet commodity traders, that is to say the KGB, became very active in Chicago Commodity markets. Here we need to reexamine the activities of other friends of Berlet who got filthy stinking rich on Chicago Commodity markets in the 1980s (remember, for example, how the Soviets manuipualted the price of gold in 1980 when it shot up to $875 per oz from about a $320 base after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Coincidentlally, the Soviets were the worlds second largest gold producer and seller as price floated inadvertantly high for much of the 1980s). This is where Berlet's financial angel
, Richard Dennis
comes back in the picture.
Then we have Berlet's longtime association with the commie rag, Guardian
whom Wilfred Burchett wrote for in the 1950s in between coercing confessions from American POWs during the Korean War. Oddly, Berlet stopped writing for Guardian
about three months before it, and the Soviet Union, both went out of existence when Gorbachev pulled the plug in 1992.
The problem with Berlet is not his leftism. There are good and bad people on the left like everywhere else. I don't have any problem with Berlet's resume or affiliations (although the Hoxha thing is pretty iconoclastic or splinter Maoist.) In fact we have traveled some of the same roads. Berlet's greatest evil as far as I can tell has been directed at other leftists, especially those who he has unfairly smeared as anti-Semites, often for nothing more than seeking justice for Muslims. I would be interested in hearing more concerning the options traders possible funding of his activities. I think it might be a full blown case of an outright sale out after have his ideological rug pulled out from under him. This would make him a very unpleasant person indeed.
My point is that Chip is no liberal.
I think back when he had honest politics he was left of liberal. I doubt he has any principled beliefs at this time.
Laird Wilcox, according to the peer reviewed Military Law Review
is one of the "foremost experts on extremism," writes this of PRA & its Senior Researcher:
Guidestar, the internet search service of Philanthropic Research, Inc
., lists Political Research Associates as follows:
"PRA is a research center that analyzes information on anti-democratic movements and trends and publishes materials that explain their ideologies, strategies, agendas, financing and links to each other."
What this description leaves out is the heavy radical left agenda of PRA itself, including the fact that those "anti-democratic" movements fail to include Marxist-Leninist and extreme leftist movements unless they are in sectarian dispute
Source: Laird Wilcox
, The Watchdogs: A Close Look at Anti-Racist "Watchdog" Groups
, Second Edition, Part 2, Chapter Four: Political Research Associates, A Study in "Links and ties," Editorial Research Service, 1999, pgs. 20 - 21. ISBN 0-993592-96-5.
"Sectarian dispute" is the best way to describe it. Right Woos Left
is Berlet's call for ideological clarity, and the controversy Berlet started on Brandt's board was an open manifestation of that dispute.
QUOTE(WhispersOfWisdom @ Sat 13th October 2007, 4:34pm)
gold peaked in and around 1980 at approximately $800 per the troy oz. It then declined for the next 20 years. (Very quickly (actually) in the early 1980's to around $300 per ounce.) It became free to trade in the late 1970's and moved in sinc with inflation and oil and the commodity bull market of the 1970's, as well as, the last major decline in the U.S. dollar.
Political turmoil can be cited as a partial cause for gold as a "hedge," however, it has never worked as any such thing. For nearly 20 years people have lost money owning gold.
Gold floated in the $500-600 range for at least three years after 1980, largely because Soviet/KGB buyers and sellers worldwide manipulated the price, playing both sides of the market, bidding the price back up when it sunk to about $450, and unloading again around $600. True, most people lost money; the only people who made money was Brezhnez/Chernyenko/Andropov, et al, trying to keep the USSR aloat, and people like Berlet's buddy Richard Dennis. Jimbo Wales it appears, is a protege of Richard Dennis's book.
The political turmoil you cite was manufactured in the Kremlin.