Sanctions

Has anyone considered the possibility of the rest of the world, or at least large parts of it, placing economic sanctions on the United States for its aberrant behavior? Let’s take a minute to examine the following trends exhibited by the United States:

  1. There has been an epidemic of violence committed by the state against minorities and, most specifically, black people. Why do we assume in America that it is sanctionable when a government in the Middle-East perpetrates atrocities against ethnic minorities, but not when police in the United States are outright murdering black people?
  2. The United States has exhibited a trend of massive over-incarceration of its people, again, disproportionately targeting minorities, most specifically, black people. To add insult to injury, not only are people being denied liberty for specious reasons, but there is a private element present in the United States prison industrial complex, allowing corporations to use prisoners to supply cheap labor. In effect, this is modern day slavery, where people are kept in cages, denied their liberty, and forced to work for someone else’s financial gain. Why would Americans believe it was appropriate for sanctions to be leveled against South Africa because of apartheid, but that sanctions couldn’t occur against the United States on account of its prison population being used as slaves?
  3. The United States has an overtly corrupt executive branch, complete with a former oil company executive running the State Department. Why should the rest of the world sit idly by while the United States government subsidizes the destruction of the entire globe by not only backing fossil fuel production and consumption, but also by giving the largest fossil fuel company in the United States one of the highest positions in government, to make sure this obliteration of the globe happens with the fewest possible impediments? How could someone in, say, Argentina or Thailand, possibly think this is going to turn out well?
  4. The United States has every appearance of being run by an individual whose information about the state of the world comes from the likes of Infowars and Fox News. If it is acceptable to sanction, and even bomb, nations that are ostensibly governed by radical extremists with untenable world views, who possess and use weapons of mass destruction, why should Americans assume the same cannot happen to a nation that also possesses and uses weapons of mass destruction, that is governed by a radical counterfactualist with an untenable world view?

This should by no means be seen as me asking countries around the world to place sanctions on the United States, because it’s not like I relish the thought of having to pay $20 for a cup of coffee. I am just asking the question of whether it could happen, whether there are nations out there principled — or brazen — enough to attempt such a move. I get it that people like selling their crap to Americans, but Americans are running out of money anyway, and it’s not like Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg wants to buy 400,000 iPhones or Finding Dory DVDs for personal use.

People around the world have a lot to say about Americans and the United States Government, but I wonder what people in, say, Denmark or Australia, are prepared to do about American corruption and excess — or are they resigned to just ride the sinking ship to the bottom of the rising seas along with us?

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