March 9, 2010

American Spirit?

Filed under: Corporatism, Freedom, Neo-feudalism — Tags: , — Russ @ 6:26 am


Everywhere we look today we see the spirit of America under assault. The Obama administration continues the Bush/Cheney assault on civil liberties. Those who present the finest exercise of our constitutional protections are demonized in the MSM. The MSM itself is already carrying out Cass Sunstein’s directive on how alternative media should be first assaulted and then muzzled completely. The “supreme court” recently declared that the administration can declare anyone – anyone – an enemy combatant who would then no longer exist in the eyes of the law or the constitution.
Does this sound familiar?

The decisive factor was that the conservatives made no effort to preserve the rights of habeas corpus. This fearful gap meant that henceforth there was no limit to outrages by the state. The police could arbitrarily arrest and extend the period of detention indefinitely. They could leave relatives without any news concerning the reasons for the arrest and the fate of the person arrested. They could prevent a lawyer or other persons from visiting him or examining the files on the case….They could torture the prisoner….No court would ever find the case in its files. No court had the right to interfere, even if a judge unofficially obtained knowledge of the circumstances.

Is that German policy under the Emergency Decree imposed following the Reichstag Fire in 1933, or is it today’s War-on-Terror America? In principle, that’s what we now have. It’s administration policy and enshrined by the so-called supreme court.
Meanwhile we have the permanent imperial war, the militarization of the police, and the systematic suppression of protest. The purpose of all of these is (1) profit (as always), and (2) repression toward enslavement.
All of these are details of the corporate tyranny now enclosing America in its death shroud, to choke off all light and air. This is truly Bailout America, since the core premise of all government policy is the succor and power of the big banks. No one who’s not a flack or a slave disputes that nothing whatsoever can happen in federal policy except with the consent of Wall Street. It has at least a veto over literally everything, and actively writes and drives much policy, including all sham “regulatory” policy.
So Wall Street is the universal spider which has spun out the web of rackets, and every other racket – real estate, insurance, pharmaceuticals, big box retail, weapons, “security”, industrial agriculture, fossil fuels, automobiles, “education”, the MSM, big entertainment, as well as all “green” scams which pretend to mitigate the environmental problems of these while leaving the rackets intact – all these radiate out from the big banks. The federal government by now is nothing but the material for the web. It has no “policy” of its own.
They’re closing in all right.
This is the world of the great war of freedom vs. tyranny. It’s hard to see where to make a stand and fight. Was Iceland’s resounding rejection of its planned debt enslavement a real call to action? Or was it just a tantrum before caving in? I hate to have doubts, but when we look at how the polls show majorities among Greeks wanting to submit to servitude, and how they’re willing to sell out their own protests (true protestors are always the real voice of the people), we have to remain calm and wait to see what develops. It’s still a much better show than anything being put on in America. The reaction of the Icelandic people to their government’s treachery, short a short while after they ousted a previous rogue government, offers hope. But they have a lot of work to do yet. The first thing is to get rid of this government, and not screw around this time in establishing a new one. They need to get straight on rejecting not just a particular plan to enslave them, but the whole debt system. (They’re already trying to brainstorm ways to generate income outside the European stranglehold. That’s a good start in principle, now they need to keep going.)
Meanwhile there’s the question of the British themselves, as their own debt collapse impends. They too have been complacent, not only in the face of bank tyranny but a general surveillance regime which is literally totalitarian. It’s hard to hope that when their turn comes, they won’t cave in and be rounded up.
The goal is to turn each country into one big debtors’ prison. Latvia’s already there. Greece is being rounded up as we speak, while the Americans and British also are being herded, though here the real roundup is yet to come.
For the moment Iceland is dodging the net. So let’s cheer them on, and look to ourselves to find the same spirit.
What’s the real spirit of America?


  1. Your statement of the situation in Iceland is approximately correct, however, the key to change is for Icelandic citizenry to figure out that the state should issue money (to facilitate tax payment and trade). Iceland has resources and access to information to permit them to be largely (if not entirely) self sufficient. Their real problem is how to deal with entrenched political power groups; it seems as if dealing with power contenders requires either mediation by knowledgeable outside entities or by a similarly endowed local, potentially benevolent tyrant. Should either exist, the problem would be to initiate a series of steps to ensure that the subsequent power group(s) would retain institutional memory regarding the catastrophic situation which currently exists.

    The American Monetary Institute (currently, sort of being personified in the writings of Ellen Brown) advocates a system in which the state issues legal tender, etc. Some variation of that type of proposal would likely be adequate to facilitate trade and all the desirable monetary attributes of a reasonable society. For that reason, one can anticipate the opportunistic bankster types will do everything possible to make sure it does not flourish. The question then would be – what next. Perhaps some of the other readers would suggest reasonable and enlightened potentially relevant paths to a more desirable and attainable future for the citizens of Iceland.

    Comment by William Wilson — March 9, 2010 @ 8:05 am

  2. In an article at CounterPunch today, Marshall Auerback and Rob Parenteau discuss an even more devastated economy currently being run by follower/believers of the bankster crooks:


    entitled ‘Coming to a Country Near You Let a Dozen Latvias Bloom?’

    Without relating the details of their analysis, I thought I would pass along a concluding thought:
    ‘It is now time for the rest of us to follow the Lilliputians of Iceland: to take the rentier juggernaut down before it completes the task. Time to pry the vampire squid off our faces so we can see the light of day again and allow some semblance of humanity to flourish again. Hopefully, Iceland represents the future, not Latvia.’
    One might suspect that many thoughtful Americans are wondering what’s next on the agenda of the vampire squid. One person’s guess is likely to be as good as another’s unless you happen to be on the inside (wherever that may be).

    Comment by William Wilson — March 9, 2010 @ 11:42 am

  3. Thanks William. Latvia should be a warning to all of us, and Iceland a model for how to start.

    I’ve read a few things by Brown on the state bank idea. if it could be implemented with the goal of keeping regional wealth in the regional economy, that would be a great step forward.

    Comment by Russ — March 9, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

  4. This is not an entirely new thing. Before, the strategy was to give loans directly to the government that the governments involved knew they couldn’t repay (i.e. it was part of the plan that they not be repaid). Then when the governments defaulted on the loans, they were forced to pay with their natural resources, cheap labor, lucrative contracts to outsiders, more loans, and cutting programs for the people. In return, the corrupt elites were kept in power through ‘any means necessary’ including assassinations, death squads, torture, and every sort of violent repression.

    It worked this way for over 1/2 a century. What’s going on today is just a minor variation on this theme.

    Comment by collector — March 9, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

  5. Does this sound familiar?

    The irony is that Nazi war criminals all
    received trials. We though we were better than them for doing that.

    Comment by collector — March 9, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    • Yes – and at those trials we explicitly condemned them for things like waterboarding which the system now says are just fine.

      We also, in the Japanese trials, enshrined the concept of strict liability for war crimes. The commander can’t say “I didn’t know”, just as all the trials enshrined how the underling can’t say, I was only following orders”.

      But, as recent times demonstrate, as always it’s “do as I say, not as I do”. Nuremburg is now proven to have been victors’ justice, just as detractors said at the time.

      Comment by Russ — March 10, 2010 @ 4:08 am

  6. ad Cass Sunstein:

    It’s really weird when constitutional law professors, who DO know better advocate for breaking the law, or support the government’s efforts to break the law, or just plain deliberately break the law.

    They also know that saying “I am a good guy who meant well” to the judge, is not going to cut it in a court of law.

    Comment by collector — March 9, 2010 @ 5:47 pm

  7. IMHO Dodd partially had the right spirit the first time. Limit the Fed to monetary policy & give the full employment mandate & lender of last resort function to a really independent, total economy focused body of senate approved economists & business men (no banksters). That is until the Fed can be abolished.

    Then add 49 state banks to ND. ND has lowest unemployment in country, a $billion surplus & zero big bank exposure.

    Until the Fed is abolished we’re just nibbling around the edges of this thing.

    Comment by chas — March 10, 2010 @ 1:19 am

    • I read at the time and then forgot all about Dodd’s proposal until you just reminded me of it. I thought it was so obviously just propaganda.

      Like so many other things, it looked good on paper, though.

      I agree, we have to get rid of the Fed completely. Like so many other things, it can’t be “reformed.”

      Comment by Russ — March 10, 2010 @ 4:03 am

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