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Economic Warfare

Ruin a country through economic chaos and attrition
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OK. First, buy large amounts of stock in companies in foreign companies. LARGE amounts. This'd probably have to be distributer among a number of people, because you have to report your holdings once you have about 15% of a company or something. Small country giving you trouble? Foreclose on all loans, fire all workers, set fire to all assets that you can't sell. Hi Honduras? What, you won't do what we want? Oh, then we'll just sell you. you'll be worth NATHING! HAHAHAHAHA Ve are so evil!

Another option is to produce TONS of counterfeit money and airdrop it over villages and cities. Unreal inflation renders the currency useless. And with the United States creating this, we should'nt have to worry about anti-counterfeit moves, because we could probably know all the measures ahead of time.

bartkusa, Feb 23 2001


       Back in the 80s everyone was so worried about Japan buying up the United States. I always thought it was a good thing, since it gave such a powerful incentive to all those economically powerful investors to protect their investments here. I'm in a bit over my head in suggesting this, but I imagine that logic is a large part of the argument for economic globalization (i.e., to ensure peace).   

       Oh, and the counterfeit money idea is baked, only in reverse. Iraq has been counterfeiting $100 bills for years.
beauxeault, Feb 23 2001, last modified Feb 27 2001

       No it isn't.
Monkfish, Feb 26 2001

       Nope. Just to more gainsaying.
Monkfish, Feb 27 2001

       Airdropping money would work, but toying with a stock market would be too obvious and laws would be enacted to prevent it.   

       Would this be desirable to do? Not really. The US policy is regime change, not total economic collapse. Meanwhile, economic war does happen via sanctions.
Madai, Oct 18 2005

       Would this be desirable to do? To paraphrase an aquaintance, "After the reverse split, I own a million shares of the stock of a six vehicle used car lot somewhere near Atlanta and, I guess, part of the mortgage on our CEO's $200,000 house." That corporation eventually sold its symbol and stock for pennies on the dollar to a company that wanted to list itself without paying NASDAQ application fees.
reensure, Oct 18 2005


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