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Money, State, Crisis
July 24, 2020
A brief overview of the recent geopolitical behavior of the US intelligence state

The United States political apparatus in the year 2021 is extremely amorphous and maniacal. Anyone with a grain of intelligence can make this assessment when confronted with the facade presented by the US and its media. Yet, this ruse of political distraction and the resultant dreads are necessary conditions of the US regime today. I would like to tell you that the thesis herein is simple: America is systemically racist; the country mistreats minorities; mass incarceration or police and gun violence are symptoms of racism; or any one of these hot topics. Yet, that is not my case.

One may also like to believe that the United States itself profits from the various world crises, but this assumption would fall short too. For it is not the United States government, and its citizens, who cash in on world crisis, but a certain plutocratic imperial class who perpetuate overarching problems of a gravely insidious nature.

Many ordinary people already know this and while Mainstream Media continues an inflamed partisan political discourse, the real discourse is one of a global class struggle between the majority, a vicious few, and those who either protect them or want to be them [“They’ll get it all from you sooner or later because they own this fucking place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it”—George Carlin].

The imperial class, protected or composed in part by clandestine state-intelligence agencies, own everything [which is not new] and profit financially from causing and sustaining global calamity [new]. This "elite" causes and maintains crises, war, and terror among other barbaric behaviors for mere financial profit and illusory perceptions of power. This form of causing crisis came about with the move toward privatization capitalism after World War II and took off in the 1970s. The hallmark actors in this shift were the Ronald Reagan era cabinet influenced by Milton Freedman, The Chicago Boys, and puppet-master figures like Henry Kissinger [1].

[Although this article covers the US primarily, it's disturbing to note the similarities of indoctrination, servility, militarization, and mass incarceration taking place by the Zionist regime in occupied Palestine. All of these projects of crisis capitalism maintain similar tactics].

Naomi Klein's shock doctrine explains this process well and the film adaptation gives a concise overview of this devolution. One of the first experiments in this neo-imperialist crises method or as Klein coined it "disaster capitalism," was the CIA-orchestrated coup-de-tat of the Allende socialist cabinet in Chile then replaced by the violent Pinochet [2]. The tactics they used in the 1970s then spread beyond the United States, resulting in toppled governments and false-flag attacks throughout the globe.

Regardless of how blatantly faulty the structure of their lies, revealing the truth of these scenarios does not concern these criminals because they easily dodge and evade justice. Therefore truth- and justice-seekers, journalists, academics, and thinkers alike will find no solace because some truths can not be revealed, some truths are too difficult for the mass public to bear, or as in the landmark case of Julian Assange, some truths are criminal.

We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors...and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do. [context]

[We could summarize this essay on the above quote said by someone in the Bush Jr. administration. I insist on including a note here about a still controversial subject for most US Citizens: the miraculous collapse of the World Trade Centers in New York City allowed owner Larry Silverstein a means to profit from the insurance payment for the damages to his property. It also conveniently gave the United States a reason to ratify a certain USA PATRIOT Act and to then invade the middle east because of a sudden “war on terror.” On another note, I began drafting this essay last year but two weeks ago I watched the five-part documentary "Counter Intelligence" from Metanoia Films. It is, to date, the most concise dissemination of these topics that I've witnessed. As of now, I have not noticed any fault in their presentation of facts].

On United States soil, this flavor of crisis capitalism may seem unassuming at first glance but the increased violence, militarization, policing, and criminality are all necessary conditions to this state. More crisis means more private contracts, weapons sales, austerity policy, and the like. In May of 2020, During both the pandemic and riots following the murder of George Floyd, gun sales increased by 80 percent compared to the previous year [3]. One million seven hundred twenty-six thousand and fifty-three is the estimated number of weapons that US citizens purchased in May of 2020 alone. These increases are, in fact, precisely what should be happening at this stage of crisis capitalism.

The imperialists who own the businesses that manufacture guns are the same people who facilitate lobbyists to bribe US Congressional actors for increasingly relaxed gun legislation; they are the same people who are generally pleased with the current state of events. The constant back and forth of international hostilities, the border crisis, mass incarceration, the war on drugs, the war on terror, increased gun sales, mass school shooters, race riots, and police brutality are conditions almost entirely generated by the imperialist and their intelligence arm then maintained perpetually by their mass media counter-parts.

In this state, the greedy neo-imperialists rush to the aid of citizens’ fear by producing security as a product rather than working to abate the problems that caused the initial fear. In the case of increased school shootings, teachers are taking up arms and students are going through “shooter” drill scenarios to prepare for the seemingly inevitable gunman [4]. Instead of the obvious solution of banning or tightly controlling firearms, the United States has decided that adapting schools for violence is the more suitable alternative.

In all of this, it is glaringly obvious that the state is morphing into a militarized zone where the proletarian must defend themselves against other violent citizens, presumably by using firearms, while evading the increasingly dangerous paramilitary police forces. Meanwhile, the neo-imperialists, aided by state-intelligence organizations, widen the wealth gap between themselves and everyone else as they increase their claim on every possible private and public sector.

Another notable condition of this state ever since Nixon declared war against inanimate objects is that the rates of incarceration have multiplied fourfold [5]. This fictitious drug war gave pharmaceutical companies the perfect breeding ground to create an opioid pandemic throughout the States [6]. To take it further, police planting drugs on suspects became a slight trend [7]. All of this has caused significant upward spikes in the severity of policing and incarceration systems in the country.

The same system of crisis capitalism acts within policing itself: More quotas lead to more reasons to find crime, leading to more private contracts, more weapons, larger budgets, and subsidies. According to Dr. Michael Wood Jr., a former police officer who speaks out about the fear economy of police, “you don’t need a reason to arrest people" [8]—increasingly so, police don't need a reason to kill either. The paramilitary troops [so-called police] in this crisis capitalist state only need to meet their quotas in service of their state-intelligence masters. Nothing more. Those arrests, and the manufacturing of crime, bolster the total incarceration rates, which have, as mentioned, quadrupled since Nixon declared war on narcotics [5].

This need for servility, incarceration, and surveillance is another necessary condition of the crisis capitalist state in the US because it transforms people into drones who can produce low-wage, functionary labor. As Chris Chappell states, we claim US prisons do not facilitate slavery because the prisoners are indeed paid, but the truth veers toward slavery when their resulting wages are subsequently taxed and divided [9]. In any case, if we begin to assess the potential financial movements of prisons—government subsidies, cost per prisoner, private contractors, construction of facilities, weapons, taxpayer costs, commissary accounts, and so on—it’s easy to see how this industry profits in the billions of dollars [10].

[On average, families pay $13,000 annually to support their incarcerated family members. The United States spends on average $80,000,000,000 to maintain mass incarceration (11). If the United States spends $80 billion, imagine the return on investment. Also worth noting: mass incarceration happened to be a symptom of the Pinochet regime in Chile (12)].

If any of this is news to you, then I wish to apologize for having been the messenger of such a harsh detail. It’s challenging to know what resistance looks like when facing such gigantic foes, but resistance does exist. Because those who are afraid are much more irrational and unthinking, fear becomes a commodity to the neo-imperialist allowing them to mold the minds of fearful citizens [i.e. manufacturing consent]. One of the first steps in resistance is losing fear.

Another step is inventing means of avoiding global corporations who strategically monopolize and become landmines in the consumer market making it increasingly difficult to avoid utilizing their products and services. Yet, with each transaction, they only grow larger and their reach expands infinitely wider [It is highly probable that you're reading this on a device made by either Apple, Microsoft, Google (Android), or Huawei on browsers built by these same companies. You may also be unaware of your forfeiture of autonomy or the level at which these companies operate in conjunction with the intelligence state. Tragicall, I write from an Apple device as there is little I can do today being so unskilled as I am in the computer sciences].

In a world where the obscenely rich own everything and profit from causing crises, resistance is an extremely subtle and nuanced act. Paddy Chayefsky summarized the sensation of this essay perfectly in the now-famous monologue delivered by Ned Beatty in the 1976 film, Network. Here, we begin to understand how the imperialists think:

There are no nations; there are no peoples; there are no Russians; there are no Arabs; there are no Third Worlds; there is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems. One vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-varied, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichsmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today.

Edit: while I write that imperialist 'profit financially from causing and sustaining global calamity" is new, it is not. But they now maintain a greater level of consciousness of their domination games provided by modern technology and globalization which has evolved this profitable destruction into a new form

Notes:

[1] Jeremy Scahill, “Testimony of The Tortured”

[2] Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom, and Naomi Klien, “The Shock Doctrine”

[3] Stephanie Pagones, "Gun sales break May record amid coronavirus pandemic, riots"

[4] Vladimir Duthiers, "Here's what an active shooter drill for 4th graders looks like"

[5] Jon Schwarz, “The History Channel Is Finally Telling The Stunning Secret Story Of The War On Drugs”

[6] 60 Minutes “Pharma execs used strip clubs, broke FDA laws to boost opioid sales”

[7] Randal Holcomb, “The War on Drugs Is a War on People”

[8] Slate Magazine, “A Former Baltimore Cop Explains Why the Department Targets Black Men”

[9] America Uncovered, "Prison Labor, Modern Slavery?"

[10] Kara Gotsch and Vinay Basti, "Capitalizing on Mass Incarceration: U.S. Growth in Private Prisons"

[11] Nicole Lewis and Beatrix Lockwood, "The Hidden Cost of Incarceration."

[12] Waldstein, David. "In Chile’s National Stadium, Dark Past Shadows Copa América Matches." New York Times , June 17, 2015.

Money, State, Crisis
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