Saturday, August 22, 2009

"Global Power and Global Government"

"Global Power and Global Government"
by Andrew Gavin Marshall

"Humanity is on the verge of entering into the most tumultuous period in our history. The prospects of a global depression, the likes of which have never been seen before; a truly global war, on a scale never before imagined; and societal collapse, for which nations of the world are building totalitarian police states to control populations; are increasing by the day. The major global trend forecasters are sounding the alarms on economic depression, war, a return to fascism and a total reorganization of society.

The new system being formed is not one based upon any notion of competition or “free markets” or “socialist morality”, but is, instead a system based upon consolidation of power and wealth; thus, the fewer, the better; one government, one central bank, one army, one currency, one authority, one ruler. This is a much more “efficient” and “controllable” system, and thus requires a much smaller population or class to run it, as well as a much smaller population to serve it. Also, with such a system, a smaller global population would be ideal for the rulers, for it limits their risk, in terms of revolt, uprising, and revolution, and created a more malleable and manageable population. In this new capitalist system, the end goal is not profit, but power. In a sense, this is how the whole capitalist system has functioned, as profit has always acted as a means and lever to achieve power. Power itself, was the goal, profit was merely the means of achieving such a goal.

Shortly following the origins of the capitalist system, central banking emerged. It was through the central banking system that the most powerful figures and individuals in the world were able to consolidate power, controlling both industry and governments. Through central banks, these figures would collapse economies, destroying industry and thus, profits; bankrupt countries and collapse their political structures, destroying a base for the exercise of power; but in doing so, they would consolidate their authority over these governments and industry, wiping out competition and eliminating dissent. It is these individuals who have played the greatest roles in shaping and reshaping the capitalist system, and are the main figures in the current reorganization of world order.

However, such is the nature of individuals whose lives revolve around the acquisition and exercise of power. Like the saying goes, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts, absolutely.” Those who are driven by the lust for power often eliminate and remove all of those who helped them reach such a position. Hitler undertook the Night of Long Knives, in which a series of political executions were carried out, targeting prominent figures of the SA, who helped Hitler rise to power. Stalin similarly, also purged the Soviet Union of those who helped him rise to power.

Power alters the psychology of the individual that holds it. It is an extremely lonely condition, in which, once power is achieved, and with no more power to gain, the obsession turns to the preservation of power, and with that, paranoia of losing it. This is why those that assist the powerful in gaining more power are doomed to a fate that is similar or worse than those who fight against such a power. This, ultimately, is why it is futile to join forces with such systems of power, or ally oneself with such powerful figures.

I wish to take the concept and notion of the “war of position” and re-imagine it, not as a means of counter-hegemony, but as a means of supra-hegemony. This is not a war of position on the part of a counter-hegemonic group (grassroots opposition, etc), but is rather a war of position on the part of an embedded international elite, or supra-hegemonic group. Supra is Latin for “above,” which implies that this group is above hegemony, just as supra-national institutions (such as the European Union) are above nations. This is the elite of the elite, beyond national elites, and composing the top tier of the hierarchy within the transnational superclass. In terms of composition, this group is the highly concentrated international bankers, the dynastic banking families such as the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, who control the major banking institutions of the world, which in turn, control the international central banking system. Their centralized power is exemplified in the Bank for International Settlements.

I will refer to this group as the Global Cartel. This Cartel has usurped global authority and power through an incremental, multi-century spanning war of position. The Peace of Westphalia, signed in 1648, constituting two separate treaties, created the notion of the nation state and state sovereignty within Western Europe. Feudalism dominated Europe from the medieval period through the 16th century, and was slowly replaced by the emergence of Capitalism. Major European empires had, since the 15th century, been pursuing empire building, such as with the trans-Atlantic slave trade and expansion into the Americas. This formed the first truly global economy. The empires worked under and in service to the monarchies that oversaw them.

It was with the founding of the Bank of England in 1694 that a European group of bankers overtook one of the major European empires. Great Britain then became the dominant empire, experiencing the Industrial Revolution prior to any other nation, and became a global hegemon. With the French Revolution, these European bankers took over another major empire through the establishment of the Bank of France, and then financed and profited off of all sides of every major war, and expanded imperial reach.

Through the expansion of the central banking system, a highly concentrated group of European bankers were able to overtake the major nations of the world. The entire history of the United States is the story of a Republic’s struggle and battle against a central bank. Finally, the bankers usurped monetary authority with the establishment of the Federal Reserve, and built up and created the American empire.

It was in the 20th century that the war of position of the cartel is most apparent. As the world globalized, so too did the war of position. The major banking dynasties founded powerful philanthropies, such as the Carnegie Endowment and the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations. These organizations shaped civil society in the United States and set their sights internationally in scope. Through the establishment of think tanks like the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) in Britain and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in the United States, this cartel was able to bring in and centralize the intellectual, academic, strategic, military, economic and political establishments under the cartel’s influence. This was expanded by the cartel through organizations such as the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission.

Centralizing and controlling debate and discussion within these vital socio-political-economic realms was a vital component of institutionalizing hegemony, as Gramsci understands it, in that the cartel used their monetary and financial hegemony (controlling the printing and value of currencies) to stimulate an active consent among the socio-political-economic elite. National elites consented to the hegemony of the cartel, whose coercive hegemony was in their ability to destroy a national economy through monetary policy.

This hegemony, both coercive and consenting, based within the elite class themselves, facilitated the war of position of the cartel to advance their interests and proceed with their incremental revolution. The aim of this cartel, like many tyrants and power-hungry people before it, was world domination. Bankers command no army, lead no nation, and motivate no people. Their influence lies in co-opting the commanders, controlling the leaders, and manipulating motivation.

Thus, it was of absolute necessity for the cartel to undertake their ultimate aim of world domination and world government through a war of position, as no person would fight for, surrender a nation to, or be motivated to help any banker achieve their own selfish goals. Rather, they had to slowly usurp power incrementally; control money, buy politicians, own economies, build empires, engineer wars, mold civil society, control their opposition, overtake educational institutions and ultimately, control thought.

Power is a cancer; it eats away at its host. The greater the power held, the more cancerous it is, the more malignant it becomes. The less power held by individuals, the less chance there is for growth of this cancer, or for it to become malignant. Power must be shared among all people, for the risk carried thus becomes a risk to all, and there is a greater degree of cooperation, support, and there is a more efficient and effective means through which everyone can act as a check against the abuse of power.

As George Orwell wrote, “Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

The more people that think for themselves; the worse it is for the cartel. People, free thinking individuals, are the greatest threat to this cartel and their war of position. That is why the answer and solution to exposing the supra-hegemonic war of position, challenging and triumphing over the New World Order, lies in the free-thinking individual. The challenge is global and globalized; the solution is local and localized. The problem is conformity and controlled thought; the answer is individuality and free thought.

While humanity is faced with such monumental crises the likes of which in scope and size, we have never before faced, so too, are we faced with the greatest opportunities for an ultimate change in the right direction. While people are controlled and manipulated through crisis and disorder, so too can people be awoken to seeing the necessity of knowledge and critical thought. When one’s life is thrown into disorder and chaos, suddenly observation, information and knowledge become important in understanding how one got into that situation, and how one can escape it.

With this in mind, while facing the potential for the greatest struggle humanity has ever faced, so too are we facing the greatest potential for a new Enlightenment or a new Renaissance; an age of new thought, new life, new potential, and peace. No matter how much elites think they control all things, life has a way of making one realize that there are things outside the control of people. With every action, comes an equal and opposite reaction.

We may not reach a new age of thinking and peace before we enter into a new age of oppression and war. In fact, the former may not be possible without the latter. People must awake from their slumber; their immersion in consumerist society and pop culture distractions, and awake to both the malevolence of world systems and the wonder of life and its potential. Through crisis, comes control; through control, comes power; through power, comes resistance; through resistance, comes thinking; through thinking, comes potential; through potential, comes peace.

We may very well be entering into the most oppressive and destructive order the world has yet seen, but from its ruins and ashes, which are as inevitable as the tides and as sure as the sun rises, we may see the rise of a truly peaceful world order; in which we see the triumphs of individualism merge with the interests of the majority; a people’s world order of peace for all. We must maintain, as Antonio Gramsci once wrote, “Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.”

-Andrew Gavin Marshall, "Global Power and Global Government," published by Global Research.

Part 1: Global Power and Global Government: Evolution and Revolution of the Central Banking System
Part 2: Origins of the American Empire: Revolution, World Wars and World Order
Part 3: Controlling the Global Economy: Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission
and the Federal Reserve
Part 4: Forging a “New World Order” Under a One World Government
Part 5: Global War and Dying Democracy: The Revolution of the Elites


  1. It's no conspiracy theory.

    -"We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” -David Rockefeller

    -"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson... " -President Franklin Roosevelt, in a letter to Col. Edward Mandell House

    - “The real menace of our republic is the invisible government which, like a giant octopus, sprawls its slimy length over our city, state and nation. At the head of a small group of banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. This little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run our government for their own selfish ends.” -John F. Hylan, Mayor of New York City , March 22, 1922

    -“The word “Establishment” is a general term for the power elite in international finance, business, the professions and government, largely from the northeast, who wield most of the power regardless of who is in the White House. Most people are unaware of the existence of the “legitimate Mafia”. Yet the power of the Establishment makes itself felt from the professor who seeks a foundation grant, to the candidate for a cabinet post or Sate Department job. It affects the nation’s policies in almost every area.” -Edith Kermit Roosevelt, granddaughter of President Theodore Roosevelt

    A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men who, even if their action be honest and intended for the public interest, are necessarily concentrated upon the great undertakings in which their own money is involved and who necessarily, by very reason of their own limitations, chill and check and destroy genuine economic freedom. This is the greatest question of all, and to this statesmen must address themselves with an earnest determination to serve the long future and the true liberties of men.
    This money trust, or, as it should be more properly called, this credit trust, of which Congress has begun an investigation, is no myth; it is no imaginary thing. It is not an ordinary trust like another. -Woodrow Wilson

  2. I got carried away writing and couldn't fit my whole comment into one is the rest of what I tried to write in my first comment:

    This has been going on for a long time and right under the noses of the population. Fortunately, there are a lot of people waking up to this now...probably thanks to the availability of such information on the internet. The trouble is though, these guys already have their power consolidated. This "shadow government" pretty much has most of the world under their control or influence. The United States has been one of the most difficult for them control though. They've used the problems created during the Bush administration as an excuse to "solve" those problems with the Obama administration. The irony is their solutions are part of what they wanted all along, but would only be able to put what they wanted into effect after the "right major crisis".

    For instance, they are attempting to use the economic depression as a way to bring in socialized healthcare (they hope the depression will make people want "free" healthcare). The reasons they want this socialized healthcare so badly is because it gives them the opportunity to control who can receive what level of healthcare and when they can receive it, and, perhaps more importantly, it creates a dependency on the system. When the American colonists declared their independence in 1776, they were able to do so because they weren't dependent on the government of England. The authorities in power now want to avoid something like that happening again. If they can successfully get the population to feel dependent on them, then they don't have to worry about a revolution. And as the articled posted above mentions, a much smaller population is all that is necessary for this "new system". Controlling healthcare is just one way the authorities can control the population by limiting access to healthcare (probably with excuses like not enough funding, to many people already waiting, or saying something like "oh you don't really need that").

    There is still a lot of opposition to the universal healthcare in America, but these authorities running the show are a persistent bunch. Socialized medicine is very important to them, and they'll just keep on trying to implement it until they are successful.

  3. Good points, Jeff, I agree with everything you say here. The Rulers seem only rarely to make mistakes, but I think unwittingly they unleashed forces even they hadn't anticipated in this "financial crisis." When their insane greed led to the creation of $1.44 QUADRILLION in derivatives even they couldn't control the consequences. They may yet fail at regaining total control if the population revolts. What "interesting times" we live in...

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  5. I've heard people wondering if there will be a revolt, or suggesting that the only way to stop this is a revolt, but I think a lot of people underestimate how much power these guys already have. At this point, a revolt wouldn't have much effect, at least not a positive one. They could quell a revolt or any rioting, and then use that as an excuse to come take away everyones guns or declare martial law. So the irony is, even a revolt could potentially lead to them becoming even more powerful than they already are.

    Just imagine if there was rioting in some big cities and the National Guard had to be brought in to stop it. The next thing they would want to do is to take away 2nd amendment rights in order to keep everyone "safe". They'd say something like, "Look at all these crazy rioters disrupting the peace in the city, if we take everyones guns away though, this won't happen again. We're just doing this to preserve order." They always want to portray what they want to do as something good for the people, but yet, it's really something that is good for them.

    A revolt may just be the next "major crisis" they are looking for.

  6. You're right, Jeff, a revolt may be what they're looking for. It would justify all the repressive measures they'd want to enforce. But can they really be sure that american troops would fire on fellow citizens, who might be their own brothers and sisters? What if the troops refused, or even defected to the rebel side? Are they really willing to bet so much on the outcome? What if they're wrong?

  7. I wouldn't underestimate the power of their propaganda. These people have been using rhetoric and propaganda for years to accomplish their goals. Police have quelled many riots around the world before. They'll no doubt be called in to quell more riots. Whatever the rioters are rioting about, whether it be a good cause or not, you can bet the powers that be will portray the rioters as the villains. In the event that people did revolt against the powers that be, the police called in to quell the riots will probably think they are quelling the riot for a good reason. They'll think they are there just to preserve order and keep innocent civilians safe. That's the power of the propaganda.

    I actually wouldn't be surprised if the powers that be didn't instigate a riot just to scare other people into accepting their "solution" to the rioting problem.

  8. Good point, Jeff. But a severe crack down, involving deaths and injuries, might have a cayalyzing effect upon the rest of the country- everyone would be pulling their shotguns and hunting rifles from the closet, and if the crackdown were severe enough, might enrage the whole country into a fury. At that point, a true revolution, continent wide, might begin. That's a contest the Federal government could never win. Despite their firepower, they'd be so outnumbered that the eventual outcome would not be in doubt..