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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Richard K. Moore: Escaping the Matrix

For some time, Richard K. Moore has been sharing draft chapters of his manuscript Escaping the Matrix: How We the People Can Change the World with his email list. He's now got a draft of Chapter One online. It's a considerably fleshed out version of his amazing article "Escaping the Matrix." You can also find a lot of earlier drafts of other chapters if you check out his newslog archives for the past couple of years. For example, here's the table of contents of an earlier version with links to draft chapters.

But back to the draft of Chapter One:

Chapter 1 - The Matrix

[ mostly unchanged ]
1 Are you ready for the red pill?
2 Imperialism and the Matrix
3 World War II and Pax Americana
4 Popular rebellion and the decline of the postwar blueprint

5 London banking elites and the strategy of oil-based dominance
6 World War I and the House of Morgan

7 The emergence of the Anglo-American alliance
8 Wall Street & The City: covert masters of the universe
9 Abandoning Bretton Woods: the petrodollar scam

10 The neoliberal project

11 9/11 and the New American Century

12 The management of discontented societies

13 The UN and the new-millennium blueprint

14 Capitalism and the Matrix
15 Civilization in crisis


Blogger Unknown said...

Excellent. Between all of us we're starting to weave these threads together.

The next step is a consistent analysis of how the Social Democrats and the Neo-Liberals work together as "good cop/bad cop".

October 16, 2005 1:52 PM  
Blogger Bill said...


I really wouldn't bother about taxation - its not a working class issue - that's been known since Adam Smith pointed out the burden of tax cannot fall on the waged/salaried class - we just pass that burden back onto our employers...

October 17, 2005 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, there are a couple of catches with what you wrote. First, the burden of tax only flows back from workers to employers in equilibrium; in the short term - which matters to people living from week to week - changes hit workers. Second, workers aren't the whole bottom of the heap; that also includes the unemployed, dispossessed, broken men, etc. Taxes can shove more people out of the employed group, which doesn't show in looking at average wages. Joe, can I respectfully suggest a little more editing for brevity and ease of reading?

October 17, 2005 11:48 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...


your statement on the harmonizing effects of competition is very well put.


Adam Smith's position on taxes may apply in a free market, but in a cartelized market large corporations can pass costs (including taxes) on to the consumer. And the power to externalize costs through the state's taxing and spending powers is key to the existence of large-scale corporate capitalism.

October 18, 2005 7:59 PM  
Blogger rkm said...

Hi guys, this is Richard Moore, author of Escaping the Matrix. The book is now available, see: http://escapingthematrix.org.

It is perhaps unfortunate that I posted drafts of chapters while I was writing: they don't give a fair picture of the final product. I find myself in agreement with much of what you folks have been saying in these comments.

In addition, the book needs to be read in sequence. The later chapters only make sense after layers of the matrix have been removed by earlier chapters.

bye for now,
Richard Moore (rkm)

March 06, 2006 3:19 AM  

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