Deal-makers, deal-breakers

Evasion of real civilian control is made possible by military-to-military and political-to-political relations. Building military-to-military relations with an unreformed and un-reforming military undermines efforts by citizens to rein in such institutions …

Corporate control

A surprisingly small number of corporations control massive global market shares. Banks and Finance, Media, Big Oil, The Global Food Conglomerates, The World’s largest banks hold a total of $25.1 trillion in assets.

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Economic warfare

The IMF was originally designed to buffer exchange rate tensions between countries, but after the Bretton-Wood agreements were cancelled in 1971 a large part of this task no longer existed.

Since then the IMF has played a dubious role in the financial reorganization of many third world countries.  If countries in financial trouble called on the IMF, draconian austerity measures were imposed to get things “back in shape”: Debts are restructured, taxes increase, and state-owned businesses are being sold, preferably to US companies.

John Perkins is a former respected member of the international banking community. In his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man he describes how as a highly paid professional, he helped the US cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then take over their economies.

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Treaties, tax havens, banking secrecy, full capital mobility and privatisation are major factors that have encouraged and enabled large-scale corruption.

Treaties

The Arms Trade treaty is unlikely to stop any of the arms exports of the world’s largest arms producing countries or arms companies. Countries such as the UK, the US, France and Russia will be able to continue selling to repressive regimes unhindered.

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Enabling plunder by trade and property rights laws:

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Enabling seabed mining and plundering of arctic resources:

The newest rage:

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Stimulus

Tax exemption and havens

One thing to look at is which governments are making it easy for what corporations to profit in the war-work-machine:

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Subsidies

Another thing to look at is where governments are putting their money, instead of what governmental spokes mouths say:

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More watchdogs

Energy watchdogs

In order to feed massive profit addictions, the oil, gas, and coal corporations buy support for their polluting practices. Any riches gained don’t get distributed, but stay in the hands of lawmakers and industry insiders. Embezzlement (unfortunate misappropriations) and bribes (renumerations, installments made to government officials) to exploit resources (adventure assets) are a secret.

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Campaign watchdogs

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Lobby watchdogs

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Corruption watchdogs

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Censorship watchdogs

Fraud

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Globalisation

Globalisation seems to indicate a “multitude of interconnected fatal consequences, social disintegration, a breakdown of democracy, more rapid and extensive deterioration of the environment, the spread of new diseases, and increasing poverty and alienation”. The fact that GDP may be a poor measure of well-being, or even of market activity, has, of course, long been recognized.

In many cases, GDP statistics seem to suggest that the economy is doing far better than most citizens’ own perceptions. The focus on GDP creates conflicts: political leaders are told to maximize it, but citizens also demand that attention be paid to enhancing security, reducing air, water, and noise pollution, and so forth – all of which might lower GDP growth.

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What future?

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Got more links that are helpful for (our) research of the pillaging & plundering that’s going on? Post in the comments below please!


  2 comments for “Deal-makers, deal-breakers

  1. ༄ོ Rębęl Büddhå
    January 20, 2015 at 16:22

    Awesome pic!

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