A Millenium History

Posted: 10/06/2012 by zandtao in Freedom, ONE planet

This is a consequence of the facebook discussion I got in. I am concerned the tone of consensus is turning so I have just blogged this:-

The UK was coming out of their dark ages of the first millenium. The French had invaded, had assimilated, and the ruling landowners of the monarchy had established the beginnings of wage slavery using serfs to work the land. As a result they had started to accumulate wealth within the UK giving the monarchy sufficient money to go off on the Crusades during the 12th and 13th centuries to take the spoils that the Arabs had taken from Africa through invasion and slavery. With their increased plunder the aristocracy began to establish their armies but were not yet sufficiently strong to fight the Spanish. Meanwhile the Spanish were appropriating the gold of the Americas, Central and Southern, and Columbus (Portuguese) “discovered” America at the end of the 15th century. Around this same time the British monarchy had accumulated enough money to steal the gold from the Spanish, so a war with Spain was started.

By the beginning of the 17th century they had accumulated the Spanish wealth and were looking to profit from this money. During the 16th century they had invested their acquired “Spanish gold” in the pirates who had continued the Spanish tradition of exploiting the Caribbean, but did not consider exploiting the US as there was no apparent wealth there. However there was the possibility of farming land there, and the monarch and the investors could benefit from this – the root meaning of colony is farm. So they loaned out money for the ships that established the colonies in the US.

Once in the US these farmers soon found it easy to establish farms there. The indigenous people lived in harmony with the land, and did not consider the issue of “land-ownership”. British aristocracy had long learned that owning land meant that they could use serfs and get rent, so it was second nature to them to establish ownership and use that established ownership as a means of profiteering. Exploiting the indigenous Americans was easy. The British sent over troops to defend the colonies (farms) they had appropriated. Over a period of 150 years these colonies started to develop, and the monarchy recognised that there was potential revenue so began to establish taxation systems. However they misjudged the “loyalty” of the colonists, and the colonists did not want to pay taxes.

By the beginning of the 18th century the colony had begun to establish its own landowners, and they too had begun to establish their own class system. These landowners had sufficient money to create their own army, and with investment from non-British European banks they fought for independence. Being sufficiently versed in British politics they realised that to maintain the budding wage slavery they needed to give the appearance that it was all the people who had created independence. The constitution was developed which gave the appearance of democracy, and they established a political system which was controlled by the landowners.

Now that they didn’t have to waste all that money paying the monarchy taxes, these landowners were able to expand their territories. With their ties to the banking system they had sufficient armaments to backup their expansionism, and the wealth of this upper class increased. With industrialisation they also had the money to invest in plant and develop industrialised wage slavery. With the expansion into distant lands mineral wealth was discovered further fuelling industrial development.

In the 19th century gold was mined increasing their wealth and then black gold was found fuelling the technological developments of the motor car etc. Over the 19th and 20th century this class of landowners incorporated the finance sector and grew richer and richer. Meanwhile the colonial powers of Europe were destroying themselves over Africa. In the second decade a war was fought between Britain and Germany over African territories, but these were the same class fighting each other. The British upper class was connected to the German upper class – they were the same finance families and the monarchy also had German connections, so rather than hit home their victory a treaty was established that allowed the German upper class to continue to make their profits. This backfired when the German upper class received financial support from the US thus establishing Hitler into power further destabilising the European situation.

Through Bretton Woods and the Marshall Plan the US recognised the possibility of global hegemony, and when the European forces had completely depleted themselves American forces went into Europe to establish their hegemony. Over the second half of the 20th century independence movements grew in Africa, but the colonial countries had learnt how to maintain some control – divide-and-rule colonialism. So the current neo-colonial situation was established. Following the second world war the US had established dominion over the esrtwhile Europen powers, and these European powers had maintained economic power over the independent African nations continuing to establish their wealth. NATO was established to maintain this state of affairs.

As a result of the Second World War the profit-making of the military-industrial-complex was established and with the development of the Cold War and the arms race they further expanded their profits maintaining their global hegemony with what John Stockwell described as the Third World War. The US upper class historically had learnt the connection between armaments and profits so it was quite natural that this MIC would develop. The MIC very easily linked in with the rich and powerful families that had been established in the 19th and early 20th centuries. With the continued exploitation of the neocolonial situation through financial institutions such as the IMF and World Bank backed up by one-sided trade agreements such as GATT loosely fitting into the nomenclature of Free Trade, the upper class in the US became entrenched becoming the 1% who are known and loved today.

This history has a millenial continuity. The players do not suddenly develop a conscience as required by a Founding Fathers perspective. Even if I knew US history I am not sure I could give factual evidence for this analysis, but that does not make it false.

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