Understandably unwilling to go to
war with International
Monetary Fund(IMF) and the World
Bank(WB) that controlled their debt, crisis struck new democracies after
WWII had to accept IMF and the WB rules.
In the early eighties, IMF and
the WB rules got a great deal stricter.
The debt shock coincided
precisely, and not coincidentally, with a new era in relations, one that would
make military dictatorships largely unnecessary.
It was the dawn of the
era of "structural
adjustment" - otherwise known as the dictatorship of debt.
Milton Friedman's Chicago School of
Economics was at work when China was cracked open to foreign
The wave of "economic reforms" that followed turned
China into the
sweatshop of the
"The Princelings", billionaires, are children of
Communist Party officials.
Milton Friedman's Chicago School of
Economics is at work in Russia during the fall of the
Boris Yeltsin is played by Jeffery Sachs and Marc Rich.
"The real problem with
the blame Russia
narrative is that it preempts any serious examination of what the whole
episode has to teach about the true face of the crusade for unfettered free
markets, the most powerful political trend of the past three decades.
The corruption of many of the oligarches is still spoken of as an alien
force that infected otherwise worthy free-market plans.
wasn't an intruder to Russia's free-market reforms:
quick and dirty
deals were actively encouraged by Western powers at every stage as the fastest
way to kick-start the economy.
National salvation through the harnessing
of greed was the closest thing Russia's Chicago Boys and their advisers had to
a plan for what they were going to do after they finished destroying Russia's
Nor were these catastrophic results unique to
thirty-year history of the Chicago School experiment has been one of mass
corruption and corporate
collusion between security states and large corporations, from Chile's
piranhas, to Argentina's crony privatizations, to Russia's oligarches, to
Enron's energy shell
game, to Iraq's "free fraud zone."
The point of shock therapy
is to open up a window for enormous profits to be made very quickly - not
despite the lawlessness but precisely because of it." - Naomi Klein
Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying
The value of exports from Malaysia have
grown by 18% a year, Thai exports have grown by 16% a year, Singapores by
15% a year, Hong Kongs by 14% a year, and those of South Korea and
Indonesia by 12% a year.
Most of the loans are in US$.
US military publishes Shock and Awe:
Achieving Rapid Dominance.
This doctrine forms the basis of the
2003 invasion of Iraq.
The authors state that the invading force should "seize control of the
paralyze or so overload an adversary's perceptions and understanding of events
so that the enemy would be incapable of résistance."
Although the IMF and the WB have loaned money to 'undeveloped'
countries the costs have been staggering.
The IMF and the WB does not make
loans for altruistic purposes.
Collateral for those loans include
the borrowing countries infrastructure and
The WB and the IMF are increasing force
countries to privatize
their infrastructure to be eligible for debt relief as they did in the
Asian financial crisis.
How the IMF
helped create and worsen the Asian financial crisis
World Bank IMF Guilty of Promoting Land Grabs, Increasing
"The human costs of the IMF's opportunism were nearly
as devastating in Asia as in Russia.
The International Labor
Organization estimates that a staggering 24 million people lost their jobs in
According to the WB, 20 million Asians were thrown into
poverty in this period of what
Rodolfo Walsh would have called "planned misery".
Fascist crusaders are slow
learners when it comes to the unintended
consequences of their policies.
The only lesson learned from the
enormously lucrative Asian sell-off appears to have been yet more confirmation
for the shock doctrine, more evidence that there is nothing like a true
disaster, a genuine churning of society, to open up
new economic frontiers.
years after the peak of the crisis, several prominent commentators were even
willing to go so far as to say that what happened in Asia, despite all the
devastation, was a blessing in disguise." - Naomi Klein
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