It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it. Of course, we would still need to deal with the national security risks of our growing dependence on a global oil market dominated by dwindling reserves in the most unstable region of the world, and the economic risks of sending hundreds of billions of dollars a year overseas in return for that oil. And we would still trail China in the race to develop smart grids, fast trains, solar power, wind, geothermal and other renewable sources of energy – the most important sources of new jobs in the 21st century. – NYTimes/Al Gore opinion
Dominant Social Theme: There are lots of important reasons to go green – more than you think.
Free-Market Analysis: We were surprised yesterday to read the above excerpt in the New York Times because we had written about this possibility the day before. We note this not to blow our own horn (honestly) but only because it confirms generally the thrust of the Bell and its analysis of dominant social themes. It is difficult for most people to internalize these themes because the idea of being manipulated so secretively and thoroughly is repugnant to the human spirit. But in fact the Bell's focus is borne out, over and over, in reality. On Saturday we wrote the following:
Over the past hundred years or more, a mostly Anglo-American elite has built a nearly seamless structure of think tanks, government agencies, non profits, external research authorities, educational establishments and media structures to promote fear-based themes that centralize control and generate wealth for a mere handful. … Perhaps there is no global warming, but those in charge are not about to discard the idea of a greener future. … No, these are marching orders, we think. And we will bet it is not too long before we may all be reading factoids in major publications about how going green produces jobs and is an antidote to a world running out of oil.
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Please note that last line. "And we will bet it is not too long before we may all be reading factoids in major publications about how going green produces jobs and is an antidote to a world running out of oil." This was written in response to the recent green conference in Bali (see Bell link) that attracted officials supposedly from over 160 countries. According to reports, the conference featured a theme that downplayed arguments about global warming in favor of arguing that green policies and green industry were necessary because the world was running out of oil and because green industry created more jobs than the current oil and gas industry.
Now the New York Times has published an editorial on the continued necessity for green policies from Al Gore (pictured above), one that was actually headlined throughout the day on Drudge Report, seen by millions. Gore does play up global warming (how could he not) but sings a new tune as well: "Of course, we would still need to deal with the national security risks of our growing dependence on a global oil market dominated by dwindling reserves in the most unstable region of the world, and the economic risks of sending hundreds of billions of dollars a year overseas in return for that oil. And we would still trail China in the race to develop smart grids, fast trains, solar power, wind, geothermal and other renewable sources of energy – the most important sources of new jobs in the 21st century."
We can see how Gore hones in on the themes of peak oil (vanishing energy) and the "race to develop … the most important sources of new jobs in the 21st century." Is this a coincidence? It echoes the themes of the Bali conference which in turn no doubt echo the themes of various white papers (hastily composed, perhaps) soon to be issued out of institutes of "higher" learning and a slew of complaisant think tanks. Yes, these papers will be issued in the usual "peer reviewed" torrents (if they haven't been already) to buttress the latest, most fashionable fear-based arguments, as mentioned above. The elite apparently will stop at nothing to create a future in which governments control and ration virtually all energy expenditures.
Will certain readers scan the above and write it off to coincidence and paranoia? You are welcome to. But in response, we offer the following, which we presented in a NOTED feature beneath the Bali article on Saturday. We featured two additional prognostications recently issued by the Bell. Here's an excerpt:
Head of IMF Proposes New Reserve Currency … Dominique Strauss-Kahn (left), the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar. "That day has not yet come, but I think it is intellectually healthy to explore these kinds of ideas now," he said in a speech on the future mandate of the 186-nation Washington-based lending organization. Strauss-Kahn said such an asset could be similar to but distinctly different from the IMF's special drawing rights, or SDRs, the accounting unit that countries use to hold funds within the IMF. It is based on a basket of major currencies." – ABC News [Ed note: it's uncanny isn't it? Just yesterday in an article on Jim Rogers and the pound, we wrote the following: "What would happen if the pound crashed? It would probably set off a real economic realignment globally. … Let the power elite emerge from a "crisis meeting" and announce the formation of a comprehensive IMF currency to take the place of the dollar and see what happens. It wouldn't be greeted with the kind of respectful awe that Bretton Woods inspired." … OK, now we shall see!
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We then wrote …
This follows on the heels of our prediction that a violent incident of American protest would be used by the powers-that-be to tarnish the tea-party movement and free-market Congressman Ron Paul. In fact, the very next day a plane crashed into an IRS building in Texas and Time Magazine immediately rushed to smear freedom loving Americans. Dear reader, you can be a prognosticator too! Just read the Bell and follow along with the memes of the power elite. It's not hard.
No, it is not hard if one accepts that an unelected and unaccountable elite is engaged in a deliberate, organized, intergenerational effort to centralize power, authority and wealth worldwide and especially in the West. Once one adopts this view, which we fought against, collectively, for decades, everything falls into the place. The corruption of science, central bank ruination of economies, stock market manias and corresponding busts, the plethora of devious think tanks, the endless lacunae of media coverage combined with constant fear-based "bad news" articles, and above all the torrent of regulations pouring out of Western governments all cannot be mere coincidence. There is an animating hand, as difficult as it may be to accept.
Who and what is this power elite? It is a small group, in our opinion. But beyond that, we leave it to you decide, dear reader. We are in the business of observing the fruits of its labor, of establishing the reality of its manipulations and the perverseness of its solutions. We have also suggested, humbly, that fear of the power elite and the inevitability of its triumph is yet another dominant social theme – sponsored and spread by the power elite itself, and subject to the Internet's formidable educational pushback. The mainstream media is not so involved in this latter meme, but we are aware of myriad Internet websites that promote this sort of fear – the invulnerability of the power elite – either knowingly or not.
What are sensible people doing, from our perspective? They are not allowing themselves to be paralyzed by fear or disgust. They are educating themselves (by reading the Bell?) and by internalizing the truths about the free-market and Austrian economics available on various glorious websites on the Internet. They are buying – or contemplating the purchase of – gold, silver or both, and perhaps taking delivery. They are reducing debt and securing their incomes as best they can. Perhaps they are buying guns for self-defense. They are living as adults, planning for their future and the future of their families without trusting to the government to take care of them.