The New World Order

part 4 of a series of columns i wrote for street roots early in the 21st century.

The 1980 election saw a paradigm shift in American politics. The old guard of the Military/Industrial Complex pushed forward their comic-bookesque candidate, Ronald Reagan, while the ruling class elite fielded their own, George H.W. Bush, who eventually found his way onto the ticket as V.P. Their opponent: incumbent President Jimmy Carter’s Trilateralist administration.

The Trilateral Commission had been formed to bring Japan into the circle of wealthy, first-world nations in order to control the economic development of Asia, for the benefit of European and American economies. So, as Japan fulfilled its role as an economic – but not military – powerhouse in Asia, the Japanese would be allowed to join in the exploitation of lesser developed countries there.

Noam Chomsky, along with other critics of the New World Order, has referred to the NWO’s plans for the future as the “Asiation of the world.” Here’s how it works: first, build up a strong, centralized local authority. Once the undisputed power of this regime is established, there is no need to conquer or otherwise invade a country in order to subdue its people. Just cut off the head of the state and replace it with something more to the liking of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Could this work here in the US? You bet!

In his book The Beast Reawakens, Martin Lee explains how the intelligentsia of the Nazi Party were able to maintain power in post-WWII Germany. Their plan was to gradually develop the 1000-year Reich that Hitler’s fanaticism had failed to create. Not only that, but these devoted fascists were able to exert a great deal of influence in the development of the post-WWII world, and were the primary architects of the NWO.

To many people, this is simply not believable – that the nations who defeated fascism in Europe would then redirect their national priorities in order to fulfil the vision of the Third Reich.

After the war, much of Europe was devastated. The emerging nations of Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina were left unscathed. This threatened European-American influence and power over the rest of the world. So, the IMF/WB were created to ensure that money which otherwise would have gone to develop Second and Third World was instead redirected to rebuild European industry, particularly in Germany. Political leadership was bought off when possible; uncooperative, democratically-elected governments overthrown, or their economies subverted.

This was all done under the name of anti-Communism. The “free” world had to be protected from attacks by the Soviet Union and developing countries’ resources rescued from their own democratically-elected governments. Actual, real, former Nazi intelligence agents were employed by both the CIA and the KGB – the Soviet Union’s intelligence agency. Utilizing their influence within the superpowers, they were able to play them off against one another, exaggerating each other’s defensive and offensive capabilities, and motivations, in order to keep the economies of both superpowers shackled by military spending. The hope was that the Soviet economy would collapse and the U.S. would degenerate into a second-rate power through economic stagnation.

This plan nearly succeeded. The Soviet Union failed and Russia was no longer seen as a threat to the global actions of the NWO. Still, things didn’t quite according to their plans.

the Cold War resulted in horrible damage during the reagan era, in angola, el salvador, cambodia, indonesia, the koreas, and nicaragua, and death to lobor organizers, human rights groups, and other activists throughout asia, latin america, and africa, over the control of natural resources. pictured are ruins in kuito, angola.
the Cold War resulted in horrible damage during the reagan era – in angola, el salvador, cambodia, indonesia, the koreas, and nicaragua. and death to lobor organizers, human rights and other activists throughout asia, latin america, and africa, over the control of natural resources. pictured are ruins in kuito, angola.

The Cold War lasted longer than anyone had expected. In the meantime, the political leaders of the M/IC had mistaken themselves to be the rulers of the US, rather than a caretaker, puppet regime – a removable, replaceable head.

Since the assassination of President Kennedy, the US had slowly moved into its role as the military enforcer of the NWO, no matter the consequences to its economy. U.S. capital and industries began to search for more compliant countries to make money and manufacture consumer products. This was done in part to punish American workers for their ingratitude, displayed by their heightened sense of expectations: they wanted more control over their working conditions, more vacation time, more benefits. Industries also began to look for new locations in retaliation for city, county, state, and federal laws passed to protect the environment or the health and safety of workers. As thousands and thousands of American citizens lost their jobs, they watched impotently as the industries that disposed of them grew wealthier and more powerful, then demanded that governments – here and abroad – make it cheaper to move from one country to another, without regard to the consequences to the land and people.

Two results of this were the North American Free Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, both of which forced governments to cater to the needs of global corporations, even if governments had to overrule laws passed by their own citizens.

It is no wonder, then, that people in democratic, republican, or parliamentarian type nations have given up on voting, knowing as they do that their elected officials can do nothing to check the power of global corporations. As a matter of fact, that was part of the M/IC’s plan for consolidating their political power over the US government. They are able to win elections by appealing to those who could benefit from their policies – the wealthy and people who adore them. Those left out of the new economic order just didn’t matter. They don’t vote anyway, since neither party has voiced its opposition to the dismantling of US industry and sovereignty.

It was the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan that sealed the deal for good.

In typical fascist fashion, Reagan crowed about his “mandate” from the American voters, 75% of whom either voted for someone else or didn’t bother wasting their time voting. If there was a mandate from the public that year, it would have been for “no one as President,” since that’s the choice most people made.

reagan is revered by politicians to this day in the u.s., despite the way he wrecked the economy for the benefit of corporate earnings. with no regard to how it would effect the lives of americans.
ronald reagan is revered by politicians to this day in the u.s., despite the way he wrecked the economy for the benefit of corporate earnings, with no regard for how it would affect the lives of americans.

Just as he had done in the ’50s as president of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Reagan lashed out at those he perceived to be a challenge to his authority. His first act as President was to fire the air traffic controllers who were out on strike. This set the example of how labor relations would be handled during his reign.

Most fascist leaders are such fanatics that they create the conditions for their own downfall, though. Reagan’s private wars in Central America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, his use of drug smuggling operations to finance them, along with the plundering of the Savings and Loan industry – among many other unconstitutional, illegal, and unjustifiable acts by the wealthy and powerful – led to an explosive growth of grassroots political organizations, in order to fight back against the influence of the wealthy elite, who were busy consolidating their power throughout the ’80s.

It was only because of massive grassroots resistance to any plans for an invasion of Nicaragua that Reagan was prevented from doing so. His lackey, Oliver North, had been put in change of planning how to deal with massive resistance to such an invasion. North’s plan was to declare martial law and round up millions of Americans into concentration camps. This plan was too much for some of the principled people who would be called upon to carry it out.

Years earlier, Nixon’s resignation had revealed to the Military/Industrial Complex just how far they had to go in order to pacify the citizens of the US. Though the military could still be relied upon to enforce IMF/WB policy abroad, they refused to get involved in outright warfare against the American people when Nixon attempted to declare martial law to save his presidency. Another tactic would have to be developed to suppress and control Americans.

This new tactic was to develop the police and sheriff’s departments across the country into an internal military force. Laws were changed to allow police agencies to acquire high-powered assault rifles, armored vehicles, and other military equipment and training, previously unobtainable. The escalation of military capability for law enforcement agencies continues to this day.

Reagan’s election had changed the consciousness of American politics. There was no need to cater to “the people” and their petty needs – stable incomes, food, shelter, etc. – most of those people don’t vote anyway. The victory so stunned the Democratic Party that they gave up any oppositional pretenses and have since tried desperately to show the voters how they, too, could be as callous and indifferent to human needs as the Republicans. These days, leftists joke about the Republicrat and Demopublican politicians. This is no laughing matter, though.

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After all, something had to be done about all the crime created by the decimation of US industry, the C.I.A.’s importation of massive amounts of cocaine to fund its clandestine, illegal activities, and the closing of mental institutions across the country. The solution to these problems was as diabolical as it was obvious: build more prisons.

The need to dramatically increase the capacity to lock up unruly citizens was pointed out when Reagan’s plans to invade Central America were thwarted because the military would not allow its unused barracks to be used as concentration camps for the opponents of the proposed war.

After all, something had to be done about all the crime created by the decimation of US industry, the C.I.A.’s importation of massive amounts of cocaine to fund its clandestine, illegal activities, and the closing of mental institutions across the country. The solution to these problems was as diabolical as it was obvious: build more prisons.

The need to dramatically increase the capacity to lock up unruly citizens was pointed out when Reagan’s plans to invade Central America were thwarted because the military would not allow its unused barracks to be used as concentration camps for the opponents of the proposed war.

This led to the solution of prison-building which the M/IC’s frontmen finally agreed upon. Starting under Reagan, but escalating more dramatically under Bush, and even moreso during the Clinton regime, the insiders of the M/IC shifted their center of political and economic activity to the construction and filling of prisons. The newly emergent Prison/Industrial Complex has already grown into an unstoppable economic juggernaut. You and I have no choice in this matter. The ruling elements of America need more prisons and prisoners. They’re making millions off of these prisoners: collect calls from their institutions (the only way prisoners can call from their institutions) cost as much as 1000% more than what most people pay for their home long-distance service. Everything prisoners buy – clothing, hygiene items, food, coffee, etc. – must be purchased from their institutions, much like an old-fashioned company store. Plus, prisoners are exempt from the constitutional prohibition against slave labor.

prison complexes in florence, colorado - mostly built during the clinton administration.
prison complexes in florence, colorado – mostly built during the clinton administration.

Still, an unexpectedly low unemployment rate in the 90s resulted in a decreased crime rate, despite valiant efforts of elected officials to create more laws and increase the penalties for petty offenses. But prison construction was only in the early stages of frenzied activity by the turn of the 21st century. Who will fill these prisons? Simple: people who have had their lives ruined by economic downsizing, and political dissidents – those who dare to challenge the rights of corporations to do away with local laws which interfere with their profits, as treaties like NAFTA and GATT so enable them. In the U.K, the government has recently enacted an anti-terrorist law which criminalizes any possible expression of political dissent. More recently, Spain followed their example. The US practices a more subtle, gradualist approach to make expressions of political dissent illegal. Under Oliver North’s plans to incarcerate dissenters, among the terrorist groups targeted were: Pastors for Peace, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Concerned Clergy and Laity, Quakers, Unitarians, Witness for Peace, the War Resister’s League, etc. Though these people were never arrested en masse, the FBI, NSA, sheriff’s and city police keep files on them, and carried out clandestine sabotage campaigns against them throughout the 80s, into the present.

prison and jail complexes in salem, oregon. i've done time in two of these facilities, as well as oregon state penetentiary and mill creek - not pictured.
prison and jail complexes in salem, oregon. not labeled is oregon state correctional institution, in the upper right corner. the department of public safety site includes a training facility/youth detention center. i’ve done time in two of these facilities, as well as oregon state penetentiary and mill creek – not pictured – which are also in salem.

With organizations like the IMF/WB and World Trade Organization firmly in control of the world’s economy, the cold, hard facts are that international treaties and laws have made governments into enforcers of corporate policy, rather than the rule of local law. This makes the populist rhetoric of Al Gore‘s 2000 presidential campaign devious, rather than ludicrous. He knows as well as anyone there is nothing he can do about challenging the practices of global corporations. Bush the Younger is no more honest. If he’d just come out and say “Resistance is futile! You will assimilate or perish!” I’d at least have some respect for his honesty. Instead, he calls the Democrats divisive for pointing out that people who are not in the ruling class have concerns, too.

So, there you have it: I’ve ranted and raged about how a half-century of political and economic development has led us into a new era of global fascism. Having learned from their mistakes with the pre-WWII fascist regimes, the architects of the New World Order have arranged things this time around so as to keep the politicians at a safe distance from any sort of real authority, and made into them watchdogs over the rest of the population – those whose lives can only find worth through their service to the ruling class and their institutions. Fascism has become refined for the 21st century in America, and is being forced onto the rest of the world through “free trade” agreements.

As bleak as the present looks, however, we aren’t completely helpless. We can still take our lives and our world back. The organizers of the NWO have gone through a great deal of effort to control and deny us any hope of creating change in the circumstances of our lives. They wouldn’t have done this if they didn’t live in fear of losing their positions of wealth and privilege. They can only maintain their grip on power with our cooperation. This suggests the question: how do we actively withdraw our consent to be ruled by global corporations and their henchpeople?

see also:

part 1 – Fascism in the 20th Century

part 2 – Desirable Limits to Democracy

part 3 – The Bloody, Awful American Century

part 5 – Fascist USA

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