Who is Driving World Events?
- Is an International Financial Conspiracy Driving World Events?
by Richard C. Cook
March 27, 2008
"They make a desolation and call it peace." -Tacitus
Was Alan Greenspan really as dumb as he looks in creating the late
housing bubble that threatens to bring the entire Western debt-based
economy crashing down?
Was something as easy to foresee as this really the trigger for a
meltdown that could destroy the world's financial system? Or was it
done, perhaps, "accidentally on purpose"?
And if so, why?
Let's turn to the U.S. personage that conspiracy theorists most often
mention as being at the epicenter of whatever elite plan is reputed to
exist. This would be David Rockefeller, the 92-year-old
multibillionaire godfather of the world's financial elite.
The lengthy Wikipedia article on Rockefeller provides the following
version of a celebrated statement he allegedly made in an opening
speech at the Bilderberg conference in Baden-Baden, Germany, in June 1991:
"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time
magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended
our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost
forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan
for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity
during these years. But the world is now more sophisticated and
prepared to march towards a world government which will never again
know war, but only peace and prosperity for the whole of humanity. The
supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers
is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in
the past centuries."
This speech was made 17 years ago. It came at the beginning in the
U.S. of the Bill Clinton administration. Rockefeller speaks of an
"us." This "us," he says, has been having meetings for almost 40
years. If you add the 17 years since he gave the speech it was 57
years agotwo full generations.
Not only has "us" developed a "plan for the world," but the attempt to
"develop" the plan has evidently been successful, at least in
Rockefeller's mind. The ultimate goal of "us" is to create "the
supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers."
This will lead, he says, toward a "world government which will never
again know war."
Just as an intellectual exercise, let's assume that David Rockefeller
is as important and powerful a person as he seems to think he is.
Let's give the man some credit and assume that he and "us" have in
fact succeeded to a degree. This would mean that the major decisions
and events since Rockefeller gave the speech in 1991 have probably
also been part of the plan or that they have at least represented its
features and intent.
David Rockefeller at Harvard in 2006
Therefore by examining these decisions and events we can determine
whether in fact Rockefeller is being truthful in his assessment that
the Utopia he has in mind is on its way or has at least come closer to
being realized. In no particular order, some of these decisions and
events are as follows:
The implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement by the
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations has led to the
elimination of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs as well as the
destruction of U.S. family farming in favor of global agribusiness.
Similar free trade agreements, including those under the auspices of
the World Trade Organization, have led to export of millions of
additional manufacturing jobs to China and elsewhere.
Average family income in the U.S. has steadily eroded while the share
of the nation's wealth held by the richest income brackets has soared.
Some Wall Street hedge fund managers are making $1 billion a year
while the number of homeless, including war veterans, pushes a million.
The housing bubble has led to a huge inflation of real estate prices
in the U.S. Millions of homes are falling into the hands of the
bankers through foreclosure. The cost of land and rentals has further
decimated family agriculture as well as small business. Rising
property taxes based on inflated land assessments have forced millions
of lower-and middle-income people and elderly out of their homes.
The fact that bankers now control national monetary systems in their
entirety, under laws where money is introduced only through lending at
interest, has resulted in a massive debt pyramid that is teetering on
collapse. This "monetarist" system was pioneered by Rockefeller-family
funded economists at the University of Chicago. The rub is that when
the pyramid comes down and everyone goes bankrupt the banks which have
been creating money "out of thin air" will then be able to seize
valuable assets for pennies on the dollar, as J.P. Morgan Chase is
preparing to do with the businesses owned by Carlyle Capital.
Meaningful regulation of the financial industry has been abandoned by
government, and any politician that stands in the way, such as Eliot
Spitzer, is destroyed.
The total tax burden on Americans from federal, state, and local
governments now exceeds forty percent of income and is rising. Today,
with a recession starting, the Democratic-controlled Congress, while
supporting the minuscule "stimulus" rebate, is hypocritically raising
taxes further, even for middle-income earners. Back taxes, along with
student loans, can no longer be eliminated by bankruptcy protection.
Gasoline prices are soaring even as companies like Exxon-Mobil are
recording record profits. Other commodity prices are going up
steadily, including food prices, with some countries starting to
experience near-famine conditions. 40 million people in America are
officially classified as "food insecure."
Corporate control of water and mineral resources has removed much of
what is available from the public commons, and the deregulation of
energy production has led to huge increases in the costs of
electricity in many areas.
The destruction of family farming in the U.S. by NAFTA (along with
family farming in Mexico and Canada) has been mirrored by policies
toward other nations on the part of the International Monetary Fund
and World Bank. Around the world, due to pressure from the "Washington
consensus," local food self-sufficiency has been replaced by raising
of crops primarily for export. Migration off the land has fed the
population of huge slums around the cities of underdeveloped countries.
Since the 1980s the U.S. has been fighting wars throughout the world
either directly or by proxy. The former Yugoslavia was dismembered by
NATO. Under cover of 9/11 and by utilizing off-the-shelf plans, the
U.S. is now engaged in the military conquest and permanent military
occupation of the Middle East. A worldwide encirclement of Russia and
China by U.S. and NATO forces is underway, and a new push to
militarize space has begun. The Western powers are clearly preparing
for at least the possibility of another world war.
The expansion of the U.S. military empire abroad is mirrored by the
creation of a totalitarian system of surveillance at home, whereby the
activities of private citizens are spied upon and tracked by
technology and systems which have been put into place under the
heading of the "War on Terror." Human microchip implants for tracking
purposes are starting to be used. The military-industrial complex has
become the nation's largest and most successful industry with tens of
thousands of planners engaged in devising new and better ways, both
overt and covert, to destroy both foreign and domestic "enemies."
Meanwhile, the U.S. has the largest prison population of any country
on earth. Plus everyday life for millions of people is a crushing
burden of government, insurance, and financial fees, charges, and
paperwork. And the simplest business transactions are burdened by
rake-offs for legions of accountants, lawyers, bureaucrats, brokers,
speculators, and middlemen.
Finally, the deteriorating conditions of everyday life have given rise
to an extraordinary level of stress-related disease, as well as
epidemic alcohol and drug addiction. Governments themselves around the
world engage in drug trafficking. Instead of working to lower stress
levels, public policy is skewed in favor of an enormous prescription
drug industry that grows rich off the declining level of health
through treatment of symptoms rather than causes. Many of these
heavily-advertised medications themselves have devastating side-effects.
This list should at least give us enough to go on in order to ask a
hard question. Assuming again that all these things are parts of the
elitist plan which Mr. Rockefeller boasts to have been developing,
isn't it a little strange that the means which have been selected to
achieve "peace and prosperity for the whole of humanity" involve so
much violence, deception, oppression, exploitation, graft, and theft?
In fact it looks to me as though "our plan for the world" is one that
is based on genocide, world war, police control of populations, and
seizure of the world's resources by the financial elite and their
puppet politicians and military forces.
In particular, could there be a better way to accomplish all this than
what appears to be a concentrated plan to remove from people
everywhere in the world the ability to raise their own food? After
all, genocide by starvation may be slow, but it is very effective.
Especially when it can be blamed on "market forces."
And can it be that the "us" which is doing all these things, including
the great David Rockefeller himself, are just criminals who have
somehow taken over the seats of power? If so, they are criminals who
have done everything they can to watch their backs and cover their
tracks, including a chokehold over the educational system and the
monopolistic mainstream media.
One thing is certain: The voters of America have never knowingly
agreed to any of this.
Richard C. Cook is a former U.S. federal government analyst, whose
career included service with the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the
Food and Drug Administration, the Carter White House, NASA, and the
U.S. Treasury Department. His articles on economics, politics, and
space policy have appeared on numerous websites. His book on monetary
reform entitled We Hold These Truths: The Promise of Monetary Reform
is in preparation. He is also the author of Challenger Revealed: An
Insider's Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest
Tragedy of the Space Age, called by one reviewer, "the most important
spaceflight book of the last twenty years." His website is at
Richard C. Cook is a frequent contributor to Global Research.
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