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 Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Monday, October 7, 2013
Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?
In the article she provides evidence that suggests that the answer to the title question is "yes". However, I don't think that it is motivated by a response to an imminent breakdown in the banking system. All the evidence indicates that the construction of a police state has been gradually developing since our ruling capitalist class went into high gear (around the year 2000) with their globalized expansion plans by offshoring most of the American economy (except the weapons industry) to reduce labor costs. However, to find the origins of this militarization of American society, we need to need to go back to the Vietnam War years during which ruling class war policies were directly threatened by the population. After this war ruling class directors began the construction of a police state which they concealed in the "War on Drugs" (for the latest assessment see this), and more recently, continued it construction in the "War on Terrorism".
They understandably felt that sooner or later American workers would wake up and rebel.