Published on Countercurrents.org, by Case Wagenvoord, 03 December, 2007.
2 excerpts: I am not a conspiracy buff. I have yet to meet a conspiracy that I have not greeted with skepticism and disbelief. It has to do with my understanding of human nature. Conspiracies need secrecy; humans need to brag. So, somewhere, a conspirator is going to brag to a buddy or a mistress, and that will be the end of the conspiracy. There are also individuals with the integrity to leak details of the conspiracy to the press. Between these two, no conspiracy stands a chance.
At least, that is what I believed until now. Not that I am buying into any conspiracies, but I am getting a little nervous.
The cause of my unrest is Naomi Klein’s book, Shock Doctrine. The key passage in the book is a quote by Milton Friedman who said, Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our [The Chicago School of Economics] basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable. (Emphasis mine) …
… Think of the possibilities. While Americans were reeling from the shock of total war and another Great Depression, the administration could eliminate Social Security and Medicare, along with whatever remains of our shredded social net. With the stroke of a pen, America would become a totalized Corporatist State and her citizens would be reduced to mere employees of the State with all of the rights corporate employees lack.
The would explain why Bush does things other politicians would consider suicidal, like vetoing a health and education bill because it was too expensive and, in the same breath, approving an increase in military spending. Bush can get away with it because he is not a politician, he is a CEO.
Many people believe that another Great Depression would usher in another New Deal. I had always thought so too. However, we forget that when the Great Depression struck, the only ideas lying around were those of John Maynard Keynes. Today, the only ideas lying around are those of Milton Friedman.
Do the math.
You see, my usual distrust of conspiracies has always been the inability of people to keep a secret. What frightens me about this one is that it is not a secret. All the details are out there for anyone to see; the lines connecting the dots are penciled in, but nobody seems to be looking at the page.
I hope to hell that I am wrong about this. However, if I am not, then the only antidote to this pending shock therapy is the immediate impeachment of both Bush and Cheney. Without that, there is no telling what might happen.
It is too bad our congress is a corporate employee.
(Political satirist Case Wagenvoord blogs at salon.com.)