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Is an Elite Feudal Society Preordained?
And in fact, there are a handful of banking families, including the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers, who have come to dominate economic and political affairs in the Western world. Unlike aristocrats, capitalists are not tied to a place, or to the maintenance of a place. Capital is disloyal and mobile – it flows to where the most growth can be found, as it flowed from Holland to Britain, then from Britain to the USA, and most recently from everywhere to China. – Richard K. Moore/New Dawn Magazine/Global Research
Dominant Social Theme: The elites are a bunch of corporations and greedy capitalists. What banking families? They're never mentioned in the mainstream media, are they? So how can they exist?
Free-Market Analysis: This is an excellent article in our view, perhaps because we agree with most of it – though at the end of this analysis we will present some important ways in which we DISAGREE.
Nonetheless, it's "our" paradigm in some ways, presented eloquently by Richard K Moore, "an expatriate from Silicon Valley, [who] retired and moved to Ireland in 1994 to begin his 'real work' – trying to understand how the world works, and how we can make it better."
This article of Moore's puts manipulated events like Occupy Wall Street into context. The movement's leaders/nonleaders (as we've been writing) blame today's dysfunctional society mostly on the private market. Oh, they give lip service to other formulations, but basically the problems come from greedy capitalists.
Moore makes the point, as do we, that this is a kind of dominant social theme, an elite promotion. He sees the world as being manipulated by elite banking families (see above excerpt) and like us, he's suspicious of the current attempts by the powers-that-be to salvage the current system. In fact, he's come to the conclusion that the salvage attempts are phony ones.
Why the falsity? Because the Anglosphere power elite wants to create world government and it needs maximum chaos to do so. Of course, this doesn't bode well for the future but it's important to face it unflinchingly. War, depression, famine, plagues – all of these are weapons the elites can use if they can get away with it.
And that's the crux issue. Even now, the elites behind this incipient chaos need to disguise their actions. They need to hide – to present solutions that seem to address the problems they are actually causing with their incessant central banking booms and increasingly depressive busts.
Moore as much as says this. In his view, the solutions are real enough, but they are not intended to work. Merkel's miracles (see other article this issue) are fake ones, designed for mass consumption, along with her public feuds with Sarkozy. They are being promoted simply to ensure that the masses believe "something is being done" despite "enormous pressure."
Well, yes ... Something is being done, all right. The bankruptcy of the world is being engineered! Of course, to announce this on mainstream media wouldn't work very well. It needs ... context. Here's some more from this extensive article:
A capitalist stirs up a war in order to make profits, and in fact our elite banking families have financed both sides of most military conflicts since at least World War 1. Hence historians have a hard time 'explaining' World War 1 in terms of national motivations and objectives. In pre-capitalist days warfare was like chess, each side trying to win.
Under capitalism warfare is more like a casino, where the players battle it out as long as they can get credit for more chips, and the real winner always turns out to be the house – the bankers who finance the war and decide who will be the last man standing. Not only are wars the most profitable of all capitalist ventures, but by choosing the winners, and managing the reconstruction, the elite banking families are able, over time, to tune the geopolitical configuration to suit their own interests.
Nations and populations are but pawns in their games. Millions die in wars, infrastructures are destroyed, and while the world mourns, the bankers are counting their winnings and making plans for their postwar reconstruction investments. From their position of power, as the financiers of governments, the banking elite have over time perfected their methods of control.
Staying always behind the scenes, they pull the strings controlling the media, the political parties, the intelligence agencies, the stock markets, and the offices of government. And perhaps their greatest lever of power is their control over currencies. By means of their central-bank scam, they engineer boom and bust cycles, and they print money from nothing and then loan it at interest to governments. The power of the elite banking gang (the 'banksters') is both absolute and subtle...
Bottom line, Moore explains in this article's summation: Capitalism is past its "sell date." The elites are getting ready to jettison it for a form of feudalism in which autocratic global bureaucracies, which will take their orders, directly or indirectly, from the bankster clique ...
In this new world system there will be no prosperous middle class. Indeed, the new regime will very much resemble the old days of royalty and serfdom (the ancien régime). The banksters are the new royal family, with the whole world as their dominion. The technocrats who run the global bureaucracies, and the mandarins who pose as politicians in the residual nations, are the privileged upper class. The rest of us, the overwhelming majority, will find ourselves in the role of impoverished serfs – if we are lucky enough to be one of the survivors of the collapse process.
OK, so far so good. But now some caveats. Having analyzed the process extensively, Moore, in our view, begins to veer off the tracks with some of his perspectives. He claims that the current resistance movements are genuine. We think they may have been initially but they are in the process of being co-opted.
He also apparently believes in the implacability of a new era. ... "Just as capitalism was a new era after aristocracy, and the Dark Ages followed the era of the Roman Empire. Each era has its own structure, its own economics, its own social forms, and its own mythology." And here is perhaps the most interesting paragraph in the entire article:
These things must relate to one another coherently, and their nature follows from the fundamental power relationships and economic circumstances of the system. Whenever there is a change of era, the previous era is always demonized in a new mythology. In the Garden of Eden story the serpent is demonized – a revered symbol in paganism, the predecessor to monotheism. With the rise of European nation states, the Catholic Church was demonized, and Protestantism introduced. When republics came along, they demonized ... monarchs. In the post-2012 world, democracy and national sovereignty will be demonized.
Moore doesn't use our language but here he is actually talking about elite dominant social themes. We analyze them every day and would tend to agree with Moore that the elites are in the process of promoting a new mythology – one that celebrates "scarcity," earth worship, egalitarianism and other forms communitarianism. It is anti-family and anti-individualistic.
In this regime change, ushering in the post-capitalist era, we're seeing a conscious orchestration of economics, politics, geopolitics and mythology – as one coordinated project. A whole new reality is being created, a whole new global culture. When it comes down to it, the ability to transform culture is the ultimate form of power. In only a single generation, a new culture becomes 'the way things are.'
As mentioned above, we think Moore is leaving out certain aspects that ought to be emphasized. First of all, nothing in life is certain, not even directed history. There is plenty of evidence that elite plans have been set back throughout history and that their scenarios have not always operated as advertised.
Second, we think the specifics of his paradigm contain lacunae. He seems to place the modern conspiracy within the past century. There is plenty of evidence it has been ongoing for more like 300 years, ever since the establishment of the Illuminati and the flowering of central banks.
Third, and most importantly, he seems to leave out the role of information technology and the evolution of its historical impact. History, in fact, CAN change. As Moore points out, wars are fought for different reasons today than yesterday. We would argue that history has changed for normal people as well as a result of technology.
Our paradigm is more hopeful than Moore's from what we can tell. (Admittedly, he's written a book on this subject, but in this analysis we're confining our comments to his article.) We believe that Western elites were set back as regards their control of the world because of the advent of the Gutenberg Press.
We believe this is a state of affairs they will have to grapple with again in a different context as a result of the truth-telling of the Internet, which we've taken to calling the Internet Reformation. As people wake up, the elite finds it more and more difficult to implement its world-spanning plans.
Moore seems to see elements of the elite plan as preordained. We're not so sure. He believes that the downward manipulation of the world's economy is planned; we think the elites are performing a balancing act, trying to inject a maximum amount of chaos into the world while maintaining control.
We see many failures in the elite's program. Global warming, peak oil, central banking, even the establishment of the European Union itself – all of these elite memes and more have come under attack in the Internet era. For Moore, or so it seems, the elite may soon carry all in front of them. Not so fast.
There is also evidence that in the modern era, "history" is the struggle between the elites and their control of economic and political institutions and the masses of people groping their way to understanding the "matrix" as technology evolves and bursts the bonds of elite communications control.
We are fortunate to live in a time when this is taking place and we can appreciate the extent to which the 20th century was controlled via "directed history." The elites are not all-powerful. They took a step back after the advent of the Gutenberg Press and in our view they may yet be in the process of taking a step back now.
Conclusion: The Internet Reformation is a process not an episode.
Posted by Levantine on 11/01/11 05:28 PM
I don't doubt that Internet is a good medium to attack & push back the power elites. But I also wonder,
What are the self-defensive capacities of the internet reformation?
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 11/01/11 06:57 AM
DB: "Well, thanks. Some people see it, but actually it is difficult to see, or understand."
Since I'm a dawdler at times, it took me a while to realize WHAT, exactly, apart from the more obvious no-holds-barred, painstakingly accurate approach to search for truth AND a reasonable way to real freedom attracted me to the Bell in the first place. Heck, there are literally millions of websites out there ...
DB: "In fact, the kind of writing we are privileged to do (alongside our feedbackers) is historically unusual and could only emerge at this place and time."
That's right. Awesome times, indeed.
DB: "It involves truth-telling, as best we and others can; and we know well how that involves manifold and even significant (and dangerous) ramifications within the context of the Anglosphere intelligentsia."
Care to elaborate? "Dangerous" in a "not-so-secret-yemenite-gulag-sense" ... or "dangerous" in a "the-elite-might-have-to-concede-(much?)-more-than-a-step-sense"? Or both?
DB: "It is grown-up writing (we hope) for grown up people."
Ha, you don't have to hope!
DB: "We have also noticed, as you imply, that such analyses as we and fellow travelers are privileged to post may in some sense - occasionally - trigger the "hive mind" in ways that we are not competent to assess."
"Hive mind", "morphogenetic field", "collective intelligence" ... whatever word one chooses ... it's working, obviously. Time will tell, perhaps, who contributed decisively to the upgrade and people may remember that. I will, for sure.
DB: "That is not likely due to any direct talent or skill so much as the times."
Your modesty honors you, DB. I'd suggest it to be a fortunate combination of BOTH.
Posted by josejoe on 10/31/11 11:04 PM
i think maybe my last sentence was my best one in that missive.
Posted by nithsdale on 10/31/11 09:02 PM
This is the same old socialist polemics, dressed in medieval costume to make it seem different.
There are elites but they are involved in elite subjects... mathematics, economics, science, and the industrial applications inhersnt in all these studies. They were on the scene throughout history but so far from the public's view that it was useless to blame them for anything. Who understood them?
Some sons of these elites took the wayward son approach,knowing full well they could become the proverbial biblical son returning to "grace" with a mea culpa. These prodigals, Marx and Engels, joined the transvestite Asburys and the New Christian Wesleys and thought to have fun with a new rage... books. The rest is history of socialism. It would have been lost to us all but it was concurrent with the steam engine, its application to making things. Men and women who labored just to live before, now earned wages and could buy what they wanted, not just what they needed. It was a wonderful innovation. Now any man could become rich and a wager was better than ever, it could return a box of more cash, even in the Pub after a night of drinking!
Exit honor and morality, then respect. It transformed the western world. All men were equal. It took a while for women to demand the same equality because women knew they were not equal, not when you have to carry the fetus for 9 months and then shoulder its health and safety, rearing for the next 16 years!
The Industrial Age! Everyone wanted it. Millions emigrated all over the world to have a part of it. Some made good decisions, many more made bad ones. when it became obvious that there were more bad ones in the body politic, the politicians prostituted government to the least common denominator. Give us more of the money those who have have and we will level the field..give you who do not have it more. With this cry, we all entered the 20th century!
Goverment in the West, its copycats spawned from its activities elsewhere, mirrored this. Fortunately, the Industrial Age produced more and more and eventually even the greatest socialists, progressive new Christians could be seen shopping in super malls and all over the world, buying sexy clothes and toys! Elite theater and music, the fancy halls were enlarged to reflect the majority of the citizens and what had been drunken bar room ballads became public arias, expressions of passionate belief. Pox Populi was the reigning monarch, especially in the new movies, then the TV and now, the internet and wonder of wonders, the instant talk on mobile Click to view linkmocracy had conquered all!
It should have been Heaven on Earth. Marx et al should have submerged all other visionaries but a strange thing went along with all this change. Followers of Marx et al did not supplant but carped continually about the older visionaries. Moses, Christ, those old philosophers, why were they even about? Get rid of them. That's when the fat hit the fan. the Industrial Age learned that not everyone was into making things, or buying them. Some preferred a more ancient Click to view linkving with what they had, or their families had. Some even began a back to nature movement, hugging the trees. The Germans loved them since their ancient God dwelt in trees and it validated their ancestry!
When things go wrong in the human sphere, humans do not declare "mea culpa", I am a fool. They like to blame someone else. You can't go around pointing your finger at a neighbor anymore..we declared witchcraft no longer an acceptable condemnation. New words had to be yelled. Since everyone wanted more and we didn't want our citizens looting their neighbors, parents and siblings, well there is that guy we work for and his crap he produced, his children. The Age of kidnap had been rediscovered. When the law put an end to that, it was just changed. They were greedy thieves. And so we get articles like these!
What a contribution to thought, to society! It appears the Occupiers are the predominate group today. Like the Jacobins in Paris, the cry from the White House to the Daily Bell is "Off with their heads!" It took France a hundred years to recover from that and some say it has never regained what it was.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Like the Jacobins in Paris, the cry from the White House to the Daily Bell is "Off with their heads!"
You are comparing DBs rhetoric to that of the Obama administration! Good Lord ... You obviously have a point to make, or seem to anyway, but what it is we have no idea ...
Posted by oneman on 10/31/11 08:52 PM
I am ALWAYS depressed when reading the comment section of any MSM website, Who in their right mind wouldn't be? But, then, I visit sites such as DB; and I realize, I'm not alone!
Granted, things seem pretty bleak these days; I'll be the first to admit it. But, it also pretty obvious that you can't fool all of the people, all of the time. There are thousands of pro-freedom sites, and likely millions of readers of those sites. The "99%" are mistaken; their numbers aren't nearly that large. Don't totally despair just yet! That's what "they" want you to do.
Posted by laceja on 10/31/11 08:17 PM
Hope is a good thing, of course. However, the evidence is mounting that the elite are coopting the internet, just as they did the Gutenberg Press. I want to be an optimist, but not at the expense of losing perspective.
Spend a day reading the comments on any main stream media website, and one will see there are precious few, who comprehend anything about fiat money, central banking, and politics.
Like I said, optimism is a very good thing, but we need to maintain an awareness of what the majority are "believing". "Believing" in anything can be a very dangerous thing, because it distorts ones perspective and creates sheep.
Posted by oneman on 10/31/11 08:03 PM
I concur! The proverbial fat lady is still in the green room.
Posted by NAPpy on 10/31/11 07:55 PM
Well said, and I concur. I did not like what I learned when I first came to the DB. However, they did not stop at the bad news, but gave well-reasoned hope that things can get better.
Posted by NAPpy on 10/31/11 07:51 PM
Past attempts at governing ourselves (democracies, republics, constitutional republics, confederations, etc.) all involved selecting rulers. But, we are still ruled.
The next evolution of governing ourselves will involve doing away with rulers altogether. Maybe the use of contracts and bonds--making rulers more like agents. Requires a well-respected set of rules with buy-in from alot of people--like the NAP.
More people understand austrian economics, and more people understand Rothbardian libertarianism than at anytime in history. Yet, those that understand are still so very few. It's earlier than we think.
Posted by KyfhoMyoba on 10/31/11 07:11 PM
"If you think you can, or if you think you can't, you're right."
Posted by WD on 10/31/11 06:51 PM
@ josejoe on 10/31/11 12:16 PM &
oneman on 10/31/11 02:49 PM
You do realize that the inability of men to govern themselves is the root core idea of Christianity (and, come to think of it, virtually all religions), don't you?
Could it be that religion is a ploy of a self appointed elite to control and rule others as representatives of an imaginary 'devine' power? Could it be that all who 'look up, your redemption draweth nigh' have simply been fooled into not defending themselves against being continuously raped by the elite?
I'm with Jefferson. Let history decide. I submit that, for the faithful, rape is preferable to facing existence without an imaginary friend. Their imaginary friend will take care of all that later. Psssst! There is no later.
Posted by Siegfried on 10/31/11 06:37 PM
Now that is beautiful! Congratulations! Both!
Posted by rossbcan on 10/31/11 02:59 PM
"Put another way: By constantly, almost mantra-like repeating sentences like "the elite may have to take a step back" AND backing them up with evidence at the same time, you increase - again, (un)consciously or not - the likelihood that this WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN! "
... because, the more you chip away at the faux, achieved solely by blaring repetition godlike infallibility meme of elites, the more people realize that a little personal destiny seizing is both possible and, absolutely crucial to their survival as all social contracts they have assumed are in place are, in actual fact, ponzi schemes, to be reneged on.
Not to mention, as no time before in history, because of the internet, we are realizing, independent of race, language and culture, people, planet-wide are "just like us" and, more importantly, we want the same thing: to be free of arbitrary power and facing unjust consequences of the choices of our self-decreed irresponsible "masters".
Posted by oneman on 10/31/11 02:57 PM
I think I agree with this, to a point, at least. Corporations are, after all, a creation of the State.
I don't claim to be an expert on the subject but, it seems to me, that the entire purpose of a corporation is, being granted some degree or another of limited liability. Whenever liability (responsibility) is is avoided, by whatever means, it seems there will be problems.
Of course, human beings (and not just greedy capitalist corporations) have an almost inherent talent for seeking to avoid responsibility. ; )
Posted by oneman on 10/31/11 02:49 PM
Thank you, josejoe! But, to address your concern, regarding man being incapable of governing himself, I offer yet another Jefferson quote:
"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question."
So, IF we aren't capable, we might as well give up on liberty, and accept our fate. Hopefully, the folks here at DB aren't simply looking for a kinder, gentler master, but the ability to be their own master.
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 10/31/11 02:03 PM
DB: "Our paradigm is more hopeful than Moore's from what we can tell"
Yep. That's why I came to the conclusion that what you're providing, DB, is, among other things, what I coined (yes, I did) CLEVER OPTIMISM!
Why? Because the reality we live in - a product of human contemplation, decision-making and consequential human action - is susceptible to optimism (at least) as much as is it is to pessimism ("fear-based promotions")
This may sound superficial to some. However, the longer I think about it, the more I'm certain that it's NOT trivial AT ALL - particularly when I consider the growing influence you guys seem to wield in the depths of the Internet.
It is my firm conviction, that you're not only meme-watching, analysing and commenting, then, but rather CHANGING REALITY - for the better - (un)consciously or not. For ME, at any rate, you did just that. And that's a lot!
Put another way: By constantly, almost mantra-like repeating sentences like "the elite may have to take a step back" AND backing them up with evidence at the same time, you increase - again, (un)consciously or not - the likelihood that this WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN!
An anti-fear-based promotion, so to speak.
Clever, I think ...
Reply from The Daily Bell
Well, thanks. Some people see it, but actually it is difficult to see, or understand. In fact, the kind of writing we are privileged to do (alongside our feedbackers) is historically unusual and could only emerge at this place and time. It involves truth-telling, as best we and others can; and we know well how that involves manifold and even significant (and dangerous) ramifications within the context of the Anglosphere intelligentsia. It is grown-up writing (we hope) for grown up people.
We have also noticed, as you imply, that such analyses as we and fellow travelers are privileged to post may in some sense - occasionally - trigger the "hive mind" in ways that we are not competent to assess. That is not likely due to any direct talent or skill so much as the times.
Posted by reegje on 10/31/11 01:23 PM
Posted by rossbcan on 10/31/11 01:03 PM
"our very human nature proves over and over that we are incapable of that."
gees, you are your own worse enemy. "Human nature: corrupt, barbarian" is AN ELITE MEME!, a product of elite manipulations. They control our environment and perceptions and withhold "equality in terms of measurable rights and responsibilities, under law" (just as the Nazis did) just so we all fight for crumbs at our own table by whining to elite "law" for "our slice of OUR pie" which, by elite decree is "up for grabs". The only thing predictable about "human nature" (and "human action") is that we will adapt and choose maximal survival according to environmental constraints. And, the biggest environmental constraint is that the law, by action states: Being a predator is A-AK, so long as you "cut us in".
Better CHOICES, especially "what to believe" required, if you want to survive:
Click to view link
"Original sin", is a persistent and, mother of all LIES. Believe it and, you are sanctioning , as FACT: Mankind cannot be free. Too dangerous. Must be controlled (enslaved) by our self-decreed others.
You can let go of my "hot button", now.
Posted by Dave Jr on 10/31/11 12:51 PM
"The elites are a bunch of corporations and greedy capitalists."
We need to examine this meme. First, everyone is greedy. Everyone wants a better life for themselves. The question is how to do that. Members of a corporation do it by first offering to improve the lives of others and by asking compensation for doing so.
Capitalism, like all other "isms" has a political agenda. We try to protect the word capitalism by differentiating it with croney capitalism, to no avail. Croney capitalism is just the mature form of capitalism.
We need to dissect the corporation from the capture of the capitalists, or better yet, let go of it entirely, since they are so fond of it, and go back to free market or free enterprise terminology.
To incorpoate is to agree to play by elite rules. It is to agree to be subject to political whims in exchange for political shelter.
Posted by josejoe on 10/31/11 12:16 PM
great post,oneman,and i too am somewhat pessimistic. but i really wonder how many human beings are really capable of 'governing' themselves. our very human nature proves over and over that we are incapable of that. left to our own devices we always seem to fall short. except of course in self-examination! :)