- What impresses me in the current financial crisis is
the near-total failure of so-called progressives to appreciate the magnitude
of what is going on or the level of intelligence behind it. How many will
say, for instance, that the crash was deliberately engineered by the creation,
then destruction, of the investment bubbles of the last decade?
- When the financial system creates bubbles it drives up
the cost of assets far beyond their true value in producing or storing
wealth. When the bubbles burst the value of the assets plummets. Those
with ready cash then buy them up on the cheap. When the dust settles more
wealth has been concentrated in fewer hands. The rich get richer, and ordinary
people are left in a deeper condition of indebtedness, poverty, and pressure
to perform to the liking of the financial masters.
- Progressives think the system needs to be "reformed."
Maybe the banking system needs to be re-regulated or even nationalized.
Maybe it should be possible for families facing loss of their homes to
get a lower monthly payment from a bankruptcy court. Maybe the government
instead of the private sector should administer student loans.
- What we fail to acknowledge is that the system itself
is totalitarian. This means that it is designed to exert total control
over the lives of individuals. We are accustomed to use this label when
thinking of anachronisms of history like communism or fascism. We do not
understand that globalist finance capitalism and the government which protects,
enables, or even regulates it are also totalitarian.
- What has happened in the last year as the financial system
has seemingly gone belly-up, and is coming back only through massive government
bailouts, is part of a pattern that has been around for decades if not
centuries. How the controllers work was laid out in 1967 when Dial Press
published a leaked copy of The Report from Iron Mountain. This was a study
put together by a team of academics and analysts who met at the underground
facility in New York that was home to the Hudson Institute.
- The report began by identifying war as the central organizing
principle of society. It stated, "War itself is the basic social system,
within which other secondary modes of social organization conflict or conspire.
It is the system which has governed most human societies of record, as
it is today."
- The report said that, "The basic authority of a
modern state over its people resides in its war powers." It said that
any failure of will by the ruling class could lead to "actual disestablishment
of military institutions." The effect on the system would be, the
report said, "catastrophic."
- The appearance of the report caused a sensation when
it came out at the onset of the Vietnam War. Officials within the government
had no comment, and the report faded into history. But certain of its sections
fit the situation in 2009 precisely.
- This is because the report outlined the ways the civilian
population of a developed nation could be controlled even in the absence
of a large-scale war that disrupted their daily lives. One of these ways
was defined as follows: "Apossible surrogate for the control of potential
enemies of society is the reintroduction, in some form consistent with
modern technology and political process, of slavery.The development of
a sophisticated form of slavery may be an absolute prerequisite for social
control." (Cited in Rule by Secrecy by Jim Marrs, 2000.)
- We see the development of such a "sophisticated
form of slavery" today. What else can a system be called that subjects
the population to skyrocketing personal and household debt, a widening
gap between the rich and everyone else, constant warfare justified as necessary
to fight "terrorism," erosion of personal freedoms, constantly
expanding power allocated to the military and police, pervasive electronic
eavesdropping, complete lack of accountability by politicians for their
dishonesty and crimes, a mass media devoted solely to establishment propaganda,
- None of this seems to be diminishing under the Barack
Obama administration. Even the economic recovery Obama is attempting to
engineer through massive Keynesian deficit spending is expected by economists
to be another "jobless" one like that of 2002-2005. Of course
the unemployed or those who fear unemployment are easy to control. And
the permanent series of Asian land wars George W. Bush instigated for control
of resources and geopolitical leverage against Russia and China continue
- None of this is accidental. As The Report from Iron Mountain
made clear four decades ago, it's what has been planned all along.
- Richard C. Cook is a former federal analyst who writes
on public policy issues. His book "We Hold These Truths: the Hope
of Monetary Reform" is now available at www.tendrilpress.com. His
website is www.richardccook.com.