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This is an important video that everyone needs to watch. The recent events in Cyprus (investors getting a “haircut” as the cynical bankers put it), means that anyone who has money in a bank, is in danger of having their money stolen.

The simple fact is that anyone who puts money into a bank account is LENDING money to the bank. This LOAN is regarded as an UNSECURED loan. The bank has every legal right to do with the money whatever they wish, and this includes putting your money at risk. In the event of the  bankruptcy of the banks, unsecured loans would be last in the creditors queue; in reality your money would be lost.

What is even more alarming is that all banks practice FRACTIONAL LENDING. Simply put, this means that banks lend out more money than they have in their possession, usually at  ration of 1:100 (i.e  for everyone one dollar of currency, they can create another $100 of debt). This means that every time someone deposits money into a bank, they are being empowered to create even more debt! The implication of Fractional Lending  is that if every depositor withdrew their funds on the same day, the banks would be insolvent because they would not have the liquidity to service the repayment of the loans.

It has become clear that there are massive levels of collusion between ALL BANKS. The banking world is nothing less than a Ponzi Scheme. The greedy globalists are now beginning to plunder the masses that the new World Order seeks to implode by controlled economic demolition.

Video Originally Published on Mar 19, 2013

Cyprus Looting is Only The Beginning for Global Elite. Alex Jones invites Gerald Celente to discuss the looting of Cypriot bank accounts, and what the future holds for Italy, which may be the next nation to be similarly plundered.

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What is Globalization?

In the 20th century the human race was confronted with such a natural phenomenon as globalization. Globalization can be defined as the process of concentration of power over all the mankind in one person or a small group. This process has been under way throughout the whole human history and is now near completion. Centuries ago Ancient Egyptian priests became aware that globalization can be controlled. They have worked out the overall principles and patterns of controlling society to achieve their own goals, and headed up this process. Let us take a look at how globalization process is being controlled now.

Principle #6: Weapon of War

War is the continuation of politics by other means” — Karl von Clausewitz

The oldest and fastest way of controlling people has always been the war. The object of any war is the conquest of territories, wealth, human resources or complete elimination of enemy. World history has witnessed a great number of brutal wars.

Principle #5: Weapon of Genocide

All the crimes on Earth do not destroy so many of the human race, nor alienate so much property, as drunkenness” — Sir Francis Bacon

The next step in the process of globalization was the transition from “hot wars” waged by ordinary weapons to “cold wars” waged through the so called “cultural co-operation”. It’s possible to completely eliminate or subdue a whole nation to one’s own will by means of such genocide weapons as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, several types of vaccines and genetically modified foods. Yet to keep people unaware of the destructive nature of these weapons they have been disguised as superficially harmless means of relaxation, stress relief, amusement and acquiring immunity to disease. This idea is being inculcated in the minds through culture, mass media, and specially planted proverbs and tokens. In reality these substances are dangerous poisons undermining the genetics of the human species, destroying the human being both morally and physically, wiping out the existing and future generations.

Principle #4: Economical

Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes the laws” — Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Globalizers see no point in destroying nations completely. They are better off leaving a part of the slaves’ population alive having subdued its economics to their narrow clannish interests, but also in such the manner that a nation hasn’t the slightest idea of what is really going on. This can be done through universal money and the institution of credit, by means of usurious interest rates that allow the bankers’ clans to receive skyrocketing profits from credit interest without creating any values for the society, while other people, their families, entire nations have to spend their lives paying off debt and essentially become slaves.

Principle #3: Factual

There are no facts, only interpretations”– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

A whole nation or separate social classes can be ruled much more efficiently after being brainwashed with various ideologies, religious dogmas, sociological doctrines and mass media. Some are subconsciously inculcated with e.g. the theory of Karl Marx, the second with “Allah Akbar“, the third with “Christ is Risen”, the fourth with “Live Fast, Die Young”. And if need be at some point in time people start being collided by activation of inherent contradictions using some special techniques such as provocations, assassinations, scandalous news articles, caricatures or deliberate mistakes, which seem to be accidental from outside. For example, we are now witnessing the attempts to set the traditional Islam and Biblical Christianity against each other, despite the belief shared by quite a number of world religions that God, the Creator, the Almighty is One for all creatures of the Earth.

Principle #2: Chronological

Look behind in the past more often to avoid big mistakes in the future”– Kozma Prutkov

It is common knowledge that one who has forgotten the history of his Motherland is like a tree with no roots. But what would happen if a whole nation forgot its history or accepted some historical myth imposed on it by external hostile elements. To quote George Orwell, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past”. Rewriting of a nations history inevitably leads to alteration of its future..

Principle #1: Ideological – Worldview

If you want to defeat your enemy bring up his children”– oriental wisdom

Conquest of a nation will become most steady, effective and almost irreversible if one manages to somehow alter its worldview nationwide, so that the nation willfully serves the interests of the invaders, considering them a part of their normal life.

“This world a hollow pageant you should deem;
All wise men know things are not what they seem;
Be of good cheer, and drink, and so shake off
This vain illusion of a baseless dream”
Omar Khayyam

Beating the Bomb is about war & peace, foreign policy, vested interests, nuclear war and the fight against them. It is a historical documentary that charts ‘The Bomb’ from 1941 to present day; juxtaposing the political backdrop against the growth of the peace movement and framing the nuclear weapons issue within the wider context of global justice. Beating the Bomb is an independent, non commercial, labour of love production as well as a piece of activism. It features Tony Benn, Mark Thomas, Naomi Klein, George Monbiot, Kate Hudson, Helen John and Vivienne Westwood amongst others.

The hidden fist that keeps the world safe for silicon valley is the United States Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. (Thomas Friedman, New York Times, March 28, 1999)

Humanity is engaged in a race against time because it’s moral advance hasn’t kept up with it’s advance in technology, and it will destroy itself.

Shall mankind renounce war; or should we put and end to the human race? (The Russell / Einstein Manifesto 1955)

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter (Martin Luther King)

 

From the end of World War II, to the turn of the millenium, the United States has been at war with, or bombed the following countries:

  • China (1945-46, 1950-53)
  • Korea (1950-53)
  • Guatemala (1954, 1967-69)
  • Indonesia (1958)
  • Cuba (1959-60)
  • The Belgian Congo (1964)
  • Peru (1965)
  • Laos (1964-73)
  • Vietnam (1961-73)
  • Cambodia (1969-70)
  • Grenada (1983)
  • Libya 1986, 2011
  • El Salvador (1980’s)
  • Nicaragua (1980’s)
  • Panama (1989)
  • Iraq (1991-99)
  • Sudan (1998)
  • Yugoslavia (1999)
To initiate a war of aggression … is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime. Differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole (The Nuremberg Trial Principles adopted by the UN General Assembly)
Subjects covered in this documentary include: nuclear warfare, Nato, the cold war, atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the mutual defence agreement, Polaris submarines, urban missile crisis, proxy wars, Vietnam war, oil, middle east, nuclear weapon states, Israel’s nuclear arsenal, star wars program, cruise missiles, peace movement, Afghan war, military industrial complex, Berlin wall, new world order, Trident missiles, super powers, Iraq war, Saddam Hussein, gulf war, depleted uranium, gulf war syndrome, United States, Britain, China, Russia, Israel, cancers, September 11, 911, war on terror, Taliban, axis of evil, weapons of mass destruction, wealth transfer, Blackwater, Shell, British Petrolium, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, neo liberalism, chemical warfare, biological warfare, BA Systems, militarism, h-bomb, global positioning system, GPS, Galileo, full spectrum dominance, space technology, aerospace industry, national missile defence system, ballistic missile defence system, global domination, green capitalism, arms manufacturing, arms race, peace symbol, Manhattan II project, Cruise missiles. the Nuremberg Trial Principles.

People mentioned in this documentary include: Walter Wolfgang, Tony Benn, Henry Kissinger, Dr Kate Hudson, Rae Street, Dr Ian Farlie Phd, Dr Salam Ismael, Bruce Cagnon, Nancy Romer, Dick Cheney, Mark Thomas, Adam Conway, Achin Vanaik, Zia Mian, Helen John, George Monbiot, Naomi Klein.

Organisations mentioned in this documentary include: NATO, CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty), Doctors for Iraq, Stop the War demonstration September 2004, World Against War Conference 2007, Nukewatch, Orion Laser Facility, Faslane Naval Base, Global Summit on Disarmament 2008, No Trident Conference 2006, Greenham Common March 1983, United Nations General Assembly.

Places mentioned in this documentary include: Aldermaston, Greenham Common 1983, Nuremberg, United States, Britain, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Berlin, Israel, Middle East.

I recently stumbled across these videos. It appears to be a training or induction video for new initiates into the Illuminati. Although it is possible that this is a hoax, I am of the opion that it is not. The information contained in the videos is consistent with what we already know about the mechanics of the Illuminati and the New World Order. Due to the importance of this information, I have decided to add a transcript for hearing impaired people. The video is separated into two segments.

Part 1

Illumicorp’s Ojectives:
  • To transform the United States, and eventually the world, into one cohesive organization.
  • To gain centralized control over the resources of the planet. This is Socialism.
  • To organize, govern, and distribute these resources, for the benefit of all. This is Socialism.
  • To build a utopia for the people of the world to share, based on need (once competition and dissent has been eliminated). This is Socialism.
Class Structures in Society
  • Most people think that society is made up of the Rich, Middle class, and the Poor. What most people do not understand is that their is a fourth level. This is represented by the fourth level (capstone), of the Illuminati pyramid (i.e. the Third Eye component as seen on the One Dollar Bill). The pyramid continues upwards. The capstone is detached from the rest of the social levels and is made up of an elite Board of Directors who own and manage Illumicorp.
  • The three lesser levels of society below the capstone in effect become the assets and resources of Illumicorp.
Illumicorps Organizational Structure
  • It is divided into various administrative branches.
  • Each branch has the same five levels in it’s hierarchy.
  • Each new member begins at the same level (i.e. the Initiate level).

The hierarchical levels are:

  1. President / CEO
  2. Supreme Council
  3. Executive Manager
  4. Initiate Supervisor
  5. Initiate
The Role of Illumicorp’s Members
  • To ensure that they carry out their orders through the sub-corporations and instutions controlled by Illumicorp.
  • They are placed in plain site at the head of a company or institution in the public sector, to carry out the plans delivered to them from above (i.e. their Masters).
  • They are the face of Illumicorp to the outside world and connect with the masses below.
  • They are never to speak publically about their orders or their Masters.
  • They decide strategy and introduce programs that further the goals of Illumicorp.
Illumicorp’s Six Administrative Branches and their functions

I. BANKING AND BUSINESS

  • This is the most effective instrument for global control. Through international banking Illumicorp manipulates the fate of all countries.
  • They have introduced many institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) that work in favour of Illumicorp to impoverish disobedient nations. Debt / death is a powerful weapon against the countries that don’t share Illumicorps vision.
  • The Federal Reserve is their greatest achievement. It is a collection of international banks, owned by Illumicorp members and financiers. It was created to form a centralised banking system through the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. This act was penned by some of Illumicorp’s most esteemed members. The US government does not issue and print money. This is a misconception. When America needs money, it borrows it from the Federal Reserve. The taxes paid by American citizens to the IRS, are almost entirely applied to paying off this debt. This is one of the most crucial sources of funding for Illumicorp.
  • Through mergers and acquisitions, Illumicorp has slowly and silently bought up the majority of United States industry. (Company logos seen in the video: AOL, Motorola, Chase Manhattan Bank, CBS News, Target Retailers, Apple Computers, NBC News, Shell Oil, McDonalds.) Illumicorp and it’s members, own mosty of the oil, transport, banking, media, food, and communications industries in America and abroad. Through few and fewer conglomerates, they are able to effect (with great precision), the machinations of labour and goverment.
  • Ultimately corporations will replace government as a centralized international body that can meet the needs of people worldwide without the chao created by national self-interests. When Illumicorp goes public, corporatism will be the foundation of world government. Conglomerates will merge into one cohesive corporation that is responsible only to Illumicorp and the needs of it’s global employment force.

II. MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE

  • Illumicorp control of the American military is another impressive tool in their possession. They have burtured these institutions lavishly to serve as the prototype for their global police force.
  • Technology and manpower will dominate those who oppose the coming New World Order.
  • By utililizing American Patriotism, they have fostered in the American soldier, the philosophy of peace through superior force. When the time is right, they will migrate that mentality toward belief in a global government who must protect all people through superior force.
  • They have used the military-indusrial complex to build the arsenal necessary to instigate the final cleansing as outlined in Illumincorp’s great plan.
  • The primary target will be Islamic nations who will never submit to their Western-centric domination. Islamic nations also hold much of the remaining oil reserves of the planet. Illumicorp must own that precious reource as it is crucial for maintaining domination over the countries of the world.
  • Through Illumicorp’s enourmous Federal (Reserve) funding of the military, they can develop new forms of warfare and population reduction. The public cannot imagine what they are in the process of developing. Soon, even the weather will be a weapon under their control. (Exmples cited in the video: drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis).

III. POLITICS

  • The political system of America has been under current control of Illumicorp for some time already.
  • All politicians know of their unspoken agreement (partnership), and will do almost anything to stay in power.
  • A two-party political system benefits Illumicorp because it reduces every issue to a black or white debate. Through media thy can play side against side, using each when necessary to support their goals.
  • Due to diminishing faith in the political system, Illumicorp has designed a rogue candidate program to provide a voice for the dispossed. This disperses the impetus for dissent amongst those who do not feel represented by Illumicorp’s candidates, and builds a database of political dissidents.

Part 2

IV. EDUCATION

  • At the turn of the last century, Illumicorp took a serious interest in public education. The Supreme Council realiized that by creating a private organization to dictate curriculum on a Federal level, children could be conditioned to obedience on a mass scale.
  • In the interest of promoting Illumicorp principles in the classroom, hundreds of millions of dollars were invested to create the General Education Board in 1902. The result of doing this is evident today. The doctrines of public education have transformed recent generations into a weaker, more docile mass.
  • Through a meticulously planned curriculum, Illumicorp has control over the process by which the average child learns, moulding them into obedient workers who are conditioned to accept implementation of the Great Plan.
  • In addition, Illumicorp has set up many associations, including the Americal Historical Association that determines and upholds the official view of history. Knowledge is power so we must at all costs be the authors of the truth. By writing history to serve our interests, dissenting voices cannot gain ground and we can vastly influence culture to achieve our prime objectives.

V. MEDIA

  • Illumicorp uses the media to pe public opinion about the current events and conditions desired attitudes about our future agenda. Through news, entertainment, and advertising, we can program a variety of emotions and responses in a collective unconscious.
  • In the past we were limited entirely to print media but now we have multiple mediums to utililize in programming and conditioning the masses.
  • With cable news, we have directed the public to a more entertainment based consumption of world events – Infotainment. This medium is far more effective in subliminal reinforcement of desired attitudes towards our objectives. For instance, we are currently instilling a sense of duty towards environmental issues.
  • With our growing control of the weather through HAARP and Chemtrails, we will scare the public into accepting our global protection agendas. We will then phase into the great cleasing which must occur, to return the global population to a manageable size.
  • We reinforce the desired norm through advertising, creating a model for people to live up to that is virtually impossible to attain. The result is an incomplete, desperate individual seeking acceptance.
  • Through reality television game shows, we repeat the pattern of individual survival versus group survival. This breaks down the idea of community and breeds individuals who seek only their self-interest.
  • With a public that is constantly suspicious and scheming, we maintain the status-quo of a divided population that never thinks to look up.

VI. RELIGION

  • The oldest and perhaps the broadest form of social control utilized by Illumicorp. With religion there is a written code of conduct that must be followed. The authors of the Holy Sciptures knew quite well how to lace that code with commands to maintain their dominance over the population.
  • This system has survived through millenia to keep the flock together and bring us to where we are today.
  • Admittedly religion is losing it’s power of control. However the fanaticism that has arisen during this decline is particularly helpful to Illumicorp. Our invisible influence in the church has helped bring Christian fundamentalists out opf the background. We control their opinions on current issues through policies designed and written at Illumicorp’s headquarters. They are then sent to our ministers who preach the word of god and their interpretation of the Bible to their followers. Their blind faith is used to transform them into willing soldiers to defend our cause during the catastrophes ahead. As the final phase is enacted, we wil propogate end-time prophecy to convince them of their convictions.
  • The rise of Islamic fundamentalism works to Illumicorp’s advantage as a threat that will demand violent action. In the coming years, planned terrorist attacks will warrant a full-scale retaliation and intitiate the final phase of the great plan.
  • Christians will support our actions since they will believe them to be proof of the end times, prophecy by Illumicorp’s religious leaders.
A Word from the President of Illumicorp

We are in the last days of darkness. Together in secret, we wait to begin the final phase of the great plan. The sun is rising, and it will beam a glorious dawn upon our New World. As an employee of Illumicorp, you are above the limitations of nationality, class and religion. You are a member of the Illumined now. Your loyalty and dedication belong only to us. Help us finish the plan. Together we will proudly initiate the New World Order.

Illumicorp’s Latest Project – the Control Grid
  • With a release of technology to the masses, we have a real ability to omplement a control grid with finance, industry, government and military under our strict control. We can safely shift the population into a new world that is monitored and controlled by Illumicorp.
  • Technology such as the Internet, GPS (Global Positioning System), and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips are pillars of the invsible prison we are erecting around the people. Within a decade we will have Real ID cards which contain criminal records and pertinent information all linked to Federal databases.
  • Cell phones will tell us where each individual lives, linked to the same database.
  • Through Intelligence Agencies and Homeland Security we will monitor individuals who oppose the great plan and remove them from the grid.
  • Quickly the population will learn they have a choice; either support the system and benefit from it’s luxuries, or recject it and lose access to the grid.

Comments:

Clearly the concepts and doctrines reveled in this video confirm that the governments of the world are driven and guided by Luciferan doctrine. Satan is indeed the prince of this world but read the book of Reveion in the Bible to see how the story ends!

See also Age of Aquarius, Age of Evil documentary – a must see!

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benton harbour michigan takeoverThe impoverished former industrial town of Benton Harbor has become a flashpoint in the controversy over the new law that allows the governor to appoint Emergency Managers with virtually unlimited authority over local governments.

On Thursday the state-appointed Emergency Manager Joe Harris used the expanded powers granted by the new law to issue an order banning the city commission from taking any action without his written permission.

Benton Harbor City Commissioner Juanita Henry says her constituents are angry and looking for help, but without the power to hold meetings the city commission can’t even provide an official venue for citizens to ask questions and get answers.

“They are using Benton Harbor as a test case,“ Henry said. “If they have disenfranchised the people so badly they just don’t respond to anything, they can do this all over the country.”

Community activist Rev. Edward Pinkney said that many Benton Harbor residents only learned that their city government had been sacked by reading about it in the paper days later.

Though home to the corporate headquarters of appliance giant Whirlpool, the city lost its last manufacturing plant this year, almost half the population lives below the poverty line and the public lakefront has been privatized as part of a luxury golf development backed by the Whirlpool corporation.
(An appeal of the conversion of the city park is underway in federal court.)

Gov. Jennifer Granholm approved a state takeover of Benton Harbor’s finances last year after the city needed help meeting payroll.

Relations have been strained between the elected officials and the Emergency Manager Harris. In January the city commission tried to oust him after criticizing his expenses and his plans to cut the fire department.

“People should be paying attention to what is happening here because Benton Harbor is GROUND ZERO for the future of what is to become of our state under Governor Rick Snyder,“ said Carole Drake, who fought the privatization of Jean Klock Park in state court.

Locals in Benton Harbor said they will work to repeal their state Rep. Al Pscholka, who sponsored the bill, as well as State Sen. John Proos and Gov. Rick Snyder who also approved it.

A group called Heartland Revolution is planning to rally at the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce and march to City Hall on Wednesday, April 27th to protest the takeover of the city.

The total suspension of power for local officials has brought Benton Harbor’s situation into focus for other Michigan communities, where people now worry that growing budget problems could mean that they will face similar loss of assets and control.

“I have been in touch with people all over the state via e-mail, face to face and Facebook … this is a hot
topic all over the place and our community FB page A Referendum to Reject PA 4 has quickly quadrupled in size in just the last 24 hours as we have reposted the link with our different contacts,“ said Traverse City activist Betsy Coffia. “I think Benton Harbor really shook some folks up.”

Coffia said that repeal advocates are talking with legal experts about how to draft official language for a petition.

According to information from the Secretary of State website, in order to have a referendum on a newly enacted law petitioners must gather signatures from 161,305 people — five percent of the number that voted in the last gubernatorial election.

The signatures must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the legislative session in which the bill was passed. If the group manages to gather enough certified signatures, the Emergency Manager law would be automatically suspended until a repeal vote can be held on the next general election date.

“Education is key as the groundwork is laid for an organized referendum to repeal,” Coffia said. “This motivates me to educate as many people as I can so that we will be fully prepared to sign our name as registered voters repealing this law.”

Democracy vs. Profit is Central Issue in Takeover of Benton Harbor, Mich.

brenton harbour residents protestsThere is no place in the United States that more cruelly illustrates the intensifying conflict between corporate power and democracy than Benton Harbor, Mich., the first city to be placed under what some Michiganders call “financial martial law.”

In March, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder won approval of Public Act 4 (i.e., the Emergency Manager law), which permits him to declare that a city is in fiscal crisis and then to appoint an overseer with unlimited powers including the elimination of existing union contracts. Significantly, chief sponsors of Public Act 4 were State Rep. Al Pscholka, who was a former aide to Whirlpool heir U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, and also “a former vice president for one of the major entities involved in building the luxury golf development,” The Rachel Maddow Show reported last week.

One of the first battlegrounds in Benton Harbor is Jean Klock Park: Will the 90-acre park continue to be a public facility on Lake Michigan for poor kids or will it be converted into the massive proposed Harbor Shores golf course, condo and marina development?

Benton Harbor’s population is 92% African-American and deeply impoverished by the de-industrialization of the city and surrounding area. Whirlpool’s recent plant shutdown is the most recent, crushing blow as the corporation continues to expand significantly in low-wage plants in Mexico, despite taking $19 million in federal recovery funds. Benton Harbor is plagued by the lowest per capita income in Michigan ($8,965), with 42.6 percent of the population living below the poverty line, including a majority of kids under age 18.

Like a set of other overwhelmingly poor and black cities whose economic hearts have been torn out by de-industrialization—such as East St. Louis, Ill., Gary, Ind., Chester, Pa.—Benton Harbor‘s plight was largely ignored by the state legislature (although past Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm staged a more limited intervention into the city’s troubled finances, appointing Joseph Harris to be Emergency Financial Manager in early 2010).

This month Harris used the new powers granted to him by the newly passed law, declaring that elected bodies like the Benton Harbor City Council and School Board can meet but cannot make any decisions. The votes of elected bodies and Benton Harbor voters no longer count; the sole decider is Harris, who makes all decisions unilaterally.

State Rep. Fred Dunhal, interviewed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, views the takeover legislation as part of a national drive by a new crop of fiercely right-wing governors, exemplified by Snyder, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich.

Their goal is to virtually eliminate any forces that counter corporate domination of state and local government. “This is part of a national agenda,” said Rep. Dunhal. “It involves breaking the contracts of unions and interfering with the ability of cities to make their own decisions.“

MUCH OF STATE RIPE FOR TAKOVER

With Michigan already staggering from the effects of de-industrialization, the Great Recession hammered the state relentlessly with blow after blow. Every mass layoff caused by the recession means more job losses down the street and less tax revenue to cover rising social needs associated with rising hunger, homelessness, disappeaing healthcare coverage and increasing violence both within the home and on the street.

About 100 other cities, villages and townships are on the verge of fiscal collapse, along with 120 school districts, said Dunhal. Long-suffering Detroit is due for a $179 million cut in state aid thanks to Gov. Snyder, and it too looks vulnerable for a takeover.

Snyder is taking a step normally unthinkable for a Republican: He is raising taxes to the tune of $1.7 billion. But these tax increases are not designed to ease the pain of the recession or address the state’s budget deficit. The tax increases will come at the expense of seniors who lose their property tax credits, the poor who are deprived of Earned Income Tax Credits, and people who want to make tax-deductible donation to public universities.

Incredibly, Snyder is also planning on handing out $1.8 billion to corporations in new tax cuts. While these corporate subsidies will be handed out in the name of “job creation,” a half century of using this approach nationally shows a pattern of abject failure when viewed from the national level.

“Success” in pirating a plant from another state comes at the expense of another region; the $70 billion annually spent on tax cuts and other incentives fail to secure long-term, high-wage employment from foot-loose corporatioins always on the hunt for a better deal; and the tax incentives drain state governments of revenues needed for schools and healthcare, as Greg LeRoy documents in The Great American Job Scam.

However, rather than take steps to address the fiscal crises breaking out all over the state, Snyder’s strategy will leave him in a position to take over more and more of the state’s cities and towns and school districts. He can thus fundamentally reshape Michigan through his appointees by breaking union contracts, substituting private voucher schools for public schools, sell off or lease public assets (e.g., parks, public buildings, power plants, etc.), and privatize water and power systems.

PARK FOR KIDS OR PRIVATE GOLF COURSE FOR ELITES?

One contentious issue in Benton Harbor is the fate of the Jean Klock Park, where developers want to complete the Harbor Shores development project. The land was originally given to Benton Harbor in 1917 by the Klock family in honor of their daughter who died at a very young age.

At the ceremony where the land was given over to the city, John Nellis Klock, the girl’s father, movingly made clear his intentions and those of his wife:

The giving of this park to the city of Benton Harbor has been to Mrs. Klock and myself, the happiest moment of our lives. The deed of this park in the courthouse of St. Joseph will live forever. Perhaps some of you do not own a foot of ground, remember then, that this is your park, it belongs to you. …The beach is yours, the drive is yours, the dunes are yours, all yours. It is not so much a gift from my wife and myself, it’s a gift from a little child. See to it that the park is the children’s.

John Klock believed strongly, “There is little joy in piling up money that you do not need, and so the majority of my earnings have been spent in providing beaches, parks, churches and schools.” But to Harbor Shores developers close to the Whirlpool Corp., the Klocks’ dedication of the park appears to be merely an obstacle to their profits.

The developers have already gained 22 acres of the park to build a portion (three holes) of a 18-hole course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, which opened in 2010. In exchange, Harbor Shores developers swapped land owned by Whirlpool that turned out to be highly contaminated; “taxpayers are now paying for the cleanup of that land through a brownfield redevelopment credit worth millions of dollars,” according to a local blogger and activist.

Fortunately, the developers’ plan is being fought both in the courts and at the grassroots level by community and environmental groups. But the courts have seemed remarkably pliable in response to the developers’ claims about proper public use of parkland.

‘DISASTER CAPITALISM’ AND ‘THE SHOCK DOCTRINE

Thus far, the Michigan martial-law plan closely follows Naomi Klein’s description of corporate elites’ practice of “disaster capitalism” as discussed in her superb book Shock Doctrine. When a disaster strikes—be it the 1973 military coup in Chile or the 2005 Katrina hurricane—it inevitably disorients and disorganizes a population. It creates an opportunity for corporate elites to rush in with plans for a new economic order that would never gain majority support if majority rule and democracy were functioning.

Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has been helping Benton Harbor organizations to resist the state takeover just as he aided workers in Wisconsin to fight against Scott Walker’s union-busting efforts, has called attention to Gov. Snyder’s use of fiscal problems to justify terminating democracy in Benton Harbor:

There’s nothing about the economic crisis that says we should decimate a democracy for a dictatorship. Tyrants often, in the name of emergency, will suspend democracy and seize control of all levels of the government.

This post has been updated with the following corrections: Harris was appointed Emergency Financial Manager by Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2010, not by Gov. Snyder in 2011. Also, the golf course in question is open to the public and 18 holes; but only three holes of the course are in Benton Harbor’s Jean Klock Park.