organized political upheaval
“Well before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I sent a holiday greeting to my friends that read: “These times are not business as usual. Wishing you the best in a troubled world.” Now I feel the need to share this message with the rest of the world. But before I do, I must tell you who I am and what I stand for. I am an 86-year-old Hungarian Jew who became a US citizen after the end of World War II. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind of political regime prevails. The formative experience of my life was the occupation of Hungary by Hitler’s Germany in 1944. I probably would have perished had my father not understood the gravity of the situation. He arranged false identities for his family and for many other Jews; with his help, most survived…..”
Read the whole nokedii, in George’s own words, here:
This is a friendly observation from out here in the deep bleachers, aimed at the global socio-political-informational playing field:
Can we back off on the usage of the concept and phrase ‘coup d’etat’ unless it is fully warranted and fully explained? A search for the term at Google News gained a massive response; five of the ten on the first page were about the possibility inside the United States given the election of Trump, and the top ten did not include Stephen Lendman’s column from earlier today. Nor did it include, at that time, at least, James Petras’ warning about a forthcoming coup against Trump and his military/Wall Street/Defense. Petras notes a crescendo of media hysteria.
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[Note that he’s a Jill Stein supporter.]
There has been a great deal of attention given to Trump’s generals recently (even by me). That attention is most amusing when rendered by people who have stood silently by as a couple of bushes and an obomber have wreaked global havoc with their military toys.
That august and revered (not) but too-easily-used (even by me) Wikipedia cites the august and revered (not) Samuel Huntington:
“Writing in 1968, political scientist Samuel P. Huntington identified three types of coup d’état, which correspond to the role the military plays in three different types of praetorian society”. As society changes, so does the role of the military. In the world of oligarchy, the soldier is a radical; in the middle class he is a participant and arbiter; as the “mass society looms on the horizon he becomes the conservative guardian of the existing order”.
“During the Carter administration, Huntington was the White House Coordinator of Security Planning for the National Security Council. He is best known for his 1993 theory, the “Clash of Civilizations“, of a post-Cold War new world order. He argued that future wars would be fought not between countries, but between cultures, and that Islamic extremism would become the biggest threat to Western world domination. Huntington is credited with helping to shape U.S. views on civilian-military relations, political development, and comparative government. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University where he began teaching at age 23…. His first major book was The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations (1957), which was highly controversial when it was published, but presently is regarded as the most influential book on American civil-military relations. He became prominent with his Political Order in Changing Societies (1968), a work that challenged the conventional opinion of modernization theorists, that economic and social progress would produce stable democracies in recently decolonized countries.
As a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, and in an influential 1968 article in Foreign Affairs, he advocated the concentration of the rural population of South Vietnam, via a strategy of carpet-bombing and defoliating the rural lands and jungles of Vietnam, as a means of isolating the Viet Cong…. He also was co-author of The Crisis of Democracy: On the Governability of Democracies, a report issued by the Trilateral Commission during 1976. In 1977, his friend Brzezinski – who had been appointed National Security Adviser in the administration of Jimmy Carter – invited him to become White House Coordinator of Security Planning for the National Security Council. He served in this position until the end of 1978….” [ Huntington ]
At about the same time, another tactical Zio-NWO prong arrived out of the London School of Economics embodied in the persona of Edward Luttwak, who “has served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the United States Department of State, the United States Navy, United States Army, United States Air Force, and several NATO defense ministries. Working for OSD/Net Assessment, he co-developed the current maneuver-warfare concept, working for TRADOC, he introduced the “operational level of war” concept into U.S. Army doctrine, wrote the first manual for the Joint Special Operations Agency, and co-developed the Rapid-Deployment Force concept (later U.S. Central Command) for the Office of the Secretary of Defense International Security Affairs…. His book Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook has been reprinted numerous times, and translated into 18 languages. His well known book Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace is widely used as a textbook in war colleges and universities, has also been translated in several languages.”
Richaerd A. Posner, on page 142 of his book “Public Intellectuals” notes that “Luttwak described the United States as a country on the way down. He asked “When will the United States become a third-world country?” and answered “One estimate would place the date as close as the year 2020. A more optimistic prediction might add another ten or fifteen years. Either way, … all but a small minority of Americans will be impoverished soon enough….”
Luttwak’s revised “practical” handbook on coups d’etat “offers an altogether new way of looking at political power one that considers, for example, the vulnerability to coups of even the most stable democracies in the event of prolonged economic distress. The world has changed dramatically in the past half century, but not the essence of the coup d etat. It still requires the secret recruitment of military officers who command the loyalty of units well placed to seize important headquarters and key hubs in the capital city. The support of the armed forces as a whole is needed only in the aftermath, to avoid countercoups. And mass support is largely irrelevant, although passive acceptance is essential. To ensure it, violence must be kept to a minimum. The ideal coup is swift and bloodless. Very violent coups rarely succeed, and if they trigger a bloody civil war they fail utterly. Luttwak identifies conditions that make countries vulnerable to a coup, and he outlines the necessary stages of planning, from recruitment of coconspirators to postcoup promises of progress and stability. But much more broadly, his investigation of coups updated for the twenty-first century uncovers important truths about the nature of political power.”
If the reader has an historical curiosity, he might consult Wikipedia’s list of coups d’etat and coup attempts as a starting point; you’re own historical analysis may offer an alternative. It reminds me of the old joke about what South Americans love most: futbol: “Isn’t it revolting?” “No, that’s their second favorite thing.” The wiki list talks a lot about military figures but fails to artioculate those shadowy figures flitting around near and sinside the military. Note that there is no mention either of any of the real or imagined coups d’etat within the United States.
For fans of the UFC-style “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality, List25.com has the 25 most violent military coups.
William Blum, the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II and Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, has his master list master list of instances of he United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War (* indicates successful ouster of a government).
Intellectuals and academics may be interested in this undated final copy of a paper (the most recent case study is 2011) from within NYU’s Deprtment of Politics entitled “Popular Protest and Elite Coordination in a Coup D’Etat” which presents a model that “suggests that protests in countries with media freedom better facilitate elite coordination”.
Perhaps you favor an alternative POV, one from Britain via Jeff Bezos’ global monopoly bookstore: How to Stage a Military Coup: From Planning to Execution, “a unique textbook for the armchair revolutionary, as well as a practical guide for the idealist with a soft spot for the sound of artillery fire”.
Note the OTPOR fist variant.
https://theinternationalreporter.org/2016/09/27/george-soros-false-flag-factories/ Gyorgy has been a prominent and active supporter of the near-moribund Clinton campaign.
Generalissimo Jarrett was said — by a known Satanist and seminal information wars strategist — to be involved in a “purge” of top-level U.S. military officers during the Obama administration.
If you want to take the pulse of an online community, see the discussion at Quora.com What-country-has-had-more-coups-and-coups-detats-than-any-other? but you may have to sign in with one of those social media giants which play such a huge and heavily-biased role in our socio-political milieu, either Google or Facebook.
Happy New Years and welcome to nightmare 2017. Last week, I warned everyone, that beginning next year cops will be using pot breathalyzers to arrest innocent people but what’s about to happen in Texas, should scare the ‘you know what out’ of everyone. According to an article in the ‘Dallas News’ beginning this spring, Texas cops will begin using ‘Mental Health Assessments’ (MHA) on everyone!
Nine bogus ‘risk assessments’ in use right now: