The United States of America was declared an independent nation more than 200 years ago. During that relatively short period of time in history it has struggled through problems small and large, internal and external. It has triumphed over adversity, championed the individual, and has risen to prominence on the world stage. It has a storied history to be sure, but one tainted by an unforgiveable economic system. This system is one that perpetuates racism, violent crime, and anti-social behavior. It economically validates and encourages wars fought in support of land usurpation, slavery, and the perpetual existence of criminal elements within society. Worse yet, it encourages the growth of economic disparity throughout the world and exploits the impoverished. Eventually, though, all those who have been transgressed will see no other opportunity than to strike against the system that has wronged them. That becomes the possibility of war against the United States.
Expropriation of property in land.
The genocide of the Native American population by Andrew Jackson and the United States government can be epitomized by the Indian Removal Act signed into law in 1830. The most characteristic event resulting from this law is the Trail of Tears, where 4,000 Cherokees were killed during a forced march in the fall and winter months. Unfortunately, genocide has dwindled away the Native American population. That, combined with the segregation, isolation, and appeasement of the once-great civilized tribes, realistically prevents any reclamation of previously utilized lands. Certainly intended as an unapologetic land grab, the United States continues to support imperialist policy by enabling private ownership of the equivalent of small countries or multiple U.S. states. The landowners who have acquired these lands with the blessing of the federal government must be reminded that such claims of ownership are illegitimate. Colorado is one state where a concentration of wealth resides with white people who have directly or indirectly profited from the sale of bloody lands. Specifically, Douglas County, CO is a county of wealthy commuters that has a 93% white population, and less than 2% black, asian, or native populations. The recent movie theater shooting at the midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises occurred here, showcasing a discontented population that could be utilized to create a “County of Tears” for white people to be taught the history that their privileged lives grew from, striking back at symbolic and actual landowners in the United States who stole land.
Public services are generally under-utilized in the United States, a result of social isolation stemming from commodity production and individualism. The funds that provide these services, however, remain taken from the people regardless of whether or not they use the service. Taxes are something that the economic reformists often address from a philosophical perspective. American culture has such an individualized culture that even the concept of taxes is lost on people only concerned with how taxes affect them as individuals. Many people do not understand what their taxes pay for, and identify the issue of taxation from an equality perspective, as a class struggle between the poor and the rich. The owners of companies that seek to maximize capital and avoid paying for public services could in fact provide them at a reduced cost to the whole, but that is surely not their interest. Companies with off-shore accounts to relieve their personal tax burden place an even heavier burden upon those without the means to do so, in effect causing a relative percentage hike for those with lower incomes. That is why such accounts could be targeted to bring equilibrium to taxation and spread taxation more considerately around the nation.
Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
Under the current economic system of the United States, all men and women are not created equal. Individuals are born expected to become producers of commodities, unskilled laborers. Only an accumulation of capital can change that fate, and when the owners of the means of production already have an exclusive stranglehold on capital, such ambitions often fall by the wayside. Not for the privileged, though, not for the hoarders of capital. The children of the wealthy are born with the same lack of skills needing development for the production of commodities. The difference between the privileged and the under-privileged then becomes two-fold. First, the privileged have increased opportunities to be able to invest in developing their skilled labor. Second, they have an accumulation of capital already stored should they carry on their familial legacies of exploiting unskilled laborers. These individual capitalists have no skills to attribute their continued accumulation of capital and are worthless to society not because they are unskilled, but also because they exploit the poor. The Walton family was started by Sam Walton, but two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and two nieces continue to disadvantage others and accumulate capital. Fred C. Koch had four sons that have fought each other viciously over their father’s accumulated wealth. Frank Mars has three children who inherited lessons in chocolate-making from their great-grandmother. It would be a mistake to allow these people to continue to accumulate capital at the expense of the exploitation of other capable human beings. These people could be targeting not for kidnapping or ransom, but instead to eliminate them to show their insignificance and lack of positive contribution to our shared world.
Confiscation of the property of all emigrants.
Companies that outsource, exploiting labor abroad, are even more gruesome than their nationalist counterparts. Documents seized from members of the LeT terrorist group reveal plans to carry out suicide attacks on software companies in India that engage in this act. Similar efforts could also be made against the stateside corporate headquarters of these outsourcing companies to speed their demise. Such companies could be targeted with prejudice stateside since there are minimal repercussions to the exploited workers employed abroad. Operational headquarters for companies like the Accenture consulting firm in Chicago or IBM in New York could be targeted as symbolically selected targets with little collateral damage from exploited workers, since many of them are employed outside of the United States away from their operational headquarters.
The national deficit is a concern only for the current economic system. Invisible money, credit, and the likes of those commodities that do not actually exist in this world are the concern of the bourgeoisie. Even physical money as a commodity becomes irrelevant following a transitioned economy. Yet since these commodities, invisible and marginal alike, are important to defining the bourgeoisie to each other by defining their purchasing power, their ability to invest capital, they become symbols of the need for transition to a better economic system. Luckily, there are banking institutions that serve as real-world symbols that could be attacked to inflict moral and actual damage to the commodities hoarded by individuals. Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, among others are high priority targets that could deny the purchasing power of individuals to exploit workers, as well as indicate to the rest of the population that these institutions are vulnerable. Whether action taken is physical damage to the facility and it supplies of inanimate objects representing accumulated capital, or if it is simply computer-based hacking that siphons or denies accounts is irrelevant. The main objective would be to target these locations to implicate the bourgeoisie and show that they and their possessions are no longer safe to exploit this world.
Imagine the sheer terror that would break out should Americans be unable to utilize their cellular phones. It would force face-to-face interactions, a social skill lacking as generations become increasingly anti-social as a result of the commodification of the individual. They would be unable to play games to distract them from lackluster lives, unable to have private conversations with their closed circles of friends. They would have to meet new people and socialize. It would be chaos. That is why wireless telecommunications service providers such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint could be targeted to disrupt the population’s refuge from the exploitation so many face. The towers especially would make ideal targets, as simple structures not regularly monitored by security and providing minimal collateral damage.
One would of course be remiss to fail to mention the economic impact of one of the most culturally significant occurrences in the United States in recent times, the September 11 attacks. Even with increased reactionary security measures, it becomes a daunting task to monitor and screen each individual for possible terrorist actions prior to boarding an aircraft. Racial profiling as an attempt to narrow the odds of preventing such acts actually serves as an enabler for terrorist activity aboard aircraft. While security personnel focus their efforts on a targeted population, the races less suspected are free to carry out whichever act they intend with little hindrance other than 100% security checks. Creating increased security concerns creates enough of an economic impact alone, but carrying out attacks on board and using aircraft can focus on a largely bourgeois portion of the population. The large population of businessmen traveling abroad to spread exploitation could be targets.
There must be some respect paid to the original inspiration for the concept of the exploitation of the laborer, the factory system. First identified as the materialization of the exploitation of labor, the factory system represents a realization of the means of production unable to be seized upon by the worker, who is instead relegated to unskilled labor. The unskilled laborer then drives down the cost of labor because of increased competition, leading to exponential growth of capital at the expense of the worker. Exploitation has transformed and been multiplied since the industrial age, and it is more than just the factory worker who suffers at the hands of the greedy. In order for a representation of the transition of the current economy to be shown, factory workers could seize the means of production and create a temporary worker’s haven for symbolic purposes. This would be one piece for the transition of the economy.
Espionage could help undermine the economy. According to the latest economic espionage report to Congress from the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, although foreign collectors will remain interested in all aspects of U.S. economic activity and technology, they’re probably most interested in the following areas:
-Information and communications technology, which form the backbone of nearly every other technology;
-Business information that pertains to supplies of scarce natural resources or that provides global actors an edge in negotiations with U.S. businesses or the U.S. government;
-Military technologies, particular marine systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other aerospace/aeronautic technologies; and
-Civilian and dual-use technologies in fast-growing sectors like clean energy, health care/pharmaceuticals, and agricultural technology.
Transition of the economy cannot be expected to occur if there is no encouragement of revealed inefficiencies and assistance to other, possibly weaker economies. Such action can be funded from abroad, but ownership must eventually be taken by internal groups in order to effectively show the need for a transitioned economy. It is in the interest of the most impoverished that the more fortunate are obliged to fight to expose their own economy’s faults. The successful transition to a new economy will then benefit everyone.
Coalition(s) of the Exploited.
What follows is a depiction of two possible scenarios in which a coalition is formed in order to intervene in the status quo’s stranglehold on the world economy. Highly idealistic and logistically demanding, they are intended to be depictions of possible allies against an exploitive economic system rather than an actual proposed plan.
First is a depiction based on historical relations and interventions ordered for self-serving economic interests and to ensure compliance with an economy based on exploitation. It shows a coalition comprised of those nations invaded throughout the entire history of the United States. The national targets are based on equivalent populations for economy of force.
|Panama City||Panama||to||Ft. Lauderdale||Florida|
|Santo Domingo||Dominican Republic||to||New York||New York|
The second depiction is based on the currently assessed threat environment to the United States and its political and economic interests. The national targets are based upon cargo volume at U.S. ports. This depiction can also be an alternate reading of the first.
|Honolulu||HI||Pacific||Papua New Guinea|
This document is formally intended as a depiction of possible threats to the United States, its current economic system, and the level of privilege of the status quo. Informally, it is intended to serve as a suggestive reminder of the attainable power of change and the ability of people to institute more than just reform.