Top Dog Illusion: US Government Biased Statistics and DARPA
American State Propaganda
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The CIA website claims that “The US has the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world.” Is this true, or are we facing state-sponsored propaganda?
How can statistics be related to state propaganda? That’s simple, presenting America in such a way, gives its government and corporations an almost automatic advantage while negotiating international contracts, or while attacking other people for the sake of obtaining commercial advantages. Reality disagrees with the CIA assessment.
There is a simple but excellent way of describing the problematic of the statistics presented by the US Government. Bolivia is a producer of coffee. A pound of average coffee here costs around one American dollar. In the US, a coffee of similar quality would probably cost around 4$. Let’s say that both economies sell just one pound of coffee per year. If measuring the production of each economy in dollars, then the US economy could be claimed as being four times larger than the Bolivian one; however, if measuring by weight, both economies would be the same size. The world’s economy is measured in US dollars and thus it is highly biased toward the American economy, presenting it as much larger than it is.
In order to keep this illusion of economic size, a key goal of the US government is to keep its currency as the global monetary measurement unit. However, this won’t last. It makes no sense calculating the trade between China and India in US dollars; the distortions in such a case are multiple. In the case of Thai products reaching Nepal via India, measuring the events in American dollars is ridiculous. The solution is adopting a basket of carefully balanced measurements methods; this would probably happen in the next decades. Measuring under a more accurate system, the US would probably rate as the third largest economy in the world. If measuring the EU as one economic unit, then the US would be just fourth.
Beyond keeping this illusion of monetary advantage, the US also claims being the leading society in technology. This is usually backed with citations of the US military power. Display of useless military technologies is the medium through this illusion is achieved. A decade ago, the idea of freedom Afghani warriors walking through harsh mountainous terrain wearing old sandals while fighting the most sophisticated weapons on earth was probably seen as hilarious by most Americans; now, the last are tired and seeking for an honorable way to retreat: old sandals have won the most sophisticated technology. Apparently also here, the official rhetoric is misleading.
One of the most amazing statistics related to the American military is its annual net expense. It is roughly six times larger than China’s expense, despite the last having roughly four times the US population. That explains the fancy toys so favored by American generals; they have the resources needed to produce expensive trash. However, what else is the result of that?
America lives in a siege mentality (pretty much as Jews do; probably the last influenced the US since the beginning of the 20th Century). The resulting expense on its army reflects on its civil society. In my few visits to the US, I did travel extensively by train, bus, and plane, and also visited three major metropolises. I was truly amazed. Mighty America – presenting itself as “the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world.” displayed crumbling infrastructure and a hilariously ineffective transport system. The same bias applied on monetary issues applies on technological topics.
If measuring the American technological level according to the list of military technologies it possesses, or the number of scientific articles published by its scientists, then this society leads. Nothing reflects that better than the American obsession with things like DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), a state agency responsible for the development of new military technology. They are very concerned with their listing and ranking. In a typical supremacist mindset, they try to hide the role of CERN in the development of the Internet, claiming it to be their own baby. In Siphoning out Science I described how Israel inflates scientific output; the US uses the same method: American scientists tend to cite only American scientists, making anybody else invisible. Except for the propagandistic value, these two tricks matter little.
Knowledge cannot be blocked; science always defeated political boundaries. Technologies cross frontiers easily. What matters is the implementation. Amtrak’s rusty roosters may look pretty, but a MagLev Train connects Shanghai with its airport. China is many years ahead of the US in the implementation of transport technology.
Back to Basics
The CIA claim quoted in the first paragraph of this article is thus false. The basic problem is not related to economy, science or even technology. Somehow, people fail to understand that leading the international list of mass murderers is not a good thing. Moreover, leading anything is useless if you are not good. Leading is useless if you step on the weak in order to achieve that, the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep (John 10:11), and not otherwise. One of the most impressive texts on this issue was written almost two millennia ago by Apostle Paul:
1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
"Bite me!" a fat Pentagon general would probably say after reading this article. I won’t bite you, dear general, but, sooner or later, reality will.
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