The idea behind starting up The Rum Rebellion stemmed from the realisation that the world right now is at a critical juncture.
That sounds like a cliché. But it’s not.
What do I mean by that?
Well, on the one hand you have global stocks at potentially the end of a historically long bull market. That increases the odds of having to navigate a bear market in 2019.
And while I don’t think it will be particularly nasty — not 2008 like, anyway — like all bear markets, it will be tough to deal with.
What makes it particularly tough is the political element. I mentioned yesterday — albeit briefly — that President Trump’s trade war with China was about the fundamental restructure of the global tech supply chain.
The trade war is not the actions of an unhinged president, as the world’s establishment media would have you believe. It is a purposeful attempt to take back control of US technology, reduce national security threats and punish China for not keeping promises it made when it joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001.
And if we zoom out to the next level, this ‘critical juncture’ is about the clash of two conflicting ideologies. Put crudely, those ideologies are globalisation versus nationalism.
I’m just about to publish Part II of a three-part series on this issue. Subscribers of my investment advisory, Crisis & Opportunity, will get that today.
In short, it reveals ‘globalisation’ for what I believe it really is — a movement designed to subvert national sovereignty and impose the rule of unelected technocrats and elites — for their betterment.
Globalisation is centralisation. Centralisation is the tool of communists and dictatorships. Decentralisation (diffusion of power) is the political structure of healthy democracies.
Australia seems to have forgotten this. And thanks to a Liberal party that is completely lacking in leadership, and a narrative about what it stands for, there is no one around to tell Australians what the heck is going on.
So, part of The Rum Rebellion’s MO is to humbly fill this vacuum. If you believe the needs of Australia and Australians should come before the needs of an unelected elite, tell your friends to come and join us over here.
I have my people in head office working on a sign up page for new readers. We’ll have that ready soon so you can help get the word out!
Related to this — and this is a really important point — is the huge amount of misinformation and lies out there in the mainstream media.
This is not just some throwaway criticism. Billionaires almost exclusively own the media. The shares are structured in a way that gives them voting rights and control beyond their ownership levels.
The billionaires are the elites. They control the narrative. You’re getting their version of the truth. It’s designed to put you asleep, not wake you up.
Which is why it’s so important to absorb opposing views and question what you read. This is why I’ve joined Twitter, as a part of this project. And I’d like to extend an invitation to you to follow me @canavan_greg.
I’ve been talking to myself for the past few days, so a few more followers would be great!
Which brings me to the point of today’s essay.
Do you know what’s happening on this date?
Probably not, because the establishment media want it kept very quiet.
On 5 December, United States Attorney for Utah John Huber, will give testimony to Congress. Former Attorney General (head of the Department of Justice, the DOJ) Jeff Sessions appointed him in late 2017.
For the past year, with a team of over 400 lawyers, Huber has been investigating criminal activity in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, as well as Hillary Clinton’s role in the Uranium One fiasco and the Clinton Foundation.
The establishment media won’t touch the story. But make no mistake, this could be big. Everyone knows the Clinton Foundation is deeply corrupt. But because the Clinton’s are so powerful, it has never been investigated. Until now.
Do you remember the infamous election debate where Hillary said something like this to Trump; ‘it’s good that you’re not in charge of the law in this country’. And Trump responded with the mike dropping, ‘cause you’d be in jail’.
Trump is about to get his wish. His team has spent the past couple of years clearing out corruption from the FBI and many other departments. This is what draining the swamp looks like. The Clintons are the next target.
You watch the establishment media explain the Clinton investigation as Trump trying to divert attention away from the ‘Russia Collision’ case, currently being investigated by Robert Mueller.
Mueller has been on the case for years and has yet to find anything on Trump. All he’s got is a few Trump allies on charges relating to activities pre-Trump, or lying to the FBI on minor issues, which is a charge you make when you have absolutely nothing else.
Paul Manafort is a good example. Hardly a saint, Manafort was active in the Ukraine and had dodgy dealings with Russians up to 10 years ago. But there is no evidence that he colluded with Russians to influence the election on Trump’s behalf.
But wait, what’s this?
The Guardian in the UK has a story out this morning saying Manafort held ‘secret talks’ with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the lead up to the 2016 election. The inference is that Assange released the Democratic Party emails just prior to the election in order to embarrass the Democrats and influence the election in favour of Trump.
And the mainstream narrative is that the Russians hacked the emails in the first place, hence the collusion story. Assange maintains that the Russians were not the source of the emails. If you want to dig into that sorry further, look into Seth Rich.
Anyway, The Guardian says that according to ‘sources’ Manafort visited the embassy on a number of occasions. Ok, let’s check the records then…
Umm…except you can’t. According to this ‘story’, Manfaort’s visits were not logged! He just wandered into the embassy to visit the world’s most wanted man, and did so anonymously! Right…
WikiLeaks is now suing The Guardian, claiming the story is a pack of lies. I’d say they have a pretty good case.
The point here is that this is how fake news works. Sources from internal government departments (usually following an establishment agenda) plant the stories they want out there in the public forum. People, strangely conditioned to trust what we read, absorb the information unquestionably.
Part of John Huber’s remit was to investigate leaks emanating from the DOJ and FBI. This will all start to come out on 5 December. So follow me on Twitter @canavan_greg to follow the story.
I’ll keep my fake news expose to a minimum here at The Rum Rebellion. I’ll stick to markets and politics, mostly. After all, the primary aim of this e-letter is to give you the tools to navigate through this critical time in history. I don’t have all the answers, but by asking the right questions every day, we’ll definitely be ahead of the crowd.
See you tomorrow…
Editor, The Rum Rebellion