Transparency Meme Expands
By Staff News & Analysis - December 27, 2010

The Truth Gathering was a confluence of people with many different perspectives on all the problems of the world, shining a beacon of truth deep into our history and far into the future, all focused through the lens of 9/11 truth. The image that is forming is how we can imagine waking up and truly, finally, getting our collective act together on a global scale. – Reality Sandwich, Sander Hicks

Dominant Social Theme: Wake up about 9/11 and form a global collective.

Free-Market Analysis: Just the other day we wrote an article entitled, "New Elite Gambit Features 'Transparency?" In it we pointed out that "transparency" seemed to be a kind of growing sub-dominant social theme. We presented Bloomberg's lawsuits filed against the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve as evidence of this meme.

Why would Bloomberg, the consumate media insider, allow his organization to sue the most powerful monetary forces in the world? We offered the theory that the elite may wish to generate a call for international bodies to regulate nation-states in order to ensure that these nation states (and city states) are responsible to their citizens. The logic is that a transparency campaign (cleverly generated by the elite and aimed at its own institutions) inevitably weakens the bonds of nation-states by showing how corrupt they are; the next step is to call for a new global order (perhaps the UN) to impose transparency on nation states. And so globalism evolves …

In our commentary on transparency-as-meme we pointed to various additional evidences that the word (and concept) was catching on in a way that made our Swiss elves (the ones who analyze this stuff) suspicious. We quoted no less a celebrity than Julian Assange (we're suspicious about him too) as making the following statement:

We are transparency activists who understand that transparent government tends to produce just government. And that is our sort of modus operandi behind our whole organization, is to get out suppressed information into the public, where the press and the public and our nation's politics can work on it to produce better outcomes.

And here's some more we wrote the other day on this apparently expanding meme:

We looked up "transparency" with "Wall Street" and "banks" and found upwards of five million cites. We looked up "government transparency" and found 25 million cites. Same thing with "business transparency." That's a lot. Barack Obama made "transparency" a major part of his platform. A few months ago, NY Senator Kirsten E Gillibrand announced legislation co-written by John McCain – the "Earmark Transparency act."

There's even an NGO dedicated to transparency – Transparency International (TI). According to Wikipedia, TI is a non-governmental organization that monitors and publicizes corporate and political corruption in international development. It publishes an annual Corruption Perceptions Index, a comparative listing of corruption worldwide. The headquarters is located in Berlin, Germany but operates through more than 70 national chapters. The UN has a transparency initiative as well, authorized by world leaders at its September 2005. The initiative calls for "increased transparency and accountability in the UN Secretariat affairs."

Transparency surely seems to be a growing dominant social theme of the Anglo-American elite. The US Congress is engaged in a late-term effort to pass a "whistleblowers" bill. We are sure if we looked, we would find similar EU efforts. We figure it is because people are so disgusted with civil institutions that the elite has decided something radical must be done. Since the Anglosphere is not about to jettison the architecture of global governance – put together of the past half century – transparency is apparently the chosen remedy.

You can see the article here:

We thought we were finished with this meme for a while. But imagine our surprise when just yesterday one of our elves drew attention to a notification on Ellen Brown's website. There, on the margin was the following notation: "We Demand Transparency Conference in NYC Sept 12-13, '09, many speakers including Ellen Brown …"

We were fascinated by this and investigated further. We found out that the Transparency Conference was created by a wonderfully talented, young journalist named Sander Hicks. Not only had he created a conference, he had also started a political effort called the Truth Party. The Truth Party is named after his interest in 9/11 Truth. Sander Hicks does not believe the US government is telling the truth about 9/11.

In fact, as we noted recently, there are signs that the mainstream media is beginning to ask more questions about 9/11. Fox News' Geraldo Rivera recently had part of a program devoted to questions about how 9/11 happened and more importantly how many unanswered questions there still are. It leads our elves to wonder (in their paranoid way) if the Anglo-American elite is somehow getting ready to use 9/11 as a further form of disinformation … Anyway, here is some of Sander Hicks bio:

I'm a media activist, a catalyst, and a journalist. In 2010, I produced the Truth Gathering, part of the launching of the Truth Party. I founded two celebrated social ventures, Vox Pop Inc. and Soft Skull Press. In 2003, I was in "Horns and Halos" (HBO/Cinemax) the independent publishing documentary that recorded our attempts to get unpopular truths out about G.W.Bush, through the biography Fortunate Son (Soft Skull, 1999). My own book, The Big Wedding (Vox Pop, 2005) breaks new ground on the working-class intelligence assets and whistle-blowers who tried to stop 9/11 from happening. Big Wedding was the basis for the 2008 indie film Able Danger. I have reported for Alternet, GNN, Long Island Press, New York Press, and Catholic Worker. I sing and write music in my band Rebel Moon.

Sander Hicks wrote an article recently about a recent Truth event that begins as follows: "What We Saw at the Truth Gathering … The image that is forming is how we can imagine waking up and truly, finally, getting our collective act together on a global scale." (See excerpt, beginning of this article.) Yes, Sander Hicks is suggesting events on a "global scale."

We are sure it is coincidence. In fact, let us make the point here, emphatically, that we do not believe that either Sander Hicks or Ellen Brown is directly or even indirectly in the service of the Anglo-American power elite. Still, we are professional meme watchers here at the Daily Bell, and the noses of our elves are twitching when it comes to this catchword "transparency." (Again, we warn those who wish to imitate us about paper cuts, eye strain and late nights.)

After Thoughts

We are most impressed with the energy, dedication and talent of Sander Hicks – and Ellen Brown as well. They are deeply innovative, extraordinarily intelligent Americans and may represent some of the best the country has to offer. We have no proof either one is involved in promoting an elite meme of the sort we track. Likewise, as we have stated before, we are sure that Ellen Brown or Stephen Zarlenga (see other story, this issue) are not directly or even indirectly involved in the plethora of new websites (run by former military personnel in some cases) that have recently sprung up advocating sovereign money. You can see the article on this subject here:

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