The controlled demolition of the First World Nation states.
The thermite of globalization has been cutting the structural steel of First World democracies since the 1970s (see the quote at end). The economic crash of 2008 was
a blow an airliner impact that rattled all nations, but did not quite knock them down - except for the PIIGS victims of bankster fraud. However, 2008 began the trash fires of racism and anti-immigrant agitation. Then the flood of refugees from the victims of US aggression in Libya and Syria, poured gasoline onto those fires.
Now, suddenly in the last year, the Deep State tactic of Color Revolutions, formerly reserved for Second World targets like Egypt or Ukraine, has blown up in the heart of the First World. We had Brexit trying to fragment the EU. We had Clinton run her abortive attempt at delegitimizing Trump. Now we have Catalonia trying to fragment Spain, and Kurdistan continuing the Israeli-planned fragmentation of the MENA. Basically, the global corporate elite increasingly find large nation states to be in the way of their full spectrum dominance of both the economy and government (such government as they will allow).
Like the aviation fuel fires in the WTC, Trump is the excuse that will be given when they push the button for the controlled demolition of the nation state structures that stand in their way. Trump is a distraction. All his issues are distractions from the economic coup d'etat that is all but completed, and the political coup which is about to arrive.
After 40 years, most intelligent observers recognize that democracy in the US is corporate-dictated Kabuki.
We noticed the outsourcing of key military functions during the Iraq War. We noticed Blackwater mercenaries and Haliburton/DynCorp truckers raking in obscene profits and operating outside the law of any country and outside of our own military justice system. We noticed the lawlessness.
Today the outsourcing is so widespread that its getting to be the new normal. Three cases in point:
1. Trump's non-response to the Puerto Rico hurricane. The recovery effort is being led by PRIVATE corporations.
Google parent Alphabet looks to restore cell service in Puerto Rico with Project Loon balloons
The FCC has given approval for Google parent company, Alphabet, to help Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands regain wireless service. The company will attempt to enable LTE connectivity using its high-flying Project Loon balloons...Loon was developed by X, part of Alphabet’s innovation group. It was able to help Peru earlier this year, amidst significant flooding and hopes to replicate this success.
Tesla is also working on efforts to help Puerto Rico. Hundreds of Tesla Powerwall battery systems are already in Puerto Rico and Tesla employees are in the territory helping with installation and training for maintenance.
Tesla and Google are joining an effort to rebuild the island’s infrastructure that also includes Facebook, which committed to send its connectivity staff to the island to help in recovery and reconstruction.
Yes, corporations are now our first responders. Think about what that means.
2. NASA's ceding the space program to the likes of SpaceX and Amazon, with the unbelievably important issues of political governance at stake being completely ignored.
Against Mars-a-Lago: Why SpaceX’s Mars colonization plan should terrify you
There has be no instance in which a private corporation became a colonizing power that did not end badly for everyone besides the shareholders. The East India Company is perhaps the finest portent of Musk’s Martian ambitions...“It was not the British government that seized India at the end of the 18th century, but a dangerously unregulated private company headquartered in one small office, five windows wide, in London, and managed in India by an unstable sociopath,” writes William Dalrymple in the Guardian.
As with all such corporations, then as now, the [East India Company] was answerable only to its shareholders. With no stake in the just governance of the region, or its long-term wellbeing, the company’s rule quickly turned into the straightforward pillage of Bengal, and the rapid transfer westwards of its wealth.
Musk...wants to build Mars-a-Lago. (But,) an economy based on tourism, particularly high-end tourism, needs employees — even if a high degree of automation is assumed. And as I’ve written about before, that means a lot of labor at the lowest cost possible. Imagine signing away years of your life to be a housekeeper in the Mars-a-Lago hotel, with your communications, water, food, energy usage, even oxygen tightly managed by your employer, and no government to file a grievance to if your employer cuts your wages, harasses you, cuts off your oxygen. Where would Mars-a-Lago's employees turn if their rights were impinged upon? Oh wait, this planet is run privately? You have no rights. Musk's vision for Mars colonization is inherently authoritarian. The potential for the existence of the employees of the Martian tourism industry to slip into something resembling indentured servitude, even slavery, cannot be underestimated. We have government regulations for a reason on Earth — to protect us from the fresh horror Musk hopes to export to Mars.
Privatization re-enables all the hideous features of oligarchic rule that democracy spent literally centuries getting rid of. That is what people miss under all the fanboy nonsense for Mr. Musk.
3. The cheerleading for Bitcoin, Etherium, and all the other Tulipmania e-currencies.
The idea that currency, the most powerful tool a nation has for controlling its population, would be allowed to float on the internet is laughable on its face. Yes, electronic currency is coming; but when it arrives it will be sponsored by Wall St; and it will cement the enthronement of corporate (not nation-state) financial power as the only legitimate political power.
Of course, we all know that the minute your money vanishes into the electronic ether, it will be stolen - by negative interest rates, by "haircuts", by unavoidable garnishments and penalties. We saw them do it in India. The result? The poor people had their cash made worthless before they could get it redeemed, while the rich speculators had already moved out of the Indian currency. You can expect the same anytime a corporate-dominated government runs the same racket of "preventing a black market and tax avoidance".
But the Libertarain mouthpieces for corporate rule instead of democratic government are not merely cheering on the removal of the government's power to create and regulate currency; they are pushing the same old Libertarian poison - get rid of government altogether:
I believe humanity is reaching a point in its evolution, both from a consciousness perspective as well as a technological one, where we’ll begin to increasingly question many of our silly contemporary assumptions about how governance should work. The primary one is this absurd notion that a nation-state should be seen as a permanent structure of political governance which only becomes dissolvable in the event of violent revolution or war.
It's time to question the modern nation-state model of governance.
- Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog
Liberty Blitzkrieg - doesn't that just say it all? Free-dumb with lots of guns and tanks.
Notice that this clown's headline is exactly the point I'm making. TPTB is going for the jugular. This time around, they mean to get rid of those pesky democratic governments once and for all. They want to balkanize every major power, and they want to grab the right to coin money privately. They know the stock market is completely overvalued and the Fed is leveraged out the yingyang. They know the financial system is in worse shape than it was before the 2008 crash. But its all part of the plan.
They are executing the plan right in front of our noses, but we are too f-ing distracted to do anything about it. Trump this, Vegas that, North Korea this, Syria that, and Russians, Russians, Russians. And the worse-than-useless Democratic Party is part of this giant charade.
Have I mentioned how screwed we are?
APPENDIX: The state of play in the drive to destroy the nation state (as of 1994)
(Eurodollars) became the foundation of an entirely uncontrolled global market...The USA was the first country to find itself at the mercy of these vast, multiplying floods of unattached capital that washed round tht globe from currency to currency, looking for quick profits. Eventually all governments were to be its victims, since they lost control over exchange rates and the world money supply. By the early 1990s even joint action by leading central banks proved impotent.
the main function of (multinational) coproations was "to internalize markets across national frontiers", i.e. to make themselves independent of the state and its territories. Much of what the statistics show as imports or experts is in fact internal trade within a transnational entity such as General Motors...The ability to operate in this manner naturally reinforced the tendency of capital to concentrate...(However) it was no longer clear as it had once seemed that..."What's good for General Motors is good for the USA."
The tendency for business transactions and business enterprises to emancipate themselves from the traditional nation state became even more marked as industrial production began... to move out of the (First World) countries that had pioneered industrialization and capitalist development...A new international division of labor therefore began to undermine the old one...It could not have happened but for the revolution in transport and communication..."free production zones" or offshore plants now began to spread, overwhelmingly in poor countries with cheap labor, another and new device for escaping the control of a single state.
All this produced a paradoxical change in the political structure of the world economy. As the globe became its real unit, the national economies of the large states found themselves giving way to such offshore centers. (by 1989) the world contained 71 economies with populations of less than 100,000, i.e. two fifths of all political units officially treated as economies...This situation was to provide the multiplying ethnic movements of late 20th century nationalism with unconvincing arguments for...viability. Unconving because, economically, separation would almost certainly make them more dependent on the transnational entities which increasingly determined such matters.
- Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes - A History of the World, 1914-1991 (1994)