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The 1% of the 1% -- The Controllers!
by Tony Cartalucci via stan - Global Research Sunday, Oct 9 2011, 10:38pm
international / social/political / other press

They are hyper-secretive and will ALWAYS deflect and Obfuscate - they Rule via appointed Proxies

As Americans begin pouring onto the streets with dissatisfaction, there seems to be some confusion as to the source of the problem. That source is the corporate-financier Oligarchy that has been raping and destroying America and the free world for decades and until now, has done a stealthy job of parasitically feeding from the wealth of America and other nations. However, these parasites are not the "1%."

(L-R)  Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Kenneth Chenault of American Express, Kenneth Lewis of Bank of America and Edward Yingling of the American Bankers Association
(L-R) Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Kenneth Chenault of American Express, Kenneth Lewis of Bank of America and Edward Yingling of the American Bankers Association

They are the 1% of the 1%. They are billionaire Banksters that pull strings from behind the scenes; the Rothschilds, the Federal Reserve cartel and the directors and chairmen of many of the largest (Transnational) corporations on earth including Big Oil, the military industrial complex, Big Pharma, Big Agri, and the Corporate owned mass media, which combine their resources and work together to THEIR mutual benefit under one collective agenda using contrived institutions, think-tanks and working groups to dominate and direct society in predetermined ways. Some well known examples are; the Brookings Institution, the International Crisis Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Foreign Policy Initiative, and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Below you will see a growing list of these names, companies, corporations, institutions, their agendas and how they interrelate. One thing that should be abundantly clear as one reaches the bottom, is that most of these names are reoccurring and the solution is self-evident. Many of these names are corporations, banks, and institutions we support on a daily basis. The solution of course, should we conclude they are indeed the problem, is to no longer support them with our time, money, energy and attention.

1. The Federal Reserve Directors

The Federal Reserve is an unelected, private cartel of bankers who dictate to America, including its elected representatives, the United States' monetary policy. They generally do so with little or no oversight, lie to those charged with inquiring into their activities, and literally conspire against the American people through an additional corporate cartel their associations afford them that uses its vast power, influence, and operational capabilities to lord over the American public.
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The entire list of Federal Reserve directors can be found on their website, and includes the following perpetrators; James 'Jamie' Dimon of JP Morgan, James S. Tisch of the Loews Corporation, Lee C. Bollinger President of Columbia University, Michael F. Camardo formally of Lockheed Martin, Thomas I. Barkin of McKinsey & Company, Richard H. Anderson of Delta Airlines, Michael A. Cook of Walmart, Patricia E. Yarrington of Chevron, and many more.

2. The Group of Thirty

The Group of Thirty describes itself as "a private, nonprofit, international body composed of very senior representatives of the private and public sectors and academia," that aims to "deepen understanding of international economic and financial issues, to explore the international repercussions of decisions taken in the public and private sectors, and to examine the choices available to market practitioners and policymakers." A list of the group's members can be found on their website. (Click on the images below to enlarge.)

In reality, these are the policymakers; unelected, unaccountable bankers and corporate heads that literally write the destiny of the West and an increasing proportion of the developing world. The average person, saturated by lies, puppet politicians, crass entertainment, and false political choices most likely hasn't seen a single face that makes up the Group of Thirty. This is the entire idea behind the corporate media and the parade of spectacles and distractions brought before the American public - so that you never take time to notice the Group of Thirty. Should the American people notice them, and the amount of unwarranted power they have illegally accumulated within their hands, the people would mobilize to dethrone these self-appointed arbiters of America's destiny.

3. President Obama's Cabinet, Past & Present

"Obama's a Muslim." "Obama's a Marxist." "Obama's a socialist." None of these are true. Obama is a puppet for Wall Street, and most likely doesn't even select the tie he wears on a daily basis. A quick look at his presidential cabinet shows how deeply rooted it is with Wall Street mega-banks and Fortune 100 corporations involved in everything from lobbying and law, to the military industrial complex. Realizing this, those leading calls of "Obama the Marxist" can now be written off as either careless in their research or intentionally misleading, with those in the corporate media, such as News Corporation's Fox News, amongst the latter.

Video: The Obama Deception, the definitive documentary illustrating how special interests control both sides of American politics and that a shadowy elite reign over the Western world economically, politically, and steer movements socially. You cannot "Occupy Wall Street" before watching and weighing the evidence presented in this important documentary. For the documentary's bibliography, please see this Scribd.com document.
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Obama's cabinet represents some of the largest corporations and banks on earth. It is unlikely that if intelligent, but otherwise misled liberals understood that Obama is just as much a corporate-fascist puppet as his predecessors were, they would continue supporting him. Obama's nose-diving approval rating seems to indicate that such a realization is occurring.

Some members of 'President' Obama's cabinet:

Timothy Geithner (Secretary of the Treasury): Group of 30, Council on Foreign Relations, private Federal Reserve
Eric Holder (Attorney General): Covington & Burling lobbying for Merck and representing Chiquita International Brands in lawsuits brought by relatives of people killed by Colombian terrorists.
Eric Shinseki (Secretary of Veteran Affairs): US Army, Council on Foreign Relations, Honeywell director (military contractor), Ducommun director (military contractor).
Rahm Emanuel (former Chief of Staff): Freddie Mac
William Daley (Chief of Staff): JP Morgan executive committee member
Susan Rice (UN Ambassador): McKinsey and Company, Brookings Institute, Council on Foreign Relations
Peter Orszag, (former Budget Director): Citi Group, Council on Foreign Relations
Paul Volcker
: Council on Foreign Relations, private Federal Reserve, Group of 30
Ronald Kirk (US Trade Representative): lobbyist, part of Goldman Sachs, Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts, and Texas Pacific Group partnership to buyout Energy Future Holdings.
Lawrence Summers (National Economic Council Director): World Bank, Council on Foreign Relations

4. America's Unelected Policy Makers & Their Corporate Sponsors

(From "Naming Names") This is your real government; they transcend elected administrations, they permeate every political party, and they are responsible for nearly every aspect of the average American and European's way of life. When the "left" under Obama is carrying the torch for two "Neo-Con" wars, starting yet another in Libya based on the same lies, peddled by the same media outlets that told of Iraqi WMD's, the world has no choice, beyond profound cognitive dissonance, but to realize something is wrong.

What's wrong is a system completely controlled by a corporate-financier oligarchy with financial, media, and industrial empires that span the globe. If we do not change the fact that we are helplessly dependent on these corporations that regulate every aspect of our nation politically, and every aspect of our lives personally, nothing else will ever change.

The following list, however extensive, is by far not all-inclusive. However after these examples, a pattern should become self-evident with the same names and corporations being listed again and again. It should be self-evident to readers of how dangerously pervasive these corporations have become in our daily lives. Finally, it should be self-evident as to how necessary it is to excise these corporations from our lives, our communities, and ultimately our nations, with the utmost expediency.

International Crisis Group
www.crisisgroup.org

Background: While the International Crisis Group (ICG) claims to be "committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict," the reality is that they are committed to offering solutions crafted well in advance to problems they themselves have created in order to perpetuate their own corporate agenda.

Nowhere can this be better illustrated than in Thailand and more recently in Egypt. ICG member Kenneth Adelman had been backing Thailand's Prime Minster Thaksin Shinwatra, a former Carlyle Group adviser who was was literally standing in front of the CFR in NYC on the eve of his ousting from power in a 2006 military coup. Since 2006, Thaksin's meddling in Thailand has been propped up by fellow Carlyle man James Baker and his Baker Botts law firm, Belfer Center adviser Robert Blackwill of Barbour Griffith & Rogers, and now Robert Amsterdam's Amsterdam & Peroff, a major corporate member of the globalist Chatham House.

With Thailand now mired in political turmoil led by Thaksin Shinwatra and his "red shirt" color revolution, the ICG is ready with "solutions" in hand. These solutions generally involve tying the Thai government's hands with arguments that stopping Thaksin's subversive activities amounts to human rights abuses, in hopes of allowing the globalist-backed revolution to swell beyond control.

The unrest in Egypt, of course, was led entirely by ICG member Mohamed ElBaradei and his US State Department recruited, funded, and supported April 6 Youth Movement coordinated by Google's Wael Ghonim. While the unrest was portrayed as being spontaneous, fueled by the earlier Tunisian uprising, ICG's ElBaradei, Ghonim, and their youth movement had been in Egypt since 2010 assembling their "National Front for Change" and laying the groundwork for the January 25th 2011 uprising.

The ICG would then go on to fund Egyptian NGOs working to rewrite the Egyptian constitution after front-man ElBaradei succeeded in removing Hosni Mubarak. This Soros-funded constitution and the resulting servile stooge government it would create represents the ICG "resolving" the crisis their own ElBaradei helped create.

Notable ICG Board Members:

George Soros
Kenneth Adelman
Samuel Berger
Wesley Clark
Mohamed ElBaradei
Carla Hills

Notable ICG Advisers:

Richard Armitage
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Stanley Fischer
Shimon Peres
Surin Pitsuwan
Fidel V. Ramos

Notable ICG Foundation & Corporate Supporters:

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Hunt Alternatives Fund
Open Society Institute
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Morgan Stanley
Deutsche Bank Group
Soros Fund Management LLC
McKinsey & Company
Chevron
Shell

Brookings Institute

www.brookings.edu

Background: Within the library of the Brookings Institute you will find the blueprints for nearly every conflict the West has been involved with in recent memory. What's more is that while the public seems to think these crises spring up like wildfires, those following the Brookings' corporate funded studies and publications see these crises coming years in advance. These are premeditated, meticulously planned conflicts that are triggered to usher in premeditated, meticulously planned solutions to advance Brookings' corporate supporters, who are numerous.

The ongoing operations against Iran, including US-backed color revolutions, US-trained and backed terrorists inside Iran, and crippling sanctions were all spelled out in excruciating detail in the Brookings Institute report, "Which Path to Persia?" The more recent UN Security Council resolution 1973 regarding Libya uncannily resembles Kenneth Pollack's March 9, 2011 Brookings report titled "The Real Military Options in Libya."

Notable Brookings Board Members:

Dominic Barton: McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Alan R. Batkin: Eton Park Capital Management
Richard C. Blum: Blum Capital Partners, LP
Abby Joseph Cohen: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Suzanne Nora Johnson: Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Richard A. Kimball Jr.: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Tracy R. Wolstencroft: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Paul Desmarais Jr.: Power Corporation of Canada
Kenneth M. Duberstein: The Duberstein Group, Inc.
Benjamin R. Jacobs: The JBG Companies
Nemir Kirdar: Investcorp
Klaus Kleinfeld: Alcoa, Inc.
Philip H. Knight: Nike, Inc.
David M. Rubenstein: Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group
Sheryl K. Sandberg: Facebook
Larry D. Thompson: PepsiCo, Inc.
Michael L. Tipsord: State Farm Insurance Companies
Andrew H. Tisch: Loews Corporation

Some Brookings Experts:
(click on names to see a list of recent writings.)

Kenneth Pollack
Daniel L. Byman
Martin Indyk
Suzanne Maloney
Michael E. O'Hanlon
Bruce Riedel
Shadi Hamid

Notable Brookings Foundation & Corporate Support:

Foundations & Governments

Ford Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
Government of the United Arab Emirates
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Banking & Finance

Bank of America
Citi
Goldman Sachs
H&R Block
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Jacob Rothschild
Nathaniel Rothschild
Standard Chartered Bank
Temasek Holdings Limited
Visa Inc.

Big Oil

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Chevron
Shell Oil Company

Military Industrial Complex & Industry

Daimler
General Dynamics Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Siemens Corporation
The Boeing Company
General Electric Company
Westinghouse Electric Corporation
Raytheon Co.
Hitachi, Ltd.
Toyota

Telecommunications & Technology

AT&T
Google Corporation
Hewlett-Packard
Microsoft Corporation
Panasonic Corporation
Verizon Communications
Xerox Corporation
Skype

Media & Perception Management

McKinsey & Company, Inc.
News Corporation (Fox News)

Consumer Goods & Pharmaceutical

GlaxoSmithKline
Target
PepsiCo, Inc.
The Coca-Cola Company

Council on Foreign Relations
www.cfr.org

Background & Notable Membership: A better question would be, who isn't in the Council on Foreign Relations? Nearly every self-serving career politician, their advisers, and those populating the boards of the Fortune 500 are CFR members. Many of the books, magazine articles, and newspaper columns we read are written by CFR members, along with reports, similar to Brookings Institute that dictate, verbatim, the legislation that ends up before the West's lawmakers.

A good sampling of the most active wings of the CFR can be illustrated best in last year's "Ground Zero Mosque" hoax, where CFR members from both America's political right and left feigned a heated debate over New York City's so-called Cordoba House near the 3 felled World Trade Center buildings. In reality, the Cordoba House was established by fellow CFR member Feisal Abdul Rauf, who in turn was funded by CFR financing arms including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, chaired by 9/11 Commission head Thomas Kean, and various Rockefeller foundations.

Notable CFR Corporate Support:

Banking & Finance

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co
American Express
Barclays Capital
Citi
Morgan Stanley
Blackstone Group L.P.
Deutsche Bank AG
New York Life International, Inc.
Prudential Financial
Standard & Poor's
Rothschild North America, Inc.
Visa Inc.
Soros Fund Management
Standard Chartered Bank
Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
Veritas Capital LLC
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Moody's Investors Service

Big Oil

Chevron Corporation
Exxon Mobil Corporation
BP p.l.c.
Shell Oil Company
Hess Corporation
ConocoPhillips Company
TOTAL S.A.
Marathon Oil Company
Aramco Services Company

Military Industrial Complex & Industry

Lockheed Martin Corporation
Airbus Americas, Inc.
Boeing Company,
DynCorp International
General Electric Company
Northrop Grumman
Raytheon Company
Hitachi, Ltd.
Caterpillar
BASF Corporation
Alcoa, Inc.

Public Relations, Lobbyists & Legal Firms

McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Omnicom Group Inc.
BGR Group

Corporate Media & Publishing

Bloomberg
Economist Intelligence Unit
News Corporation (Fox News)
Thomson Reuters
Time Warner Inc.
McGraw-Hill Companies

Consumer Goods

Walmart
Nike, Inc.
Coca-Cola Company
PepsiCo, Inc.
HP
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
De Beers

Telecommunications & Technology

AT&T
Google, Inc.
IBM Corporation
Microsoft Corporation
Sony Corporation of America
Xerox Corporation
Verizon Communications

Pharmaceutical Industry

GlaxoSmithKline
Merck & Co., Inc.
Pfizer Inc.

The Chatham House
www.chathamhouse.org.uk

Background & Membership: The UK's Chatham House, like the CFR and the Brookings Institute in America, has an extensive membership and is involved in coordinated planning, perception management, and the execution of its corporate membership's collective agenda.

Individual members populating its "senior panel of advisers" consist of the founders, CEOs, and chairmen of the Chatham House's corporate membership. Chatham's "experts" are generally plucked from the world of academia and their "recent publications" are generally used internally as well as published throughout Chatham's extensive list of member media corporations, as well as industry journals and medical journals. That Chatham House "experts" are submitting entries to medical journals is particularly alarming considering GlaxoSmithKline and Merck are both Chatham House corporate members.

No better example of this incredible conflict of interest can be given than the current Thai "red" color revolution being led by Chatham House's Amsterdam & Peroff with consistent support lent by other corporate members including the Economist, the Telegraph and the BBC.

In one case, the Telegraph printed, "Thai protests - analysis by Dr Gareth Price and Rosheen Kabraji," within which Price and Kabraji make a shameless attempt at defending the Western-backed, Maoist themed, violent protests. While the Telegraph mentioned that Price and Kabraji were both analysts for the Chatham House, they failed to tell readers that the Telegraph itself retains a corporate membership within the Chatham House. 

Notable Chatham House Major Corporate Members:

Amsterdam & Peroff
BBC
Bloomberg
Coca-Cola Great Britain
Economist
GlaxoSmithKline
Goldman Sachs International
HSBC Holdings plc
Lockheed Martin UK
Merck & Co Inc
Mitsubishi Corporation
Morgan Stanley
Royal Bank of Scotland
Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd
Standard Bank London Limited
Standard Chartered Bank
Tesco
Thomson Reuter
United States of America Embassy
Vodafone Group

Notable Chatham House Standard Corporate Members:

Amnesty International
BASF
Boeing UK
CBS News
Daily Mail and General Trust plc
De Beers Group Services UK Ltd
G3 Good Governance Group
Google
Guardian
Hess Ltd
Lloyd's of London
McGraw-Hill Companies
Prudential plc
Telegraph Media Group
Times Newspapers Ltd
World Bank Group

Notable Chatham House Corporate Partners:

British Petroleum
Chevron Ltd
Deutsche Bank
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Royal Dutch Shell
Statoil
Toshiba Corporation
Total Holdings UK Ltd
Unilever plc

These organizations represent the collective interests of the largest corporations on earth. They not only retain armies of policy wonks and researchers to articulate their agenda and form a consensus internally, but also use their massive accumulation of unwarranted influence in media, industry, and finance to manufacture a self-serving consensus internationally.

To believe that this corporate-financier oligarchy would subject their agenda and fate to the whims of the voting masses is naive at best. They have painstakingly ensured that no matter who gets into office, in whatever country, the guns, the oil, the wealth and the power keep flowing perpetually into their own hands. Nothing vindicates this poorly hidden reality better than a "liberal" Nobel Peace Prize wearing president, dutifully towing forward a myriad of "Neo-Con" wars, while starting yet another war in Libya.

Likewise, no matter how bloody your revolution is, if the above equation remains unchanged, and the corporate bottom lines left unscathed, nothing but the most superficial changes will have been made, and as is the case in Egypt with International Crisis Group stooge Mohamed ElBaradei worming his way into power, things may become substantially worse.

The real revolution will commence when we identify the above equation as the true brokers of power and when we begin systematically removing our dependence on them, and their influence on us from our daily lives. The global corporate-financier oligarchy needs us, we do not need them, independence from them is the key to our freedom.

5. Solutions

An entire section of Land Destroyer is dedicated to providing readers with concepts and examples of various solutions. Most of them involve boycotting these corporate-financier elite, their corporations, banks and institutions, and replacing them with innovative, local, self-sufficient alternatives afforded to us by technology and the unprecedented ease for regular people to collaborate with each other, educate themselves, and solve their problems pragmatically rather than politically at the mercy of politicians.

A few select articles for the Solutions Archive:

Sanctions: Cut the Globalists Off From Humanity
A Modern Declaration of Independence
Creeping Tyranny Meets Creeping Sovereignty
Free Markets & Socialism: An Alternative View
Destroy the Globalists: One Fat Cat Corporation at a Time
Self-Sufficiency: a Universal Solution to the Globalist Problem

Please see the Solutions Archive here.

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Learn to formulate and communicate CLEARLY, 'Occupy' kiddies ...
by erudite Sunday, Oct 9 2011, 11:09pm

or you will fail in direction and purpose.

forces are now at work undermining all efforts to formulate a manifesto and an intelligent agenda.

if Alan Grayson and Tony Cartalucci easily express broad concerns and simultaneously educate, then why can't the 'Occupy' autistic mutes, infiltrated perhaps -- JUST DO IT!???

Google Busted
by admin Monday, Oct 10 2011, 2:02am

Google's nefarious hand at work again - a Google search today presented this information: (screen grab acquired.)

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NOTE Google's listing DATE and the correct date on the SITE -- if you know anything about SE algorithms and TIME listings it's just another way Google can background stories from their searches.

It's very heartening busting Google doing this to various sites they wish to background. They obviously use multiple time listings in the background to disadvantage certain data in searches, this one just happened to slip thru, some moron at work -- it will be rectified soon no doubt BUT it's the hidden internals that continue to do their dirty work behind the scenes.

This example adds more EVIDENCE to our INCREASING body of quite damning evidence to date of Google's PARTIALITY and overt tampering with search results. This Company is a known CIA partner and its Chairman, Eric Schmidt, attends Bilderberg meetings -- hardly surprising results but nevertheless, ILLEGAL -- you DUNCES!

You are dealing with IT specialists and elite hackers -- do your 5th rate best, wankers!

And sooner than you think - we'll see u in court trying to defend your nefarious and ILLEGAL manipulations. How sweet it is. Small highly skilled (elites) always overcome large Corporate MORON machines!

Fuck you Schmidt! we informed the world we'd get you -- too fuckin' easy! If ur an example of Bilderberg 'talent' these days, we've already WON, its a lay down mazare, you piece of dog excrement!

'Occupy Google!'

Panic of the Plutocrats [not quite but it's a start]
by Paul Krugman via stele - NYTimes Monday, Oct 10 2011, 11:45am

Another tame piece on the 'Occupy' movement from the subdued yank mass media now forced to cover the story.

"Panic" is when you see executives hanging from light poles, Mr Krugman, not sipping champagne and sneering at protesters from their Wall Street balconies. But I guess the population will be subjected to a barrage of subtle propaganda and misrepresentation, as per formula over there.

'Panic' at what Mr Krugman, would you care to elaborate, the kiddies involved in the protests are unable to create a manifesto or list of demands -- when the ENTIRE WORLD knows that Wall St, the City of London and Transnational Corporatists are responsible for every illegal war waged over the past decade and then there's that matter of destroying the global economy with toxic debt created (fraudulently) by the Banks, a little research goes a long way Krugman!

Now considering the crimes, unbridled avarice and selfishness of the Wall Street riche, hanging from light poles is exactly where the entire parasitic executive belongs -- the world has no need of them, it is they who need us to feed on.

The population is first required to wake up to ALL the crimes and heinous activities this vile class of human filth is responsible for -- then there may be a little cause for concern or panic. However, protesters that insist on "remaining calm" when assaulted by police constitute no real threat YET Mr Krugman; but we promise you'll be the first to know when people get focused, educated and VERY ANGRY when they LEARN the ENTIRE ugly TRUTH about the vile scum that inhabits Wall St.

I hope they are enjoying their champagne, as their time is fast running out. This movement will not be appropriated, it may fail but it will not lose its integrity Mr Krugman -- that should be evident even to the dimmest Wall St blood sucker!

Report from the NYT follows; though I wouldn't take it too seriously:

It remains to be seen whether the Occupy Wall Street protests will change America’s direction. Yet the protests have already elicited a remarkably hysterical reaction from Wall Street, the super-rich in general, and politicians and pundits who reliably serve the interests of the wealthiest hundredth of a percent.

And this reaction tells you something important — namely, that the extremists threatening American values are what F.D.R. called “economic royalists,” not the people camping in Zuccotti Park.

Consider first how Republican politicians have portrayed the modest-sized if growing demonstrations, which have involved some confrontations with the police — confrontations that seem to have involved a lot of police overreaction — but nothing one could call a riot. And there has in fact been nothing so far to match the behavior of Tea Party crowds in the summer of 2009.

Nonetheless, Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, has denounced “mobs” and “the pitting of Americans against Americans.” The G.O.P. presidential candidates have weighed in, with Mitt Romney accusing the protesters of waging “class warfare,” while Herman Cain calls them “anti-American.” My favorite, however, is Senator Rand Paul, who for some reason worries that the protesters will start seizing iPads, because they believe rich people don’t deserve to have them.

Michael Bloomberg, New York’s mayor and a financial-industry titan in his own right, was a bit more moderate, but still accused the protesters of trying to “take the jobs away from people working in this city,” a statement that bears no resemblance to the movement’s actual goals.

And if you were listening to talking heads on CNBC, you learned that the protesters “let their freak flags fly,” and are “aligned with Lenin.”

The way to understand all of this is to realize that it’s part of a broader syndrome, in which wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system is.

Last year, you may recall, a number of financial-industry barons went wild over very mild criticism from President Obama. They denounced Mr. Obama as being almost a socialist for endorsing the so-called Volcker rule, which would simply prohibit banks backed by federal guarantees from engaging in risky speculation. And as for their reaction to proposals to close a loophole that lets some of them pay remarkably low taxes — well, Stephen Schwarzman, chairman of the Blackstone Group, compared it to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

And then there’s the campaign of character assassination against Elizabeth Warren, the financial reformer now running for the Senate in Massachusetts. Not long ago a YouTube video of Ms. Warren making an eloquent, down-to-earth case for taxes on the rich went viral. Nothing about what she said was radical — it was no more than a modern riff on Oliver Wendell Holmes’s famous dictum that “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.”

But listening to the reliable defenders of the wealthy, you’d think that Ms. Warren was the second coming of Leon Trotsky. George Will declared that she has a “collectivist agenda,” that she believes that “individualism is a chimera.” And Rush Limbaugh called her “a parasite who hates her host. Willing to destroy the host while she sucks the life out of it.”

What’s going on here? The answer, surely, is that Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe realize, deep down, how morally indefensible their position is. They’re not John Galt; they’re not even Steve Jobs. They’re people who got rich by peddling complex financial schemes that, far from delivering clear benefits to the American people, helped push us into a crisis whose aftereffects continue to blight the lives of tens of millions of their fellow citizens.

Yet they have paid no price. Their institutions were bailed out by taxpayers, with few strings attached. They continue to benefit from explicit and implicit federal guarantees — basically, they’re still in a game of heads they win, tails taxpayers lose. And they benefit from tax loopholes that in many cases have people with multimillion-dollar incomes paying lower rates than middle-class families.

This special treatment can’t bear close scrutiny — and therefore, as they see it, there must be no close scrutiny. Anyone who points out the obvious, no matter how calmly and moderately, must be demonized and driven from the stage. In fact, the more reasonable and moderate a critic sounds, the more urgently he or she must be demonized, hence the frantic sliming of Elizabeth Warren.

So who’s really being un-American here? Not the protesters, who are simply trying to get their voices heard. No, the real extremists here are America’s oligarchs, who want to suppress any criticism of the sources of their wealth.

© 2011 The New York Times Company
[We are NOT concerned with their wealth, Mr Krugman that is THEIR ideology, we are concerned with their CRIMES. JUSTICE is OUR ideology! Better luck next time with the secondary, subliminal layer discourse, Mr Krugman, you are dealing with expert textual analysts, don't it just piss ya?]


 
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