Tuesday, 13 September 2011

This is a blog of the book Hostile Takeover: The Anglo-American Establishment and the Emerging Global Corporate State. The book unveils and discusses the emerging socio-political structure at the beginning of the 21st Century, while juxtaposing it with the statements of key political figures in the United States and United Kingdom during the second half of the 20th Century, and the early years of the 21st. The book makes particular reference to two key speeches; Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address, and Barrack H. Obama’s speech before the British parliament in Westminster Hall on 25th May, 2011, and how they relate to the past, the present and the future. Over the fifty years since Eisenhower made his speech, to what extent has the “military-industrial complex” of which he warned come to pass? And what is the significance of Obama’s speech in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent world with problems that are almost ubiquitously referred to by those on the political stage as “global”?

This book examines the nature of the society that has been created from the years that followed the Second World War, particularly the prominence of multinational corporations and an Anglo-American political consensus, diagnoses the effect that this structure has had on recent history, the state of the two nations, and our collective psyche, and discloses the likely direction of the global structure as the 21st century unfolds.

Hostile Takeover consists of over 800 pages, encompassing  three sections containing sixteen chapters, which comprise over 300,000 words, with over 130 supporting pictures, graphs and illustrations, and over 3,000 references from media, academic journals, official reports and documents, and an extensive bibliography to support the text. It comprehensively documents the state of the world at the beginning of the 21st century, when it is becoming increasingly clear, firstly, that the days of Anglo-American hegemony are drawing to a close, and secondly, that the powerful entities of the present day are not countries, but multinational corporations, and what this means for the planet and its people. It further discusses the emerging global culture and society that is being erected, the direction and nature of it, and what its emergence means for the future of the British and American people. Finally, the book suggests ways for us to reassert our self-determination and sovereignty in the face of a behemothic global political and corporatist structure that threatens to envelop us all, as well as rediscovering our own individual and collective identity, as opposed to the consumerist one that we have been seduced subconsciously into adopting.

Hostile Takeover is a book intended to be put in front of someone that accepts the ‘conditioned reality’ promulgated by the broadcast media (in particular), who believes that we in the West live in the ‘free world’, who has faith in ‘liberal-democracy’, who believes that the current materialistic Western culture will continue indefinitely, and, above all else, who would utterly reject the idea that there could be an agenda to create a global neo-feudal state, and confronts them with a simple challenge: read this, and then tell me it isn’t happening.

The chapters and sections of the book are as follows:

Part I – The Banking-Military-Industrial-Governmental Complex

1. A Brief History of the Banknote.
2. Money for Nothing and Your Chicks are Paid For.
3. Do we need the Royal Family?
4. Why does the BBC exist?
5. The Illusion of Choice.
6. The War Industry.
7. Bilderberg Comes Out from Behind the Curtain.
8.  Promises and Policies.

Part II – The Consequences of the Corporate State

9. Salmonella in your Food and Fluoride in your Water.
10. Welfare, Workfare and Corporate Welfare.
11. Seventy-Seven Military Interventions to Spread Democracy.
12. The Climate Change Industry.
13. Chernobyl, Fukushima and the Nuclear Industry.

Part III – The Emerging Structure

14. Another BRIC in the Wall.
15. Carbon Credits, Calhoun and Neo-Feudalism.
16. Our Warped Psychological State and the Remedies.      

The book also contains a postscript that addresses various issues that have unfolded since it began being written, including the United States raising its debt ceiling to over $16.5 trillion, and the nation’s subsequent credit downgrading, and the series of riots that occurred in major cities in the United Kingdom in August, 2011.

This book is due to be published in hard copy in the next few months.