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What kind of society are you living in?

Are you living in an authoritarian and totalitarian society like communist China? Or are you living in a dictatorship like North Korea? Or maybe you are living in a free society? Just look at your own society and you will find out what society you live in.

A.E. Samaan is the author of the book From a “Race of Masters” to a “Master Race,” and he said that tyrants are obvious, and easy to identify. It is the well entrenched and corrupt establishment that is truly insidious.”

“All Socialism is Democratic Socialism. Socialist nations take away civil liberties by referendum. Socialism is submission of the masochistic masses to the will of the sadistic elites.”

“Capitalism is not a form of government. Capitalism is a symptom of freedom. It is the result of individual rights, which include property rights.”

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Pinterest is ready to go public but the “catalogue of ideas” is still blocked in China

I wrote about an upcoming Pinterest IPO on January 12, 2015. I said it was probably to early for them to go public at that time, but now four years later Pinterest has confidentially filed paperwork with the SEC for an IPO.

The photo-posting app firm Pinterest has chosen Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase to lead its IPO, and shares will be available later on this summer. They have begun interviewing bankers and could raise $1,5B.


(Picture: Chinese Wall)

 

The company was launched in March 2010, so this is a young start-up that will follow many other start ups to go public this year. They have 250 million MAUs as of October 2018, and they have 800+ employees that is working with «catalogue of ideas.»

In 2012, Pinterest was valued at $1,5 billion. Two years later the company was valued at $3,8 billion. A few year later (June 2015) Pinterest was valued at $11 billion. The same year, Fortune Magazine listed Pinterest in the 8th position on its Unicorn list.

Since its inception, it has developed into a well-funded site financially supported by a group of successful entrepreneurs, and in 2011, the company secured a US$10 million Series A financing led by Jeremy Levine and Sarah Tavel of Bessemer Venture Partners.

Later on the same year, Pinterest secured US$27 million in funding from Anderssen Horowitz, which valued the company at US$200 million. Now, a few years later, the value of the company is 60 times higher.

Internet service provider in populist India had blocked Pinterest following a Madreas High Court order in July 2016 but the block was temporary. It`s even worse in Communist China. In 2017, Chinese authorities blocks Pinterest and the website is still blocked after Two Sessions in 2017.

No response has given, but some media guess that the blocks was related to the Two sessions. Huaban, Duitang and 30 more websites has many similaarities to Pinterest, so they are not alone on the market. However, they are not blocked in Hong Kong.

The same happened to Google in China. Once a popular search engine in China with a market share of 36,2 percent in 2009, but they blocked the web site and Google`s search market share dropped to only 1,7 percent.

Communist China is authoritarian and authorities was scared and stopped Google and this is what protectionism and Nationalism works. Most services offered by Google China were blocked by the Great Firewall in the People`s Republic of China.

In 2010, searching via all Google search sites, including Google Mobile, were moved from mainland China to Hong Kong. The same year, Google announced that, in response to a Chinese-originated hacking attack on them and other US tech companies, they were no longer willing to censor searches in China and would pull out of the country completely if necessary. Is this really fair trade?

Four year earlier, co-founder Sergey Brin said that virtually all of Googles customers were using the non-censored version of their website. Google critics in the United States claimed that Google China is a flagrant violation of the Google motto: «Dont be evil.»

On 13 January 2010, the news agency AHN reported that the U.S Congress planned to investigate Googles allegations that the Chinese government used the companys service to spy on human rights activists.

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at that time that analogies were drawn between the Berlin Wall and the free and unfree internet. Chinese articles came back saying that the United States uses the internet as a means to create worldwide hegemony based on Western values.

The issue of Google`s policy toward China was cited as a potentially major development in world affairs, marking a split between authoritarian socialism and the Western model of free capitalism and internet access.

China and America are two of the biggest economies in the world, so it is important for companies to have access to the market in both countries. A year ago, president Trump announced trade war with China, but now seems like a seven-month trade war is coming to an end.

The U.S has accused Beijing of forcing U.S companies doing business in China to share their technology with local partners and hand over intellectual property secrets, but China denies it engages in such practices.

Trump administration is looking at non-tariff barriers in China, including industrial subsidies, regulations, business licensing procedures, product standards reviews and other practices that keep U.S goods out of China or give an unfair advantage to domestic firms.

Visa and MasterCard have waited years to have access in China and Steve Mnuchin has pushed for China to open its market for them. But the clock is ticking and time is running short of the March 1 deadline to resolve the dispute or see U.S tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods rise from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Access to the Chinese market will help companies like Pinterest and other companies a lot. 50 percent of the world’s population live in Asia but it wont help if they spend most of their time on protectionism, nationalism, authoritarian behaviour, censorship, socialism and communism.

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The United States are growing faster than China

The world`s biggest economy is the United States followed by China, and sooner or later, China will replace the locomotive and be the biggest economy in the world. You can delay it, but it will happen in this century anyway.

They are both in conflict with each other with tariff tensions and a trade war. A strategy that is bad for both of them in the long run. The U.S is waiting for China to come to the table and make a fair deal. Today is the first day of talks to renegotiate the trade dispute between them. A deal that President Donald Trump repudiated.

Take a look at the chart above. Surprisingly, the U.S is more productive than China. Twice as much. The US economy advanced an annualized 3,4 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2018 while the Chinese economy grew by “only” 1,6 percent quarter-on-quarter in the three months to September last year.

The Chinese economy is slowing and this has been going on for a while. But it`s not because of the trade war. China obviously have some problems and the China-U.S tension is one of them, but this is not the first time China and the U.S are in conflict with each other.

Deng Xiaoping and President Jimmy Carter signed a historic accord in 1979 and then reversed decades of China-U.S tension. Deng Xiaoping was a Chinese revolutionary and veteran of the Communist Party and he was eager to adopt capitalist methods and reforms in order to stimulate economic growth and restore confidence in the party.

Today, China has embraced capitalism but remains Leninist at heart. The founder of the Soviet Union, and his Bolshevik revolution, Vladimir Lenin changed China`s economic and political landscape.

Lenins Russian revolution in 1917 have a causal relationship with the birth of Chinas Communist Party in 1921 and the founding of the People`s Republic of China in 1949. As Mao Zedong once said: “The salvoes of the October revolution brought Marxism-Leninism to China.”

Lenin has played a much bigger role in China than Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The wholesale execution of enemies inspired Mao`brutal dictatorship and his launch of the Cultural Revolution under the theory of “continuous revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat.”

Now, China has changed dramatically since Deng Xiaopings free-market reforms and Maos terrifying Leninist experiment in utopia. Now, China is the world`s second largest economy. 70 percent of the “socialist” economy is privately owned and nobody have more billionaires than China right now.

China is more a Leninist capitalist state than a Marxist socialist one. 800 million people in the middle class has jumped on the consumerism train in only a couple of decades under the stewardship of communist totalitarianism. Leninism`s lasting legacy.

On the other side, China has a debt crisis and a real estate bubble, so the question is; when will China collapse, and will it cause a global crisis? China is declining and it will continue to do so. Lending money to Kenya or Venezuela to name a few, are putting them all in a debt trap and it remain to see that Beijing can afford it. I`m in doubt.

Xi Jinping and his leaders know that they are in a very weak position, so they have to come to the table and make a deal with the U.S.

The stock market is in a correction territory at the moment. Investors have priced in two rate hikes this year and some U.S-China tension fear, but Trump reports “Big Progress” in trade talks with China were top trained negotiators came to the table earlier today.

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NATO not welcome in Trondheim by Norwegian Communists

In autumn 2018, Norway will be the host country for NATOs largest military exercise, known as Trident Juncture. But some people in Norway doesnt like that; The Communists in Norway. They will hold a Anti-NATO demonstration to take place in Trondheim on October 20th.

A few days ago there were many posters in Trondheim with this headline; NATO NOT WELCOME! But 40,000 troops are now in Norway from 30 nations, with 140 combat aircraft, 70 ships and 10 000 military vehicles. What they want is to train for war in central Norway.

According to the Communists in Norway, the exercise costs Norway more than 2 billion NOK and will create pollution for people and the natural environment.

The Communist Party of Norway and the Communist Youth of Norway organize a large demonstration and public meeting against the NATO military exercise on 20th of October 2018 at 13:00 pm in Tordenskjoldsparken in Trondheim.

People have often told me not to buy any American stocks, so I think I know what people I have around me. This is people with a Marxist-Leninist perspective. The same group of people can be seen in Turkey, Poland, Venezuela and Hungary to name a few.

This is people who don`t like capitalism. They are anti-capitalists and fight against what they call «imperialism.»

On their website they have this note; In the European Union the rate of unemployment in women was 10,6% in 2012 and 10,1% in 2014 (Eurostat), while the total number of women living within the limits of poverty reaches 65 million!

They also had this note; In the capitalist world especially in western Europe the labour achievements came as a result of constant and bloody class struggles. The existence of the Soviet Union and the example of the socialist construction forced a significant number of western bourgeois governments to grant some social and labour rights to their people.

However, after the counter-revolution in the USSR and eastern Europe, these social and labour rights were ferociously attacked. Today (in 2016), we live the capitalist barbarity of mass unemployment, underemployment, reduced salaries, mass lay-offs, zero-contract labour relations, child capital`s profitability; from the U.S of the 47 million people who live on the edge of poverty to the European Union of the 25 million unemployment people!

My note: This number is from 2016 and have changed. Unemployed people in the EU is now 17 million while it is 6 million in the U.S.

Furthermore, they say; the public healthcare system that was established in the Soviet Union consists a significant example of socialist construction. In Soviet Russia there was a broad state network of healthcare, based on the centrally planned socialist economy, which provided free services of medical care for the whole population.

In capitalist Russia of Mr Putin, life expectancy rate declined. In 2004 it was at 63 years of age. Furthermore, in capitalist Russia of oligarchs and monopoly groups, healthcare isn`t free and public anymore; numerous state hospitals and clinics closed while large private hospitals were created, the work «accidents» were increased (6,000 deaths every year) and the Russian working people have to pay for the services in the existing public hospitals, the Norwegian Communists say on their website.

They also talk about public and free education system. A unique achievement of Socialism`s construction in the Soviet Union was the complete elimination of illiteracy and the rapid increase of the educational level, and the author came up with this conclusion;

In any sector of the social and economic life, Socialism proved its superiority over Capitalism. And when we talk about «superiority» we refer on how the Socialist system managed to satisfy peoples needs by eliminating the exploitation of man by man.

Capitalism, with it`s anarhist nature in production and the deification of profit, has nothing more to offer to humanity except from poverty, misery, unemployment, inequalities and wars.

The Soviet Union and the socialist states of the 20th century, despite their existed problems, proved that a better world is possible. Despite the temporary historical setback of the 1989-1991 counter-revolution, nothing has finished. The end of history didn`t come, Mr. Fukuyama and dear apologists of Capitalism.

Socialism-Communism is the future of humanity, author Nikos Mottas said. A PhD candidate in Political Science, International Relations and Political History, and the editor-in-Chief of «In Defence of Communism.»

My note: Why do communists always talk about non-profit organisations like health-care systems and educational systems? You can also add the police force and fire department. They are all non-profit organisations. But they do not create something. It`s just a little part of the society and just a cost.

Capitalism and profit organisations are something different. A mix of Capitalism and Socialism and Communism can be a better way. In other words; a mix of non-profit and profit organisations. Its not a question about Capitalism or Communism. Its both. A mix.

You dont buy stocks in a hospital or a police force. Its a non-profit organisation. But you buy stocks in Apple so they can grow and voila; you have a revolutionary product called; iPhone. That`s wealth for you. It made the world a better place. It made your life more easy.

Socialism and Communism are both old words. They belong to the old school and doesn`t sound good at all. Why not change the words? Why not call it “Crowdfunding?” A much better word.

The Communists in Norway will hold a public meeting with the theme «How do we fight imperialism?» and the meeting will take place in Trondheim at 18:00 pm. After the meeting there will be a social gathering.

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The European Union rose “only” 0,4 percent in Q1 of 2018

Last week I talked about America`s fantastic growth of 4,1 percent on quarter in Q2 of 2018, and this is only the beginning. It is no doubt; President Trump must be doing something right. But, what about the European Union?

GDP in the European Union rose «only» 0,4 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2018. Not much to write home about. But the growth have never been above 1 percent since the financial crisis in 2008.

The European Union reached an all time high of 1,30 percent in 1999 and that is right before the tech bubble burst. Since then it has been a dead fish, reaching an all time low of -2,60 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

At the same time we can see that the unemployment rate reached a record low of 6,80 percent in February of 2008, and that`s right before the financial crisis. It reached an all time high of 11 percent in February 2013, but in May this year it fall down to 7 percent again.

This isn`t good enough if we are living in a capitalistic world.

The European Union in Brussels are nothing more than unelected bureaucrats. Draghi and the ECB have, just like Japan and the U.S «printed» a lot of money, and will continue to do so. If they can`t turn around the ship, they need to consider a strong cheerleader.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a meeting with President Trump last week. They were talking about trade, free trade and tariffs. Mr Trump`s goal is to make better deals so both the U.S and the EU can take more profit and prosper.

I think that the EU should be glad for that and they need to hurry up. The U.S is the world`s third biggest exporter, yet exports account «only» for 13 percent on GDP. Exports in the U.S reached an all time high of 215328 USD million in May this year, which is pretty impressive.

The EU has 28 member states and the biggest among them all is Germany (21 percent of total GDP), the United Kingdom (15 percent), and France (15 percent).

Exports of goods and services account for 46 percent of GDP while imports account for 42 percent, adding 4 percent of total GDP. But this is about to change. If the UK contribute with 15 percent of the total GDP in the EU, then what will happen to their growth after Brexit?

That being said; nor is the UK a success story. The British economy grew by 0,1 percent in the first three months of 2018 and well below 0,4 percent in the previous period. It is the lowest growth rate since a 0,1 percent contraction in Q4 2012.

The largest contribution to growth in the UK was from household spending at 0,2 percentage points. From the production side, the service industries made the largest contribution to GDP growth, followed by production.

Agriculture, the smallest component within the output approach of GDP made no contribution to growth to one decimal place, while construction deducted from GDP growth. The service industries increased by 0,3 percent.

Positive growth was recorded within all sub-sectors of the services industries; distribution, hotels and restaurants (0,1 percent vs -0,1 percent).

President Trump have repeatedly said that the EU have treated the US very bad. I have written many articles about that long before Mr Trump`s inauguration. The European Commission has fined Google €4,34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules this month.

In May 2009, Intel was imposed with a 1,06 billion euro fined for abusing its market dominance on central processing units. Microsoft has been in trouble with the Commission on several occasions. In 2004, the Commission ruled that Microsoft had abused its market dominance.

In 208, the Commission fined Microsoft nearly 900 million euros for charging «unreasonable» royalty fees. In 2013, another fine of 561 million euros was imposed on Microsoft. This time for failing to comply with the Commission`s ruling that it had to allow users to more easily choose a prefered web browser.

The European Commission fined Facebook for 110 million euros in May this year in relation to its takeover of WhatsApp. Facebook acquired the messaging service in 2014 for $19 billion, but provided the Commission with misleading information about the acquisition.

In August 2016, the Commission ruled that tech giant Apple had received illegal tax benefits from Ireland worth up to 13 billion euros. Ireland was ordered to recover the unpaid tax from Apple, plus interest.

As early as 1966, British Politician Tony Benn said that «Communism run by commissars from Moscow did not work, and nor will capitalism run by commissioners in Brussels. Both deny people their right to develop in their own way.»

Now, under President Donald Trump, big companies like Apple are moving home to the United States with billions of dollars. Apple alone, are bringing in $230 billion. They will build new plants and a magnificent campus.

They will spend their money wisely and the money will be in the U.S. All this is possible because of Trump`s tax cuts and reforms. This is how you make growth.

 

 

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