Ferguson’s Mike Brown to Bagdad, Is democracy dying in America?

By Bryan Maddan

Bombs over Bagdad $$$.

A Princeton study Sept. 2014, “Testing Theories on American Politics” assessed we the people of the United States are no longer a democracy.  The U.S. is now an oligarchy where the minority wielding power disregards the wishes of the majority. Growing economic inequalities currently exposed by the Goldman Sachs complots delegitimizing the privately owned United States Federal Reserve Banking system who has been printing dollars based on a fraction of any real collateral.  Despite public disapproval, American troops are pouring back into the Middle East with heroin production soaring in the region.

Racism has always been an historical tool, which a minority manipulates the majority by ignorance and fear of a different unknown cultures.  Once stereotypes are established, the designated “lesser” culture is given less access to land, education, quality food and resources.  Understandably this fact leads to a lower performing culture and thus, the political manipulation loop is closed and racism codified.

Should we be surprised, as Martin Luther King Jr.’s reflections pointed out during the Vietnam War that where ever there is corporate dictated imperialism, eventually blood spills on the home-front.  Before his assassination in 1968, King had taken a strong anti-war stance against Vietnam and he was organizing another march on Washington this time after confronting Chicago’s Mayor Daly I. The corruption there in the North was much more opaque then the clear cut black and white boundaries south of the Mason-Dixon Line.  Chicago’s exploitation was a complex network of the power minority of local banking, wealthy landlords and systemic economic segregation.

From Air America connections of heroin coming to haunt our inner cities, unemployment with an elongated Vietnam War predicated on a false pretense of the Gulf of Tonkin, Inner cities Americans of color, immigrants and poor whites, have paid the highest price.

“the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home…We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.”  MLK “Beyond Vietnam” speech, April 1967.

Mike Brown and Richard Garner are the latest victims of outrageous police brutality.  As many people of color can testify to, there is a double judicial and policing standard applied like a Jim Crow Poll tax prohibiting those most vulnerable to equal access to justice in a growing corporate fiefdom.

In 2014, corporate campaign donations continue to skyrocketing with the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision disempowered the people’s votes in favor of corporate power.  An increasingly consolidated corporate media nears a monopoly with interlocking boards of directors of now only 6 corporations left to manufacture demand and consent limiting any rational inclusive political debate.  Consider that many of Wall Street’s most prominent bankers and industrialists have had a long history with financially supporting history’s most notorious; Hitler, Mussolini, the Nicaraguan Contras, Pinochet, Saddam Hussein, and Bin Laden.  It is not surprising that in the 2003 award winning documentary, “The Corporation”, as corporate person, many of the largest multinational corporations would be diagnosed as a psychopaths by the classifications of the World Health Organization.

Lords of War. 

Knighted by the Queen of England, millionaire Heinz (Henry) Kissinger and millionaire Zbigniew Brzezinski have dominated our foreign policy debate the last half century.  Both could easily be hung for war crimes if the rules of the Nuremburg Nazi trials were applied to their policies and implied orders.  Ironically neither was born nor raised in our country and yet, they yield unprecedented power and influence over our country’s destiny.

Former U.C. Berkeley Professor Peter Dale Scott calls this corporate over shadowing of Democracy a deep state.  These economic hit-men have intimate ties to tyrants and organized crime where scandals, like with the BCCI Bank, so infamously demonstrated.

Their Machiavellian noble exploits are both economically extravagant and democratically destructive:

  1. Kissinger’s secret War in Laos funded by heroin transported by CIA planes during the Vietnam War.
  2. Reagan & Bush I’s CIA facilitates cocaine trafficking to inner city Americans of color to buy Iranian arms for Nicaraguan Contras who are trained in torture techniques on a US military base in Fort Benning, Georgia (The CIA funding was tied to the organized crime haven, BCCI.
  3. Brzezinski’s and Bush I’s connections with arming and training of Osama Bin Laden with knowledge, if not actual participation, in the heroin trade in and around Afghanistan.
  4. Reagan & Bush I’s (Brzezinski was advising Reagan at the time) training and arming Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction, later justifying Bush II predications for our current Iraq war beginning after 9/11 with Bush II’s search for the illegal weapons Saddam had obtained from Bush I
  5. Kissinger’s support and involvement of assignation attempts high officials in the Chile when their president tried to purchase back Chile’s natural resources from U.S. Corporations.  Heinz Kissinger then armed and empowered Pinochet’s subsequent tyranny upon the South American people upon the request of U.S. corporations.

Brzezinski wrote an enlightening book called, The Grand Chessboard (1997), explaining his frustration by Americans’ reluctance to be imperialist, “Democratization is inimical (hostile) to imperial mobilization.” p. 210. Brzezinski only sees public consent if we were to have a pearl harbor like incident that manipulated the masses by assaulting their reason into reptilian brain stem knee-jerk violent reactions, “it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstances of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.”p.211.  However, seeing the impossibility of endless continuation of the support of a corporate controlled empire, Brzezinski acknowledges the necessity of an eventual, “genuine international multilateralism to which America should even yield some of its sovereignty. ” p.211.  Looking into Brzezinski and Kissinger’s associations it appears they are implying their empire run by unelected technocrats of Wall Street with policy carved in the halls of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg group and the Trilateral Commission (Founded in 1973 by Brzezinski and David Rockefeller).  That sounds like treason under the constitution what Brzezinski is proposing if these three groups headed by the largest players of Wall Street are interwoven into many minority think tanks some associated with our most expensive and prestigious private universities (Hoover Institute) in America.  So incestuously connected are the lords of war that David’s brother Nelson Rockefeller, had original hired Harvard graduate Kissinger.   Interestingly enough, the same two Rockefeller brothers built the World Trade Center and bought the land for the United Nations Headquarters in N.Y.

Racism’s political strategy; the Nazi’s Dachau, to East St. Louis.

“The day-to-day functioning of the camps exhibited another feature of Nazi ideology and practice—its tendency to divide and rule its opponents. Nazis specialized in pitting people against each other, as a way to ease the processes of subjugation and destruction.”

Dr. Bergen, Academic Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Washington, D.C.

Our post traumatic veterans of the atrocities of our ignited civil war in the Middle East have sought employment in our police forces.  Spoon fed tanks and military grade weaponry U.S. Peace Officers masquerade in Ferguson reminiscent of secret forces of Pinochet and Hitler thwarting public assembly and criticism on a corporate dominated country.  As the body counts climb in our inner cities in the custody of our peace officers, consider the context of unconstitutional presidential executive orders, lacking any judicial review of drone attacks.  When Obama discovered an ABC/ New York Times/Washington Post journalist, A. H. Shaye reported a drone attack on a wedding party killing 35 women and children using illegal cluster bombs, he lobbied to deny a pardon by the President of Yemen.  After being tortured by CIA trained force, the journalist found himself imprisoned for 3 years reporting our war crimes.  History often kills the messenger, perhaps the time has come to reopen the cases of other imprisoned journalists like the famous reporter on Philadelphia police brutality, Mumia Abu Jamal.

Terrorism is trained in Fort Benning, Georgia or committed everywhere from Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay or in secret CIA torture facilities all around the globe.   CIA, US forces or Private Military Contractors (exempt from Geneva Conventions) enforce, coerce and torture often creating brand new terrorists from the CIA induced trauma in response to these kidnappings and illegal incarcerations of civilians.

Unpatriotic patriotism.

The Orwellian ‘un’patriotic act pillages our constitutional rights while the increasingly interconnected corporate/U.S. military trains many of our future police.   (In 2009, at the prime of Iraq war II, there were more mercenaries and privately employed support staff than US military personnel in the Middle East (193k private to 189k soldiers sworn to protect U.S.)

Just as our US military can no longer function without corporate mercenaries, Julian Assange explains in his 2014 book, Google is not what it seems, that Google/NASA/US State Department are beginning to become almost inseparable in operating capacity bringing Dave Eggers’s 2013 fiction book, The Circle, chillingly to life.  Whistleblowers Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden could be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but instead are forced into prison and political asylum.  .  350 of the Fortune 500 companies legally employ current FBI agents in the FBI’s Infragard program.  Many CIA operatives are legally concurrently contracted by financial firms and hedge funds.  The corporate state increasingly flirts with imperialistic fanaticism with its growing fascination with fascism.

It is too simple to say the police in Ferguson and NY were simply a few bad apples.  East Saint Louis is iconic in its display of corporate dominance in disregard for democratic value.  East St. Louis is an industrial waste land with numerous toxic clean-up sites caused by many large corporations like Monsanto. Monsanto, the maker of the Vietnam War’s Agent Orange and champion of invasive and parasitical GMOs, is upriver from East St. Louis.

Time alone, Time will Tell.

The founding father of Capitalism Adam Smith in Wealth of Nations pondered the limits of capitalism.  He wrote that eventually the pyramid of profits would lay waste to democracy leaving a vast majority as merely,  “a class of laborers,…. and those who profit (from them).

The corporate minority’s pursuit of profits is ravaging leaving nearly every single ecosystem in the world in decline. Corporations are legally bound in the endless pursuit of profits, protected from legal responsibility and liability by their corporate personhood and the consequences are frightening; wiping out a majority of the ocean’s fish due to overfishing, animal extinction reaching record levels, stock piling of nuclear wastes and fukushima still leaking radioactivity 3 years later, corporate fracking of our farmlands, islands (some as massive as California) of plastic floating in our oceans. Ironically the right of corporate personhood is based on the 13th and 14th amendments written to guarantee Americans of color equal access to our democratic values.

Democracy sponsored by Us.

A few possible solutions;

  1. Revoke corporate personhood.  The attorney general of most states may do so at any time if their resident corporation is no longer serving the public good.
  2. Only publically funded debates broadcasted for free, under stipulations for using our FCC airwaves for elections, no private money..
  3. Mandatory living wages varying on costs of living of one’s local economy.
  4. Sliding scale for Universities.  No more student loans!
  5. Decriminalize drugs; treat drug addicts like patients, not criminals.
  6. Eliminate private prisons and private military contractors where accountability is limited by profitability.
  7. Revoke Executive Orders because this constitutional distortion has allowed presidents to function as dictators who may make their own laws, as opposed to congress.
  8. Publically fund the media (BBC locally).
  9. Nationalize the Federal Reserve Bank so that Wall Street speculations cease.
  10. Nationalize our oil reserves in the US so that we may use that energy to develop alternative energies in this era of peak oil and suicidal fracking which our domestic food production is at risk and which can release radioactivity and toxins in our water tables.
  11. VOTE!
  12. Neighborhood policing; police living in the neighborhood they police.  Revoke the right of peace workers to carry guns or limit the kinds of guns they carry.  Or perhaps if there is any question of past behavior then no more guns for that particular person.
  13. Have a Switzerland style military where we all serve to protect our country.  This kind of mandatory service (with a civil service alternative for pacifists) historically limit imperialistic tendencies.

The police suppression of public protest and police forces instigating aggression from victimized populations reminds us of the importance of a former President’s words;

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable” JFK  “Anniversary of the Alliance for Progress” 1962

Citations & Sources

In case your love ones do not see the importance of this issue because of the color of their skin, you could remind them that it is wise to look at what history has said about the danger of disregarding a justice and equality for all people regardless of skin color:

First  they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-

Because I was not a Socialist. 

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out- 

Because I was not a Trade Unionist. 

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out- 

Because I was not a Jew. 

Then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.  

Martin Niemöller  -  Holocaust survivor


Divide and Rule

“The day-to-day functioning of the camps exhibited another feature of Nazi ideology and practice—its tendency to divide and rule its opponents. Nazis specialized in pitting people against each other, as a way to ease the processes of subjugation and destruction. Within Germany, this approach meant picking on the least popular elements of the population first, so as to maximize public support, or at least indifference. In conquered territories, it meant turning ethnic groups or social classes against each other—like Serbs and Croats in Yugoslavia or Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews in Poland.

To enforce the hierarchy, guards chose some prisoners from higher-ranking groups to help them control the rest of the inmates.

Inside the camps, divide and rule meant using prisoners to tyrannize each other. To this end, guards in most camps marked prisoners of different categories with colored badges: red triangles for communists and other political prisoners, green triangles for common criminals, pink triangles for homosexual men, purple for Jehovah’s Witnesses, black for Gypsies and asocials, and yellow for Jews.

Camp authorities then instituted a hierarchy among the inmates that mirrored the Nazi racial hierarchy of “Aryans” on top, Jews at the bottom, and others ordered in between. To enforce the hierarchy, guards chose some prisoners from higher-ranking groups to help them control the rest of the inmates. These kapos, block supervisors, and other privileged prisoners were often extremely brutal. Many understood that brutal behavior would prove their toughness to the guards and result in more privileges, goods, and power for themselves and their friends. This strategy worsened the horror of the camps and revealed the total destructiveness at the core of Nazi ideology and practice.”

Dr. Doris Bergen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame

Nazi Ideology and the Camp System, by Doris Bergen Copyright © 2004-2005 Community Television of Southern California (KCET) Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State Series, PBS.org

In Adam Smith’s, Wealth of Nations, ‘Conclusion’ of the chapter “Rent of Land”,

“When this wealth of the society becomes stationary, his wages are soon reduced to what is barely enough to enable him to bring up a family, or to continue the race of labourers.  When the society declines, they fall even below this. The order of proprietors may, perhaps, gain more by the prosperity of the society than that of labourers; but there is no order that suffers so cruelly from its decline. But though the interest of the labourer is strictly connected with that of the society, he is incapable either of comprehending that interest or of understanding its connexion with his own.  His condition leaves him no time to receive the necessary information, and his education and habits are commonly such as to render him unfit to judge even though he was fully informed.  In the public deliberations, therefore, his voice is little heard and less regarded, except upon some particular occasions, when his clamour is animated, set on, and supported by his employers, not for his, but their own particular purposes.  His employers constitute the third order, that of those who live by profit.”


The Grand Chessboard p.210-211, Zbigniew Brzezinski (1997)

“A genuinely populist democracy has never before attained international supremacy. The pursuit of power and especially economic costs and human sacrifice that the exercise of such power often requires are not generally congenial to democratic instincts. Democratization is inimical to imperial mobilization.

Indeed, the critical uncertainty regarding the future may well be whether America might become the first superpower unable or unwilling to wield its power.  Might it become an impotent global power?  Public opinion polls suggest that only a small minority (13 percent) of Americans favor the proposition that “as the sole remaining superpower, the U.S. should continue to be the preeminent world leader in solving international problems.” An over whelming majority (74 percent) prefer that America “do it fair share in efforts to solve international problems together with other countries.”

Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstances of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.  Such a consensus generally existed throughout World War II and even during the Cold War.  It was rooted, however, not only in deeply shared democratic values, which the public sensed were being threatened, but also a cultural and ethnic affinity for the predominantly European victims of hostile totalitarianisms.

In the absence of a comparable external challenge, American society may find it much more difficult to reach agreement regarding foreign policies that cannot be directly related to central beliefs and widely shared cultural-ethnic sympathies and that still require an enduring and sometimes costly imperial engagement.  If anything, two extremely varying views on the implications of America’s historic victory in the Cold War are likely to be politically more appealing; on the one hand, the view that the end of the Cold War justifies a significant reduction in America’s global engagement, irrespective of the consequences for America’s global standing; and the other, the perception that the time has come genuine international multilateralism, to which America should even yield some its sovereignty.”


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