Hegemony a la America


“The theories of Milton Friedman gave him the Nobel Prize; they gave Chile General Pinochet.”  Eduardo Galeano

The United States of America regards itself the Messiah of the world.  At least it wants to project itself so.  In practice the country has become the dictator of the world.  It spares no efforts in making every country accept its ideology (if it can be called ideology) and economic theories.  According to Naomi Klein,* America makes use of two kinds of “shocks” for imposing its ideology and economics on nations.

1. Torture

America’s CIA creeps into any nation whose ideology seems to be leaning left or Islamic or in any way un-American.  It captures key persons and subject them to psychological torture to such an extent that they are disoriented totally.  What the CIA intends to do is to brainwash the persons into accepting American capitalist ideology.  But CIA has never succeeded in making its victims accept the American ideology though it has consistently succeeded in destroying their minds entirely.  

The CIA methodology

The victims are arrested late at night or in early-morning raids.  They are blindfolded, stripped and beaten, then subjected to some form of sensory deprivation.  They are subjected to extreme heat and cold alternatively.  Blinding light and total darkness are imposed on them, again alternatively.  Mice and cockroaches are sent into their cells in the darkness.  Electroshock is used liberally.  America has done this in countries ranging from Guatemala to Honduras, Vietnam to Iran, the Philippines to Chile.  As a result of these tortures the victims acquire total regression.  Most of them begin to behave like children devoid of individuated minds. 

Guantanamo is one of the many prisons where America exercised its torture techniques on prisoners.  But human rights groups point out that Guantanamo is the best of the US-run offshore interrogation operations, since it was open to limited monitoring by the Red Cross and lawyers.  So one can imagine what was happening in the other centres of American brainwashing exercises. 

2. Capitalism

Milton Friedman’s version of capitalism is what America loves to export to all countries.  America has spent billions of dollars by way of scholarships to students from various countries to study Friedman’s economic theories at Chicago University.  These students go back to their countries and ‘revolutionise’ the economy there.  It happened in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and so on.  What happened, as a result, is to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Naomi Klein summarises Friedman’s economics thus: “First, governments must remove all rules and regulations standing in the way of the accumulation of profits.  Second, they should sell off any assets they own that corporations could be running at a profit.  And third, they should dramatically cut back funding of social programs.”  In addition were such rules as making the taxes the same for the rich and the poor – flat rates.  The market was to determine all prices including the price of labour.  The market became the new god, a god invented and imposed on nations by America.

America, which was very concerned about the fact that Saddam Hussein was a dictator, had no qualms in replacing the democratically elected President Allende of Chile with the ruthless Pinochet.  When Allende was elected, the American President Nixon ordered the CIA to “make the (Chilean) economy scream.”  And the CIA knew that job too well!

America played similar political games in Brazil, Indonesia and other countries too.  It continues to play such games in many countries in the name of controlling terrorism or bringing democracy.  It promises to bring development and progress.  What has it done to Afghanistan and Iraq recently? 

Can America do any good to the world by its relentless interferences in the internal affairs of the countries?  Why can’t America let other countries forge their destinies?

America is suffering from some kind of Messianic complex.  It should cease to view itself as the Messiah of the world. 

President Obama said recently in his Cairo speech: “It is easier to start wars than to end them.  It is easier to blame others than to look inward; to see what is different about someone than to find the things we share.  But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path.  There is also one rule that lies at the heart of every religion – that we do unto others as we sould have them do unto us.  This truth transcends nations and peoples – a belief that isn’t new; that isn’t black or white or brown; that isn’t Christian or Muslim or Jew.  It’s a belief that pulsed in the cradle of civilization, and that still beats in the hearts of billions.  It’s a faith in other people…”

Yes, America, have some faith in other people.  That’s the remedy for your Messianic delusions.

* This article is based on the first two chapters of Naomi Klein’s book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.  [Penguin, 2007]


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2 Responses to Hegemony a la America

  1. Dawn and Dew says:

    Well. Money, thy name is Messiah! Recently, I’m exasperated with Hillary Platter and the Indian stupidity in hospitality. India, love thine enemy (or any Messiah), but don’t celebrate him.

  2. Raghuram Ekambaram says:

    Matheikal, you should also read Noam Chomsky, yesteryears’ Naomi Kline and he will give you many instances of dictatorial (beyond its own borders)l America.

    Raghuram Ekambaram

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