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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

No Wonder China is Nervous as Obama Pivots

 Click here to access article by F. William Engdahl from Global Research.

If you have been following my blog you would know that I do not subscribe to the superficial framing of political reality that is presented to us by the Empire's propaganda machine. Hence, I usually do not link policies to the temporarily hired front men (Obama) and women employed by the One Percent. There are very occasionally some exceptions to this rule: the Bush presidents, and Franklin Roosevelt in recent history. Otherwise, I would, and I do, look as much as possible at the key political operatives and their institutions to determine what the One Percent ruling class have decided in terms of police oppression, social spending cuts, exploitation, wars, and policies that result in further degradation of our ecosystem. 

The major problem is that these "key political operatives" and their nefarious activities stay well hidden behind the screens of discourse maintained by the One Percent's media and ideological managers to obscure and confuse how power is really exercised in our society and the world. Hence, our China policies have very little to do with the nominal head of the Empire than they have to do with people like Peter G. Peterson, David Rockefeller Jr, Wolfowitz, Perle, William Kristol, etc, and their associated membership organizations.

People of our capitalist ruling class (the One Percents) are very different from ordinary people. They see freedom as freedom from others, freedom to obtain wealth and power by any means. Jerry Fresia understands these people very well. In their view of the world...
...the community becomes a set of exchanges between producers and consumers, owners and workers. People are free individuals (free from traditional, moral, or community values) in a free market, freely pursuing self-interest. The social order is held together, not on the basis of tradition or a sense of mutual responsibility but by impersonal contracts.
He quotes Howard Zinn to explain that contracts work in favor of the rich and powerful:
To protect everyone's contracts seems like an act of fairness, of equal treatment, until one considers that contracts made between rich and poor, between employer and employee, landlord and tenant, creditor and debtor, generally favor the more powerful of the two parties. 
But, I am clearly digressing from Engdahl's article which describes the preparations by the Empire to prevent China or Russia from competing with them to exploit the Earth's resources and labor.
Clearly, for all its rhetoric about peace-keeping missions and “democracy” promotion, the Pentagon is pursuing what its planners refer to as “Full Spectrum Dominance,” the total control of all global air, land, ocean, space, outer-space and now cyberspace. It is clearly determined to use its military might to secure global domination or hegemony. No other interpretation is possible.