From Conflict to Crisis: The Danger of U.S. Actions

From Conflict to Crisis: The Danger of U.S. Actions

From Conflict to Crisis: The Danger of U.S. Actions

From Conflict to Crisis: The Danger of U.S. Actions

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This a book about moderation in the face of global dangers caused by constant recalibration of how narrowly economic benefits are shared at home and abroad. At many times in U.S. history, and in Central America perhaps even more clearly, miscalculation of the least common benefits required for pacification under greatly repressive systems led to violence, revolution, and retaliatory covert action until the countries were so damaged and their people so desperate, exhausted, and demoralized that defeat and political turnabouts were not only accepted but conducive to the application of neoliberalism.

Unlike classical liberalism, which was embraced during the Cold War to combat the spread of Communism and install the global cornerstones for extractive developmentalism, neoliberalism re-set and further lowered expectations for economic advancement once the Communist threat and the “third way” proved less viable than capitalism. The question then became how to push the U.S. government, its allies, and reformed enemies from conflict to crisis via debt leverage manipulated through monetarism. In this way, populations could be persuaded to suffer even more inequities and economic hardship while teetering on the tipping point between resistance and acceptance. The next step for minimalization strategists in contemporary politics is to disenfranchise parts of the populace that can’t be co-opted, and this even applies to military . . .

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