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Memorial Day 2012
« on: May 28, 2012, 09:58:30 AM »
Comment on "A Memorial day meditation" here.
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: Memorial Day 2012
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 10:26:52 AM »
Quote from: Smedley Butler
I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

To which I have to add Alfonso's famous quote

Quote from: Al Capone
Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the Ruling Class.

Of course throughout history War has been a great source of Profit.  If you want to make money, you do it the Old Fashioned way. You STEAL it.

This was always pretty bad, but it got a whole lot worse with Industrialization, which gave the Industrialized countries such a HUGE power advantage nobody else really stood a chance, unless Protected by Jungle like the Vietnamese or Mountains like the Pashtuns.  Anywhere else where Tanks and APCs could roll was TOAST.

Looking forward to the day the Gas runs out for the Big Ass Military.  Likely won't stop Wars, but they'll be a lot less damging and a much more level playing field.

Meanwhile until that day comes, I highly suggest holing up in the Lousiana Bayou or somewhere with Mountains.  Really BIG Mountains.  The Great Wall that GOD built to protect the Independent Souls of the World.

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Re: Memorial Day 2012
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2012, 10:48:37 AM »
John Perkins, in "confessions of an Economic Hitman" lays out the case for the post-warfare practice followed by what we euphemistically call "diplomacy:"

Our scriveners and functionaries convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. These are often for large infrastructure development projects sold under the guise of "modernization," and surprise of surprises, are often built by large American construction companies (Halliburton, Brown and root, etc.) Thus saddled with debts they could not hope to pay, those countries acquiesce to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues. Perkins argues in his book that developing nations are thus effectively neutralized politically, have their wealth gaps driven wider and economies crippled in the long run.

Sounds like we've brought the business model home, doesn't it?

Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly-paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars, and are what we deploy when we don't care enough to send our very best. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.

And this is what they call, "soft power."
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

 

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