Capital Behaviors: The Subtle Art of Tyranny

Dr. Rinaldi's Horror Cabinet

John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney in Surveillance Capitalism: Monopoly-Finance Capital, the Military-Industrial Complex, and the Digital Age offer us a view onto the world of monopoly capitalism. The rise of neoliberal Western economies that began after WWII came about according to them through the consolidation of surveillance technologies in three domains: (1) militarism/imperialism/security; (2) corporate-based marketing and the media systems; and (3) the world of financialization.

It was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who first observed the dark horizon of the convergence of what came to be known as the Military Industrial Complex after the war, realizing that an enormous expansion of the national security system, bringing civilian scientists, industry, and contractors within this expanding and secretive arm of government had come about due to the needs of defense after the war. Bringing together the academy, sciences, and industry a nexus was formed that could be aligned to both military and peacetime…

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