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Fodderize v.t. 1. To break down individual components; to make fungible; to disregard difference; to render one easily substituted for another 2. To impose sub-quality goods or services upon, with little recourse 3. To cap role choices, hinder access to resources regardless of merit, and so avoid competition 4. To manage perception by propaganda-spin techniques, while concealing dispositive facts 5. To manipulate, lure, exploit, deceive

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Economic Potato. Induced Famine. History's Ace for Power. Blight it.

The 21st Century's Economic Blighted Potato.  
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Frederick Douglas saw truths -- people can be starved into submission. http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/douglass.htm.  Inconvenient, aspiring people, can be cut off at the knees, leaving power in place.

It recurs as a power issue. Economic recession, verging on depression. An induced devastation, as in Ireland
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Economic or physical starvation for a population, or powerless sub-population, is an economic choice, not a "natural" necessity. In most cases, resources are available.  Those controlling the resources, however, often and with intention, will not share.
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Look at today's Republican "Starve the Beast", aimed against any government boost for matters that might benefit the non-donor class after the economic near-collapse caused by the Bushyears  (benefits like infrastructure, and jobs).


What similarity is there in history?  Ireland in the 19th Century. Right out of the Rove or Tea Party, even though they may be at odds, playbook:
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There was plenty of food in Ireland while people were starving.  See Irish Food Exports, Famine Years. See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/victorians/famine_01.shtml  
.There are also money and resources in this country while jobs and cash are out-sourced, out-banked. Who are the Republicans of today.  Like those forces using Ireland for their own ends?  Look up Skibbereen, Ireland, graves and memorial.
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Go back to history.
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Compare this ongoing program to the old British-descended powers in Ireland, and their power play, inducing famine among the indigenous by refusing to release food to the starving when the potato blight hit. See the history of the Irish Great Hunger, the Potato Famine, at http://www.irelandinformationguide.com/Irish_Potato_Famine
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The "gorta mor" - the great famine.  Make the losers leave, or die in place.
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All ye professors out there, see how British trade practices starved so many.  See http://www.schillerinstitute.org/economy/nbw/pot_famine95.html
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WikiAnswers is garbage. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_Irish_immigrants_come_to_America_during_the_1800%27s. There was plenty of food.  The rich would not release it, lest their profits be diminished.

Ours.  The first economic collapse has been averted narrowly, and now powers want to do it again - bring to the brink, and hit the poor. Famine, famine.  Induce it.  Win. Parallels: Starve the Beast; to Starve the Irish Poor.  Does nothing change?