In understanding inequality and the path to inequality it is important to understand the pervasive connections which have created this inequality, sometimes quite abstract, but nevertheless quite concrete.
So let us observe the incredibly expansive CIA family.
(The Obama CIA family, the Mueller CIA family, the Geithner CIA family, the Farrell CIA family . . .
Recently I read two interesting items: the first, a hatchet job on Jessie Ventura in that rag called, Men's Journal
, and the second, a most outstanding book just published from a Canadian academic and former journalist, Andrew Cohen, called, Two Days in June
, covering, in great depth with extraordinary balance, two days in the Kennedy Administration when President Kennedy gave two profound speeches; the first on transforming our thoughts and beliefs about the Soviet Union, and the second on civil rights.
The hatchet job article on Ventura suggested he was dishonest, yet the author gave no examples to prove such. He criticized Ventura as a populist and progressive governor, who certainly met the label for extreme liberalism.
The author's primary criticism was Ventura's subtle attempt at humor, asking the Dalai Lama if he had ever viewed the movie, Caddy Shack
The purpose of the hatchet job? Well, since Ventura was libeled by that author of American Sniper
(the former SEAL commando and sniper who died during his program of helping out combat vets with PTSD by bringing them to the shooting range for practice --- bringing sufferers of PTSD, known to exhibit extreme mood changes and instant rages, to a shooting range???? Holy crap!).
The court case brought against this sniper fellow was won by Ventura, because the witnesses which testified on Ventura's behalf were not connected to him, and could prove they were at the bar in question that night, while the sniper fellow's four SEAL buddies who testified on his behalf, couldn't prove they had been there!
CNN's Anderson Cooper, of the Vanderbilt family and who interned at the CIA at Langley during his summers while attending Yale (now how many journalists routinely intern at the CIA, one seriously wonders??????), also attacked Jessie Ventura on this subject.
Wonder why? Could it be since Ventura started asking some basic questions surrounding the Kennedy and King assassinations? The 9/11 attacks? His conspiracy show?
Cohen's book, Two Days in June
, is a tremendous read, and truly exemplifies the typical supercharged activity so reminiscent of the JFK White House, completely contradicting the revisionists claiming the JFK administration accomplished anything!
One action President Kennedy and his group took which I was unaware of, was to work to obtain a compromise from Indosia's President Sukarno, who had been the target of assassination attempts during the Eisenhower Administration, when the CIA (Operation Hike) attempted to overthrow his government. Kennedy was doing this on behalf of Rockefeller-owned oil comanies, Stanvac and Caltex (later it would just be P.T. Stanvac Indonesia), when Sukarno was moving to nationalize the operation.
JFK would succeed in an somewhat equitable deal, whereby the refineries and pumps went to Indonesia, and the companies were awarded drilling rights for the next thirty years (had he not done this, the hit on the Indonesian economy would have been detrimental, since they had no petroleum exploration and drilling expertise).
This would all be overturned during the Johnson administration, when the CIA again worked to overthrow the Sukarno administration, and the violence was such that the rivers literally ran red with blood.
The liaison with the Indonesian government, an employee with P.T. Stanvac Indonesia, was none other than the stepfather of Barack Obama, and all information suggests Obama's mother was a member of the CIA team in place to make this coup happen.
Obama's mother would only leave there after the pro-America Suharto was in place, at which time the refineries and pumps were given back to the Rockefeller-owned oil companies and Suharto's thugs murdered the union leaders there, beginning with those at the oil company (which, oddly enough, never complained to the US government about that).
Obama's mother had been given a grant by Timothy Geithner's father, employed at a CIA-affiliated foundation, as a cover.
Timothy Geithner's father, from a close examination of his career, was obviously also CIA, and only worked in the private sector for one year, as a special assistant to the president of a mining company involved with Columbia, where Diana Farrell's CIA family was then stationed.
Interesting to many progressives was the appointment of Farrell, the queen of jobs offshoring, to Obama's National Economic Council (she wasn't even an economist, simply a jobs offshoring specialist with McKinsey), but really it was all keeping it in the great big CIA family.
No wonder Obama reappointed Bush appointee, Robert Mueller III as the FBI director, when Mueller was the grandnephew of Richard Bissell, one of the top three CIA dudes fired by President Kennedy, while Mueller's wife was the granddaughter of Gen. Cabell, another of those top three CIA dudes fired by Kennedy, which would make Mrs. Mueller the grandniece of the then-mayor of Dallas on the day of JFK's assassination, Earl Cabell.
Books have been written about Ruth Paine, who was married to Michael Paine, the couple who originally rented out living area to Lee Oswald and his wife and daughter, but they never mention that Ruth Paine was a member of a CIA family, her sister being a career CIA analyst and psychologist, and her brother-in-law also CIA.
More interesting, is that Michael (Forbes, Dudley, Cabot) Paine was a cousin, once removed, from our present SecState, John (Forbes, Dudley, Winthrop) Kerry.
Michael Paine appears to have previously worked at several CIA-front organizations, just as Barack Obama, after college but prior to law school, also happened to work at a CIA-front organization.
Coincidence? Or one big CIA family?
The CIA, as the other intelligence organizations, have a long record of working on behalf of, and answering to, the plutocracy and their plutocrat masters.
And that road has led to the massive inequality of today.