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#36554 - 10/20/07 05:44 PM The American coup d’état
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The American coup d’état

By PHIL HOSKINS

The takeover of the government of the United States is progressing nicely and is very nearly complete. Disguised as “privatization” and propelled by an unprecedented grab of power by the “unitary” Executive branch, we the people have been “Blackwatered” to use the phrase born among the ruins of Iraq.

This process began long before George Bush, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove perfected their synchronized destruction of the Constitution. We can go back for its roots to 1932 when Roosevelt deemed it necessary to claim new powers for the Executive branch in order to pull the nation out of a financial free-fall. Since then every accretion of power by the Executive has been justified by the fear of some boogeyman or another.

But the grab of power away from Congress, the Courts and most specifically the people has been only one part of the coup. Since Ronald Reagan gave voice to the effort to dismantle government the campaign to privatize everything from education to security has given those behind the coup the power they sought.

The recent highlighting of the actions by the Blackwater security forces in Iraq is only the tiniest tip of the iceberg that has sunk our Titanic nation. Private security forces in general and Blackwater in specific can be found around the globe, providing the military force needed by corporate and moneyed interests to rape and pillage the planet.

Blackwater was in New Orleans after Katrina hit before FEMA even knew where new Orleans was on the map. They directed local law enforcement and were the de facto military on the streets for many days, which of course then led to a lucrative contract from Homeland Security. This Administration has funneled billions of dollars to private firms in one of the greatest wealth transfers in history.

But it is not just this pillaging of our national treasury that is troublesome. Of greater import is the fact that reactionary forces have created an entirely viable alternative to the Constitutional government that is almost completely beyond any accountability to the people of this country. With Congress the willing ATM machine for these private contracts there is now a private army completely beholden to corporate America that can act without any limitation by the elected representatives of the people.

There are more private security forces in Iraq than military. They are not accountable to anyone except people like Eric Prince who has as his mission the spread of the far-right conservative doctrine of corporate greed. With Secretary Rice providing cover for these mercenaries, we have the spectacle of a private military running the show for this ill-fated debacle and our military forces cleaning up their mess.

The real flare-up in Iraq did not begin until after 4 Blackwater employees were strung up in Fallouja. We launched a major campaign against that city to wreak revenge upon the unfortunate inhabitants because it was more important to get even than to plan strategic engagements. Our military policy has been hijacked because a private outfit acted foolishly and exposed their own agents to harm.

This Administration has created a situation where it could activate private forces anywhere on the globe without the need for messy Congressional approval. They could even do so right here on American soil. There is now a shadow government that is entirely private and entirely beyond our control.

Those who voice disappointment over the failure of the Democratic Congress to end the war in Iraq are missing the point. It is their failure to reign in this coup d’état against the American people that is the real threat to democracy and freedom.
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#36579 - 10/20/07 09:18 PM Re: The American coup d’état [Re: Phil Hoskins]
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If there are no consequenses for anti-social behaviors...why stop them? Certainly Bush, Cheney, and Rove have figured that out.

The coup d’état against the American people will have to be stopped by the American people.

A Greek playwright once wrote something like: It's better to die standing up than living one's life on one's knees.

Maybe Americans are content living on their knees.
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#36585 - 10/20/07 10:41 PM Re: The American coup d’état [Re: Phil Hoskins]
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 Originally Posted By: Phil Hoskins
The American coup d’état

By PHIL HOSKINS

The takeover of the government of the United States is progressing nicely and is very nearly complete.


Actually, the government remains safely in the hands of the social, political, and economic elites who have controlled and been served by it for at least 150 years. It continues to be run by the two interchangeable and utterly corrupt parties that have done so since the pot supplanted the potter.

As to “unprecedented grab of power” -- please -- both Lincoln and Roosevelt could teach the current occupant a thing or two about “unprecedented grabs”.

When segments of the left in America lament about “coups” and takeovers of government, what they usually mean is that the courts have shifted (as they almost always do) with the prevailing political climate and are not facilitating a collectivist supra-constitutional agenda, and the Congress is not as focused on over-riding an individual’s Rights in favor of benefiting a preferred group or ‘society’.

It is, I guess, understandable, since most segments of the American left pretend (and some even internalize and begin to believe it) that they are “The People” or that they represent the wishes of “The People”. Of course, election after election demonstrates that not even many Democrats (and goodness knows they will buy into almost anything) buy into the left’s more controlling vision of a future in which they can let their raging inner fascist re-make the world -- yet.

If any of the sorry lot of Democrats seeking their party’s candidacy wins the general follies in 2008, we won’t be hearing much of anything from the "new left contemporary liberal" because they will be too busy putting all that illegitimate power to use.

It is also rare that one side or the other is not lamenting the “destruction” of the Constitution – even as both sides have from almost the beginning sought its destruction, and have for the most part in a combined effort, succeeded. It is pulled out now only when it has a political use, flapped about to shouts of “All hail the Constitution! All hail the Constitution!”. You would think you were at a woodsy wuss gathering of males thumping drums and demanding the “talking stick” while in search of their inner wienie, the way so many pretend an allegiance to a document so utterly subverted, circumvented, and perverted that it lost all meaningful authority long ago. It is now used to put the stamp of bullshit on legislation that is in direct violation of the very principles upon which the nation was founded and the Republic it was dedicated to guiding (which, I guess, shows what a failed document it is).

As to an “accretion of power” to the Executive, that was just fine with most segments of the "new left contemporary liberals" as long as it was their leashed dog that was occupying the White House. It will all be fine again if one of their crowd manages to get into the White House in 2008 – if you want to see an extraordinary releasing of the inner fascist, just watch what happens when that circus returns to town. Even the Republicans who have scurried away from accountability for their destructively evil time in control – a time when to them an unspent dollar was a naughty dollar – and are now hiding behind a claim of being ‘real’ conservatives, will be amazed at the alacrity with which their mantle of fascistic control is taken up again by their sisters on the “other side”.

And though it will upset collectivist-oriented statists to no end, there is no “national treasury”. There is, however – and unfortunately – a national credit card. Again, the only criticism this raises among most segments of the left is that the card is being held by their sisters on the “other side” of the aisle, and now they must still deal with a co-signer in the White House not of their persuasion – for the time being.

Blackwater is, of course, a red herring – especially in Iraq, but also in New Orleans. The real story of Katrina is that a city controlled by Democrats failed to live up to the propaganda their party pushed in convincing the unthinking that the government would be the Daddy that would take care of them if something bad happened. It was a lie, of course. We also saw a completely incompetent state government controlled by the Democratic Party also fail to live up to its collectivist-oriented party propaganda (yeah, this time I mean daddy-style collectivism).

It is a bit late to be speaking of “Constitutional government” given what has been done outside its name for so long – and “reactionary forces” in contemporary times would have to be those forces (moldy socialist, progressive, "new left contemporary liberalism") that are seeking to re-establish a full-blown political collective. Why else is there such ferocious opposition from the old guard and the hoary, entrenched forces of the left to the new kid on the block, individual liberty?

A coup? Nah. More like much ado over much of what had already been done long ago. What "new left contemporary liberalism" believes is that government is good as long as a "new left contemporary liberal" (the self-identified good king) is in power. Unfortunately, neither side has demonstrated a penchant for elevating many, if any, Arthurs to the throne – indeed, given Arthur’s end, why would anyone want to take us back to such a regressive and pathological paradigm, Phil?
Yours,
Issodhos
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#36586 - 10/20/07 10:49 PM Re: The American coup d’état [Re: issodhos]
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iss, your attempt to make this a leftist issue fails to take into account what I have attempted to describe. On one point I would agree, that it is neither a Democratic nor Republican party cabal -- it is a corporatist one.

This is a coup largely along the lines advocated many years ago by its chief architect, Milton Friedman.

I highly recommend reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein to dislodge your smug rejection of my premise. I know you will find her to be an unreliable source and I am not basing my comments upon her book, but it does unhinge some dearly held and completely irrelevant notions.

BTW, Blackwater is a symptom or rather beneficiary of this process, not a cause. It is one of many coroporations that have displaced traditionally governmental roles with private companies in eduction, health, security, military and many other areas. All of which are nearly completely unregulated by the public sector and are greatly enriched by public funds.

There are many other voices raising similar points of view, and all I can say is that the most difficult thing for any author to do is to make visible the elephant in the room.
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#36594 - 10/20/07 11:10 PM Re: The American coup d’état [Re: Phil Hoskins]
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 Originally Posted By: Phil Hoskins
On one point I would agree, that it is neither a Democratic nor Republican party cabal -- it is a corporatist one.


Also, most reactionaries and other leftists love corporations -- they just hate not being the CEO, Chairman, and total collective owner. I, on the other hand, recognize the built in dangers -- even evils -- of these government created entities and would favor removing much of their governmental shield -- including the silly corporate tax.;-)
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Issodhos
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#36598 - 10/20/07 11:33 PM Re: The American coup d’état [Re: issodhos]
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A commentary by naomi Klein in todays Los Angeles Times:
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This philosophy, so central to the Bush years, explains statistics like this one: In 2003, the U.S. government handed out 3,512 contracts to companies to perform domestic security functions, from bomb detection to data mining. In the 22-month period ending in August 2006, the Homeland Security Department had issued more than 115,000 security-related contracts.

If government is now an ATM, perhaps the war on terror is best understood not as a war but as a sprawling new economy, one based on continued disaster and instability. In this economy, the Bush team doesn't run the venture exactly; rather, it plays the role of deep-pocketed venture capitalist, always on the lookout for new security start-ups (overwhelmingly headed by former employees of the Pentagon and Homeland Security). Roger Novak, whose firm invests in homeland security companies, explains it like this: "Every fund is seeing how big the [government] trough is and asking, how do I get a piece of that action?"

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#36639 - 10/21/07 07:10 AM Re: The American coup d’état [Re: Phil Hoskins]
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Years ago I remember Gingrich talking about the need for private armies or something to that effect. I wondered what he was talking about or if he was serious. That was something you'd expect to see in a backwards country ruled by competing warloads and not in the USA. I was wrong. Private armies seem like a logical final step in the evolution of a corporate fascist police state. At any rate, they've certainly managed to bypass the checks and balances or seemingly any accountability. I wonder if these private armies will patrol our infrastructure that they are now selling off.

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#36686 - 10/22/07 12:21 AM Re: The American coup d’état [Re: Joe Keegan]
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The more I get into this situation the clearer that this is really the implimentation of the Chicago school of Economics theories promulgated by Milton Friedman. They were behind the coups throughout Latin America, more recently in Russia and elsewhere.

It is the underpinnings of the neocon movement and I see little hope that the average citizen will look into it or care enough to be of any use in stopping the process. Even a Democratic President is unlikely to do much as Pres. Clinton actually adopted some of the same principles during his time in office.

We are just the latest nation to be raped.
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#36715 - 10/22/07 04:39 AM Re: The American coup d’état [Re: Phil Hoskins]
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 Originally Posted By: Phil Hoskins


This is a coup largely along the lines advocated many years ago by its chief architect, Milton Friedman.

I highly recommend reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein to dislodge your smug rejection of my premise. I know you will find her to be an unreliable source and I am not basing my comments upon her book, but it does unhinge some dearly held and completely irrelevant notions.


An aside: Based on Naomi's pedigree, the poor Canadian didn't stand a chance,did she?:-)

Phil, since you are going to refer to a conspiracy theory concerning Freidman (as I recall, and it has been many years since I last read one of his books, he was a bit anal on having the government focus on the money supply as a prime way of controlling the economy (better to just "free market" the stuff, I say) and prevent severe "bumps") could you flesh it out some, cause I ain't a gonna be buying Naomi's book?

By the way, what is your precise premise?
Yours,
Issodhos
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#36720 - 10/22/07 05:20 AM Re: The American coup d’état [Re: issodhos]
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 Quote:
An aside: Based on Naomi's pedigree, the poor Canadian didn't stand a chance,did she?:-)

Phil, since you are going to refer to a conspiracy theory concerning Freidman (as I recall, and it has been many years since I last read one of his books, he was a bit anal on having the government focus on the money supply as a prime way of controlling the economy (better to just "free market" the stuff, I say) and prevent severe "bumps") could you flesh it out some, cause I ain't a gonna be buying Naomi's book?

By the way, what is your precise premise?
Yours,
Issodhos

Apart from the arrogance you demonstrate by the last question (you are not the only one who is precise) I would suggest you read what I wrote again if you couldn't get it the first time.

Milton friedman advocate the religious belief that if only all controls were removed then the natural forces of the free market would produce a healthy economy. So no, he didn't advocate controls of any sort. It was the duty of the government to provide just enough money supply to keep up with the economy, not control it.

I will give you a summary of Ms. Klein's book when I finish reading it, but you really ought to stop dismissing people and what they write without even reading it. That is so gauche.
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