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The Shock Doctrine:
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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Naomi Klein Interview

Naomi Klein on Disaster Capitalism

Naomi Klein: "Shock Doctrine: Rise Of Disaster Capitalism"

Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Fascism, the model of statehood based on a symbiotic relation between the state and its chartered industrial corporations, served Franco in Spain, Benito Mussolini in Italy, Adolf Hitler in Germany, Hirohito in Japan, Stalin in the USSR, Mao Zedong in China, Pinochet in Chile and every American president beginning with Woodrow Wilson.

To create a political state in which the corporations reign supreme, the ideological pipe dream of Plutocrats, all one needs to do is employee the methods first scientifically cataloged by the CIA in the MKUltra experiments with the help of Ewen Cameron.

In relating the history of a radical ideological crusade that has culminated in the privatization of war and disaster, one problem recurs: the ideology is a shape-shifter, forever changing its name and switching identities.

Milton Friedman called himself a "liberal." American followers, who associated liberals with high taxes and hippies, identified themselves as "conservatives," and, later, as supply-siders in "Reaganomics".

In most of the world, their psychopathic vision is known as "neoliberalism," but it is often called "free trade" or simply "globalization." In the US they have been given the title neoconservative. In truth what is being built is neo-feudalism and the rulers sit in the corporate boardrooms.

Only since the mid-nineties has the faux intellectual movement, led by the right-wing think tanks with which Milton Friedman had long associations - Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute - called itself "neoconservative," a worldview that harnessed the full force of the US military machine in the service of a corporate agenda.

All these incarnations share a commitment to the policy trinity - the elimination of the public sphere, total liberation for corporations and skeletal social spending - but none of the various names for the ideology seem quite adequate except the moniker neo-feudalism.

"A more accurate term for a system that erases the boundaries between Big Government and Big Business is not liberal, conservative or capitalist but corporatist. Its main characteristics are huge transfers of public wealth to private hands, often accompanied by exploding debt, an ever-widening chasm between the dazzling rich and the disposable poor and an aggressive nationalism that justifies bottomless spending on security. For those inside the bubble of extreme wealth forged by such an arrangement, there can be no more profitable way to organize a society. Because of the obvious drawbacks for the vast majority of the population left outside the bubble, other features of the corporate state tend to include aggressive surveillance (with government and large corporations trading favors and contracts), mass incarceration and shrinking civil liberties.

Milton Friedman framed his movement as an attempt to 'free the market from the state' claiming the state distorted 'market forces'.

In every nation where Chicago School policies were applied by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank over the past three decades what emerged was a powerful ruling alliance between a few very large corporations and a trans-national elite." - Naomi Klein

Who Are China's 'Princelings'?

NATO Expansion: What Yeltsin Heard

"In Russia the billionaire private players in the alliance are called "the Oligarches"; in China, "the Princelings"; in Chile, "the Piranhas"; in America, Bush-Cheney gang "Pioneers." Far from freeing the market from the state, these political corrupt corporate elites have simply merged, trading favors to secure the right to appropriate precious resources previously held in the public domain - from Russia's oil fields, to China's collective lands, to the no-bid reconstruction contracts for work in Iraq." - Naomi Klein

As all tyrants have recognized throughout history the only way to break the will of a person or a people is to traumatize them. It is at this point that they are willing to take the 'bitter medicine' that will 'set them free' and allow the 'austerity measures' that 'balance the trade deficit'.

To that end the Corporate Intelligence Agency first had to devise multiple schemes with which to 'shock and awe' the target population during which measures could be put into place to divert attention and distract the population from the actual situation.

Specifically for social control purposes, both of individuals and of target populations, experiments were undertaken to determine the most feasible methods of control.

Respect for basic human rights took a backseat to the desire for control.

"We have allowed our institutions to be taken over in the name of a globalized American empire that is totally alien in concept to anything our founders had in mind. I suspect that it is far too late in the day for us to restore the republic that we lost a half-century ago." - Gore Vidal


Federal Judge: Extended Solitary Confinement
Causes "Lasting Psychological Damage and Emotional Harm"

"If you have gangrene in an arm, you have to cut it off."
Augusto Pinochet

project MKUltra

Why Social Isolation Leads to Inflammation

LSD, Hookers, Hit Men, and the Top Levels of the CIA

1950s Donald Ewen Cameron puts forward a bogus hypothesis claiming shocking his patients into a chaotic regressed state would create the preconditions for him to "rebirth" them into healthy model citizens. Later investigations suggest something much more sinister.

CIA funds bizarre experiments on the psychiatric patients of Donald Ewen Cameron , keeping them asleep and in isolation for weeks, then administering huge doses of electroshock as well as experimental drug cocktails which included neuroleptics, LSD, PCP and 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy (E).

The experiments reduce victims to a pre-verbal, infantile state. The victims are normal people seeking relief from minor psychiatric ailments - postpartum depression, anxiety, even for help to deal with marital difficulties - and had been used, without their knowledge or permission, as human guinea pigs to satisfy the thirst for information on how to control human thought processes.

Records from the office of the Quebec Ombudsman show only 15 psychiatrists licensed to practice in 1950, making the scenario of any psychiatrist working in isolation a "virtual impossibility." One of Donald Ewen Cameron close associates was Heinz Edgar Lehmann*.

Project MKUltra eventually leads to the publication of the KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation manual which suggest the most effective method is social isolation of the non-complacent.

Donald Ewen Cameron was a genius at destroying people. Unfortunaetly he could not remake them !

April 13, 1953 MKUltra project is started on the order of CIA Director Allen Welsh Dulles.

Project MKUltra involves the surreptitious use of many types of drugs, as well as other methods, to manipulate consciousness by altering brain function.

US Army biochemist Dr. Frank Olson crashes through a hotel window in New York City and falls over 150 feet to the sidewalk below where he dies. The New York City Police Department, US Army, and CIA, for whom he also secretly worked, report Olson's death as a suicide.

1955 MKUltra document gives an indication of the size and range of the effort:
Substances which will promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public.

Substances which increase the efficiency of mentation and perception.

Materials which will cause the victim to age faster/slower in maturity.

Materials which will promote the intoxicating effect of alcohol.

Materials which will produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc.

Materials which will cause temporary/permanent brain damage and memory loss.

Substances which will enhance the ability of individuals to withstand privation, torture and coercive psychological systems during interrogation.

Materials and physical methods which will produce amnesia for events preceding and during their use.

Physical methods of producing shock and confusion over extended periods of time and capable of surreptitious use.

Substances which produce physical disablement such as paralysis of the legs, acute anemia, etc.

Substances which will produce a chemical that can cause blisters.

Substances which alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced.

A material which will cause mental confusion of such a type that the individual under its influence will find it difficult to maintain a fabrication under questioning.

Substances which will lower the ambition and general working efficiency of men when administered in undetectable amounts.

Substances which promote weakness or distortion of the eyesight or hearing faculties, preferably without permanent effects.

A knockout pill which can surreptitiously be administered in drinks, food, cigarettes, as an aerosol, etc., which will be safe to use, provide a maximum of amnesia, and be suitable for use by agent types on an ad hoc basis.

A material which can be surreptitiously administered by the above routes and which in very small amounts will make it impossible for a person to perform physical activity.

1964 MKSEARCH designed to develop, test, and evaluate capabilities in the covert use of biological, chemical, and radioactive material systems and techniques for producing predictable human behavioral and/or physiological changes in support of highly sensitive operational requirements.

1973 CIA Director Richard Helms orders all MKUltra files destroyed. 150 individually funded research sub-projects sponsored by MKUltra and related CIA programs files are destroyed. Alfred McCoy claimed the CIA focused media attention on these sorts of "ridiculous" programs, so that the public would not look at the primary goal of the research, which was developing effective methods of torture and interrogation.

1975 Church Committee reports CIA and the DoD had conducted experiments on both unwitting and cognizant human subjects as part of an extensive program to influence and control human behavior through the use of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and mescaline and other chemical, biological, and psychological means.

Presidential-appointed commission released information publicly that revealed that, days before his death, the CIA had surreptitiously dosed Olson with LSD.

The CIA admitted that it had given the drug to Olson.

Critical witnesses died strangely only days and weeks before they were to be questioned by prosecutors; government officials refused to speak and those that did suddenly developed severe memory problems; crucial documents were destroyed or 'lost'; and investigators were intimidated and threatened.

1977 CIA admited MKUltra consisted of 149 sub-projects involving 44 colleges and universities, 15 research foundations, 12 hospitals and 3 prisons.

Investigative efforts were hampered by the fact that CIA Director Richard McGarrah Helms ordered all MKUltra files destroyed due to the breach of ethical medical standards. Richard McGarrah Helms was the only director to have been convicted of lying to the US Congress.

dictatorship of debt

dictatorship of debt

Understandably unwilling to go to war with International Monetary Fund and the World Bank that controlled their debt, crisis-struck new democracies after World War II had to accept International Monetary Fund and the World Bank rules.

In the early eighties, International Monetary Fund and the World Bank rules got a great deal stricter. The debt shock coincided precisely, and not coincidentally, with a new era in relations, one that would make military dictatorships largely unnecessary. It was the dawn of the era of "structural adjustment" - otherwise known as the dictatorship of debt.

Milton Friedman's Chicago School of Economics was at work when China was cracked open to foreign investment. The wave of "economic reforms" that followed turned China into the sweatshop of the world.

90% of China's billionaires, "the Princelings", are the children of Communist Party officials.

Milton Friedman's Chicago School of Economics was at work in Russia after the fall of the USSR. Boris Yeltsin was convinced by the economists schooled in Milton Friedman's ideology.

"The real problem with the blame Russia narrative is that it preempts any serious examination of what the whole episode has to teach about the true face of the crusade for unfettered free markets, the most powerful political trend of the past three decades. The corruption of many of the oligarches is still spoken of as an alien force that infected otherwise worthy free-market plans. But corruption wasn't an intruder to Russia's free-market reforms: quick and dirty deals were actively encouraged by Western powers at every stage as the fastest way to kick-start the economy.

National salvation through the harnessing of greed was the closest thing Russia's Chicago Boys and their advisers had to a plan for what they were going to do after they finished destroying Russia's institutions. Nor were these catastrophic results unique to Russia; the entire thirty- year history of the Chicago School experiment has been one of mass corruption and corporatist collusion between security states and large corporations, from Chile's piranhas, to Argentina's crony privatizations, to Russia's oligarches, to Enron's energy shell game, to Iraq's "free fraud zone." The point of shock therapy is to open up a window for enormous profits to be made very quickly - not despite the lawlessness but precisely because of it." - Naomi Klein

Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

1996 US military publishes Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance. This doctrine forms the basis of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The authors state that the invading force should "seize control of the environment and paralyze or so overload an adversary's perceptions and understanding of events so that the enemy would be incapable of resistance."

Although the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have loaned money to 'undeveloped' countries the costs have been staggering. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank does not make loans for altruistic purposes. Collateral for those loans include the borrowing countries infrastructure and natural resources. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are increasingly forcing countries to privatize their infrastructure to be eligible for debt relief.

"The human costs of the International Monetary Fund's opportunism were nearly as devastating in Asia as in Russia.

The International Labor Organization estimates that a staggering 24 million people lost their jobs in this period. Indonesia's unemployment rate increased from 4 to 12%.

Thailand was losing 2,000 jobs a day at the height of the "reforms" - 60,000 a month. In South Korea, 300,000 workers were fired every month - largely the result of the International Monetary Fund' totally unnecessary demands to slash government budgets and hike interest rates.

By 1999, South Korea's and Indonesia's unemployment rates had nearly tripled in only two years.

As in Latin America in the seventies, what disappeared in these parts of Asia was what was so remarkable about the region's "miracle" in the first place: its large and growing middle class.

In 1996, 63.7% of South Koreans identified as middle class; by 1999 that number was down to 38.4%.

According to the World Bank, 20 million Asians were thrown into poverty in this period of what Rodolfo Walsh would have called "planned misery".

Fascist crusaders are slow learners when it comes to the unintended consequences of their policies.

The only lesson learned from the enormously lucrative Asian sell-off appears to have been yet more confirmation for the shock doctrine, more evidence that there is nothing like a true disaster, a genuine churning of society, to open up new economic frontiers.

A few years after the peak of the crisis, several prominent commentators were even willing to go so far as to say that what happened in Asia, despite all the devastation, was a blessing in disguise." - Naomi Klein

"George Walker Bush has said many times that he believes Usamah bin Mohammad bin Laden is evil because he uses violence to achieve a political objective - you know, like implementing regime change through shock and awe. Irony of the leader of the 'free' world." - Chris Yang

definition of terrorism

"It is simply impossible to protect every inviting target in a
continent sized nation of 300 million people." - Max Boot

The State provides

the foundation for all Terrorist activities.

To be anti-Terrorist is to be anti-State.

To be a counterterrorist one must "say something if one sees something".

i see rogue States !!!


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