THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRASH
When the dust settles more wealth
has been concentrated in fewer hands. The rich get richer,
and ordinary people are left in a deeper condition of
indebtedness, poverty, and pressure to perform to the
liking of the financial masters. - Richard Cook
The Report From Iron Mountain Revisited
By Richard C. Cook 5-10-2009
What impresses me in the current financial
crisis is the near-total failure of so-called progressives to
appreciate the magnitude of what is going on or the level of
intelligence behind it. How many will say, for instance, that
the crash was deliberately engineered by the creation, then
destruction, of the investment bubbles of the last decade?
When the financial system creates bubbles it drives up the cost
of assets far beyond their true value in producing or storing
wealth. When the bubbles burst the value of the assets plummets.
Those with ready cash then buy them up on the cheap. When the
dust settles more wealth has been concentrated in fewer hands.
The rich get richer, and ordinary people are left in a deeper
condition of indebtedness, poverty, and pressure to perform to
the liking of the financial masters.
Progressives think the system needs to be "reformed". Maybe the
banking system needs to be re-regulated or even nationalized.
Maybe it should be possible for families facing loss of their
homes to get a lower monthly payment from a bankruptcy court.
Maybe the government instead of the private sector should
administer student loans.
What we fail to acknowledge is that the system itself is
totalitarian. This means that it is designed to exert total
control over the lives of individuals. We are accustomed to use
this label when thinking of anachronisms of history like
communism or fascism. We do not understand that globalist
finance capitalism and the government which protects, enables,
or even regulates it are also totalitarian.
What has happened in the last year as the financial system has
seemingly gone belly-up, and is coming back only through massive
government bailouts, is part of a pattern that has been around
for decades if not centuries. How the controllers work was laid
out in 1967 when Dial Press published a leaked copy of The
Report from Iron Mountain. This was a study put together by a
team of academics and analysts who met at the underground
facility in New York that was home to the Hudson Institute.
The report began by identifying war as the central organizing
principle of society. It stated, "War itself is the basic
social system, within which other secondary modes of social
organization conflict or conspire. It is the system which has
governed most human societies of record, as it is today."
The report said that, "The basic authority of a modern state
over its people resides in its war powers." It said that any
failure of will by the ruling class could lead to "actual
disestablishment of military institutions." The effect on the
system would be, the report said, "catastrophic."
The appearance of the report caused a sensation when it came out
at the onset of the Vietnam War. Officials within the government
had no comment, and the report faded into history. But certain
of its sections fit the situation in 2009 precisely.
This is because the report outlined the ways the civilian
population of a developed nation could be controlled even in
the absence of a large-scale war that disrupted their daily
lives. One of these ways was defined as follows: "A possible
surrogate for the control of potential enemies of society is the
reintroduction, in some form consistent with modern technology
and political process, of slavery. The development of
a sophisticated form of slavery may be an absolute
prerequisite for social control." (Cited in Rule by Secrecy by
Jim Marrs, 2000.)
We see the development of such a "sophisticated form of slavery"
today. What else can a system be called that subjects the
population to skyrocketing personal and household debt, a
widening gap between the rich and everyone else, constant
warfare justified as necessary to fight "terrorism," erosion of
personal freedoms, constantly expanding power allocated to the
military and police, pervasive electronic eavesdropping,
complete lack of accountability by politicians for their
dishonesty and crimes, a mass media devoted solely to
establishment propaganda, etc.
None of this seems to be diminishing under the Barack Obama
administration. Even the economic recovery Obama is attempting
to engineer through massive Keynesian deficit spending is
expected by economists to be another "jobless" one like that of
2002-2005. Of course the unemployed or those who fear
unemployment are easy to control. And the permanent series of
Asian land wars George W. Bush instigated for control of
resources and geopolitical leverage against Russia and China
None of this is accidental. As The Report from Iron Mountain
made clear four decades ago, it's what has been planned all
Richard C. Cook is a former federal
analyst who writes on public policy issues. His book "We Hold
These Truths: the Hope of Monetary Reform" is now available at
www.tendrilpress.com. His website is
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