The theory of "free trade", appearing in the 18th century, was initially formulated to prevent the Dutch from closing their colonial empire to English commerce. It served as the political rationale for British colonial expansion, imposing an international division of labor that revealed itself to be much more effective for pillaging resources than the colonial system itself.
In 1941, the Anglo-Saxons devised, as an aim of the war, a shift from the prevailing mode of colonial exploitation to that of unequal exchange in the aftermath of victory over Nazi tyranny. The Atlantic Charter promoted decolonization, free trade and freedom of the seas. This model was formalized in 1947 with the GATT Agreements. This was reinforced during the Reagan-Thatcher era by a vast movement of privatization and deregulation.
In 1991, President Bush announced his vision of a new world order: globalization. The objective was to fill and profit from the void created by the disappearance of the USSR and extend Anglo-Saxon domination in a manner that closely twinned economic and military expansion.
The new model encompassed not only the free trade of goods but also of services and capital, to be regulated by an arbitrating tribunal that would constrain the sovereignty of individual states, which is today embodied in the World Trade Organization.
In the 21st century, this on-going process has led to the dematerialization of the world economy. Favoring the expansion of military-related industries while manufacturers of domestic consumer goods shut down, the Anglo-Saxons created an economy based on "financial products’ (meaning speculation) and the profits derived from "intellectual property" (so called "fair use"). They extended their control over the free trade of goods and services in air space using the "war on terror" as a pretext and over the seas under cover of a "war on piracy". In the meantime, however, the exorbitant costs of the neocolonial occupation of Iraq in 2003 nearly brought about the complete financial collapse of the empire.
At this point, President Obama and Prime Minister Brown attempted to save the system by eliminating foreign financial positions thus compelling capital to migrate in the direction of an Anglo-Saxon fiscal paradise. Additionally, Western governments have in a concerted way placed their means of public finance entirely in the hands of a small number of private banks. As a result, these are now in a position not only to avert collapse but also to acquire firms as they spiral into failure, accelerating the already gigantic concentration of riches.
The purely economic presentation of Jacques Chirac’s trip to China concealed the joint efforts of France, Germany, Russia and China to form a continental alliance to oppose the Anglo-Saxon Coalition. In three years, these four states have strengthened their economic and cultural ties, have reached an agreement on every unresolved territorial matter, and have learned to support each other in the Security Council. They are preparing themselves to face domestic destabilizing maneuvers and for the re-establishment of Russia as a force of containment in a foreseeable energy-related conflict between the United States and China.
Antony Fisher founded 90 institutes around the world with the purpose of disseminating libertarian ideas. One of them is the Manhattan Institute of New York, whose objective is to taboos. The “neoconservative Revolution” promoted by the institution intended to eliminate the counterculture of the 60’s and feminism, but above all, to destroy social services and get African-Americans and poor people out of the big cities. The speeches on modern intolerance of African-Americans inadaptability, the “zero tolerance” on improper social behavior and “compassion-based-faith” were written by members of the Manhattan Institute. Republican politicians of the Eastern coast like Rudolf Giuliani were also the Institute’s creation.
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has become the propaganda center of the Republican ruling class in favor of free market imperialism. Like a Russian doll, it contains the New Atlantic Initiative (NAI) that leads the Euro-Atlantic integration and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) included in the program of the Bush administration. The Institute is directed - behind the scene - by former president Gerald Ford and current vice-president Dick Cheney. Every year they invite around a hundred personalities to a winter resort in Colorado where they discuss behind closed doors.
The Austrian economist Friedrich von Hayek is stubbornly attempting to discredit economic regulation claiming that is too complex to try to organize it. His theory of the "minimum State" became a sort of religion for the Republican Party in America in opposition to both the "New Deal" of the Democrats and to Soviet Marxism. His school, financed by foundations of large transnational companies has been structured around the Sociedad del Monte Peregrino, has obtained seven times the Nobel Prize in Economy and has served as a source of inspiration for Pinochet, Reagan and Thatcher.
George Soros, financier and philanthropist as well as an archetype of the "post-capitalist" speculator and prophet, is flattered and feared at the same time. He is responsible for the "Stock Market crash" and Maecenas in some fifty countries. Today, according to estimates, his fortune accounts for 7 billion dollars. He said he was willing to finance campaigns aimed at preventing George W. Bush’s reelection, in spite of the fact that he himself saved Bush Junior from the 1990 bankruptcy and is still working with his father in the Carlyle Group, a powerful financial organization. He has been equally active in many changes of governments and has been labeled a CIA cover.
The Summit of the Americas was convened by Washington to favor the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), agreement that will perpetuate once more Cuba’s isolation. The meeting was opened with clear arguments of some Latin American countries which are sick of the US control in the continent. The Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez praised cooperation with Fidel Castro. The Argentinian president, Nestor Kichner had stated earlier that he would knock out Bush. In the interim, the president Luis Ignacio da Silva “Lula” warned that he would impose visas to the US citizens as a response to the humiliating treatment towards his fellow countrymen.
The self-satisfaction statements on the outstanding economic growth issued by the Bush Administration are false. Actually, unemployment has increased, domestic production is collapsing and the economy is completely immersed into war. The foreign debt reaches critical levels, which is unprecedented for an industrialized country and, according to the International Monetary Fund, it poses a threat to the world economy. The specialization of arms industries makes it impossible to return to a peace economy. The U.S. has entered an infernal cycle in which the survival of its economy depends upon the continuation of the war.
The United States and numerous media outlets have been outraged by the arrest of Russian multimillionaire and oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky last October 25th. However, they have both failed to inform the public opinion about his financial links with the Bush family and his investments in the press. The Russian magnate is an important member of the Carlyle Group, a powerful association specialized in fund management that also administrates the fortunes of the Bush and Bin Laden families.
The United States has never before appeared as powerful and as fragile as at the present moment. It has a gigantic military capacity. Its military budget is equal to the total military budgets of the twenty five other nations beneath it on a scale of power. The latter estimate omitting the Congressionally approved budget in order to attack Iraq. Despite all this, the U.S. is fragile because this military strength is not supported by its economy, but by its currency.
Chad’s president Deby is on visit to Paris, officially to find new economic partners for developing his country’s oil resources, but unofficially and in reality his ruined country has already been sold. One proof of this is the receipt by Deby’s governing clan of around 30 years forward oil royalties. In addition, the seriously ill president was also on visit to Paris to negotiate his succession and the maintenance of power for his clan.
The establishment of a unipolar world is currently being carried out with the conflict in Iraq and the destruction of the United States. However, the war of Iraq hides another war: that of currency control. In this financial war, the United States tries to maintain the dollar as the only reference currency while part of the world is trying to use the euro as an alternative to the American hegemony. The change began late in 2000 when Iraq decided to make out their oil and trade transactions in euros and not in dollars anymore. North Korea and Iran followed the initiative. In March 2001, Venezuela, one of the most important members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), made a remarkable intervention regarding the use of the Euro in fixing the price of petroleum. In 2002, China and Russia began to convert their financial earnings from dollars to euros. If the Bush administration has its own reasons to attack Iraq, it is supported by the US financial (...)
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