Monday, February 23, 2009

Now Is The Time To Make the Move To Russian Steel

A combination of economic and political factors has swung heavily in the favor of Russian steel production and now offers Europe and to a smaller extent, North America, an opportunity worth pursuing and capitalizing on.

The first true Russian steel/iron works and forge shops date back to the late 1600s and Peter the Great's reforms. That gives Russian steel production a history of over 350 years. Production continued to expand and increase in quality for the duration of that period and now offers some of the highest quality material in the world. Furthermore, as the late 1990s and 2000s progressed, Russian steel output grew very quickly, making Russia the 3rd largest producer of steel, speciality steel and semi and fully finished steel products. Steel and steel components, both forged and cast, are Russia's biggest exports, after petro chemicals.

As the Bank Panic of 2008 and the Economic Collapse of 2009 proceed, Russian open capacity sky rocketed. A large portion of Western European demand disappeared and internal credit crunch conditions have created a lot of work that can not be done without payment upfront. Russian steel mills and metal works have, unlike the West, not responded by mass layoffs but have cut every one's hours to half or less. This gives them the ability to very quickly upscale production, without having to go through a rehiring process. Further, Russian steel prices have come down heavily, both due to a heavy drop in the cost of steel, a lack of demand and the devaluation of the ruble. Add to this, the Medvedev government's decision to loan, at zero percent interest, large sums of money to retool heavy industry, and Russia offers potentials found in few other places, in today's world.

Let us now proceed through each of these steps and advantages, covering both the internal markets and the main Russian low cost country competitors: China and India.

To begin with, Russian steel fell heavily. How heavily? Let us examine plain 1040 carbon steel: at the height of the bubble, 1040 steel sold for $1,000 per metric ton. By early December it was selling for 253 Euro, a drop of 67% in price. Since then it has edged up to a whopping 269 Euro to 292 Euro, so about 60-65% below their August peak. This is a greater drop then in any other market, to include China. Furthermore, a metric ton of 4130, moly-carbon steel can be acquired for approximately 500 Euro or almost at half the price of Western European steel mills and for large quantities further reductions are possible.

The continued reduction in the value of the Ruble is also playing a hard downward pressure on the cost of Russian steel. The ruble went from a height of 16.75 Rubles per Euro, on 15 August 2008 to a present, 22 February 2009 rate of 46 Rubles per Euro, a drop of 174%. The Ruble is continuing to decline and will more than likely bottom out somewhere around 50-55 Rubles per Euro.

At this rate, it is quite capable to earn a savings of 40-50% on forged, open and closed die, and cast steel products on existing Russian technology, a mixture of both old Soviet machinery and state of the art modern equipment. As new Russian equipment, both domestically produced and foreign bought, comes on line, the technological advantage should improve returns by as much as 10% additionally.

Russia vs China

In comparison with China, Russia offers many advantages. First amongst these, is a cheaper steel price. A key component of modern steel production is scrap, of which China has precious little and imports it from the US. This in turn drives Chinese scrap prices, on average, up to 100 Euro higher than that of the world market. Secondly, Russia offers a high quality of steel, something that China can not, consistently. If one wants 1030/1040 carbon steel for forks and cheap knives, China is your source, but if high quality steels are required that must bear much pressure and weight, a supplier is playing with fire in China. Furthermore, in China, it is what is inspected that is delivered not what is ordered, often resulting in poor quality porous steel that is good only for junking. Russian steel production, especially for common 4130/4140 (both considered high alloy steels in China) is of top notch quality, rivaling and surpassing anything in the West.

Furthermore, on a geo-political front, Russia is a much more stable nation then China, in the present. China, already in a recession, is facing major civil unrest that threatens to spill over into something much worse. Furthermore, when Chinese manufacturers disappear, and over 100,000 did in 2008 alone, they often disappear with the customer bought raw materials and there is nothing that companies can do to regain it. The Rubles devaluation has allowed Russia to compete directly with China, without forcing its workers to live in barracks and work as little more than indentured servants.

Lastly, Chinese production takes on average 2 months at sea to reach a southern European port, critical delays that require much higher transportation bills and larger inventory to carry through this long period. Central Russia (Ural district) to Western Europe is 15 days by truck or about three weeks by train, loading and unloading. Cost are also significantly cheaper. A 19 metric ton container will cost around 2,000 Euros to transport, or 105 Euros per ton. Of course you will be renting the whole container whether you are moving that much mass or not. Rail from Russia runs at approximately 80 Euros per ton and you are only charged for what is actually transported.

Russia vs India

Russia offers several advantages over India also. Though quality wise, the Indians are mostly on par with Russia, they can not help their geographical location. This means that an average shipment from India to southern Europe takes around 40-45 days. First north-south short range transports take goods to Sri Lanka for consolidation. Yes the same war torn Sri Lanka you hear about with their Tamil Tigers blowing themselves up. After re-consolidation, which can take from a day to two months, long haul transports must take the cargo to Europe, passing by the Horn of Africa and hoping to either not get raided by pirates or to find a military escort. To the US the trip is even longer, taking often as much two plus months.

Russia offers another advantage: geopolitical stability. Most people tend to forget that nuclear armed India has an endless border war with it nuclear armed neighbor Pakistan, with whom it has already fought three wars. They also tend to forget that Pakistan is deteriorating very quickly under Jihadist onslaught. As such, keeping major points of supply in India could be an economic disaster, should the situation heat up any further.

Whom To Turn To?

As there are more than 165 metal works of various variety and size in Russia, I will list off only a few key ones:

Armolit, St. Petersburg--- small closed die press, open die forging, machining
Petrostal, St. Petersburg --- small to large closed die hammers and presses, some open die
hammers, machining, a very large facility with its own port
SMK, Stupino, Moscow Oblast--- small to large closed die hammers and presses, some open die
hammers, machining, a very large facility
Electrostal, Moscow Oblast --- steel and specialty alloy manufacturing. Expensive but high
quality and versatility. Much work for Ario-space and nuclear
Lepitsk, Lepitsk--- small and medium closed die forgings, limited by no heat treat
Zelenodolsk, Zelenodolsk, Kazan Oblast---
castings large and small, machining, high degree of work with
Ural Machining, Yekterinburg--- small to large open die, presses, some closed die, machining,
press design and manufacturing
Upper Yufalai, Yekterinburg Oblast---
small to large castings, large open die, machining
ChKPZ, Chelyabinsk--- automotive stamped steel parts, small to medium closed die
and press forgings, limited by a small heat treat oven
Stankomash, Chelyabinsk--- castings, machining
Spetstal, Chelyabinsk--- steel producer, large open die and machining capacity
Orsk, Orsk --- very large open die, 3 7meter long quench tanks, machining
Mechel Trading--- major multi-national steel producer
Severstal--- major multi-national steel producer
Magnitadorsk, Magitadorsk--- major steel producer

To be sure, this is a limited list and there are many more prospects in Russia. Many facilities are gigantic in size, small towns in their own right.

I will caution though, for anyone interested in going into Russia, it is important to understand the business culture amongst the heavy industry and to speak Russian or have a Russian speaker. Hire a third party or set up your own office, but have someone who understands that business in Russia does not run like that in the Anglo-Sphere or Western Europe. I suggest rereading my article: Why Russian Business Can Not Get Western Clients. For further questions please contact me directly.

Monday, February 16, 2009

If Obama is the New Lincoln, What Should Be Expected

The New US president has made many references to his respect and admiration for the assassinated US Civil War era president Lincoln. Mr. Obama went so far as to even swear his oath upon the Lincoln Bible. Though modern US mythology paints Lincoln as a great defender and champion of freedom and human rights, a close study of history paints a very different and very disturbing alternate image.

Few leaders in the history of humanity have been so absolutely white washed as has Abraham Lincoln. A man who over turned, ignored and trampled upon the very laws he was sworn to protect, a man who had nothing but contempt for the slaves he supposedly freed which he did not, a man who ruled as a tyrant absolute was recreated, post his assassination, into one of the greatest heroes of America and champions of the very Constitution he mocked. This is the true power of American PR, not only to fool the world, but to truly cleanse the minds of its own population, of historic truth.

So, we, dear reader, shall now endeavor to pull back the curtain on the real Abraham Lincoln and will see what, if Obama is the new Lincoln, to expect.

Who was Abraham Lincoln? To get to the bottom of what this Railroad Lawyer, who represented some of the most powerful northern oligarchs of their time, was, one must look at who and what the Republican Party of the United States was/is. However, to do that, one must take a further step back to the year 1848 and the Forty Eighters.

Amongst the ill informed masses of America, some of the people are aware of the Russian Revolution of 1917, though fewer still the actual causes. Most have been fed on a tonic of: the evil Tsar this and the evil Tsar that. Fewer still remember the 1905 Marxist revolution that was crushed in the Russian empire and all but none know of the first Marxist revolutions, that of 1848 (though it may be argued that the French Revolution was a proto-Marxist revolution in and of itself). In the year 1848, armed with the Communist Manifesto and Marx's wealth club of financiers: the League of Just Men, Socialists and Marxists rose up in 18 separate revolts, throughout central Europe. The kings of Europe crushed these revolts and those instigators who were not arrested and rightly hung, fled to the United States and Canada. Some fled to England but of those, most wore out their welcome rather quickly. Four thousand 48ers escaped to America, taking new careers in the virgin land, as journalists, teachers and politicians, where Marx is still a god to this day.

Thus men such as Friedrich Annete, a Prussian officer discharged for membership of the Communist League in Prussia or Carl Schurz, another German communist who fled to America and after a stint became one of the founders of the Republican Party in 1854. After Abraham Lincoln’s election he became envoy to Spain. Upon his return from Spain, this Marxist was awarded the rank of Major General and command of the 3rd Division, Army of the Potomac. After the war he became editor and chief of the Detroit Post. Yes, that is correct, the Republican Party of America was founded by Socialists and Marxists. Is it any surprise at how Bush and others have acted on the world stage?

As a matter of fact, there were many Marxists who founded the Republican Party, got Lincoln elected and were rewarded by him. Let us explore a few more:

Franze Sigel, born in Baden, Germany, a former Prussian officer who took part in the 1848 revolution and fled to the United States via Switzerland and than England. Prior to the Civil War, he rose up to be the head of the public school district of St. Louis. That is correct, the northern Midwest, Lincoln's old stomping grounds. He entered the Union Army as a Colonel, commander of the 3rd Missouri and was quickly promoted to Brigadier General. By 1862 he was a Major General. After the war, Sigel became a journalist. Notice a pattern?

Jospeh Weydemeyer, a former Prussian officer who became a true follower of Marx in 1845 and a member of the League of Communists, he also took part in the 1848 uprising. He at first stayed on in Germany, becoming a journalist and an editor of several Marxists newspapers. Eventually, in 1851, he immigrated to the United States. In New York, he established the Die Revolution, a German Marxist newspaper where he republished Marx's works, with whom he regularly corresponded. He also formed America's first Marxist organization, with four friends, the American Workers' League, in 1853. That is correct, within two years of landing in America, this particular Marxist had already established an organization and a news paper to radicalize the North.
When the Republican Party was founded, Weydemeyer worked tirelessly to bring the German vote to this new Red entity. During this time, he had moved to the Midwest, Lincoln's stomping grounds, and worked as a full time journalist, agitating for Lincoln, from the city of Chicago. Is it any wonder that Chicago's politics are still the dirtiest and most socialist of America?
In 1860 he joined the US Army and became a tactical aid on the staff of General John C. Fremont. With the start of the Civil War, he became a colonel of the artillery. After a nervous break down, he left the military in 1865, after spending the rest of the war in St. Louis on garrison duty. After the war he was a journalist and than a politician.

Another stellar example is Friedrich Salomon, yet another Prussian officer and Marxist and the brother of Wisconsin's governor Edward Salomon. Friedrich raised a regiment of the 9th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, to fight for the Union and his Republican brothers. Edward Salomon, upheld Lincoln's edict on the draft by declaring that the draft would be upheld at any cost, arresting hundreds of demonstrators. Though the draft was highly unpopular, a Marxist like Edward made sure that one in nine citizens served in the Union Army. Friedrich was soon promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and his position was taken by his third brother Charles.

Fritze Anneke, a former officer of the Artillery of the Prussian Army, a 48er and a US colonel, commanding the 34th Wisconsin. Before the war, he was a poet and playwright as well as a journalist. The media take over by the Left, in America, is a very old campaign.

Konrad Krez, Colonel of the 27th Wisconsin, he fled from Prussia after taking part in the 1848 uprising. Before the war, he became a lawyer in Milwaukee.

Richard Hinton, a stone cutter from England, who came to the US in 1851, to New York City. In New York, he became a printer and then a reporter. He then moved to Kansas and agitated there. In 1862 he formed the First Kansas Colored Regiment, of which he became the colonel, some time in 1864. He continued to write until he was appointed to several positions in the Federal Government under the administration of Ulysses S. Grant.

Even a famous American face such as Allan Pinkerton, the founder of the Pinkerton Detective agency (who often shot strikers for his Marxist oligarch masters, there's workers' rights for you, much like in any real Marxist state) was a Republican and an admirer and financier of the radical John Brown. He was once quoted as telling his son that John Brown was a greater man than Napoleon or Washington.

Other prominent Union officers and Republicans were also Marxists. Amongst these were men such as:

Louis Blenker, a Brigadier General, whose division, the 8th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, of which he was a colonel before being raised in rank, was famous for looting much of central Virginia, inspiring the term "blinkered". A former goldsmith and doctor and an officer of the Prussian army. In 1848 he led an insurgent corp. against the King of Prussia and was crushed. His overall service was poor, supply shoddy and he was mustered out in 1863.

Robert Rosa, major of the 45th New York Infantry and member of the New York Communist Club.

August Wilich, a former Prussian officer and leading proponent of Prussian communism. He also fled Germany in 1848, via England, landing in America. In Ohio he worked as a carpenter, until 1858, when he became a journalist, editing a German language free labor newspaper. In August 1861, he was a major in the 9th Ohio Infantry, working actively to enlist German immigrants. That winter he became colonel. After several battles, he was a brigadier general in 1862, now in command of the 32nd Indiana.

There were many more, of course, but I do not wish to bore you. So it is needless to say, that Lincoln's Union Army was thoroughly populated by an officer corps made up of socialists and Marxists. Many were journalists and many of the remaining journalists were Marxists also, those that is that Lincoln did not imprison without charges or trial. As one prominent American communist journalist put it, a fellow named Karl Heinzen: "If you have to blow up half a continent and cause a blood bath to destroy the party of barbarism, you should have no scruples or conscious [about doing it]."

Carl Marx, himself, worked as a foreign correspondent for the Horace Greeley's New York Tribune. He was hired by another communist, the managing editor of the paper, Charles Dana, who later became Lincoln’s Assistant Secretary of War. That was when the Department of Defense was properly still called the Department of War, what it has always been.

During Lincoln's campaign, Marx cheered him on, calling him "The single minded son of the working class." Marx even wrote a personal letter of congratulations to Lincoln, on both of his elections, letters that were hand delivered by the US ambassador to England. Praise from Marx and his communists continued to fall upon Lincoln and even through the 1930s, the Communist Party of New York celebrated a Lincoln-Lenin Day. Marx was also very active in drumming up support in England and France to stymie their recognition of the Confederacy and the loaning of aid for its survival.

So now we come to the rule of Lincoln himself.

I apologize, dear reader, if it took so long to get here, but one must understand what the party of Lincoln, the Republican party stood for and who manned the military and surrounded Lincoln.

Americans as a whole love the tired and worn out myth of loving their freedom, their constitution and their rights and being willing to die for them. Nothing could be further from the truth, well at least in the North.

In the 1850s, as the Republican Party came to power, they and their Whig allies, in order to help their Marxist oligarchs and financial backers, while building the Imperial Federal government, placed heavy export duties on American goods. At that point, most of those goods came out of the South. Thus it came to pass that 30% of the American population was paying for 70% of the Federal budget. The government was growing quickly, making an onerous yoke upon the people. However, the German/English stock of the North seemed to enjoy this, while the Scots Irish of the South chaffed. As such, at this point, with the election of Abraham Lincoln, a dedicated Red, the Southern states, in their individual assemblies voted overwhelmingly to secede, as was their right at the time under the US Constitution.

Lincoln and the Republicans would have none of that. The problem was, much of the North was against any kind of war and while choosing not to leave the Union, actively supported the South's rights. To that end, Lincoln suspended the right of Habeas Corpus and without charges, began the mass arrests of his enemies and critics. With Republicans and Whigs the majority of Congress, his edicts were rubber stamped, little different from those of another despot in the 1930s and 1940s, Adolph Hitler and his Reichstag.

In total, 48,000 people were imprisoned by Lincoln, without trial, their lands confiscated, their reputations destroyed, their lives ruined, all this by the "champion" of the Constitution, as he is now called. Amongst these were prominent journalists, editors and politicians. In short, Lincoln all but wiped out the old conservative press of America. He further forbade the post service from delivering any newspaper or magazine that dared to criticize him.

Military police would storm through doors in the middle of the night, arresting Lincoln's opponents with out warrant or charges. Military prisons were quickly filled up. Congressman Vallandigham from Ohio, who had made speeches defending the Constitution, had his own door busted down at 0230hrs on 3 May 1863. He was first imprisoned and tried by a military commission and than deported from the US. That is correct, a Congressman from the US Congress. It is rather interesting that in his last speech before his arrest, he stated that for those who supported Lincoln: Defeat, debt, taxation [and] sepulchers - these are your trophies. He further denounce King Lincoln.

You see, General Burnside had declared that there was a full suspension of the freedom of speech and assembly in the military district of Ohio.

Did the American public rise up? In majority no, though there were protests and draft riots, to which Lincoln answered with rank fire from his infantry divisions, mowing down protestors. Yet to all this, the country of 1860s did not rise up in rage.

When the state senate of Maryland voted to stay in the Union but not to condemn the Confederacy for leaving, Lincoln had half the senate arrested. They were soon joined by the mayor of Baltimore. This is the same Lincoln who at Gettysburg proclaimed: "A government of the People, by the People, for the People."

It is rather ironic that, the grandson of Frances Scott Key, Frances Key Howard, editor of a newspaper critical of Lincoln, was imprisoned at the very same prison as his grandfather had been by the British: Ft. McHenry, Baltimore.

Lincoln's audacity went so far as to even issue an arrest warrant for the 83 year old Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Taney, who ruled that several of Lincoln's commands and orders were anti-constitutional. His arrest was never carried out, though, as the political whip lash may have been to great even for Lincoln to bare.

Lincoln, of course, as any good despot, had many willing sociopaths to go along with his plans. Amongst these were Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton, the Civil War governor of Indiana and a founding Republican. During the war he set up a secret police to monitor any pro-Confederacy sentiment and crush all opposition to Lincoln's decrees. The police were run under Henry B. Carrington, a Brigadier General in the Union Army. Arbitrary arrests, suppression of the Bill of Rights were the norm, resulting in a state wide repression.

Thus, Lincoln was a tyrant by no small degree. Even one of Lincoln's greatest apologists, the historian Clinton Rossiter, in the "Constitutional Dictatorship" writes: "Dictatorship played a decisive role in the North's successful effort to maintain the Union by force of man was the government of the United States...Lincoln was a great dictator. The great constitutional dictator was self appointed."

Thus, it should be no surprise, that when Lincoln launched his war against the South, it was a soulless, murderous war, one that in modern day would have drawn a war trial and a hanging. While the Union generally lost its early battles, it spared little thought to the morality of raping and pillaging those areas it could actually hold. When Lincoln found his butcher Ulysses S. Grant and his mass pillager and rapist, William Sherman, blood flowed in rivers, both Union blood in head on steam roller meat grinder tactics and the blood of southern civilians massacred and burned out.

After his March to the Sea, Sherman wrote in his memoirs, Lincoln came to see him. He asked him to tell him stories about the march and laughed with full heart at those of the worst pillaging and destruction of the South. Lincoln the gentle and carrying indeed. This is the same march that saw 2,000 Southern women shipped north into slave labor in Union factories.

In light of all this, General Robert E. Lee, shortly before his death, in 1870, had this to say to the governor of Texas: "Governor (of Texas), if I had foreseen the use that those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. No sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my sword in my right hand."

Before we finish, there are a few other things that should be brought to light about Lincoln’s "great" works. For example: to pay for the war, Lincoln instituted fiat currency, which was later, after his death, removed. Yes that is directly against the constitution of America, with the 1863 National Currency Act, which also created a central bank. As a supporter of Alexander Hamilton's centralized economy, Lincoln started growing the behemoth that is the United States socialist government. Even the American term "Bombing People Back to the Stone Ages" came into use then, during the murderous siege of Vicksburg by the Union Army and Navy.

But surely, you say, Lincoln did at least one good thing: he freed the slaves. Right? Wrong.

Lincoln in his own words:

Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858:
"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything."

Lincoln - Letter to Horance Greeley (a Marxist) editor of the New York Tribune, 22 Aug 1862:
"My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I cold save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it."

Lincoln-Douglas Debates:
"I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between white and black races and I have never said anything to the contrary."

Lincoln - Eulogy of Henry Clay, 1852:
"There is a moral fitness to the idea of returning to Africa her children." In other words, forced recolonization/repatriation to Africa of free and slave blacks from all over the Union.

Lincoln- To Congress 1862:
"I cannot make it any better known than it already is that I strongly favor colonization."

Even the Emancipation Proclamation was a publicity stunt since it freed no slaves in Union States, such as Maryland or New York nor in Union held territories, such as parts of Virginia, Tennessee, the barrier islands of North Carolina. It effected to free slaves, in an independent country, which was busy enough freeing its own slaves as free men in the Confederate Army. An example is that half the Confederate Artillery at Bull Run was black or that 10,000 blacks were enlisted in the Army of Tennessee as rifle carrying soldiers.

So, if President Obama truly means to become America's second Lincoln, what does America have to look forward to? Fear, oppression and dictatorship.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


1. It is Our Culture:

• It is inherent in our religion: God is King of the Kingdom of Heaven, not President, Prime Minister or Premier. How can an Orthodox Christian people be otherwise?
• The Russian Culture is built for strong leaders and rulers. Unlike Western republics with weak beurrocratic leadership, we the Russian people are at our best under strong leadership.
• Since the beginning of time, we have had one central leader, be he Prince, Tsar or Emperor. It is what our culture has evolved for. Unlike the many Republics of the New World, we have a two thousand year history of monarchy.
• Monarchy has preserved us in the face of many peoples who wished us death. Now that we are without a monarch, we find ourselves at the mercy of foreigners. Only with a strong Monarch can we once again rise to command the politics of Europe.

2. Monarchy Equals Stability
• Only a Monarch, above political parties can unite our diverse ethnic peoples, into one nation, as a father figure. Politicians, including all presidents and prime ministers, gain their power from dividing the people into small groups of electorates. For that reason, a politician’s first loyalty is not to the nation as a whole, but to his electorate and financiers.
• Monarchs build on their predecessor’s work. A monarch looks to the long term. He builds upon the foundation set by his predecessor and has a lifetime to achieve his goals, often the direct continuation of his predecessor. Presidents serving short terms look only to the short term and are under pressure to make their mark, usually in opposition to their predecessor.
• Monarchs are a link to the past. As technology and the world changes faster and faster, the monarchy provides a link to the past and the stability needed for Our culture to survive Western attempts to destroy it and US.

3. Monarchies are More Democratic
• Constitutional Monarchy Guaranties the Freedom of the People and the upholding of the Constitution. Politicians, no matter their creed, all want more and more power and greater control of people’s lives. The Monarch, above petty politics, is the guarenteer of the Constitution and also Its Prime Protector.
• Monarchs are above corruption. Politicians and presidents are elected. Elections require much money. Those donating the money then own the politicians. Because of their corruption, special interests take control. Monarch is for life, he is the Father of the Rodina, and thus he is above bribes.
• Monarchs Prevent Dictatorships. Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Mussolini could not have come to power if their countries had retained their monarchs. Demagogues and dictators are powerless in the face of strong monarchs. Monarchs are interested in the strong survival of their nations as a whole, genocide is counter productive.
• Only Monarchs can control the huge transnational corporations that care little for their workers and regularly bribe government officials, spreading corruption.

4. Monarchies are Ordained by God
* Just as the Father looks over Creation and Christ is the one True King of Kings and Lord of Israel, a Monarch is ordained by God as His Servant. God, Christ, is not elected as King of Kings, why should the leaders be?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

American Professionals Need Passports to Survive

Lets face reality, the American dream is dead, the future has never looked so bleak and as a professional in any industry, your prospects of working in your choosen career has never been so low. Sure you can reinvent yourself, but how many of you have already done this once, twice, thrice? It is not easy and the list of choices is getting shorter and shorter. But it does not have to be this way.

Americans as a people, have an ingrained fear of travelling out side of their own little world. This has given the American government an absolute free hand overseas to create unaccountable havoc and a tax/labor base it never fears in loosing, to exploit. This is born out in the stark numbers. Only 10% of Americans will ever have a passport, many of whom will go to very poor areas of Latin America for various aid missions through churches and civic organizations. These trips only uphold the view that every thing in the US is better, no matter how bad it gets. Maybe 5% of the population will reach places like Japan or Europe. Of these the majority are higher end businessmen and the over all elites. Five percent, that is only 15 million and many of those will decide to transfer and stay.

Throughout most of the world, young and not so young professionals are mobile, following the money to provide a better life style for themselves and their families. This in turn has forced countries to become competitive for fear of loosing this talent. America has been the receiver of this talent since World War Two, because it had the money to provide the life style. Even when much of that money dried up, many foreigners continued to pour in believing the myths. The native born also believed this, even though the old reality had long ago turned to dust and only the myth remained.

The Bank Panic of 2008 and the General Collapse of 2009 have once and for all, pulled the covers off of the old dead reality and showed it for the withered husk it is. However, most American professionals either refuse to accept it or cling to the pantlegs of Uncle Sam hoping for Never Never Land to return. In short, it will not.

If you want a future for yourself and your family, my suggestion is: get a passport, learn another language or enough to get by and start looking else where. Unlike the US, many nations kept their industrial and technological base, defending this and many nations are in need of the skilled labor to fill it.

So take a clue, in this case, the grass is greener on the otherside.

America's Last Dominant Industry Starts to Leave

America has begun the initial steps to final outsourcing of it's last dominant industry. As before, a recession is the key to making the move. Even as we speak, the oil/gas and oil/gas services industries, always a US dominated industry, has begun mass layoffs. From Schlumberger to Baker to Halliburton and dozens of smaller firms, tens of thousands of jobs are either already gone on being shoved into the guillotine.

America has always been the dominant player in the oil/gas services field as it had led the way, back in the late 1800s, in oil and later gas exploration and exploitation. Oil services companies do everything that it takes to deliver the product to their clients, the major private and national oil companies. This includes everything from locating deposits, up to 10km under the ground, to drilling to them, to developing the wells and managing production, to transferring the product to refineries and storage facilities. As such, these companies employ an immense amount of technology and industry.

As oil/gas exploration moved to the far corners of the world, it made more sense to move at least some of the manufacturing closer to the international customers. However, the business units, engineering departments and quality personnel were almost all exclusively employed in America. This will be no more.

As with other formerly dominant industries, such as light manufacturing, IT, textiles, etc, a recession was used as the knife to finally do in the workers. IT is a prime example. While outsourcing was a force that was picking up steam throughout the 1990s, it was not until 2003, the year after the tech bubble bust of 2002 (and a short recession) that IT outsourcing finally took off. The companies involved, used the bust to lay off hundreds of thousands of tech workers around the US and Britain, sighting low profits or debt. The public as a whole accepted this, as part of the economic landscape and protest were few, especially with a prospect of the situation turning around. However, shortly after the turn around in the economy, it became very clear that there would be no turn around in the IT employment industry. Not only were companies outsourcing everything they could, under the cover of the recession, they had shipped in tens of thousands of work visaed workers who were paid on the cheap.

A similar process had already begun in the oil/gas services and oil/gas industries and has now begun it's initial acceleration into a full removal of the American worker from those positions. Regardless of the layoffs, work still has to be done, so new hires will be done in cheaper countries, where much of the manufacturing is already located. Once a subsection of a team or a new office is set up, it will become much easier to rationalize the movement of whole departments.

Worst of all, this is not a process that takes long to complete. In truth, the IT landscaped went through its total metamorphoses in less than 3 years and the recession, and thus excuse, were tiny compared to this one. America/British IT went from begging locals to work, due to the high demand for employees to having 700+ resumes on a single job opening with in a mere 24 hours. The situation has never changed.

So what is in store for America's energy industry future? For the owners, higher profits, when demand goes back up. For the workers? The same hell of unemployment that the rest of the US/UK now enjoys.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Admiral, a Reflections on the Evils of Marxism

Recently I watched the excellent blockbuster: The Admiral. The movie covers the life of Alexander Vasiliyevich Kolchak(Александр Васильевич Колчак) from 1915 to his death at the hands of the Marxists in 1920. A true Russian patriot who served his Country and his Tsar with devotion and honor. When the Empire fell to the Anglo-Marxist funded Bolsheviks and civil war ensued, Kolchak formed a Russian national government and raised an army of patriots to fight against the Bolshevik internationalists who were destroying Russia.

A devoutly religious man, with strong sense of duty and morality, Alexander Kolchak upheld the ideal of an imperial officer. Kolchak was approached by the white forces to become their leader, but initially refused. Than they voted him in as supreme leader and he agreed, forming a civilian government, along side his military regime. From here he courted the Western powers to aid him against the Bolsheviks, not realizing to what extent it was those very powers funding his enemies. While it is absolutely true that the British military armed Kolchak's forces and a small American expeditionary army fought and died beside him, it is equally true that the banking and monopolist elite of both were busy flooding the Bolsheviks with cash and backing.

In the end, Kolchak and the Russian cause were betrayed, first by Woodrow Wilson and his American commander, who disliked the royalist government, finding their soul mates in the Marxist Internationalists. The Japanese pulled their backing deciding that they wanted a large chunk of Siberia and a Kolchak victory would deny them that. Finally by the Czech legion which sided with the Socialist Revolutionaries and while in control of the Trans-Siberian Railroad and under command of French officers, betrayed Kolchak's safe passage, surrendering him to the Marxists.

The inevitable happened, they executed him and his Prime Minister V. Pepelaev, throwing their stripped bodies into the river Ushakovka.

What this masterful movie and the opening of the achieves demonstrates, is that the promise of the Marxists to raise humanity to a new level of scientific enlightenment really meant was to unleash a hatred and evil akin only to that of Satan. Brother against brother, son against father, no barbarity was to low or evil or base. No word was kept by the leftists or their soul brothers. Every evil of all unspeakable nature became the norm. That is the true legacy of Marxism, a real debasement of all that is good or holy, all that is God given in humanity.

Is it any wonder, why Holy Russia is walking away, nah, running away from such a legacy, heading to a pre-1914 world view and culture, rather to the modern "ism" created world?

It is on display every day, in all its corrupting "glory" in the dieing Anglo-Marxist sphere. A people fed on gluttony, on a "get mine, screw yours" culture, are now facing the inevitable collapse of this obscenity of mindless hedonism.

One should learn from such mistakes, and the suffering they cause. But thankfully for the Anglo-Marxist public, still deep in denial of their own fate, Admiral will never play in one of their theaters and they will never be forced to contemplate anything deep in its message.