Some years ago, various South American countries were in deep financial doo doo. I forget the acronym, but the big banks would come in and loan money to the country, at interest, to ease the pressure. The country had to sign papers giving all their assets to the company. I think it was Bolivia that I am thinking about. The government had to sign almost everything over to big companies (Privatize the assets) to get the loan. I think Beckman (their SA company) got the water rights. In the cities, they fired most of the workers and raised the water rates enormously. With nobody left that knew the system, it quickly broke down. Water was scarce, so they raised the rates again. Then they went to small villages and told them that their town wells now belonged to them and charged for the villagers taking water out of “their” well. Police shot quite a few protesters. This “privatizing” went on, spreading to almost everything a profit could be squeezed out of.
*Finally, the people revolted, but that was built into the plan as well. After much violence and death, the companies felt they had gotten everything they could squeeze out of the country, took everything that wasn’t nailed down and left.
*In this country, the situation is a bit different. The big companies and bankers own most of the country, its government, its courts, its law enforcement and its military.
*We the People are being pushed beyond our limits by the fraud and deceit in this government and Wall Street. As there is little or no “redress of grievances” left to us, and “freedom of speech” is no more, sooner or later, there will be a revolt.
*When we were first being Bushwhacked by the shrub, he had a string of no-bid concentration camps built by KBR. (“For use should there be a bird flu epidemic, an immigration problem, or such other use as the President may determine.”) Posse Comitatus was revoked, the “SA” is increasing in viciousness, beatings, arrests, etc.
*The rules for declaring martial law have been altered to the point where it can almost be declared if the President has a nightmare.
*When We the People have finally had enough and the protests turn into revolt against this criminal mob that has bought the government, there will be troops in the streets and the camps will begin to fill up with those who object to being stripped and run by criminals.
*When Wall Street has wrung us dry, I am sure they will suddenly find a home in Switzerland, leaving us to deal with our chaos to the best of our remaining ability.
*I hope this turns out to be another “bad novel,” but I am not so sure.