- Note - This prophetic essay was first published
in Summer, 2008
- "In searching for the new enemy to unite us, we
came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water
shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. In their totality and
in their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which
demands the solidarity of all peoples. But in designating them as the
enemy, we fall into the trap about which we have already warned, namely
mistaking symptoms for cause. All these dangers are caused by human intervention
and it is only through changing attitudes and behaviors that they can be
overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself." [emphasis
- Thus ends the first half of a report written in 1991,
by Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider, for the Club of Rome, titled:
"The First Global Revolution".
- For those who don't know; the Club of Rome is a global
think tank that develops strategies meant to influence the world's most
powerful elites. They represent the intellectual avant-garde of globalist
thinking and have developed much of the geopolitical doctrine shaping our
- Their report begins by defining what the authors refer
to as the problematique, or the problem; which when distilled includes:
- · To form a new global community, industrialized
countries must become convinced that civilization faces a threat of global
proportion; otherwise they will not acquiesce to diminishing standards
of living, freedom and control.
- · World leaders must define all global crises
so as to assume control of their causes and cures.
- · Leaders must characterize national bureaucracies
as inefficient and ill equipped to handle the looming crises; describing
them as too complex and technical for any single nation to manage.
- · All crises must be defined as time sensitive
emergencies which require immediate action.
- · The images which people see, particularly
on television, must be controlled as images can distort the intended message.
- · There must be common agreement between the
political elite, in all parties, for the new social and economic order
to be established.
- · To foster a sense of interdependence mankind
must be educated to view themselves as citizens of something greater than
- The authors then hit upon three conveniently contrived
straw men who will help propel civilization towards their new global society;
or what they term the resolutique: global warming, global economic development
and retooling national economies for global objectives.
- Climate change is the perfect foil. It's an issue that
affects people around the world equally and allows the global elite to
choose the experts that determine its origins and answers. Further, it
can be portrayed as a time sensitive crisis that requires immediate attention;
and it allows for the establishment of permanent global institutions through
the United Nations.
- As for ameliorating global poverty and Third World debt,
these problems form the nucleus of economic globalization. That is, if
one can redistribute the industrial capacity and wealth from the developed
economies to the Third World, poverty and debt will mitigate. Moreover,
if this can be accomplished without the influence of sovereign national
governments, it insures that United Nations relief organizations minister
directly to the impoverished, thereby increasing their influence and prestige.
- Besides, by relocating industrial centers, corporations
instantaneously garner control over demanding and independent minded workers
of the First World. Forever altering democratic capitalist economies,
like America's. Where people are free and regulate the economy via government;
to a more market based system like China's. Where the economy function
freely and people are regulated by industry through government.
- King and Schneider also allude to a psychological paradox
referred to as kaleidoscopic discontinuity. This is a phenomenon that
can sow fear, uncertainty and public discontent of government by globalizaling
every human difficulty. This is achieved by forcing humanity to adapt to
a never-ending succession of comprehensive reforms. The collective uncertainty
spawned by this process, they postulate, will help socialize mankind to
accept life as a permanent state of change and turmoil.
- If all of this sounds eerily familiar and gives you a
creepy sense of déjà vu it may be because Messrs King and
Schneider's 1991 report became your 2008 reality. Which begs the question:
if the real enemy is humanity as they claim. What's the real solution?
- Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider, "The First
Global Revolution" (New York: Pantheon Books a division of Random
House, Inc., 1991), 115