‘Middle-class revolution’ fuels Pentagon war plan
Commentary: Neither governments nor capitalists can stop these 12 forces
By Paul B. Farrell
July 10, 2013
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Early in the Iraq war the Bush Pentagon predicted that “by 2020 there is little doubt something drastic is happening,” reported Fortune. “As the planet’s carrying capacity shrinks, an ancient pattern of desperate, all-out wars over food, water, and energy supplies would emerge. … [W]arfare is defining human life.”
The ticking gets louder … the time bomb grows bigger … the explosive fuel goes global … and 2020 is dead ahead.
Recently the tick-tick-ticking became louder in “The Middle-Class Revolution,” a Wall Street Journal feature by the conservative Stanford University political scientist Francis Fukuyama, author of 1992’s “The End of History and the Last Man”: “All over the world,” he writes in the Journal, “today’s political turmoil has a common theme: the failure of governments to meet the rising expectations of the newly prosperous and educated.”
Failure of government? Since when is it the government’s job to “meet the rising expectations” of the middle class? What happened to capitalism? Isn’t this the America where free-market capitalism is the engine of economic growth and prosperity? A new age where government is, at best, a tool helping capitalism to thrive? And, at worst, an anchor slowing capitalists?
The ‘Pentagon 2020’ battle plan