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As U.S. economy is deregulated, corporate malfeasance multiplies and the stock market roars ahead only to suffer catastrophic collapse. With little regard for international law, the U.S. continues to intervene militarily in the Middle East and Latin America. Right-wing think-tanks spring into existence at an unprecedented pace.
The pivotal event for American politics at the dawn of the 21st century was 9/11. The attacks were used to justify two major wars and several smaller military interventions along with an unprecedented attack on civil liberties within the U.S. and the rapid escalation of police state measures. In the following years a mountain of evidence accumulated showing that the official narrative of 9/11 cannot be true. An anthrax attack and the appearance of several new diseases further contributed to an atmosphere of fear and tension in America. Meanwhile corporate crime and corruption reached levels unseen since the onset of the Great Depression and, just as had been the case then, a massive economic crash was the result. Sickened by these events, Americans elected a Democratic candidate promising hope and change. Little did the majority of the public know, but Barack Obama would continue and even expand upon many of the same hated neoconservative policies of the Bush administration. Those who looked deeper, however, were not surprised given that Obama was mentored by Zbigniew Brzezinski, author of the imperialist manifesto The Grand Chessboard.