Imagine A World Without Money

Imagine A World Without Money

By John Steinsvold

11 July, 2008
Countercurrents.org

Economists concede that economics is an inexact science. What does that mean? Perhaps it means their economic forecast is better than yours or mine. Recently, economic indicators have been rising and people have their fingers crossed. Economists have given us reason to hope that the job market will improve and that the stock market will continue on a steady climb. Yet, the newspapers continue to report more layoffs and more jobs going overseas.

Meanwhile, our economy is getting more and more complex. We associate complexity with progress for some ungodly reason. The following problems, however, have become inherent in our economy. What does that mean? It means they will be around for a while:

Needless poverty, unemployment, inflation, the threat of depression, taxes, crimes related to profit (sale of illicit drugs, stolen IDs, muggings, bribery, con artists, etc.), conflict of interest, endless red tape, a staggering national debt plus a widening budget deficit, 48 out of 50 states in debt, cities in debt, counties in debt, skyrocketing personal debts, 50% of Americans unhappy at their work, saving for retirement and our children’s education, health being a matter of wealth, competing in the “rat race”, the need for insurance, being a nation of litigation, being subject to the tremors on Wall Street, fear of downsizing and automation, fear of more Enrons, outsourcing, bankruptcies, crippling strikes, materialism, corruption, welfare, social security, sacrificing quality and safety in our products for the sake of profit, the social problem of the “haves” vs. the “havenots” and the inevitable family quarrels over money.

Have we become gluttons for punishment? My college professor once said, “You can get used to hanging if you live long enough!”

We Americans love our freedom; yet, we have allowed the use of money to completely dominate our way of life. Indeed, we are no longer a free people. We are 7.4 trillion dollars in debt. We live in fear of depression, inflation, inadequate medical coverage and losing our jobs. Our freedom is at stake if not our very survival. Yet, we put our collective heads in the sand.

Yes, there is something we can do. We can look into ourselves for an answer. We may find that we have the strength to carry out our internal economic affairs without the need to use money. Yes, we will still need to use money when dealing with other countries.

There is no question that a way of life without money will alleviate if not completely eliminate all of the previously mentioned problems. Yet, we scoff at the idea. We are totally convinced that money is a necessity. We cannot imagine life without money. Perhaps the time has come to think otherwise. It is completely obvious our present economy no longer satisfies our present day needs.

As individuals, we will gain complete economic freedom. In return, a way of life without money demands only that we, as individuals, do the work we love to do. It is a win/win situation. Let us consider the following arguments:

Can we learn to distribute our goods and services according to need (on an ongoing basis) rather than by the ability to pay? Why not? Poverty and materialism will be eliminated! Our sense of value will change. Wealth will no longer be a status symbol. A man will be judged by what he is; not by what he has. He will be judged by his achievements, leadership, ideas, artistic endeavours or athletic prowess; not by the size of his wallet.

Yes, everything will be free according to need. All the necessities and common luxuries will be available on a help yourself basis at the local store. Surely, this country is capable of supplying the necessities and common luxuries for everyone in this country many times over.

The more “expensive” items, such as housing, cars, boats, etc. would be provided for on a priority basis. For example, the homeless would provided housing ahead of those living in crowded quarters. How will this priority be established? Perhaps a local board elected by the people in the neighborhood such as a school board. Or perhaps the school boards could absorb this responsibility in addition to their present duties.

Since cooperation will replace competition, can government, industry and the people learn to work together as a team to meet the economic needs of our nation as well as each individual? Again, why not? Yes, competition is great; but cooperation is even better. Cooperation avoids duplication of effort. Wouldn’t it be more efficient to have everybody freely working together, sharing ideas, thoughts and technical knowledge? Patents and industrial secrets would be a thing of the past. Competition, however, will still be around. Individuals will still compete with their co-workers in ideas, achievements, leadership and getting promotions.

For example, Ford, Chrysler & GM would work together to build automobiles that are truly safe and efficient and environmentally friendly. Perhaps, with everyone working together, we can invent a car engine that would eliminate the need to import oil from the Middle East. (Note: Ford, Chrysler & GM would gradually become one entity.)

Unfortunately, what immediately jumps into the minds of most people is: “It simply won’t work!” The idea of a way of life without money is then dismissed without further thought. After all, what motivation is there for people to work if there is no paycheck? How can we possibly satisfy the labor needs of our nation? The following reasons are offered why people would be completely happy working in a way of life without money:

Today, only 50% of Americans enjoy their work. That will change. In a way of life without money, we will all be free to do the work we want to do or even love to do without any economic fear. We will be free to pursue our passion or as Joseph Campbell suggests we “follow our bliss”.

Cooperation will replace wasteful competition. We will all work together as a team. Work will become a way to help people, to meet people or to be part of something meaningful. It is a proven fact that people like to help one another. An esprit de corps will naturally build up and make work more enjoyable. Even the most menial task becomes easier when people work together. Yes, work will become more of a “togetherness” thing.

The profit motive will no longer be a hindrance to efficiency. There will be no need to sacrifice quality and safety in our products for the sake of profit. We will, like in the olden days, take pride in our work.

Yes, there is very likely to be a shortage of people volunteering to do the more menial tasks. One option is to offer “perks”. A perk can be of various forms such as front row season tickets to the opera or to his or her favorite sports team. Can you imagine an NBA basketball game where the celebrities are sitting in the back rows while the dishwashers and janitors are at courtside? (My apologies to Spike Lee & Jack Nicholson!) Or the perk could be the latest model boat or sports car which would not be immediately available to the public. Another option is to draft everyone once in their lifetime, to do a half year or so stint at a menial task. Perhaps a humbling experience is in order for all of us. It might serve us well in the area of character building.

Also, consider the fact that perhaps millions of people will be freed from jobs associated with the use of money. Millions more that are now unemployed or on welfare will also be available to help fill the labor needs of our country. Thus, we will have the work force necessary to do the work which is not economically feasible in our present economy such as cleaning our environment (land, sea & air), conservation, recycling, humanitarian work, research in medicine, education, science & space and now we can include national security.

Perhaps the most difficult problem is in the administration of a way of life without money. Can we learn to determine our economic needs, allocate our resources from the federal on down to the neighborhood levels? Perhaps some sort of economic bodies must be created to coordinate, monitor and carryout our economic needs. These economic bodies would exist similar to our governments, one for the federal, one for each state and one for each local level.

Yes, in order to administrate a way of life without money, economic bodies, boards or councils or whatever you wish to call them would be created to absorb economic responsibility from our various governments. They will interact and cooperate with one another to meet the economic needs of our country and of each individual. They will be empowered by Congress to tend to the economic needs of its constituents. Thus, a balance of power will be safely maintained.

Our federal needs, which would be similar to the federal budget we have today, will be resolved by an economic body comprised of representatives of the various branches of government, our industrial & labor resources, research (in medicine, education, science & space), our environment, conservation, importing & exporting, and now, national security and whatever facet of our way of life should be represented. This economic body will arrange for the labor and material resources necessary to meet the economic needs of our nation.

Similarly, the same will occur at the state and local levels. The economic body at the local levels will be responsible for providing services to the people in the neighborhood. If the labor needs cannot be met with volunteer workers, “perks” must be offered. Also, the economic body at the local levels will be responsible for keeping the stores stocked with food, clothing and the common luxuries which will be available free. Thus, the economic needs of the nation right on down to the neighborhood levels would be determined and satisfied by these economic bodies.

How much economic responsibility will these new bodies absorb from our federal, state and local governments? How much will be shared? Can a balance of power be maintained? At any rate, our federal, state and local governments will be relieved of considerable amount of economic responsibility. Thus, our various governments will be free to catch up on all the other domestic and foreign issues that face us.

Yes, we will still import and export goods with foreign countries as our needs dictate; but what money will be used in place of the almighty dollar? Would the dollar have any value if everything is free in the USA? Would that be a problem? We would, however, still be able to use the currency of the country we are doing business with. For example, if we export goods to Germany, we would accept marks or euros in payment. The euros would then be deposited in our national treasury for future use. The money could then be used to import goods or perhaps send Americans overseas on vacation.

Yes, a way of life without money could be compared to the kibbutz which now exist in Israel. Can you picture the USA as one big kibbutz? However, ownership of property will remain the same as it is today. Our government will remain the same. Our free enterprise system will remain in place as it is today. There will be no need for money or any substitute for money since everything will be free.

The advantages of a way of life without money stagger the imagination; but they are real and cannot be disputed. Perhaps it is time for us to grab the brass ring.

The Human Race has improved everything except the Human Race. – Adlai Stevenson

THE END OF FREEDOM IN AMERICA

THE END OF FREEDOM IN AMERICA

As America Collapses US Government Secret Plans Revealed

Posted by indglass on May 21, 2008

A secret meeting of Congress discusses immanent martial law.

B.A. Brooks
The United American Freedom Foundation

March 13, 2008

On March 13th 2008 there was a secret closed door meeting of The United States House Of Representatives in Washington. In the history of The United States this is only the fourth time a secret meeting was held by the house. Even though Representatives are sworn to secrecy by House Rules XVII, some of the members were so shocked, horrified, furious, and concerned about the future of America by what was revealed to them inside the secret meeting, that they have started to leak this secret information to independent news agencies around the world. The mass media said almost nothing about the secret meeting of the House, mentioning only one of the items being discussed. (The new surveillance techniques that are going to be used by the U.S. Government to watch all American citizens). The story was first released in a newspaper out of Brisbane, Australia revealing the contents of the secret U.S. Government meeting and plans for America including all of it’s citizens. Shortly there after, David J. Meyer from Last Trumpet Ministries found it and made it more available for the world to see.

Here is what was revealed:

  • The imminent collapse of the U.S. Economy to occur sometime in late 2008
  • The imminent collapse of the U.S. Government finances sometime in mid 2009
  • The possibility of Civil War inside the United States as a result of the collapse
  • The advance round-ups of “insurgent U.S. Citizens” likely to move against the government
  • The detention of those rounded up at The REX 84 Camps constructed throughout the United States
  • The possibility of public retaliation against members of Congress for the collapses
  • The location of safe facilities for members of Congress and their families to reside during massive civil unrest
  • The necessary and unavoidable merger of The U.S. with Canada and Mexico establishing The North American Union
  • The issuance of a new currency called the AMERO for all three nations as an economic solution.

Except for a few hundred thousand U.S. Patriots, most Americans have no clue what has really been going on within The United States over the past 100 years, and the sad thing is that most do not want to know the truth. The further you look into the rabbit hole, the deeper it gets. Go to any currency conversion site and convert U.S. dollars to Euros so you can see for yourself the massive decline of the dollar. Look at how much money is and has been spent on the Iraq War to date, ($12 billion per month). Look at our currency and when it stopped being backed by gold.

The Federal Reserve is not federal but a private bank who does not have Americans best interests at heart. We no longer have any manufacturing really based out of America and there is no way that our economy can survive this incredible strain very much longer. The IRS strong arms every American yearly with income taxes, yet there are no laws saying an income tax is to be paid.

The CIA is involved in everything from global drug trafficking and covert military missions, to assassinations around the world and including U.S. Soil. Look at JFK for instance. It did not take long after JFK announced that he was going disband the CIA that he was shot in Texas. America’s new StasiThe Department Of Homeland Security is and has been slowly eradicating our rights for a few years now. based organization called

House Bill H.R. 1955/S-1959 was read by the senate and then sent to DHS for some reason, but is now back and sure to pass. Once passed, this bill introduced by Jane Harman (D/CA), will be the proverbial last nail hammered into every American patriots coffin. H.R. 4279 or the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 which was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, will give the government draconian powers to do just this. This legislation gives the government the power to seize property that facilitates the violation of intellectual property laws. The legislation also mandates the formation of a formal Intellectual Property Enforcement Division within the office of the Deputy Attorney General to enforce this insanity…

It has been revealed that F.E.M.A. has been building internment camps all over America granting Halliburton a massive $385 million dollar construction contract to make this happen. Most of these sites only need refurbished because they are mostly closed prisons, old WW2 internment camps still intact and other facilities taken over by the government. Some people have referred to them as F.E.M.A. Death Camps where the infamous Red list/Blue Lists will be used to decide who goes where.

Whether you believe that The NWO/Illuminati/Globalization is real or not, there is a lot of proof that exposes definite plans or plots by the rich, political and religious elite to bring on an era of the end times. It is almost like some individuals are trying to make bible prophecy come true in their own sick and twisted ways. Not to mention that the world only has about 10 to 15 years of drinking water left before the wars fought for oil today will be fought for water in the near future. It has been said that these powers want to depopulate the planet of over 30% of it’s human inhabitants in the coming years. Examine all of the executive orders that have been signed into place allowing the president to basically become dictator in control of all government from tribal to federal in the event of any national emergency.

If you did not know, In late 2006, Congress revised the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act to make it far easier for a president to declare martial law. Those changes were repealed at the end of this January as part of Public Law 110-181 (HR 4986), the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (signed into law by President Bush on January 28, 2008). Unfortunately it is not the great victory in which one might think because of the total militarization of all local and State police forces all across America.

Will there be martial law? Is martial law coming soon to America? When you see law enforcement being armed with automatic weapons, bullet proof vests and riot gear in small towns that have not had a murder or crime in years, then you have to ask yourself why.

The United States has more people locked up in prisons today than Russia and China combined. It comes out to one in every hundred Americans is behind bars. Our once great country that our ancestors fought and died for has become exactly the tyrants they were fighting. Fascists! When has America ever used words like Homeland? Never!

If you spend a few weeks reading all the info, watching the videos and following the links at The U.A.F.F., you will then have a better understanding of what has led to The Decline And Fall Of America. Remember that Knowledge is power! Learn, look, listen, read, share, prepare, train, stock up on food and water supply for one year.

Fill your pantry with non perishable foods, medicines, cooking oils, tinned meats and veggies. Flour, oats dried corn peas, beans and lentils.. Teach your self how to preserve food for storage. Check out your local potable/ drinking water supplies, non perfumed chlorine bleach is a good sterilizer for water, about 2 teaspoons full per 2 gallon bucket, stirred well and allowed to stand for at least 24 hours with a lid on it or until it no longer smells of bleach. Boiling water helps but it is not always enough to kill off the bacteria which can resist high temperatures.

Americans have been warned for years of the things to come, but have blindly looked away from the truth, which has been available for all to see. There are no more excuses not to prepare for the possible future. The time to act is now before it is too late. Check The United American Freedom Foundation for daily updates and news you won’t see in the mainstream media.

58 Responses to “As America Collapses US Government Secret Plans Revealed”

  1. Ello mate Says:
    June 5, 2008 at 12:09 am This has been the plan all along. We have war with Iran. The war sets gas prices much higher(maybe 10 dollars a gallon.)This cripples the economy and triggers a planned economic collapse or depression. That pisses the people off. Riots break out. The government puts Police in the streets to “stop” the civil unrest. While all this is going on The police round up “terrorists”. Many people will be afraid because of the war with Iran and terrorists and will not argue over the rounding up of civillians suspected of terrorism. As an answer to the severe economic problems, the governments of the United States, Canada, and mexico propose a new economic system. It will merge all three counrties into one economic system. We will have the NAU or North American Union.
    I warn you of this so that way we can see through this future confusion and be able to sidestep their trap. Dont go along with the North American Union. Even if you are so poor you eat out of the trash.
    Fight them. Fight with bullets. I can assure you you won t be the only people fighting with bullets. Even if the NAU is established we dont have to be part of it. We can fight to regain some of our land back. Even if its the size of a small state. We can grow from there and slowly regain our country. We can rewrite the constitution and we can establish a SMALLER less powerfull government. Then we can live out our live peacefully to an old age. Then we can watch our children and grandchildren grow up in a safer better world than we did.

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PALESTINIAN NATIONAL POPULAR CONFERENCE ENDORSING GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS

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To learn more, please visit www.palestineconference.org.
The conference seeks to empower all sectors of our community (artists, children, home makers, students, youth, teachers, retirees, grandmothers, social workers, women, etc.) to play a key role in realizing Palestinian national and human rights. Palestinians in the US, like the rest of our people in Palestine and the Shataat, must reassert immediate control over the direction of their cause. We pledge to do our utmost to ensure that August conference constitutes a significant first step on the road of making us full participants in the Palestinian struggle for return and self-determination.
We are fully cognizant of what we are embarking on: a long and vicious political, social, and cultural struggle over the very definition of Palestine and the Palestinian experience. But, we also believe that the Palestinian people will wither away as a political community unless they mobilize all the resources they have at their disposal, first and foremost their national unity and consciousness.
The Popular Conference will constitute a significant step towards restoring old links while building new ones. It will provide an inclusive and impartial space that nurtures our unbreakable connectedness to Palestine and the Palestinian people. It is being built from the ground up to reflect the will of the participants. Anyone can submit an application to lead a workshop – more information is available at www.palestineconference.org!
Please visit the following link to register for the conference:
Registration fees include 5 meals – Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Sunday Brunch.
Registration fees DO NOT include hotel stay. You must call the hotel directly at (847)-297-1234 to reserve your room(s).
Don\’t forget to mention USPCN to get the special rate of $89 a night, plus tax. Make your hotel reservations early since the rate will
expire August 1st. REGISTER EARLY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT. REGISTRATION FEES WILL INCREASE AFTER JULY 8TH.
Contact us at PalestineConferenceUSA@yahoo.com or (888) 48 NAKBA or (402) 708-9605 with any questions.
U.S. Popular Palestinian Conference Network
http://www.palestineconference.org
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
THE POPULAR CONFERENCE FOR PALESTINIANS IN THE U.S.:
RECLAIMING OUR VOICE, ASSERTING OUR NARRATIVE
REGISTER TODAY!


Dear all,
We are a little over two months away from the convenning of the first Palestinian popular conference in the U.S. It is our hope that together, we will reassure our friends and supporters, and disprove Palestine’s enemies in the US by demonstrating that the Palestinian people in North America can and will transcend its internal differences to forge a unified/unifying and effective strategy to advance the cause of Palestinian freedom and liberation.
The conference seeks to empower all sectors of our community (artists, children, home makers, students, youth, teachers, retirees, grandmothers, social workers, women, etc.) to play a key role in realizing Palestinian national and human rights. Palestinians in the US, like the rest of our people in Palestine and the Shataat, must reassert immediate control over the direction of their cause. We pledge to do our utmost to ensure that August conference constitutes a significant first step on the road of making us full participants in the Palestinian struggle for return and self-determination.
We are fully cognizant of what we are embarking on: a long and vicious political, social, and cultural struggle over the very definition of Palestine and the Palestinian experience. But, we also believe that the Palestinian people will wither away as a political community unless they mobilize all the resources they have at their disposal, first and foremost their national unity and consciousness.
The Popular Conference will constitute a significant step towards restoring old links while building new ones. It will provide an inclusive and impartial space that nurtures our unbreakable connectedness to Palestine and the Palestinian people. It is being built from the ground up to reflect the will of the participants. Anyone can submit an application to lead a workshop – more information is available at www.palestineconference.org!
Please visit the following link to register for the conference:
Registration fees include 5 meals – Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Sunday Brunch.
Registration fees DO NOT include hotel stay. You must call the hotel directly at (847)-297-1234 to reserve your room(s).
Don\’t forget to mention USPCN to get the special rate of $89 a night, plus tax. Make your hotel reservations early since the rate will
expire August 1st. REGISTER EARLY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT. REGISTRATION FEES WILL INCREASE AFTER JULY 8TH.
Contact us at PalestineConferenceUSA@yahoo.com or (888) 48 NAKBA or (402) 708-9605 with any questions.
U.S. Popular Palestinian Conference Network
http://www.palestineconference.org

Call to Action July 19-21: No War With Iran

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Call to Action July 19-21: No War With Iran

July 7th, 2008

Responding to the renewed threats of a U.S./Israeli attack on Iran before President Bush leaves office, United for Peace and Justice calls for coordinated Days of Action across the United States on July 19-21. Now is the time to speak out against any U.S./Israeli military attack on Iran.

U.S. officials say Israel is mounting a “full court press” to get the Bush administration to strike Iran’s nuclear complex, CBS News reports. In The New Yorker, Seymour Hersh reports that congressional leaders agreed last year to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran. New York Newsday and the Seattle-Post Intelligencer warn that Congress is considering a resolution promoted by AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) that would effectively endorse a naval blockade of Iran, an act of war.

Voices in the U.S. calling for real diplomacy and negotiations with Iran are being silenced. Few people in this country know Iran has an offer on the table for comprehensive negotiations with the United States that could resolve the nuclear stand-off and other issues. Nor do they know that talks with Iran without preconditions are supported by independent experts like Thomas Pickering, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN during the first Bush administration.

To counter the renewed threats of military action, we are calling for National Days of Coordinated Action against war with Iran on July 19-21, including:

Click here to list your organization’s national or local event as part of these National Days of Action (please be sure to choose “No War on Iran” as your event type).

Averting a War with Iran: Research and Resources

UFPJ:
The Time to Stop a War on Iran Is NOW!
o Various actions people/groups can take to prevent a war with Iran
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?list=type&type=98

NIAC:
o Update: Is a New Congressional Resolution Declaring War with Iran?
http://www.niacouncil.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1141&Itemid=2
o Gallup poll confirms majority of Americans favor diplomacy with Iran
http://www.niacouncil.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1133&Itemid=2

CASMII:
o Iranians Float an Offer the West Should Not Refuse: Will Anti-War Forces Seize this Opportunity?
http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/5456
o U.S. Mayors Mobilizing Against a War with Iran
http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/5449

PSR:
o Medical Consequences of a Nuclear Attack on Iran-Fact Sheet
http://psr.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=security_main_iranfactsheet
o War Is Not the Answer with Iran
http://psr.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=NoWarOnIran

Iran Nuclear Watch
o Links, blogs, and informative articles
http://irannuclearwatch.blogspot.com/

The Center for Arms Control and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
o Background on Iran-US nuclear relationship
o Iran’s nuclear timeline
o Their policy statement on Iran’s nuclear issue
o Center for a New American Security, “Diplomatic Strategies for Dealing with Iran: Where Are We? How Did We Get to This Point? And What Should We Do Now?” released March 2008
http://www.armscontrolcenter.org/policy/iran/

Peace Action
o National campaign to prevent a war with Iran
http://www.peace-action.org/Iran/campaigns/current.htm?petition_KEY=358
o Fact Sheet on Iran
http://www.peace-action.org/Iran/campaigns/Iran_Fact_New.pdf
o History of US interactions with Iran
http://www.peace-action.org/Iran/campaigns/current.htm?petition_KEY=358
o Media
http://www.peace-action.org/Iran/media/media.htm

Iran Coverage
o Tehran’s reaction to Military Threats
http://irancoverage.com/2008/06/29/tehran-reaction-to-military-threats/

Scott Ritter
o Iraq Will Have to Wait: Get Ready for the War Against Iran
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=RIT20070930&articleId=6937

William Polk
o Moves toward War with Iran: How to Prevent War … Part 4
http://hnn.us/articles/31522.html

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AIPAC’s Hirelings Rush to War

AIPAC’s Hirelings Rush to War

William A. Cook

Palestine Chronicle

Perception is often the stepchild of ignorance, especially when controlled by those with the most to gain. It is especially difficult for our Congress to perceive clearly when it grovels at the feet of AIPAC. America’s Knesset, servile hirelings of Israel’s lobby, rush to pass yet another resolution conceived by AIPAC and authored and co-signed by Ackerman and Ros-Lehtinen in the House and Lieberman and Bayh in the Senate, Resolutions H. Con. 362 and S. 580, the “Iran War Resolution.” Virtually all Congressmen with the exception of Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich and all Senators, including McCain and Obama, will vote to support this resolution.

Passage provides Bush with power to impose a unilateral blockade on Iran, an act, if done without UN sanction, is an act of war. This resolution, a virtual carbon copy of the resolution that has mired us in Iraq, does nothing for the security of the United States, indeed it does the opposite, but it does secure continued funding of Republicans and Democrats by AIPAC and Israel.

The wise man seeks to see through the eyes of his perceived enemy; only then will he know his perceived failures and the rationale that gives purpose to those arraigned against him. Our Congress is driven, like the horse carriage of old, with blinders that prevent vision beyond that dictated by Israel’s interests, not America’s. Consider the “Iran War Resolution” from the perspective of the nations that compose the United Nations General Assembly, not the Security Council that is controlled by the U.S. veto.

Let’s rewrite the legislation so that it expresses the sense of the United Nations General Assembly regarding “the threat posed to international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital security interests of the United Nations by Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons and regional hegemony.”

Whereas Israel is NOT a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), has NOT foresworn the acquisition of nuclear weapons by ratification of the NPT, and is therefore able to avoid declaration of all its nuclear activity and defy constant monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA);

Whereas for nearly 50 years, in clear contravention of the explicit obligations of the NPT, Israel operated a covert nuclear program until it was revealed by Mr. Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in solitary confinement for providing the world information on this deceit, and, recently, by Prime Minister Olmert and former President Jimmy Carter;

Whereas Israel continues to expand the number of illegal nuclear weapons available to its military forces, as has become evident in its most recent invasion of a neighbor in 2006, Lebanon, and continues in defiance of binding UNSC resolutions demanding suspension of all such illegal activities;

Whereas the Israeli nuclear weapons capability poses a grave threat to international peace and security by fundamentally altering and destabilizing the strategic balance in the Middle East, and severely undermining the global nonproliferation regime;

Whereas Israel’s overt sponsorship of several terrorist groups, especially those aligned with the Settlers occupation in Palestine, and its close ties to the United States, demonstrates that Israel and the U.S. share their nuclear materials and technology with others;

Whereas Israel continues to develop ballistic missile technology and pursues its capability to field intercontinental ballistic missiles, a delivery system suited almost exclusively to nuclear weapons payloads;

Whereas Israeli leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of Palestine and Lebanon, respected members of the United Nations;

Whereas Israel’s support for its rogue terrorist group, the IDF, has enabled that group to wage war against the government and people of Lebanon and Palestine leading to the invasion of Lebanon in 2006 and its political and physical domination of Palestine;

Whereas Israel’s support for its Settlers and IDF has enabled it to illegally seize control of the West Bank and Gaza and to continuously bombard and devastate Palestinian civilians with F-16s, bulldozers, tanks, and missiles;

Whereas through these efforts, Israel seeks to establish regional hegemony, threatens longstanding friends and allies of all nations in the mid-east, and endangers vital United Nations security interests; and

Whereas nothing in this resolution shall be construed as an authorization of the use of force against Israel: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the United Nations General Assembly that the world’s international body

1. Declare that Israel disband all nuclear weapons capability;
2. Join the nations of the mid-east in signing the NPT;
3. Remove its troops from the occupied territory of Palestine;
4. Tear down the illegal wall that it has used to imprison the Palestinians;
5. Return all natural resources to the people of Palestine;
6. Pay reparation for its destruction of Lebanon;
7. Return occupied land to Lebanon and Syria;
8. Provide for the refugees illegally prevented from returning to their legitimate homes;

The above document modifies the wording of the House and Senate resolutions to indicate a totally different perspective on world affairs, one built on Justice, the requisite foundation for a lasting peace, not those of Israel alone. Considering the magnitude of the reality that exists in Israel versus Iran relative to nuclear capability alone, the absurdity, the hypocrisy, the sheer arrogance of these resolutions boggles the mind. How can the world respect a nation whose representatives avoid seeing the world from the eyes of those most impacted by the threat that Israel poses in the mid-east? How can the world understand that a nation rejects the testimony of its own CIA National Intelligence Estimate that Iran has not actively pursued nuclear weapon capability since 2003 and the evidence brought to the United Nations by the IAEA’s Director, El Baradei, after nine unannounced investigations of Iran’s nuclear facilities in this past year all revealing no evidence of weapon development? How can the world respect a Democracy that is led to such acts of vengeance by a small nation more invested in its own interests than those of America as Mearsheimer and Walt’s report testifies.

The most evil deceit resides in the conceit of those who pretend to be a friend and achieve their end by flattery, bribery, or coercion; those who fall victim to such evil remain forever the bondslave of their Overseer. They have, in effect, surrendered their principles, their conscience, and their personal freedom to a ruthless, merciless, amoral force, willingly sacrificing in the process the people they represent. Such is the state of affairs in our spineless Congress.

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William A. Cook is a professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California and author of Tracking Deception: Bush’s Mideast Policy. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com. Contact him at: cookb@ulv.edu.

© 2008 William A. Cook

SOURCE: http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=13953

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RON PAUL – SOMETHING NEW IS GOING DOWN, Brothers and Sisters

“Something Big is Going On”

Ron Paul – Campaign for Liberty July 2, 2008

The following statement is written by Congressman Paul about the pending financial disaster. He will introduce this statement as a special order and insert it into the Congressional Record next week. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to debut it first on the Campaign for Liberty blog. It reads as follows:

I have, for the past 35 years, expressed my grave concern for the future of America. The course we have taken over the past century has threatened our liberties, security and prosperity. In spite of these long-held concerns, I have days—growing more frequent all the time—when I’m convinced the time is now upon us that some Big Events are about to occur. These fast-approaching events will not go unnoticed. They will affect all of us. They will not be limited to just some areas of our country. The world economy and political system will share in the chaos about to be unleashed.

Though the world has long suffered from the senselessness of wars that should have been avoided, my greatest fear is that the course on which we find ourselves will bring even greater conflict and economic suffering to the innocent people of the world—unless we quickly change our ways.

America, with her traditions of free markets and property rights, led the way toward great wealth and progress throughout the world as well as at home. Since we have lost our confidence in the principles of liberty, self reliance, hard work and frugality, and instead took on empire building, financed through inflation and debt, all this has changed. This is indeed frightening and an historic event.

The problem we face is not new in history. Authoritarianism has been around a long time. For centuries, inflation and debt have been used by tyrants to hold power, promote aggression, and provide “bread and circuses” for the people. The notion that a country can afford “guns and butter” with no significant penalty existed even before the 1960s when it became a popular slogan. It was then, though, we were told the Vietnam War and a massive expansion of the welfare state were not problems. The seventies proved that assumption wrong.

Today things are different from even ancient times or the 1970s. There is something to the argument that we are now a global economy. The world has more people and is more integrated due to modern technology, communications, and travel. If modern technology had been used to promote the ideas of liberty, free markets, sound money and trade, it would have ushered in a new golden age—a globalism we could accept.

Instead, the wealth and freedom we now enjoy are shrinking and rest upon a fragile philosophic infrastructure. It is not unlike the levies and bridges in our own country that our system of war and welfare has caused us to ignore.

I’m fearful that my concerns have been legitimate and may even be worse than I first thought. They are now at our doorstep. Time is short for making a course correction before this grand experiment in liberty goes into deep hibernation.

There are reasons to believe this coming crisis is different and bigger than the world has ever experienced. Instead of using globalism in a positive fashion, it’s been used to globalize all of the mistakes of the politicians, bureaucrats and central bankers.

Being an unchallenged sole superpower was never accepted by us with a sense of humility and respect. Our arrogance and aggressiveness have been used to promote a world empire backed by the most powerful army of history. This type of globalist intervention creates problems for all citizens of the world and fails to contribute to the well-being of the world’s populations. Just think how our personal liberties have been trashed here at home in the last decade.

The financial crisis, still in its early stages, is apparent to everyone: gasoline prices over $4 a gallon; skyrocketing education and medical-care costs; the collapse of the housing bubble; the bursting of the NASDAQ bubble; stockmarkets plunging; unemployment rising;, massive underemployment; excessive government debt; and unmanageable personal debt. Little doubt exists as to whether we’ll get stagflation. The question that will soon be asked is: When will the stagflation become an inflationary depression?

There are various reasons that the world economy has been globalized and the problems we face are worldwide. We cannot understand what we’re facing without understanding fiat money and the long-developing dollar bubble.

There were several stages. From the inception of the Federal Reserve System in 1913 to 1933, the Central Bank established itself as the official dollar manager. By 1933, Americans could no longer own gold, thus removing restraint on the Federal Reserve to inflate for war and welfare.

By 1945, further restraints were removed by creating the Bretton-Woods Monetary System making the dollar the reserve currency of the world. This system lasted up until 1971. During the period between 1945 and 1971, some restraints on the Fed remained in place. Foreigners, but not Americans, could convert dollars to gold at $35 an ounce. Due to the excessive dollars being created, that system came to an end in 1971.

It’s the post Bretton-Woods system that was responsible for globalizing inflation and markets and for generating a gigantic worldwide dollar bubble. That bubble is now bursting, and we’re seeing what it’s like to suffer the consequences of the many previous economic errors.

Ironically in these past 35 years, we have benefited from this very flawed system. Because the world accepted dollars as if they were gold, we only had to counterfeit more dollars, spend them overseas (indirectly encouraging our jobs to go overseas as well) and enjoy unearned prosperity. Those who took our dollars and gave us goods and services were only too anxious to loan those dollars back to us. This allowed us to export our inflation and delay the consequences we now are starting to see.

But it was never destined to last, and now we have to pay the piper. Our huge foreign debt must be paid or liquidated. Our entitlements are coming due just as the world has become more reluctant to hold dollars. The consequence of that decision is price inflation in this country—and that’s what we are witnessing today. Already price inflation overseas is even higher than here at home as a consequence of foreign central bank’s willingness to monetize our debt.

Printing dollars over long periods of time may not immediately push prices up–yet in time it always does. Now we’re seeing catch-up for past inflating of the monetary supply. As bad as it is today with $4 a gallon gasoline, this is just the beginning. It’s a gross distraction to hound away at “drill, drill, drill” as a solution to the dollar crisis and high gasoline prices. Its okay to let the market increase supplies and drill, but that issue is a gross distraction from the sins of deficits and Federal Reserve monetary shenanigans.

This bubble is different and bigger for another reason. The central banks of the world secretly collude to centrally plan the world economy. I’m convinced that agreements among central banks to “monetize” U.S. debt these past 15 years have existed, although secretly and out of the reach of any oversight of anyone—especially the U.S. Congress that doesn’t care, or just flat doesn’t understand. As this “gift” to us comes to an end, our problems worsen. The central banks and the various governments are very powerful, but eventually the markets overwhelm when the people who get stuck holding the bag (of bad dollars) catch on and spend the dollars into the economy with emotional zeal, thus igniting inflationary fever.

This time—since there are so many dollars and so many countries involved—the Fed has been able to “paper” over every approaching crisis for the past 15 years, especially with Alan Greenspan as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, which has allowed the bubble to become history’s greatest.

The mistakes made with excessive credit at artificially low rates are huge, and the market is demanding a correction. This involves excessive debt, misdirected investments, over-investments, and all the other problems caused by the government when spending the money they should never have had. Foreign militarism, welfare handouts and $80 trillion entitlement promises are all coming to an end. We don’t have the money or the wealth-creating capacity to catch up and care for all the needs that now exist because we rejected the market economy, sound money, self reliance and the principles of liberty.

Since the correction of all this misallocation of resources is necessary and must come, one can look for some good that may come as this “Big Even” unfolds.
There are two choices that people can make. The one choice that is unavailable to us is to limp along with the status quo and prop up the system with more debt, inflation and lies. That won’t happen.

One of the two choices, and the one chosen so often by government in the past is that of rejecting the principles of liberty and resorting to even bigger and more authoritarian government. Some argue that giving dictatorial powers to the President, just as we have allowed him to run the American empire, is what we should do. That’s the great danger, and in this post-911 atmosphere, too many Americans are seeking safety over freedom. We have already lost too many of our personal liberties already. Real fear of economic collapse could prompt central planners to act to such a degree that the New Deal of the 30’s might look like Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence.

The more the government is allowed to do in taking over and running the economy, the deeper the depression gets and the longer it lasts. That was the story of the 30ss and the early 40s, and the same mistakes are likely to be made again if we do not wake up.

But the good news is that it need not be so bad if we do the right thing. I saw “Something Big” happening in the past 18 months on the campaign trail. I was encouraged that we are capable of waking up and doing the right thing. I have literally met thousands of high school and college kids who are quite willing to accept the challenge and responsibility of a free society and reject the cradle-to-grave welfare that is promised them by so many do-good politicians.

If more hear the message of liberty, more will join in this effort. The failure of our foreign policy, welfare system, and monetary policies and virtually all government solutions are so readily apparent, it doesn’t take that much convincing. But the positive message of how freedom works and why it’s possible is what is urgently needed.

One of the best parts of accepting self reliance in a free society is that true personal satisfaction with one’s own life can be achieved. This doesn’t happen when the government assumes the role of guardian, parent or provider, because it eliminates a sense of pride. But the real problem is the government can’t provide the safety and economic security that it claims. The so-called good that government claims it can deliver is always achieved at the expense of someone else’s freedom. It’s a failed system and the young people know it.

Restoring a free society doesn’t eliminate the need to get our house in order and to pay for the extravagant spending. But the pain would not be long-lasting if we did the right things, and best of all the empire would have to end for financial reasons. Our wars would stop, the attack on civil liberties would cease, and prosperity would return. The choices are clear: it shouldn’t be difficult, but the big event now unfolding gives us a great opportunity to reverse the tide and resume the truly great American Revolution started in 1776. Opportunity knocks in spite of the urgency and the dangers we face.

Let’s make “Something Big is Happening” be the discovery that freedom works and is popular and the big economic and political event we’re witnessing is a blessing in disguise.
www.campaignforliberty.com/blog/?p=114

Jews And Christians Unite Against The Empire Of Neo-Cons And ‘Christian’ Zionists

Jews And Christians Unite


Against The Empire Of Neo-Cons


And ‘Christian’ Zionists

By Eileen Fleming

13 July, 2008
Countercurrents.org

“Wisdom has built her house and she calls to all, ‘Come, eat my food and drink my wine and you will walk in the ways of understanding.”Proverbs 9:1-6


“Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership…the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials…The President signed an Executive Order after September 11th giving the Pentagon license to do things that it had never been able to do before without notifying Congress. The claim was that the military was ‘preparing the battle space,’ and by using that term they were able to circumvent congressional oversight. Everything is justified in terms of fighting the global war on terror.” [1.]

A nuclear Iran would make the ‘Holy’ Land a less desirable home for Jewish settlers, and all the while, Israel’s underground WMD facility in the Negev remains un-inspected.

In America, mis-informed Christians have been led by the Armageddon-based foreign-policy views of John Hagee, a false prophet who has captivated a congregation of 18,000 in his Cornerstone Church and millions who tune into his TV show to applaud the drum beat of a full-scale military assault on Iran.

Hagee is a ‘Christian’ Zionist who believes that the modern state of Israel is a divinely-ordained phenomenon and its establishment was essential to the Second Coming of Christ. Christian Zionists adhere to a misunderstanding of God as a Real Estate broker. Christian Zionists opposes land-for-peace negotiations and have no eyes to see or hearts that bleed for their Palestinian Christian sisters and brothers enduring under a 40+ year military occupation.

Many Christian Zionists fail at the commission to love all, and they seek to convert the Jews to their narrow small god or see them left behind in a nuclear holocaust that they erroneously believe they will be raptured/lifted out of.

The White House has convened a series of off-the-record meetings about its policies in the Middle East with Christians United for Israel (CUFI), Hagee’s demented dream which sees CUFI as “the Christian version of AIPAC,” referring to the pro-Israel group which is rated a close second to the National Rifle Association as the most powerful lobby in Washington.

Hagee has “endeared himself to key members of the Israeli right. [And] recently united America’s largest Christian Zionist congregations and some of the movement’s most prominent figures–including the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Gary Bauer and Rod Parsley, an Ohio preacher instrumental in launching Republican Ken Blackwell’s gubernatorial campaign–under the banner of CUFI, creating the first and only nationwide evangelical political organization dedicated to supporting Israel.” [2]

On November 6, 2007, I attended a Hagee cult event in Miami and heard him claim, “Israel was re-born by an act of God and Israel lives! The Jews have suffered great persecution and survived slavery and the Final Solution! God Jehovah will bury Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran! The flag of Israel will fly over the undivided Jerusalem and be the praise of all the earth! It’s 1938 again and the new Hitler is Ahmadinejad! Radical Islamisicts are threatening to develop nuclear weapons in order to destroy Israel and then the USA! But we are indivisible and we are both here forever!”

The oft repeated comment ascribed to President Ahmadinejad, that “Israel must be wiped off the map,” was addressed by Virginia Tilley, Professor of political science who wrote:

“In his October 2005 speech, Mr. Ahmadinejad never used the word “map” or the term “wiped off”. According to Farsi-language experts like Juan Cole and even right-wing services like MEMRI, what he actually said was “this regime that is occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.

“In this speech to an annual anti-Zionist conference, Mr. Ahmadinejad was being prophetic, not threatening. He was citing Imam Khomeini, who said this line in the 1980s (a period when Israel was actually selling arms to Iran, so apparently it was not viewed as so ghastly then). Mr. Ahmadinejad had just reminded his audience that the Shah’s regime, the Soviet Union, and Saddam Hussein had all seemed enormously powerful and immovable, yet the first two had vanished almost beyond recall and the third now languished in prison. So, too, the “occupying regime” in Jerusalem would someday be gone. His message was, in essence, “This too shall pass.” [3]

What Has Already Passed:

Following the War of 1967, Israel gained an increased portion of USA foreign aid and military budgets, becoming the ‘western pillar’ of the USA strategic alliance against Soviet incursion into the Middle East.

During this period AIPAC and other pro-Israeli lobby agencies began their ascent to power in shaping USA foreign policy. The Roman Catholic Church and mainline Protestant denominations began to develop a more balanced approach to the Middle East, bringing them closer to the international consensus on the Palestinian question. Pro-Israel organizations interpreted this shift as being Anti-Israel and in turn began to court the conservative Christians.

In 1977, when President Carter stated “The Palestinians deserve a right to their homeland,” the Christian fundamentalists and Israeli lobby responded with full page ads stating:

The time has come for evangelical Christians to affirm their belief in biblical prophecy and Israel’s divine right to the land…and affirm our belief in the Promised Land to the Jewish people.

The Reagan White House hosted a series of seminars from the Israeli lobby and Christian right. This was when Hal Lindsay, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority infiltrated the West Wing.

Falwell received a Lear Jet from the Israeli government for his personal travel and when Israel bombed the Iraqi nuclear plant in 1981, Prime Minister Begin called Jerry Falwell -before he called Reagan- to ask him to explain to the Christian public the reasons for the bombings.

In 1996, Netanyahu and Likud ideology dominated Israeli policy and 17 evangelical USA pastors pledged their support of the illegal colonies in the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights and full support for a Jerusalem under sovereignty of Israel.

The Christian Zionists launched a PR campaign under the banner: “Christians Call for a United Jerusalem.” They ignored the fact that they were in conflict with American policy and the Oslo process as well as a direct attack on Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant unity with the Churches for Middle East Peace that called for a shared Jerusalem.

In 2006, Hagee wrote in the Pentecostal magazine Charisma, “The coming nuclear showdown with Iran is a certainty.”

Candidate Bush once claimed his favorite philosopher was Jesus Christ, but President Bush hasn’t much in common with the Prince of Peace who warned that to be forgiven, one must forgive, to not judge the unbeliever and that one must love and bless one’s enemies; not bomb, occupy or torture any.

Before Emperor Constantine brought Christianity into the mainstream, all the early Church Fathers taught that Christians should not serve in the army but instead willingly suffer rather than inflict harm on any other.

St. Augustine was the first Church Father to corrupt the message of Jesus who promised that, “The Peacemakers shall be called the children of God”[Matthew 5:9] when he penned his Just War Theory.

Within 100 years after Constantine, the Empire required that all soldiers in the army must be baptized Christians and thus, Christianity was watered down as ritual trumped love and commitment to the teachings and philosophy of Jesus.

With the justification of war and violence supplied by Augustine’s Just War Theory, wrong became right and in today’s Orwellian world politicians who claim the way to peace is through war have been united with the very wrong ‘Christian’ right, and history repeats itself.

In 313 AD, Emperor Constantine legitimized Christianity and thus, those who had been considered rebels and outlaws began to enjoy political power and prestige. Jesus’ other name is The Prince of Peace, and with the marriage of church and state, his true teachings were reinterpreted. Church advocacy of warfare and the use of state sponsored violence corrupted what Christ was all about, which was WAKE UP! The Divine already indwells you and all others. Christ taught that to follow him requires that one must love ones enemies; one must forgive those who hate, curse and revile them, without a thought of payback.

Christ lived a life that proved evil can be opposed without being mirrored, and that the cycle of a “tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye”, will never bring peace and justice.

The term Christianity was not even coined until three decades after Christ walked the earth. Until the day of Paul, followers of Christ were called members of The Way; the way being in DOING what he taught!

Jesus, while never a Christian, was a social, justice, radical revolutionary Palestinian devout Jewish road warrior who rose up and challenged the job security of the Temple priests by teaching the people they did NOT need to pay them for ritual baths or sacrificing livestock to be OK with God; for God LOVED them just as they were: sinners, poor, diseased, outcasts, widows, orphans, refugees and prisoners all living under Roman Military Occupation.

What got Jesus crucified was disturbing the status quo of the Roman Occupying Forces by teaching the subversive concept that Caesar only had power because God allowed it and that God preferred the humble sinner, the poor, diseased, outcasts, widows, orphans, refugees and prisoners all living under Roman Occupation above the elite and arrogant.

When Jesus said: “Pick up your cross and follow me” everyone back then understood he was issuing a POLITICAL statement, for the main roads in Jerusalem were lined with crucified agitators, rebels, dissidents and any who disturbed the status quo of the Roman Occupying Forces.

Clement, Tertillian, Polycarp and every other early Church Father taught that violence was a contradiction of what Christ was all about. There have always been those Christians who spoke out against this corruption of scripture and they have been ignored, reviled, rejected, mocked, persecuted and maligned throughout time. There have always been Christians who have never abandoned the true teachings, such as the Quakers, Mennonites, some Catholics and Protestants who have been faithful witnesses to Christ by denouncing violence and caring for the poor.

There also have been Jews who lived lives that embody the message of Christ without accepting that Hebrew prophet as God in the flesh.

The following words of wisdom by united Christians and Jews who are confronting the empire of neo-cons and ‘Christian’ Zionists are not just praying for the peace of Jerusalem, they are doing something to help achieve it.

A statement from concerned Christians and Jews

Psalm 122 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

As Jewish and Christian leaders and members of worshiping communities in the United States, we write to address the ongoing controversy surrounding Pastor John Hagee. We are concerned by the content of his statements, his organization, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), and the theological ideology of Christian Zionism underlying both.

We have concluded that John Hagee is a poor representative of how faith can inform discernment regarding public life and discourse surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is regrettable that any public figure would choose to be associated with Pastor Hagee or his organization, CUFI. We were surprised to learn that three elected officials are scheduled to speak at CUFI’s upcoming “Washington-Israel Summit”: Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Rep. Elliot Engel (D-NY), and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). We call on each of these elected officials to disassociate themselves from the extremist views of Pastor Hagee and withdraw from this event.

We feel they should do so for the following reasons:

* Pastor Hagee has claimed that supporting the State of Israel is “God’s foreign policy.” But his work to support the State of Israel does little than ensure that Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians and its other Arab neighbors will continue into perpetuity given his adamant opposition to a negotiated peace.

* He prays for the peace of Jerusalem, but not its shalom, as he looks forward instead to the false peace established through a treaty offered by the Antichrist, whom, we now know,Pastor Hagee believes must himself be a Jew.

* Just as his ideology blames Jewish unbelief in Jesus for their centuries of suffering at the hands of Christians and provides a simplistic justification for the Holocaust (also based on Jewish intransigence), Pastor Hagee has again found a way to blame Jews for their own demise . . . this time at the hands of their self-supplied Antichrist.

* In this political season, Pastor Hagee’s radical views were first exposed by his description of the Roman Catholic Church as a “false cult system” that is the “Great Whore” of Revelation 17 and 18. Ignored in most media coverage of this controversy was the fact that these attacks on Catholicism were central to Pastor Hagee’s ideological Christian Zionism.

* Pastor Hagee’s support for the State of Israel is at the expense of many others, including the Roman Catholic Church. Now, it has become clearer than ever before that Pastor Hagee’s support for the State of Israel comes even at the expense of Jews.

As CUFI sought to expand its congressional influence, Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-MN) wrote that Hagee’s public comments “demonstrate extremism, bigotry and intolerance that is repugnant.”


If you agree, please add your signature to the above statement @

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/301/
t/7244/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1310

1. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/
2008/07/07/080707fa_fact_hersh/

2. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060814
/new_christian_zionism/single

3. http://www.counterpunch.org/tilley08282006.html


Other Sources:

http://www.christianzionism.org


Eileen Fleming, Reporter and Editor WAWA:

http://www.wearewideawake.org/

Author “Keep Hope Alive” and “Memoirs of a Nice Irish American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory”

Producer “30 Minutes With Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu”

The Inevitable Doom

The Inevitable Doom

Abid Ullah Jan


To build a basis to understand the forthcoming doom of the colonial order we will summarize our findings. For roughly 800 years the City States of Europe fought to control the resources of the countryside. Processing those resources into consumer products was the source of both their living and their wealth. Those City States became nations. The resources required for wealth and power still lay outside their borders. This caused more wars. Reaching for more wealth and power, seven nations of Europe rushed across the world to—with minor exceptions—claim every square mile. Those early battles between City States and the countryside, and those between individual City States, were replayed by battles between empires.

The rule to never transfer technical knowledge to other nations was broken when Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany bought technology wholesale from his grandmother, England’s Queen Victoria, and cousin, King George V.[i] The result was German technology taking over the markets of British industries leading to WWI and WWII.

Liberation from colonial rule, eliminating poverty and development were the goals of peripheral nations after WWII. Undoubtedly, the early colonies furnishing most of the world’s natural resources had been defeated centuries ago. They were taught after WWII in particular that they were now free. Africa was planning on a United States of Africa.[ii] Think of the threat Africa as one nation would have been to those depending upon those resources to rebuild from WWII. Knowing that is to understand the financial, economic, diplomatic, covert and overt wars preventing the colonial world’s post WWII liberation and the emergence of that super federation.

As all these wars were waged under the flags of peace, freedom, justice, rights, and majority rule, not even the countries being destabilized realized what was happening. They knew America had broken free using those slogans and so looked up to it as savior and supporter of their own liberation.

But now they know that America joined forces with their European cousins to deny emerging nations their rights, real freedom and independence. The alliances forming and the surges for equality and freedom today are identical with the hopes and dreams of the developing world forty to sixty years ago, the only difference being that they now understand better the tricks played on them.

The former colonies have been subjected to an unrelenting recolonization since the World War II. However, in these societies a majority has come to realize that ‘democratization’ was nothing more then a camouflage to hide facts such as a) holding the strings of political powers in former colonies, b) labor too poorly paid to create buying power, c) the extraction of valuable resources as cheaply as possible, d) processing the same resource into useful products that become the wealth of the industrialized and militarily powerful imperial centers, and e) returning only a miniscule share of those manufactured products to the weak, defeated nations to pay for the raw material from which those manufactured products (created wealth) were made.

Almost everyone suffering under continued colonialism has realized that to purchase a small share of manufactured products from the industrialized countries, defeated societies must sell even more of their natural wealth. Manufactured product purchases, money wasted on arms because of the left-over seeds of conflict by the colonialists and corruption by the few in power continually increase the debts of the dependent nations. Servicing that continually increasing debt requires the sale of even more resources. So de facto colonization is proving to be even worse than direct colonization.

It is not hard for the oppressed and exploited ones to survey a globe to note the enormous expanse of the Planet where most of the world’s natural resources are located, which parts remain undeveloped and impoverished, consuming in 1997 only 14% of the world’s resources. Then they see the small area of the world which has few resources, is developed, wealthy and powerful and which, during the same time, consumed 86% of the world’s resources.[iii] The resources which produce the wealth and power of the imperial-colonial centers are primarily in, and thus properly owned by, the impoverished undeveloped world. The secret that can never be acknowledged is that—if the impoverished world had access to finance capital, technology, and markets—it is they who would be wealthy.

But the point is that such unjust practices and systems of domination are impossible to sustain for ever. For example, for how long could the colonialists simultaneously fool the world with the garb of ‘democracy’ and invest heavily in the extraction of the natural wealth of weak resource-wealthy nations, paying local labor subsistence wages to assure a surplus of production and low prices for those natural resources? How far can that go together with denying both the accumulation of capital and the buying of power in the dependent, indirectly colonized nations? To ensure the perpetual slavery of the colonized people debt traps have been strengthened. Of course, those debts cannot be paid off and therein is the secret of the much spoken of, but little understood, debt trap. It is impossible to get out of such traps but inevitably there must come a reaction to the colonialists’ ploy. Perhaps they never anticipated a reaction?

The colonizers simply focused on controlling trade and thus determining who became wealthy through the monopolization of technology and unequal currency values. The cooperative approach in Germany, Japan, and Southeast Asia we witnessed for forty years, as technology was shared and currency values equalized with allies, was only to gain support for the final battle to suppress worldwide any attempt for real freedom. That suppression, however, had finite limits which have now been crossed leaving the colonial-imperialists with no option but to face the backlash.

Those who are leading the revolt against the new colonialism are fully aware of the fact that almost every region of the world has more natural resources than Japan. This makes it clear to them that—once they have real independence, industrial capital, an efficient internal transportation system, and access to markets—their colonized world can, on average, produce more cheaply than Japan. Where are Hong Kong‘s resources? Where are South Korea‘s resources? Where are Taiwan‘s resources? Where are the resources of most of Europe? The answer, of course, is that those resources are primarily in the impoverished, colonized world whose natural wealth has been confiscated through corrupt dictatorial regimes, kingdoms, sheikhdoms, sham democracies and most importantly through inequalities of trade to become the wealth of the imperial centers of capital. The question again is: is it possible to continue this dominance and exploitation forever under the pretense of democratic revolution?

The colonialists could hardly realize that the centuries-long process of embedding excessive rights into exclusive title to nature’s wealth and technologies has created an economic monster which the oppressed masses will not tolerate for very much longer. The world grew up with a monstrosity alongside which no other alternative has been permitted to evolve. Everything looks normal to those who are reaping the fruits of the colonialists’ exploitations. Yet, Westerners in particular are instinctively threatened by thoughts of major changes. Equally, however, that is not the case of people in the occupied world. Muslims for one have the possibility of an alternative way of life and the basic guidelines and principles to organize and live their own lives in an independent entity, free from the clutches of the old colonial masters.

The dream of the oppressed for real freedom is closer to fulfillment as the grip of the United States falters in the coming months and years. The United States faced two Grand Strategy choices in the beginning and the 20th century i.e. to champion the political and economic freedom of other colonized nations or to join the imperial nations in the neo-mercantilist siphoning of their wealth. It opted to take over Empire. Hence, it was forced to take sides in the battles between the old imperial nations in two world wars. As impoverished nations started breaking free from the chains of neo-mercantilist imperialism after WWII to exercise their rights as free people, the words spoken by Western security councils demonstrated that they clearly realized their dilemma: “China is moving towards an economy and a type of trade in which there is no place for the foreign manufacturer, the foreign banker, or the foreign trader.”[iv] “We cannot expect domestic prosperity under our system without a constantly expanding trade with other nations. The capitalist system is essentially an international system, if it cannot function internationally, it will break down completely.”[v]

The threat of the governments of half of Europe being no longer allied with the West and the loss of China after that war led to Germany and Japan, as well as Taiwan and South Korea—right on the border of China—being included as allies. The strategy of allowing those once threatening imperial centers of capital access to finance capital, technology, resources, and markets rapidly rebuilt Germany and Japan and much of Southeast Asia.

The protection provided post-WWII Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea would be a great model to develop the entire world. However, the rest of the colonial world—which was forming its own nonaligned bloc to control its destiny—was not only denied such protections, it was covertly destabilized and the rules of Adam Smith free trade, as interpreted by neo-mercantilists, were applied. All the free trade rhetoric notwithstanding, true free trade remained nonexistent.

America allied with Britain to defeat Germany in WWI, allied with both Britain and the Soviet federation to defeat Germany again, and Japan, in WWII. The United States then allied with the former hostile imperial centers of capital to defeat the rising center of capital in the East, the federated Soviet Union, and simultaneously to suppress the liberation movements of the colonial nations. Because European nations were prostrate after bankrupting each other battling over the world’s wealth, America picked up the baton as protector of the now-allied imperial centers of capital.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the United States is faced again with the same choice that it faced early in the 20th century. It either has to let the suffering masses free to let them exercise their right to self-determination with equal political and economic rights, or go from war to war to perpetually deny them the opportunity of liberating themselves from the U.S., its allies’ sponsored dictatorial regimes and the colonial clutches of the imperial centers. Any power structure, ‘democratic’ or dictatorial, facing a loss of control on the periphery of empire, will find or create an excuse for war. No empire or nation instigates a war on its peripheries where it has already politically won. But they will instigate actual wars when a loss of control is imminent. That’s what the United States is doing. It has opted to use its military force against Muslims because Islam is the only ideology/way of life left with a potential to establish a just social, political and economic order and to debunk all the myths propagated through the corporate media by the colonialists and their allies. N.A.T.O. has joined it in the defense of Empire, forgetting that the use of military force has never ever helped the occupiers sustain the occupation and exploitation of resources for very long.

The purpose of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.) had originally been to act as the United State’s cat’s-paw and to provide a de facto military occupation of western Europe. During the days of the Cold War, N.A.T.O. assured the public it was no more than a ‘defensive’ force and that as soon as the Warsaw Pact dissolved itself, so would N.A.T.O. Well, we have all seen how it not only broke a promise it never intended to keep but how the interests of the North Atlantic countries now stretch halfway around the Planet to colonial adventures in central Asia!

Apparently, wars are being waged to fight terrorism, spread democracy and to avoid proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction. But a litmus test to prove this wrong is in the way the U.S. and its allies react to the North Korean nuclear tests. The United States invaded Iraq and wants to invade Iran. But it does not want to invade North Korea. The problem however is that it cannot invade Iran because it might someday make nuclear weapons while North Korea appears to have them. Suddenly, North Korea is declared not to have really exploded a test nuclear weapon and preparations for an attack on Iran proceed apace. Doubts may be raised about the North Korean nuclear test as North Korea is a very different matter to Iran. Any Muslim nation, whether it is as weak and small as the Taliban or as strong as Iran, is considered a threat because the liberation of Muslims from the clutches of the empire would lead to a total breakdown of the global order which the United States took upon itself to defend after WWII.

The enormous industrial success of Germany’s Bismarck and later Hitler ’s Third Reich following Friedrich List’s precepts proved the sound logic of the philosophy of the imperial centers of capital, as did America’s protection of European industrial development under the Marshall Plan. That support was protection even though it came from without. Under threat of the entire world gaining its economic freedom, and thus the loss of crucial resources and markets, the old imperial nations allied, informally, under one protective bloc. That same bloc is fighting the present wars for its survival, not for democracy or the liberation of the occupied.

The colonialists are facing a totally different challenge to that faced in the 20th century where they had to contain a fast expanding socialism. In the 20th century the allied imperial centers of capital needed to bring Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea under the umbrella of protected trade. Their success again proved the soundness of List’s philosophy and that the managers of state knew exactly what they were doing; protecting crucial allies and maintaining—frequently imposing—the dependency status of others.

At the same time, they caught the former colonies in the economic trap. John Perkins, a former respected member of the international banking community, describes in his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, how as a highly paid professional, he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then take over their economies. In John Perkins words:

Basically what we were trained to do and what our job is to do is to build up the American empire. To bring — to create situations where as many resources as possible flow into this country, to our corporations, and our government, and in fact we’ve been very successful. We’ve built the largest empire in the history of the world. It’s been done over the last 50 years since World War II with very little military might, actually. It’s only in rare instances like Iraq where the military comes in as a last resort. This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation, through cheating, through fraud, through seducing people into our way of life, through the economic hit men. I was very much a part of that.[vi]

When the leading threat to the allied imperial centers of capital disappeared with the collapse of the Soviet federation and those protections were partially withdrawn, the financial meltdown of those once-allied nations (Japan, Taiwan, South Korea) on the periphery of empire again proved the validity of protecting tender emerging economies. Thus the situation today is totally different. The options available to the empire in the 21st century are no longer viable. They can buy dictators, such as General Musharraf for a few million dollars as he confessed in his recent memoirs. However, their use of the economic hit man, the debt trap, the support extended to nations on the periphery of the empire has lost relevance. The only option available to defend the colonial-empire is to go to war and subjugate colonies by force. We are back to the time when European colonialists went out on their mission to conquer and colonize. The challenges this time around are numerous. The colonialists have not only to face an aware and determined populace abroad but also to depend on lies upon lies to convince a public at home which itself is becoming increasingly cynical. There are limits to controlling dissent at home. New legislation to counter dissent will only consolidate the existing police states at home. But that will backfire more seriously on the colonial-imperialists than they expect.

With trouble at home and war abroad, monopolies will suffer. The world will no longer witness the balance of a wealthy center and a poor but functioning periphery resulting from successful financial warfare. The control of technology and control of trade will be lost, resulting in ultra-cheap manufactured products pouring into, and becoming one of the many factors collapsing the center, leading to another great depression and the failure of financial monopoly.

So far the imperial centre has thrived on the financial collapse of the former Soviet Union, Mexico, Southeast Asia and South America, and the lower living standards of Eastern and Central Europe. The banking and financial monopolies of the imperial center were strong enough to ensure that the financial collapse of peripheral nations resulted in lower import prices for the intact imperial centers of capital. For example, there was an $11 trillion increase in American stock market values between 1989 and 2000 plus large bond and real estate value increases, over $200 billion was confiscated from the collapsing periphery through currency speculation in 1997-98, and the wealth confiscated as the imperial center buys up high-quality firms on the periphery bankrupted by their nations’ currency collapses is many times that.[vii]The $5 trillion loss in the stock market since has been compensated for by higher real estate prices and a rebound in stock markets. The impending wars and chaos will effectively undermine this system on a global level.

On the home front, close to 50% of American households own stock. The economies of the imperial centers will definitely fail to maintain their vigor when stockholders in the imperial centers do not remain broadly distributed; when speculations do not continue to lay claim to the wealth of the periphery; when profits decrease due to lower profits from the increased import costs and stock prices fall substantially as the money stops fleeing back to the security of America and Europe, being invested in those markets; and when those stockholders stop spending a substantial share of their decreased wealth.[viii] In short, if profits fall and stock and home prices fall that created money (created by borrowing against those increased values) would evaporate and the economy will collapse.

With the collapse of the economic order, all corporations will cease to function. Means of transportation will suffer badly. This will affect transportation of agricultural products and resources to the imperial center from the periphery of an empire which presently functions as a huge plantation system. Unimaginable suffering for masses all over the world will accompany true liberation from a colonialism, mercantilism and neo-mercantilism (now transposed into corporate imperialism) which has dispossessed hundreds of millions of people from their land. The current owners are just the new plantation managers producing for the mother countries.

With the collapse of the economy, not only would military adventures and transportation suffer but a broad shift in power would occur due to the collapse of an unjust order in which the low-paid, colonized countries sell to the highly-paid imperial countries. Besides the visible borders and barriers, it is highly unequal pay for equally-productive work that creates invisible borders channeling the world’s wealth back to the imperial centers of capital.

All these barriers are set to fall down for the reasons mentioned above, specifically due to the fact that things cannot remain mismanaged and unjust forever. The record of neo-mercantilist wars over trade (between Britain and Holland, Britain and Spain, and Britain and the Allies against Germany and Japan) has been to avoid subsequent battles between themselves by sharing the monopolization of world trade and allying against other emerging centers of capital. What will bring them to their knees are the resource wars they have no option but to wage on a predominantly Muslim world. The entire developed world cooperated in the assaults against the emerging Soviet center of capital. The war on the Muslim world is pre-emptive with the objective to stop Muslims exercising their right to self-determination in the first place; to stop divided Muslims becoming an entity, thus establishing a model of a just political and economic system effectively undermining the capitalist order of the present colonialists. To their utter surprise the colonialists and their corporate terrorists will soon discover that the undermining of their systems begins with these pre-emptive wars by default.

China taking over world markets in this century is recognized by many as a replay of that early 20th century crisis. Nevertheless, China is not considered a threat to the post WWII global financial and political order.

Instead it is the world of Islam which has been declared a serious threat. But half the world industrialized, armed with nuclear weapons, and battling against an ideology—the way of life of Islam—in order ­to have access to resources and markets is different to 15% of the world industrialized, armed with conventional weapons and battling over access to resources and markets in the early 20th century.

With the United States’ invasion of Iraq on the basis of a pack of lies, oil producing nations quickly figured out that the invasion was only the first step in controlling oil throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, to control the rest of the world through their oil supplies, and those weak oil-supplying nations are now contracting (lightly allying) with Russia, China, and India to offset that threat. The world, reeling under a new colonization, has figured out that the slogans of democracy, peace, freedom, justice and human rights were covers for suppressing their freedom and rights. The option of developing a few nations under the above slogans as allies against the remaining periphery nations is no longer viable. The option of bringing democracy to the world is believed by almost no one. That imperialist democracies are really puppet governments while true democracies have been subverted and overthrown for the past sixty years is well understood. Imperialists are trapped as certified free elections replace puppet regimes with honest ones. The Imperialist’s control of puppet regimes is now so well understood that even countries where external control of elections were once blatant—Venezuela, Haiti, Bolivia, and Chile for example—have thrown aside those puppets through the ballot. As the ‘war on terror’ worldwide is against them and they are fully aware of the above deceptions, the Muslim word can hardly ignore the visible evidence of the fact that this war is against their religion and their right to self-determination and self rule. Thus, for each Muslim killed in this ‘war on terror’ several more take their place. As all this unfolds, enough citizenry within the imperial nations understand what America and its allies are doing and more domestic support is being lost.

Even if there are no more wars, still the future of the oppressive economic order is doomed. Unfortunately the military might of the imperial centre is tied to the strength of the prevailing economic order. Fully 60% of the industrial capacity of the world is now outside the borders of Europe and America. This is the same trade structure which led to WWI and WWII and this crisis for the imperial centers will be many times greater.

China has announced that she will soon be selling cars on the world market at 60% the price of other manufactures. Currently brand names are produced in China and marketed by Western traders at huge profit margins. China is busy developing their brand names for all products. With an already hollowed out industrial economy, the profit structure within the wealthy nations will collapse as those brands, one by one, hit Western markets.[ix]

As the huge profits currently earned by American traders are taken over by Chinese traders, China and other alert lower-paid nations where those products are produced will be banking the profits of capital, the wages of labor, and those huge trade profits. The current account deficits of the historic imperial nations will increase in step with foreign traders replacing domestic traders. As their enormous wealth and military might is based upon the theft of the wealth of weak nations—and assuming America does not use its nuclear weapons to maintain its current stranglehold of resources throughout the world—long before Southeast Asia reaches 50% equality the economies of America and Europe will collapse.

All the world’s major banking systems know the day of reckoning is coming. Various countries are getting out of the dollar and into Euros. Girding to fight that battle, America’s Federal Reserve quietly noted they would no longer release statistics on how much money they are printing.[x] The citizenry will not be alerted that massive money is being created and that the battle of the titans has begun. Seeing the writing on the wall, half the presidents of America’s regional Federal Reserve banks have resigned.

The rulers of the world are totally out of tune with a citizenry who are restive and demanding equal rights and their reasonable share. The totalitarian colonialists have focused their energies on Islam and Muslims but a worldwide populist uprising is imminent. The communication systems are in place to sustain that revolt and sooner or later that revolution will happen. There is only one difference between an aristocracy denying the common people rights for centuries leading to the French Revolution and a financial aristocracy today denying the citizenry worldwide equal rights and their reasonable share of the world’s wealth: modern communications will permit a large part of the Planet to revolt simultaneously.

If the current alliance of America, Europe and Israel use nuclear weapons on Iran and others that would be only a preview of WWIII. For that to succeed, in the absence of the unraveled façade of democracy, colonialists will have no choice but to impose their colonial rule through sheer naked force and to demand that all other nations must agree to a far lower share of the wealth than that consumed by Europe and America. We do not believe that other nuclear armed nations will accept that. It would also mean Africa, South America, and the Muslim world having to accept their resources providing a large share of that wealth and then receiving almost none back. We do not believe that will be accepted either. It is absolutely impossible that the masses in the Muslim world won’t rise against the puppet regimes and their new colonization. The colonialists just don’t have the power and resources to directly re-colonize the world and to put their viceroys back in all the occupied lands.

If we are in error it will only be one of timing. There is the possibility that the fascist control of impoverished nations could go on for another generation. There is a possibility that battles over the world’s resources will go on forever. We think that both those scenarios are highly unlikely. It will be either peace with a sharing of the world’s resources or it will be a nuclear WWIII. To continue with the colonialists’ blind pursuit of resources and their determination not to allow the colonized world to break free from their imperial political and economic order, will only bring on the second of those possibilities—the most horrible of all wars with death, destruction and the suffering of all life on Earth.



[i]. Kurt Rudolph Mirow, Harry Maurer, Webs of Power (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1982), p. 16.

[ii]. Crucial documentary on a U.S. of Africa: Wind of Change, order at Films for Humanity & Sciences 800.257.5126, item # BVL30750; Organizations formed to further African unity are: AU (African Union); NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) OAU (Organization of African Unity); OAAU (Organization for African American Unity (founded by Frantz Fanon); OCAM (Organization Commune Africaine et Malagache); OERS (Organization of States Bordering the Senegal River); UDEAC (Customs Union of Central African States); OERM (Economic Organization of North Africa); EACM (East African Community and Common Market); CEAO (West African Economic Community); CEDEAO (The Economic Community of West African States). Francois N. Muyumba, Esther Atcherson, Pan-Africanism and Cross-Cultural Understanding: A Reader (Needham Heights, MA: Ginn Press, 1993).

[iii]. United Nations Human Development Report, 1998.

[iv]. Noam Chomsky, “Enduring Truths: Changing Markets,” CovertAction Quarterly (Spring 1996), p. 49.

[v]. Eric Wolf, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /><st1:place w:st=”on”>Europe</st1:place> and the People Without History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982), p. 9.

[vi]. John Perkins’ interview with Democracy Now on-line. URL: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8171.htm

[vii]. Chalmers Johnson, Blowback: The Cost and Consequences of American Empire (<st1:state w:st=”on”><st1:place w:st=”on”>New York</st1:place></st1:state>: Henry Holt & Company, 2000), p. 226-27

[viii]. “The New ‘Financial Architecture’ Crumbles,” Economic Reform, March 1999, pp. 10-11; “Marshall Plan for Creditors and Speculators.” Economic Reform, January 1999, pp. 11, 14.

[ix]. As all nations will be able to purchase those products at that low price, anti-dumping laws will not apply.

[x]. Robert McHugh, “Money Supply versus Interest Rate Policy,” Comer, January 2006, pp 18-19.

Hidden Mysteries: Mind Control


Neurology and Mind Control:

A beneficial technology or

the opening of Pandora’s box?

by Terilyn Lee Johnston

Often the center-piece of science fiction and dramatic films such as Star Wars, A Clockwork Orange, and Conspiracy Theory, the idea of mind control is seemingly fantastical, unrealistic, and the invention of a right wing conspiracy theory (created by those who fear the “Big Brother” government). The reality of scientific neurology research, however, is not contained within science fiction novels and films. Mind control is a very apparent and quickly developing area of science, one that merits extensive research and evaluation. This paper will evaluate the area of mind through five areas of analysis: Historical developments, the problems associated with mind control, the benefits that are apparent within this area of research, the implications upon society that are inherent in light of this science, and finally proposed solutions that would remedy the problems that are existent within the status quo.

History, Background, and the Status Quo

The field of psychology and its subset neurology are a relatively youthful area of study. Thus, the developments that have resulted from years of research are at best primitive. In order to understand the advances that have been made, however, one must inherently evaluate the beginning of this area of research and study. One could argue that the use of mind control was first brought to the forefront of public knowledge in the evaluation of German Nazi military officials at the Nuremberg trials following World War II. “The medical trials at Nuremberg in 1947 deeply impressed upon the world that experimentation with unknowing human subjects is morally and legally unacceptable” (McGonigle, 1999). Recognizing that the practice of molding an innocent individual’s mind for the use of another’s evil experimentation as morally repugnant, the development of mind control techniques, in the United States, was not pursued initially. The emergence of mind control in the United States can be observed through two lenses: classified governmental development during the Cold War and research facilitated by the scientific and psychological communities.

The onset of the Cold War changed the United States’ policies toward the area of mind control. In the early 1950s American intelligence reported that the Communist Bloc nations, such as North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union, were engaging in the development of an extensive mind control program that could be used as a weapon against the United States. This prompted the United States to engage in its own mind control initiatives. “A classified 1952 study by the US government’s Psychological Strategy Board laid out an entire agenda for behavior-control research. Calling communist brainwashing ‘a serious threat to mankind,’ scientists urged that drugs, electric shock and other techniques be examined in ‘clinical studies…done in a remote situation'” (Budiansky, Goode, and Gest, 1994).

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was placed as the forerunner in mind control research. This was accomplished through the establishment of a program code-named MKULTURA. The primary objective of MKULTURA was to forge ahead of the Communists’ research and to become more effective in this area. “MKULTURA was established to counter perceived Soviet and Chinese advances in brain washing and interrogation techniques” (McGonigle, 1999). While the Department of Defense worked to rapidly counter Communist weapons capabilities, the CIA attempted to extend the arms race to the inclusion of actual human beings. An inherent moral issue, the government ignored the scientific guidelines that had been established for the use of experimentation on humans by the Nuremberg trials (generally referred to as “the Nuremberg Principle”).

The subjects of this experimentation ranged from military soldiers to college students to mentally ill to prisoners. Few of these individuals were aware of the research and experimentation that they were being subjected to. In 1985 the abuses that occurred during the Cold War period of experimentation were exposed as a result of a lawsuit that reached the United States Supreme Court entitled MKULTURA and the CIA vs. Sims. According to information that was subsequently to the public, MKULTURA involved as many as 149 subprojects, 80 institutions, 185 Private Researchers, and an unknown number of subjects. The range of experimentation included unauthorized administration of “Drugs, hypnosis, electroshock, lobotomy…” to subjects (Budiansky, Goode, Gest, 1994). In one example of a technique referred to as “psychic driving,” psychologist Dr. Ewen Cameron “…gave his subjects mega doses of LSD, subjected them [his subjects] to drug-induced ‘sleep therapy’ for up to 65 consecutive days and applied electroshock therapy at 75 times the usual intensity. To shape new behavior, Cameron forced them to listen to repeated recorded messages for 16-hour intervals…” (McGonigle, 1999).

As the CIA destroyed most documentation of these occurrences in 1973, the number of individuals involved in mind control experimentation is indefinite. Other Supreme Court cases, such as United States vs. Stanley and Orlikow, et. Al. vs. United States have uncovered pieces of the research that the CIA participated in through MKULTURA. Nine individuals who claimed to have been subjected to administration of “…heavy doses of LSD, electroshock and psychic driving” (McGonigle, 1999) through the CIA’s research were awarded the insufficient retribution of $750,000. Unfortunately, however, the chances of additional victims receiving compensation is nearly impossible as, “Records are gone, key witnesses have died, people have moved; in the drug-testing cases, people are damaged in other ways, which undermines their credibility” (Budiansky, Goode, Gest, 1994).

The second lens that one must evaluate the development of mind control in light of is within the scope of independent (from the government) research and development. The three major areas within this branch involve research pertaining to microchip identification research, radio-induced stimulus, and drug-induced stimulus. Each of these areas has been infiltrated with commercial applications in addition to scientific discovery and development.

The area of microchip identification is an area of neurology that has been commercially implemented in the status quo through animal and pet identification. These microchips, which are approximately the size of a grain of rice, can be inserted painlessly into a subject, contain the capacity to hold the subject’s identification information (name, address, phone number, etc.) There are currently three developed types of microchips that are capable of use in humans. The first is a “read-only” chip. This means that once information has been placed on that chip, it is permanent. These types of chips would be the most applicable to the public at large. It could be used, for example, “…to identify Alzheimer’s patients, children, and the unconscious. A broader use would be as a sort of national identification card, based upon the identifying number carried on the microchip” (Ramesh, 1997).

The second type of microchip that is available through this technology is that with read-write capabilities. This chip would hold the same type of information as the read-only chip, but would have the ability to have information added or subtracted from it. This type of chip would be useful in the updating of criminal records or medical records. The read-write chip would also allow for more practical application such as easy access to financial records through the storing of numbers and passwords or automatic payment of tolls on highways.

The third, and final, type of chip is comparable to the second in that it has read-write capabilities, but additional contains a tracking device. Uses of this chip would likely be by law enforcement and trial courts, but could also help large corporations track who is in their buildings in order to aid in security measures.

The second aspect of independent research and development is that of radio-induced stimulus. Developed by behavioral psychologists as a way to condition patients, this area has expanded to the commercial sphere through products, which use brain waves to train individuals, conditioning them to react in certain ways to certain stimuli. Psychologist, Dr. Jose M. R. Delgado, intracerebral stimulus, through electrodes placed on a subject that allowed them to be influenced directly by electrical shocks. Delgado’s study was an attempt to determine the possibility of using this type of stimulus to structure a mentally damaged individual’s interactions with other persons. Through prior experimentation, Delgado noted, “Experimentation in animals has demonstrated the practicality of long-term, programmed stimulation of the brain to inhibit episodes of assaultive behavior, to increase or decrease appetites, to modify drives, and to modulate intracerebral reactivity. Some of these findings may be applicable to the treatment of cerebral disturbances in man” (1968). While Dr. Delgado advocated a very cautious approach to the use of radio stimulus, psychology and science has been able to expand upon his discoveries to remarkable advances within current day technological development.

The most recent advancements have come from New York State University where a team of researchers has announced their ability to control a rat’s brain through electrical impulses. “The five ratbots created for the experiment had three tiny probes implanted in their brains. One probe…stimulates the reward or pleasure sensing area of the brain. The other two probes are in the areas that process signals from the whiskers, which tell rats when to turn” (Munro, 2002). Not only were the researchers able to guide the rats successfully through a maze of sorts, but they also have the ability to do so from a sizable distance, half a kilometer. While the scientists involved in the project claim that they have no intention of applying their technologies to humans-“‘Humans? Who said anything about humans? We work on rats.'” (The Future of Mind Control, 2002)-it stands fairly obvious that the possibility exists.

This type of technology has most recently found its way into the commercial arena through the development of a product, “NeuroHarmony,” which uses a headband laced with electrodes to read an individual’s brainwaves in order for the user to complete a series of puzzles, building concentration skills. “The electronic gadget, which can be used as a portable device or connected to a personal computer, puts users through a series of games…in one game, a user focuses on pieces of a broken wine glass. As the user concentrates…the pieces come back together to form the glass. If the person shifts his or her attention, the glass again breaks into tiny pieces” (Stacklin, 2002). This application is a far cry from the usage that Dr. Delgado intended with his pioneering research, but so seems to be the trend in science; the development of marketable “toys” for the use of the general public (those who are able to afford such vanities).

The third realm of scientific research in the area of mind control is through the use of drug stimulation. The origins of this research are associated with John Hopkins University in 1973 with their research concerning the tracking of drugs such as morphine and its interaction with the brain and other parts of the body. This led to the discovery of neurotransmitters such as endorphins, which release hormones with effects similar to opiates. The researchers concluded that, “Virtually all the organs of the body are ultimately regulated by the brain…With all its responsibilities, the brain needs complex reporting and control mechanisms to cope with changing internal and external environments…Some overall control mechanisms apparently manifest themselves in our consciousness in the form of emotion or mood” (Alexander, 1983).

This discovery shed much light on the previous administration of drugs to mentally damaged patients in order to control their behavior. It has led to the intelligent, rather than random, distribution of these drugs to individuals as scientists have discovered that certain neurotransmitters a receptive to certain types of stimuli. “…These explorations into the nature of the mind are already yielding important practical applications, primarily drugs for treating mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and memory loss…” (Alexander, 1983).

Further research has produced the development of two genres of drugs, which can initiate or depress certain responses. The first type is the agonist. This type of drug has the ability to stimulate certain types of neurotransmitters to combat mental disorders such as depression. “An agonist not only fits a receptor molecule but also activates it to initiate some operation in a cell” (Alexander, 1983). The second type is the antagonist. This drug has the capability to block chemical exchange between different types of neurotransmitters. “An antagonists…plugs into the receptor but doesn’t activate it. The antagonist just sits there, jamming the receptor so that the natural neurotransmitter can’t activate it either” (Alexander, 1983).

Current Problems and Potential Harms

While the research that has been completed can be viewed as quite pragmatic within science and technology, especially in the field of medical psychology, it is inherent there are rather extensive current and potential problem within the status quo. As the first section was divided up into government development and private or independent development, so will this section (and those that follow) be similar.

The problems with the government research of the Cold War era are quite apparent. While the MKULTURA project no longer exists, there is no legislation in place that explicitly addresses the restriction guidelines of research on human beings by government or private researchers. Thus, the problems that plagued the MKULTURA project: misuse of subjects, abuse of subjects’ rights, the interest of military and political gain above human rights, to name a select few, are still imbedded within the realm of neurological research.

Moving onto the area of privatized research, the concept of implanted microchips in the brains of humans is an idea that is dangerously close to infringing upon the line protecting human privacy rights. The legal precedent against mandated implementation of a microchip national identification system is great. “Justice Cardozo in his famous statement that ‘every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his own body” (Ramesh, 1997). Thus, it does not seem probable that, without the Supreme Court re-evaluating this issue, this technology will be utilized on a national level. The lack of legislative regulation in this area is also a substantial issue for further research and application of this technology.

The remainder of research surrounding the area of mind control has resulted in what can referred to as the rise of “cosmopolitan” mind technologies. These are recognizable through products such as NeuroHarmony and the increase in doctor prescription of anti-depressant drugs such Prozac. The real danger in these technologies as well as drug-induced technologies that instruct one’s brain to operate in a self-prescribed fashion is the placement of great value on obtaining this type of technology. In essence, there are two looming problems with this type of mentality: a movement toward an attempt at perfected humans and the gradual division between those who are enhanced by this technology and those who are not.

The idea of a perfected man has permeated society since Ponce de Leon’s search for the fountain of youth in the newly discovered tropical land of “Florida.” Society attempts to perfect itself through cosmetics, ultra slim fast, and machines that work one’s abs, arms, buttocks, and big toes. How much greater, given the opportunity, would the demand for “mind perfecting” drugs be? “…Drugs for the brain are simply one more step down a road taken by orthodontics, face lifts, Viagra, and other medical extras” (“Open Your Mind,” 2002).

Drugs, however, are phenomenally expensive. Thus, the publication of these magic “personality correctors,” would inherently only be available to those who have the means by which to purchase such products. Many argue that the current gap between economic classes: the haves vs. the have-nots, is too large to be ignored, however, it’s fairly obvious that the ability to chemically alter one’s brain activity to make one more socially desirable would result in a greater division between those who have the means to purchase mind-altering drugs and those who simply do not. This is a neither problem that perhaps society should not need nor desire to deal with. “Some worry that this may blunt the differences between individuals turning society into one homogeneous mass. Others see the opposite risk-a Gattacesque division between the privileged and the unenhanced” (“Open Your Mind,” 2002).

The Benefits of Mind Control
What’s Good About this Technology?

Though there seem to be more detriments to the idea of mind control than benefits, the concepts that create a basis for this sphere of research are actually quite admirable. Though the MKULTURA experiments of the Cold War era were abhorrent, all research in an area of science must initiate at some point, by some means. Essentially, the past mistakes of mind control research create of springboard from which science can bound into a new area of knowledge. Without the past, it is impossible to realistically look into the future. The past also sets a precedence from which comprehensive policy can be formed.

Contemporary technologies such as the microchip have the possibility of serving as a necessary step in perpetuating the United States’ security. If microchips were installed in the brains of all United States’ citizens it would be impossible for illegal aliens to profit from a society to which they owe no allegiance or financial support. While perhaps an idealized thought, it would serve as probable that a tragedy such as the 09/11 attack upon the United States would not have occurred had sensors been able to recognize microchips that had been placed in the brains of would-be terrorists by their own countries. These possibilities as well as the possibility of being able to track recently released criminals may actually decrease the percentage of repeat offenders.

Medical psychological advances in the area of drug therapy have given thousands of damaged individuals the opportunity to live virtually normal lives. Those who suffer from depression have been able to stabilize, children who would be unsuccessful in a traditional learning environment due to ADD and ADHD have been given the ability to concentrate at a reasonable levels due to drug therapy. Advances such as electrotherapy have been able to prevent violent behavior of patients, which in turn has improved the quality of life for those individuals and for those that interact with them. This technology has also equipped physicians with the ability to determine the correct course of action when dealing with therapeutic surgeries and other types of treatment.

In the area of cosmopolitan or cosmetic mind controlling technologies, the benefits are primarily that of convenience, rather than of pragmatic function. These types of technologies, however, have the ability to detect possible mental defects and talents early on in life, causing treatment and/or cultivation of those traits to improve the life of that person. Drugs, as the above analysis has previously stated, have the capabilities of correcting chemical imbalances to improve an individual’s mood or to correct an undesirable personality trait in order for that person to function more positively in society.

The Implications of Mind Control on Society

Technological advances in computing and medicals advances have largely overshadowed a developing science, mind control. It has similarly been dwarfed by scientific breakthroughs in the area of cloning. The general under coverage of this subject by the media has created a widespread apathy toward the possibility of mind control and the need for legislation to regulate such research. For those who are aware that the development of mind controlling technology exists, they view it through a lens of impracticality and as a superfluous cosmetic science. The idea of mind control holds far more power than the public grants it. Apathy is a dangerous stance to take in any circumstance, but a moment’s reflection on the effects that perfected mind control technology could have upon this society, and the inherent need for public action on this subject would be obvious. “…Neurotechnology poses a greater threat-and also a more immediate one. Moreover it is a challenge that is largely ignored by regulators and the public, who seem unduly obsessed by gruesome fantasies of genetic dystopias” (“The Future of Mind Control,” 2002).

As would seem inherent, the implications of the technology of mind control include the many harms and benefits that are listed throughout this essay. Very real political implications such as the issue of privacy and regulation apply directly to the social climate of American society. Each of the problems and advantages that this type of technology suggests will have a momentous affect upon society and the manner in which human being themselves should be, and are, viewed and valued.

Why is the idea of regulation in this area so important? As was previously mentioned, the need for protection of privacy rights, especially dealing with technologies such as microchip implants, is essential for the preservation of the rights and liberties that have been established as inherent to all human beings in the United States Constitution as well as other human rights documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights established by the United Nations. Elaine E. Ramesh contends in a statement that is directed toward the idea of microchip implementation, but can be cross-applied to all of the technologies that have been discussed, “…Legislation must be enacted to ease the very great intrusion into individual privacy” (Ramesh, 1997).

In 1997 the distinguished senator from Ohio, John Glenn, submitted to Congress the Human Research Subject Protection Act of 1997. This bill intended for all private institutions performing neurological research and tests on humans to be accountable to and regulated by the government. The act was written as a direct response to the revelation of the atrocities conducted by the CIA and others in the midst of the Cold War. The bill would have held private research institutions responsible for viable, honorable experimentation, lack of adherence to be punishable by law. A noble attempt at regulation in this field, the legislation was killed in committee, never reaching the floor of the Senate. This action, however, shows a very real concern that exists within the some facets of the status quo that will not likely be ignored for much

The apparent threshold of implementation of this technology into the status quo provides an imminent need for legislation that would serve as damage control for possible problems in the future. Because the technology is advancing so quickly without an audible outcry from the public at large, it is essential that a preventative measure be enacted to avert the possibility of humans from becoming lab rats in the development of mind control technologies. Regulation would also aid in the focused and guided direction of research that would benefit the public.

Being that this paper is being constructed for a course with “truth” and the values associated with Christianity at its very core, it is essential to discuss the approach that the Christian community should utilize when evaluating the area of mind control both Biblically and philosophically.

One of the primary mandates related to one’s life as a Christian is the absolute submission of that individual to God and His will for his/her life. In the midst of his Earthly ministry, Jesus Christ is recorded of reminding God’s chosen people, the Jews, of the ultimate law that permeated the Torah and upon which all other laws were based, “…’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’…” (Matthew 22:37, NKJV).

Jesus’ purpose in making this statement was very clear and very deliberate. A true follower of God should have the Creator at the core of his/her very being, letting nothing else deter him/her. This, of course, includes the mind. The apostle Paul reiterates this sentiment in his epistle to the Romans, “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6, NIV). It is clear that God, speaking first through his son incarnate and through his follower, the apostle Paul, places a significant value upon the minds of his children. It is also evident that an inherent obligation of those who are true Christians is the allowance of God, or the Holy Spirit, to have total and utter control over one’s mind. The prophet Isaiah reminds Israel of the benefits of placing God at the center of their minds, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV).

The Christian response to the technology of mind control, in light of these scripture passages should be, then, to resist the temptation to become involved in a situation in which another individual is controlling the Christian’s mind. It seems, however, that there should be certain circumstances in which the use of behavior altering drugs should be appropriate from a Christ-centered standpoint. Because Christians, like all other humans, suffer from chronic psychological disorders such as depression the use of altering drugs to significantly improve one’s standard of living is an appropriate stance. These drugs should be used for medicinal purposes only, and should be monitored closely, for the moment that these substances become essential for an individual’s coping with daily life, is the moment that it has achieved the status of idol within that individual’s life. According to the first of the Ten Commandments, the placement of an item between an individual and God is not only detrimental to that relationship, but is an obvious sin, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything…You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:4,5).

A unique attribute of human beings that has long been held as invaluable by the philosophical and religious communities has been the element of free will. This is the ability that humans possess that allows them to make decisions based upon their own deductive and reasoning skills. Philosophers argue that under the technological advances in drugs, machines, and therapies that have occurred in the field of neurology, the idea of free will, will be significantly diminished. The essence of mind control is inherently contrary to the idea and significance of free will to human beings. An article that was printed in The Economist clearly addresses this philosophical issue with mind control, “Erik Parens of the Hastings Centre, a think tank in Garrison, New York, is concerned that it could, for example, ‘reduce the number of ways acceptable to be a person” (“Open Your Mind, 2002). Philosophers along with theologians argue that the implications of a medical technology turned cosmetic-the direction that mind control seems to be going-are simply another division erected between humans, decreasing their value in relation to each other.

Solutions and Further Suggestions

It is clear that the technology of mind control faces some substantial challenges within the theoretical and practical realms of public life and thought. The solutions to issues such as the stigmas attached to mind control and the currently uninhibited realms of research abilities, are currently, unfortunately, rather general. First, there is an apparent need for public discourse on this subject as its implementation becomes far more “real” and plausible within the status quo. At the point that the public becomes involved in this discussion, the more imminent Congressional action on the subject will become. This leads to the second solution that, if implemented, would help to solve for the issues apparent in the status quo.

This solution is simply the increase of Congressional discussion as to the need to regulate the extent of experimentation that is allowed in the United States in the field of mind control. The first, unfortunately failed, attempt by Senator John Glenn sets a precedent for legal and legislative dialogue on the subject. It is imperative for the future of this technology that the government takes a proactive approach to ensuring the safety of Americans from unregulated scientific experimentation. Precedent for regulatory action can be observed in legislation passed to prohibit the cloning of humans and certain types of experimentation with stem cells.

The final solvent action that can be utilized to improve the negative prospects of mind control research is through simple education of the public at large. This, of course, includes the various venues of dialogue and publication from the scientific community. Currently most of the issues that are being presented are reported on by mainstream popular culture sources, which discredit the serious implications of this area of science as cosmetic and novel. The realization of the profound nature of neurology would lead to quick and effect action to further improve the current apathy that this society seems to exhibit toward mind control.

As developments within the realm of neurological research race quickly from an area of black and white evaluation to a land of fuzzy grayness, it is essential that this area be thoughtfully and carefully assessed. It is difficult to halt an advancing science, especially when it morphs into an entity fully supported by capitalist gain on a mainstream market of commercialization. The integrity of science must be preserved within this area of research and development, causing the containment of neurology, halting its intense escalation of momentum toward a status of unadulterated deregulation. The Economist expresses the evident need for further discussion of this topic and serves as a sufficient conclusion with the words, “…If society is concerned about the pace and ethics of scientific advance, it should at least form a clearer picture of what is worth worrying about, and why” (“The Future of Mind Control, 2002). The time has come for society to realize the significance of this science and perform appropriate action.

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LIFE AFTER CAPITALISM – An Extremely Serious Discussion!!!

LIFE AFTER CAPITALISM

An Extremely Serious Discussion!!!

Presentation for Edmonton, Calgary, and Saskatoon
By David C. Korten
November 1998

This presentation is reprinted here from it’s source ( http://iisd.ca/pcdf/1998/capitalism.htm ) with the permission given at the bottom of the People-Centered Development Forum Home Page ( http://iisd1.iisd.ca/pcdf/ ).

We must face up to the obvious fact that capitalism’s failures are an inevitable consequence of embracing values and institutions that favor money over life. To create a world in which life can flourish and prosper we must recreate our economies based on values and institutions that honor life, serve life’s needs, and restore money as a means of exchange.

I feel deeply privileged to be meeting with a number of groups in Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces on alternatives to corporate rule and economic globalization, because I believe that what you are doing here in your inquiry process is potentially of no less than planetary significance.

We live in a world that is being pillaged by the institutions of global capitalism to enrich the few at the expense of the many. And it is more than just a political issue because of the burdens that it places on our environment; the stresses being placed on our social systems. We have reached a point in human history at which the very survival of civilization and perhaps even of our species depends on replacing the rogue institutions of capitalism with institutions supportive of democracy, market economies, and ethical cultures that function in service to life and community. Yes, your heard me right. We must replace the global capitalist system with democracies and market economies. Now how’s that for a radical idea?

For those of us who grew up believing that capitalism is the foundation of democracy, market freedom, and the good life, it has been a rude awakening to realize that under capitalism, democracy is for sale to the highest bidder, the market is centrally planned by global mega-corporations larger than most countries, the elimination of jobs and livelihoods is rewarded as an economic virtue, and the destruction of nature and life to make money for the already rich is viewed as progress. Let us speak truth tonight. Global capitalism is not democratic and it systematically violates every principle of a market economy. Which sets up an interesting juxtaposition because it points to the possibility that there really is an alternative.

Under global capitalism the world is ruled by a global financial casino staffed by faceless bankers, money managers, and hedge fund speculators who operate with a herd mentality that sends exchange rates and stock prices into wild gyrations unrelated to any underlying economic reality. With reckless abandon they make and break national economies, buy and sell corporations, and hire and fire corporate CEOs (the heads of corporations) — holding the most powerful politicians and corporate managers hostage to the speculators interests. When their bets pay off they claim the winnings as their own. When they lose, they run to governments and public institutions to make up their losses with cries that the financial skies will fall if they are forced to suffer the market’s discipline.

Contrary to its claims, capitalism’s relationship to democracy and to the market economy is much the same as the relationship of a cancer to the body whose life energies it expropriates. Cancer is a pathology that occurs when otherwise healthy cells forget that they are part of the body and begin to pursue their own unlimited growth without regard to the consequences for the whole. The growth of the cancerous cells deprives the healthy cells of nourishment and ultimately kills both the body and itself. Capitalism is doing much the same to the societies that it infests.

Another way of characterizing our situation is that we find ourselves unwitting participants in an epic contest between money and life for the soul of humanity. And it comes down to a fairly literal choice as to which we value more — our money or our lives. And as you suggested, in many ways it is fundamentally a spiritual issue as much as a political issue.

We are where we are as a consequence of intentional decisions made by human beings. There is nothing inevitable about it. We as human beings can make different choices and create different economic institutions to institutionalize different values and create different dynamics.

The cultural and institutional choices we must now make in favor of life will require changes of a scope and speed unprecedented in human history. Fortunately, we find ourselves facing this challenge at the very moment in our history at which we have acquired the knowledge, the technology, and the organizational capacity to negotiate the required changes successfully. The main question to be resolved is whether we will find the collective wisdom and the will to act in time.

It is a question that must be resolved individual by individual, community by community, and nation by nation. In a number of places around the world citizen movements are already engaged in addressing the question on a national scale. I’m familiar with such movements in the Philippines, Chile, and Thailand. Just last month I had the privilege of participating in new initiatives emerging in Hungary, Finland, and Norway.

Yet to my knowledge there is no country in the world in which the process has gained so much momentum as it has here in Canada in a wide range of initiatives such as alternative budgeting exercises, the Citizen’s Agenda and MAI inquiry processes being led by the Council of Canadians, and initiatives of many groups such as the Parkland Institute and the Western Affairs Committee. This momentum gives you a special opportunity for global leadership. It also means you face the special challenge always presented to those who choose to sail in uncharted waters. You have no map to the future we must create and I have no map to offer, but I do hope to leave you with a few useful navigational devices.

At its core, the root cause of our collective crisis is two fold: a failure of our values and a failure of our institutions. We have created a global culture that values money and materialism over life itself. In our pursuit of money we have given the institutions of money — banks, investment houses, financial markets, and publicly traded corporations — the power to rule over life. Recognizing only financial values, accountable only for money’s replication, and wholly unmindful of the needs of life, these institutions are wantonly destroying life to make money. It’s a bad bargain.

Our flawed choices results in part from our nearly universal failure to distinguish between money and real wealth. The further I get into the analysis of these issues the more I come to believe that much of our misunderstanding comes from this confusion: money is not wealth. Money is a number, which by social convention we agree to accept in exchange for things of real value. Get that sorted out and you can take apart the whole global financial system and the whole global economy.

An experience I had a few years ago in Malaysia illustrates the distinction I have in mind. I had a brief encounter with the minister responsible for Malaysia’s forests. Seeing that I was a Westerner, and assuming I was probably an environmentalist, he wasted no time in poking my buttons by pointing out that Malaysia would be a lot better off once we cut down all our trees and put the money in the bank because the money will earn interest faster than the trees will grow. The image flashed into my mind of a barren and lifeless Malaysian landscape populated only by branches of international banks, with their computers faithfully and endlessly compounding the interest on the profits from Malaysia’s timber sales. It is a metaphor that sums up all too well the future to which our confusion of money and real wealth is leading us.

The very vocabulary of finance and economics is a world of double-speak that obscures such essential distinctions. For example, we use the terms money, capital, assets, and wealth interchangeably, leaving us with no simple means to express the difference between money — a simple number — and real wealth — which includes such things as trees, food, our labor, fertile land, buildings, machinery, technology — even love and friendship — things that sustain our lives and increase our productive output. It leaves us prone to the potentially fatal error of assuming that when we are making money we are necessarily creating wealth.

Similarly, we politely use the term investor when we speak of the speculators whose gambling destabilizes global financial markets. Indeed we favor them with tax breaks and special protections. Language makes a difference. If we called them by their real names: speculators, gamblers, and thieves, they would be subjects of public outrage — as they appropriately should be.

As a medium of exchange money is one of the most important and useful of human inventions. However, as we become ever more dependent on money to acquire the basic needs of our daily lives, we give over to the institutions and the people who control money’s creation and allocation the power to decide who among us shall live in prosperity and who shall live in destitution — even suffer premature death. With the virtual elimination of subsistence production and the increasing breakdown of community and public safety nets, our modern money system has become possibly the most effective instrument of social control and extraction ever devised by human kind. It’s very important that we understand our money system as a system of rule.

The most sinister aspect of modern capitalism is not its concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny, greedy elite. It is about an institutional system of autonomous rule by money and for money that functions on autopilot beyond the control of any human actor and is unresponsive to any human sensibility. This is perhaps the most critical distinction between a market economy and our contemporary global capitalist economy.

The term “capitalism” now means much the same thing it did in the mid-1800s when it was coined to refer to an economic and social regime in which the ownership and benefits of productive assets are appropriated by the few to the exclusion of the many who through their labor make the assets productive. Modern capitalism has taken this concentration of wealth to a truly unconscionable extreme. There are many statistics. The following are some of my favorites because they really do emphasize the extremes. In 1991 there were 274 billionaires in the world. By 1996 their numbers had increased to 447. Their total assets were roughly equivalent to the total combined incomes of the poorest half of humanity. We get these numbers of billionaires from Forbes magazine which proudly proclaims itself the capitalist’s tool, so they know what they’re talking about when they talk about capitalism and they’re measuring progress by the number of billionaires being created in the global economy. Between 1996 and 1997, a single billionaire, Bill Gates of the Microsoft Corporation increased his net worth by $18 billion, a gain roughly equal to the total income shared by the 11 million people of Zimbabwe over that same one year period. Dwell on that for a moment. An income ratio of 11 million to one.

As outrageous as such inequality is, the most sinister aspect of modern capitalism is not its concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny, greedy elite. It is the truly scary fact that it is about an institutional system of autonomous rule by money and for money that functions on autopilot beyond the control of any human actor and is unresponsive to any human sensibility. Once you really get in to understanding the system you know the money managers do not control it. They are hired by it. And they do their job or they leave. And the same with the heads of the corporations. They are hired by the system, they do their job or they are fired. While they do their job they are well paid. But they are employees serving this autonomous system of money.

This is perhaps the most critical distinction between a market economy and our contemporary global capitalist economy. Rule by people or rule by money. I attempt to capture that distinction in this chart (Figure 1). On the left we have the structure of a market economy very much as Adam Smith described it: local, small enterprises, locally-owned, stakeholder-owned. On the right-hand side is the representation of the way in which the global capitalist system has formed itself.

Power Shift

In a healthy market economy enterprises are human-scale and predominantly locally-owned. Economic exchanges are shaped and controlled by people through the expression of their cultural values (which incidentally is a self-reproducing culture created by people not by the advertising media), their purchasing decisions, their democratic participation in setting the rules by which the market will function, and their ownership of local enterprises as local stakeholders with an interest in the community and its well-being. It is a dynamic and interactive system in which people participate in many roles and bring their human sensibilities to bear on every aspect of economic life.

Political democracy and the market economy work well together as means of organizing the political and economic life of a society to allocate resources fairly and efficiently while securing the freedom and sovereignty of the individual. They provide an institutional foundation for self-organizing societies able to function with a minimal need for central coercive control. The special magic of the market is its ability to reward those who do productive work responsive to the self-defined needs of others as they add to the total wealth and well-being of society.

Capitalism, by contrast, is not about meeting needs. Capitalism is about using money to make money for people who already have more of it than they need. It rewards the monopolist and the speculator at the expense of those who do productive work. Its institutions, by their very nature, breed inequality, exclusion, environmental destruction, social irresponsibility, and economic instability while homogenizing cultures, weakening the institutions of democracy, and eroding the moral and social fabric of society.

I am amused when I hear the apologists for capitalism saying that the mistake made in Russia was to introduce capitalism too fast before the values and institutions of capitalism were put into place. In fact Russia demonstrates capitalism’s values and institutions at their most advanced state of development. It is a country with virtually no rules and no government in which the strongest and best organized are free to steal whatever they can get their hands on. I’ll return to the Russian experience later.

We are often told that deregulation and economic globalization are necessary to free the market. In fact, efficient market function depends on both regulation and borders. What deregulation and economic globalization actually free are the forces of capitalism’s attack on democracy and on the institutions and rules of the market. In the absence of regulation and borders, financial markets merge into a single unregulated electronic system able to create money with reckless abandon through bank lending to support speculative excesses. Similarly, global corporations consolidate and concentrate their power through mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances beyond the reach of any state. Through this process economic power becomes formally delinked from concern for any person or place as absentee ownership and its dysfunctions become institutionalized on a global scale through the aggregation of savings into professionally managed retirement, trust, and mutual funds that have a legal fiduciary responsibility to maximize financial returns to their clients without regard to social and environmental consequences.

Acting as proxy owners of the corporations whose shares they hold, the fund managers expect the managers of these corporations to take a similarly narrow view of their responsibilities and they send those managers a powerful message. Earning a fair profit is not enough. Annual profits must be constantly increased at a rate sufficient to produce the 20 to 40 percent annual increase in share price the financial markets have come to expect as their due. The corporate head who succeeds is well rewarded. The average annual compensation of the head of a U.S. corporation, much of it in stock options, is currently $7.5 million a year. On the other hand if you don’t do as the markets bid, you are unceremoniously dumped. How the corporation increases it profits is not the market’s concern. As they say at the Nike Corporation: “Just do it.”

We politely use the term investor when we speak of the speculators whose gambling destabilizes global financial markets. Language makes a difference. If we called them by their real names: speculators, gamblers, and thieves, they would be subjects of public outrage — as they appropriately should be.

The global corporation responds by using its great power to reshape cultures, limit consumer choices, pass costs onto the public, and press governments to provide subsidies and rewrite the rules of commerce in their favor. Commonly the corporation responds in ways that destroy the most precious of all our wealth: the living capital of the planet and of human societies on which all life and the fabric of civilization depend.

The corporation destroys living capital when it strip-mines forests, fisheries and mineral deposits, aggressively markets toxic chemicals and dumps hazardous wastes. It destroys human capital by maintaining substandard working conditions in places like the Mexican maquiladoras where corporations employ once vital and productive young women for three to four years until failed eyesight, allergies, kidney problems, and repetitive stress injuries leave them permanently handicapped and they are replaced with a new batch. It destroys social capital when it breaks up unions, bids down wages, and treats workers as expendable commodities, leaving society to absorb the family and community breakdown and violence that are inevitable consequences. It destroys institutional capital when it undermines the function of governments and democracy by buying politicians, weakening environmental health and labor standards, and extracting public subsidies, bailouts and tax exemptions which inflate corporate profits while passing the burdens of risk to governments and working people.

Living capital, which has the special capacity to continuously regenerate itself, is ultimately the source of all real wealth. To destroy it for money, a simple number with no intrinsic value, is an act of collective insanity — which makes capitalism a mental, as well as a physical pathology.

Once we look seriously at the issue of externalized costs we begin to see just how grossly inefficient global capitalism actually is. Ralph Estes, a certified public accountable who teaches at American University in Washington, DC., published a book called The Tyranny Of The Bottom Line, Why Corporations Cause Good People To Do Bad Things. In it he reported on a study he did essentially compiling an inventory of all the studies he could find documenting the externalization of costs each year that corporations in America impose on U.S. society. He looked as such things as the costs of defective products, unsafe working conditions, and environmental discharges. He did not even include tax breaks and direct public subsidies. He came up with a figure of $2.6 trillion a year in 1994 dollars. That is five times corporate profits for that year and 37 percent of U.S. GDP. Now I ask you: would we tolerate inefficiency like that from government?

Beginning with Adam Smith, market theory has been quite explicit that market efficiency results from small, locally-owned enterprises competing in local markets on the basis of price and quality for consumer favor. By contrast, what we know as the global capitalist economy is dominated by a handful of gigantic corporations and financial speculators with trillions of dollars at their disposal to reshape markets and manipulate prices. If we consider the gross sales of a corporation to be roughly equal to the GDP of a country, we find that of the world’s 100 largest economies, 51 are economies internal to corporations. Only 49 are national economies.

This has an interesting implication. The proponents of capitalism continuously tell us that market economies are more efficient and responsive to consumer needs than are centrally planned economies. But the economy internal to a corporation is not a market economy. It is a centrally planned economy — centrally planned by corporate managers to maximize financial returns to themselves and to their shareholders. No matter what authority the head of a corporation may delegate, he can withdraw it with a snap of his fingers. In the U.S. system, which is rapidly infecting Europe and the rest of the world, the head of a corporation can virtually hire and fire any worker, open and close any plant, change transfer prices, create and drop product lines almost at will — with no meaningful recourse by the persons or communities affected. Indeed, the power of the corporate head to dictate internal policy and action within the corporation’s centrally planned economy would have made any Soviet planner green with envy. Ironically, the global victory of capitalism is not a victory for the market so much as it is a victory for central planning. Capitalism has simply shifted the planning function from governments — which in theory are accountable to all their citizens — to corporations — which even in theory are accountable only to their shareholders.

We are moving very fast toward ever greater consolidation of this unaccountable corporate power. In the United States the total value of corporate mergers and acquisitions has increased at a rate of nearly 50 percent a year in every year save one since 1992. We see a similar pattern being played out around the world as Wall Street investment banks bring their gun-slinging ways to the rest of the world.

Just to give you an idea of the degree of concentration — In 1995, the combined sales of the world’s top 200 corporations equaled 28 percent of total world GDP. Yet these corporations employed only 18.8 million people, less than 1/3 of one percent of the world’s population.

The direct destruction of life to make money is only one of the destructive features of global capitalism. Another centers on the processes by which speculators seek to make money from money without any intervening involvement in productive activity. This process is know as finance capitalism. It is here we encounter the source of the financial instability that has devastated economy after economy — from Brazil and Mexico, to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, and Russia. And who knows where next?

The scale of the speculation involved is suggested by the fact that nearly $2 trillion now change hands in the world’s currency markets each day. This is far more money than is controlled by even the most powerful of central bankers. Only about 1 percent of this $2 trillion is related to trade in any sort of real goods or services. The rest of it is purely speculative money looking for quick returns when the boom is on and safe havens when the bubbles are bursting. Though unrelated to anything real, these money movements do have real world consequences.

Last month when I was visiting Norway they told me how a speculative raid on the Norwegian Kroner forced Norway’s interest rates up by 2%, raising the cost of living for every Norwegian. A few weeks ago the integrity of the entire U.S. banking system was threatened when bets on the Russian ruble made by a single hedge fund called Long-term Capital Management went bad. It turned out that the fund had $25 in bank loans for every dollar in equity and a financial resik exposure of more than $1 trillion in derivatives. The total borrowing was sufficient to threaten the financial integrity of a number of large banks if the fund were to go bankrupt. Some hedge funds are leveraged as high as 100 to one and there are an estimated 4,000 such funds in the world trafficking in trillions of dollars in financial derivatives — most of which are little more than sophisticated gambling instruments.

One might wonder whether our banking system has become devoted primarily to financing speculators and gamblers. I’m not totally familiar with your situation here in Canada but I understand there are issues about some bank mergers. Of course what that really involves is consolidating their power so they can suck up more of your Canadian dollars and put them in the hands of gamblers in this global financial economy. I presume most of us would prefer that we be breaking those banks up and going back to a system of community banking where we recycle our money in our own communities. Put that down as a policy item.

During a two-day period last month, the U.S. dollar fell by 15 percent against the yen — primarily the result of large hedge funds unwinding from bad bets they had made based on expectations that the yen would actually fall against the dollar. This fundamentally changed the terms of trade between the two countries, resulting in significant changes in the sales prospects for thousands of legitimate businesses in both countries, with all the related implications for their workers, suppliers and the communities in which they are located.

Living capital, which has the special capacity to continuously regenerate itself, is ultimately the source of all real wealth. To destroy it for money, a simple number with no intrinsic value, is an act of collective insanity — which makes capitalism a mental, as well as a physical pathology.

All these swings had nothing to do with any particular change in underlying economic reality. When a currency collapses due to the actions of speculators there is no change in either the country’s productive capacity or in the needs of its people. There is often, however, a drop in actual productive output for the simple reason that banks left with uncollectible loans stop lending and the money supply dries up — leaving the economy with insufficient money to finance real production and exchange. The cases of Thailand and Russia are especially instructive in helping to understand these dynamics.

In 1997, financial markets turned Asia’s much touted financial miracle into the Asian financial meltdown. While the details differed by country, Thailand’s experience is illustrative of the basic dynamic.

During the latter days of its economic miracle period, Thailand was attracting large inflows of foreign money with high interest rates. These inflows fueled rapidly growing financial bubbles in stock and real estate prices. The inflated bubbles attracted still more money. As more money is put into a small stock or real estate market the price really goes skyrocketing. Much of the money pouring in was created by international banks eager to profit from loans to the speculators. So the banks are creating money out of nothing to fuel these bubbles. The higher the bubble goes, the more financial assets you have to borrow more money from the banks, so it’s a self-reinforcing process. Thus generally, these loans were secured by the inflated assets. Little if any of the inflow of foreign money was used to finance any increase in the country’s productive potential. Most commonly it financed a rapid growth in the importation of luxury consumer goods — which created the illusion of prosperity and a booming economy. But it’s basically mortgaging the future for current consumption.

Since speculation in stocks and real estate was producing much higher returns than were productive investments in industry and agriculture, the real entrepreneurs who are invested in productive industrial and agricultural enterprises stopped investing in maintaining the productive potential of their own enterprises, and instead siphoned off the cash flow to participate in the speculative frenzy. Real production stagnated or even declined in both agriculture and industry. Exports also began to decline.

Thus the faster so called “foreign investment” flowed in, the faster real productive capacity and the possibility of paying off the skyrocketing foreign debts declined. Once the speculators realized their money was at increasing risk, they started pulling it out and the meltdown phase began. Stock and real estate prices plummeted, banks and other lending institutions were left with large portfolios of uncollectible loans. Financially impaired, the banks stopped making loans even for legitimate businesses, a liquidity crisis ensued and financial collapse threatened.

The Wall Street bankers and investment houses that had helped to create the crisis through their speculative excesses and reckless lending — inveterate champions of the free market when the profits were rolling in — responded in typical capitalist fashion. They ran to governments and the IMF for public bailouts.

In the case of Russia I don’t recall that there ever was a time when people were talking about Russia’s miracle economy. Yet most of us do recall that not so long ago the Soviet Union was considered a major industrial power and a significant military threat by the West.

Now however, having embraced capitalism under the tutelage of the IMF and legions of Western advisors, Russia has become an economic and social basket case. Over a seven year period GDP has fallen at least by half and possibly by as much as 83 percent. Capital investment has fallen by 90 percent, meat and dairy livestock herds by 75 percent. Except for energy, the country is no longer able to produce much of anything. Most consumer goods, especially in the large cities, are now imported. Tens of millions of people are not receiving earned salaries. Male life expectancy has fallen to 57 years. An estimated 15 million people are actually starving and malnutrition has become the norm among school children. Money is so scarce that an estimated half of all transactions are by barter.

Yet in spite of the economic depression that’s been going on for some time, in 1997 Russia had one of the world’s highest performing stock markets. Another indication of this incredible delinking between financial markets and reality. This stock market performance was fueled by generous loans again from Western bankers. Then in the late spring of 1998, the market turned downward and investors started pulling money out of the country. Russian suspended payment on its foreign debt, depositors were unable to withdraw their money from Russian banks, and store shelves emptied of goods as foreign suppliers cut off deliveries.

We see important parallels in the Thai and Russian experiences. Both involve implementing IMF recommended policy actions to remove barriers to the free flow of goods and money in and out of the country, while maintaining high domestic interest rates. This encouraged large inflows of foreign money as loans and stock investments. Those who were invested in productive enterprises found the returns did not compete with the returns from stock and real estate speculation. So real enterprises were decapitalized and domestic production fell. Export earnings fell as dependence on imports to meet daily needs increased. This in turn meant that ever greater foreign portfolio investments were needed to finance consumer imports. Since there was no prospect of being able to repay the now inflated foreign financial claims, financial collapse became inevitable — all thanks to what the IMF and World Bank tout to the world as sound economic policies. Beware the IMF coming with advice.

There is reason to believe that something similar is happening to nearly every country in the world. Real economies are becoming mortgaged to the global financial system as domestic capacity to sustain real beneficial production declines. And it’s all part of this belief system that somehow under finance capitalism production doesn’t really make any difference. Yet clearly, the real value of any economy and of any national currency depends ultimately on the productive capacity of that economy.

I now draw your attention to another overhead (Figure 2). A study by McKinsey and Company found that since 1980, the financial assets of the OECD (industrial) countries have been growing at two to three times the rate of growth in gross domestic product (GDP) — that’s the top upward-sloping line — a result of inflating assets values through pumping up financial bubbles. This means that potential claims on economic output are growing from two to three times faster than the growth in output of the things that money might be used to buy.

Making Money, Growing Poor

The distortions go far deeper, however, because an important portion of the output that GDP currently measures represents a decrease, rather than an increase, in our well-being. For example, when children buy guns and cigarettes (as they do in rather large quantities in the United States), these purchases count as additions to GDP — though no sane person would argue that this increases our well-being. If one of those children uses that gun they just purchased to shoot somebody else and they end up in the hospital that also is good for GDP because it generates medical expenses. An oil spill is good, because it generates expensive clean up activities. When a married couple gets divorced, that too is good for GDP since it generates lawyers fees and requires at least one of the parties to buy or rent and furnish a new home.

One of capitalism’s many myths is the idea that by some wondrous mechanism the market automatically turns personal greed into a public good. Why? Because Adam Smith said so. In truth, the market has no such mechanism and furthermore Adam Smith never said it did.

Other portions of GDP represent defensive expenditures that attempt to offset the consequences of the social and environmental breakdown caused by harmful growth. We can’t drink the water anymore so we have to buy bottled water. Since we’ve got a lot more crime and our social fabric is breaking down we spend more on alarms and guards which is also “good” for economic growth. GDP further distorts our reality by the fact that it is a measure of gross, rather than net domestic product. The depreciation or depletion of natural, social, human, institutional, and even human-made capital is not deducted. So when we cut down our forests or allow our physical infrastructure to deteriorate, there is no accounting for the loss of productive function. We count only the gain.

Economists in the United States, the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia and a number of other countries have adjusted GDP figures for their countries to arrive at a per capita index of net beneficial output from the economy. In each instance they have concluded that in spite of substantial economic growth (as measured by GDP), the economy’s net per capita contribution to well-being has actually been declining or stagnant over the past 15 to 20 years.

Yet even the indices of net beneficial output are misleading as they do not reveal the extent to which we are depleting the underlying base of living capital on which all future productive activity depends. I know of no systematic effort to create a unified index giving us an overall measure of the state of our living capital. However, what measures we do have relating to the depletion of our forests, soils, fresh water, fisheries, the disruption of our climatic systems, the unraveling of our social fabric, the decline in educational standards, the loss of legitimacy of our major institutions, and the breakdown of family structures give us reason to believe that the rate of depletion of our living capital is even greater than the rate of decline in net beneficial output. This is represented by the sharply downward sloping line.

The indicators of stock market performance and GDP our leaders rely on to assess the state of the economy create the illusion that their policies are making us rich — when in fact the policies are impoverishing us. Governments do not compile the indicators that reveal the truth of what is happening to our wealth and well-being. And the power holders, whose financial assets are growing, experience no problem. In a global economy their money gives them ready access to the best of whatever real wealth remains. Those whom capitalism excludes have neither power nor voice.

We are just beginning to wake up to the fact that the industrial era has in a mere century consumed a consequential portion of the natural capital it took evolution millions of years to create. It is now drawing down our social, institutional and human capital as well.

As we watch the social and economic devastation that capitalism spreads in its wake across the globe the time has come for some serious truth telling, starting with the stark truth that unbridled capitalism is a disastrous failure.

Those familiar with market theory know that a market can function efficiently only within a framework of rules that maintain certain necessary conditions. There must be rules and incentives to limit the growth and power of individual firms, to encourage local ownership, and to require firms to internalize their costs. Therefore, our goal should not be to eliminate necessary regulation, but rather to make it sensible and effective.

It is here that we experience the new global capitalism at it’s most perverse. NAFTA, GATT, the World Trade Organization, and the proposed Multilateral Agreement on Investment all turn the necessary practice of market regulation on its head. To restore market efficiency and the equity essential to the legitimacy of its institutions, we must police global corporations to insure their adherence to essential market principles. Yet the international agreements and institutions in place and under negotiation not only fail to serve this need, they do exactly the opposite. They install corporate-dominated mechanisms to police democratically elected national and local governments to keep them from protecting the public from the excesses of global financial markets and the world’s largest and most powerful corporations. This is actually not a process of deregulation but rather a matter of shifting the rules to regulate governments and people rather than corporations.

The Multilateral Agreement on Investment — the infamous MAI — is only the most recent of such agreements. It seeks to create a global ruling class comprised of stateless corporations and absentee owners who enjoy the automatic rights of citizenship everywhere, but with none of the obligations that citizenship normally implies. It would establish that the right of a corporation to profit at the expense of society takes priority over the right of a country’s people to protect their prosperity, health, and safety from harmful products and practices.

The MAI is designed to guarantee the presumed right of global corporations to deplete living wealth for profit and of financial speculators to create or flee financial bubbles without restriction or regard for the economic disruption thereby created. And it obligates governments to protect the property of absentee owners from the actions of irate citizens whose jobs, health, and economic security are being destroyed for short-term profit. The MAI is possibly the most actively anti-democratic international agreement ever proposed by supposedly democratic governments. The very idea that our governments could be engaged in such a negotiation is the saddest commentary I can imagine on the state of our democratic institutions.

It will take more than protest to save us from capitalism’s destructive powers. We must work together to create a positive vision of the world that can be. I believe we stand at a defining moment in our own history and in the evolution of life on this planet. The time has come when we, as a species, must accept conscious collective responsibility for the consequences of our presence on this planet. We must create a planetary consciousness, a planetary intelligence.

To create a world in which life can flourish and prosper we must replace the values and institutions of capitalism with values and institutions that honor life, serve life’s needs, and restore money to its proper role as servant. I believe we are in fact being called to take a step to a new level of species consciousness and function. A discussion of that challenge, and what we can learn from evolutionary history and from the study of living organisms and living systems is the primary thrust of my forthcoming book The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism. It is also the primary focus of a group I helped to found, and whose board I chair, called the Positive Futures Network. We publish a journal called YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, which is helping people see the dynamics of the positive changes that are taking place that address these horribly destructive underlying dynamics.

Roughly 99 percent of the money sloshing around the world is engaged in wholly unproductive speculation. Our goal should be to eliminate virtually all international flows of money not related to the purchase of goods and services on the ground that they serve no useful purpose. A larger goal should be to eliminate speculation in purely financial assets.

We must face up to the obvious fact that capitalism’s failures are an inevitable consequence of embracing values and institutions that favor money over life. To create a world in which life can flourish and prosper we must recreate our economies based on values and institutions that honor life, serve life’s needs, and restore money as a means of exchange.

Once we recognize that capitalism is the mortal enemy of the democracy, market economy, and ethical culture on which most of us want to build our societies, it is not surprising that to get where we want to go requires policies nearly the opposite of those advanced by capitalism.

Whereas capitalism prefers giant global corporate monopolies with the power to extract massive public subsidies and avoid public accountability, the efficient function of markets depends on rules that keep firms human-scale and require producers to internalize their costs. Whereas capitalism institutionalizes a system of absentee ownership that keeps owners far removed from the consequences of their choices, a proper market economy favors ownership by real stakeholders — workers, managers, suppliers, customers, and communities — in order to bring human sensibilities to bear in economic decision-making. Whereas capitalism encourages and rewards the speculator, a proper market economy encourages and rewards those who contribute to wealth creation through their labor and productive investment. Whereas capitalism places the rights of money above the rights of persons and seeks to free it from restriction by national borders, a proper market economy seeks to guarantee the rights of persons over the rights of money and honors borders as essential to the maintenance of economic health. Whereas capitalism believes all assets and functions should be privatized, market theory recognizes the need for public services and an equitable sharing of common property resources. Whereas capitalism prefers the economic man or woman to the ethical man or woman, a proper market economy assumes an ethical culture that nurtures in its participants a mindfulness of the social and environmental consequences of their behavior.

I want to focus here for a moment on the central importance of an ethical culture to an efficient market. One of capitalism’s many myths is the idea that by some wondrous mechanism the market automatically turns personal greed into a public good. Why? Because Adam Smith said so. In truth, the market has no such mechanism and furthermore Adam Smith never said it did. We can go further into that. But Adam Smith also wrote The Theory of Moral Sentiments which is exactly about the foundations of an ethical culture which he clearly assumed was the cultural backdrop of the market he was writing about. Efficient market function absolutely depends on a culture of trust and mutual responsibility. To emphasize this fact, I refer in my forthcoming book, The Post-Corporate World, to the mindful market in order to underscore the importance to efficient market function of an ethical culture that encourages individuals to act with mindfulness of both their personal needs and the needs of the larger whole of the community, and the society, and the planet.

Most of the responsibility and initiative in negotiating a transition from capitalism to democracy and mindful market economies must come from citizen movements at local and national levels. Supporting nations and localities in this task should become the core agenda of the United Nations under its security agenda, since the protection of people and communities from predatory global corporations and finance is arguably the central security issue of our time.

Among the more specific actions we must take, some are simple and straightforward, like each of us favoring products manufactured by smaller local enterprises and maintaining our savings and checking accounts with local community banks. Other tasks are more challenging. Such as, for example, dismantling the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. In a world of mindful market economies we simply have no need for global institutions whose primary function is to open national and local economies to penetration and colonization by global capital and to police governments to prevent them from protecting their citizens from economic predators.

What we do need at the level of global economic management is an open and democratic institution with the mandate and power to set and enforce rules holding those corporations that operate across national borders democratically accountable to the people and priorities of the nations where they operate and to regulate and tax international financial flows and institutions. Call it the World Organization for Corporate and Financial Accountability. The creation of such an institution should perhaps be a centerpiece of initiatives toward the drafting of a citizen’s MAI as an alternative to the agreement being promoted by our governments.

The citizen’s MAI is itself an important initiative in which civil society groups in Canada have established a leading role. In my view such an agreement should recognize and secure the right of each individual country to set its own economic priorities and standards and to determine the terms under which it will trade with others and under which it will invite others to invest in its economy. It should recognize that tariffs and financial controls are necessary instruments of market regulation and that trade goals are appropriately subordinated to social, to environmental, and even to other economic goals. Trade is a means, not an end.

Another institution we must seek to eliminate is the publicly traded, for-profit corporation. Why? Because it is an organizational form specifically designed to concentrate economic power without public accountability and it institutionalizes an extreme form of absentee ownership. Bear in mind that the modern corporation is a direct descendant of the British Crown corporations such as the British East India company and the Hudson Bay company that were created to exploit the resources and markets of colonized people. Such an institution has no evident place in a mindful market economy.

There are several things that must be done to eliminate the corporation as we know it.

  • One is to eliminate the legal fiction that corporations are legal persons entitled to the rights and privileges of natural persons. We must simultaneously engage in radical campaign finance reform to get big money and corporations out of politics.

  • A second is to eliminate corporate welfare and require that corporations bear the full cost of their operations. This would involve eliminating corporate subsidies and tax breaks. It would also involve assessing public fees covering the full costs of the burdens the corporation’s activities impose on the environment and on society.

  • A third action is to eliminate absentee ownership in favor of stakeholder ownership. This means putting in place policies that favor stakeholder-owned enterprises such as family enterprises, community enterprises, cooperatives and worker-owned enterprises. We can salvage a good deal from existing corporate structures through policies that encourage mega-corporations to break themselves up into human-scale, stakeholder-owned firms.

If we get corporations out of politics, restore the integrity of economic borders and eliminate corporate welfare, most mega-corporations will probably become unprofitable. This should make their managers and shareholders receptive to selling off the component businesses to stakeholders at appropriately depreciated prices.

While some of our leaders are now talking about the need to tax and regulate international financial flows, they are far from facing up to the fact that roughly 99 percent of the money sloshing around the world is engaged in wholly unproductive speculation. Our goal should be to eliminate virtually all international flows of money not related to the purchase of goods and services on the ground that they serve no useful purpose. A larger goal should be to eliminate speculation in purely financial assets. One important step in this direction would be to prohibit banks from lending for financial speculation. This, for example, would eliminate bank loans to hedge funds and the purchase of stocks on margin. So these are a few of the big agenda items to be thinking about.

To create a world in which life can flourish and prosper we must replace the values and institutions of capitalism with values and institutions that honor life, serve life’s needs, and restore money to its proper role as servant. I believe we are in fact being called to take a step to a new level of species consciousness and function.

We are where we are as a consequence of intentional decisions made by human beings. There is nothing inevitable about it. We as human beings can make different choices and create different economic institutions to institutionalize different values and create different dynamics. It is our right. One might say, given the consequences for the evolutionary processes of the planet, it also our responsibility. Because obviously somewhere there is a deep intelligence that wants to have a species with a reflective consciousness inhabiting this planet.

We can restore democracy and create mindful market economies. We can create cultures and the institutions of the just, sustainable, and compassionate world of which we all dream. And it is our right to do so. We can have life after capitalism. And Canadians are well positioned to lead the way.


David C. Korten is president of the People-Centered Development Forum and board chair of the Positive Futures Network, publishers of YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, and the author of When Corporations Rule the World. His forthcoming book The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism will be released in March 1999 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (San Francisco, CA) and Kumarian Press. (West Hartford, Ct). YES! A Journal of Positive Futures is available from YES! PO Box 10818888, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-0818, USA, phone (1-206) 842-0216; Fax (1-206) 52088; e-mail: yes@futurenet.org. The annual subscription rate for Canada by airmail is US$31. Visa and Master Card charges are accepted.

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THE SHATTERING OF IDENTITY – Electroshock and LSD

THE SHATTERING OF IDENTITY –

Electroshock and LSD

DOCUMENTATION

Military funded McGill LSD trial
Eight volunteered in ‘60s

JIM BRONSKILL and MIKE BLANCHFIELD

The documents, obtained by Southam News and the Ottawa Citizen, are believed to be the first public indication the Canadian military tested brain-altering drugs, albeit on a much smaller scale than the Americans.
U.S. author Allen Hornblum, whose recent book, Acres of Skin, extensively documents CIA-funded experiments on inmates at a Pennsylvania prison, said he’s not surprised by the Canadian military’s interest in hallucinogens. “The CIA spent a lot of years and spent a lot of dollars to develop some sort of magic bullet, some potion they could give a soldier, or anyone else, who would then do their bidding.” The 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon, popularized the notion of military-sponsored mind control. The best-seller, later a movie starring Frank Sinatra, featured a communist plot to brainwash a captured American soldier in Manchuria, programming him to assassinate the U.S. president. Little did audiences know, life imitated art as U.S. scientists clandestinely explored these very concepts. “Very simply,” Hornblum said, “they were trying to create the Manchurian Candidate.” Hornblum’s book describes U.S. military experiments, some involving prisoners, to investigate the effects of potent chemicals such as LSD, BZ, atropine and scopolamine, many of them supplied by the Edgewood Arsenal facility.
The goal: to find a sure means of chemically controlling the mind. (More Here:)

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest

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YouTube – US Army LSD experiments on soldiers

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

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British Army LSD experiments on soldiers

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Electro Convulsive Therapy ?

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Torture Repackaged

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF ITS THERAPY OR TORTURE, WHEN YOU ARE LYING ON THE TABLE?

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THEY LIVE, We Have No Special SUNGLASSES

THEY LIVE, the movie, is the theme of this blog; some people ask why? What’s the deal with the the “No Sunglasses” thing?

The premise of this resistance blog is based on the small resistance movement in the movie, which formed to resist the secret dictatorship. The movement was based on the idea that resistance scientists had discovered that society was dominated by a parasitic super-class, who were something other than human.

The discovery that the wealthy elite had created a scientific method for hypnotizing the human race into a kind of mental and spiritual blindness, led these scientific resisters to the discovery of a polarized sunglass lens, which filtered-out the hypnotizing technology, allowing the wearer of the glasses to actually see the secret elitists (who turned-out to be an alien species), hidden amongst the people.

The wearer of the sunglasses was thus freed from the brainwashing subliminal suggestions, which were covertly influencing our lives, every minute of every day. The scientists had discovered that there was a hidden signal buried in the broadcast transmissions of every TV station. The signal was a carrier wave that directly affected the subconscious and unconscious minds. Shutting this signal off, instantly revealed the hideous parasitic vulture race that was feeding upon humanity, for who knows how long.

THERE ARE NO SUNGLASSES is here to shut the signals down! We have found the secret signals hidden within every facet of our daily existence.

 

WE HAVE COME HERE TO KICK ASS AND CHEW BUBBLEGUM,

AND WE’RE ALL OUT OF BUBBLEGUM.

THERE IS SOMETHING NEW GOING DOWN!

They Live – Fight Scene

WE HAVE NO SUNGLASSES TO FORCE UPON YOU,

BUT WE HAVE SOMETHING BETTER,

THE TRUTH,

ONLY THE TRUTH ABOUT THESE MONSTERS

WILL FREE OUR WORLD FROM THEIR GRIP

OPERATION GLADIO, American Attack Upon Our “Free World” Allies In Europe

OPERATION GLADIO,

American Attack Upon Our “Free

World” Allies In Europe

Gladio, Part 1: The Ringmasters

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Gladio, Part 2: The Puppeteers

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Gladio, Part 3: The Foot Soldiers

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