Neoliberalism is rooted in the Reagan Revolution of 1980, when this long-time fascist and former Hollywood FBI anti-Communist snitch teamed up with Ed Meese, the former Bay Area anti-free speech prosecutor, to create the most criminal U.S. administration in history. In fact, when campaigning for president in 2008, Obama publicly announced that his ideological mentor was Ronald Reagan.
While Reagan’s term as Governor of California in the 1960s was replete with FBI collusion against the Free Speech Movement, initiated by students at UC Berkeley, his career as an informer during the HUAC witch hunts against Hollywood screenwriters and actors were his formative years. The fact Obama chose him as his guiding light says something definitive about Neoliberalism.
In May 2007, in an attempt to resurrect the cult of conservatism embodied in their reactionary cultural icon, Republican Party faithful held a Reagan revival in San Diego. As the godfather of Iran-Contra and other crimes against humanity, Reagan was celebrated by the GOP for pioneering the abolishment of international law and human rights. But as this photo gallery of Bloody Thursday May 15, 1969 so dutifully documents, the befuddled fascist, who rode into White House history with a pair of pearl-handled six-guns, had a long history of killing for his misguided ideas.
As Governor of California, Reagan’s merciless crusade against communism drove him to send thousands of municipal police, state patrol, and national guard to attack the residents of Berkeley for the crime of beautifying a University of California vacant lot by planting flowers and cleaning up debris neglected by the school. 210 citizens were seriously wounded by law enforcement gunfire; 1 was murdered; thousands more were physically incapacitated by CS gas and baton blows.
Eleven years later, Americans rewarded Reagan with the two-term presidency that laid the groundwork for the criminal privatization of government now being consolidated under his ideological heir.
When the US abandoned any pretense at pursuing democratic values, opting instead for an economy based solely on exporting violence and fraud, the window of opportunity for democratic reform in Latin America rapidly closed. As Upside Down World reports, the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras has set in motion a replay of President Reagan’s murderous meddling in Central America, while Plan Colombia and the reintroduction of U.S. military bases in Chile and Argentina preclude even Neoliberal independence in South America.
As President Obama seeks to emulate and maybe even surpass the ruthlessness of his mentor President Reagan, democracies and democratic movements in the Western hemisphere are no more immune to U.S. military aggression and economic subversion than are Central Asia or the Middle East.