November 11, 2011

War: What Is It Good For?

The corporate first wave assaults the beaches
The capitalist's 'War on Freedom' has been subjugating people for 500 years. Their weapons are convenience cluster bombs followed by chains of comfort. Their rewards are a docile, compliant workforce to be exploited for profit.

These seemed like improvements in the 1500s, and modernization was sure to have some rough patches. But soon the warmonger's sinister plan became evident.
  1. Bombard the locals with convenience cluster bombs, stuff grenades, shiny things shrapnel, and shag carpet bombs, and this thing called 'money'.
  2. After a continued assault even the most ardent free-range human will give in to the promise of more and willingly enter the work camps.
  3. Develop and nurture the population's dependency on the complicated plan.
  4. Remove the ability of the population to be more self-reliant and cooperative. For example: land enclosure, the destruction of social supports, and environmental degradation.
  5. Make charging exorbitant amounts of interest acceptable.
Legitimizing interest built the atom bomb of capitalist control - DEBT. Jacob Fugger, in the 1500s, petitioned the pope to make charging interest OK. Before that it was considered usury, and was highly unethical, a sin and illegal.

Once the church denounced usury, Fugger used his fortune to make loans to the powerful of the day. The interest he charged allowed him to become one of the wealthiest, and most powerful people of all time. When kings and popes could not keep their loan commitments Fugger was able to wield his power through this unethical practice. Since the powerful could not settle the loans with cash, they paid by giving Fugger rights to their natural resources.

For example, points out Cynthia Crossen in The Rich and How They Got That Way (2000), by 1501 Fugger owned mines in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, and Spain through his financial revolution. The people of Hungary were starving, their country had a crushing debt, and foreign capitalists like Fugger were exploiting and draining their resources. The people fought back and mobs sacked and looted two of his company's plants.

The usurping of political power by bankers has continued to this day. What starts as a ground invasion by a corporate first wave storming the beaches, is followed by the scorched earth policies of the generals of banking. These generals are represented by the justifiably maligned International Monetary Fund. 

American economist, Joseph Stiglitz was unflattering with his appraisal: “When the IMF arrives in a country, they are interested in only one thing. 'How do we make sure the banks and financial institutions are paid?...' It is the IMF that keeps the [financial] speculators in business. They’re not interested in development, or what helps a country to get out of poverty.”

Just ask the people of Greece how free they are feeling these days. There the debt bomb has spread its deadly effects, not only killing Prime Minister Papandreouas' term in office, but also damaging Greek sovereignty.

Now, like in so many other countries, the capitalist invaders walk in and start to dictate the conditions of surrender. It will be bad for the people of Greece (and Italy, and soon a country near you), but very good for the capitalist invading army.

War. What is it good for? Destroying peace and freedom.

And turning a profit for the few.

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