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2:8 Decembrist: State Capitalism & the Internet (11/25/2014)

I rewrote this idea & submitted it to The Blacklist Exposed:
http://www.goldenspiralmedia.com/feedback
They are soliciting ideas on where The Blacklist should go. You may have read an earlier version (detail is at the links). I saw the “spoiler” link โ€“ it just says they are looking for someone to play one of the alliance guys Fitch mentioned before he exploded. So, this is a bit of a promo, I guess.

“My guess is the ‘valuable information’ Red has is a copy of a plan [FULCRUM is an acronym for the Plan] for world domination, a new world order based not on nation-states, democracy, free markets and open access to information, but on centralized, government-sponsored corporate power [“State Capitalism,” the Chinese model] with a public molified by governmentally controlled media โ€“ requiring the end of the Internet.” The plan names names โ€“ like Fitch, embedded at the highest levels of governments around the world. The plan will come to fruition in 2017. To reveal the list would identify the extent of the infiltration and blow the plan.

This is The Economist on State Capitalism: “State Capitalism โž” “A system in which political elites control economic activity for political gain [“crony capitalism”]. The standard bearers of state capitalism are autocraciesโ€”most importantly China but also Russia and various Arab countries….

“State capitalists cannot tolerate the two things that make for dynamic economies:

1) the free flow of information [e.g. the Internet] that empowers entrepreneurs & consumers and
2) the creative destruction that allows vigorous new firms to replace tired old ones.”

โ‹™ CRITICAL DATE: December 25, 1990 โ€“ the day AFTER Red disappeared โ€“ was the day the World Wide Web was born. (Details at links). [Megan Boone MT’d my tweet about this.] The Web was the “killer app” that put the Internet into the hands of the masses. According to the original script for the pilot, Red was no Luddite. He was an Intelligence Officer, who was the DOD’s Liaison to the NSA.

The plan is already in play. It began with the end of the Cold War and will culminate in 2017, when the next US President takes power. Maybe the “alliance” will have a candidate running for President, a REAL “dark horse.”

State Capitalism vs the Internet, Pt 1:ย http://bit.ly/1x6dtZT

November 13, 2014

State Capitalism vs the Internet, Pt 2:ย http://bit.ly/12ySgdB

November 17, 2014

I hope they keep The Blacklist grounded in reality and not spin off into science fiction or conspiracy. (p.s. State capitalism is NOT conspiracy. It is a major challenge, alongside which ISIS and Ebola pale in comparison.) The WWW birthday is either a lucky coincidence or the writers are way ahead of me (and I was at some of those early W3C meetings.)

[Cross-posted at WSJ Speakeasy]

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Additional sources on State Capitalism:

The Economist (2012): State capitalism http://econ.st/11lUfBY
The Economist (2012): The visible hand http://econ.st/1tkzrl9
ForeignRelations (2009): State Capitalism comes of age http://fam.ag/15B6yfB
WSJ (2010): China’s ‘State Capitalism’ Sparks a Global Backlash http://on.wsj.com/1zYPiKO
Bloomberg (Aug): Statist Strongmen Putin and Xi See Historyโ€™s Capitalism Clash http://bloom.bg/1vPOHN5

WSJ/PetersonFoundation Nicholas Rowdy (Sep): Is Chinaโ€™s โ€˜State Capitalismโ€™ Dead? Another View http://on.wsj.com/1xUArSx
// 9/10/2014

TheEconomist (2012): State capitalismโ€™s global reach: New masters of the universe http://econ.st/1rwp2lK

TheEconomist (2012): Something old, something new: A brief history of state capitalism http://econ.st/1vPHRaN //โž” explains the rise of state capitalism in Russia & China since the Cold War:

“The final event was the collapse of Soviet communism. This was initially seen as one of the great triumphs of liberalism, but it soon unleashed dark forces. Communist apparatchiks-turned-oligarchs grabbed chunks of the economy. Between 1990 and 1995 the country’s GDP dropped by a third. Male life expectancy shrank from 64 to 58. Once-captive nations broke away. In 1998 the country defaulted on its debts.

“The post-Soviet disaster created a craving for order. Vladimir Putin, then Russia’s president, reasserted direct state control over ‘strategic’ industries and brought the remaining private-sector oligarchs to heel. But just as important as the backlash in Russia was the one in China. The collapse of the Soviet Union confirmed the Chinese Communist Party’s deepest fear: that the end of party rule would mean the breakdown of order. The only safe way forward was a judicious mixture of private enterprise and state capitalism.”



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