Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fracturing Jamaica

The official death toll is up to 44 in Jamaica, where troops loyal to the government have been on the hunt for a reputed drugs kingpin. "Dudus" Coke has been targeted for extradition by the U.S. government and apparently didn't decide to go peacefully. His network of supporters and associated criminals have so far been able to fight police and troops to a standstill.

Mr. Coke had to resort to overt violence after years of being one of the most successful parasites feeding off the government structure through bribes, artificially high costs for his products via drugs prohibition, and protection money paid out to government officials (allegedly). He should have taken a lesson from the criminal parasites in the U.S. and gone into finance, then he could have chipped in with the Wall Street Bankster Posse and bought the SEC, FDIC, Treasury and DOJ and been in on the looting of the United States to the tune of a trillion dollars when their paper-trading schemes went bad instead of going into the drugs production and transportation business. If nothing else his security costs would have been lower. Plus, virtual businesses have much lower overhead.

As an aside, this may be one of the many facets of how the looming catastrophic breakdown will play out. Secessionist tendencies, anger, etc. might not result in many official "independence" movements or outright civil wars (in the early years), but an increasing hollowness of the state with occasional flashes of violence like this, which happen when the state feels forced to make sure that everyone respects the fig leaf of legitimacy by resorting to force - which is all many governments have left.

Hard times for Jamaica. A warning for the rest of us.


David said...

You nailed it with the comment on the banksters. We frequently discuss topics here that touch on "how will future historians (or socionomists) view our current events and conditions?"

In a century or four it will be widely understood that Western Civilization was riven with near-total corruption yet the citizenry appeared oblivious. The trillion $ train robbery was witnessed by all and elicited three "that sucked!" and a chorus of yawns. It set up a few individual families to end up owning and controlling vast amounts of residual capital post-crash, much as those running the USSR ended up as the "oligarchs" controlling vast amounts of what value remained in Russia.

Attempts on the part of gov't in the US to remind everyone "who's boss" will only work when highly concentrated on easily isolated groups. 4th generation, diffuse entities like street gangs are already too formidable and the secessionist spirit already bubbles among many of those who own resistance-capable arms.

David said...

In addition, the entire US power framework is built on continuous resupply. A US foot soldier's main weapon is the radio, by which he calls in air strikes or artillery.

What happens when the market providing that continuous flow of gov't contract goods, from food and fuel to rifle cartridges, stops running on all cylinders? Already in Illinois we see what can happen: a supplier refused to ship the IL department of corrections an order of ammunition because the supplier refused to offer the state more credit.

Whether we speak of Argentina or Jamaica, we're seeing situations that bear little resemblance to a US cataclysm because while those countries were small and the US (among others) remained with ready supply of things at the right price. This time (unless Martians start up an export economy) there will be no 3rd party supplier.

We sail into uncharted waters...with neither GPS, compass, nor sextant.