The planned collapse of America
Online Journal December 7, 2007 Peter Chamberlin
There is no shortage of speculation about "why" our leaders are still adamantly planning for the destruction of Iran, in the face of overwhelming popular opposition, even though everyone except the neocons and their allies believes that America would not survive our own actions. An irrational attack is planned and apparently the decision has been chiseled in stone. It may be for Israel. It may be for oil. Maybe it is for world domination?
We are launching a nuclear world war to save us from ourselves. "We have found the enemy and he is us." --Pogo. We risk blowing the world apart, to avoid watching America slowly choke on its own excesses.
The government has known for decades that America is on a countdown to self-destruction. Among the elite it is common knowledge that our "global economy" must one day collapse from its own dead weight. In 1974 an intensive research project was undertaken by the Stanford Research Institute and the Charles F. Kettering Foundation for the Dept. of Education. Their final report was released as the Changing Images of Man. It was compiled by the SRI Center for the Study of Social Policy, Director Willis Harmon. This is a far-reaching investigation into how the basic nature of man might be changed. The Aquarian Conspiracy describes the implementation of their work in the real world.
The most reassuring part of "Images" is that it confirms my own conclusions about our crisis, but it is also the most disturbing part, for it confirms my worst reservations about this time.
The object of the research was the development of a plausible vision of the future in which democratic methods survive, major problems are managed successfully if not resolved, and the unfolding of the human potential continues to expand. In other words, the postulation of a "desirable future" including feasible paths to its realization . . .
The government was looking forward to a very troubling future, trying to figure out the best path through it. The plan was to find ways to shape and mold mankind into a new cultural image, complete with new ideas and ideologies, even religious ones. The root of the problem was human nature, and solution was to reshape the competing forces of daily life, in order to forge a new image of a new human nature. The researchers were brutally honest in seeking all available knowledge pertaining to their research, and in assessing the current common image of man-on-earth.
The research revealed that there were a multitude of crises that were about to intersect in America's near future. Not the least of these converging catastrophes was a rapidly approaching breakdown of both American capitalism and democracy. The collapse was a natural result of globalism and monopoly capitalism. The basic greed that powers the system eroded the American political and economic structures, exposing the foundation of immorality and unfairness that amplifies the social unrest. The Stanford researchers clearly predicted that the American economy was destined to collapse from its own dead weight. The data also showed that that economic collapse was to be accompanied by disastrous social repercussions, such as rioting and upheaval, which would lead us into a "garrison state."
The thing about this research is that this work has confirmed that our economy based on parasitic capitalism, where the small elite sits atop the heap of men and gorges on their lifeblood, is destroying the social fabric of America. This system is based on a stacked deck, where the top elite always reap the profits that are made to rise to the top through the corporate profits-based system. The research confirmed that the growing inequities of such a system were ever increasing and with them, elevated social tensions. A system based on usury and putting everyone in the "poor house" is an economic order that is guaranteed to produce a democratic revolution, whenever the misery index of the armed populace exceeds the limits that they are willing to peacefully bear, without striking back at the source of their misery.
Changing Images of Man predicts an American economic collapse and a "garrison" (police) state," if the overwhelming inequities of our economic system are not corrected by powerful multinationals making more humane decisions.
Alternatives to this doomsday scenario are discussed, all of which point to the need to devote all available resources towards transforming the image of man, changing man's nature, instead of altering the corrupted economic system which has brought America to this dire state. In this government study it was inappropriate to denounce the evil culprits behind all our troubles (who pull the strings on government itself), even though the task was to document and remedy the damage that they have done. Instead, they are cited as the hopeful "saviors," that we should look to for help and leadership. The hypocrisy of the hegemons! The authors admit that it is "utopian in 1974 to think of the multinational corporations as potentially among our most effective mechanisms for husbanding the earth's resources and optimizing their use for human benefit -- the current popular image of the corporation tends to be more that of the spoiler and the exploiter."
Instead of charging the people who are responsible for our situation (such as men like David Rockefeller), for manipulating our economy and our democracy to maximize their profits, the multi-national corporations and their owners were exalted as the potential saviors of mankind. Rockefeller and the elite have consistently taken steps to dominate the world by controlling people through "humanitarian" projects which, in the end, turn out to be profit mechanisms.
The "green revolution" to spread corporate farming to the Third World has been the key to globalization's destabilizing of world labor markets, in order to create populations of "refugee workers," who are willing to go anywhere to find work for slave wages. This is the cause of the wave of illegal immigration into the US from Mexico. This is part of the proof that there are powerful individuals who are using their economic power to undermine nations in a long-term scheme to gain control of nations and multiply their profits.
Here David Rockefeller admits media collusion with his one world plans: "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the light of publicity during those years. But now the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supra-national sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries."
Rockefeller writes on page 405 of his memoirs: "Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it." (Activists Go Face to Face With Evil As Rockefeller Confronted)
Everything that "Images" suggested to remedy shortcomings in the economic system was based on the assumption that men like this would acquire a new corporate benevolence, with CEOs gaining basic humanity. According to Rockefeller himself (who freely admits his efforts to replace America with a "one world" order), he has been working for the greater good of man, all along.
Their conclusions on American political shortcomings were that these would be tended to by the new improved humane politicians, sort of like Bush's "compassionate conservatives." Step 4 of their six-part strategy to "Bring About a Non-Catostrophic Transformation" -- "Encourage a politics of righteousness and a heightened sense of public responsibilities of the private sector . . . A politics of righteousness might have been laudable in any generation; it may be indispensable for safe passage through the times just ahead."
The report authors recognize the inevitability of the rising new image of man, describing it as a quasi-religious awakening within the collective mind of man, man's new human nature, relating it to the actual process of spiritual learning that has been going on within religions for thousands of years. They praise Freemasonry and the skills and disciplines inculcated within its members, speculating that their ways might be the key to shoring-up our free enterprise democratic society.
They developed a strategy to revitalize America's motivational images, symbols and institutions, outlining five separate approaches to the problem, describing the pluses and the pitfalls of each, according to their effects upon society. These approaches are defined as "restorative, simulative, manipulative, persuasive and facilitative." Restoration of crumbling icons works best in the early stages of societal transformation (revitalization cycle). The simulative strategy introduces new ideas, whenever the collapse of the old order becomes apparent. The manipulative strategy seeks to limit individual freedoms. Persuasive propaganda phase is to be coupled with proven mind control techniques, to keep down the social upheaval and shape the emerging image.
"No doubt existing consciousness-changing, behavior-shaping, subliminal persuasion, and other conditioning techniques could be used to accomplish some sort of transformation of sobering proportions (we ought to be able to be more effective than Nazi Germany). After previously citing Nazi reinvigoration of the Germanic icons and ideals."
The transforming revitalization process mirrors the psychiatric process of leading a patient through a psychotic break and the restructuring of his life, but on a national scale.
Once the transformation becomes apparent, social stability will become a problem, especially when society feels pushed by overextending the simulative stage. Actions taken to increase the polarization between "transformation enthusiasts and the conservatives" are called "constructive," except when it is desirable to take actions that "contribute to social cohesion." They were searching for the best path to bring about a controlled deconstruction of everything that "America" means and the reconstruction of a new improved vision of America. They are midwifes to the delivery of the "New World Order," as they go about the dirty business of guiding society through that predicted period of "friendly fascism."
The great anomaly is given as the great chasm between an efficiently functioning profit-driven capitalist society and the human needs and desires of that society which go unmet, so that "profits" can be taken. In fact, the "profit" really amounts to the bread that is taken from the poor. The inequities and the unfairness of the corporate system are causing the breakdown of American capitalism and American democracy. The American catastrophe is causing the breakdown of the world economy for the same reason, the basic inability of monopoly capitalism to meet the basic needs demanded by the world's people.
Bush's appointed task is to bully America through this turbulent period of upheaval, with as little disruption of corporate activity as possible. Government has taken the words of this study to heart, preparing a manipulative transformation, to divert or preempt the coming collapse of our nation with a massive war today. This is also one of the primary reasons for the coming world war, to serve as a prelude to American martial law. Instead of calling out the troops after the insurrection has begun, they plan to call out the troops first. If the American military is to forcefully control the homeland, including their own relatives, then the troops must first be convinced that the nation's survival depends upon their patriotic actions. This is why the world war against Iran has not started yet, because our National Guard must first be convinced that its duty is to put down the American rebellion which will surely accompany the bombing of Iran. The timing for their great takeover is crucial, if they want to move America past (through) the social unrest as quickly as possible.
Here are the "Elements of a Strategy for a Non-catastrophic Transition":
Promote awareness of the unavoidability of the transformation.
Foster construction of a guiding vision of a workable society built around the new image of man and new social paradigm.
Foster a period of experimentation and tolerance for diverse alternatives.
Encourage a politics of righteousness and a heightened sense of public responsibilities of the private sector . . . A politics of righteousness might have been laudable in any generation; it may be indispensable for safe passage through the times just ahead.
Promote systematic exploration of and foster education regarding man's inner life, his subjective experience.
Plan adequate social controls for the transition period while safeguarding against longer-term losses of freedom . . . Regulation and restraint of behavior will be necessary in order to hold the society together while it goes around a difficult corner.
There must be a new economics to deal with the "new scarcities." Arguing for corporate America to adopt a humanitarian aspect, the argument is made for an alternative "new socialism," where important sectors like energy might be nationalized for the good of the country, and greater pressure put upon corporations to mandate a sort of social awareness of employee needs, as much as shareholder profits.
"The appropriate question may be not so much how to bring about a transformation . . . but rather how to facilitate a non-catastrophic transformation." [page 195]
"Construct a guiding version of a workable society, built around a new positive image of humankind and corresponding vision of a suitable social paradigm. As the old order shows increasing signs of falling apart, some adequate vision of what may be simultaneously building is urgently needed for mobilization of constructive effort. The guiding vision has to include some way of providing for full and valued participation in the economic and social affairs of the community and society, especially for those who are physically and mentally able to contribute but find themselves in a state of unwilling idleness and deterioration of spirit."
Despite all the report's shortcomings and its hypocrisy, it does make some sound observations about what is needed for our immediate survival. We should take it as a guide to what our government knows about the coming mega-crisis and a template to help us see what changes we could make if there were truly a new economy, a new social contract, a new American state. For it is obvious to all those who take the time to look, that we are headed into period of national freefall, when American society plunges head first, into a dark abyss of uncertainty, as the old order passes away, and the New World Order rushes in to fill the void.
We are seeing the planned collapse of America, coming down the road we are on. What are we going to do to get our nation off that highway to hell?
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Global bankers seek to raid taxpayers over subprime fiasco
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Banking used to be simple. When you borrowed money from a bank, the bank owned your mortgage and you paid the interest and principal directly. This is easily understood by this graphic representation:
Things got complicated when bankers got greedy, figuring the could make a whole lot more than just simple interest. The scheme is called securitization, as depicted by the following flow-chart.
In its simplest terms, securitization is a process whereby illiquid financial instruments (e.g., mortgages) are purchased and combined into pools. The pool is then structured where shares can be sold to 3rd party investors like banks, pension funds and even governments. Any type of asset can be securitized as long as it has a steady flow of cash associated with it. The cash flow is the incentive for purchasers to make their investment.
There are many fees that are paid along the road to successful securitization. The original borrower pays "points" to the initial broker and/or banker. The pool operator receives the rights to income at a discounted price. The investment banker who syndicates the sale charges hefty fees plus commissions paid to the selling broker/dealer or investment representative.
The investment bankers are the primary enablers and drivers of the securitization process. Right behind them is the Federal Reserve, who is supposed to be a watchdog on shaky banking practices.
Investment bankers have many tricks that help to make securitized investments more attractive. Appraisers are employed to give favorable valuations (and often greatly inflated) to the underlying properties. Credit agencies are employed to give favorable ratings (again, often greatly over-rated) to the investments, thus promoting confidence. The credit risk is often mitigated by adding insurance policies, different classes of investors, hedging against failure by purchasing or selling derivatives. It gets more complicated than we want to discuss here.
Currently, Attorneys General in New York, Ohio, and Colorado are investigating illegal appraiser activity with respect to banks and other lenders pressuring appraisers to fudge their appraisals. The Securities and Exchange Commission is currently investigating illegal activity at credit rating companies who might have been pressured into issuing artificially high credit ratings.
For the investment bankers, most of their profit is taken out of the "enhancement" value at the expense of the underlying investment that is being purchased by unsuspecting investors. In other words, the ultimate investor is getting hosed from the start but the house of cards doesn't fall until the cash flow starts to dry up -- as in, John Doe can't make his house payment and goes into default on his mortgage.
Securitizations made against the subprime lending markets were simply the weakest links in the financial chain.
This is exactly where greed starts to really show up: when bankers decided to relax borrowing standards, they began to allow loans that never, ever should have been made. In other words, borrowers had deficient or delinquent credit histories, little documentation on income and over-appraised properties. Adjustable rate mortgages (ARM's) were tailored to fit the income of the borrower, which was already too small for a normal loan. Thus, when the ARM adjusted upward, up went the payment amount and the borrower finds himself delinquent and facing bankruptcy.
Those holding the securitized investments all of a sudden receive less income and are forced to "revalue" their investment down to the reality of income actually received plus the prospect of additional declines in income in the future. Remember that these assets were over-inflated in the first place, so investors are forced into taking huge hits on their balance sheets.
Since securitized assets are quite illiquid, it is very hard to find another buyer. If you are lucky enough to find one, the buyer will be interested in offering you a "pennies-on-the-dollar" type of price.
It is insufficient to blame the credit collapse on the subprime market. Because it was the weakest element of an overall flawed investment market, It was simply the first segment to blow up. The rest the market (non-subprime) is following right behind it.
Now that people are looking for someone to blame for this debacle, the banking community, including even the Federal Reserve, is shifting the blame to the consumer for having made poor borrowing decisions in the first place. After all, nobody forced them to submit an application for a loan that they couldn't afford. They should have known better.
Yet, it was the banking community that structured the loan offers that lured unsuspecting borrowers into their lair. For years, TV ads for mortgages and credit cards dominated the airwaves. Many consumers received dozens of credit card offers by mail each week. Is it right for the bankers to say that they were merely responding to market conditions, to give the foolish consumers what they demanded? In fact, the average person looks to his banker as an "expert adviser", expecting knowledgeable answers that will be in the borrowers best interest.
I think not. Their markets were artificially created by the very advertising they flooded us with. Advertising creates expectations that can only be filled by purchasing the advertiser's products.
According to a recent statement by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former chairman and CEO of Goldman, Sachs, the Treasury will now step in with a plan that "helps investors and lenders avoid unnecessary and costly foreclosures that are not in their interest." He has also talked of a rate freeze on Adjustable Rate Mortgages that are soon to reset to a higher interest rate.
You can imagine how the owners of securitized investments feel about that. Having been guaranteed a certain rate of interest, they will meet any government intervention or price-fixing with a flood of lawsuits.
Of course, a tsunami of lawsuits, mortgage foreclosures and bankruptcies would be fatal to at least a few U.S. banks. Yet apparently, to assume responsibility for their own mistakes (or even criminal actions) is too much to ask of them.
If the banking crowd succeeds in taking another full drink from the public treasury, it will cost the American taxpayers billions in the end.
Meanwhile, don't expect that the banking crisis is limited to just the subprime lending market: It's merely the tip of the iceberg!