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The Silent War

Liberty Has Been Wounded; And Like Hunters Tracking Drops Of Blood In The Snow, The Prophets of Profit Keep On Following.    Part Two of Two

By Perry Hicks and Keith Burton

The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The common thread running through the wide variety of modern dilemmas is actually money, not the core essence of what it is to be American- Liberty.  This should be no surprise because children are no longer being taught national pride and the traditions that have made up this great country, or the principles on which personal liberty is built.

For too many Americans, freedom is defined merely in economic terms as being able to buy a Big Mac in most any large city in the world.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation....

This lost purpose didn’t come all at once through the roar of battle or even the consequence of some cataclysmic defeat.  It came silently, stealing if you will; through a long series events that most Americans would think had little consequence.

China’s Transformation

While America was congratulating itself upon its presumed “victory” over the Cold War, and Russia was dragging itself out from the rubble that was once the Soviet Union, China was quietly transforming itself into a manufacturing colossus. 

This transformation was not precipitated by the end of the cold war.  It had actually begun long before the Soviet collapse.  The shift actually came in 1976, at the end of China’s 10 year long internal struggle, the Cultural Revolution.  Just as Russia did nearly 15 years later, China quietly made the ideological side step from full communism to socialist fascism by creating a limited market-based economy.

This shift rewarded the Chinese political elite immediately by driving the Chinese economy to exponential growth and a much improved standard of living for its people.  This growth stood in stark contrast to the years of famine and deprivation afforded by the Cultural Revolution.

Meanwhile, factories within the Unites States were shuttered as so-called American companies discovered that it was more than just profitable to move their operations overseas. Washington’s foreign and domestic policies were increasingly making it a necessity.

In military parlance, China suddenly found itself able to envelope the Continental United States and compromise the single most powerful weapon deployed during World War II:  America’s massive industrial base.

Surprisingly, China had plenty of allies in America cheering them on.

Rather than mobilize resistance to the mounting threat, the mainstream press, mostly owned by large multinational corporations, lauded the change as an advance toward a “post industrial service economy.” Economists chortled that there was nothing wrong with massive trade imbalances.

Not even China’s take over of installations at each end of the Panama Canal- a direct threat to U.S. Naval movements and a strategic point close to the United States- was much noticed. Nor has been China’s partnering with Cuba to drill for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Chinese are positioning themselves to win a global contest for supremacy without having to fire a shot.  All the while the American public is being kept almost totally unaware of the historic changes happening around them and to their country.

Although news services do cast a light on at least some of these crucial developments, they are reported as if they were isolated incidents unconnected to each other.  

Globalization as a Force Multiplier

When faced with these changes, America’s captains of industry briefly flirted with “buy American campaigns,” but this did not last long.  Big business quickly discovered that it was more advantageous to either move their operations overseas, or dispense with direct manufacturing altogether, and contract the work out.

This advantage grew to be enjoyed by individual entrepreneurs who found it possible to acquire manufactured goods branded in their own name and sell them as if they actually had their own the means of production.

For corporate America today, brand is more important than product.

As one would expect, shipping and warehousing flourished.  Salesmen were freed to do what they do best; sell.  Environmentalists delighted as the hum of American factories were being stilled. 

The closing of factories and plants across America was handled through a series of mergers and acquisitions that were trumpeted as creating organizations of unprecedented size. Thus attaining previously unheard of economies of scale, these multi-national mega corporations became oligarchies run not by its shareholders, or their board of directors, but almost solely by their top management.

This created a new executive class that has found that if they cannot get what they want in one country; they can simply move their operations to another.  Furthermore, their annual corporate budgets dwarf the smaller nations in which they relocate thus making influence buying from corrupt politicians easy.

And all of this was done with the blessing of the United States Government.

Capitalism loves a stable sky-high growth market.  At over 1.3 billion people, a population 4 times greater than the United States, China promises to be the mother of all growth markets.

So when western companies are pressured by China to abandon their free market principles they acquiesce.  This happened recently when Google, the company whose motto is to “do no harm,” helped Chinese officials censor internet searches, which included the word “freedom.”  Later, Google’s officials admitted this was a mistake, but still, the damage had been done.

In this way large corporations no longer see themselves in mere national terms and this loss comes at too dear a price; aiding the usurpation of America’s sovereignty and with it each citizen’s right to individual liberty.

Strangers in Their Own Land

The resulting multi-national corporate vision of a “new world order” cannot exist in a body politic instilled with national pride and a sense of national purpose.  To quell these notions, institutions of learning have been dumbing their curriculums down and denigrating the American sense of individualism and self-reliance.

Accordingly, Americans have since then seen a continuous erosion of their sense of national pride and competitive spirit. Recall how the display of patriotism was denigrated after 9-11.  Overnight, American Flags proliferated on the sides of our cars and trucks, but the Left derided it as inflammatory and insensitive.

Then there is the work ethic.  Why struggle to succeed when you will be accused of “profiting- a word now only acceptable to corporations, not individuals.”  Besides, if you do nothing, someone else will do all the work for you.

As a result, American youth are encouraged to play video games or otherwise be passively entertained rather than work and create wealth for themselves.  Young American males are becoming soft and lazy and deep down inside they despair at knowing it.

Of course, it doesn’t help matters when American pop culture reinforces this fatalistic view of the world:

In motion pictures, wealth producers are generally portrayed as immoral, greedy and harmful to society as a whole.  Characters representing the government are also often portrayed in sinister terms- broad brush strokes that undermine the institutions the public has relied upon for their sustenance and protection.

This has resulted in large segments of the American public turning away from a broad range of civic duties such as voting, jury participation, and even running for office.

Males are particularly portrayed negatively, especially if the character is also a representative from a corporation or head of a family unit.

Furthermore, young people are repeatedly told their presence in America is illegitimate and that aboriginal peoples basically had no negatives until the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th and 17th centuries.  Note, that to suggest otherwise is branded “racist.”

This message is also made official by virtue of the U.S. Census which demands each household place their inhabitants in one of several ethnic groups- and that only one of those groups can be for “Native” Americans.

The tacit communication is that the vast majority of Americans are here just as illegitimately as illegal aliens no matter how many generations of their family have been born in the United States.  Indeed, in some quarters it is preferable to label these illegals in mere terms of being “undocumented.”

Of course, it would follow that if the vast majority of Americans are illegitimate, then the nation itself is illegitimate.

Americans are told their country is the world’s greatest polluter (a lie) and that compared to other nations they disproportionately use the most natural resources (an irrelevant argument aimed at criticizing prosperity.)

Furthermore, the majority faith, Christianity, is increasingly treated as if it were something loathsome that must be held at arms length away from the “purity” of the national government.

In this regard, Christianity is set apart from most every other faith.

Using the fictitious Constitutional provision of “separation of church and state,” children have in various locations been coerced to not pray, not carry Bibles, not give greeting cards mentioning God or Christ, not display the colors of red and green during December, or take issue with any officially sanctioned social policy, i.e. abortion on demand or gay marriage- to the very point that the ideas carried by the Christian faith are anathema and cannot be easily discussed except in Church.

The Very Essence of America: Natural Law

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end- Lord Acton, 1877

Of course, the U.S. Constitution makes no such provision for the so-called separation of Church and State.  The First Amendment reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Clearly, the excesses to the so-called separation prohibiting prayers, or bringing of Bibles to class, or renaming Christmas trees “Holiday Trees” ignores the 2nd phrase, prohibiting the free exercise thereof, and the 3rd or abridging the freedom of speech.  

These omissions are not by accident.  The 1st Amendment was numbered the first for a reason: This Amendment is the foundation on which America has been built- Natural Law.  It is these “unalienable rights” that is the foundation for the U.S. Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Obviously then, if there were no God- no Creator- then none of these rights would be absolute and then as granted by governments could in fact be taken away.

Also consider that if rights are not absolute, they are not rights at all.

Business without Borders

He that is of the opinion that money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money- Benjamin Franklin

Intuitively, one might think as capitalists, big business would inherently be champions of liberty.  However, just as we have seen from Part 1, Google’s assistance in censoring the internet, and Loral’s willingness to provide U.S. missile technology to the Chinese, this notion is disturbingly wrong.

Representative democracy is messy.  Getting most anything done requires a protracted period of time in order to form a stakeholder consensus.  Dictatorships, on the other hand, like big business, are highly vertical in their organizational structure.  The boss orders and the underlings obey.

It’s also about predictability and being able to accurately factor in an operation’s overhead into the bottom line.

Big business sees socialism as an opportunity to transfer some fixed costs to the public sector, such as healthcare, or even taxes. It should be no surprise that one, if not the, biggest incentive for outsourcing American jobs to India, China and Canada, is escaping having to directly pay the high cost of medical insurance in the United States.

While the list of jobs that can be outsourced is both extensive and surprising, such as numerous IT, engineering, medical, legal, accounting services, and recently information services- such as reporting or even production of newspapers.  However, some jobs just have to be done inside the borders of the United States.  For those there is the prospect of employing illegal aliens.

Operating in the nether world of “undocumented immigration,” illegals cannot expect to receive medical benefits, pensions, or other applicant attracting perks.  To make them legal, even through a guest worker program, costs would rise and their presence would be brought to the attention of the increasingly under, if not unemployed, American citizen; hence, the Federal Government’s refusal to enforce its own immigration laws.

To fully appreciate the difference given to illegal aliens, one has only to directly observe the treatment afforded legal immigrants by the INS.  The former has been largely ignored and the latter is shown disdain.

The unholy alliance in this matter is the level of cooperation between Republicans, who want to provide businessImage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Photo credit: unknown -- this image arrived in my in box. with cheap labor, and Democrats, who want to shore up their political support by morphing vast numbers of illegal aliens directly into the body politic (read voters.)

Multinational corporations consider borders to be impediments to doing business.  Hence, the European Union has acted as a pilot for the creation of new, larger political entities such as the secretly planned North American Union.  And as we have seen with the EU, member nation sovereignty is incrementally undermined in the interests of perfecting a new, more socially uniform, super-state.  The end objective, of course, is One World Governance.

Note that history has been witness to the concentration of power at ever higher levels beginning with the absorption of villages into city-states and the city-states into that of the leagues the cities themselves had formed. This process culminated in the nation-states we have today. 

The Cost of Corporate Welfare

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Enhancing the corporate bottom line through taxpayer support comes at considerable cost.

Consider how the burden of taxation has been shifted onto the backs of the individual taxpayer over the last 50 years.

According to the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB,) social spending comprised 51% of the Federal budget in 2000.  65% of revenues came from individual taxpayers but only 10 percent from corporations.

Furthermore, the rate of increase of revenue from individuals has outpaced that of corporations and this trend is projected to continue into the future.

However, this is just the Federal tax bite.  Americans are also hammered with not only state and local taxes, but a growing number of “user fees.”

As revenue has been shifted away from tariffs and corporate income tax, individual Americans increasingly bear the burden of government largess making it difficult for even the middle class to make ends meet.  Add to this insurance and health care, it is no wonder that Americans are listed as some of the world’s lowest per capita savers and awash in credit card and other personal debt.

Shifting taxes away from corporations to individuals is not the only way business benefits from corporate welfare.  Business increasingly expects to have protection from risks associated with the conduct of normal free enterprise.

For example, Katrina did not ravish the coffers of insurance companies like State Farm.  Even in the wake of the storm, the company’s profits rose dramatically.  Mississippi Power raised electric rates to cover expenses from rebuilding their distribution grid even though Federal Government had reimbursed them fully.

Corporate Governance

The pursuit of profit is not intrinsically bad.  To borrow a phrase from actor Michael Douglas’ character in the movie Wall Street, “Greed is good.”  Business should be in the business of producing profits and the free market is the most efficient way to build wealth and distribute good and services.

Furthermore, the advent of corporations literally brought about our middle class.  Stock ownership made it possible in theory for even a humble floor sweeper to be a business owner.  There is no question that people today are better off for them.

The problem is that markets are no longer free and there appears to be no checks and balances to limit or correct corporate excesses as our Founding Fathers built into our republican form of representative democracy.  Accordingly, the tendency toward corporate manipulation and control goes unchecked, even by the government agencies which are supposed to regulate business- as recent security market scandals have revealed; Enron, WorldCom, and others come to mind.

In election year parlance, money talks and candidates desperate for campaign funds are all too eager to listen.

It is for this reason government has allowed Americans to be subjected by the tyranny of business.  Americans are being increasingly told to suspend their religious beliefs and personal value judgments in favor of the amoral business interests of their corporate employers.

Worst still, corporate expectations are also increasingly being extended beyond the workplace into employee homes themselves.  A growing number of Americans are having their personal lives monitored for compliance with corporate ideals for diet, thought, and use of free time.

The impact of globalization on America has been the expansion of work to 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Employees are no longer expected to have personal lives that require regular work hours so that common time can be shared with their families.  Furthermore, with high rates of personal taxation, both parents are forced to work full time leaving their hapless children to raise themselves.

As a result, American society is losing its national identity, culture, language, moral values, and freedom of choice.  Americans are becoming dependant on ever expanding social programs that are bankrupting the government.

Young people are becoming cynical and even despondent about their future. Our experience with Katrina suggests this pessimism is justifiably so.

Ramifications of a U.S. Defeat in Iraq

The failure of the press to adequately inform the public of what is happening to them and their country is what has made this onslaught on the Unites States a silent war.  However, there is a hot war front to this global conflict. It is Iraq.

As we detailed in Part 1, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have broken the long chain of radical Islamic countries into smaller and more easily managed segments.

We also saw that Russia, through its economic partner, Iran, has designs on becoming a world energy super power.  Iran wants to eliminate Israel and establish a world-wide Caliphate that would govern via Sharia Law.

The presence of the U.S. in Iraq currently thwarts Russia and Iran from attaining those goals, contains Iranian expansion into the Middle East, and protects Israel, an ally, from destruction.

A U.S. defeat in Iraq would not end the fighting and dying as “peace” activists would have us believe.  Violence would accelerate as the Iranians quickly moved to subjugate their old enemy, Iraq, and then in turn move to spawn revolutions in every nation of the Islamic crescent.  Terror would sweep the world.

America’s reputation as a world power would also be sullied.  While no one doubts the valor of American arms, our political will and reputation as a reliable ally has come into question.  A defeat would signal that we can no longer honor our commitments.

Remember, Bin Laden himself gathered from our shameful abandonment of South Vietnam that America had become a paper tiger.

With America's super power status discredited, the U.S. dollar would also lose its status as the preferred medium of monetary exchange.  With so many dollars on the world market, the floating value of the dollar would plummet resulting in massive inflation as the true cost of foreign imports skyrocketed.

As they did during Jimmy Carter’s presidency during the late 1970s, the Federal Reserve would combat inflation by raising interest rates while at the same time contracting the money supply.  However, these twin reactions would actually exacerbate inflation even as it brings business activity to a halt- the “stagflation” as we saw in the late 1970s.

If the above scenario played out quickly enough, the American economy would collapse in shambles dragging the world into a deep depression.  If it played out in a more protracted way then the world economy might only notice America’s collapse as a bump in the road.

All of this could be stopped if Americans would wake up and see the events unfolding before us are connected and demand the U.S. Government act to protect its citizens.  To do this will take the courage exhibited by our Founding Fathers.  Surely, there are Patriots still.

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." - U.S. Constitution 10th Amendment.

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Commerce Department Initiates New Duties Against China - Bloomberg.com

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U.S. Bureau of  Labor Grossly Underestimates Job Losses in U.S. - Cornell News

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