Part of a message from a friend this morning: "...it makes one wonder if conspiracy theorists might, at times, be right."
The exact subject of his musings doesn't matter, but the sentiment caught my attention. I have long been, at a minimum, dismissive of conspiracy theories. I've heard 'em all, from the "JFK Assassination Plot" and the Bilderberger Meetings to the secret files of UFO visits. I've listened to people who are convinced that there are plots to destroy (or at least subjugate) various racial and religious groups, gays and the guy who invented the 100 mile-per-gallon carburetor; I've scoffed at all of them.
But I am beginning to believe in the possibility that a couple of conspiracy theories might actually have some basis in fact, and that bothers me. A lot.
The most immediately worrisome is the "American Union Conspiracy." In this scenario, borders are opened, people and goods move about freely, laws and currency are unified, and the balance of economic power shifts South to the source of cheap, exploitable labor. A few wealthy Americans and Canadians will get wealthier still, while the middle classes will essentially be wiped out, forced to accept a much-reduced style of living.
One asks "Qui bono?" ("who benefits?") and the answers are clear enough: perhaps 50,000 people, including extremely rich business leaders, large financial institutions and a number of stockholders will do very well if this idea comes to pass. Mexico's ultra-poor will be helped, too, if far less than they imagine.
But economics is, at the end of the day, a zero-sum game: for each winner, there's a loser. Or, in this case, for every winner, tens of thousands of losers.
I'm forced to imagine a conspiracy at work simply because of the forces behind this mad scheme: Democrats and Republicans who, on almost any other issue would be at odds if only out of spite, are lining up side-by-side to promote "free trade," "amnesty" for those in this country illegally and a general softening of the laws to give virtual slave-laborers (and their cheap products made in Mexico and elsewhere) free entry.
In the ultimate scenario (which I am not making up), goods from factories full of slave-labor in Asia will be unloaded off ships docked in Mexico, driven (by Mexican drivers) up a new superhighway into the heart of the USA, and then sold to whichever Americans can still afford them.
No doubt there are also plans afoot to create a new layer of government (EU-style) to run the whole thing, and it seems certain there are plenty of career politicians smacking their lips at the possibility of more loot to plunder.
None of this is being presented to the voters. In fact, much of the work being done on the "AU" isn't even given much publicity. Not only is there a conspiracy to make it happen, but also a conspiracy to make sure citizens don't know what's going on until it's too late to stop the steamroller.
The whole thing (at least as much as is generally known) is being wrapped in happy-talk. From George Bush down, from Republicans and Democrats, we hear that it is our duty to make things easy for those "willing to work," that the new pool of illegal (for the moment) laborers must be "matched with business that will employ them." It's for everyone's good, our humanitarian duty to our brothers and sisters South of the Border.
I don't imagine Bush, his advisers or members of congress really believe all that crap. What they do believe in is self-preservation; they know which side their bread is buttered on, and when Wall Street and other members of the exclusive club of "World Leaders" speak, it drowns out the voices of millions of Americans. at least I hope the politicos don't believe what they're saying; I would hate to think they are idiotic as well as greedy.
We certainly don't know who is sending out the orders in this conspiracy. I suspect a tie exists to those who want to put the USA under UN control as a step to a one-world government. A single government their control.
At the bottom, it's all a game of grabbing unearned riches, and it's our turn to face the big holdup.
It may well be that this particular conspiracy has been underway for decades, but the perpetrators have only recently found a way to make it happen.
Either we will be buried by this inhuman juggernaut or we will have to rise up against it. Neither option is a happy one.
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