USA’s Pluto is in Capricorn. In its darker side of manifestation, it can means a small group of egos who have tremendous desires for social position, stature and prominence (Capricorn), who are fueled by delusions of grandeur, that now want to impose their vision, belief, of how things should be, which are actually supporting their egocentric desire to be in power and create the Capricorn delusion of the end justifying the means.
American has always been proud of themselves as being a democratic country. The word “Democracy” comes from Greek, literally means “rule by people”. This has been our inspiration since the time our forefathers declared independence and established US Constitution. For a long time we have achieve a high standard of civilization of a conscious society. But the last century witnessed the power of majority being hijacked by a small group of radical right. John Perkins, the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit man, showed us how the double-faced American Imperialism wolf in the cloth of sheep operates:
We (economic hit men or EHMs), are an elite group of men and women who utilize international financial organizations to foment conditions that make other nations subservient to the corporatocracy that runs our biggest corporations, our government, and our banks. Like our counterpart in the Mafia, we provide favors. These take the form of loans to develop infrastructure – electric generating plants, highways, ports, airports, or industrial parks. One condition of such loans is that engineering and construction companies from our own country must build all these projects. In essence, most of the money never leaves the United States; it is simply transferred from banking offices in Washington to engineering offices in New York, Houston, or San Francisco. Despite the fact that the money is returned almost immediately to corporations that are members of the corporatocracy… the recipient country is required to pay it all back, principal plus interest. If an EHM is completely successful, the loans are so large that the debtor is forced to default on its payments after a few yeas. When this happens, the EMHs demand our pound of flesh, which often includes one or more of the following: control over United Nations votes, the installations of military bases, or access to previous resources, like oil or the Panama Canal. Of course, the debtor still owes us the money – and another country is added to our global empire.”
Perkins uses Ecuador as an example of what is happening everywhere else in the global empire. A trans-Andean pipeline built by the corporatocracy has leaked over half a million barrels of oil into fragile train forests, more than twice the amount of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez. Vast areas of rainforest, macaws and jaguars, and three tribes of Ecuadorian Indians have ben devastated. Rivers have become flaming cesspools. Because of EHMs, Ecuador is in far worse shape today than before we introduced her to the miracles of modern economics, banking, and engineering. Perkins wrote:“For every $100 of crude taken out of the Ecuadorian rain forests, the oil companies receive $75. Of the remaining $25, three quarters must go to paying off the foreign debt. Most of the remainder covers military and other government expenses – which leaves about $2.5 for health, education, and programs aimed at helping the poor.”
Multinational corporations, including the United States government are involved in the overthrow and installation of various Latin American heads-of-state. Perkins asserted that the there are three steps required to conquer the target nation: Arranging loans that will be impossible to repay, Using the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or World Bank to force the host nation to renegotiate the debt through agreements that result in currency devaluation, resources being made available at a low cost, selling of public services to foreign corporations, support in foreign conflicts, etc. When these steps fail, the second measure taken is to overthrow the government, through assassinations, staged protests, and bribery. The history of Guatemala, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela, and the Shah in Iran, are asserted examples of economic subjugation. As a last resort, the military is sent to topple regimes, and Iraq are some of these cases.
It is no wonder we Americans are uninformed or misinformed. Our media uses the name of a country to tell us what a few elite beneficiaries of the global corporatized empire do. “Today Ecuador announced its willingness to cooperate with the US in rooting out terrorists and drug dealers…” Meaning the Ecuadorian elite will buy weapons from US manufacturers – with money borrowed from the World Bank to be repaid by the Ecuadorian people – to make war on those same people when they object to the situation the elites have gotten them into.
Perkins pointed out that we Americans are educated to perceive our national foreign policy as altruistic. Over the years, EHM, highly educated people would offer such opinions as, “ If they’re going to burn the US flag and demonstrate against our embassy, why don’t we just get out of their damn country and let them wallow in their own poverty?” Perkins points out, “despite credentials, such people are as uneducated as those eighteenth century colonialists who believed that the Indians fighting to preserve their lands were servants of the devil.”
The American empire is like no other in history. Previous empires sent soldiers to conquer other nations. The new global empire sends bankers. Previous empires conquered within single regions; the global empire now spans the world. Everywhere economic hit men have done their things, a few elites have been magnificently enriched while the majority of people have greatly suffered.
Who are these small group of people pushing the American Imperialism machine? Nancy Mclean, Professor of History and Public Policy at Kue University, in her book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, exposed of the American radical right’s deploy of James M. Buchanan’s Public Choice theory, “a hidden programme for suppressing democracy on behalf of the very rich”, thus relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution. People like Billionaires Charles Koch, pushed through Buchanan’s game plan by spreading into a number of free market-oriented educational organizations to carry out these practices. These organizations includes the Institute for Humane Studies, the Ayn Rand Institute, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Washington, DC-based Cato Institute. Koch also contributes to the Republican Party and candidates, libertarian groups, and various charitable and cultural institutions. Perhaps all these best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.
It is become obvious that the global economy is way out of whack: it produces too much wealth for the few, too little for the many. Columbus sailed forth to find a shortcut to India and obtain gold and the slaves to dig it up for him. That mission is the essence of what motivates modern global corporations. The costumes, tools and architecture have changed since Columbus, but essentially the same beliefs drive the search for wealth.
What Is the Far Right’s Endgame? A Society That Suppresses the Majority.
Paul Craig Roberts, an American economist, previous US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under Reagan administration, eloquently summarize the phenomenon this way: “The government of the “world’s only superpower,” the “exceptional,” the “indispensable” country, claims to know what is best for Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Mali, Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, China, indeed for the entire world. However, the “indispensable” country cannot even govern itself, much less the world over which the “superpower” desires hegemony. The government of the “world’s only superpower” has shut itself down.”
Had majority of American people came to aware of all these Imperialism crimes committed all over the world by the American Corporatocracy, is there still any surprise of the 9-11 attack? We should all try to find the answer: Why did those Arabs attack us? What had we ever done to them?