'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Sunday, December 21, 2008

From Dystopia to Reality? 

Do they know more than we do? From the Phoenix Business Journal:

A new report by the U.S. Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks.

“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” said the War College report.

The study says economic collapse, terrorism and loss of legal order are among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the U.S.

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn warned Wednesday of economy-related riots and unrest in various global markets if the financial crisis is not addressed and lower-income households are hurt by credit constraints and rising unemployment.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., both said U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson brought up a worst-case scenario as he pushed for the Wall Street bailout in September. Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, said that might even require a declaration of martial law, the two noted.

The Pentagon and the CIA have perceived the future in terms of social unrest related to declining resources and the spread of disease for quite some time. Could it possibly be, as NFL coach George Allen said in the 1970s, the future is now? If so, have no doubt. Obama will give the order to fire if it is necessary to prevent the collapse of American capitalism from within.

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