September 11, 2001
served as pretext to consolidate power,
destroy civil liberties and human rights,
and wage permanent wars against invented enemies for global dominance over world markets,
and cheap labor
– at the expense of democratic freedoms and social justice.
Engdahl’s book presents a frightening view of the future,
arriving much sooner than most think.
As for ordinary people, Russia is instructive for what’s heading everywhere:
— mass impoverishment
— an epidemic of unemployment
— loss of pensions and social benefits
— 80% of farmers bankrupted
— tens of thousands of factories closed and the country de-industrialized
— schools closed
— housing in disrepair
— skyrocketing alcoholism, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, suicides, and violent crime.