Copyright © 2009 by Shivaprasad Srikantia. All rights reserved.

The Industrial Revolution that began in Great Britain spread to other nations and altered the fabric of many
societies. Th...
communists put their expansionist plans on hold. To the communists, Richard Nixon presented himself as
an American Preside...
explosive region might require a team of extremely articulate French and British philosophers.

American Congressmen and c...
ignorance. In fact, the American military uniform became a symbol of human naivety. Regimental
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  1. 1. THE STORY OF HENRY KISSINGER Copyright © 2009 by Shivaprasad Srikantia. All rights reserved. Contains extracts from the book titled AMERICAN CAPITALISM, AMERICANOMICS, & MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS - The concealed economic and political secrets of capitalism that made America a superpower in less than one century, by Shiv Srikantia. Paperback edition of book available at PLEASE CLICK ON BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF THIS TEXT WINDOW TO VIEW THIS ESSAY IN FULL SCREEN MODE A peace loving America as originally envisioned by the founding fathers no longer exists. What exists now is an America as envisioned by Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and a cartel of politically powerful executives from the oil industry. Incidentally, a significant part of the military threats Henry Kissinger perceived from distant corners of the world were just conjectural and paranoically speculative. In recent decades, American foreign policies emanating from the White House have exhibited the absence of superior moral and ethical values. This was a trend set off by Henry Kissinger. All over the world, there were small groups of communists operating within small regions. Henry Kissinger had a paranoiac dislike for such groups. He attempted to squash them with light military assaults. Such low intensity confrontations could have maneuvered these communist groups into obtaining heavy military support from the Soviet communists, and emerging as more powerful outfits. Many believe that Henry Kissinger was an excellent tactician. However, they wonder if he was a competent strategist. Sometimes, doubts were also raised about his moral and ethical values. While his oratory seemed to present him as a person with high moral values, his actions on the ground did not seem to reflect ethical choices. The Democrat Congressmen who were suspicious of Henry Kissinger scornfully recollected that his last strategy had drawn Cambodia into war. At one time, after facing problems with communists, Cambodia had requested military help from America. However, providing weapons and military hardware to Cambodia would not have solved the problem. Cambodia’s military was too small to be able to successfully engage in a full scale war. Therefore, the White House administration gladly accepted the invitation to bomb the sanctuaries of the communists in Cambodia. In 1971, a small faction of the South Vietnamese military illegally invaded Cambodia. It is alleged that the American troops stationed in Vietnam also covertly supported and encouraged this incursion into Cambodia. Over the years, America’s alliance with Israel exposed her to risk. Henry Kissinger’s political schemes also exposed the American nation to risk. Finally, it is no surprise that Andrew Cockburn has written a book titled Dangerous Liaison : The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship. Also, Jussi Hanhimaki has written a book titled The Flawed Architect : Henry Kissinger and American foreign policy. From a political thinker’s perspective, cleverly crafted foreign policies with covert agendas could bring economic power to American capitalists. 1
  2. 2. The Industrial Revolution that began in Great Britain spread to other nations and altered the fabric of many societies. The communists killed nearly 240 million people to install communism. On the other hand, capitalists killed only 147 million people. Therefore, capitalism was advertised as a better option. While communists tried to liquidate the ruling classes with the barrel of a gun, capitalists tried to liquidate poorer classes through life threatening poverty, depravation, and starvation. Meanwhile, nearly 5 billion peace loving citizens across the world have to live through a variety of political and economic catastrophes kindled by capitalists and communists with covert agendas for extreme levels of political domination. While Henry Kissinger’s foreign policies and shady diplomacies have steadily eroded the American nation’s dignity in international political circles, the hazy financial activities of the executives of Enron have damaged the brand image of corporate America in the European hemisphere. Interestingly, when Enron’s ethical bankruptcy was being investigated, the White House was dragged into the fray. Surely, orthodox statesmen like Theodore Roosevelt would not have liked such associations. The Institute of Public Policy expressed the view that at least 20 American government agencies had assisted Enron in overseas expansion projects in developing countries. Investigations have revealed that even the World Bank had a hand in the Enron projects. This suggests that tycoons, capitalists, and business executives can carefully manipulate the American government machinery through the White House administration. Incidentally, John Judis has written a book titled The Paradox of American Democracy : Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of the Public Trust. President Eisenhower was of the opinion that the forceful removal of democratically elected Marxist leaders was justifiable and morally acceptable. The fear of conflict and war guided such foreign policies. In many nations, the CIA has assisted in instigating uprisings to topple democratically elected communist governments. In later years, the discomforting fear of communists drove President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger to visit China and start a dialog. The founding fathers wanted America to remain an irrelevant agrarian nation insulated from the vagaries of European industrial politics or colonial hostilities. Unlike the rustic founding fathers however, Henry Kissinger was an immigrant who entered American state politics. For Henry Kissinger, the philosophies and moral uprightness of the founding fathers might have appeared queer. Like most other immigrants from Germany, Henry Kissinger might have sensed that America’s working class heritage would eventually restrain her political clout in the international arena. American Presidents in recent history had failed to demonstrate sufficient intellectual sophistry. In fact, high levels of philosophical infirmity, ignorance, and moral turpitude crippled America’s political elite. Roughly over a period of three decades, the culture of incessant television viewing and corporate sponsored consumerism had left middle class American society in a state of intellectual poverty. When ignorance began pervading the White House, American politics began to be commandeered by newly arrived immigrants from Europe. After Kissinger became sufficiently conscious of America’s cultural handicap, he set out to rewrite foreign policy on a new slate. Kissinger might have come to the conclusion that a nation of factory workers would require an operating political system that would be less ideological and more utilitarian. Henry Kissinger seemed to have ascertained that American working class statecraft should be more about military power and economic domination, and less about intellectual philosophy or moral conduct. Between 1970 and 1974, Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon began rewiring the logical circuits of American foreign policy. Meanwhile, the reckless persona of Richard Nixon unnerved the Soviets. It made the Soviet 2
  3. 3. communists put their expansionist plans on hold. To the communists, Richard Nixon presented himself as an American President with a bundle of nervous energy. More frighteningly, Richard Nixon seemed to be perfectly capable of hitting the missile buttons in a fit of rage. However, under the menacing shadow of Richard Nixon, the social congeniality of Henry Kissinger managed to broker peace with Soviet and Chinese communists. After these events, White House officials and American capitalists volunteered in great numbers to turn Henry Kissinger into a folk hero. To gain further attention in international diplomatic circles, the bureaucrats tried to give Kissinger a towering political image. However, envious Democrats intent on examining political issues in greater detail had found many of Kissinger’s foreign policies to be absurdly unethical and meticulously devious. It was Henry Kissinger who advanced the American fad of stockpiling weapons and intervening in third world conflicts across the globe. In the last century, this began leading to perpetual hostilities between America and many third world civilizations in South East Asia, South America, and the Middle East. Though Henry Kissinger’s foreign policies helped America economically in the short term, the policies severely damaged America’s political reputation outside the G-7 club. Eventually, the White House administration lost the trust of many third world nations. The uniting of nearly 50 states and the nation of Israel had made America too unwieldy for governance. In fact, Dick Cheney found out the hard way the American nation was too unwieldy to be steered by a single President in the White House. While the Renaissance in Europe had created an elite class of well bred citizenry with extremely broad intellectual interests, America had failed to create such an intellectual class. America never nurtured an intellectual class worthy of serious attention. The working classes who worked long hours in factories were unwilling to become sufficiently erudite and scholarly. Therefore, America was never able to breed a critical mass of philosophers who could intellectually overpower politicians, and restrain shortsighted policy makers in the White House. This meant that the White House administration could run amok with savage military power and hazardous state politics. Soviet communism had made extraordinary efforts to bring art, philosophy, and literature within the reach of the starving proletariat. Pierre Bourdieu, the French sociologist was of the opinion that activities representing high culture are intentionally conceived to keep away the lower classes. The higher class individuals were diligently tutored to appreciate classical music, opera, literature, and theater. On the other hand, the lower classes were left to entertain themselves with heavy metal rock music, football, rugby, hockey, cricket, and baseball. Soviet communists had made attempts to acquaint the proletariat factory workers with the social elements of high culture. As the Soviet communists wanted to narrow the gap between the social classes, feeble attempts were made to teach classical music, literature, political philosophy, and ballet to the working classes. In America, the exact opposite was done. Through casual indoctrination, factory workers in America were made enormously suspicious of scholars, intellectuals, and the elite. This was done to keep communist ideologies away from labor movements within America. Due to the intellectual degeneration brought about by a robust Cartesian culture, America cannot be a competent political world power in the twenty first century. At most, America could be a nation feared for her savage military capability. Handicapped with working class roots, the political elite in America no longer possess the intellectual sophistication needed to contribute to the growth of enlightened societies across the world. No matter how hard they try, most American political leaders may not be able to acquire the artistic finesse to be able to resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestine. In fact, conflict resolution in that 3
  4. 4. explosive region might require a team of extremely articulate French and British philosophers. American Congressmen and citizens of the present generation have very little interest in foreign affairs. Their minds are usually preoccupied with domestic issues. With a mainstream society that prefers to remain uninformed about international issues, America cannot be a world power. In fact, if American Presidents who are the products of a Cartesian culture try to lead the world through military posturing, they might unintentionally become a serious threat to world peace. Without sufficient moral and philosophical thought, American capitalism and American democracy have both consistently endorsed the idea of conveniently benefitting at the unreasonable expense of others. Political leaders and capitalists endorsing American preeminence consistently promote military conflicts that can bring benefit to the American economy. The current generation of American politicians and corporate executives insist on clinging to the view that any activity, including deceptive business contracts, unfair trade, outright cheating, or military invasion can be justified if it benefits the American economy. Policies of the White House and the Federal Reserve have often been influenced by sycophant bankers, oil tycoons, and Wall Street investors. Historically, American businessmen who have endorsed free market doctrines within America have actually sought the intervention of the American government while carrying out international trade. The Rockefeller family is credited with getting prominent Republicans involved in the oil business. While the George Bush family dived into the oil business, the deeply calculative Henry Kissinger added oil stocks to his colorful career portfolio. Though these tiny events went unnoticed in the global political arena, they actually made American politics and diplomacy highly business-centric and notoriously crafty. It was widely believed that crippling competing Japanese oil businesses would benefit the Rockefeller family. Therefore, American politicians wished to promote wars in South East Asia and help the Rockefeller faction. Meanwhile, military conflicts that could gradually weaken Germany’s financial superiority in Europe could benefit the J.P. Morgan faction. To a significant extent, World War II was carefully managed to help the Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan factions. Later, the infamous Vietnam War was lead by a powerful coalition of American corporations, bankers, and lawyers. The Gulf wars were primarily lead by American oil businesses and Republican politicians with one foot in the oil business. Sometimes, with assistance from the military, American multinational corporations have attempted to annex wealth uselessly lying around in South America, Middle East, and Asia. The Vietnam War and the Gulf Wars were wars launched to protect American business interests in South East Asia and the Middle East. Congressmen were mislead to believe that it was patriotic to support their President even in wars with unethical motives. Perhaps, it may be unreasonable to expect a better level of enlightened consciousness from the political class of an industrial society that is philosophically empty. After the world wars, the White House began stockpiling exotic weaponry. This military capability was built to intimidate Soviet communists who, in general terms, condemned colonization and imperialism. America’s military posturing primarily blocked the spread of intelligent communistic opinions, while stealthily advancing capitalistic imperialism. Until World War II, the American military tried to defend the political prestige of the nation. After the world wars, the military began defending the economic interests of American business corporations. Senior American military commanders who were insulated from civilian society were kept in a state of 4
  5. 5. ignorance. In fact, the American military uniform became a symbol of human naivety. Regimental brainwashing at military training camps was making sure that men and women in uniform were incapable of independent thinking or rational inquiry. Military commanders and their loyal infantrymen were made to believe that the miliary was honorably defending the American nation by fighting wars. In reality however, the American military was fighting wars for capitalists and special interest groups with covert business agendas. Even high ranking military commanders were unaware that a club of American business tycoons, corrupt bankers, oil company executives, and weapons manufacturers were indirectly benefitting from wars. In 1991, an American company engaged in the manufacture of jet engines was accused by Federal authorities of defrauding the Pentagon and the state of Israel of $ 30 million while fulfilling a defense contract. With the tacit approval of the White House administration, American weapons manufacturers have collectively duped Arab nations by supplying them with weapons systems that are obsolete by a few technological generations. In a clever trick, the more technologically advanced versions were supplied to Israel to provide military superiority over the Arab nations. Strictly speaking, common citizens, voters, and elected politicians in a democracy are responsible for the actions of their governments. However, citizens and politicians are not so directly responsible for the corrupt actions of multinational corporations. The politicians, policy makers, and the bureaucracy cleverly utilize this loophole. They have multinational corporations brazenly engage in corporate imperialism that would benefit the American economy. Over the years, many multinational American companies engaged in international trade have been found guilty of global price rigging and price fixing. Such unfair trade practices disproportionately benefit the American economy. In the brand of corrupt capitalism tolerated within the American democracy, morality and public opinion have became secondary. Right from 1925, the British Pound and the American Dollar began representing money obtaining by exploiting third world nations. One segment of the American economy became a parasite that was trying to live off wealth annexed from South America. Throughout history therefore, most nations in South America have remained defenseless against European colonialism and American imperialism. With stealth and cunningness, America’s business fraternities have built an invisible financial empire over South America. Unfortunately, the America’s Cartesian democracy does not have the philosophical mechanism to restrain White House politicians with unethical agendas. Therefore, the intellectually deprived Cartesian culture within America should be a matter of grave concern for the international community. America needs to be quickly unshackled from her Cartesian factory worker heritage. Intellectualism and moral metaphysics needs to be infused into the American culture as quickly as possible. If America is allowed to continue on the existing trajectory, American capitalism driven by her Cartesian heritage might become a threat to world peace. America has managed to nurture a politically ignorant scientific community that could spearhead weapons research programs without being provoked by a moral conscience. Wars essentially represent state supported violence. There is nothing honorable about warfare or military aggression. The military is just an establishment devised by the government for use by the ruling aristocracy. The soldier in the military is willing to trespass into a foreign territory and engage in manslaughter on behalf of the political elite. In America, Robert Oppenheimer might have been the last nuclear scientist to have exhibited moral scruples before reluctantly equipping America’s political elite with outrightly dangerous ammunition. 5