Skip to main content

Many people are familiar with the fact that 9/11 is a date of great sadness not just for the people of the United States.  It was on September 11th, 1973 a military junta funded and supported by US intelligence and military agencies overthrew the democratically elected government of Chile.  The military junta that took power, headed by General Augusto Pinochet, instituted the economic policies developed and promoted by American economist Milton Friedman.  These policies could only be described as transnational corporatists extremism, and in pursuit of these policies tens of thousands of Chileans and many foreigners were tortured, murdered, and disappeared by the Pinochet regime.  Often lists of these suspected "dissidents" was provided to Chilean dictatorship by American intelligence and military agencies.  The torture methods used by the Chilean military and secret police were taught to their commanders at the School of the Americas and in-country by US military advisors.

Of all this, there is no doubt.  Between the criminal forensics of mass graves in Chile (and around Latin America), recently released CIA documents, and evidence presented against Henry Kissinger it is clear that the coup in Chile would not have happened but for the US supplying intelligence, funding, planning, and diplomatic cover.

The story of Allende standing, defiant, at the doors of the La Moneda, the Presidential Palace in Santiago is well known.  What is less known is how the popularly elected government of Salvador Allende and his coalition of centrists and leftist parties became paralyzed as the economy crumbled. Only after this had been accomplished were the corporatist in America and their rightest and military allies in Chile able to sway the middle class portions of public against the government they had voted for, and stop the progress the Allende government was making.

In his book Allende's Chile: An Inside View, American economist and advisor the Allende government, Edward Boorstein describes how American business interests directly, and the American government indirectly through our intelligence agencies sabotaged Chile's economy and government.  There is documentary evidence that the CIA and US business interests bought members of the Chilean legislature to block Allende's agenda and, notably, intentionally interfere in the regular funding and functioning of the government.  They funded strikes by truckers and other non-unionized sectors of the economy.  After over three years of the interference and sabotage the stage was set for the coup.  This is how the American shadow state functions.  Why do we think they give our lives more value than that of Chileans, Iraqis, Indonesian, Iranian, Palestinian, etc. etc.?

I am not suggesting there will be a military coup in the United States, but these intentional efforts to destabilize the economy and interfere with the ability of government to function seems to be an intentional power grab by what I would refer to as our "shadow" state.  That is the institutionalized parts of our government that is acting on behalf of the top 1%+, in furtherance of an extreme capitalist/corporatist agenda worldwide through illegal, corrupt, and immoral means, regardless of who is in the executive, controls the legislature, or is chief justice.

Whether coup or slow creep these people are the "invisible" hand, and it is reaching for even more power and wealth.  Control and access to resources is the basis of wealth, and the basis of power.  They are one in the same.  We need a land redistribution movement, a movement for community sufficiency, a movement away the ever growing web of corporate and government control.  As the institutions of government and transnational capital merge into one entity, it is the world's 1%'s "economic freedom", as Friedman would have called it, that will make the rest of slaves.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site