We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lapp√©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, October 26, 2012

Countering the Corporate-Insurgency A guide to how the war for control is waged upon us, and how to fight back.

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from Land Destroyer Report

I don't know how he does it, but this author continues to pour vital information needed to counter and overthrow the efforts of a tiny One Percent class to maintain their self-serving dominance over the rest of us. I'm not just talking about Americans. 

In this age of globalization the only significance that boundaries continue to have is that of controlling the movements of workers, the 99 Percent, throughout the world. That means that our government which is thoroughly controlled by the One Percent will always try to exploit and abuse  workers all over the world. Workers, or "wage slaves" as some of us identify ourselves, are simply regarded as a cost of doing business by the One Percent who "own" our economies. Hence, their profits (and power) depend on keeping their costs as low as possible. That is precisely why they shipped many of our jobs overseas to areas where people would work for less, where environmental laws were unenforced or non-existant, where taxes were low, inducements paid for by the host governments were high, and where government officials could be easily bribed to violate their own nation's wage, safety, and environmental laws.

The global One Percents make communities, regions, and nations compete for jobs in their corporations. It's like a reverse auction where instead of the highest price going to the buyer, it is actually the lowest price going, in this case, to the corporate buyer. Jobs will come back to American workers if and when they will work for less and the US government offers more inducements to corporations. In other words, under capitalism it is a race to the bottom for workers of the world.

In this piece Cartalucci suggests that to effectively fight back we can learn much from our opponents' own manuals on how to dominate us.
...what is described by the 2009 counterinsurgency (COIN) guide, is an accurate description of how political control has been achieved and maintained by all governments throughout the entirety of human history - it also forms the foundation of modern empire. Understanding this is key to finding solutions when one finds themselves under the subjugation of an unfavorable political ideology or system. The tactics the guide describes can, and often are, used by either side in any political struggle, not necessarily only in an armed "insurgency."
And, he offers numerous examples of communities in the US that are already applying such tactics.