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The Re-Enserfment of Western Peoples
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he re-enserfment of Western peoples is taking place on several levels. One about which I have been writing for more than a decade comes from the offshoring of jobs. Americans, for example, have a shrinking participation in the production of the goods and services that are marketed to them.

On another level we are experiencing the financialization of the Western economy about which Michael Hudson is the leading expert (Killing The Host). Financialization is the process of removing any public presence in the economy and converting the economic surplus into interest payments to the financial sector.

These two developments deprive people of economic prospects. A third development deprives them of political rights. The Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Partnerships eliminate political sovereignty and turn governance over to global corporations.

These so called “trade partnerships” have nothing to do with trade. These agreements negotiated in secrecy grant immunity to corporations from the laws of the countries in which they do business. This is achieved by declaring any interference by existing and prospective laws and regulations on corporate profits as restraints on trade for which corporations can sue and fine “sovereign” governments. For example, the ban in France and other counries on GMO products would be negated by the Trans-Atlantic Partnership. Democracy is simply replaced by corporate rule.

I have been meaning to write about this at length. However, others, such as Chris Hedges, are doing a good job of explaining the power grab that eliminates representative government.

The corporations are buying power cheaply. They bought the entire US House of Representatives for just under $200 million. This is what the corporations paid Congress to go along with “Fast Track,” which permits the corporations’ agent, the US Trade Representative, to negotiate in secret without congressional input or oversight.

In other words, a US corporate agent deals with corporate agents in the countries that will comprise the “partnership,” and this handful of well-bribed people draw up an agreement that supplants law with the interests of corporations. No one negotiating the partnership represents the peoples’ or public’s interests. The governments of the partnership countries get to vote the deal up or down, and they will be well paid to vote for the agreement.

Once these partnerships are in effect, government itself is privatized. There is no longer any point in legislatures, presidents, prime ministers, judges. Corporate tribunals decide law and court rulings.


It is likely that these “partnerships” will have unintended consequences. For example, Russia and China are not part of the arrangements, and neither are Iran, Brazil, India, and South Africa, although seperately the Indian government appears to have been purchased by American agribusiness and is in the process of destroying its self-sufficient food production system. These countries will be the repositories for national sovereignty and public control while freedom and democracy are extinguished in the West and the West’s Asian vassals.

Violent revolution throughout the West and the complete elimination of the One Percent is another possible outcome. Once, for example, the French people discover that they have lost all control over their diet to Monsanto and American agribusiness, the members of the French government that delivered France into dietary bondage to toxic foods are likely to be killed in the streets.

Events of this sort are possible throughout the West as peoples discover that they have lost all control over every aspect of their lives and that their only choice is revolution or death.

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• Category: Economics • Tags: Free Trade, TPP 
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  1. LP says:

    Good column. Americans appear to have almost no power over the laws anyways-even when Congress, instead of a corporation, make them.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  2. @LP

    The Parliament of Whores–er, uh, Congress–is the best that money can buy.

  3. I am close friends with someone who works for a social service agency that is a subcontractor to the State which in turn implements Federal policy regarding Food Stamp qualification and the like. Her job is to monitor food stamp recipients and ensure compliance with state and federal law.

    Soon to be implemented is a policy which will require that all single, childless persons who have received food stamps for more than 3 months will, in order to continue receiving (approx) $185 of food stamp benefits per month, have to find “employment” as volunteers somewhere in the workforce for 90(?) hours per month. The numbers are close but not exact. The takeaway is that the effective pay rate is $2 per hour.

    They are called “volunteers”, but compliance is mandatory if one wishes to continue to receive benefits. The agency will not help recipients in their job search. It is entirely up to each individual to locate a prospective employer, present themselves to them and convince that employer to take them on as “volunteers”–despite any faults they may have from having erred in their pasts, such as DWIs, felonies etc. that would limit their likelihood as candidates for employment.

    $2/hour. Re-enserfment indeed.

    So there it is, the fulfillment of the prophesy that outsourcing and dropping all tariffs would result in the convergence of wage scales between the United States’ and Chinese work forces. To paraphrase Pogo, “We have met the future, and it is now”.

    • Replies: @boogerbently
  4. Violent revolution throughout the West and the complete elimination of the One Percent is another possible outcome.

    I do not doubt that it will be attempted. You should not doubt that it will be co-opted by those in power. Some financiers (supposedly the 1%) may be thrown to the wolves, but that will be window dressing.

    We now have an urban population totally dependent on the wheels of commerce turning. 18-wheelers must deliver food to the back of the grocery and the people must go in the front with a piece of plastic that allows them to exit with same.

    The revolution will not last long. Once people are hungry enough they will clamor for a strong hand to bring order and deliver the goods. Then, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

    The only way things will change is after we go back to being a more self-reliant people. That will not happen until the population is reduced. Nature bats last.

  5. OutWest says:

    It works like this; power is bought by campaign contributions, expensive campaigns convince gullible voters that the candidate cares about and will care for the citizen voter, and, when elected the candidate now legislator/executive is beholden to the contributor, not the voter.
    When it gets untenable the political system is “reformed” sans real change and the other team operating under the same system takes over.

    The only answer is the diminishment of government such that it’s not worth paying for influence and control. Of course in time the old system will reassert itself unless the people take personal responsibility.

  6. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson, Aug. 30, 1787.

    To the NSA: Please store this email as evidence of intent to incite “terrorism” to be used in a future secret “trial”, that my patriot blood may be shed to water the tree.

  7. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Violent revolution throughout the West and the complete elimination of the One Percent is another possible outcome.

    It appears that they’ve anticipated that and are one step ahead of the curve on this one. The gradual militarization of police forces over the years on down to even the small local ones, SWAT teams becoming ubiquitous, sniper training for everyone with a badge, surplus military equipment being handed off to the police, the security state with it’s all-encompassing snooping, the tentacles have been tightening for years. In addition the culture has been manipulated to induce the public to go along with all this out of fear, ‘terrorism’ being the current bogeyman. Cop shows galore with valiant forces of the law smashing ‘bad guys’; civil liberties must be ignored for our own safety is the message. ‘If you see something say something’ is the current theme song of the snitch culture.
    The people on top have absolutely no intention of relinquishing their position. Just look around and it becomes apparent that they’ve been preparing for years, just in case. They know what’s coming. They’ll use everyone’s tax dollars to pay the mercenaries who’ll be in charge of suppressing the selfsame taxpayers. People will be paying for their own jailers. That’s their stroke of genius.

  8. I kinda appreciate the gun nuts right now about the right to bear arms. we just might need it in the future.

  9. @Threecranes

    I’m all for it. They will recognize their time could be better spent in a real job, paying more than $2/hr.
    Nothing for nothing.

  10. The US of A will balkanize. There is plenty of space for five or so new countries. Succession is more doable than revolution and makes more sense. Bring the government closer to home. Keep an eye on it. Let public hanging be the punishment for corruption.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass

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