Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to
By Peter Koenig
May 21, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" -
The new apparent Hope – is it what my friend
Finian Cunningham says – the first ‘eye blinking’ by Washington facing Russia?
Is it Kerry’s laying a wreath at a war memorial in Sochi in a belated May 9
manifestation to honor the 27 million Russians who lost their lives in WWII to
safe Europe and the world from fascism? – Is it the ‘blinking of an eye’ by the
emperor’s missionary, Kerry, for which he was rewarded with a Victory Day
T-shirt by Mr. Lavrov? – Kerry’s was the first official US visit to Russia in
more than two years. He was generously awarded with 4-hour audiences by Russia’s
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Vladimir Putin. News has it, that the
meetings were friendly, but non-conclusive.
And Madame Nuland, also known as Lady “F… the EU” – the instigator of the Kiev
Nazi coup 15 months ago – is she being told by her bosses at the State
Department to come to senses, flying to Moscow for ‘reviving’ the Minsk-2
Ukraine truce agreed between Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Washington’s puppet,
Poroshenko? The very ceasefire Washington has been and continues to destabilize
for months? – Or is it simply a matter of pride for the exceptional nation
muddling also with their diplomatic finger in this otherwise all European
accord? Is it faking heart, complementing their dirty killing boots on the
ground? – Can we call this hope?
From the bottom of my heart I wish Finian is right. But - my gut feeling tells
me that this is merely a new deviation strategy – a new ruse, taking a few steps
back preparing a new attack with force. No doubt, Mr. Putin is on his guard and
will not fall into this shabby trap – and here lays the HOPE!
Neoliberalism is the doctrine chosen to carry out the PNAC (Plan for a New
American Century), the road map for the empire and its stooges to encompass the
globe and reach Full Spectrum Dominance. Its instruments resonate with
Kissinger’s infamous dictum - “Who controls the food supply controls the people;
who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can
control the world.”
The think-tank PNAC and its blueprint for world dominance is the brain child
(sic) of a group of neocon Zionists including William Kristol, Robert Kagan,
Casper Weinberger, Paul Wolfowitz and the like. It emerged from the earlier ‘Pax
Americana’, was written in the early 1990s. It foresaw already then that Iraq,
Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and others must fall. Iran was also on the list. But
as of this day the PNAC is continuously adjusted as required by the dynamics of
world events. The PNAC’s instruments for subjugation include massive media-led
lie campaigns, the Fed and Wall Street dominated western financial system, both
controlled by Zionists – and the ultimate solution, the US and NATO killer
Today, neoliberalism is a network of finely researched strategies, invisible to
the common eye. They penetrate every fiber of our western society, of our
civilization – and our brains. With the help of the corrupt media, the neocons
were able to create a unipolar mindset in the Occident in less than 30 years,
addressing constantly the lowest common denominator of humanity – greed,
power and egocentricity, thus persistently destroying any potential germination
of solidarity. Solidarity is the basis for a consciousness awakening; awakening
from the lies and manipulations to which we submit voluntarily day-in and
day-out, 24/7. We are not even aware of it.
Why not? Because if we were to question what the media tell us every day, we
would question the very comfort zone we have created around our little islands
of Self. We would dare taking to the streets in masses and stop the wars. We
would protest the horrible exploitation of labor, of children; the clearing of
our tropical forests for corporate profit and greed; the speculation with food
causing millions to die from hunger; we would question the veracity of floods of
propaganda; we would stand up to the values of integrity and request our elected
officials to do likewise. We would stay home, not go to work, and lay the
capitalist production mechanism still; we would put the profit grinder to rest,
as long as it takes to get an appropriate response.
Let’s hope with Leonard Cohen - “Democracy Is Coming….it's coming through a
crack in the wall, it's coming from the sorrow in the street." After all we are
the 99.99 %. We have the power. The 0.01% has only the capital. Capital is dead
if nobody moves and works it. The elite are unable to work it by themselves.
They need slaves, they need us. We do it – for a pittance. We must stop it. – We
must apply civil disobedience – what Howard Zinn called mankind’s ultimate
power. We must find back to solidarity; stick together for our inherent values –
foremost for solidarity. In solidarity lies Hope.
Solidarity has been decimated by neoliberalism. Solidarity, the backbone of the
social movements up to the 1970' - 80s was gradually destroyed by the neocons’
doctrine of dividing people, societies, entire countries and civilizations, by
the lowest common denominators - greed and ego -- the old truism: dividing to
conquer and reign. The constant of this is chaos. And chaos is what the
exceptional nation is sowing everywhere.
The father of the neoliberal concept is a gentleman not known to many people,
Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud. He became the inventor of modern-day
propaganda. He developed in the 1930s and 40s the tools for effective marketing.
Already in 1928 George Washington Hill, President of American Tobacco, hired
Edward Bernays, to expand the tobacco market by making it alright for women to
smoke, despite the prevailing taboo. This effort successfully continued through
the 1950s and 60s. Bernays’ mind-dumbing propaganda sold women the idea that
smoking is their right, is not a privilege just reserved for men. Born were
Virginia Slims for women. Almost over-night smoking for women became politically
correct and contributed to the ‘women’s lib’ movement of the sixties.
Edward Bernays was born in 1891 in Vienna, Austria and moved a year later with
his family to New York, where he died in 1995. He was called the ‘father of
public relations’, who used the psychoanalytical skills of his uncle, Sigmund
Freud, though, without the consent of the latter. Thanks to his
mind-manipulative skills, Bernays became a member of the Committee of Public
Information (CPI) created in 1917 by President Woodrow Wilson (also called the
Creel Committee after the committee’s chairman). The CPI’s purpose was to
manufacture consent among the American people to enter the First World War
against Germany through an extended propaganda campaign.
Bernays was instrumental in this successful mind-twisting campaign. In the
mid-1920s he wrote a book describing the propaganda methods used in WWI. He
explained the masses’ herd instinct, saying it was possible to "regiment the
public mind every bit as much as an army regiments their bodies;" – adding that
this technology “had to be used by the intelligent minorities in order to make
sure that the slobs stay on the right course.” Life Magazine named Bernays one
of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century.
Bernays' propaganda consulting services were used throughout the US for
designing 'catching' (and of course lying) advertising and selling tactics. His
enormous success spread throughout the US corporate and commercial world. It
also caught the politicians' eyes and ears. His principles of focusing on greed
and ego were applied in the 1980's by President Reagan in the US and by PM
Thatcher in the UK, the infamous tandem of privatization and marketing of
'everything' - which went largely uncontested, to the point where even social
services, like education, healthcare, public water supply, were up for
privatization. The individual was made to believe that he – not society – was on
the highest pedestal of creation. He was a ‘private’ individual and could buy
and sell on the ‘private market’ whatever he or she wanted and needed. Needs
were generated to expand markets. It was easy. The concept of constantly
changing fashions creates constantly new demands.
A huge variety of consumer goods – clothing, cars and other fashion gear – was
invented and made available for everybody’s taste. In the late sixties,
seventies and eighties consuming became the name of the game – and continues
through today. While somewhere in the background was the endless monotonous
humming of war hardly audible to the masses whose attention was diverted by
consumption, by sports and by ever longer and more elaborate weather reports,
replacing the ‘news’ of wars. The Cold War, the Vietnam War – wars and conflicts
all around the globe, needed weapons to threaten and kill. They were offered by
the world’s largest arms manufacturers, foremost the United States, thereby
steadily fueling the warrior nation’s economy. An excellent lesson was learnt by
WWI and WWII. They filled the coffers of an otherwise rotting economy.
This neoliberal trend gave birth to the Washington Consensus of 1989 - an
initiative launched by Washington's three major financial institutions, the Fed,
IMF and the World Bank. They mandated an unrestricted ‘everything-goes’ economy
which gave birth to market fundamentalism, as we know it today, where there is
no limit to ‘markets’. The markets are king. Offer and demand, manipulated as
they may be, are to become the lifeline of societies, regardless of their
endless failures, of their inherent discrimination in favor of the ‘haves’ –
regardless of the depredation of our planet Earth, and of the growing gap
between rich and poor, they have fomented abuse and pillage and continue to do
so as of this day.
The masters of the Washington Consensus enlisted Wall Street which had to be
helped to break loose from its straightjacket of regulations. The first Clinton
Administration, also advised by Bernays and his cronies, effectively loosened
the ties to make Big Banking the beast that helps globalize markets. His
Treasurer Robert Rubin and later Larry Summers dismantled the Glass-Steagall
Act, the banking regulatory system, designed by the two US Parliamentarians in
1934 to help prevent another 1928 banking disaster. Now the banks were free to
speculate, to create money as they pleased and especially to globalize their
operations, enlisting the entire western international banking system to
subjugate and control nations, to enslave people. – The PNAC’s roadmap is being
followed as closely to the letter as possible.
The Washington Consensus freaks were busy inventing new tools and instruments to
help neoliberalism expand rapidly. Now that US banks were ‘free’, the western
elite-controlled World Trade Organization (WTO), the third of the unholy
international financial-economic threesome (IMF, World Bank, and WTO) ruled that
any country that wanted to become a WTO member had to ‘deregulate’ its banking
system – allowing an unrestricted globalized banking fusion that could generate
financial crises as needed for the system to survive. The manufactured European
economic disaster of 2007 / 2008 would not have been possible without
deregulated banks. – Of course, as we know now, all is controlled by the
Zionist-Anglo-Saxon led Fed-Wall Street amalgam.
In the meantime, the World Bank and IMF – and other so-called development
institutions of the same league – were busy ‘buying’ Third World leaders (sic),
dishing out trillions in blank checks to their governments in the form of
structural adjustments, budget support, development policy loans – and whatever
other euphemisms they use for the same austerity-imposing, enslaving and
poverty-causing financial instruments.
In addition to their own damage-causing debt, they have an enormous leverage
effect on commercial banks and other lending institutions, up to ten or more
times their own loans. If a country is viable for World Bank and IMF money, then
it must be more than viable for commercial loans. Later this despicable trio was
joined by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission (EC),
puppets to the ravaging, war-mongering American empire. Mind you – the ECB is
led by a former Goldman-Sachs executive – personifying the epitome of Wall
Street. In other words, the entire European economy and financial system is in
the hands of the Zionist-Anglo-Saxon money lords. The ECB, IMF and EC, under
mandate of the Fed and Wall Street, have become the nefarious ‘troika’ that is
without scruples destroying whole countries – condemning entire populations into
This is the doctrine of neoliberalism – destruction, hardship and misery for
entire peoples so that a few may live in abject luxury. Where is Hope? –
Solidarity has faded into a blurry undecipherable little smear on the horizon.
Shameless indebtedness was and still is the sledgehammer of exploitation by the
western powers overwhelming the resources rich developing world – attempting to
expand ever so much to the east – and not slowing to protect their brothers,
Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, with Greece and Ukraine being the extreme
cases, where austerity is boosting unemployment figures up to a third of the
work force or higher, closing hospitals and schools, privatizing public
services, causing mortality of children and the elderly to rise astronomically –
that is neoliberalism. “Ukraine for all practical purposes is now a massively
indebted failed state turned into an IMF colony”, well said, Pepe Escobar. There
is no sense of solidarity left (if there ever was) in the European Union – as
recently observed by the President of Switzerland.
Neoliberal thinking has been engrained in our institutions, minds and human
behavior – we don’t even notice it anymore. Everything is commercialized,
‘marketized’ and commoditized. Even human beings. Sport icons are traded for
(big) money, the poor and unemployed become cheap markets for cannon fodder –
and we the others, are dull onlookers, easy prey for the markets of consumerism.
Unemployment, kept artificially high, is a para-market of working class men and
women to be drawn upon by capitalists as needed. All helped by the second
monstrous tool of neoliberalism (the first being the financial institutions and
their instruments) – the media.
The western mass or main-stream media (MSM), in the hands of six, sorry to say
it again, Zionist-Anglo-Saxon media giants, control 90% of the information we
receive – propaganda information, repeated at nauseatum on a daily basis – lies
after lies after lies and manipulations, to become the truth, the accepted
truth, truth that creates our comfort - a charade without which we believe we
Currency and gold manipulations, directed by the Washington money czars and the
Bank for International Settlement (BIS), so as to stretch the dollar hegemony as
long as it may still last, are creating a monetary system at absurdum. The money
flow is continuously increased to protect the dollar. To prevent a collapse by
inflation, many western central banks, heirs of the dollar-domino casino scheme,
are now collecting negative interests from their depositors, i.e. banks. In
other words, with an assumed negative interest of 1%, the central bank collects
from their private bank customers’ accounts 1% for safekeeping their money. What
has already happened in some cases is that private banks charge their customers
also a negative interest. Should this however happen on a large scale, it could
kill the economy and that could mean the end of private banking – a good thing,
indeed, but certainly not what the neocons had in mind.
Why not think of a scenario where the private bank, instead of depositing its
funds with the central bank at a negative interest of 1%, they apply the
negative interest principle to their own clients, lending them hundred at a
discount of, say, 0.5%. It would safe them 0.5% and could still stimulate the
economy. That would be monetary policy at absurdum.
According to a recent ‘shocking’ IMF revelation, worldwide subsidies for fossil
fuels are estimated at US$ 5.3 trillion for 2015. The institution says that the
subsidies are largely accounting for the money governments have to spend to
treat victims of air pollution from CO2 emission and from the loss of income due
to illnesses. In other words, the study has for once accounted for the so-called
externalities caused by the use of hydrocarbons. The subsidy counts for about
6.5% of global GDP. Based on figures from the World Health Organization (WHO)
cutting the subsidies could reduce premature deaths from outdoor air pollution
by 50% - saving 1.6 million lives, because it is assumed to reduce the use of
So – why is no serious effort made to abolish these subsidies, by having the
polluter pay the full cost of the damage he causes? The subject of hydrocarbon
subsides is not new. It has been whispered about – no loud words, of course –
for at least the last five years. Nothing changed. Because the US / NATO
military war machine is the world’s largest single fossil fuel consumer. What
fossil fuel subsidies mean is actually subsidizing Washington led invasions,
wars, as well as proxy wars instigated by the hegemon’s objectives. – The entire
world helps subsidizing, willy-nilly the US-driven killing machine, despite
their suffering from it. – So – why should anything change?
Curiously, the climate champions, the same who promote carbon credits generating
billions of profits for speculating Wall Street, hardly ever mention the
enormous CO2 boot-print of the wars and conflicts around the globe – and their
potential for drastic reduction through peace. – Why is that?
Mining for minerals and natural resources has skyrocketed during the past 20
years. Pristine forests and entire ecosystems are being slaughtered and
plundered without scruples by international mining corporations. They are helped
by the infamous threesome, WTO, IMF, World Bank, through trade agreements and
draconian conditions imposed by structural adjustment type lending operations.
Resources owning developing countries are enslaved by debt. Letting their
resources being exploited for a pittance, most often without any consideration
for environmental protection, despite assertions to the contrary, is their only
hope to loosen the noose of debt around their neck – just enough to breathe.
And why has mining become a booming industry, mind you not for the countries
that let themselves be mined, but for the mining transnationals – because the
western war machine needs lots of minerals and rare earths for their ever more
sophisticated electronically and technology-driven weapons and killing gadgets.
Although there are no certain figures available, estimates have it that at least
50% of today’s mining output is used by the industrial war complex. – Mining is
one of the globe’s dirtiest, most socially destabilizing and environmentally
destructive industries. But it serves the neoliberal advancement towards world
The empires chief vassals, the EU, are tormented during the last few years by an
ever growing invasion of refugees from African and Middle Eastern conflict
zones. Thousands are dying by attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach
the EU’s southern shores to safety –to promised heaven. More than 4,000 have
perished at sea already this year – estimated figures for future victims are
increasing rapidly as wars and conflicts – for neoliberal greed – intensify.
Those who make it will be held for years in refugee camps, some returned, but
few will make it up to the northern European partners.
There is no solidarity in the European Union. To the contrary, the EU Commission
has just decided to fight these refugees from misery, disease and death – by
military force; completely ignoring that the EU itself with its subservient
complicity with Washington is responsible for the conflicts that cause the flood
of refugees in the first place. Shame on you, Brussels – shame on you, every
single member of the wretched band of egocentric, neoliberal EU members, devoid
of any sense of solidarity, of humanity – greed is the epitome of your
The greed economy is everywhere. It is intricately woven into our western system
of life. Reforms will hardly make a difference. They are just typical band aid
remedies. The octopus loses one tentacle, but two more grow in its stead to give
the monster even more ferocity.
We are so thirsty for hope, hope for another, more just, more equitable world,
we see hope in the first ‘blinking of an eye’. Hope is good. Hope is the basis
for action. And action must be the consequence of hope – hope that not all is
lost. Action to break that impasse of neoliberal all-engulfing greed must be
simple. We have become strangers to ourselves. We must return to our roots,
recognizing where and why we failed to diagnose the beast. Our awakened,
re-kindled sense of consciousness may lead us to what we have lost – our
inherent sense of solidarity.
Let’s hope together for that to happen – to happen soon, for the suffering is
too great to endure much longer. We, the 99.99 % have it in our power to stop
this misery and safe our planet.
Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World
Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment
and water resources. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about
War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and
on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe.