25 YEARS OF NEOCON-NEOLIBERALISM: GREAT FOR THE TOP 5%, A DISASTER FOR EVERYONE ELSE

Source: http://www.blacklistednews.com/25_Years_of_Neocon-Neoliberalism%3A_Great_for_the_Top_5%25%2C_A_Disaster_for_Everyone_Else/56401/0/38/38/Y/M.html

It cannot be merely coincidental that the incomes and wealth of the top 5% have pulled away from the stagnating 95% in the 25 years dominated by neocon-neoliberalism.

One unexamined narrative I keep hearing is: “OK, so neocon-neoliberalism was less than ideal, but Trump could be much worse.” Let’s start by asking: would Syrian civilians agree with this assessment? The basic idea in the “OK, so neocon-neoliberalism was less than ideal, but Trump could be much worse” narrative is that the modest problems created by neocon-neoliberalism will pale next to what Trump will do, implying jackbooted Waffen SS troops will soon be marching through America on Trump’s orders.

This narrative is yet another example of American parochialism: since neocon-neoliberalism didn’t cause American cities to be bombed and its institutions demolished, it’s really not that bad.

Try telling that to the Iraqis, Libyans and Syrians who have been on the receiving end of neocon-neoliberalism policies. The reality is very unpleasant: for those targeted by America’s neocon-neoliberalism, nothing worse is imaginable, because the worst has already happened.

The cold reality is America’s 25 years of neocon-neoliberalism has been great for the top 5% and an unmitigated disaster for everyone else in the U.S. and the nations it has targeted for intervention.

Those defending the Democratic Party’s 16 years of neocon-neoliberalism (Clinton and Obama) and the Republican Party’s 8 years of neocon-neoliberalism (Bush) are defending a system that benefited the few at the expense of the many.

Rather than admit the past 25 years have been catastrophic for the bottom 95%, the apologists speak darkly of fantastical visions of a Nazi America as a diversion to the grim truth that they have blindly supported an evil Empire that has stripmined the bottom 95% in America and laid waste to entire nations abroad.

Neoconservatism’s malignant spores hatched in the Reagan years, and spread quickly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Stripped to its essence, Neoconservatism is American Exceptionalism turned into a global entitlement: it’s our right to intervene anywhere in the world we choose to defend what we perceive as our interests, and it’s our right to impose our version of democracy and a market economy on other peoples.

Self-interest melds seamlessly with moral superiority in neocon-neoliberalism. The moral justification is: since ours is the best possible system, we’re doing you a favor by tearing down your institutions and imposing our system on you. The self-interest is: garsh, the “market” we imposed extracts your resources and benefits our banks and corporations. Amazing, isn’t it, how “free markets” benefit everyone?

But not equally. The claim of neoliberalism is: everything is transformed for the better when it is turned into a market. Once buyers and sellers can meet in a transparent marketplace, everybody prospers and everything becomes more efficient.

Stripped to its essence, neoliberalism is: the markets we set up are rigged to favor those at the top. All that talk about free markets is just public-relations cover to mask an intrinsically rigged quasi-market that has features of “real” markets while beneath the surface, it’s rigged to the advantage of big players at the top of the wealth-power pyramid.

Neoconservatism and neoliberalism are both inherently global, and so globalization is the necessary outcome. There is no market that cannot be skimmed for outsized profits once it has been globalized, and so once bat guano becomes a global tradeable commodity, Goldman Sachs establishes a bat guano trading desk. (This is a spoof, but you get the point.)

Neoconservatism entitles the U.S. to have an “interest” (as in profitable interest) in every nook and cranny of the planet. Policy changes in Lower Slobovia? It’s in our “interest” to monitor those changes and intervene if the policies are “not in our interests.”

Neocon-neoliberalism is brilliantly evil because it masks its true objectives behind such warm and fuzzy PR. Those looking for enemies of the people will find them not on the streets of America in cartoonish display but in the corridors of financial and policy power.

Dear apologists of the status quo: do you understand you’re defending this?

Notice how the wealth of the bottom 90% nosedived once neocon-neoliberalism became the de facto policy of Democrats and Republicans alike. No wonder Obama’s two terms seemed like  Bush terms 3 and 4–in terms of a continuation of neocon-neoliberalism, they were.

Yes, profound changes in technology, automation, and geopolitics have influenced finance and wealth, but it cannot be merely coincidental that the incomes and wealth of the top 5% have pulled away from the stagnating 95% in the 25 years dominated by neocon-neoliberalism:

 

 

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    I think Jews in ZOG’merica are nearer 1.8% of the population not 5%.

    Also, I saw you reached for the German national socialist slam with your SS invocation.
    If we hadn’t stomped Hitler, arm-in-arm with the red Communist army, America and the rest of the White world would not be flitting back and forth between what the commie left wing jews want and what the warmonger right wing jews want.

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      Well…you did at least properly name the dialectic, two wings of the same zio-bird.

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      It would have been similar to today anyway, we would have been under the thumb of the Gestapo or a similar group, the oppression of the common people, doesn’t change much, as history shows no matter what the Biggest big brother is called, he seems to treat his smaller siblings about the same.

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      The 5% NEO-LITES disregarded the 95% in every sense of the word.
      They were NEO-COLONIALISTS internationally and Merchantilists here.

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    Brilliant analysis, bookmarking this to spread on other comment sites.

    Short of the Yellowstone volcano exploding, there’s no way to quickly undermine the neoliberal state imperium.

    Trump is going to massively fail and disappoint his voters. Here’s just one example of the scams his administration will try to pull off.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/…

    “dynamic scoring” is just a fancy way of justifying massive increases in the national debt — increases that would result from Trump’s plan to spend $500 billion on infrastructure development while carrying out dramatic tax cuts.

    According to an analysis from the Tax Policy Center, that tax plan would exacerbate income inequality and deprive the government of much-needed cash for operations…

    In other words, he will try to pull off a financial shell game that, if the Democrats proposed it — would cause the GOP to rebel.

    This is just one detail in a set of mutually-contradictory promises that will upend the new government.

    But he’s promising things that can unite the left and many Trump supporters:

    — Universal health care
    — large public projects to stimulate the economy
    — the necessity for government it “interfere” in the “free market,” whack big capitalist enterprises into line and create a national economic policy/plan
    — detaching from NATO and getting US forces out of “protecting” the world

    Many of us on the left agree with these things: Trump can’t and won’t make them happen, but we can unite with those who will be disillusioned to elect people who will make them happen. The Deep State is going to try to remove Trump and he’s got no ability to fight back, he has no real political allies except a lot of very rich guys. They’d much rather have a poodle like Pence, he can be handled in the usual fashion.

    But forces have been set loose that the Deep State can’t control.

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      Pence will be the president. He’s the hardline neo-con insider. Trump will never be allowed into the inner circle. His job was to distract the angry white people. I suspect he will be allowed to work on his personal little crony empire.

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        It will be interesting to see how they get rid of Trump. He’s a loose cannon: I don’t think the powers that be wanted him elected, but he steamrollered them all. There are several political dynasties plus the neocons plus the intelligence services that want him gone.

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          If TPTB had not chosen trump he would never be allowed near the White House. The whole election was nothing more than a farce played on the gullible American public, and a magnificent reality show engineered by government to engender fear, false hope, and pseudo-nationalism aimed at further dominance of the American people.

          Trump was an obama for a different demographic. His xenophobic appeal to the American public gained him tremendous popularity as minorities and illegal immigrants were blamed for the woes of the middle class. It’s not a coincidence TPTB introduced trump to the ‘voters’ through reality TV. The so-called ‘negative press’ he constantly received from MSM was a form of reverse psychology as it drove the pitchfork mob straight into his camp.

          Trump will prove to be the biggest con-job in American history.

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            I agree heartily with your last sentence, but don’t think they are a well-oiled as you do. They can and have been surprisingly inept, the leadership class is seriously divided and increasingly tells itself what it wants to hear rather than facing unpleasant things.

            Some of this is generational, the decline of the Bush aristocracy from Prescott to Jeb — steely-eyed cobra to Pillsbury Dough Boy — is a good example. The newer aristocrats are parodies in many cases of their predecessors.

            Rivalries and cross-purpose agendas abound. Compare tat to the Chinese leadership, a tight-knit group of people — about 300.

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              I predicted early-on that trump was the chosen one. I based my prediction on the fact that with all their negative coverage of trump, MSM never brought up the fact that trump got his start through his NY mob connections. Roy Cohn specifically. It was very easy to google.

              I also a pattern with the GOP. Reagan was the fresh-start outsider. Bush Sr. was the neo-con insider who turned out to be the de facto president. Bush Jr. was the new outsider while neo-con Cheney was the acting president. It will be the same with Trump/ Pence.

              Knowing the mentality of trump’s base made the child psychology angle easy to figure. Couple that with the hatred for Clinton and you can see he was meant to be. (I won’t even mention how trump was israel’s darling.)

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                Good points.
                You just might be right.
                For the time being however, I still think the PTB improvised when Hillary self-destructed in full view of the voting public, so they decided belatedly that Trump was someone they could work with, with a little effort.

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            My own take is that Hillary was the designated POTUS for the PTB. Trump upset the apple cart, but then the PTB decided that they could probably work with Trump. After all, Trump was no Ron Paul, so they gave him a pass.

            This is merely an educated guess, since we don’t have any recordings of the secret meetings held by the PTB.

            Your take might be true. I wouldn’t rule it out completely.

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        Trump seems pretty…perfect for both Red Team and Blue Team. The Chicken Hawks are getting their generals. The Blue Team looks like its going to get its spending and, lets face it, they all new ACA was getting ready to turn into a really bad dirty bomb very soon. Blue Team needed the opposition party to disarm it for them. Blue Team had to retool, their corruption had just built up to Lena Dunham crotch level stink.

        Red Team was losing ground to some liberty candidates – small numbers, but still a few people that had a quacky view about small government and liberty. There is only so many of those they can absorb before the party has real problems. Trump allows the party to be restored to it’s rightful place (“opposition party”) as the nationalist, law and order, party of defense. The populism window dressing is good theatre. There is no threat to the welfare state, corporate state, fiat currency state, surveillance state, prison state, propaganda (education) state, or military state.

        From my vantage all seems well in the left/right progressive party. They’ve had wonderful theatre, retired their last crop of wealthy elite politicians and have a new crop to enrich. The parties have divisions and fake differences they can both push. Meanwhile, every part of government will get larger.

        Someone please tell me, where is the government revolution, the end of days for US politics as we once knew them? At best I see Red Team throwing a few bones to the liberty crowd – meanwhile they will absorb, kill, or somehow dispose of any true dissenters in their mix. I really do expect some celebrations over the advancement of liberty. But I’m not buying they are real or permanent.

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          Excellent analysis. Trump was a NY Democratic elitist long before he thought to be a champion for Red Team’s evangelical base. Trump’s victory can be seen as a “White Rose Revolution” financed by Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex with the repercussion being a “Brown Rose Revolution” led by colored minorities. It’s been obvious for a while TPTB want civil unrest.

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            Have you noticed the communists coming out of the woodworks on the internet lately? I find Marxist far more dishonest than your typical brainwashed Red Team/Blue Team. They will actually assert (without sarcasm) that using force and not using force is a DUBIOUS distinction when discussing an issue. All I can think of is….do they feel that way about sex?

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              As a major political movement, communism’s heyday has come and gone though I still encounter a few noisy extremists. It’s the rise and acceptance of fascism I find troubling. Just as obama quieted the anti-war left, trump seems to be quieting the anti-police state right.

              I thought it notable that during the recent election, neither candidate bothered paying lip-service to restoring individual liberties lost or even rolling-back the surveillance apparatus. Even Sanders came off as more of a fascist than a communist.

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      Yep,this budget plan is brutal stuff and I just figured out why. It was drafted by Koch Brother funded and controlled Heritage Foundation.

      (The Koch Brothers’ net worth is $99 Billion up from $39 in 2008)

      TRUMP TEAM PREPARES A MASSIVE, $10.5 TRILLION “SCREW YOU” TO DEMOCRATS
      http://www.vanityfair.com/news…
      A proposal unveiled on Capitol Hill would slash federal spending over the next decade, gutting some of the programs most beloved by liberals.

      The proposal aligns closely with a budget plan drafted last year by conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, where both Vought and Gray previously worked. Many of the cuts in the Trump plan were also included in a budget proposal pushed by the Republican Study Committee (R.S.C.) caucus last year, which would have decreased federal spending over the next 10 years by $8.6 trillion but was not voted on by the House. Still, such draconian budgets are rarely popular, even among many Republicans. As New York magazine notes, a similar budget proposal was shot down in 2015 by a Republican-controlled House by a vote of 132 to 294

      A Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017
      By The Heritage Foundation

      …Congress needs to drive down spending – including through reform of entitlement programs – to a balanced budget, while maintaining a strong national defense, and without raising taxes.

      …They can do this by immediately reducing discretionary spending and taking meaningful steps to reduce mandatory spending by reforming those programs.
      http://www.heritage.org/resear….

      The Heritage Foundation has received funding from organizations with connections to the Koch brothers.

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        No surprises there, thanks for the research.
        The idea that a single “think” (I use that word with hesitation for the HF) tank kis writing the federal budget is in itself astonishing and an indication of how America will sink under Trump’s ignorance and reality-show dazzle.

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          You;re welcome.

          Well, they were writing up ‘guidelines’, which is one the reasons think tanks exists (they help the gov. for free). But you’re right, I have never heard this explicitly done for the federal budget

          Cheers !

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          “America will sink under Trump’s ignorance .”
          — Trump doesn’t have anything to do with his administration’s decision making process. Chabad-Lubavitch’s Kushner is Trump’s closest handler, but he is surrounded by sharks at all the major posts, Trump’s job is to gesticulate for the camera, and create media distractions,

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    Eight years ago an entirely different group of Americans were dancing in the streets and crying with happiness because their savior had taken the highest position in the land. Eight years of the imbecile and his criminal cohort had finally come to an end. The crimes of 911 would be exposed and punished, illegal wars of aggression would be a thing of the past. Nuclear disarmament, health care for all and a revitalized economy would bring peace and prosperity. The rule of law would be restored, and America would once again be the shining example of democracy the rest of the world would try to emulate.

    Instead the decline accelerated. Bitter partisanship, mass surveillance, and a host of new false flag events took the country further into a dark fantastic horror. Murder by drone, covert support for fanatical extremists, profitable ecocide, the absolute immunity of criminal banksters and arrogant militaristic posturing took the world ever closer to the ultimate abyss.

    And now we have Trump. Same shit, different day.

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    “Those defending the Democratic Party’s 16 years of neocon-neoliberalism
    (Clinton and Obama) and the Republican Party’s 8 years of
    neocon-neoliberalism (Bush) are defending a system that benefited the
    few at the expense of the many.”
    This crap has been going on since, our country was concieved, … see list @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    When I was young I was told to be a success, chose a field that you want to work in, find a master in that field and copy him, improve on his methods when you find a way.
    That is what the people in control have been doing, Bankers follow Rothschild and finance wars for profit, politicians try to follow the great conquerors throughout history, borrowing from the likes of Rothschild to finance, pillaging for profit and power, while stealing from those they have conquered so as to live like kings.. That is why we are constantly at war and paying bankers to live as slaves, or at least indentured servants.

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    Such a farce to try and scam us with the top 5% reach and nonsense. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Look you are almost us too! HA ha ha ha ha ha ha. A service based corporate place is a working class nightmare and prison. Bring on the Trumpfuror!

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    Jan 16, 2017 U.S. military–industrial complex is willing to risk nuclear war with Russia

    Author and activist David Swanson discusses the anti-Russian media frenzy, attributing it to the Democrats’ desire to explain why Donald Trump won the presidential election without blaming the Democratic Party or the political establishment as a whole. He also addresses the geopolitical animosity toward Russia, spurred by war-profiteers.

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    “25 Years of Neocon-Neoliberalism Great for the Top 5%, A Disaster for Everyone Else” But of course, that was the objective ALL ALONG!! From Reagan onwards, the folks promoting Reaganomics, Trickle Down Economics–or whatever name given to it knew all along that their “economics” wouldn’t create jobs or grow the nation’s economy in any way. The actual outcome of these economic policies of the Reaganites, neo-cons we see today is EXACTLY the outcome they wanted! As much as I dislike George Bush Sr., he had this one pegged, right on the money. He called Reagan’s economic policies “voo doo” economics. (Now I want EVERYONE to delete from their memory banks that yours truly, Pablo said something nice about one of the Bushes).

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    The cold reality is America’s 25 years of neocon-neoliberalism has been great for the top 5% and an unmitigated disaster for everyone else in the U.S. and the nations it has targeted for intervention.
    DAILY WE WAKE AND SEE THE SHAM AND THE SHAMBLES OF OUR RAPE (OF THE WORKING CLASSES) BY THE 1% AND DEEP STATE USSA GOVT THE EMPLOY CONTROL AND USE AGAINST US! ON A MASSIVE GLOBAL BASIS!!
    WE KNOW BY NOW THEY WILL NEVER CHANGE! THEY WILL NEVER LET GO OF THEIR POWER AND GREED THAT DRIVES THEM TO FUCK US OVER!! UNTIL THE ARE IN PRISON ELIMINATED.
    SO IT’S NOW OR NEVER!! TO HAVE OUR REVOLUTION!!

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    ” There is no democracy, there never was, it is the illusion created to lull simpletons into a morphed state of imbecility and self delusion, ballot boxes are shiny toys with which to fool the deluded.” Dr. Joseph Chiappalone
    ” You can’t just leave those who created the problems in charge of the solution.” Tyree Scott

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