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What robber barons? Whose empire?

The multi-national corpo-fascists who run the world. Certainly not the US empire. That's as disposable as the jobs we've lost over the last twenty years.

He needs to bring out the sequel to that book. He relates how it used to be done from the post war period but mentions that the modern hitmen do it differently.

I do think it is still a US empire though. That's an interesting question there. I've no doubt that the elites would be happy to let America sink into the sea if they got a profit from it but it seems to me that all this economic hitman stuff is ultimately only successful because of threat of direct military action and assassinations as Perkins makes clear at various times in the book. The Jackals always stand ready.

Can't make someone an offer they can't refuse if you don't have the means and the demonstrated temperment to enter into insane wars. Every war is the horses head in the bed for the next victim to be bullied by.

That's why America can't afford to lose in Iraq. It's the loss of face that any mob boss couldn't afford.

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