Pam Martens is a lefty muckraker who does articles for Counterpunch, Alternet, Z… the usual suspects. Having done a bit of this with the Tillman case (I & II), I can appreciate how much time and work it takes to dig up facts that people don’t particularly want to se dug up. Kudos. The content of this piece, however, has another element: The ideological soundbytes of the libertarian shock troops in this political gambit she describes over New Hampshire way (right-wingers always seem to find the prettiest places they can to fuck up). Because readers here may feel the tug of approval at some of those libertarian-esque soundbytes, the dislike of public schools, for my own example (I have concluded to my own satisfaction that public education – as the main expression of “education” – is damaging our children). So there are a couple of good threads hiding in this one. The thread that intrigues me is, of course, is the muckraking, since I love a good who-dun-it. A real conspiracy, at the managerial level where real conspiracies are possible and practiced, with names and addresses, designed for the most vulgar and cynical kind of manipulation – including the big-boyz/gurlz’ disgusting manipulation of this variety-pak of “libertarian” emigrants, some who may even be deranged (mentally ill, if you like medicalese) people.
It’s the stuff of good noir. Wait’ll you meet Zack Bass, who puts the creep back into character. For this Jesus freak, it’s also a good example of the Spirit of Malevolence in it’s best role – the con-artist. Caveat emptor.
“Anarcho Capitalists” Backed by $25 Billion Corporate Giant
The Far Right’s Plot to Capture New Hampshire
By PAM MARTENS
One of the most audacious and cynical corporate-backed social experiments in living memory, the Free State Project in New Hampshire, has now shifted into damage control mode. Free State operatives learned this past week of my article that appears in the current subscription edition of CounterPunch, taking the first in-depth look at their plan to entice 20,000 out-of-state ultra libertarians and anarchists to move to New Hampshire and implant an extremist brand of free market capitalism: a brand the corporate backers hope will lead to a gutting of business regulations, environmental laws, and return the state to the right wing of the Republican fold. (Currently, all three branches in New Hampshire, known for its pivotal first primary status, are controlled by Democrats.)
An effort at damage control is playing out in the Free Staters’ internet pummeling of this author and a reporter at the Keene Sentinel newspaper in southern New Hampshire, Phillip Bantz, who made reference to the revelations in the …