A crisis may be deliberately caused because someone or some group within the organization has an adverse agenda. There are sometimes opportunities that can best be served by making things difficult.
What are the products of instability and crisis that can serve to enrich special interests? Who is profiting the most from extant crises? Who, then, would wish to perpetuate further crises in order to lengthen the time within which crisis driven profit opportunity may be exploited notwithstanding contrary interests of the organization as a whole? Is there any better way to find a cause than to follow the expectancy of money? Does anyone still remember Deep Throat and The Committee to Re-elect Richard Nixon – Follow The Money! That approach always works.
Where can we find a present day notorious example of that to use as a case study?
Profits associated with crises can be so enormous that astute observers would have a tough time failing to spot the situation. And, as you might well expect, those profiting from the crisis accuse the diagnosticians of being conspiracy theory lunatics.
One of thee most obvious signs of a conspiracy afoot is that the crisis is open and notorious; the justification for the crisis causing activity is fictitious or obviously unreliable; and the resulting instability will enhance prospects for exceptional profitability for those associated closely with the proximate cause acting party(ies).
What open and notorious recent events have these characteristics?
Some are well known in recent business history. These include all the recent cases of back dating stock options, where restated financials created crises and mountains of litigation. Lawyers thrived. Everyone else suffered. There were numerous other instances of cooking the books, telegraphing or deferring income or expenses to make apparent but false improvements in operating statements in advance of securities issues. Lawyers thrived. Everyone else suffered.
There is, especially if one follows the money, substantial evidence that our government’s falsifying information to justify the Iraq war was for the main purpose of creating instability in the world’s principal oil producing region, enabling unprecedented petroleum price increases for the oil company interests with which the President and vice president are so umbilically connected. A very credible case can be made that petroleum price enhancement was the real and only purpose for the Iraq war. If that case holds water, the Iraq war would be the biggest case study for intentional crisis creation in modern history.
It is, moreover a study in the use of political power to create economic crises that affects companies all across the spectrum of the American business scene, and elsewhere as well. Our activity in Afghanistan would not have produced the effect on economics that the Iraq campaign has. Moreover, our continuous pouring of money into the Iraq toilet, money that disappears without evidence of productive use, can only be justified by a desire to continue the chaos for the purpose of extending the period of instability. Whatever short term chaos that might occur within Iraq were we to pull out would not have the same regional instability creating effect, notwithstanding our official government position that it would. We are not there for humanitarian purposes.