The bipartisan assault on the US middle class continues.
Huntington’s published analysis for the Trilateral Commission (“The Crisis of Democracy”) represents the establishment’s reaction to the ’60s phenomenon and a long-term strategy for preventing its reemergence. Published in the mid-70’s, its primary economic prescription is a reduction in US living standards. The Carter administration was the launch pad for the implementation of the Trilateralist strategy.
“During the 1960s and 1970s ruling elites in the United States-and throughout the West-were challenged with militant protest from a wide cross-section of the public: workers, Native Americans, ;Blacks, women, poor people, students, Chicanos, Asian Americans, gays, environmentalists. The antiwar movement shook the bipartisan foreign policy consensus which was grounded in the Cold War and U.S. supremacy. Pressure mounted for a more equitable and democratic political, economic, and social system.
Protest was nonviolent and violent, organized and spontaneous, short-lived and enduring. Hundreds of thousands of people marched on Washington, a wave of riots hit major cities and universities were shut down. The ruling class response was often brutal. Protesters were beaten and jailed, leaders were murdered. Students, white and Black, were shot down at Kent State and Jackson State. Police brutality was widespread, especially in minority communities. The FBI escalated its counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) against Black, Native American, and Puerto Rican liberation struggles; the New Left; the antiwar movement; and the Women’s movement. The CIA carried out a covert action campaign within the U.S. and abroad against U.S. citizens assumed to be involved in antiwar activity known as Operation M HCHAOS (MH standing for matters related to internal U.S. security and CHAOS signifying its goal of infiltrating and destroying anti-war groups). In 1975 the Trilateral Commission released its book-length study, The Crisis of Democracy: Report on the Governability of Democracies to the Trilateral Commission. Noam Chomsky best summarizes the theme: “Trilateral’s RX for Crisis: Governability Yes. Democracy NO.”
The 1960s are the point of departure for the trilateral analysis. J Samuel Huntington, author of the chapter on the United States, describes this period as the “decade of democratic surge and of the reassertion of democratic egalitarianism.” What must follow, as the trilateralists see it, is the reassertion of elite rule and decades of public apathy. Thus, domestic items on the trilateral agenda include: reducing the expectations of the poor and middle class, increasing presidential authority, strengthening business-government cooperation in economic planning, stricter press self-regulation and government oversight, and pacification of rank and file labor…”
See “The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management” in the reference section below.
Also see: “Notes on Samuel P. Huntington” at