Occupy Wall Street - Part 1 - The 99 Percenters - We Are One
There are 8 or 10 million people in New York City and people are bragging about 10 thousand supporters turning up.
U.S. Capitalism can not be called a "Success" because it is at least 600 Trillion Dollars in debt, and of which only a "God" would know how many fraudulent derivatives and other such "Instruments" are floating around in cyber space. (A Heaven On Earth).
Never forget, that this economic collapse is not "Our Fault". It was not caused by "Greedy Citizens" and by people who purchased homes which they could not afford. The housing market in the U.S. is only worth a total of 30 Trillion dollars. It is not because "Americans Spent Too Much". The total "Consumer Debt" in the U.S. is only 60 Trillion dollars. It is the 6 or 7 hundred trillion dollars in "Toxic Assets" created by the banks which caused this economic collapse.
U.S. funding for future promises lags by trillions
Medicare: $24.8 trillion
Obligation per household: $212,500
Social Security: $21.4 trillion
Obligation per household: $183,400
Federal debt: $9.4 trillion
Obligation per household: $79,900
Military retirement/disability benefits: $3.6 trillion
Obligation per household: $31,200
Federal employee retirement benefits: $2 trillion
Obligation per household: $17,000
State, local government obligations: $5.2 trillion
Obligation per household: $44,800
--Dennis Cauchon, U.S. funding for future promises lags by trillions, June 06, 2011--
A National Debt Of $14 Trillion? Try $211 Trillion
DAVID GREENE, host: Now, S&P says this downgrade might not even be the last one if the nation's debt keeps ballooning. So how to turn this around? Listen to the prescription from Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff.
LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF: What you have to do is either immediately and permanently raise taxes by about two-thirds, or immediately and permanently cut every dollar of spending by 40 percent forever. So I'm talking about cutting Medicare benefits, Medicaid, Social Security, defense spending, you name it, by 40 percent forever, starting today. That's what the CBO's numbers say we have an absolutely enormous problem facing us.
DAVID GREENE: Big tax increases, huge cuts to military spending and entitlement programs - good luck getting that through Congress - and the problem Kotlikoff says is a whole lot bigger than this $14 debt we've been talking about.
LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF: If you add up all the promises that have been made for spending obligations, including defense expenditures, and you subtract off all the taxes that we expect to collect, the difference is 211 trillion. That's the fiscal gap. That's our true indebtedness.
DAVID GREENE: It's a big number. Why aren't we hearing more about that as these big debates and all the drama go on in Washington?
LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF: Well, the politicians have chosen their language carefully to keep most of the problem off the books, and they've done this for decades. So this is Enron accounting to the 10th power, I mean, millionth power, actually.
DAVID GREENE: Quite a strong accusation.
LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF: Well, it's, you know, it's true. Why are these guys thinking about balancing the budget? They should try and think about our long-term fiscal problems. We've got 78 million baby boomers who are poised to collect, in about 15 to 20 years, about $40,000 per person. Multiply 78 million by 40,000, you're talking about more than $3 trillion a year in today's dollars just to give to a portion of the population. That's an enormous bill that's overhanging our heads, and Congress isn't focused on it.
DAVID GREENE: So Americans just watch this drama play out in Washington. I mean, is your message to them that this was all just a useless process?
LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF: This is a sideshow. The Democrats and Republicans have been having a food fight for decades. Underneath that fa�ade of conflict, what's really going on is that older generations are taking from young generations on a ongoing basis. And we've consistently done too little, too late, looked too short-term. Well, guess what? You can't keep putting off these problems. And we've used language to disguise what's really going on here, which is this mess of Ponzi scheme.
DAVID GREENE: We've been speaking to Laurence Kotlikoff, professor of economics at Boston University. He joined us from member station WBUR in Boston. Thank you so much, professor.
LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF: My pleasure.
NPR - All Things Considered
Host David Greene interviews Laurence Jacob Kotlikoff
August 06, 2011
The U.S. Debt Is Actually 200 Trillion Dollars
The actual figure of the US' national debt is much higher than the official sum of $US13.4 trillion ($14.3 trillion) given by the Congressional Budget Office, according to analysts cited on Sunday by the New York Post.
In 1980, the debt - the accumulated red ink incurred by the Federal Government - was $US909 billion.
This represented some 33 per cent of gross domestic product, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Thirty years later, based on this year's second-quarter numbers, the CBO said the debt was $US13.4 trillion, or 92 per cent of GDP.
The CBO estimates the debt will be at $US16.5 trillion in two years, or 100.6 per cent of GDP.
But these numbers are incomplete.
They do not count off-budget obligations such as required spending for Social Security and Medicare, whose programs represent a balloon payment for the Government as more Americans retire and collect benefits.
Mr Kotlikoff says the debt is actually $US200 trillion.
Mr Moylan says the number is likely about $US60 trillion.
--Gregory Bresiger, US Government 'hiding true amount of debt', September 20, 2010--
"Various figures denote vexing social problems. They include 10,000 (the number of new baby boomers eligible for Social Security and Medicare every day), 10.2 percent (what the unemployment rate would be if 1.2 million discouraged workers had not recently stopped looking for jobs), $9.9 trillion (the Government Accountability Office calculation of the gap between the expected revenue and outlays for state and local governments during the next 50 years), $76.4 trillion (the GAO's similar estimate of the federal government's 75-year fiscal shortfall)."
--George F. Will, For black children, daunting divides in achievement and family life, August 29, 2010--
JONATHAN RUGMAN: Greeks watching at home could see their prime minister speaking inside parliament and pandemonium just beyond it. "We have to stop our country from collapsing," Mr. Papandreou said, urging a yes to reforms. And this extraordinary admission: "The financial system," he said, "is stronger than the will of the people."
--PBS-NewsHour-News Wrap: Greece Endorses New Austerity Measures Amid More Rioting, June 29, 2011--
Year - Unemployment Rate
1929 - 3.2%
1930 - 8.7%
1931 - 15.9%
1932 - 23.6%
1933 - 24.9%
1934 - 21.7%
1935 - 20.1%
1936 - 16.9%
The U.S. Capitalists must be chuckling aloud .....
The media constantly informs us that the protesters are complaining about the faults of capitalism, while all the while the media knows full well that Capitalism is passé. ..... Because the Capitalists have moved on to "Globalization". The Capitalists moved on and polluted every bank vault on the planet with worthless derivatives, and under the guise or the pretense of a "Free Market Economy"
The protesters need to begin using the term "Globalization" or they will be stuck with ancient capitalist arguments presently being fed to us by the corporate media.
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I think the U.S. Capitalists have already had their "Kick At The Can" during past generations and have been proven to be a "Criminal Class". I don't think that the U.S. Capitalists can defend the "System" any longer. The "God" of U.S. Capitalism has been proven to be a "False-Prophit".
The U.S. Capitalists abandoned the North American Continent in 1980. It was in the early 1980's when the U.S. Capitalists' decided to simply "Walk Away" from all the promises made to the Working Class since the end of World War II. Oh, the Capitalists will return when the "Generation Of Liabilities" dies off ..... Or when 15 or 20 years have passed, and when a majority of those collecting or requiring medical care all die off. The quicker the baby-boomers die off, the quicker the Capitalists will return with the lure of investment. A "Morning In America" routine in 15 or 20 years. But, in the meantime, the Capitalists are gonna do everything within their power to break every promise made to the baby-boomers or those born immediately after World War II.
The U.S. Elite recognized this "Generational Storm" on the horizon, and easily realized that 75 million citizens would be lining up in 2015 to collect on the promises made to the Working Class since World War II. The U.S. "Capitalist God" told the Working Poor that if they worked for low wages during their working career, that they were not to worry because they would be looked after in old age .... And the Working Poor should quit complaining about wealth inequality because the Capitalists had purchased the Working Poor an "Insurance Policy" which would pay-out after they retired and the "Promises" were said to be "Guaranteed" by the U.S. Government. The Capitalist "Religion" promised everyone that they need not concern themselves with the economic inequality within our midst and the obscene profits, because the Capitalists "had our backs covered" and that the Capitalists were going to "Invest" in our dying days and that we would retire with "Pride"
The Working Poor were told not to be too awful greedy. "Poor Folks" were told to "Keep The Faith" because the Capitalists had everything under control. Many of the Working Poor formed unions and demanded a wage increase so that the Working Poor could salt some money away themselves and not rely upon the "Promises" made by the Capitalists. The Capitalists screamed about "Greedy Workers" and "Promised" that if the Working Class took-less today, that some profits and taxes would be set aside to honour all the promises made into the future.
It's a "Given" that the Capitalist System has always tossed 15 percent of any population onto the heaps of history.
This is to say, that about 15 percent of the population has always been "Discarded" or "Unnecessary".
But anything above 15%, the Security of the State begins to be challenged.
It is all about "Demographics:
The Sesame Street Generation is the largest population of young people since those born immediately after World War II. (The Baby-Boomers of the 60-70's)
Somebody called them the "Sesame Street" generation. Raised to believe in a "Sharing" Community". And now the Capitalists are saying that Sesame Street was not meant to be a "Moral Story” and that the “Malcontents” shouldgrow up and be “Responsible” …. Get mature and realize that Sesame Street was just corporate paid propaganda. It was always Dog-Eat-Dog and that the “Sharing Community” as depicted on Sesame Street actually shows “Weakness” of character. A Sesame Street system or world is just too “Childish” an ideal to even give credence to or discuss.
Just as on Sesame Street, The demonstrators want the "Criminal Class" prosecuted.
And prosecuted for "Economic Treason" asthey now attempt to walk away from every promise made to the working class since WW2.
Free Trade was not about the trade of manufactured goods. As an example; China can sastify the North American refrigerator market with just what falls off the assembly line.
According to the National Academies, the U.S. is graduating 70,000 engineers a year. By comparison, the Chinese are graduating 600,000 a year, the Indians 350,000.
China has a workforce of 300 million employees that will work for one dollar a day and no benefits.
Free Trade was all about the ability to move money and wealth off the North American Continent. The ability to Abandon the North American Continent with the unfettered ability to move assests and wealth off shore.
The largest export which the U.S. has with China is "Waste Paper and Scrap Metal".
Just as America is doing now, from 1883 to 1913, as the British Empire was failing, it increased its dependence on imported goods following the introduction of free trade. And during this time, the "Capitalists" abandoned the England and moved their wealth and assets into North America.
An Empire Like No Other
By John Derbyshire
September 01, 2003
America aping Britain's decline through free trade
By Ian Fletcher
September 29, 2010
Oil and the origins of the 'War to make the world safe for Democracy'
By F. William Engdahl
June 22, 2007
About 1870 the German Reich emerged as a new economic player on the map of Continental Europe in the same way that China is doing so at this moment in time.
In August 1914, Britain declared war against Germany in an attempt to stop the development of Germany’s economy which was a threat to British hegemony.
Immediately following the end of World War I, Britain collapsed as an "Economic Power" and America became the dominant world power.
The Balfour agreement (1917) initiated by the British and giving the Jewish Folks a home in Palestine was in return for Jewish Banking assistance during World War I.
Britain’s World War II costs were financed by American banks and Britain did not complete repayment of these American loans until December 2006.
An Ottoman warning for indebted America
Future historians will look back on the current decade as a turning point comparable with that of the Seventies. No, not the 1970s. This is not going to be another piece pointing out the coincidence of an unpopular Republican president, soaring oil prices, a sagging dollar and an unwinnable faraway war. I am talking about the 1870s.
At first sight, the resemblances across 130 years may not seem obvious. The 1870s were a time when conservative leaders such as Benjamin Disraeli, British prime minister, were powerful and popular. It was a time of falling commodity prices, after the financial crash of 1873 and the opening up of the American plains to agriculture. And it was an era of currency stability, as one country after another followed the British lead by pegging to gold.
Yet, on closer inspection, we are indeed living through a global shift in the balance of power very similar to that which occurred in the 1870s. This is the story of how an over-extended empire sought to cope with an external debt crisis by selling off revenue streams to foreign investors. The empire that suffered these setbacks in the 1870s was the Ottoman empire. Today it is the US.
By Niall Ferguson
January 01 2008
Our financial system is a "Religion" only.
It is all a myth.
Unless somebody can explain where the world found at least 60 trillion dollars of value during the past 18 months which they then created a "Financial Instrument" with, (in order to save mankind), then it is quite obvious that our Economic System is based upon "Faith" alone. You can’t really see the money …. You can’t really reach out and touch it ….. It is just a "Financial Instrument" ….. like an 11th Commandment.
When you picture a meeting with Ben Bernake and the 12 members of the Federal Reserve, it is exactly like Jesus Christ and The Last Supper.
Our financial system (Economists) are no different than a person who left university with a degree in Christendom. An economist believes in all his "Charts" and "Graphs" just like a Preacher does with the bible.
Both the economist and the preacher have the identical "Skills" in order to pass themselves off as the "Gods" of "Hidden Knowlege" (Faith) in their respective fields. Their biggest "asset" is that they are great salespersons or propagandists. (Priceless!)
In Olden days when there were Queens and Kings, there were Court Magicians.
Nobody knew or could explain the "Magic" and the magicians were given a special honoured place within the Royal Court. They even dressed differently than other Royal Court members. (Just like bankers do today.)
For 2 thousand years, both the preachers and economists have been scrambling around the globe trying to prove that a "God" is speaking directly with them.
It would probably take 2 thousand years just for the U.S. Capitalists to do an accurate audit of total assets and liabiliies. About as long as the preachers have been trying to prove that Jesus and The Boys were real.
Let's return to 1980 ..... It was "Morning In America".
The "Magicans and Court Jesters" had the "Evidentiary Charts" to guide us, (like a crew of Palm Readers sorting Tarrot Cards.)
But it was "Trickle-Offshore"
"When Ronnie Ray-Gun exclaimed "Morning In America", it meant that each and every morning the Ruling Elite were transferring their wealth offshore.
The Perfect System ..... with a Perfected Trickle.
JP Morgan owns 80% of the Gold Derivatives on the planet! HSBC owns the other 20%.
That is how the U.S. "Manipulates" the value of the U.S. dollar. The U.S. Capitalists owned all the gold and were able to manipulate the "Real" devaluation of the U.S. dollar with claims that Free Trade was the best thing since sliced bread .... And all the while, the Capitalists were moving their wealth offshore.
A total duopoly.
And in other commodities, JPM holds a similar position as well as part of their overall $78 trillion derivatives book which is heavily dominated by interest rate and credit derivatives. JPM IS the market and where 95 Percent of their transactions are still OTC.
The Ruling Elite knew full well that as the standard of living on the North American Continent dwindled, so would the civil unrest. History has many examples of societal collapse.
Financial Crisis and Social Friction
"One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, 'My son, the battle is bet ween two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.'
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: 'Which wolf wins?'
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’"
--The Rev. Kealahou C. Alika, Keawala‘i Congregational Church, United Church of Christ (USA), January 20, 2008--
"Stop The Machine" Or How To Demoralize A Movement
"....The organizers have misunderstood the messages of Gandhi and King. They are trying to make resistance harmless and turn it into a circus sideshow. Both violent and nonviolent tactics are necessary to end the corporate ownership of our government."
Members of the liberal intelligentsia, the liberal elite, are often heard to say things like "violence begets violence" or "if you use violence against exploiters, you become like the exploiter". Where they got such notions no one seems to know. They probably picked them up on sale at the same place where they got the ideas that the nonviolent antiwar demonstrations of the 60s and 70s had something to do with ending the Vietnam War or that the nonviolent demonstrations of Martin Luther King resulted in the civil rights legislation of the 60s. The same superstore of revised history also sells an interesting yarn about how the nonviolent demonstrations of Mohandas Gandhi brought about Indian independence.
By John A. Murphy
October 07, 2011
"Kind words and a machine gun will get you more than kind words alone."
Quiz: What kind of Anarchist are you?
Violence and/or Non-Violence
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BILL MOYERS: "In our drugged state, we cheer the winners in the game of wealth, the billionaires who benefit from a skewed financial system -- the losers, we kick down the stairs. We open fire hoses of cash into our political system in the name of "free speech." Television stations that refuse to cover government make fortunes selling political bromides over public airwaves. Pornography passing as advertising assaults our senses, seduces our children, and pollutes our culture. Partisan propaganda gets pumped up as news. We feed on the flamboyance of celebrities. And we actually take seriously the Elmer Gantrys who use the Christian Gospel as a guidebook to an Iowa caucus or a battle plan for the Middle East. In the face of a scandalous health care system, failing schools, and a fraudulent endless war, we are as docile as tattered scarecrows in a field of rotten tomatoes."
"As for that war, you may have heard that a quarter of the heavily-armed ‘shooters' working in the streets of Baghdad for the Administration's mercenary Blackwater foreign legion are alleged to be chemically influenced by steroids or other mind-altering substances."
"The day Americans don't feel strongly enough about the need for level playing fields to fight for them -- the day when cutting corners and seeking an edge become the national pastime -- is the day democracy will be lucky even to find a seat in the bleachers."
PBS Bill Moyers Journal
December 21, 2007
It was Bill Clinton who first introduced what we now know to be the Patriot Act and it was Bill Clinton who appointed a "domestic military czar".
Presidential Decision Directive 62, Protection Against Unconventional Threats to the Homeland and Overseas, dated May 1998.
And Presidential Decision Directive 39.
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The U.S.A. is a "Corporation".
Psychopathic Traits And The Behavior Of Corporations:
-- Callous unconcern for the feelings for others
-- Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships
-- Reckless disregard for the safety of others
-- Deceitfulness: repeated lying and conning others for profit
-- Incapacity to experience guilt
-- Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behavior
--Psychologist Dr. Robert Hare--
"It is an infallible rule that a prince who is not wise himself cannot be well advised … wise counsels, from whoever they come, must necessarily be due to the prudence of the prince, and not the prudence of the prince to the wise counsel received."
Presidents are "Public Relation Managers".
The Trick of the Psychopath's Trade: Make Us Believe that Evil Comes from Others
By Henry See
February 01, 2008
SILVIA CATTORI: "When you come to understand that the reins of political and economic power are in the hands of people who have no conscience, who have no capacity for empathy, it opens up a completely new way of looking at what we call "evil". Evil is no longer only a moral issue; it can now be analyzed and understood scientifically."
LAURA KNIGHT-JADCZYK: "When psychopaths are the policy makers in government and the CEOs of big business, the way they think and reason - their 'morality' - becomes the common culture and 'morality' of the population over which they preside. When this happens, the mind of the population is infected in the way a pathogen infects a physical body. The only way to protect ourselves against this pathological thinking is to inoculate ourselves against it, and that is done by learning as much as possible about the nature of psychopathy and its influence on us. Essentially, this particular 'disease' thrives in an environment where its very existence is denied, and this denial is planned and deliberate."
HENRY SEE: "First of all, it needs to be said that "mad people" don't need the support of large populations, only a powerful minority that can both "drive" the population and control it. Look at the polls in the United States. Bush has been hovering around 30% popularity for years - and that is the population as a whole. But because he is backed by a very powerful minority, the people who own the media, the arms industry and their military supporters, the oil companies, among others, popular discontent doesn't matter. And as long as Bush's politics don't overtly affect the ordinary American negatively, they don't care enough to do anything about it."
"For there shall arise false mesiahs,
and false prophets,
and shall shew great signs and wonders;
insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect."
Lyndon Johnson told Austrian ambassador Ernst Lemberter in 1966 that the Holy Ghost regularly visited him..."He comes to me about 2 o'clock in the morning," Johnson said, "--when I have to give word to the boys, and I get the word from God whether to bomb or not."
--Ronnie Dugger, The Politician: The Life and Times of Lyndon Johnson, May 1984--
Ronnie Ray-Gun claimed to be a Christian and God-Fearing man.
When the chips were down and Ray-Gun needed "Truth" and "Advice", Ronnie Ray-Gun turned to Astologers and was found in the arms of a Tarrot Card reader. The very "Godless Idol" which Ray-Gun's bible ranted against.
"Not since the days of the Roman emperors—and never in the history of the United States Presidency—has an astrologer played such a significant role in the nation's affairs of State."
--Joan Quigley, What Does Joan Say?: My Seven Years As White House Astrologer to Nancy and Ronald Reagan, May 1992--
The Reagans and Astrology
Joan Quigley, planned almost all presidential travel, press conferences, and even the president's cancer surgery......... based on astrology.
It might be difficult to believe the fact that the Reagan presidency was literally controlled by astrology. Ronald Regan who became the president of America in 1980 relied heavily on astrology in making important decisions in the White House. His entire schedule is said to have been coordinated by his astrologer, Joan Quigley.
It was in 1988 that former chief-of-staff Donald Regan in a 'tell-all' book revealed that the Reagan administration relied heavily on astrology. Jeane Dixon, an astrologer who became famous for her prediction of the assassination of President Kennedy, was once an astrological advisor to the Reagans. Jeane gained the Reagan's favor by predicting in 1962 that he would become the Governor of California and later President of the United States. But in 1976, Nancy Reagan dropped Jeane when she predicted that Reagan would not gain the presidency in 1976, which however turned out to be correct. It was then that Joan Quigley was hired as the Reagan's astrologer, even though she too predicted that 1976 would not be the year for Reagan.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan had a long history of relationships with astrologers and psychics. Another astrologer associated with the Reagans was Joyce Jillson who helped the Reagans in selecting Reagan's Vice President from a list of seven candidates. According to Jillson, George Bush was the only choice because Bush was a Gemini - the most compatible sign with Reagan who was an Aquarian.
Nancy learned from Quigley about Reagan's chart, which indicated that March 30 would be a terrible day for him. And like as predicted, on March 30, 1981,there was an assassination attempt on President Reagan. It was from then on that Quigley's role was transformed from a casual astrologer friend into that of an astrological protector of Ronald Reagan. Nancy also became aware of the "Presidential Death Cycle." This is the 20-year cycle involving a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, also known as the "zero-year curse." Every president since William Harrison who was elected at the same time as this conjunction has died while in office
--Kevin Williams, Astrology and the "Presidential Death Cycle"
The First Lady dabbled in astrology as far back as 1967.
For the Reagan-Gorbachev Washington summit, she cast the charts of both men and determined that 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, 1987, was the most propitious moment for them to sign the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty. At Nancy's behest, the entire summit was built around that hour.
--Donald T. Regan, For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington, May 1988--
Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill, injure, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse. The inventor of civilization — the first tribal chieftain who successfully brainwashed an army of controlled mass murderers—was almost certainly a genetic psychopath. Since that momentous discovery, psychopaths have enjoyed a significant advantage over non-psychopaths in the struggle for power in civilizational hierarchies — especially military hierarchies.
Military institutions are tailor-made for psychopathic killers. The 5% or so of human males who feel no remorse about killing their fellow human beings make the best soldiers. And the 95% who are extremely reluctant to kill make terrible soldiers — unless they are brainwashed with highly sophisticated modern techniques that turn them (temporarily it is hoped) into functional psychopaths.
An advantage of psychopaths over people with conscience...people with a "soul", is that lying is little different than breathing. Psychopaths skate without remorse through behavior from which people with conscience recoil, protecting their humanity with the comforting blanket of, Oh! They’d never do THAT! Well, they do that, as naturally as breathing. Recognition of psychopaths, the misery they dump on everyone else, and on everything—and especially the knowledge that they can easily be revealed—might be the most important advance of all time regarding civilization more fitting of the name. Developments in brain scanning technologies leave psychopaths with nowhere to hide. One might think of it as X-ray vision regarding a person’s soul....
American's are not "Exceptional".
This rich and wonderful country--the progress of which at the present time, is the wonder of the old world--was until recently, inhabited exclusively by the lurking savage and wild beasts of prey. If the rapid progress of the "Great West" has surprised our people, what will those of other countries think of the "Far West," which was destined at an early day, to be the vast granary [grain producing region], as it is now the treasure chamber of our country?...
In the foreground, the central and principal figure, a beautiful and charming Female, is floating westward through the air bearing on her forehead the "Star of Empire...." On the right of the picture is a city, steamships, manufactories, schools and churches over which beams of light are streaming and filling the air--indicative of civilization. The general tone of the picture on the left declares darkness, waste and confusion. From the city proceed the three great continental lines of railway.... Next to these are the transportation wagons, overland stage, hunters, gold seekers, pony express, pioneer emigrant and the warrior dance of the "noble red man." Fleeing from "Progress"...are Indians, buffaloes, wild horses, bears, and other game, moving Westward, ever Westward, the Indians with their squaws, papooses, and "pony lodges," turn their despairing faces towards, as they flee the wondrous vision. The "Star" is too much for them.
...What home, from the miner's humble cabin to the stately marble mansion of the capitalist, should be without this Great National Picture, which illustrates in the most artistic manner all the gigantic results of American Brains and Hands! Who would not have such a beautiful token to remind them of the country's grandeur and enterprise which have caused the mighty wilderness to blossom like the rose!!!
American Progress By John Gast (1872)
The imperialist ideology of Manifest Destiny, which is the notion that the U.S. has an obligation to expand in order to spread its form of democracy and freedom. The term "Manifest Destiny" was coined in the nineteenth century when this doctrine was invoked to justify the U.S.’s westward expansion and, of course, it is grounded in the same set of beliefs articulated in captivity narratives—that white and European peoples are superior to Native Americans and that white non-Natives have a moral obligation to impose their values on others, especially uncivilized, dark skinned others.
The US has used "Weapons of Mass Destruction" around the world on innocent civilian populations. These are American bombs, both nuclear and conventional, used indiscriminately for no military objective. The targets are civilian centers and the victims are simply called "collateral damage."
Casualties in the Third World
Loss of life caused by American invasions or by US-backed and funded regimes since 1960
World War II : Combatants And Casualties - 1937 - 1945
World War II : Combatants And Casualties - 1937 - 1945
Coups Arranged or Backed by the USA
Since 1945, the USA has been responsible either directly or indirectly of helping remove dozens of governments, many democratically elected, around the world. Sometimes the events are kept secret for years and only slowly come out. Other times, the events are the cause of demonstrations, anger and resentment at the time they occur.
Whenever, an event like this occurs there are two reasons to be considered.
Reason 1: The reason given by the USA, its media and its friends around the world. Reasons like Communism, Terrorism, Human Rights, Freedom, Liberation, Weapons of Mass Destruction, etc.
Reason 2: The actual reason. This is usually hidden from the general public and has to be looked for in quotes by under-reported officials or subsequent events on the ground. Often, the victims of the change of government know the real reasons better than the populations of the Western countries. Real reasons are many but usually include Business Interests, Access to Resources, Markets, Military Bases, Strategic Value, or Political Support.
In the list below only successful changes of government are listed. Many attempts have failed. Cuba is the best example of this.