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A few days ago, in the article “the United States is just a capital alliance disguised as a country”, we briefly demonstrated the problem of “capital controls the United States”, which was recognized by the vast majority of people. Although no one raised much objection to our argument, someone raised a question: isn’t a capitalist country a capital controlled country?
This is a very good question.
Must capitalist countries be capital controlled countries?
Not really, or not exactly!
To understand this problem, we must first understand what is the biggest difference between the United States, a capitalist country, and other capitalist countries?
The vast majority of other capitalist countries are nation states, while the United States is not!
What is a nation-state?
One of the biggest characteristics of a nation-state is that all people are related by blood.
Let’s take an example and you will understand.
Suppose there are two villages, one of which is surnamed Wang and the other is surnamed Li. The two villages intermarry with each other. The woman surnamed Li married a man surnamed Wang and gave birth to a child surnamed Wang, but it has half the blood of Li.
For all Chinese people, whether you are surnamed Wang, Li, or Zhao, in fact, each of us has each other’s blood – if we go back, we will find a common ancestor, namely the Yan Emperor and the Yellow Emperor, and we are all descendants of Yan and Huang.
In the primitive society, both Yan Emperor and Yellow Emperor were tribal leaders in ancient times. The two tribes fought against each other. Yan Emperor was defeated and merged with yellow emperor to form a “Yan Huang alliance”. The two tribes began to intermarry, integrate and expand with each other.
With the gradual development of civilization, the Chinese people gradually had surnames, so they established the first slavery Dynasty – the Chinese people continued to expand outward, to fight those primitive people, rob their land, turn them into their own slaves, and work for themselves.
Since this dynasty was composed of twelve clans, namely, the Xia Hou clan, the Hu clan, the Nan clan, the zhunxi clan, the Tongcheng clan, the Bao clan, the Fei clan, the Qi clan, the Zheng clan, the Xin clan, the Ming clan, and the zhunchuan clan, with the “Xia Hou” as the head, after the establishment of the Xia Dynasty, “Xia” was taken as the country name.
When the Xia Dynasty was founded, it entered the era of civilization (characters, cities and metals are the three elements of civilization), and the surrounding areas are still primitive people with relatively backward civilization, so they are called Xirong, Beidi, Dongyi and Nanman by the Xia people.
“Xia” refers to “Chinese people”.
Today we always say that we are “Chinese” comes from this.
The word “Xia” didn’t sound very good, so a word “Hua” with the same pronunciation as “Xia” was derived to emphasize the tone – in ancient times, the pronunciation of “Hua” was “Fu”, and the pronunciation of “Xia” was “tiger”.
So there is “Huaxia”!
At that time, the pronunciation of Huaxia was Fuhu.
Because “Hua” and “Xia” are the same pronunciation and meaning, and we are in the middle, there is “China”.
We often say today that we are descendants of the Chinese people, Chinese people, Chinese nation and Chinese nation. In fact, we all mean the same thing.
After the establishment of the Xia Dynasty, the dynasties began to change. By the time of the Zhou Dynasty, China had entered the feudal society from a slave society. When the king of the Zhou Dynasty was at most, more than 800 vassal states were sealed. These vassal states were called “Zhuxia”.
These vassal states continued to fight, leaving only seven relatively large vassal states, namely, the seven kingdoms of the Warring States Period — Qin, Chu, Qi, Yan, Zhao, Wei, and South Korea.
Later, the first emperor Ying Zheng unified the six countries. By the time of the Han Dynasty, it was basically stable, so there was “Han nationality”.
After the Han Dynasty, we continued to integrate with the surrounding ethnic groups, such as Hu people, Mongols, Xianbei people, Xiongnu, Manchu, and so on, and we also had a blood relationship with each other – although most of us are Han people now, in fact, we also have the blood of other ethnic groups, and the blood of our Han people also exists in the people of other ethnic groups, So now we no longer emphasize what “Han” is, and more often we use “Chinese nation” instead.
It’s a bit messy, but it’s meaningful.
China is a nation-state, and everyone is related by blood, so in essence, we are all a family.
Nowadays, all European countries are basically nation states – since they are nation states, people in each country are naturally related to each other by blood.
What country is the United States?
The United States is not a nation-state, but an immigrant country!
Those immigrants have no blood relationship with each other, but a country established together because of common interests – such a country can’t unite people through blood relationship, but can only be maintained through interests.
Take a simple example: suppose you see a Chinese being bullied abroad, will you help him? You will certainly help him, because we are all Chinese, we all have the same blood, and we are a family.
But let’s turn it around: suppose a white man has obtained Chinese nationality and is bullied abroad, will you help him? I believe most people will not! Why? Because his blood is different from ours.
European countries are all capitalist countries, but it is not only capital but also blood that maintains the relationship between people!
It is for this reason that the capitalist system in Europe is quite different from that in the United States!
What are the differences?
For example, in other capitalist countries, the central bank is more or less controlled by the government, but the Federal Reserve is not controlled by the U.S. government.
In the United States, the Federal Reserve is very independent, almost free of checks and balances from any department, and has become the “Fourth Department” after the executive, legislative and judicial departments.
In contrast, the central banks of other capitalist countries are more or less controlled by the government:
The Bank of England is subordinate to the Ministry of Finance (the Ministry of finance is a department of the government), which is under the jurisdiction of the government, but in practice, the Ministry of finance generally ignores the central bank, and the Bank of England has a certain degree of independence;
The Bank of Japan is also subordinate to the Ministry of finance, but the minister in charge of finance has the business instruction power, supervision order power, official appointment power and specific business operation supervision power over the Bank of Japan, and his independence is relatively small – for example, Abe can intervene in the central bank and put forward the so-called “Abe economics”.
China is a socialist country, which is different from capitalist countries: the Central Bank of China is subordinate to the government, and is tied with the Ministry of finance. It must formulate and implement monetary policy and supervise and manage the financial industry under the leadership of the State Council.
Why is that?
Because the United States is originally a country composed of capital groups, for those capital groups, national interests are not so important, their own interests are the most important, so those financial institutions naturally do not want to be controlled by the government.
On the contrary, other countries are nation states. Whether they are capitalists or ordinary people, they are a family with blood ties, and they should consider national interests after all.
For example, in other capitalist countries, civil servants cannot engage in business, but the United States does not have this provision.
Article 103 of the civil service law of Japan stipulates that “employees shall not concurrently hold public office, nor shall they concurrently hold positions in commercial, industrial, financial and other private enterprises for profit, nor shall they run for-profit enterprises themselves.”
Article 8 of the French Civil Service Law stipulates: “any profitable private activity is prohibited. It is prohibited for any civil servant, regardless of his position, to seek interests detrimental to his own position independence in an enterprise under the jurisdiction of or related to his administrative department or public utility department in a certain name, in person or through an intermediary.”
The British civil service law stipulates that “no official shall at any time engage in any activity that undermines his effectiveness as a public official, or engage in any profession or career that conflicts with the interests of his department or is incompatible with his status as a public official.”
We are a socialist country, Strict restrictions have been imposed on civil servants: the decision of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council on prohibiting party and government organs and party and government cadres from engaging in business and running enterprises (Zhongfa  No. 27) clearly stipulates: “on-the-job cadres of Party and government organs at or above the township level (including those retired from the second tier) , it is not allowed to do business or establish enterprises by means of sole proprietorship or joint stock, part-time compensation, dry share dividends, etc; It is also not allowed to use their authority to seek benefits for the enterprises run by their families and friends. “
However, the United States is different. The United States has no regulations on civil servants, and even senior executives can do business and speculate in stocks!
For example, on November 8, 2016, trump defeated Hillary Clinton to win the U.S. presidential election. On December 14, 2016, trump issued a statement that he would resign from all positions in the company. Trump said, “although there is no law to force me to do so, I will resign from the company before January 20.”
For example, Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives and an old witch, is constantly speculating in stocks and is a “God of stocks”.
Why is America so wonderful?
The reason seems not difficult to understand: the United States is originally a country controlled by capitalists. Capitalists will naturally set up a system beneficial to themselves for their own interests.
How good is it for capitalists to do business, to be officials and to speculate in stocks by relying on inside information?
For example, in other capitalist countries, the military can participate in many tasks such as domestic Counterinsurgency and rescue, but the U.S. military has no right to participate in anything at home.
In other capitalist countries, the national defense forces can participate in earthquake relief, disaster relief, and even counter insurgency.
We are a socialist country, not to mention. Our army is a people’s army. It will not only participate in earthquake relief and disaster relief, but also produce its own products.
For example, the Xinjiang Construction Corps not only undertakes the task of defending the frontier, but also cultivates its own land. It is a large state-owned enterprise that integrates agriculture, industry, transportation, construction and Commerce and undertakes the task of economic construction.
There was not only the Xinjiang Construction Corps, but also the Northeast Construction Corps in the past, but the security situation in the Northeast became better, so it was abolished.
Why can’t the US military participate in domestic affairs, even disaster relief?
The reason is very simple: the president of the United States is the commander-in-chief of the three armed forces. If the president wants to forcibly change some systems that are unfavorable to capitalists with the army, isn’t there no way to guarantee the system set up by American capital that is beneficial to him?
After Trump’s defeat in the 2020 U.S. general election, he wanted to use the army to arrest some capitalists and Democrats, but the army refused to carry out the order.
At that time, Bannon publicly wanted to behead fudge and the director of the FBI on the Internet. He said in the video: “I actually want to go back to the Tudor era in England, so that I can pierce the heads of two of them (fudge and ray) with a spear, and then hang them on the two corners of the White House, so as to warn the federal bureaucrats that you can either follow the trend or get out of here.”
He said in the video that he would launch a revolution and a civil war in the United States!
For example, other capitalist countries have some state-owned enterprises more or less, but the United States has almost no state-owned enterprises.
You can take a look at the following news. In 2006 (the latest data cannot be queried), there were 1143 state-owned enterprises in France, of which the 10 largest enterprises were all state-owned enterprises.
Although Germany does not have as many state-owned enterprises as France, the German government has participated in many private enterprises and has a “one vote veto” over some large private enterprises.
At the end of 2017, the German Federal Bureau of Statistics announced that there were 18000 state-owned enterprises with direct and indirect shares in Germany, with a total turnover of 571.8 billion euros, accounting for 17.6% of GDP.
Take Volkswagen as an example.
According to the Volkswagen law, which came into force in 1960, except for the Saxony state government, other shareholders, no matter how much equity they hold in the company, must not have more than 20% of the votes. The law also stipulates that all resolutions that need to be made by the general meeting of shareholders must be supported by a majority of four fifths, and the Saxony state government has a long-term ownership of 20.2% of Volkswagen’s equity, so it has a “one vote veto” on all major decisions of the company.
Among important enterprises such as Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom, salzgitt group (steel), Rheinland Group (energy), and German commercial bank, the federal and local governments still participate in various ways, and many of them are still the largest shareholders – in Germany, in some industries related to the national economy and people’s livelihood, the German government checks and balances capital in this way.
As for China, not to mention that we are a socialist country, and almost all industries related to the national economy and the people’s livelihood are controlled by state-owned enterprises.
State owned enterprises must put national interests first; If the government participates in private enterprises and has a “one vote veto”, it can also check and balance private enterprises and require them to consider national interests.
But what about the United States?
There are few state-owned enterprises in the United States, and the U.S. government does not participate in private enterprises, except for a few industries that have extremely low profits and private enterprises are unwilling to do. The US government has almost no means to balance capital!
In the United States, a country established by the capital alliance, all systems are set up to safeguard the capital interests to the greatest extent – of course, in order to safeguard the capital interests, capitalists are also trying to make the capital interests consistent with the people’s interests, but when the capital interests cannot be consistent with the people’s interests, capitalists will not hesitate to sacrifice the people’s interests.
What maintains the existence of the United States is not blood, civilization, faith, or anything else, but interests!
The United States is like several bosses doing business together. When it is profitable, everyone can come together, but once the interests disappear, it will immediately be “birds and beasts scattered”. On the contrary, the nation-state is like a big family. There are also struggles in the family, but no one wants the family to decline completely. When the family encounters difficulties, someone will always stand up.
If China is killed, overseas Chinese, as long as they have a little conscience, will save the country in various ways. However, once the United States is killed, the Chinese will return to China, the Japanese will return to Japan, the Jews will return to Israel, the Russian will return to Russia, and the German will return to Germany… They will only speed up their departure from the United States, and no one will want to save the United States.
Therefore, once the United States declines, there is no possibility of its rise!